Hi! My name is Lauren and I LOVE food!!! I love preparing it, eating it, reading about it, thinking about it, talking about it… Did I mention that I love to eat? Because let’s be honest, what’s the point of loving food if you’re not going to eat it.
I’ve always loved to eat, and I even enjoyed helping my mom out in the kitchen when I was growing up, but I don’t think I discovered my true passion for food until I was married, and suddenly became responsible for procuring and preparing food for someone else in addition to myself. All the new kitchen tools I received as wedding gifts probably had something to do with it too! I started watching cooking shows, asking for cook books as gifts, reading cooking magazines, and browsing cooking blogs online. I discovered a plethora of new foods, flavor combinations and cooking techniques, and decided to try some of them out in my own kitchen. Immediately I was hooked! Cooking allows me to be creative, experiment and try new things. Cooking allows me to explore the foods and flavors of the world, without the cost of a plane ticket. Cooking gives me the opportunity to pour my love into what I’m making and share it with those around me. Cooking allows me to present something beautiful and delicious and say, I made that! Cooking has even taught me a bit about accepting failures and learning from my mistakes.
My views on food, my food philosophy you could say, has changed a lot over the course of my life. Like I said before, I’ve always loved to eat, and as a result struggled with being overweight for most of my early life. From the time I first became responsible for feeding myself I’ve struggled with finding the right balance between eating the food I love, and eating in a way that’s healthy for me both physically and emotionally. I strongly believe in eating all things in moderation. I love ALL food way to much to give up anything entirely. A lot of people attempt to completely avoid certain foods- like carbs, refined sugar, gluten, cheese, bacon (gasp!). But most people, myself included, can’t maintain a diet like that long term, and honestly I don’t think you need to completely give up those foods to be healthy. I try to eat healthy (lots of veggies and fruit, lean protein and dairy, and whole grains) 75-85% of the time, but then allow myself to occasionally indulge in things like pizza, pasta, dessert or a cocktail. Allowing myself these occasional treats keeps me from going crazy and prevents me from going on an emotional eating binge.
Because I try to eat healthy most of the time, I’m always on the look out for food that’s healthy but still delicious. Hopefully most of my posts will be of tasty, healthy dishes I’ve discovered along my food journey. If I’m realistic though, I know that there will likely be just as many indulgent recipes as healthy ones. Thanks for joining me on this food adventure! I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do!