We are bombarded these days with so many messages advising us how to eat for health: low carb, paleo, Keto, gluten free, low fat, low sodium, high fat, not so low sodium. Each day it seems new studies come out advising us that a particular food is a miracle and cautioning us against other foods we thought were "healthy." No one seems to know exactly what is "healthy," and likely, the answer is not the same for everyone. The one constant the experts agree on is that eating real food--vegetables, whole grains, not too processed proteins-- is important. At the same time, in order to stick with healthy eating, it must be delicious and satisfying. The best way to do achieve both goals, is to cook for ourselves at home more. When you cook at home, you control the quality and cost of the ingredients, the portion size, and the amount of sodium, fat and sugar in each dish. You can start with fresh and nutritious ingredients that you love, and create delicious and satisfying meals.    

For many of us who might desire to take charge of our health and how we eat, though, kitchen skills have become something simply to admire on Top Chef. And most certainly, weeknight cooking can be a chore in light of our busy schedules. That's where I come in!  With some organization, planning and basic kitchen skills, anyone can make healthy and delicious meals at home. Really. I did it and I can help you do it too.  

We will work together in your home kitchen, at times that are convenient for you and concentrate on your specific kitchen needs. Maybe you'd also like your grown or almost grown kids to learn the fundamentals so that they, too, can prepare healthy and delicious food more efficiently and inexpensively. Or, maybe, you have parents who suddenly need to change a lifelong carry-out habit for health reasons. If your loved ones need a little hand holding in the kitchen, I can help them as well. 

Cooking doesn't have to be stressful and unpleasant. By learning some new cooking and planning techniques, tips and methods, you can take control and be in charge of what goes into your body, have some fun and enjoy nutritious and delicious food with your family and friends. Feel confident in your kitchen, making healthy, yet luscious, heart-warming and heart healthy meals. If you're in the Washington DC area, contact me to discuss the possibilities.The beauty of Healthier Kitchen cooking coach and kitchen consulting services is that I will work with you, in your home, to help you create a personal environment that is conducive to cooking satisfying, delicious, and healthier meals at home. These are private, custom tailored sessions that go beyond just cooking instruction, to give you the skills and confidence to create meals on your own. I can accommodate most eating styles/dietary needs and will hold your hand through whatever issues you would like to surmount, including: 

  • pantry organization and stocking

  • grocery planning and shopping

  • healthy and delicious meal planning

  • cooking instruction and skills

  • properly outfitting an organized and simple home kitchen

  • new healthy recipes

  • learning to cook without a recipe

  • accommodating a family member with a different diet

  • creating side-by-side meals for omnivores and vegetarians

  • cost and time saving tips

  • adaption of favorite family or restaurant recipes

  • assistance following the guidance of your nutritionist and/or M.D. after a medical diagnosis requiring you to change how you eat

  • youth classes (middle and high school students)

  • new grad/first kitchen

  • au pair or babysitter kitchen skills

There is no charge for an initial 20 - 30 minute consultation, which, depending on location, might be on the phone or in your kitchen.  This will include a pantry evaluation, evaluation of kitchen supplies and cookware, and an opportunity for us to discuss what your needs and goals are, as well as what and how you and/or your family like to eat. After that first consultation, depending on your needs, follow up sessions may be in any increment above two hours to gain the most benefit.  In those sessions, we'll cook together and you'll receive recipes and have produced a meal at the end of each session.  

Contact me for pricing for in home coaching, small groups, corporate wellness cooking classes, special events, and for pro bono workshops.