Even after all of these years — even as a contributor to a food publication myself — I still love to get lost in food blogs, scrolling through pictures so beautiful I picture myself making homemade orecchiette with rustic puttanesca sauce for dinner.
And then I remember that I’m a working mom with kids and that will never happen.
So, from one food lover to another, here are six food blogs parents should be following in 2018. These aren’t specifically food blogs for families and, to be honest, they’re not even new blogs. They’re just absolutely great sources for delicious meals that are easy enough for busy parents to cook that I want to make sure you know about. And even though the meals don’t look like kids meals (because we want to like what’s for dinner too), the kids will eat the recipes from these sites too. They may even ask for seconds. Imagine that.
Top: Ham and Peas Pasta with Garlic Parmesan Sauce | Damn Delicious
I’ve been reading Chungah Rhee’s blog Damn Delicious for years now, because her recipes definitely live up to the site’s name. She has fun baked treats, easy family meals, and an adorable corgi who makes an occasional appearance on her Instagram feed. A highlight for me are her freezer-friendly meals (so many dinners you can prep quickly and pull out of the freezer when you need them), and dinners that really take 30 minutes or less. And with recipes like this Slow Cooker Chili (pictured) and One Pan Pizza Chicken, we think our kids will approve too.
If you’re busy and on a budget, you’ll want to follow Dana Shultz at Minimalist Baker. Her motto is 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, and 30 minutes to prepare. Sign me up. Even though she has awesome baked goods (like these scrumptious Cinnamon Rolls, pictured), there are also delicious main course meals here. Our editor, Stacie, says that this Chickpea Shawarma Sandwich is in regular rotation in her house — and her boys are big meat eaters.
Most of the recipes you’ll find here are plant-based and gluten-free, so there’s plenty of inspiration for vegan families and families on special diets. But Dana and her husband, who works on the blog with her, are not vegan or gluten-free, so the recipes are omnivore-friendly. You’ll find recipes for all diets and we especially think this is a great resource for families who are dabbling with the idea of including more plant-based meals. Plus, the recipes are so easy, that they can be adapted easily. Like that Chickpea Shawarma mentioned above? Use the spice mix on chicken and, voila, chicken sandwiches one night, chickpeas another.
Another longtime favorite recipe source for me has been Ali Martin’s Gimme Some Oven (also, my favorite blog name, hands down). She’s mastered comfort food with a healthy twist, and her recipes are all family-friendly meals that you can pull together without a ton of work. These Slow Cooker Carnitas (pictured) are on regular rotation at our house.
I found out about Jessica in the Kitchen from Stacie’s post on the black food bloggers we should be following, and I want to make everything I see here. Her recipes are plant-based, but you can always add meat if that’s your preference. In fact, these Loaded Sweet Potatoes (pictured) are at the top of my list, and they’d be delicious with any leftover carnitas from Gimme Some Oven.
I raved about I Heart Naptime’s cookbook last year, because I could literally cook straight through it and my family would be happy every single night. So if you’re not following Jaimelyn’s I Heart Naptime blog, you should. As you can tell from the name, she’s a mom, so her meals are all kid- and family-friendly. As in, savory taco pop-tarts. How brilliant is that? I’m a big fan of her slow-cooker and one-pot meals, like this One-Pot Caprese Pasta (pictured), which just makes my life so much easier.
Nibbles and Feasts is written by Ericka, a busy working mom born in Mexico, raised in Texas, currently living in Los Angeles, where she shares traditional Mexican family recipes with a modern Latin twist. The nibbles category of her site has tons of snack ideas, appetizers, recipes that work for school lunch, and even some breakfast recipes. Feasts is packed with recipes for meals, from everyday dinners like Calabacitas and Corn Quesadillas to Baked Penne with Ricotta, Mushrooms and Basil, to mouthwatering special occasion meals. And oh my goodness, the sweets. Whoa.
Easy dinners like Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tostadas (pictured) and super versatile, healthy ideas like this Baked Quinoa and Cotija Cheese Frittata make Nibbles and Feasts a great go-to resource when you’re stumped for a quick dinner solution. And by the way, if you love the recipes on this site, you might also be interested in checking out our list of favorite Mexican food blogs.