Reading food blogs and trying out new recipes is one of my favourite pastimes and I have a long list of blogs that I read each week. However, just because a blog looks good doesn't mean it will be around next month or that the delicious-sounding recipes are actually any good.
I'm really passionate about eating as organically as possible and try to snub pesticide-laden produce, so my favourite food blogs all have an organic theme. These blogs are well-established, written by real people and focus on using natural ingredients, which I really appreciate as a number of recipes I've come across in recent years have featured processed, poor-quality ingredients such as boxes of cake mix.
An Organic Wife chronicles the journey of one woman's quest to sell the benefits of eating a whole foods diet to the world, after she sells the idea to her husband that is. This blog is packed with do-it-yourself healthy recipes to replace all of your favourite processed foods, but my favourite section offers a number of "lifestyle" recipes that are great for those interested in preserving, making kefir and baking your own sourdough.
Food advocacy and politics
Passionate about food and organic living, Vani Hari's blog Food Babe is packed with food education articles, links to the latest research and, of course, delicious recipes. Hari travels a lot and many of the recipes are her own recreations of food she has eaten in exotic locations such as Bali and Brazil. There are also lots of juice recipes and vegan recipes.
Reducing food waste
Filled with beautiful photos of both the recipes and landscapes visited by blogger, wife, mother and cancer survivor Amanda, Easy Peasy Organic is a great resource for everyday recipes and has an invaluable section with ideas for using up leftover food.
Focussing on health
Deliciously Organic was born after one mother made the switch to organic food and quickly gained relief from her health issues. The blog offers lots of adapted recipes and provides information on what natural alternatives can be used to replace processed ingredients in your favourite recipes. This blog is very focussed on health, but the recipes are so accessible and would not look out of place on the average family's dinner table.
After a little research into what's in our food, the founder of Go Organic Blog got angry and decided things had to change around their house. Many of the featured recipes are very simple and use ingredients that are easy to source, so it's an ideal blog to check out when you are looking for something quick and simple.
Family Fresh Meals was inspired by Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and is a great resource for anyone with children to consider when choosing what to serve for dinner. Although this blog does not focus solely on organic food, it does promote the use of organic ingredients and has a number of excellent lunch box recipes including bento boxes and themed recipes.
Search by ingredient
Two Blue Lemons encourages the use of organic ingredients and focusses on eating healthily and making wise food choices. There's some great food photography going on at this blog, but the main attraction has got to be the ingredient search function which allows you to find recipes based around an ingredient you have or a type of food you want to eat.