I don’t particularly love cooking so it’s a bit of a challenge for me to come up with healthy food recipes that are easy yet interesting enough for me to keep going with my health and fitness goals.
One of the tools I use for this are cookbooks from the websites I get my recipe inspirations from. The recipes are simple and easy to follow, and they contain many ideas, which I mix and match as I go along.
I discovered The Skinnytaste website when I began an intense fitness regimen a few years ago and initially started with the meal planner. This cookbook has something for everyone no matter what type of diet you’re on. It’s healthy food that doesn’t take forever to bang out. Gina also has another cookbook out – Skinnytaste Fast & Slow. Great if you have a slow cooker and need ideas.
Inspiralizing veggies came onto the food scene not so long ago. I was immediately fascinated by it. Another way to eat vegetables I love, and maybe the ones I don’t love so much. Inspiralizing is such a fun way to try out new dishes and ideas and the first website I learnt this from was Inspiralized. Ali also has another cookbook out Inspiralize Everything: An Apples-to-Zucchini Encyclopedia of Spiralizing.
The Girl Who Ate Everything: Easy Family Recipes from a Girl Who Has Tried Them All by Christy Denney
I always love a cookbook that mentions how long it takes to make a recipe and this is a great feature in add a pinch cookbook in addition to easy dinner recipes and a lot of recipes you can freeze. As a lazy cook, freezing meals is very appealing to me.
Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body by Kathryne Taylor
I’m not a 100% vegetarian but I love veggies and fruits. I’m always look for something different or a great twist on these items. This is how I discovered the Cookie + Kate blog. For the times I want to take a break from meat, this is my go to cookbook.
Damn Delicious boasts a mix of dishes from across the world, which are fast and easy. The photos in Damn Delicious: 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes are also fantastic and make you want to try all the recipes. Got only 30 – 45 minutes to make a weekly dinner dish? Grab it!
The writers of these bountiful recipes are behind the White on Rice Couple website. Their recipes feature vegetables or fruits that you can grow in your garden. While I don’t have a garden, I find great things to do with my veggies in this cookbook. Quite a lot of the recipes in the book haven’t been featured on the website.
I’ve been on an Asian food kick for the better part of the last year and this book doesn’t fail to deliver on that front. Written by Jaden Hair from Steamy Kitchen, the recipes are healthy and fast without compromising on taste. There are several additional cookbooks in the series.
This one is for the sweet tooth in me. Fast and healthy dessert options to satisfy my chocoholic nature. Her recipes use healthy ingredients without unnecessary fats, sugars, or empty calories. Katie started her blog in college and has grown in exponentially since.
If you’re wondering if I follow any diet plan such as paleo, keto, etc, I don’t. I eat everything in moderation, only when I’m hungry and controlled portions. Read My Top 15 Tips for Reaching Your Weight Loss Goals Faster and More Effectively.
If you don’t want to go through cookbooks to personalize your recipes, I highly recommend $5 Meal Plan. It’s also one of the resources I use for meal planning. For $5, they will send you a customized meal plan every week with a grocery list included. Their meal plans can be customized for many taste buds as well. Check out their awesome services HERE.