About

Hi! I’m Lauren. Welcome to Healthy. Delicious.

I’ve been cooking for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid, I would always follow my mother around the kitchen and “help” as much as I could. Starting when I was about 10, it was one of my chores to completely plan and cook dinner once night every week. The dinner had to be a balanced meal – no getting away with saying we were have ice cream sundae’s for dinner! At first, this was a little overwhelming – I still remember the first time I tried to manage a stovetop full of boiling pots – and there were failures when mom had to come to the rescue for sure. But the excitement and pride that came with pulling off a successful meal couldn’t be matched. I think it was this early experience with cooking and menu planning that contributed to my love of cooking today. Cooking was never daunting to me. Instead, it was a chance to create what I wanted to eat.

What is healthy?

I feel like every time you turn around there’s new information about what’s “healthy” and what isn’t. I’m not a doctor by any means, so please don’t take my word for what’s healthy.

If you read back in my archives far enough, you’ll see that I started this blog as a weight watchers blog. I started weight watchers after I graduated from college. I made it to my goal fairly quickly, and stuck with weight watchers for a few years of maintenance because I knew it worked. But eventually I got sick of feeling like I was a slave to counting points. I gradually stopped, and I gradually put on a good amount of the weight that I had lost. I experimented with several other diets (and “diets”) before I finally found what worked best for me: limiting processed food and refined carbs (note I say “limiting,” not eliminating!), and eating lots of fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, whole grains. These are the kind of recipes you’ll see reviewed here.

I find that the best way to lose weight ot maintin a healthy weight is to have a smaller potion of something that actually tastes good, rather than a larger portion of something that really isn’t saisfying. Just because something is healthy, doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyable! Before I eat anything, I try to ask myself “is this delicious?” because if it isn’t delicious, it isn’t worth eating.

One more thing I want to mention- for the most part, recipes featured here take a maximum of 40 minutes to make. Like most people, I do most of my cooking on weeknights. I’m not about to spend 2 hours cooking after I get home from a long day at work. If a recipe isn’t appropriate for a weeknight, I’ll try to make a note of it, and I’ll file it under the “weekend meals” category.

Want to know more? Have an idea for a recipe that I might want to try or a flavor combination that I might find interesting? Just want to say “Hi”? I’d love to hear from you! You can reach me at lk@healthy-delicious.com.

Comments

  1. Lauren is AWESOME!! With the most fantastic and practical view on health!

    That’s all! :-)

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  3. Hi Lauren, was reading your article on Spicy Asian Noodles with interest as i am working on a new noodle dish myself. Your noodles bowl looks interesting and nice. May i ask what’s the size of the bowl diameter (7″ or 8″) and where did you get them from

    thanks

    thomas

    • I can’t find a tape measure, but they seem to be about 6″ across the top – they’re on the smaller side but are pretty deep. I got them as a gift, but I’ve seen similar bowls in small artsy type gift shops

  4. Hi Lauren,
    I came across your blog through foodbuzz tonight. I actually live about 3-1/2 hours north of Albany – but will be moving there in the future. Hubby starts work there next week. I think you are about the 3rd blogger that isn’t too far from me. I too have gone through weight loss (several times) and I really love your about me – and how you cook! Sounds very much like me. The good and the bad. ;o) (meaning not so healthy. lol) I too for the most part like to cook healthy though! I look forward to keeping up with your blog!

  5. kristin @ delishliving says:

    your healthy living philosophy is so much like mine. love it. i’ll be checking in here often!

  6. I love the photos. Food photography is notoriously hard! What are you using, how did you get there?

    • Thank you! I use a Canon Rebel XS and usually shoot with a 50mm lens.

      I don’t know that I would say “I’m there” yet, since there are always things to improve but: practice, practice, practice! A lot of it is trial and error and learning from my own mistakes.I also spend a lot of time looking at other people’s photos and trying to figure out what it is about them that makes them speak to me… composition, colors, props, etc.

  7. Great philosophy on eating. I have two rules I go by:

    1) Eat when I’m hungry. Don’t eat when I’m not, and stop when I’m full.

    2) If I’m really craving something (anything, cookies, cake, whatever), eat it. But if I’m not REALLY craving it, make the healthier choice.

  8. Very beautiful well put-together blog! Thanks to FoobBuzz, I’m discovering so many amazing sites. Thank you for sharing.

  9. What a great blog! We love healthy cooking and recipes at Livingbetterat50.com.

  10. Hi Lauren!
    I found your website through cook eat share! It’s fabulous and I cook pretty much the same way. I’m new at this and just started my blog but maybe we could recipe swap! Would love to try a few of yours!

  11. Your food photos are terrific!

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