Hello everyone and welcome!
My name is April, I’m 37 years old and I live in San Diego, Ca with my hubby, two kids (ages 2 and 4), our Great Dane – Dixie, two kitties – Dora & Diego AND our three pet turkeys.
Before our oldest was born, I was a RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) at a local animal shelter. I always loved to cook but never considered writing about it until after our son was born. The truth is, I was bored! Busy with two small kids but so used to working and needed something for me. This blog started as a way for me to track my favorite recipes (including the tweaks I made to them) and even a few new ones of my own! Things have progressed into what I have now and I’m very happy with this new site! I look forward to offering many new things to you in the future!
Cooking is my favorite hobby, next to Crossfit! It gives me a much-needed break from the (let’s face it) stress of being Mommy/Superwoman of the household. I am constantly on a quest for healthy whole food, plant-based, oil-free recipes my picky toddlers and firefighter husband can enjoy, all while trying to save myself a little time in the kitchen.
I also LOVE learning anything and everything I can about plant-based diets! I am certified in Plant Based Nutrition through eCornell and The Colin Campbell Foundation and plan on finishing my Registered Dietician’s license once my kids are old enough to be in school full time.
The story behind the “Kid Tested Firefighter Approved” title:
My husband is a firefighter/engineer/paramedic for the city we live in. He’s a big guy (6′ 4″), not your stereotypical veg-food eater. I’m lucky enough to be married to a man who will eat anything I cook, that allows me to push the plant-based meals as far as I want to. I’ve made some pretty “strange” things from what he’s used to eating at the fire station but I think he’s been pleasantly surprised enough times that he is now up for anything. He still eats meat sometimes, at the station or when we have friends over to our house, but he leans more towards vegan food options everyday. He will probably never give up his occasional rib-eye steak but I think he has a newfound appreciation for a hearty non-dairy, meatless meal. And yes… there is such a thing!
Our kids grew up plant-based but are still SUPER picky sometimes so sticking to a whole foods, no junk diet can be tough! I don’t mind though, it’s more important that they get used to eating “real food” instead of just eating “kid food”. Most people are shocked at what they’re willing to eat but they don’t know anything different!
Bottom line… if my hubby and two picky kids will eat this food, then yours might too!
PLEASE forgive me if my photos aren’t always the best! It’s tough to be artistic and creative when you have about 30 seconds to prep a plate of food and take a good picture before someone throws their sippy cup or another screams because they’re hungry. If you’re a mom, you totally understand what I’m talking about!! This blog is based on real life!
Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment telling me about yourself below, I’d love to ‘meet’ you!!
All the best to you and your family!