After agonizing over how to start, I finally decided to forget about the how and, instead, simply start.
So here I go.
Power Hungry is all about lighter cooking, but with (what I intend to be) a fresh new perspective. Specifically, quick, fresh, inspired cooking with a lighter spin (that’s also free of any diet doctrine).
Here’s how it all got started.
Cooking is what I love to do, so much so that I chose to make it my profession. But I am also interested in eating in a generally healthful way. In addition to being a cook, I am also a longtime fitness instructor and a busy working mother of a 1 and 1/2 year old. When it comes to the daily routine of making breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and more, I want food that is beautiful and delicious to eat, is relatively easy to make, and generally healthful.
My solution? Develop recipes for myself and others that fit all of the above criteria. Equally important for me is to keep my approach diet-free. I am not a nutritionist or diet guru, and doctrine-oriented cooking and eating (e.g., low-carb, no sugar, diet, fresh-only, organic-only, etc.) is not what I do. Rather, I like to focus on the tools, techniques and recipe ideas that give food a lighter spin. No extremes or ultimatums, just fantastic food that everyone can get excited about (and that just happens to have a lighter fat and calorie profile).
As for my fitness bent: it acts to subtly inform how I cook (i.e., I’m not a fitness nut; I eat real food and believe in the same balanced, practical approach to fitness that I believe in for cooking). While you’ll find some posts about foods and ingredients that can make you feel good/better (e.g., more energized, relaxed, satisfied, etc.), you will never see a recipe for an egg-white omelet or a fat-free barley scone.
What you will be seeing is the following:
Quick, Delicious Cooking.
Flavor first, always. I love to cook and I love good food; that’s always my driving force in the kitchen. And while I love recipes with more time-intensive techniques when my schedule allows, the recipes I develop for Enlightened Cooking will be quick: typically 30 minutes or less.
Fresh, Easy Ideas & Great Techniques to Give Food a Lighter Spin.
Rather than making foods less (low-fat, -carb, -calorie, -sugar), I create a lighter spin by focusing on more (namely, more flavor) through a variety of easy techniques and tips. Think lots of natural flavorings (spices, extracts, herbs, salts, peppers, chiles); new and interesting flavor combinations; roasting to caramelize vegetables and fruit to bring out their natural sweetness; simple sautés and pan sauces for chicken and pork; easy substitutions (e.g., white whole wheat flour to replace some of the all-purpose flour, a bit of canola oil to replace some of the butter in baked goods); and some splurges on things like condiments and nut oils that pack a lot of punch and are naturally more healthy.
Here’s to Power Hungry!