Sunday, April 3, 2011

Healthy Girl is Getting a New Kitchen

Yes, folks, that is my big news. After twenty years of dreaming, hoping, praying and well, working very hard, we are taking the plunge and renovating our kitchen. Actually a guy named Dan Dureiko is renovating our kitchen and he's standing here right now, waiting for the next payment (just kidding). He's fantastic. Organized and anal, just like I like it.

 If you are interested in what my dream kitchen looks like (and I don't expect you to!) check out the kitchen that is inspiring my vision. It's the first of the two kitchens in the article. We are breaking down walls and combining the space of my current kitchen and dining room into one large kitchen. You cannot even believe how excited I am. I'm serious when I tell you that I have been waiting for this moment for 20 years.

So what does that mean for Healthy Girl's Kitchen, the blog? Never one to waste an opportunity, I have some interesting things cooking up for us!

I may be quieter here than usual, but I plan on blogging for the next 14 weeks about the following:

(1) How to remain plant strong even when traditional cooking methods are not an option. Look for more raw recipes and crock pot cooking. No oven or range for a while. My Vitamix might be begging me for mercy. I'm actually kind of excited about the challenge. I can be funny like that. But it gives me something new to think about, and I like that.

(2) Healthy weight loss/maintenance--what's working, what's not working. Not from a recipe perspective but from a "what I'm doing now that's working" perspective.

(3) I'll be seeking out help from other bloggers. I will be doing a series of guest blog posts on the topic of All-time Favorite No-added Fat Plant-Strong Recipes (now isn't that a mouthful). If you are a blogger and you are reading this right now, I am asking you, no begging you, to be a contributor to this series. I NEED HELP! Please comment below or contact me at right now and let me know that you are interested. I'll be looking for one of your killer go-to recipes to feature here on HGK. If you don't have a blog but are inspired by my plight, please let me know. I would be thrilled to feature anyone's all time favs!

And after that, watch out! I will be so pent up with the need to cook that who knows what will happen.

Will you be a contributor to my All-time Favorite No-added Fat Plant-Strong Recipe series?

Is anyone interested in seeing before/during/after photos of our renovation? I wouldn't go overboard, just a little updating along the way. Believe me, this is not a kitchen renovation blog!


JL goes Vegan said...

Congrats on the kitchen renovation! Very exciting. (I would be in heaven in that kitchen!)

I'd offer to guest blog but, as you've probably noticed on my blog, not only am I not a no-fat or low-fat vegan, I border on high-fat vegan ;) But I'll enjoying reading the series!

Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) said...

Clarification: No-added fat=oil of any kind. It does not mean NO fat.

Okay things are whole foods that have fat in them like avocados, nuts, seeds, olives, etc.

So JL, I think you may have a recipe or two or twenty like this up your sleeve!

Dan & Rivky said...

ummm so awesome!!!!! i totally want before and after pics!!!!! congrats!

JL goes Vegan said...

Okay, okay! If you'll have me, I'd love to offer a guest post! Just let me know (

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

I am sooo interested in seeing before/during/after photos! How exciting! ... and I'd love to contribute a post! ..

Jessica said...

So exciting. Hints from last summer when we (and I mean WE, as it was all Ikea and some neighbors!) redid ours...if you have a grill, use it! We grilled everything (veggies, tofu,meat and fish as well as fruit). Actually, one of the best desserts all summer was pitted peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines etc, grilled in a grill basket with a little honey or brown sugar depending on the sweetness, served over soy vanilla ice cream. So delicious. Will you have a fridge working? That is crucial. Just so no one freaks out - we did have a granite guy, a tile guy for the backsplash, paintersand a contractor guy to open our doors a bit and put on the counters...but ALan and his pals from the Association of Jewish Handymen really did do it all -demolish the place, build the cabinets, run the electric and gas and plumbing - it was a long July - October, but totally worth it! Have fun!

Ellen said...

GOR-JOUS!!! How exciting. Hang in there during the construction -- It's challenging but o-so-worth it!

Adria said...

Tabouli is a very easy to make without too much fuss. I never grow tired of it. You could change it up a bit any add new veggies in to the mix. What a lovely design, I'm so excited for you!

Lillian said...

Definitely post pics during....will be fun to watch the progress! The construction period will stink but the end results will be SOO worth it!

Sue in Ohio said...

I'm just a baby-blogger, Wendy, but would be happy to help.

Congrats on your dream kitchen. Can't wait to see it come to fruit-ition....(ha-ha...what can I say...couldn't resist).
Sue in Ohio

Annette VandenHeuvel said...

LOVE the kitchen! remodeling is addictive...enjoy! :)

exercisefoodandbeyond said...

Congrats on the new kitchen. A kitchen that big and that well organized would be any girls dream. I would do anything to have a kitchen like that.

Lynda K said...

I would love to see before and after pictures. I am so sick of my 70s kitchen with no space, light blue plastic counters (cracked) and orange flowered wallpaper. It didn't matter so much when I was just eating ice cream and toast but now that I am actually cooking healthy, I want something nice and functional. Kudos to you for biting the bullet.

PS. I totally hear you on the smoothies. I used to drink them every day, but I got addicted to the fruit and realized how much fat and sugar I was consuming so easily. Now it's a treat, like a raw dessert.

zesovela said...

You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.


Lolly said...

In December I felt awful. My cholesterol level was 289 and my iron reserve was 7. The doctor told me to eat some oatmeal, and take an iron supplement. As helpful as that was, I decided to start my own research. I rented a documentary featuring Dr. Esselstyn, and bought his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.
I had 3 problems.
1) I weighed close to 150 pounds. (5 feet tall)
2) We raise our own beef and pork.
3) I LOVE to eat. Cheese sauces, desserts, steak, mashed potatoes with butter!
I decided to trust Dr. Esselstyn. No more meat, dairy, and as little oil as possible. (I need to cut out oil completely.)
I thought this whole “diet” thing would be horrible and that I would fail. At the beginning, it wasn’t easy or fun. The difficulty was a level 8. (Having been through childbirth four times, I know what a level 10 is.) Anyway….
I had cravings and felt deprived. Then I found two things that have helped me become vegan: My attitude and my support system.
When I began I thought of it as a diet. My thoughts were all negative. “I can’t eat that.” “I’ll never get to go to that restaurant again.” I had to change my attitude if I was going to succeed. I purposely changed how I talked about this new way of eating. “I’m going to try pineapple salsa tonight. I wonder what it tastes like?” It wasn’t a diet anymore. It became a way to eat to be healthy and feel good. I wrote encouraging notes to myself and put them all over my house and car. I also looked up websites (Healthy Girl) to find people who were trying to change, and find out how they were doing it.
My awesome husband joined me in my pursuit of health. I told my family, friends, and co-workers, what I was doing, and why. I asked for their support. It is this support that has helped me be successful.
So, after 4 months of being vegan, I weigh 123 pounds and feel terrific.
It has become easier to avoid unhealthy foods. The difficulty level now is a 2.
I do crave Junior Mints. BUT - Instead, I eat air popped popcorn. I don’t feel deprived because I look at food differently. Its only purpose is to keep my body running. Food is not supposed to fill a hole that something else (i.e. a broken relationship, or depression) has dug out.
I changed because I needed to, I wanted to, and I had the support. I am willing to be part of somebody’s support system. Please let me know if I can help. I want everyone to feel as amazing as I do!

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