A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Simply Healthy and Simply Delicious Simple Cooking

The Soup Stone

Welcome to Day 10 of the Minimize Yo’ Butt 6-Week Fitness Challenge

Cooking healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. You can probably tell from the title of this post that I like keeping my cooking as simple as possible.

I know from personal experience that if things get too complicated in the planning and preparing of food, that is the quickest way for it to not get done. Those are times when I’m most tempted to order pizza or pick up something quick while we’re out.

I thought it would be helpful to share a couple of my favorite sources for simple recipes. I hope you enjoy them and find them helpful for your own family.

The Stone Soup

You can’t get much simpler than a 5 ingredients recipe. Jules from The Stone Soup makes some absolutely incredible dishes. It’s hard not to get distracted by how gorgeous the photos are. It just makes me want to cook it all because everything looks incredible!

Jules is a fellow minimalist so she knows the importance of keeping things simple.

Some of my favorite posts you’re sure to enjoy from The Stone Soup include:

How to Set Up a Minimalist Kitchen

How to Stock a Minimalist Pantry

18 Tips for Minimizing Your Food Costs

Free E-Cookbook: Minimalist Home Cooking

I highly encourage you to check out the 5-Ingredient Cookbooks that Jules has to offer. If you sign up for email updates you will get another beautiful cookbook for FREE. There is a nice balance of simple healthy recipes and indulgent dishes. We all need a special treat once in awhile.

Jules also offers video instruction throughout her site and her books that is just fun to watch and salivate over. If you enjoy her cooking videos, you might also be interested in her Virtual Cookery School. I’ve really enjoyed the free videos from Jules and I’m really interested in doing her Virtual Cookery School in the future. Her simple approach to cooking and creative recipes always make me wish I was more accomplished in the kitchen.

All Recipes

I use All Recipes all the time! I have used them for years as one of my favorite recipe sources. It is a very rare occasion that I can’t find a recipe I’m looking for. So I was super excited to find out they have an entire section for Healthy Recipes.

Recipes are also sorted by special dietary groups like: Gluten-free, dairy-free, diabetic, low-carb, and more. It’s pretty neat. One of my favorite features of All Recipes is that every recipe can be scaled up or down for the number of servings you need. This is great for gatherings or if you have a big family at home like I do.

Do you have any favorite sources for healthy recipes? I’m always looking for new ideas.

It’s not too late to start minimizing your butt and getting healthy! If you missed out on the first week of the challenge, you can go to the Minimize Yo’ Butt page and see all the posts listed for you. If you’ve already been doing the challenge, I’d love to hear how your progress is going.

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image from Minimalist Home Cooking by Jules Clancy

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  1. I’m always getting new recipes from All Recipes too Faith. Kirk has even convinced me to purge my cookbooks since I only use online recipes.

    The other resource I use all the time is The World’s Healthiest Foods site. I love how on the food list there is an in-depth description of the health benefits for each food. there is also serving suggestions for each food on the list as well.

    • Faith Janes says

      Thanks for that site, Jenny. It looks really neat. I also love that so many of the recipes are so fast to make. 5-minute chicken in a bowl got my attention immediately! 🙂

  2. I am bad to just throw some stuff together. I have been cooking forever, but not the best at it, lol! I have been learning lately to use mostly fresh produce and ingredients, really trying to enchance flavors. I have seen the Stone Soup site before but will have to go back and give it a peek. Thanks for sharing Faith!
    I have a swiss cheese brain

    • Faith Janes says

      With a bunch of mouths to feed every night, we used to have dinners composed of a meat entree, a green veggie, a starch veggie, and some kind of dinner roll or pasta. Too much prep and too much food! Now we’ve switched to a meat for a main dish, one main green vegetable and maybe some other vegetable like sliced tomatoes out of the garden or some fresh fruit. It’s better for us and it makes like much easier too. Win, win!

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