When you think about the kind of dishes traditionally associated with people our age, recipes like “Grandma’s Apple Pie,” “Old-Time Scalloped Potatoes” and “Turkey Pot Pie” probably spring to mind. After all, these are the kinds of recipes that people in their 50s and 60s are seen making in the movies and on TV.

In reality, our culinary interests are much more diverse. While we may indeed have inherited a family recipe or two that we like to break out at special occasions – mostly at the request of our kids or grandkids – we are always on the lookout for new recipes.

Well, if you are the kind of person who is always on the lookout for culinary inspiration, I have some good news! A new generation of creative cooks and brilliant bakers is on the rise. But, be warned… once you add them to your Instagram list or start visiting their websites, you may be lost for hours in the beauty of their work!

Since I know that many of you are just discovering Instagram for the first time, I wanted to take a moment to share 10 amazing cooking geniuses that you may not have heard of. Enjoy!

Emma @the_artful_foodie

When Emma talks about food being a source of healing, I get the feeling that she is talking about more than our physical health. It seems like she is saying that being mindful about the food that we create and consume is a path to happiness, health and even self-awareness. I couldn’t agree more! Next on my list to try? It’s her “Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls.” They look exotic, but, they are actually easier than they look to make!

Nadia @nadiadamaso_ebnl

If you have been convinced by the media that eating healthy = eating less, you will love Nadia’s Eat Better Not Less blog and Instagram channel may give you new hope! It’s no exaggeration to say that her creations are little works of art. More importantly, her work shows that it is possible to eat as much as you want as long as you are careful about the ingredients that you use. Next on my list to try? It’s her “Pecan-Almond Tartes.” Seriously! Tell me that these aren’t the cutest things that you have ever seen!

Niki @rebelrecipes

Do you consider yourself to be a bit of a rebel in the kitchen? So does Niki! Her plant-based recipes show off all of the beauty of nature. Seriously, it’s almost impossible to think about baking cupcakes or eating processed foods after looking at her amazing creations. Next on my list of recipes to try? It’s her “Golden Ginger & Turmeric Cookies.” Yummy!

Janine @nutsandblueberries

If you think that healthy vegetarian and vegan food is boring and tasteless, you really need to check out Janine’s nutsandblueberries page on Instagram! There is something almost spiritual about the way that she displays her new creations. You can honestly feel the love and attention that she puts into each work of culinary art. Next on my list of recipes to try? It’s her “Sunflower Seed Tzatziki Sandwich.”

Dana @minimalistbaker

Every creative genius brings a unique twist to their work and Dana’s is this… she creates simple, yet beautiful dishes that require 10 ingredients or less and take 30 minutes or less to prepare. As someone who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but who also wants to eat healthy, this sounds perfect to me! Next on my list to try? It’s her “Saucy Portobello Butternut Squash Tacos”. Enjoy!

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Ilene @thecolorfulkitchen

Do you have a colorful kitchen? Ilene does! Even better, she’s on a mission to help bring some color to the culinary lives of the people who find inspiration in her work. She really does make healthy eating look (not to mention taste) delicious! Next on my list to try? It’s her “Easy Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl.” That said, looking at the portion size, I may need to invite my family over for a colorful breakfast feast!

Carolyn @fooddreamer

Looking for some creative ways to satisfy your sweet tooth while impressing your grandkids? Carolyn’s All Day I Dream About Food blog and Instagram channel may be perfect places to start! With the holiday season already upon us, I can’t think of a better time to learn some new recipes for German chocolate truffles, cranberry cheesecake pie and tamale pie. Next on my list to try? It’s her “Brownie Cheesecake for Two!” It looks positively sinful!

Taesha @thenaturalnurturer

In a world in which the ingredients in our food read like the ramblings of a crazy scientist, Taesha’s culinary creations are a breath of fresh air. Her moto is to “stay as close to nature as possible” and this certainly shows in her delicious recipes. Next on my list to try? It’s her “Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork.” It looks fabulous!

Sara @sproutedkitchen

If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2017 will be to start eating healthy again, I strongly encourage you to check out Sara’s Sprouted Kitchen blog and Instagram channel. Her creations cross the entire spectrum of culinary options – from healthy appetizers and naturally filling mains to sneaky snacks (that aren’t so sneaky) and delicious deserts that look as good as they taste. Next on my list to try? It’s her “Pumpkin Pie Tart.” It’s perfect for fall!

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Jen @whollyvegan

If you are trying to eat a little less meat, Jen’s Wholly Vegan Instagram channel may be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Through her delicious mains and enticing appetizers, Jen shows that Vegan food can be colorful, exciting and tasty! Next on my list to try? It’s her “Cauliflower Soup with Kabocha Squash and Brussels Sprouts.”

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Emma Marie @withloveemma_

Another Emma who understands the connection between healthy eating and happiness is Emma Marie. Her Instagram channel, Emma shares colorful nutritious meals that will inspire you to take care of your body. Next on my list to try? It’s her “Cherry Nice-Cream Coconut Bowls.”

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Marissa @omgfoodblog

Marissa is relatively new to the food blogging scene. After leaving her job as a game designer, in January 2016, she decided to start sharing her culinary creations with the world. We’re glad she did, because, they are amazing! Next on my list of new ideas to try? It’s Marissa’s amazing “One-Pot Creamy Sausage and Pasta.” Check it out!

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I don’t know about you, but, I find these creative culinary geniuses so inspiring. I won’t be throwing away my recipe for “Grandma’s Apple Pie” away any time soon. But, I do feel inspired to try some of the nutritious, colorful recipes that these wonderful young ladies have chosen to share with the world. I hope that you will join me!

What are your favorite healthy recipes? Which of the dishes mentioned in this article would you like to try? Please join the conversation.

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