How can you eat healthy on a budget? Over and over I hear “It costs so much money to buy organic and whole foods.” I could get into a discussion on why NOT buying organic and fresh foods will cost you more in the long run because it is costing us our health and, ultimately, more money. But today I writing about where and how to shop on a budget. Shopping on a budget is not a about the “experience”. Yes, it is more pleasurable to walk into an upscale supermarket like Whole Foods, with its beautiful produce section, delicious looking ready-made foods, and tasty samples abound but Read More
I recently read an article that was all about little things you should be doing if you want to be ahead of everyone else. Not that our only goal should be about “being the best,” but we should learn to improve ourselves and learn things that will set us apart from the competition. One of them that really stood how to me was “learn how to cook things you enjoy more than you enjoy ordering out.” We all have our favorite restaurants and meals that we get excited to eat, but why can’t we get just as excited about something we make. When we cook our own food, Read More
The idea of going to a new restaurant the week that they open is exciting because you get to be one of the first ones to review it and make your own opinions without any preconceived notions. Restaurant reviewers, such as Yelp, can put you in a certain mindset about how you should feel about a restaurant before you even step through the doors and try the food yourself. That’s why I was eager to try a new restaurant that opened in our area because I was going into it with no opinions from friends, no harsh comments from yelp, and no idea what to expect… just a clean Read More
My daughter and I just finished a 10-Day Detox for the second time. We loved the results our first time around and wanted to give it a second go to see if anything changed. The first time we did the detox a year ago, it was a big lifestyle change from what we were typically used to. Not that we didn’t eat relatively healthy before, we just weren’t as familiar and knowledgeable about what we should be eating in comparison to now. During our first detox, the first couple of days were tough and we felt as though we had significantly less energy. The sugar and caffeine withdrawals were Read More
When teaching my cooking class today, the question was asked “if I could make three small changes after leaving here what would they be?”
My answer was try to eliminate, or at least reduce your intake of dairy and gluten and make your own dressings and marinades.
Gluten and dairy are the two most harmful food sensitivities. Many people don’t realize they have these hidden food sensitivities. They cause inflammation in the body, eventually leading to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is the root of many diseases including; obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis to name a few.
Make your own marinades and dressings. The majority of Read More
You Only Live Once.
I was having breakfast this morning with family, wrapping up a wonderful weekend celebrating my sons 21st birthday. Every part of the weekend was fabulous minus how I felt this morning. I had indulged in things, laden with sugar and gluten, that I hadn’t consumed for a long time. Now if it was in moderation, I would have been fine. But it wasn’t. I started with a few beers at the Cubs game on Friday afternoon and it went downhill from there.
The weekend continued with truffle fries, cupcakes, more drinking, chips and salsa, more drinking and ended with the most delicious chocolate cake made by a Read More
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Today I conducted a lunch and learn for the staff at a low income housing complex. My agenda was to show how easy and healthy you can eat on a budget. Below are 2 meals we made and the cost associated with each. Both would feed a family of 4.
1 ¼lb lean ground turkey $3.29
1 large onion Read More
Food obsession is everywhere. There are cutthroat competitions everywhere and celebrity chefs with TV shows, both social and mainstream media are stuffed with an endless blur of blogs and demos. So why do Americans still eat tons of hyper-processed food, the stuff that is correctly called junk and should really come with warning labels?
Supermarkets offer more variety than ever, and there are 4 times more farmers markets than 20 years ago. Nor is it a lack of available information. Yet, we aren’t cooking. I’m not talking about elaborate dinner parties or 3-day science projects. I’m talking about simple, easy, everyday meals.
My goal….teach people how to cook for their family Read More
My mission is simple: to provide cooking classes to everyone interested in enhancing their quality of life utilizing healthy and affordable food options. I want to create an environment in the kitchen where cooking is enjoyable and rewarding. I am committed to making people comfortable in their own kitchens and expanding their repertoire with new recipes, efficient ways to prepare food, and economical places to shop for fresh food. Overall, I’m dedicated to generating passion in the kitchen.