Hello, friend. 

I'm glad you're here.

My name is Emily and, like you, I like good, healthy food, that's easy to make and fun to eat. 

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.” 
― A.A. Milne

I started this blog in December 2016 to encourage my transition to eating healthier - more fruit, vegetables, and whole foods. I'm a work in progress, but I believe in Michael Pollan's recommendation to "eat real food, not too much, and mostly plants." With that in mind I'll try to feature healthy recipes that are delicious and easy to make. Sometimes, I'll have a decadent recipe for you, but I'll always look for ways to make it a little healthier and less processed. 

I grew up in Indiana and Doha, Qatar. I've also lived in Jordan, China, and the United Arab Emirates. So a lot of my food is inspired by either the Midwest or Middle East. I like to try new ingredients and get inspired at the farmer's market, but I know the importance of a quick weeknight meal. I recently moved back to the US and I live right outside Chicago, so I'm trying lots of wonderful Chicago restaurants which I've found really inspiring. 

I love reading recipes and other food blogs. I am incredibly inspired by other food bloggers and several professional chefs, I'd wholeheartedly recommend checking out: Yotam OttolenghiThe Forest FeastOh She GlowsDeliciously EllaJaime OliverHalf Baked Harvest. Mark BittmanFoodie CrushHalf Baked HarvestPinch of YumMy Name is YehMy New RootsDolly and OatmealKale and CaramelGreen Kitchen StoriesThe Roasted Root

This one deserves a special mention. Six years ago, when I wanted to impress people at dinner parties, I started with the pizza dough and have never looked back. Thanks for inspiring me to cook, Smitten Kitchen

If you'd like to stay in touch, you can find me on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest. I hate Twitter, but I have an account, so if it's your thing, you can find me there as well. I've been featured on sites like: FoodGawkerFinding VeganTastespottingOh My VeggiesShapeHuffington PostFitnessThe Every Girl, Pure Wow, Feed Feed, Esquire, and Buzzfeed