Accessible Plant-Forward Eating

Want to try healthy cooking but unsure where to start and don’t want to commit to investing in cookbooks? These clean eating websites are for the health-conscious and hungry. Those tired of trying to make kale work (although this recipe by Goop is a game changer), I got you. Clean eating doesn’t have to be boring or for a special club of LA foodies—it’s for everyone.

Don’t stand for Instagram-worthy (but not tasty) health foods anymore. Feel nourished by these vegetable-forward delicious recipes that will become staples in no time. Whether you’re just learning that you can make cauliflower into rice or you’ve been on this journey for years, here are our favorite clean eating websites for fresh—and healthy—inspiration!

1. My New Roots

Favorite Recipes | Big Comfy Sweet Potato, Coconut Black Rice Breakfast Pudding

My New Roots was one of the first websites I found in college that focuses on how beautiful and delicious plant-based foods can be—and I never looked back. Sarah brings life back into dishes you think would be mundane or boring. Based in Canada, her cold-weather classics are a must for finding inspiration in the winter when all you want is mac and cheese and Seinfeld reruns. Her Big Comfy Sweet Potato recipe, I can attest, is amazing!

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2. Love & Lemons

Favorite Recipes | Chocolate Zucchini Bread, Best Breakfast Burrito 

For those entranced by zesty foods and believe everything could use a squeeze of lemon (I’m looking at my mom) this website is for you! Based in Chicago, Jeanine and Jack focus on bringing bright flavors and seasonal cooking to your table. The filter tab is also a lifesaver for those with dietary restrictions or people looking for a combination of ingredients and seasons.

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3. Grown & Gathered

Favorite Recipes | Spelt and Kombucha Scones, Frozen Chocolate and Orange Torte

Drool-worthy photography and delicious recipes go together like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Grown & Gathered will make you want to get out and garden, taking full advantage of seasonal produce with exciting new recipes to match. With tips and tricks for having successful crops and turning them into dishes that will awe any dinner party, Grown & Gathered is your new best friend.

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4. Minimalist Baker

Favorite Recipes | Green Cauliflower Rice, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Waffles 

Three words. Green. Cauliflower. Rice. This stuff is addictive—it is so delicious you’ll want to make it daily. Besides my obsession, the other recipes on Minimalist Baker are the trifecta: quick, easy, and healthy. With every recipe taking under 30 minutes in one pan and 10 or fewer ingredients, it is hard to go wrong. It’s perfect for beginners and those looking to mix up the usual Trader Joe’s routine.

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5. goop

Favorite Recipes | Guide to Beer and Beer Snacks, One Pan Eggs and Greens

I am a fan of basically anything Gwyneth Paltrow does, but especially when it comes to her cooking. Her cookbooks are filled with healthy, easy, and delicious recipes, but can be a little pricey. That’s why the goop food page is a great place to find similar recipes without taking up space on your bookshelf. Inventive and catered towards the working woman, I constantly find intuitive recipes that make me think “why I didn’t I think of that?”

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6. Pinch of Yum

Favorite Recipes | Farmer’s Market Pasta, Roasted Vegetable Bowls

For those not quite ready to give up all the cheesy goodness and slightly unhealthy food life has to offer, Pinch of Yum is the transition site for you. With clean eating and healthy foods being at the core, you’ll still find some recipes that indulge a little more than others. Bringing fresh ingredients to the table is a great place to start living and feeling better.

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7. Blue Hill at Stone Barn

Favorite Recipes | Grilled Cucumber Salad, Honeynut Squash Hummus

Blue Hill at Stone Barn has graced us with a catalog of their Michelin-starred recipes that are redefining farm-to-table eating. Fall in love with fresh produce again and feel like you are dining at a five-star restaurant in your own home. PS—if you are looking to become fully obsessed, watch Dan Barber’s episode of Chef’s Table.

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Sarah Spoljaric is a California girl through and through. She has a BA in World History from one of the top 10 greenest campuses in the world; The University of California, Merced and is a Content Curator for the visual travel app Trepic. She has a background in museum curating, loves reading women’s travel journals and is in search of the perfect IPA. She’s passionate about exploring this beautiful world that ethically-produced goods help to protect. Say hi on Instagram!