Remember the good old days when recipes came from cookbooks or were ripped out of magazines (stealthily at the doctor’s office perhaps)?

Today, you’ll find most of my cookbooks gathering dust on the shelf. 

Because with so many amazing chefs, and everyday bloggers cooking up a storm and sharing it with the world, the internet is now THE go-to place for recipes.

It’s almost a little overwhelming isn’t it?

I mean, just hop onto Pinterest and you could spend hours upon hours scrolling through hundreds of thousands of recipe ideas. All of them delicious-looking – and probably pretty tasty too! 

But that’s just the problem. There are almost TOO many recipes to choose from. So when you sit down to plan your meals for the week, you can get sucked into browsing instead of focusing on the meal planning. 

Over the past few years, I’ve followed probably hundreds of food bloggers and tried out a ton of recipes. And you know what? Some are definitely better than others.

And when it comes to consistently publishing healthy, real-food ingredient recipes that taste good too – I’ve found a few favourites that never fail to come through.

So today, I wanted to share with you my go-to peeps. 

Instead of scrolling through thousands of recipes, I follow these handful of bloggers and flag the recipes I want to try (I usually try to make one “new” recipe a week). Then, if I REALLY love a recipe, I put it on my list of “go-to” recipes and add to the meal rotation on a regular basis.

That way, when I sit down to meal plan, I’ve got a short list of delicious options. And I don’t get sucked into the internet-recipe-vortex.

So, to help streamline your meal planning process, here’s my list of “go-to” sites for easy, delicious (and most importantly, healthy) recipes that are great for families:

(There’s something here for everyone – whether you’re paleo, vegan, gluten-free or just wanting to following a real food diet – these bloggers rarely let me down!)

1) Sarah Bester (my blog!)

Admittedly, I don’t publish recipes that often. But when I do, they are always super quick and easy, with options for modifying based on your family’s needs.

Try my Nut Free Seedy Granola Bars or my One Pan Roasted Salmon and Vegetables

Nut Free Seedy Granola Bars

2) World’s Healthiest Foods

This website may seem a tad bland at first (and is a bit confusing to navigate), but it’s worth sticking around.  WH Foods is actually a great resource for information on the most nutrient dense foods out there, plus simple suggestions on how to incorporate these foods into meals and snacks.

Try the Steamed Butternut Squash with Almond Sauce or the Asian Flavoured Broccoli with Tofu.


3) Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat

This fellow Canadian used to live in the same city as me, but just recently moved out to Vancouver B.C. Angela’s recipes are always full of fresh, real food ingredients and they taste as delicious as they look.

Try Zesty Pesto Quinoa Salad or the Grilled Rosemary Plum and Chicken Kabobs


4) One Lovely Life

Emily at One Lovely Life, doesn’t just blog about food exclusively, but when she does, she posts recipes that are simple, kid-friendly and packed with flavour. (Plus I love her recommendations on everything from fashion to kids books, so it’s a blog I read regularly).

I love her Roasted Maple Dijon Brussel Sprouts (and more importantly, so do my kids!) and her Chai Spiced Banana Smoothie.


5) 100 Days of Real Food

Lisa over at 100 Days of Real Food is as obsessed with real food as I am! This website has a ton of easy recipes to help you incorporate more real food into your family’s diet, plus some other great resources.

Try the Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup (I do mine in the slow cooker) or her ideas for Homemade Lunchables.


6) Oh She Glows

This one should probably be listed first, as Oh She Glows was the very first food blog I ever started to read. And I’m still a regular follower of Angela and her mouth-watering vegan recipes. Her cookbook is actually NOT gathering dust, as I use it pretty often.

Even my meat-loving husband loves any of the recipes I make from the site, so they aren’t just for vegans. So hard to choose favourites but we love the Vegan Enchiladas (we’ve probably made them 100s of times!) and the Creamy Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Onion Coconut Soup.


7) Joyous Health

Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health went to the same nutrition school as I did, and actually taught one of my classes. Her simple and fresh approach to healthy eating is totally in line with my own, and I love that she doesn’t put a label on the way she eats – she eats “whole delicious foods” (but isn’t afraid to eat a good quality pastry once in a while!)

Check out her Chewy Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies or her Juicy Chicken Burgers with Pineapple Salsa.


8) Cookie and Kate

While Cookie and Kate started out as my go-to for the BEST salad recipes, I’ve quickly realized that all of her recipes are pretty amazing. 

I’ve tried (and loved) most of her kale salad recipes, and also really adore her Thai Red Curry with Vegetables (to which I often add in chicken or shrimp).

9) Minimalist Baker

I started following this blog because of the claim of “simple, delicious recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare.” The claim is true, and the bonus is that the recipes are absolutely delicious. Most of the recipes are plant-based and gluten free, so I find they are a great way to get more plants and less gluten into our diet.

I love the Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers and the Ginger Colada Green Smoothie.


10) Iowa Girl Eats

This website is a recent find, but I’m really loving the variety in recipes that Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats puts out. She’s a mom of 2, so lots of family-friendly meals here. And she was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, so most of her recipes are gluten-free.

You can’t go wrong with her BEST Chicken Fajitas and the Kale and Artichoke Guacamole is a must-try.


 What are your “go-to” recipe sites? I’m always open to finding a new favourite ­čÖé


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