I am Amy, and food is my love language. I live to eat. I am often sharing my food/recipes with friends and family members, and Wholesomelicious is my opportunity to share wholesome, delicious meals with you. I subscribe to the mantra that you should eat every meal as if it were your last and enjoy it! I am passionate about feeding my loved ones healthy meals so that they can tackle their day’s work vigorously with strong bodies and minds. As the mother of two young children, I know about the importance of teaching the next generation of kids about high quality food. I hope to bring you some inspiration and provide you with simple ideas to feed your family.
Besides food, my favorite things in life include: my cute little family, Jesus, chocolate, yoga, baseball, traveling, polka dots, foggy days, jackets, the mountains, a cup of tea, and more chocolate. When I’m not cooking, I can be found teaching a yoga class, homeschooling my kids, studying to complete my masters in Human Nutrition, or traveling the World. As you can see, life is very busy! Because wholesome food is a priority for me, I will find the time. Even if that means putting off laundry and letting it pile up to Mount Washmore….. which I do. Every. Single. Week. We can’t be good at everything, but at least we can attempt to set aside some time for the little things. I am hoping to encourage you along the way in the cooking department whether you’re a cooking rookie or gourmet chef. If meal planning is a foreign language to you, let me do it for you. Click on my Weekly Meal Plan link above to see what’s cooking this week!
About this Blog
This blog is a reflection on how I feed my family each week. It was originally created as a tool to share recipes to those I nutritionally advise. My family does not have any dietary restrictions, nor do we exclude any food groups. Nonetheless, my recipes will surely include vegetarian or vegan meals, gluten free, Paleo, and Whole30 options as part of my repertoire.
I carefully plan my meals each week to include a variety of nutrients and flavors. This is not only for its health benefits, but also to expand my kids’ palettes. It is my firm belief that the most important aspect of raising healthy eaters is to introduce a wide variety of foods. Keep it interesting; teach them to look forward to every meal; and, avoid repeating the same meals week after week.
We do not eat any processed food. All of our animal products, and most of our produce is organic. I encourage you to do the same as an investment for the health of you and your loved ones. Most of the recipes have been created and written by me unless otherwise noted. I do like to browse old cookbooks or other food bloggers and adapt recipes a bit to our tastes; I will share those as well! Oh and not everything is 100% healthy on this site. I think it’s okay to have some comfort foods mixed in. As long as I am the one who makes our junk food, all is well in the world. I like my chocolate, I like my butter, I like my cheese. Glad I got that out there.
Meet the Official Taste Team
All of my recipes are approved by my favorite people. I will not post a recipe that these 3 don’t love. The first one is The Bear. He is my non-picky, vegetable loving, little guy. His favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and his favorite foods are salad and anything Asian. He gladly gobbles up most vegetables and affectionately hugs me after every meal I make. He gets his nickname for his cuddliness, but also has a grouchy side if you rub him the wrong way.
The second one is Miss Carbivore. As her name implies, she loves all breads, sweets, and chocolate (she IS her mother’s daughter after all). Getting her to eat vegetables is a work in progress, although she does like some. She often takes 3 hours to drink her morning smoothie, and can be seen picking her vegetables out of her food. The struggle is real. Her other favorite foods are carrots, anything Mexican, and afternoon tea.
Last, but certainly not least, is my hunky husband. They say that to win a man’s heart you must first win his stomach. I’ve been cooking for him since the first week we met, and perhaps that was the secret to snagging him. He is my biggest fan. He is often seen dancing in his chair while eating my meals. Lucky for me, we have the same taste buds and he loves all of my favorite foods (with the exception of beans). We share a disdain for seafood. It’s a match made in heaven I tell you! Besides my cooking, his favorite things are his morning cup of coffee and a German Beer.
Confessions of a Nutritionist
I am just going to put a few things out there:
1. You will not find any seafood or fish recipes from me on this blog. I have been known to tell people I am allergic to avoid answering any further questions. Yes, fish is chalk full of nutrients that are beneficial for the body. But, I hate it. All of it. And I have tried all of it in places that supposedly had fabulous dishes. I can maybe steer you to another blog if I come across something that may look like it could be good if you’re into that sort of thing. Fish oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds are a great option for Omega 3’s if you share a disdain for seafood like I do.
2. I grew up on processed food. Think fruity pebbles, frozen burritos, mac and cheese, rice-a-roni, taco bell, you get the idea (I still love you mom and dad). I was also a vegetarian for 6 years through high school and some of college. I was about the unhealthiest vegetarian you ever met. I didn’t even eat vegetables very often. When I cooked for myself, it was always out of a box and most likely loaded with cheese. It did take me some years to wean myself from junk food cravings. The chocolate loving gene, however, has such strong roots that it will never leave. And I am happy with that. I say all this because perhaps your life has been similar. It’s never too late to change your eating habits! Nowadays, I enthusiastically eat lots of vegetables and always manage to eat a little chocolate everyday.
3. I love wine, black tea with 1 or 3 teaspoons of sugar & milk, buttery scones, steak, cheese, a good hamburger, and chocolate (have I mentioned that already?)