Why “parsley in my teeth”? Because the crevices between my teeth seem to be magnets for any kind of leafy, green vegetable matter. At restaurants, I always ask my husband, “Do I have anything stuck in my teeth?” This query is preceded by an obnoxious, wide-mouthed presentation of my dentals, followed by the wild, frantic swishing of water around my mouth, trying to create the force of a fire hose to dislodge any wedged particles. It’s the culinary equivalent of coming out of the restroom with toilet paper stuck to your shoe. Kind of humorous, so decided to go with it.
Why so many “cooking for one” recipes? I know many people who either cook for themselves or one other person. Their chief complaint is that it’s difficult to find recipes with small portions, so they end up eating out most of the time. I decided to create most of these recipes to make 1 or 2 servings which can be scaled up. I find it more difficult to scale down a recipe that serves 6 to 8, so I hope the approach I take here inspires singles or couples to stay at home and cook something healthy! And those cooking for a family can easily adjust the recipes for as many people as needed.
So what constitutes “fast & easy”? “Fast” means prep time is generally under 15 minutes, and “easy” means the number of ingredients is usually 5 or less. It also assumes you have access to a food processor, blender or similar appliance.
What exactly do you eat? About 70% of my diet is vegan, 20% vegetarian, and 10% pescatarian (wild-caught fish & seafood) with the occasional organic, pasture-raised chicken or turkey thrown in. The things I eat the most of include all types of veggies (but rarely white potatoes), beans, lentils, nuts, mushrooms, quinoa, amaranth, hemp/flax/chia seeds, tofu and fruit. I limit cheese, eggs and dairy (I use soy, almond or coconut milk as substitutes). I have recently nearly eliminated bread, pasta and most grains from my diet. Instead of sugar I use Stevia, agave nectar, fresh fruit juices, honey, maple syrup or molasses. Instead of refined, white table salt, I use sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. Instead of soy sauce, I use Braggs Amino Acids. Instead of egg-based mayonnaise, I use Vegenaise. I drink about 2-3 liters of water a day to keep flushing out the toxins. Oh yeah, speaking of toxins, I cheat occasionally – maybe a bit more than that. But when I do, I make sure it’s worth every morsel! Update January 2016: my 2015 New Year’s Resolution was to follow Dr. Furhman’s Eat To Live program, which is vegan, and I re-started the 6-Week program in October 2015. I’m working on creating an Ebook of everything I ate on the diet, which is coming out soon!
How do you define vegetarian and vegan? I use the lacto-ovo definition of “vegetarian” which includes dairy, eggs and cheese. “Vegan” means no animal products of any kind – not even honey.
Are you a nutritionist? Noooooooo. I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, dietician, etc. I’m just an Average Jane who became fed up with taking meds and decided to investigate whether there were any non-conventional, think-outside-the-box answers to my health issues. I experimented on myself for years until I found what worked for me. I make no claim that what worked for me will work for you. My intention is to provide information and hopefully inspire you to explore ways to use food to make yourself feel great and make your taste buds happy.
Where do you get your recipes? A lot of them just pop into my head or I create them with my husband. I don’t follow recipes very often (although I have a huge cookbook collection – I love the photos!) and I rarely measure ingredients. If I see a dish I like at a restaurant, on TV, at a dinner party, on a salad bar, etc., I go home and create my own healthy version of it.
What about the photography? I started out with a Canon EOS Rebel T3 for the first year of blog. Once I started contributing recipes and photographs to professional organizations, I upgraded my camera to a Canon EOS 6D with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. Then I added a Compact Macro EF 50mm 1:2.5 lens which let’s me take photos really close up. My photography is a work in progress. It’s all about practice, practice, practice. I strive to keep improving!
You seem to endorse a lot of products and books on your blog. Are you paid to do that? It depends. I have an Amazon Affliliates accounts and am paid a VERY SMALL commission if you happen to click on one of those links and purchase a product – which is very much appreciated so I can help defray the rather sizable costs of running this blog. And I only tout products or books that I personally have used/read and think they are worth checking out. Currently, I have not received any compensation for book reviews, but if that changes in the future, I will specifically mention any compensation arrangement in the blog post itself. If at any point in the future I am paid to try out a product, I will definitely make that very clear. But don’t worry – my opinion can’t be bought!
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