No fad diets, potions, or pills.
Simple nutritious food and evidenced based nutrition advice
My recipes are whole-food based, according to my food philosophy. Many are created by me, some are inspired or shared from other places. I try to avoid refined ingredients, and sugar as much as possible. I also try to get my fats from plant-based sources most often. I prefer to use high quality ingredients like organic food, free range and grass fed eggs and meats and cold-pressed oils. If you don't choose to eat this way, or it doesn't fit your budget, my recipes can be made with whatever vegetables, dairy, meats, and other foods work for you. Most are plant based, and many are free of top allergens like gluten and dairy. You'll also find lots of vegan and vegetarian options.
In some posts, you'll find sections highlighting different nutrition topics. You'll also find some cooking tips and tricks within the recipes to help you master some of the basic techniques I use often (like cutting squash in this post).
I'll also give you suggestions and links to my favourite kitchen tools to use for each recipe. Many of these are Pampered Chef products, and full disclosure: I am an independent consultant for this company and sell their products. I do this because it's fun, and I love their products and have been using them for years in my own kitchen. Plus, it's another way for me to meet new people and chat about cooking and nutrition! If you aren't into the Pampered Chef that's more than ok - you can find similar products in many kitchen stores. You'll also notice how much I love my Vitamix - it gets almost daily use in my kitchen! For some recipes you need a higher powered blender like a Vitamix, but for many others a standard blender will be fine.
I'm a firm believer in the 80-20 rule: this means indulging and enjoying it. Treats are meant to be enjoyed, so by all means give yourself this pleasure, just keep in the 10-20 range. Yes, I eat chocolate (often )- In fact, I think I might not survive without it, but I still think of it as a treat. When I indulge I do try to make sure I'm getting at lease some nutritional value. A treat is still a treat, but I feel good knowing I get some good nutrients as part of the package :)
At the bottom of each recipe you'll find a nutrition label with nutrition information, and nutritional highlights. For the most part if you're making recipes from scratch using wholesome ingredients I don't think a nutrition label is necessary. But I do think reading labels and being aware of what you're putting into your body is a good habit to get into. For some people with certain dietary needs, label reading is very important. I plan to write a post with more info on reading labels soon, so stay tuned.
"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients"
- Julia Child