Today, we bring a blog coming all the way from Germany as our featured What We've Been Reading blog of the week.
Laura, a transplanted East Coaster, is living in Germany with her military husband and adorable daughter, and she's cooking up quite a bit while over there. Lucky for us, we get to digest all of that great food exploration through her awesome blog, Laura's Sweet Spot.
The blog ranges in its recipes, but there is a large focus on eating healthy and attempting to maintain a "5 to 9" vegetable servings per day diet. While there is a good douse of comfort food in there as well, we like knowing that even the guiltiest of dishes are at least being accompanied by a tidbit about healthier options. For when you're looking for that slice of comfort, but with at least an edge of health consciousness, we recommend two specific recipes: Homemade Chicken Nuggets (a tried and true recipe thoroughly tested by her adorable two-year-old) and Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese, made with evaporated milk and cheese.
As for the healthy stuff, Laura smartly uses soup as a way to cram a lot of veggies into one dish. As we approach cooler fall weather, these soups sound just delightful. We love the super easy and fast recipe for Marinara Soup - yes, the base is a can of marinara sauce. Also great are the Red Pepper Soup with Balsamic Reduction and the Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. These are all hearty, delicious soups that can easily sub in for an entire meal when served with a steamy piece of soft bread.
If you are not quite ready for fall, hang onto summer with the great Pasta Salad with Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette recipe. This dish is perfect as a last-minute barbecue side or packed to bring for lunch. Like so many of Laura's dishes, it is packed with veggies for a filling yet light staple recipe.
There are plenty of great recipes and a lot of strong foodie writing here to keep you distracted for quite some time, plus an abundance of adorable two-year-old photos. We love the blog and strongly recommend it for all levels of cooks out there.
Check out Laura's Sweet Spot today and send this relocated East Coaster some traffic and love! Then, come back and tell us your favorite of her recipes in our comments section.