Let’s face it. Everyone gets into a slump sometimes when it comes to cooking healthy meals for themselves and family, and we’re no different. Here are our favourite sites for food inspiration.
1. Oh She Glows
This super popular food blog penned by Canadian Angela Liddon is a favourite among the Well.ca staff for lots of good reasons. Her recipes are all plant-based and vegan friendly (with many being gluten-free and allergy-friendly as well), but they’re totally accessible for omnivores and vegans alike. From delicious fresh smoothies to sweet reats like chia pudding and hearty, healthy meal solutions like salads and bowls, Oh She Glows proves that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived.
Like so many of you, lots of us are parents with little ones of our own, and feeding them food that’s healthy and nourishing is really important to us. As busy parents, it can be hard to find recipes that are easy and quick to make, kid-friendly, AND that we’ll actually feel good about feeding our kids. That’s where Super Healthy Kids comes in. We love that the site makes it easy to find recipes for every part of your meal (from salads and sides to popsicles and treats), and that you can filter by recipes to suit virtually any dietary restriction.
We love how genuinely passionate this BC-based blogger is about healthy eating, fitness, and living a balanced life, and how clearly that passion shows in every recipe she posts. Check her out for great vegan recipes and workout inspiration to support your own health lifestyle.
If you’re looking for beautiful photography and inspiring vegetarian recipes, then look no further than Naturally Ella! We love her focus on using seasonal ingredients to make fresh, simple, exciting meals for the whole family.
From 30-minute dinners to healthy recipes, there’s really something for everyone. One of our favourite features is the Cooking With Kids section – it’s full of tips, tricks, and recipes for making healthy, kid-friendly meals that little ones will love.
When it comes to finding inspiration for cooking for families and making healthy meals that kids will actually want to eat at home and at school, Canadian Family is a must-read resource. We love the “Recipe of the Day” feature, and the search that allows you to filter by prep time and find recipes that you can put together in as little as 10 minutes!
Created by Canadian Holistic Nutritionist Joy McCarthy, Joyous Health’s mission is to inspire people to fall in love with healthy, nourishing, beautiful food. The recipes strike the perfect balance of healthy and delicious, and we love that you can use filters like Dairy Free, Detox, Raw, Gluten Free, and even Comfort Food to find exactly what you’re looking for.
You probably know Chatelaine as Canada’s favourite women’s magazine, but if you haven’t thought of it as a recipe destination before, you need to take another look! There’s so much to love about the recipe section, but our favourite feature is the search that allows you to find the perfect recipe for any meal using ingredients you already have on hand.
9. The Kitchn
The Kitchn is one of the most popular food sites around, and for good reason! It’s an amazing resource for information and inspiration on all things food, from a huge archive of recipes to tips on how to use different ingredients and must-have chef’s tools, to décor inspiration from some of them most gorgeous kitchens around. It’s a home cook’s dream.
Written by a Calgary-based food & nutrition writer, this Canadian blog is all about creating real meals for real life. We love that Julie’s recipes are fresh, healthy, and delicious while being accessible to busy families.
We love that this blog is penned by a real life couple who share a love of cooking and baking for their friends and family. Two Peas and their Pod is a great resources for all sorts of family-friendly recipes, but we especially love their cookies – who doesn’t need a treat every now and then?
12. Smitten Kitchen
Writer Deb Perelman’s passion for food comes through clearly in her delicious recipes and gorgeous photography. We especially love her emphasis on seasonal ingredients – a visit to Smitten Kitchen means you’ll find exactly the right recipe for whatever time of year it is.
13. Canadian Living
We all know and love Canadian Living as a great lifestyle resource for Canadians, but their Food section is definitely one of our most-loved on the site. From the always-inspiring recipes of the day to tips on entertaining and cooking, it’s an excellent spot for mealtime inspiration.
Written by a Paris-based food writer, Chocolate and Zucchini is chock full of tasty recipes and general food inspiration. We love her focus on fresh, natural foods and her helpful posts about how to use new tools and ingredients.
Created by two fashion magazine editors turned food bloggers, Sweet Potato Chronicles focuses on fast, fresh, family-friendly food. It’s one of our favourite resources for inspiration on batch cooking, make-ahead meals, and meal planning for busy families like ours.
With a huge following across North America and beyond, Epicurious is an essential resource for home cooks. With a huge archive of recipes for every type of meal imaginable, tips on how to use new and exciting ingredients, and inspiration on finding the perfect dish for any occasion, Epicurious is the site that we visit when we need to be snapped out of a no-cooking funk and reminded of why we love creating in the kitchen.
If you’re passionate about cooking at home, Chowhound is an absolutely essential resource. It’s chock full of delicious recipes, from comfort food staples to dinner party showstoppers to wow a crowd. We love the super helpful, super active community – you can find answers for everything from cooking questions to local recommendations, from people in a city near you.