Who I am at Cooking Up Clean
Hi! I’m Kari, a Minnesota native with a desire to provide recipes and resources to help others live a more fulfilling life through eating clean and being healthy. I am a fulltime mom of three kiddos (4, if you include my hubby) who keep me incredibly busy. In my free time, you’ll find me outside soaking up the outdoors via gardening, camping, biking, and doing yoga on my deck. I have a backyard chicken flock of fifteen wonderful feather friends that are so fun to watch and care for. I love to relax with a cup of coffee by the fire or glass of red wine. I also enjoy target shooting and archery with my husband when we have a chance to escape for a date. My childhood was rich with rural small town farm experiences which shaped my food choices and instilled a deep appreciation for farm to table eating. Currently, my favorite treats are dark chocolate truffles and garlic stuffed olives. If only I could come up with a way to grow those in my suburban garden!
I enjoy creating from scratch instead of strictly following a recipe. I’ve discovered that even when I do have an existing recipe, I often alter it to be healthier using high quality and nutrient dense ingredients. My son’s nut allergies and my own dairy sensitivities have challenged me to expand my palate and driven me to find amazingly tasty ways to change and develop recipes to accommodate these needs. Most of my recipes are gluten free, dairy free and nut free, though I do make some exceptions or include a side note for substitutions. Cooking has become a creative outlet for me to share my culinary passion for clean healthy eating with my family and friends. In addition to this fun blog, I contribute clean eating recipes for the athletes and enthusiasts on the Breaking Muscle website.
I believe that everything leading to great health starts with food and that all foods have the power to heal or can do the opposite. Simple, nutritious food can make significant and long term positive changes in health. I’ve struggled with Meniere’s disease since I was a teenager and am managing it and healing through food. If you want to read more about my adventures with Meniere’s, you can find it here. Creating tasty clean eats that are easy and enjoyable makes me happy. I hope they make you happy too!
Contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org