When creating recipes I have several things in mind:
First, I try to make food colorful, because we eat with our eyes first. Have you ever noticed that you are drawn to foods with bright colors or a mixture of many colors? Or that some dishes catch your eye the second you see them? I have too! I have a theory this is why I have a weakness for Whole Foods prepared foods section and any dessert display I’ve ever seen.
Next, I think about textures and flavors; after all this hard work I want the food to taste good! And not just good…I aim for the “wow, can’t wait to make that again” status. The feeling you get when, a couple days later, you start craving the dish you just had. Or when your husband, mom, sister, or anyone else start asking for it again. THAT is how you know you gave them a food hug.
Food needs to smell good. There are places in our brain where smell and taste mingle; one without the other simply won’t do. This is why my nose perks up when I drive past the BBQ restaurant down the street, or why the smell of freshly baked cookies is reminiscent of childhood.
Lastly, food needs to nourish your body from the inside out. As a Registered Dietitian I truly believe that food can increase your quality of life and that your health is worth investing in. It is possible to make fresh, healthy food that will make your body feel good. It is possible to include a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other health foods into recipes that truly taste irresistible. Don’t be afraid to experiment, take a leap of faith on a new ingredient, or completely mess up a recipe. Each step you take toward healthy eating is helping you learn to treat your body better and make a lasting impact on your health.
I invite you to explore my recipes; I hope they bring you as much joy as they bring me!