Friday links

I haven’t blogged since last Friday Links, and I’m bummed, but I was out of town. I will share some highlights of my trip in my next blog post! Since I’ve been gone I haven’t read as much as usual. However it gave me time to start reading Thrive, a book about vegan health and how food relates to performance in sports and life. What have you been reading this week?

I still did come across some interesting things to share:

  • One of my Top 3 popular blog posts is my Meatball Shop vegetarian meatballs recipe. I love The Meatball Shop and this recipe and I love that so many people find my site by searching for this recipe. If you found my blog via that recipe and are reading this, Hiiii!! So when I saw video about the Meatball Shop guys on Jay Leno, I was excited. It gets a little out of hand when Jack Black enters the picture.
  • If, like me, you love breakfast but hate mornings, overnight breakfast prep might be for you. There are recipes that can easily start the night before and be finished in the morning, making a great breakfast without all the A.M. prep. NPR’s Overnight Breakfast 
  • Learn what spring vegetables are popular right now and how to prepare them. This is a good list if you are walking around a farmer’s market and want to try something new and fresh. How to cook spring vegetables
  • As a new runner, I found Getting to the Root of Runners High interesting. One line was especially interesting: “Liking to run, it seems, may have helped to make humans what they are.” And the comments were actually good to read, telling about people’s specific reasons and feelings. Like many comments, I actually enjoy my runs more when I put less pressure on myself and remember I’m doing it because how I feel at the end as opposed to viewing it as exercise or something I have to do.
  • And, although I’m not a fan of the word foodie, this is a fun read with some good tips (6. Befriend a Farmer) and a few that might make you chuckle (13. Take Your Leftovers to Work in a Mason Jar). Pretend you are a foodie

What’s for dinner? Check these sites

Stumped as to what to make for dinner? Sometimes I get stuck when planning my weekly meals. I have a few resources I turn to for help, and thought I would pass them along to you.

Visual bookmarks

I always start at Pinterest, as I bookmark a lot of recipes I would realistically make with foods I eat and have around. It is a visual bookmarking site, so I just click on my food boards and look at pictures until something inspires me. Follow me on Pinterest!

Gilt Taste also does this, but doesn’t have as many recipes. It does have a lot of “how-to” descriptions to improve making the basics.

Work with what you have

There are a bunch of sites that let you tell what you what you already have and it makes a meal out of it. I haven’t used My Fridge Food much but like what I’ve seen. There are a lot of similar sites, including Supercook and Recipe Puppy, which is an ingredent-based search engine, so it searches many sites.

And you know I wouldn’t leave out after-dinner drinks. At Extratasty and the Esquire magazine drinks page you tag the ingredients you have and they tell you what drinks you can make.

Specific foods

If you have one specific food in mind — maybe you have a craving for it or maybe you have a lot or it’s going bad — there are some places to find inspiration. I love the New York Times Recipes for Health series, and they break it down by ingredients. The Farm Box Diet is a 411 for CSA info and have recipes broken down by common foods you would get from a farm. The Washington Post has a nice recipe finder where you can search by type of food, put in a search or click if you want it fast, kid-friendly, meatless and/or healthy.

What’s in season now, anyway?

To get the best taste and value in a food, it’s best to eat in season. But how do you know what’s in season? Epicurious has a nice map where you pick your state and the month, and tells you what is in season and has a link to recipes. And Cooking Light has a list of food broken down by season.

What is your solution on when you are stuck what to make?