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Hi! My name is Jennifer and I’m a nutritional scientist, marketing professional and home cook based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. I make simple, flavourful (sometimes vegetarian) dishes that also happen to be healthy. And you know what? You can too!

A little bit about me.  Just ’cause.

I’m a born and bred Northern Ontarian with a background in science, a creative mind and a lifelong passion for food.

Since moving to Guelph for university in 2004, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master of Science degree in human health and nutritional science, met and married my college sweetheart, Reilly, and landed a job in nutrition research for a health products consulting company.  I now work in marketing there, a fulfilling career that always keeps me on my toes and thinking about the latest health and nutrition trends. I’m also working toward my MBA part-time. I’m about a third of the way through the program now (yeesh, it sounds long when I put it that way!).

I love coming up with new healthy recipe ideas, and my goal is to share what I know to inspire others to cook and eat more healthfully.

Healthy eating isn’t easy.  I get that.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 50 years, you know that what you eat can have significant impacts on your health and well-being – for better or worse. Still, sticking to a healthy diet isn’t always easy and can feel like an uphill battle.

It takes planning, mindfulness and the occasional dose of willpower to stay on track. I know this because I work at it every day and still struggle occasionally. But I’m here to show you that it is absolutely possible, even with a busy schedule.

One of the easiest ways to kick-start a healthy eating regimen?  Cook more!

One of the simplest ways to eat a more nutritious, balanced diet is to cook more meals at home. Preparing your own food most of the time, rather than relying on takeout or pre-packaged meals, gives you more control over what you put into your body.

Ricotta & Radishes | www.ricottaandradishes.comIt’s not about restriction or dieting – it’s about going back to basics and focusing on whole, minimally processed foods with inherent health properties.

Making nutritious food doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming.  Heck, you don’t even need to be a great cook!

Cooking should be enjoyable and achievable, otherwise it will never become part of your regular routine. If you’ve been working all day, running errands and generally trying to stay on top of life (and who isn’t?), the last thing you want to do is come home and slave away over the stove.

Trust me, I totally get it. I work a full-time job, run a household (which I’ve realized I’m pretty bad at) and have this blogging thing going on the side.

That’s why I make sure my recipes are simple, easy to make and quick enough to throw together on a weeknight.

Ricotta & Radishes | www.ricottaandradishes.comDoing a bit of food prep in advance can also help make building nutritious meals throughout the week infinitely easier.

My healthy home cooking philosophy (for lack of a better word)…

Cooking more meals at home is a great place to start, but it’s still important to keep some basic nutrition best practices in mind. Here are the general guidelines I try to follow in my life:

  • Mostly homemade
  • Plenty of plants
  • Easy on the meat
  • Healthy fats
  • Herbs and spices
  • Smaller portions
  • Fewer processed foods
  • Less sodium
  • Less sugar

Restriction is out.  Expanding your palate and culinary skills is in!

Sticking to general healthy eating guidelines is one thing (and it’s a great thing to do!), but I’m personally not a fan of an all-or-nothing attitude when it comes to food. For the average person, this type of restrictive thinking is not sustainable in the long term and will only set you up for failure.

So the above tips are just guidelines, not rules. All kinds of foods can have a place within an overall healthy diet. It’s what you eat and how you cook most of the time that counts.

Now for the obligatory disclaimer…

Although I have a nutrition degree, I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. I cannot tell you what or how you should eat, nor would I want to!  (Anyone who knows me knows that I love a slice (or three) of pizza, or a glass (or three) of wine now and then.)

The point is, everyone’s dietary needs are different and what may work for one person won’t necessarily work for another. I simply provide simple, nutritious recipe ideas to inspire you to cook more meals at home.

Ricotta & Radishes | www.ricottaandradishes.comGet started here…

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Want to get in touch?

Drop me a line – I want to hear from you!  You can reach me by email (jennifer.rose.andrews@gmail.com) as well as Facebook and Twitter.  Or, follow me on Pinterest and Instagram where I post simple recipe ideas for improved health and wellness!

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  • thepainterspalate June 7, 2012, 1:41 pm

    I love the concept of your blog. I am very similar in my foodie/cheffie/restaurant critic-ie ways. I have a blog about all my loves Food Art and Poetry. I love to cook, and eat and I must say I am pretty good at it, mostly, for not being officially trained. Yum food!! Yum Art!!

  • thepainterspalate June 7, 2012, 1:44 pm

    BTW upon my many many searches on new careers, chef and/or food scientists was def on my list, i love to learn what all the nutritional and medicinal qualities of foods are too.

    • Jennifer Molnar June 7, 2012, 2:20 pm

      Thanks very much for the comment, and for following my blog. I checked yours out too – love the paintings.

      Nutritional science is a great career (depending on how much you like school…I have a B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. in nutritional science)! Since you said you’re interested in the medicinal properties of food, you might like some of the articles I wrote about chocolate, basil, citrus and mushrooms. They’re on my Published Articles page.

      • thepainterspalate June 7, 2012, 9:26 pm

        Hey, thanks I’ll check them out further. Did read the basil one very informative.

  • PotSoup June 3, 2013, 1:51 pm

    I really like your blog! So I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check it out : http://potsoup.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/liebster-award/

  • PotSoup August 28, 2013, 10:45 am

    Hola! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award : http://potsoup.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/versatile-blogger-award/
    Blog away!

  • elamb September 28, 2013, 9:15 am

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you are interested, please check out the link here for my post and the rules for accepting it. Please do not feel that you have to participate. Happy food blogging! http://fooddaydreaming.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/liebster-award/

  • Polly scoffs... December 7, 2013, 4:50 pm

    Well you’ve succeeded in making me hungry – about to raid my kitchen cupboards now.
    I graduate from uni this year and would love a career in food. I’m studying geography and am hoping something foodie comes along (wishful thinking?)! Fingers crossed… but not for too long, got to open those kitchen cupboards.
    Polly x

  • Molly January 22, 2014, 9:21 am

    That is such a beautiful picture of you and your grandmother.

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