Would you believe that I was invited by a local news channel to share tips on navigating the very scary world of real food cooking? It's funny because two sisters in our family are amazing cooks – and I'm NOT one of them! It's a pretty major shortcoming of mine, so I went into full panic mode and started doing what I *am* good at: researching.
I talked to every foodie I know, picked Joanie and Becky's brains (sorry Laura – you know you're right there with me!), and searched for ways to real food cooking for someone like me much more doable. And I have to say that I walked away with some really great resources along with easy ways to organize favorites and make simple shopping lists.
The bonus in all of this is that when you're cooking with real food, you're eliminating so many of the toxins found in prepackaged food, as well as the massive amount of disposable plastic used by manufacturers to store the food. What could be better for a simple Earth Day change?
The Only Bad Cook Resources You'll Ever Need
Dive into Real Food Recipe Websites
These websites are chock-full of simple, old-fashioned recipes, and most are also available in app format too.
- Food Network
- All Recipes
- Real Simple
- Weelicious (kid-friendly recipes with free weekly menu planner and available in an app)
Follow Foodie Blog Aggregates
These websites combine a wide array of the best recipes from around the internet to save you time.
Simplify Your Menu Planning with Organizational Tools
These free tools are available online and also apps for simple in-kitchen prep without printing and chasing down recipes.
- Ziplist: Like the Cadillac of recipe finding/organizing/sharing, menu planning, shopping list tool and mobile app that I've come across yet. It offers a web clipper that allows you to add any and all recipes from around the web with one click. It can even create a unique shopping list based on the recipes you add and lets you add the meal to your menu with one click.
- Pinterest: By far the easiest way to group recipes into categories (like gluten-free) so you can find them easily on your iPhone or iPad while you're wrangling dinner in the kitchen. The beautiful visuals actually inspire me to cook (and that's not an easy thing to do!). I love being able to follow my favorite cooks who post their recipes regularly, so I don’t have to visit their blogs to scout out the new recipes.
- Foodily: Pairs perfectly with Pinterest, because you can import all of the recipes you’ve already saved. Also includes a social aspect (friending, following specific chefs and sharing the recipes you like the best via social media channels).
- Pepper Plate: Allows you to import recipes from 20 of the most popular recipe sites (i.e. AllRecipes.com, The Pioneer Woman, etc.), also provides a menu planner and shopping list.
Download Free Cookbooks for Kindle
Amazon.com offers a wide range of free e-cookbooks for download via Kindle to your computer.
How do you make real food real quick without getting so overwhelmed that you give up?