Ten years after starting my medical training, I decided to further pursue my passion for cooking by enrolling in culinary school. That’s where I learned the fundamentals of combining flavors and using different cooking techniques to create dishes that are nutritious and full of flavor. Healthy food can and should be delicious! I started my blog when I was a student and now, several years later, thanks to your support, this site has grown by leaps and bounds! My goal still remains the same- to share both my medical and culinary knowledge with others and to empower them in the kitchen so that they can make smart diet and lifestyle choices.
I don’t believe in fad diets- they don’t work in the long run. Instead, I believe in following a well-balanced, nutritious diet full of minimally processed, whole foods and leading an active, balanced, and fulfilling lifestyle. I also believe in moderation and enjoying the occasional splurge. After all, I’m a foodie and I love food! One of the best ways to follow a nutritious diet is to cook at home. When you make your own meals, you can control the ingredients as well as the cooking techniques. Mealtime doesn’t have to be stressful or intimidating, and you don’t need to be a highly skilled cook to prepare healthy meals for your family. Many of the recipes on this site are fast and easy, perfect even for busy weeknights.
This site wouldn’t be possible without a strong team behind it. I do all of the writing, cooking, and food styling for the site. My husband Pete, a fellow ER doctor and foodie, is the social media manager and has also become the main food photographer. So basically, I make the food look pretty and he takes the pictures- we’re a perfect team! It’s amazing how much our photography has improved over the years. Just check out the photos below of my Quick and Easy Miso Glazed Salmon- the one on the left was taken when I first started this blog back in 2010 and the one on the right was just taken in 2016. We’ve definitely learned to take advantage of natural light! We also have a new addition to the team- our daughter Sienna who is my sous chef as well as the official taste tester. She’s a tough critic so if she approves a dish, I know it’s good enough to post on the blog!
The website is broken down into several sections. You’ll find all of my posts on the BLOG page and if you’re searching for specific recipes, check out the RECIPES page. On the HEALTH & WELLNESS page, you’ll find articles and resources relating to health, nutrition, and wellness. On the CULINARY 101 page, you’ll find posts relating to culinary techniques and lessons I learned in culinary school. And on the COOKING WITH YOUR KIDS page, you’ll find articles, recipes and other resources about getting your kids in the kitchen with you. I’m a big advocate of cooking with your kids. Not only does it teach them an important life skill and foster independence, it will also help instill good eating habits from an early age and put them on the path to lifelong good health.
I calculate all of the nutritional information for the recipes using a nutritional software program. All of the data for each ingredient comes from the USDA nutritional information database. The USDA classifies thousands of foods and gives their nutritional breakdown. In cases where an ingredient is not found in the USDA database, I will use the information provided on the product packaging to enter the data into the program. Please keep in mind that while I try to be as accurate as possible, the nutritional information on this site is approximate and is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
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