I'm Sonia.

I’m a bit obsessed with cooking healthy, homemade meals using whole and quality ingredients.  But this wasn't always the case!

There was a decade (plus) when I devoted most of my waking hours to my career as a professional in accountant and finance, with a good dose of gallivanting with friends like young hard working professionals tend to do.  My hard-earned funds were spent on dinners out and other life luxuries.     

Fast forward when I became a new mama and realized the immense responsibility of caring for and feeding a tiny human (now multiplied by two). 

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I read articles about food and nutrition, studied and tried out plenty of recipes, squinted at every ingredient listed on food labels, stalked the health food store and peppered the staff with questions.  My budget got redirected towards things that are eminently more important to me now:  hormone & antibiotic-free meats and eggs (preferably grass-fed beef, organic poultry, pasture-raised eggs when possible), additive & preservative-free pantry items, organic nuts and dairy products (when we eat it), organic produce if it is a dirty dozen and ideally GMO-free ingredients until its impact on human health if fully understood.  Yes, these food choices cost more money but are without a doubt, a valuable investment in our health and well-being.    

The Way We Eat

We eat mostly dairy-free, gluten-free and plant-forward.  That is to say, we eat tons of veggies, tofu and grains like rice, oats, buckwheat and quinoa.  We consume very little dairy products, except for grass-fed butter. We’ve significantly reduced the amount of meat we eat and when we do, it is usually as a component of the dish (like a stirfry or rice bowl) rather than as the main event (like a roast).  But that doesn't mean we don't indulge in the occasional ribeye steak, slurp a bowl of instant ramen from time to time or have a bottle of sriracha in the fridge.  We do!  And I may as well come clean about my addiction to Lay's lightly salted potato chips and deep fondness for a sweet treat.

As you can glean, the way we eat is not 100% gluten-free or Paleo or plant-based or some other label.  But I do rely heavily on those diets as templates, drawing elements that work for us.  We are not all the way healthy nor are we all the way careless - but somewhere in that spectrum's middle.  Whatever our way of eating is called, my wish is to be thoughtful about what we consume, with a strong emphasis on the whole and the good while minimizing processed stuff. 

On This Blog

You can sort the recipes on this blog based on what you're looking for by "categories" on the BLOG page sidebar.  The recipes here are the beloved meals I make for my family, most of which are family-friendly, not elaborate and have make-ahead options and suggestions.  These recipes were either created by me, passed to me, or rooted in others' brilliant recipes which I have adapted into tried-and-true versions for my gang (and now you).  Everything homemade to nourish . . . to indulge . . . and everything in between.  I sincerely hope you discover something you like here. 

As long as you're not a psychopath :)

I encourage you to leave comments, ask questions or share your own cooking tips with me here or at the end of a blog post.  I would love that! 

Thanks for being here. xx S

Photo credit:  Portraits By Keiko

Photo credit: Portraits By Keiko

p.s. cyber high-five to anyone who can tell me the 80s song reference that inspired my Instagram handle and blog name  { hint: by a pair of female rap artists }