I'm an idealist. This can be a good thing and an absolute curse (totally inflicted upon me, by myself.) And they always say you learn more about yourself while teaching, it couldn't be more true. Most everyone in my classes will, at the end of my spiel, look at me and ask "How do you cut calories?", "What do you eat?" "What can & can't I eat?" Ok, it's not as hard as it looks and no I'm not going to direct you to Realage or Eatingwell to learn healthy eating like it's a science. Eating good should be good. Good and simple. So the idealist in me sees the web as a massive gift from God, full of instantaneous creative and personable resources. And as far as food is concerned, eating well is finally a beautiful thing! So I want to share with you (those attending the class and those not) a few places that keep me coming back.
We all tend to assume that cooking healthy means bland and boring. Heidi Swanson proves that philosphy to be a farse. This site is incredible for learning to work with herbs, spices, whole grains, what goes with what and her healthy baked goods are actually good! Mainly a vegetarian feast can be found here, but that doesn't mean you won't find an occasion stick of butter or a need for cheese .
Talk about aestically appeasing, this couple (brilliant chef and photographer duo from Cali) have created one of the most beautiful sites for food, let alone creative and fresh. Healthy sweets, the best lentil dish ever (aka meat to vegetarians - which I no longer am, in case you were wondering) and a great french press tutorial (and if you haven't tried a french press you may want to check you're pulse to see if you are indeed living and breathing.)
Have I ever mentioned coffee is good for you?
Learning how to cook well means together. This "art of cooking for yourself" is far from appealing to me. Family meals are memories I'm so indebted to my mom for and finally there seems to be a demand for it again. Incredibly tasty and and seemingly highly-involved cooking, this site is a great guide to cooking a meal. It's all about cooking & eating together. And I could eateverything on this site !
An indispensible resource for any weathered or aspiring cook. Apps are available on ipad (might just be one of the first I buy the day I have an ipad.) Or check out Epicurious, for it's slightly-less-aestetically-appeasing iphone app equal.
Great Free Apps:
Fooducate - Scan and rate food before you buy it. Now I really think common sense and the ability to read should be enough for us to be smart about what we eat, but hey it's free. Watch them have this for rating people some day...
Whole Foods Recipes - Simple, whole food. You can't go wrong.
Jamie Oliver recipe app - What a beauty, eh?