Saturday, October 18, 2008

Favorite Recipe Sites

As I was browsing for recipes and meal ideas today, I was getting bored of the same old things. I would LOVE to have your suggestions for your very favorite recipes sites. I was trying to find something like a family food blog. Maybe a blog of a mother who cooks for her kids and posts recipes and photos. But it doesn't have to be a family site, or a blog... I think it would be great to have a post here with everyone's favorite, go-to recipe sites! So if you have a favorite site, or several sites, please leave them in the comments section. Healthy recipe sites are great, but even "normal" recipe sites are fine because we can get ideas and tweak the recipes to be healthier.

So what sites do you like? (And, if you have a favorite recipe that even picky kids will like, please send it! I need some fresh ideas!)

My usual dinners for the family:
pot roast with mashed taters and gravy and veggies
tacos (tonight)
baked salmon
burgers on the grill
spaghetti and meatballs
chili and cornbread
soups and breadsticks (the kids are NOT fond of soups but will eat it if I make breadsticks!)
roast chicken, taters, gravy and veggies
BBQ pork
sloppy joes
chef salads
chicken and biscuits

My recipe sites:
Allrecipes (good for looking up a recipe or finding something to use up specific ingredients)
Kalyn's Kitchen (healthy stuff, low carb stuff)
A Veggie Venture (lots of vegetable recipes)
Green Lite Bites (healthy stuff, and a cute kid in the videos)
Aimee's Adventures (lots of cool ideas here)

Anyway, I definitely need more plain old home-cooking, family friendly, low cost meal ideas. Looking forward to hearing your best ideas and sites!


Stephanie said...

I love VeggieVenture and Green Lite Bites too... I also read and These two blogs don't have quite as many recipes, but they eat very healthfully all the time (they're both super thin and active ladies!). They both inspire me to eat better...

Good luck in your quest. Keep up the good work and I hope to join you very soon in the clarity of no sugar!

Ice Cream Lover gone Skinny Cow said...

Pork tenderlion and sweet potatoes. I usually cook them in the crockpot together with commentary spices.

Ice Cream Lover gone Skinny Cow said...

I also make a variety of low fat lasagnas.

SeaShore said...

Well, I think my favourite family food blog is I love reading about her family, and she's frugal. However, her recipes are not what I would necessarily call diet friendly! My favourite recipe site is

~TMcGee~ said...

I'd have to say that along with Kalyn's Kitchen, Recipezaar ( and Taste of Home ( are my go to places for recipes.

Michelle said...


I live with my parents (no kids), but make dinner a few nights a week. Some things that go down well (inc. with my Dad who's Type 2 Diabetic & usually isn't fond of healthy stuff)...

Rice paper rolls (fresh, not fried) stuffed with raw veggies of your choice (I usually do capsicum, lettuce, snow pea sprouts, carrot, celery, etc.) + chicken breast, lean meat or tofu (ok, my Dad doesn't like the tofu...!). You just by the rice paper circles dry, in Australia from the Asian foods aisle of the supermarket; soak them one at a time in water for a few seconds, lay on wet cloth, stuff, & roll. I'm sure you could modify to your kids' tastes - with dipping sauces (soy, chilli, satay, homemade, shop-bought, whatever you like), they're great finger food. I just threw out the packet, but kilojoules were reasonable - something like 700kJ (175Cal) for about 3 rice papers (+ cals from filling). Tasty & filling :-)

A couple of other sites you might like to check out are from Aussie companies: - this is great for kids, especially the ones who like to play with their food ;-) - a massive database of mostly healthy recipes. I'm sure if something is Aussie-specific, you could find a substitute. - this isn't Aussie, but it's great when you have certain ingredients to use up!

One other thought is if you can get your hands on the CSIRO Cookbooks 1 & 2 from Australia. They were developed by our major scientific research centre, & include heaps of healthy, tasty recipes (that can easily be modified). They both include a diet & exercise plan, but you don't need to follow either to enjoy the tasty food. Some healthy desserts in there, too.


I'm so happy to hear you're starting to feel back on top of things, Lynn. I knew you'd get there - but sooner's always better than later!

Peace to you.

Anonymous said...

"A year of crockpotting" is a GREAT website...every day a new recipe for your crockpot, lots of info and fun commentary and photos. If you don't have a crockpot, you will want to get one after reading a few entries.

Heather T said...

I don't have kids yet but I love (Inexpensive Weekly menu with recipes & shopping lists), I also love and

Anonymous said...

Your blog is a life-saver to me. I set it as my homepage so it opens whenever I launch Explorer.
A great recipe site is They also rate all the diets out there, taste tests diet food and has a great community forum.
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

What about a blog with a father cooking for his kids?

Mimi said...

I love, publishers of CookingLight magazine. You used to need a subscription to read the recipes but not any more. for really fantastic meals you may need to modify, depending on your eating requirements.

And, subscription-based American Test Kitchen's


Lyn said...

anonymous ~ That would be GREAT! Please post a link! :)

Melzie said...

I'll second the Cooking light- I love it!! But, normally I make my fave foods, just with changes here and there so I still eat what my family loves, but it's way healthier!

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

Hey, Lyn! I really like and Also, check out I think a WW member set that one up. I also like Taste of Home's Light and Tasty magazine. You can look up many of the recipes online, too. I've got a lentil soup in the crockpot right now that I got from Light and Tasty. Lentils, veggies, curry, house smells pretty tasty right now. Hope this helps! Lynn

Anonymous said...

Lyn, you are doing so well, I'm glad you're feeling better!
I love allrecipes, too, and I am also a stagnant chef. One awesome thing I learned is quesedillas. You can make them with almost any leftover meat, and you can make them really low-fat or however anyone likes them, but they are also fast to cook up. They are a lot like TACOS!
Heat your frying pan or sandwich griller and spray with Pam. Lay down a tortilla, and sprinkle with any of the following:
salsa, cheese, cubed tomatoes
Cubed chicken, leftover beef
'Taco meat' or veggie ground round spiced up with taco seasoning (I do it up half and half with ground chicken or lean ground beef)
More cheese, salsa, etc.
Top with another tortilla.
Heat until the tortilla browns, and flip it over to brown the other side, or if it is in a grill, just close the top and cook until it is golden.
Slice it into quarters or sixths with a pizza cutter, and enjoy. Warning, these are really really filling!
From Kofarq at 3FC

elife said...

I don't have any new sites for you...but here's a potential recipe that I'm planning to try tonight, a healthy version of chicken parmesan: Coat chicken breasts with egg beaters, then dredge in whole wheat bread crumbs (seasoned with italian spices). Then bake. Remove from oven, top with marinara and cheese and nuke until cheese melts.

Also, I found a really good recipe for Veggie Chips that you would all like, I just put it on my site.

I'm happy to see that you seem like you're doing well. :)

Kate said...

one of my favorite (fast) recipes for Pizza.

Boboli (or store-brand) whole wheat pizza crust

2 cans of diced tomato (already seasoned with basil & oregano)

shredded cheese

-- put the crust in the oven for 5-7 minutes, then take it out & add the (drained) tomatos & cheese, & cook until the cheese is melted.

moonduster said...

I have this one listed in the side bar of my blog, because I think it's really useful. The site is A Year of Crockpotting at .

Twix said...

OrgJunkie hosts Menu Plan Monday every Monday. Hundreds of folks contribute their recipes and menus for the week. Great place for fresh dinner inspirations!! :D

This week I am making Mashed Potato Chicken Pot Pie. I hope to have my MPM up soon with the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, here is the crockpot blog

I think this link will do it...

Gwen said...

I like the recipes on Sparkpeople, but usually use Allrecipes, as it suits me well. I love that it is easy to see how high a recipe is rated, and how many people have rated it without having to "dig".

This week I tried a new recipe for succotash that was fab. I love how easy it is to plug in an ingredient or two, and find a recipe with combinations I would not have thought of.

And the comments about what works/doesn't work, I have found extremely helpful. I hardly want to try new recipes now if there aren't comments attached!

Deniz said...

Firstly, well done for getting the motivation back, Lynn. You are so brilliant!

How about home-made veggie soups? They can consist of any leftover vegetables (yes, pretty much anything) you have in your fridge. They are cheap, quick, healthy, warming and filling, especially with a hunk of good wholemeal bread.

Start with a chopped onion, saute in a tiny amount of olive oil. Add some garlic if you like it, but don't go too mad with this. Chop and add lots of whatever veg you have (go on, add those veggies aplenty!) and allow them to just, but only just, colour a little. Add a pint, or more, of low-sodium stock (any flavour will do, but I usually use chicken or veg), bring to a slow, gentle boil, turn the heat down a touch and and simmer for about 20 mins, or until the veg are just cooked. If you have dried herbs, or fresh, or spices (curry powder can be good) you can add these too.

Once cooked, remove from the heat and whizz until completely smooth. Or, if you like chunky bits in your soups just whizz half and add the rest of the veg to the whizzed soup.

Serve in steaming bowls with a side order of wholemeal or granary bread (loads of fibre). It won't need any butter, believe me! Ever watched the film 'Oliver'? You may find the kids re-enacting the 'please can I have some more' bit :-)

nicole from portland said...

I figured I would put in my two cents, sorry if there are duplicates. - everything I've made from that site has turned out great - can be a little expensive but you can tweak the recipes - pretty self explanatory, cheap and great recipes. - this guy cooks a variety of foods, not all "good for you" but easily tweaked

Anonymous said...

I love and The Food Network.

My family friendly meals are red beans and rice (made with soaked dried beans and turkey sausage), gumbo (turkey sausage, shrimp, chicken breast, and the veggies), and roasts. My favorite thing to do is crock pot a roast and reserve it in portions. You can even season and freeze it for future meals. I love making fake out beef and turkey gravy or tacos with leftover roasts.

~Crystal said...

I just started a recipe page so check it out at:

Anonymous said...

Go to or for a ton of blogs to choose from! I also love a blog called chickens in the road and farmgirl fare.

Kalyn said...

Thanks for including me in your list of favorite recipe sites! I always love to get this type of feedback.

Dan said...

Come have a look at Freshly Ground. Home Cooking that ranges from easy to a little bit complex, but all really tasty and mostly healthy (though not always ;-) )

Also various rants on food and politics and the economy from time to time.

Ceres said...

Here's one site that I discovered some time ago, by the National Institute of Health:

If the link doesn't work, just google "Young at heart recipes".
I really like their Mediterranean baked fish, and it's pretty easy to make with any kind of white fish.