My name is Josh. One of my hobbies is to come up with things to feed my family. (It’s probably not so much a hobby as it is a way to get my minions to stop saying “I’m hungry!”) While these do not always turn out to be gourmet cuisine, they are interesting! When I told my wife, Annette, I was going to start a blog about the meals I create, she said “Go for it!” She says that I can always find something to make just by staring at the fridge and pantry, which is usually true.
I have always been about to pull together a soup or rice and beans for quick meals, but my journey into interesting food really started because of two things. First, my wife is religious, Mormon, and I am not, so on Sunday I spend about 1-2 hours (while they are at church) making a really good lunch for my family. Second, I found that when my wife went shopping she would always come home with food that she wanted to eat, but that our kids (and sometimes I) did not like.
As a side note, my wife is vegan. Which, as you can imagine, has caused me no end of trouble trying to come up with dishes that work for her. About a year ago, my wife convinced me to read a book called “The China Study” and get my cholesterol checked. Needless to say, it was horrible (240!), since I come from a family of heavy carnivores and fast food junkies. It was a painful process to change my diet and eat mostly veggies with a little real meat thrown in about once a week. However, after a year my cholesterol is down to below 150, which is awesome. I mentioned this because it impacted my cooking; most of the dishes you find here will be vegetarian or vegan (containing no animal-based ingredients) and since I have been trying to lower cholesterol will likely use little to no oil.
I am a fan of the internet and I regularly find recipes online. However, very rarely do I use a recipe exactly. For one thing, its more fun if you incorporate your own flair. For another, most recipes aren’t specifically focused on your health, allergies, or fat content. As they say variety is the spice of life. So, lets adventure with food!