The 5 Best Plant Based Blogs to Follow
After giving a little introduction to why I've chosen a plant based diet and how I reckon it's better for the planet and you, I thought it about time to point you to some of the awesome online resources I use to discover recipes. Without further adieu then, say hello to the 5 best plant based blogs to follow...
Anna Jones is hands down my favourite chef and source of plant based inspiration. I own two out of her three books; the binding has fallen off one of them and the second isn't far off because they are so well used and loved. I've found her recipes easy to follow and always tasty (she offers excellent substitutes too) - I've even convinced die-hard meat eaters that vegetarian dishes can be edible with Anna's recipes! More than that, Anna has a lovely way of writing and a love of the seasons and good honest food that just keeps her as my go-to almost every day of the week. Her website doesn't have the most extensive list of recipes - you really have to get your hands on one/all of her books to enjoy all she has to offer but you can find some more of her recipes lurking around the internet other than on her site.
SOME FAVOURITE RECIPES: THE REALLY HUNGRY BURGER, CARROT & CHICKPEA PANCAKES, KALE, TOMATO & LEMON ZEST ONE-POT SPAGHETTI
Emma Galloway writes her blog and recipes from her home in New Zealand and they are all veggie and, most often, gluten and dairy free too. What I really love about Emma's blog is how the posts are weaved with inspiration and tips for growing your own. Her own story is one of being bought up by vegetarian hippies on an organic permaculture farm and this thread of respect for the land and 'real food' is clear in how she writes and the recipes she shares. Beautifully, Emma doesn't just organise her blog by meal times but by seasons too and, perhaps because of the recipes reflection of the seasons, they are often brilliantly simple.
I only recently discovered Pixie, the lady and qualified nutritionist behind this blog, having seen her give helpful insight on a recent diet show. Pixie is an interesting one because she intentionally de-bunks all the nutritional myths associated with the wellness craze (demonstrated in her book title - 'The Wellness Rebel') and has provided me with some serious ammo to reflect on the ideas I have around food and health. See, Pixie is a scientist and a skeptic and, having had her own complicated journey with food, has landed in this happy place where she listens to her body first. If that sometimes means a burger then so be it but, most of the time, her diet is based on plants.
SOME FAVOURITE RECIPES: BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKES, TEX-MEX STUFFED BUTTERNUT SQUASH, LENTIL PROTEIN BOWL
I first discovered Laura when I went down an Instagram rabbit hole and am so glad I did! I just love how cooking and sharing wholesome food with others is about so much more than the meal for Laura. It's about connecting with people and with the earth. Yes! Laura is another one who takes the most beautiful pictures too so you'll be hard pressed to not want to try every thing she has beautifully created.
Some favourite recipes: barley scones with roasted plums, Crispy eggplant & harissa flatbreads, cauliflower, kale and chickpea curry pot
I love love love how Emily from This Rawesome Vegan Life totally acknowledges the privilege it is to chose this kind of lifestyle as well as the potentially damaging effect it has on others. I think Emily has a bit of a sway towards sweet things rather than mains (she also rocks drinks and teas) and I for one am totally ok with that. I mean, just go see her Instagram for some drool worthy treats...