Where do you find your favorite recipes??
I have been subscribing to Taste of Home Magazines for years and before that my Mom had subscribed to them since they started publishing back in the late 80’s early 90’s. They have always been my favorite recipe source, but then came along the internet and I started finding recipes on sites like Epicurious and Allrecipes. Food Network and all of their stars have been favorite sources and in the last 5 or 6 years I have relied on food blogs for some of my favorite recipes. I think the fact that other people like me have made these recipes and thought enough of them to share is why I love the Food Blog world….and likely why I started blogging myself a few years back. I have never claimed to be the best cook in the world, but I love recipes and sharing ones I love.
Over my years of reading food blogs, there are some that I go back to and look forward to the most. I’m always looking for dinner recipe inspiration and those blogs that can give me dinner ideas seem to be my favorite. Now don’t get my wrong, I can drool over dessert recipes all day long, but since I have to have food on the table night after night (while trying to keep everyone happy and serve relatively healthy meals), the blogs that help me out with dinner get my love the most! So here are a few of my faves, most of which I have read since I started reading blogs.
This recipe for Beef, Tomato and Pasta soup comes from Skinnytaste. I love her recipes and what amazes me is that they are all basically Weight Watcher recipes and they are delicious! I have tried a bunch of them and they have all turned out amazing and healthy! You don’t sacrifice flavor or comfort for a healthier dinner. That is hard to do in my experience. I can’t tell you how many healthy recipes I have tried that didn’t impress, but hers haven’t failed me yet! I have made her Tuna Noodle Casserole, Lasagna Soup, Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken and Cream of Asparagus Soup. Her recipes are very family friendly which is important to me as well!
One of the blogs that got me started with my blog love was Pioneer Woman. You probably all have heard of her but if you haven’t tried any of your recipes you definitely should. I haven’t had anything on her blog that I didn’t love, either. Her Chicken Parmigiana is the best I have ever made and I love, love love her Trinidadian Chicken. If you are looking for something sweet her Tres Leches Cake is amazing!!
Mel’s Kitchen Cafe has some of the most tried and true recipes I have found on a blog (she even says it in her tagline). I loved her Asian Chicken Wraps and her Chicken Bacon Kebabs have bacon in the sauce….yes BACON! Her Buttermilk Banana Bread is a favorite, too! She is also very sweet and a mom of 5!
Another mom blog with great dinner recipes is Life in the Lofthouse. I have made the Baked Beef Stew and her Stuffed French Bread is amazing. Her recipes are all very easy and kid-friendly. She does meal plans every week which can give you some menu inspiration when you need it.
Some others that I love are:
Barefeet in the Kitchen – Lots of healthy recipes, gluten-free.
Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice – All kinds of recipes, dinner, sides, desserts.
Your Homebased Mom – some great crockpot recipes and dinner salads.
A Family Feast – A Chef and his wife write this blog with some amazing recipes. Great weeknight recipes but also some go to’s if you are having a dinner party or celebration. Their Italian Tomato Sauce is the best I have ever made. For those in Apex I thought it tasted like Daniel’s!
So, if you are looking for some new blogs to read or dinner inspiration (dessert, too) give these blogs a read! If you have any that you love feel free to mention them in the comments below!
So back to this soup. We loved it, everyone emptied their bowls, and there wasn’t a whole lot left after dinner. We thought it tasted like spaghetti and meatballs in soup form which is a very good thing in my book. It was easy enough for me to whip up while I was working, too! I always sprinkle a little Parmesan on my soup and that tasted especially good here. If you are doing Weight Watcher’s she has the points and nutrition info on her blog so you can check that out, too.
- 1 lb lean ground beef - 90%
- 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced carrot
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes (I used crushed)
- 32 oz beef stock or broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 oz small pasta (Acini di Pepei or Orzo work well here)
- Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, saute the beef and salt on high until browned. Break up meat into small bits as you are cooking. Add onion, celery and carrots and saute 3-4 minutes (I added a little olive oil since there isn't much fat with the lean beef but that will change the WW points.)
- Add the tomatoes, beef stock or broth, bay leaves and cover and cook until veggies are tender about 1-1 1/2 hours. I cooked mine closer to 1 1/12. Add the pasta, stir and cook according to package directions. The soup will be thick at this point and you can add a little more broth if you want to thin it out a little.