I’m Jen and, even from the very beginning, I’ve loved food.
But there are a few sides to my story…
My father (the very helpful apple-pie-baking assistant in this photo) runs a family owned wholesale produce company and works with farmers, grocers and restaurants throughout the country. The business now spans three generations.
So I am, and always have been, a big fan of fresh fruits and veggies…
And cooking is a part of my heart and soul.
However, my idea of healthy eating is a little different than you might expect.
What I try NOT to do:
Agonize over calories, points, or fat grams in foods or avoid and cut out certain foods altogether (like sugar or carbs).
I don’t believe that living on processed diet foods (you know the kind – they list 20+ sketchy-sounding ingredients such as “soy protein isolate” and “cellulose gum”) leads to a long-term healthy (or happy!) lifestyle.
I also try to avoid packaged and processed items as much as possible because these foods tend to be very lacking in healthy nutrients. Besides, homemade always tastes so much better and more satisfying!
In my experience, these strategies and diet foods leave you feeling deprived in the long run. What does it matter if your meal was extremely low-calorie and low-fat if you’re heading back to the fridge two hours later because you’re starving and completely unsatisfied?
My feeling: life is short, you have the right to thoroughly enjoy full-flavored food!
So instead, I focus on:
Cooking easy homemade dishes with fresh, whole foods (like whole grains, lean meats, beans, low-fat dairy, and lots of fruits and veggies). And I try to buy foods that are in season, local, and organic when they’re available.
I do believe in:
- trying to keep packaged and processed foods to a minimum,
- creating tasty recipes that (though not necessary super low-fat or low-calorie) keep me feeling so full and satisfied I’m not constantly tempted to snack,
- cooking with tons of high-nutrition fresh produce to allow for generous portions for my meals,
- and, most importantly, keeping everyday recipes as easy, simple, and approachable as possible.
So, here’s where things get even more interesting…
I fell in love with and married a Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy.
When we met, my husband Chris believed in only two food groups:
He was wary of nearly all other types of foods (salmon, brown rice, broccoli, you name it!).
So I’ve learned to cook meals that satisfy us both: filling, satisfying, substantial, and hearty for Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy.
And filled with fresh, whole ingredients for me.
Today Chris loves tons of healthy foods if they’re prepared in a delicious way.
So here’s my promise: only Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy approved tasty, delicious, and satisfying recipes will ever make it into this blog!
These days, there’s one more member of the family to cook for…
My rambunctious beagle Calvin.
Calvin happens to be heart-meltingly, absolutely, over-the-top adorable.
And he knows how to milk it.
So he gets lots of homemade treats.
My second promise: Only Calvin approved dog treat recipes will make it into this blog…
However, to be fair, Calvin loves eating wood chips.
So make of that promise what you will!
It’s sometimes challenging to create healthy, whole dishes that also taste great – especially when you’re leading a hectic and busy life – but I believe it’s all worth it when you dig into a warm, home-cooked, amazing-tasting dish made with fresh ingredients.
Thank you for allowing me to share with you!