Creating a healthy meal for your family can be stressful. As well as finding the time to visit the supermarket and making sure you have all the correct ingredients, it can be hard to think of new recipe ideas which keep everyone happy. If you have been working all day it can be the last thing on your mind.
We are always hearing about how unhealthy ready meals are so it is important to plan meal times so that we don’t fall into bad habits. It can be difficult to find recipes which are simple to follow, quick to prepare, healthy and don’t require a chef’s skills to create! Getting ideas from online cook books can be a simple way to find a tasty recipe idea. We review a number of sites which all offer free recipes.
Great Little Ideas has a very simple website which makes it easy to use. You can search for a recipe idea depending on your chosen main ingredient or the theme of your meal, for example, kid’s partys or Sunday lunch. This online cook book also has a collection of recipes which only require three ingredients or less! Great if you favour simple cooking. You can also download a mealtime planner from this website which will allow you to reduce wasted food over the week with careful planning.
For more advanced options try Delia online, the official website of the cook book writer Delia Smith. This website includes how to guides so that you can brush up on your cooking skills. It also has sections for special diets to match your special requirements and cooking for one. Delia’s website also has a forum section, which will allow you to talk to other budding chefs and exchange tips.
Jamie Oliver’s website is packed with information so it can be difficult to navigate your way around, however it’s great if you want to try out any of his recipes you have seen him make on any of his television shows. You can also steal some recipe ideas from his cook books without having to actually buy the book. Jamie’s 30 minute meals section is ideal if you are short for time. The best part of this website is the how to videos, in which Jamie demonstrates how to do everything from stuff a chicken, to how to assemble a banoffee pie. This feature is great because you can actually see how to create something rather than having to interpret what you should be doing from a book.
Baking Mad.com is a website with loads of great recipe ideas which focus on baking. This website also has a great section about kids baking, which is useful if you are looking for ideas on how to get your kids more involved in the kitchen.
For something a bit different try reading cookery blogs which can show a bit more of a chef’s personal style. Cooking with Amy was chosen by The Guardian as a top food blog and displays some of Amy’s original recipes as well as Amy’s food experiences from her travels. The cookery blog Creative Recipes for Wandering Minds is a quirky blog which specialises in gluten-free recipes.
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