After her father had a heart attack, Erin Alderson (whose initials are ELLA) broke up with fast food and all processed meat. Her blog features seasonal vegetarian recipes that are pantry-inspired. Despite ditching Big Macs, Alderson doesn’t believe in being obsessive or counting calories (her philosophy is simply to exercise and eat well). Given the results—beautifully photographed whole foods we want to gobble up immediately (curried vegetarian meatballs, we’re looking at you!)—it’s easy to see why her approach works.
Few things are more disappointing than finding what seems like the perfect recipe only to click and learn that it has more than 20 ingredients, several of which you’ve never heard of. True to its name, Minimalist Baker keeps things simple by sticking to 10 ingredients or less and limiting cook time to 30 minutes tops. Bonus: The recipes are anything but boring! From General Tso’s tofu stir fry (pictured) to spicy buffalo chickpea wraps to toasted coconut pancakes, the culinary duo (John and Kate) really know how to pack tons of flavor into simple and oh-so-delicious dishes.
Food Heaven Made Easy sounds like the name of an amazingly delicious food delivery service, but don’t be fooled. The blog is actually a compilation of recipes, cooking videos, and nutrition tips. Adorable and extremely well-dressed dietitians Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones appear in every video, teaching home cooks (no matter how strapped for time or inexperienced in the kitchen) that making healthy recipes from scratch is possible.
Back in 2003, Heidi Swanson launched 101 Cookbooks with the goal of cooking through her monstrous collection of recipe books. More than 10 years later, the blog (which we want to live in, it’s so gorgeous) focuses on natural, whole foods and Heidi’s travels. Naturally it has won multiple awards, been featured in countless publications, and even turned into two bestselling cookbooks. Her latest, Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel, came out in late 2015.
The globe-trotting family behind Green Kitchen Stories is hardly stuck on one type of cuisine. David and Luise met while studying in Rome before moving to Stockholm to start a family. They document their vegetarian cooking experiments on the blog, and they believe variety is the most important thing in a diet. Don’t forget to follow them both on Instagram; David’s and Luise’s accounts will inspire you to live and eat better every day.
A self-taught cook, Sarah Britton started blogging in 2007 to share her knowledge of holistic nutrition. (She attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto.) She’s passionate about whole and vegan food—and creates mouthwatering recipes that prove it. You’ll find everything from chunky chocolate buckwheat granola to sweet potato noodle soup (pictured). We love that you can also pick recipes by season.
Anya Kassoff was born and raised in Russia but now calls Florida home. She believes that the healthiest food is also the best-tasting food. Ant it doesn’t hurt that her recipes, which are shot by her oldest daughter, are stunning. You’ll find everything from a simmered squash soba bowl (pictured) to more indulgent dishes, like this rum and raisin bundt, which was inspired by a craving for her childhood favorite Russian rum babka.