Simple. Healthy. Sassy.

Simple. Healthy. Sassy. What the hell does that mean, anyway? 

A lot of people seem really intimidated in the kitchen, thinking they have to follow every recipe to the tee. In my mind, the best home-cooked meals are straightforward and flavorful. Let the ingredients shine, taste as you go and leave the really schmancy stuff for a night out. When I post a recipe think of it more as guidelines. My most beloved cookbooks are the ones filled with sticky pages and hastily scribbled notes. Feel it out, taste along the way, brainstorm ways to improve it next time, get dirty. 

With the proliferation of junk food available outside the home (Chicago bars, why must your tempt me with your greasy, beer-battered goodness?), I try to keep things pretty healthy around here. I'm not interested in weight loss, but I do try my best to build balanced meals that make me feel good.

A few of my healthy eating rules of thumb include:

  • Cook more! You're already ahead of the game if you're preparing meals at home, rather than eating out.
  • In recipe interpretation, try to double the veg and halve the meat. 
  • Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you like. 
  • Go with whole grains wherever possible. 
  • Make smart substitutions when it won't ruin the flavor. 

Since I work in the food industry, I do have a solid understanding of nutrition and food issues. I am not a dietitian, however.

This blog is by no means a log of all that I eat; but simply recipes that I find tasty and worth sharing. 

Well, if you know me, you get it. I write all day at my job, so this is my opportunity to snark. Please pardon me if I overstate a personal opinion or two. 

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