Hey guys, I have a question for you...
What kind of content are you hoping to see on HNL in 2022?
I've been trying to plan out my content calendar for the coming months and coordinate some recipe testing and photoshoot days, but it occurred to me that before I get too far, I should stop and check in with you guys first.
Lately it seems like there's been a shift in food blogging and everyone is just chasing keywords. I definitely find myself caught up in that from time to time - hello, Air Fryer Recipes are a goldmine of good keywords. But I don't know how many of my readers actually have an Air Fryer, or how many want Air Fryer recipes.
(For the record, every single one of my Air Fryer recipes is also tested in the oven and I ALWAYS provide instructions for both methods. Same goes for Instant Pot Recipes. I always test more than one method and include multiple sets of instructions in the recipe card.)
Of course, when I find a golden nugget of a keyword I'm 100% going to go for it, don't get me wrong. But I also want to make sure that I'm creating content that serves you, dear reader. Especially the WGTW crew who turn up week after week to just see what I have to say.
So, tell me. What do you want from me?
More Air Fryer Recipes? Fewer Air Fryer Recipes? More meal bowls? More quick and easy dinners? More healthy desserts? More vegan recipes? More nutrition content? More vegetarian comfort food?
I'd love it if you could leave a comment on this post and let me know the following:
- What appliances do you have in your kitchen (Instant Pot? Slow Cooker? Air Fryer?)
- What kinds of recipes and content are you looking for from HNL in general.
- If you have any really specific requests.
Thank you kindly! I love you guys!
Also, while I'm in the business of asking for stuff, I'm looking for recommendations for the best places to eat and drink in Chicago!
I have a conference in Chicago in early March which does appear to be happening, although I'm fully aware that a lot could go wrong between now and then. It was supposed to be September 2020 in New York and has been rescheduled twice now and for the love of god I have Business Class tickets booked and would the universe just let this tired mom have her conference?
It's a conference for food bloggers (yes, we are that cool!) and Emmeline and I are travelling there together and sharing an AirBnB with Sarah, obviously. We booked an apartment last week and then my AirBnB app (which I did not use - Sarah did the booking) got all up in my business asking if I was going to Chicago. What! How does it know?!
After two days of nerding out about SEO and content strategy and with our fellow food bloggers, Emmeline and I have an extra day in Chicago and we want to eat All. The. Things. I'm talking deep dish pizza, speak-easys, and whatever else Chicago is famous for. So hit me up with all of your recommendations!
As far as the conference goes, I know it seems like a literal shitstorm right now, but we shall see. We need to have a negative PCR test to fly to the US in the first place. Then we need a negative test within 48 hours to get into the conference AND a vaccine passport (I'll be triple vaxxed by then!) AND we have to wear masks the entire time.
While being masked for two full days of networking isn't how I wanted to attend this conference, I'll take whatever I can get at this point. So bring it on!
ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK
First up, a recipe for Chickpea Blondies that I've been working on for a while. I knew you guys would love it, and so many of you have made them already! These beauties are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, naturally-sweetened, and totally delicious!
The other recipe this week is a super easy and tasty one-pot pasta recipe... and I know you guys love one-pot pasta recipes! This One-Pot Lemony Kale Pasta is made with half lentil pasta to pump up the protein.
WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL
1. 10-Minute Vegetable Ramen Noodles. In the top spot again!
2. Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos. These are always a good idea.
3. Turmeric Latte Mix. Perfect to cozy up with on a cold day.
4. Red Lentil Dal. Love this cozy and flavourful lentil stew.
5. Savory Cottage Cheese Muffins. Love these protein-packed savory muffins.
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
Emily left the following comment and 5-star review on our Vegetarian Dumpling Soup recipe:
This smelled so good the whole time it was cooking and the dumplings were super satisfying. I also have no idea what chicken and dumpling soup tastes like, but I love this chickpea version. Definitely a repeater.
I have know idea either! But I do love this delicious vegetarian riff.
THIS WEEK’S MENU
Time to get back into a routine and back to reality this week!
HERE’S WHAT’S ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
Monday: Soup from the freezer and lots of veggies.
Tuesday: Quick and easy fresh tortellini with broccoli and halloumi. I make this approx once a week because it's super fast and everyone eats it without complaining.
Wednesday: Trying a new recipe for Sticky Tofu. If it's good, I'll share!
Thursday: Omelet night!
Friday: We are doing tacos for dinner! I might do these Sheet-Pan Halloumi Tacos.
Saturday: Going to do a big baked Mac and Cheese. This is my favourite recipe.
Sunday: Pizza night! Using up some Spelt Pizza Dough from the freezer.