Hi, there! My name is Sande, and I’m a writer, editor and mother of two sons living in Atlanta (near Candler Park). While I’m not trained as a chef — I’ve never even worked in a restaurant, unless food delivery counts — I have trained myself how to cook both simple and elaborate meals for my family.
Organic, Naturally is my blog dedicated to food. Specifically, the food I love to cook. Some of my recipes are old family favorites that I’ve cooked for years, others are ones that have developed gradually through my tinkering. Trial and error is often the way of things, so I figured I’d share some of the meals that my picky eaters enjoy.
I plan menus each week, using them to create my shopping list, and will post them as they’re created, along with some discussion of why I paired certain foods on a plate or my rationale for serving certain foods at certain times. My hope is that people will learn how to plan menus that work for their dietary needs and lifestyles.
That said, my family has a few quirks that will be evident in some recipes: we have food allergies.
- I am allergic to wheat.
- My husband can’t eat shellfish or dairy.
- My older son is lactose intolerant and allergic to peanuts and eggs.
- My toddler is… well, we’re figuring it out. So far, soy, eggs, fish, wheat, tomato sauces and (maybe) dairy are problematic. We think.
For this reason, I read labels. Lots of labels. And I cook from scratch almost everything that we eat. Having enough protein, fat and calories can be tough sometimes without eggs, dairy or soy, so a lot of thought goes into our meals. And while cooking often takes longer than eating, the time definitely isn’t wasted when I see happy, well-nourished kids who are eating for both their health and enjoyment.