Healthy, simple, and organic creations from a small kitchen in Oakland, California

Living in an urban environment with fast-paced lives, we sometimes think it’s inconvenient and too time consuming to buy fresh produce and cook meals from scratch. And, truthfully – it is more difficult for some of us to have access to fresh, pesticide-free food than for others. We still have a lot of work to do in fixing our food system and  in addressing the inequalities, gaps (food deserts), and destructive environmental practices that seem like a profitable idea.

The purpose of this blog is to showcase some simple and healthy meals that can be created in small kitchens and don’t require elaborate equipment. I believe that the more we can cook, and the more we can teach others to cook (using whole foods – procured locally when possible), the better chance we have at living healthy and happy lives.

Am I vegan? Nope, but if you are  – cool. If you’re not, that’s okay too. I’m a very conscious omnivore and my diet is mostly organic and very plant based. I don’t preach any one particular diet, but instead ascribe to the concept of bio individuality, meaning that no particular diet or lifestyle theme is right for everyone.

I hope you pick up a new recipe or two – and learn some interesting nutrition information as well!


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Legal Disclaimer: I am not a licensed medical professional, nutritionist, dietitian or expert of any kind. I am merely a passionate advocate of healthy cooking and lifestyles and enjoy sharing my ideas with others. The content of this blog is not intended to be used as medical advice and is the expression of my personal views only. All content is intended to be used for educational purposes only. Always consult with your Doctor/Physician before making a diet change, diagnosing or treating any conditions. 


13 Responses to About

  1. Robin says:

    I LOVE your recipes, they sound so simple and healthy. Great pictures too! Can’t wait to try them. I’ve been on a kale kick lately and these recipes sound so delicious, especially the kale pesto!!

  2. Astaire says:

    Cool blog! I’m originally from the D.C. area–love the fast paced environment there but yes it can definitely be tough to find time to cook healthy food. Looking forward to seeing more of your yummy recipes! 🙂

  3. Anne says:

    hey talented lady! gorgeous photos. homemade vanilla extract changed my life.
    keep it going. xoxo

  4. Lorrie says:

    I REALLY like your tagline…sometimes I think people are discouraged from cooking real food for themselves because they think it’s too complicated. Loving all of the veggies! And the cinnamon coffee–there’s a fabulous bagel shop (Homegrown Bagels) in Sonoma, CA that has had cinnamon coffee in their pot for 35 years! I’ve loved it since the first time I tried it!
    Thanks for the follow!

    • chelseaeva says:

      Thanks so much! I totally agree – and have noticed that food companies keep making it “easier” for us to let them do all of the “cooking”. It doesn’t have to be complicated, or expensive, or unhealthy. It’s great to see so many people cooking, blogging, and sharing recipes.
      That bagel shop sounds lovely. Cinnamon coffee … yum! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Cheers.

  5. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  6. bandhnabajaj says:

    Am loving your blog!! I’m trying to eat Organic too. And the reason ppl don’t eat healthy now is because they want fast meals. So I think its wonderful that you’re showing fast, healthy meals! I’ll be following!!


  7. chelseaeva says:

    Wonderful. Thanks for the kind words! I agree and think that healthy and delicious meals don’t have to be complicated. I’m pretty busy with a full time job and other commitments outside of work, but with a little planning ahead – it’s not too difficult to make healthy and affordable meals. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Veggie Chica says:

    What great recipes and amazing pictures. As an urban dweller I know that it is VERY possible to enjoy fresh home cooked meals in a “petite” kitchen. Keep up the blog and I invite you to check out my blog: http://veggiechica.com for Latin inspired vegetarian goodies.

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