Do ever find yourself scouring over the internet looking for the perfect recipe? Maybe you’re looking for vegan meals for earth day, a quick brown bag lunch idea, or a recipe to use up your produce that may go bad, but if you are like me, this process usually is overwhelming. With so many recipes on sites like Cooks.com, AllRecipes.com, Epicurious it’s difficult to weed out the ones that are good and the ones I believe to actually be wholesome. What’s an adventurous cook to do?
Recently I discovered a solution, and had to share it with all of you. I love reading healthy food blogs. I find the recipes incredibly unique, creative, healthy and ingredient lists are usually short! I know Google Reader is nothing new, but I have never used it. Now it’s my new best friend for making dinner.
Maggie told me about a bunch of blogs she reads, so I started with her list in addition to my old standbys. I get to stay up to date on all the good reads, but also when it comes time for lunch or dinner, I simply enter in the search bar an ingredient I want to use like a Laughing Cow Wedge and up pops up a bunch of ideas!
You can do it with any dish really. Now, I can support my fellow bloggers while giving in to my obsessive habit of over researching on the internet.
After looking at the results that came up, I discovered a delicious idea for a vegetarian sandwich from PBFingers.com called Edamamemole. Julie put 1/2 cup of edamame and 1 Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese in a food processor to create a delicious vegetarian protein spread for her bagel. (The picture below is owned by PBFinger.com)
How yummy does that look! I’m excited to try this recipe today on a slice of Ezekial bread with dijon mustard, tomato, lettuce and avocado! It’s a great inexpensive way to get your protein without using meat in a sandwich. A half cup of edamame has 13 g of protein and just 120 calories, for a recipe total of 155 calories.
This recipe would also work as a perfect snack as a dip with carrots and celery or crackers.
Now, if I never searched my google reader for recipes, I never would have stumbled upon this creative yet oh so simple idea. Thanks Maggie, Google and Julie!
Do you use google reader already to find new recipes? Am I laggard on this one, or am I actually showing you something you didn’t already know? What are some of your favorite food blogs you think I should add to my google reader?
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