In no particular order, I am:
- a Dr. Who fan – Ten is my favourite
- an avid reader
- a dog lover
- really fond of monkeys (I can’t explain it; they make me happy)
- Wonder Woman on thesuperheroquiz.com
I started cooking when I was very young. Mostly because I couldn’t stop looking at the pictures in Betty Crocker’s Cookie Book, and I really wanted to try them. From there I moved on to Madame Benoît’s Complete Encyclopedia of Cooking. Jehane Benoît was Canada’s original celebrity chef and the authority I turned to whenever I needed to learn something new. That book was nearly 800 pages, so I had a lot to learn. From that I discovered that cooking was a satisfying creative outlet.
When I left home at 18, I bought a one way plane ticket to Western Canada and had a trial-by-fire introduction to budgeting. Learning to manage grocery spending was the beginning of my weekly meal plan. The move was a good one for me though, because I met my husband on my third day in the new city.
Fast forward to today, and I have been meal planning for more than twenty-five years. I live in Western Canada with my husband and two college-aged sons. I’ve juggled home and kids with full time school and full time work; it isn’t easy. I know what it’s like to be crazy busy, and just trying to get something on the table.
The Weekly Meal Plan
In 2016 my husband and I made an overnight switch to a plant-based diet to see if we would feel better (we did). It was a challenge to start all over with figuring out what to eat, and to do it while balancing work, business travel, and trying to satisfy a household of meat eaters. I firmly believe that you need to eat what makes you feel good. Whether you want to go all plant-based, or just add more plants to your menu, I hope that my meal plans and recipes will give you ideas to help ease the pressure, lower your grocery bill, and incorporate more plant-based meals in your routine.
The recipes I share are plant-based, but tested by vegans and meat eaters – if they don’t like it, I don’t post it. I focus on simple ingredients that I can buy at my local grocery store or produce market, and am particularly fond of one pan recipes that are ready in about thirty minutes.
The dietary overhaul led me to take a good hard look at my health, and what I could be doing to improve it, from getting more sleep to starting a mindfulness practice and everything in between. I’m still learning and trying new things, and I’ll share the helpful stuff along the way.
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