In 2014, my doctor convinced me it was time to change my ways and start eating a healthier diet. I quickly realized that eating a lot more vegetables would be a good place to start.
Reality set in when I faced the practical challenges associated with eating a lot more greens. First, my wife and I both work (and have 5 kids), so there is little time to spend in the kitchen. Second, neither of us had any real “chef skills”. Third, the recipes we pulled from the internet seemed to call for complicated sauces and seasonings.
Frustrated at my inability to find simple, healthy, quick-to-make veggie options – I decided to organize a team and devise a solution. Working with a natural food chef and nutritionist, we created a line of recipes, sauces and spices that result in delicious and nutritious veggie-centric dishes.
I understand the healing power of food and I am passionate about creating fresh cuisine in a manner that celebrates the bounty of our local land. To me, cooking is the ultimate joy, and I hope to spread it bite by bite, from my kitchen to yours. I am a Certified Natural Chef, Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, 2009 and received a Professional Leadership Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems from the University of Vermont in 2012.
Susan Reade – Nutritionist
I am a Certified Health and Nutrition Counselor and busy mom of two awesome girls. I hold an M.A. in Teaching and received my training in health counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Recently, I had the honor of being awarded the IIN Health Leadership Award for outstanding service to the field of health and nutrition coaching. I am committed to supporting people in making truly nourishing food and lifestyle choices so they can optimize their health, and more importantly, live long, joy-filled lives!
I’m a digital content strategist and designer who also happens to be more than a little crazy about cooking and local, healthy food. In 2010, I combined my professional expertise with my personal passion in a blog, YankeeKitchenNinja.com, where I inspire readers to bring back homemade dinners and banish take-out boxes.
Lisa Mase – Recipe Team
Lisa Mase’ is a food as medicine educator, homesteader and herbalist in Vermont. She provides nutritional consultations to help individuals address root causes of illness and achieve wellness through food. For details, visit www.healthyeatingprogram.info.
Susan Zak – Recipe Team
A 5th generation Vermonter, Susan enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts program at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont in 2007. She is the founder/head baker/head chef of Bakewell, a successful local catering and food business creating a variety of American and European-style baked goods such as Canelés de Bordeaux and the best chocolate chip cookie around, as well as whole grain salads, vegetable galettes and preserves, all utilizing beautiful locally grown fruits and vegetables. Bakewell is an organically grown business; all advertising is by “word of mouth”.
Emily Malnati – Recipe Team
Emily works seasonally at several Upper Valley establishments. From March through October she works as a Greenhouse Girl and Cook at Edgewater Farm in Plainfield, NH. During the past few winters she has stayed warm immersion blending gallons of soup and making paninis at the King Arthur Flour Café Kitchen in Norwich, VT. Tasty and simply prepared foods are her forte. Much of her inspiration comes from her studies of agriculture, business, food science, and hospitality at the University of New Hampshire, combined with her experimentation in cooking field fresh produce!
Patsy Jamieson – Recipe Team
Patsy is a freelance food writer known for creating healthful recipes that do not compromise flavor. She is Recipe Editor for Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, Food Stylist for Glenn Moody Photography, and Culinary Instructor and Tour Leader for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at the University of Vermont. Patsy is the author of Celebrating Herbs and Cooking for Health & Flavor, and has developed recipes for various Reader’s Digest and EatingWell cookbooks. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, and the Food Network’s Sara’s Secrets. She holds a Grand Diploma and Professional Certificate from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.
Jordan Von Trapp – Recipe Team
Jordan’s eclectic kitchen experiments began at a young age and evolved into a passion for culinary adventuring in college, during her year abroad in Italy. She subsequently ate and cooked her way around the world for many years, spent several in a jet-set magazine publishing job, and eventually moved home to Vermont to take over her family’s organic farm. Jordan and her husband grow interesting heirloom vegetables, cook creative, globe trotting-inspired cuisine, and host farm-to-table weddings and events. If only she could get cacao, coconut palm, and olive trees to thrive in the greenhouse, her family would be able to eat nearly 100% off the land. Jordan is a longtime editor and photojournalist, specialized in food and travel, as well as cookbooks. She is a professional recipe tester and, prior to becoming a mom a couple of years ago, authored a well-loved food blog by the name of saucy, for which there are plans of revival…