I love to cook (and eat), although I used to be much more creative with recipes than I have been in recent months. One of the silver linings for me about staying home more means I’ve gotten some time back to spend in the kitchen. Below are some articles to help you with stocking your pantry and some of my favorite food blogs + cookbooks for inspiration.

Stocking Your Pantry

My Favorite Food Blogs + Cookbooks

Note: most of these are plant-based because that’s how I choose to eat. That said, you can easily add meat to many of the plant-based recipes here. This is not an endorsement of any specific diet – just a collection of things I enjoy.

  • Minimalist Baker – One of the things I love about Minimalist Baker is that many of her recipes are one pot/bowl/pan and 10 ingredients or fewer. She offers lots of vegan, gluten-free options, and recently started including recipes with meat and seafood. She also has a cookbook that I own and love. Some of my favorites from her: Cheesy Spaghetti Squash (which I top with Rao’s tomato sauce and Beyond Meat “ground beef”), Tofu Tostadas (cookbook only), and BBQ Black Bean Burgers (with some goat cheese on top + air fryer brussels sprouts)
  • Oh She Glows – Angela Liddon’s blog, Oh She Glows, saved me when I decided to go cold-turkey vegan in 2015 (what was I thinking…). Her recipes are flavorful and fun, and she has an excellent app that’s easy to navigate. She also has two cookbooks, The Oh She Glows Cookbook and Oh She Glows Everyday. I own both and they are well-loved. A few of my favorites are: Jumbo Stuffed Shells (even my dad liked these), Roasted Buddha Bowl (great for weekly meal prep and the sauce is incredible), and these Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.
  • Thug Kitchen – If four-letter words aren’t your thing, Thug Kitchen might not be for you. But if you can handle the heat (their tagline is “Eat Like You Give a F*ck”), you’ll end up with some delicious food with a side of belly laughs – seriously, their cookbook gets an LOL from me every time I use it. A few favorites: Garlic Sriracha Noodles with Broccolini, Celery Seed Slaw, and these White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (gotta have my desserts).
  • Rabbit and Wolves – Rabbit and Wolves is my favorite blog for comfort food. All of her recipes feel indulgent to me, even though they are packed with veggies. I pretty much pulled my whole Super Bowl menu from her site. My favorites are: Blackened Tofu with Cheesy Grits (I usually cook brussels or broccoli to eat with this), Firecracker Broccoli Ramen, and Roasted Apple and Root Veggie Stuffing.
  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Part education (with great illustrations) and part delicious recipes, if you want to understand more of the “why” behind your recipes, this is a great place to start.
  • Nothing Fancy/Alison Roman – I love Alison Roman. Remember those salted butter and chocolate chunk shortbread cookies that made the rounds on social media? Those are one of her genius recipes from her cookbook Dining In. She also writes for both NYTimes Cooking and Bon Appetit, so you can find content from her there, too. Cooking for groups of friends/family is one of my absolute favorite things, and this Nothing Fancy has some great options for entertaining.
  • NYTimes Cooking – NYTimes Cooking has an absurd amount of recipes and ideas to suit a wide variety of diets. Mark Bittman’s Cacio e Pepe recipe is a favorite for an easy, comforting dinner (especially for my Italian husband).

What are you cooking that you’ve been loving lately?