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First off, thank you for visiting my site and taking a moment to learn a little about me. I was born and raised in Orange County, CA and I now live less than 10 miles from the home I grew up in. In fact, the only time I moved from this area was for college. Even then, I only went as far as Los Angeles! I love to travel, but this area will always be home to me.

I married my high school sweetheart just after we both graduated our respective universities, and I am now a stay-at-home mom to my two amazing little girls. My focus is giving my children the best start in life I possibly can, and that includes feeding them the best possible foods.

I wasn’t always fond of cooking. In fact, I was a self-proclaimed junk food junkie. You could find me at a drive-through almost daily. Looking back, it is really kind of gross! It wasn’t until 2005 that I started learning about the things in our daily lives that can be harmful to us - be they pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or simply the ingredients in our food.

The slow acquisition of knowledge gave me the strength to try vegetarianism in 2006. I had toyed with the idea for years, but never thought I could do it. I had never known a vegetarian before or really knew anything about a balanced vegetarian diet. My husband was very supportive (this was a drastic change for his life too); even though he was not going to change his eating habits while on his own, it was going to change the food I cooked at home.

I started, as I would assume most new vegetarians start, drastically over-using the soy-based faux meat products. Though they are a great option and I love to use them, I was overly dependent on them for my cooking. Having too much of anything is not healthy, so I started learning what else goes into a well balanced vegetarian diet. That information slowly got me interested in cooking.

Then, when my first daughter was born in February 2009, healthy food was a true priority. I wanted to have the best foods available to my daughter while still being tasty enough to satisfy my omnivorous husband. I love to make foods that are full of flavor so even meat eaters won’t miss their meat. I love the challenge of finding fun ways to use new ingredients.

I decided to take that challenge even further and commit to using more local and seasonal produce in my diet. I have really learned to love the seasons! There are many meals I will not cook unless the key ingredients are in season and locally available from an organic farm. It makes such a difference in the finished product! I now look forward to the different times of year and the variety of foods they bring.

I hope you like what you see here and I hope you find some new and helpful information. Come back often, pin whatever you like, like us on facebook, and please leave comments - I love hearing what you have to say!

Thanks again for stopping by!

If you have and ideas, suggestions, comments, or opportunities, please contact me at familyfoodfinds@gmail.com!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot Lindsey for the comment on my bake. Will try to enter every Friday on Foodie Friends Friday.

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  2. I recently started steaming vegetables which i find very enjoyable,but i was wondering besides salt and butter what can you put on them to give them more flavor i love eating my veggies this way and find i eat more veggies and enjoy them more,i am trying to stay away from meat as much as possible so i bought a steamer and loving it.

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    1. I actually rarely steam vegetables because I feel they lose more flavor. I have found roasting to be a great method. You can add some crushed red pepper flakes for a little heat, or even some soy sauce or peanut oil for a slightly Asian flair. Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and Parmesan cheese can turn them into a great side dish for an Italian dinner as well! I love to just play around with seasonings I like in different dishes and see how they work on different kinds of veggies. Hope this helps! :)

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