Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Dish

What's the dish?
Allow me to tell you all about it! Cookin' Lean Like Paula Deen is a project of mine that spun off of a passion for doing healthy recipe makeovers. I have been cookin' lean for as long as I can remember. Finally, I decided to take the leap toward blogging as a way to share the proof that eating well doesn't mean giving up the food that we love.

Now, my days are not spent in the kitchen or writing about my dishes, although I would not be opposed to the idea. My 8-3 is teaching elementary physical education and nutrition. It is an amazing opportunity to reach hundreds of children at a very impressionable time in their lives. Our goal as elementary physical educators is to create an experience where children learn useful information about nutrition and exercise, therefore developing a positive association with being physically active and eating well. Children that are educated in fitness and nutrition are more likely to become healthy and happy adults. That is our mission; my mission.

If you have had time to look around The Cookin' Lean Kitchen, then you have met the most important person in my world....my daughter, Kimberlyn. She is absolutely amazing and I am so proud to be her Mommy. She has also become a great little cook. Having her in the kitchen with me is a blast. It's a time to have fun with my daughter and to share a love for healthy cooking that Kimberlyn will take into her life as she grows up.


We love a good time in my family! I enjoy having family and friends over as much as we can. There is just something so fulfilling about cooking and entertaining for my family and friends. That is why I knew it would be so amazing to share these recipes and ideas with you. Great food is almost always associated with a great time, and we should live for those times. Food brings people together to share laughter, friendship and love. I hope the same holds true for you.

As far as "foodie credentials" are concerned...I am not a professional cook, dietitian or nutritionist. There isn't a single cooking course to add to my resume(although I did get to cook with Paula Deen in Savannah last June). Not everything I make will look the best or come out perfect the first time, but that's all part of the fun! Recipe makeovers are trial runs to determine if these delicious recipes can be nutritious too. Each recipe is also a lesson in cooking; learning more about food and technique as I go along. I am simply a women that loves food, has a blast trying out new recipes and won't attempt making anything without finding a way to make it lean. Health and fitness are my life's work...it's what I know, it's what I do and it's what I enjoy.

With my RWOP friends in Savannah.

Through this blog, I hope to share with all of you that healthy eating doesn't mean that you will never again be able to eat something that tastes good. If you can crave it, than we can create it in a way that is nutritious AND delicious!

Swing by for a visit any time and see what's been cookin'!


  1. Well said Lindsay! Looking forward to more great make-over recipes from your cooking lean kitchen.

    Happy holidays to you and your family.

  2. Hi! Stopping by from SITS! What a great blog you've got here!
    ~Margo http://knitinpajamas.blogspot.com

  3. I saw you on the RWoP and thought your cookies looked yummy. I am afraid to make them b/c I might eat them all. You must have good portion control or workout a bunch to stay thin while in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing your site.

  4. So being stuck at home with a little one, with the flu...fun stuff ;)...I picked up my Womans World mag, that happen to have my girl Paula on it. When I read the article on you I was excited! Coming from an area where the lapband is taking over quicker than the flu. I have been looking for the right way to start eating to aviod jumping on the "band wagon". I am a southren girl who like Paula eats mayo like yogurt...lol. I started off by making your mac and cheese for my little one. When I actually saw her take more than three bites I did the "oh yeah mommy dance". I am very excited to see how this works out for me. I'll keep you posted.



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