After her father had a heart attack, Erin Alderson (whose initials are ELLA) broke up with fast food and all processed meat. Her blog features seasonal vegetarian recipesthat are pantry-inspired. Despite ditching Big Macs, Alderson doesn’t believe in being obsessive or counting calories (her philosophy is simply to exercise and eat well). Given the results—beautifully photographed whole foods we want to gobble up immediately (curried vegetarian meatballs, we’re looking at you!)—it’s easy to see why her approach works.
Few things are more disappointing than finding what seems like the perfect recipe only to click and learn that it has more than 20 ingredients, several of which you’ve never heard of. True to its name, Minimalist Bakerkeeps things simple by sticking to 10 ingredients or less and limiting cook time to 30 minutes tops. Bonus: The recipes are anything but boring! From General Tso’s tofu stir fry (pictured) to spicy buffalo chickpea wraps to toasted coconut pancakes, the culinary duo (John and Kate) really know how to pack tons of flavor into simple and oh-so-delicious dishes.
Food Heaven Made Easy sounds like the name of an amazingly delicious food delivery service, but don’t be fooled. The blog is actually a compilation of recipes, cooking videos, and nutrition tips. Adorable and extremely well-dressed dietitians Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones appear in every video, teaching home cooks (no matter how strapped for time or inexperienced in the kitchen) that making healthy recipes from scratch is possible.
In 2015, Gena Hamshaw changed the name of her blog from Choosing Raw to The Full Helping. Now she posts recipes that are less extreme, although she is still inspired by her raw food background. Check out this gluten-free plum and blackberry crisp (pictured) or her totally addictive creamy cashew carrot dressing and quinoa bowl. As a certified nutritionist, Hamshaw brings lots of nutritional wisdom to the kitchen. She is also candid about being in recovery from anorexia and orthorexia and uses her site to encourage others to heal their broken relationship with food (often through plant-based diets).
All kinds of mouthwatering, plant-based dishes (including chickpea, quinoa, and turmeric curry; coconut and raspberry mousse; and sage and apricot nut roast with cranberry sauce) are turned out in Ella Woodward’s sunny U.K. kitchen. But not everything here is sunbeams and smoothies: This blog is the result of the author’s struggle with postural tachycardia syndrome, a rare and devastating disease that prompted her to revamp her diet and ditch processed foods.