The Beginning And The Mission!

 In Fitness, Food, Wellness

Creating a non-profit from scratch takes loads of man hours and a big helping of passion. Luckily, we have an abundance of the latter which makes the former a bit less daunting. 

We get super excited every time we think about introducing people to the world of culinary medicine. We hope that you, the person reading this right now, will continue on this journey with us. We want to empower you to make healthy decisions for you and your loved ones. We want to cut through the wellness myths and restrictive diets and help you make changes that last a lifetime. We want you to start thinking about food, exercise and health outside of the typical box you’ve put them into. We want you to start thinking of food as, well, medicine.

To that end we launched in 2017 with the most logical first step – cooking workshops! 

So what do healthy cooking classes look like? Do we bake a bunch of kale and sit around eating superfood kale chips while sipping organic juice? No, of course not. 

For superfoods are a marketing ploy and just because something is organic doesn’t make it good for you. 

Somewhere within the science of the nutrition and the art of cooking we found our landing pad. What if we could teach people how to eat the foods they loved but just committed to making them from whole ingredients? What if we made meals that are affordable? What if we refused to subscribe to the notion that fat free or sugar free is automatically good for you? What if we didn’t take away your cake? What if we encouraged you to eat pizza?

Crazy, we know. 

In this culture obsessed with gluten free, cave man diets we are going to be a pretty lone voice in the desert calling for moderation. We aren’t trying to sell you thirty days to a better you. We aren’t promising that this will be an easy, quick fix – here’s those skinny pre-baby jeans you’ve always wanted to get into in 6 months or less or your money back. 

We are saying that what we ask might be hard in the beginning. It may take years  instead of months to see all the changes you want to see. But you’ll feel so much better. Ask anyone who’s made the change if sticking with it was worth it.

These changes will call for you to start paying attention to the ingredients on food labels; it will call for you to go outside and walk for at least ten minutes instead of plopping down on the couch after a long, hard day at work. It will call for a lot of things that are harder to swallow than a pill. 

For somehow convenience took the place of real food; somehow we convinced ourselves that it was easier and cheaper to sit on the couch and assume that there would be a prescription to cure us in the end.

But guess what? We will be here, rooting you on, encouraging you to make one sustainable lifestyle change at a time. 

Mediterranean Pizza

1 pie serves 8 

Dough

6.5 cups flour, all purpose or bread

2 1/4 cups water

1 teaspoon instant dry yeast

2.5 teaspoons salt

3 teaspoons olive oil

Toppings

4oz grilled chicken breast

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

3oz goat cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups of spring mix

Place water in mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix salt and yeast into flour. Combine flour, salt and yeast mixture into water and mix until all the flour has been incorporated. After flour has been fully incorporated, add oil and knead for about 4 to 5 minutes. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. This can differ based on your oven and what you choose to bake your pizza on.

Put dough on a pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Brush dough with olive oil. Scatter grilled chicken breast, walnuts and goat cheese evenly over the pizza. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned. Once removed from oven add fresh greens and herbs to taste. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar if desired.

Nutrition information for 1 serving

Calories: 200

Total carb (g): 20

Dietary fiber (g): 2

Sugar (g): 0

Total fat (g): 9

Sodium (mg): 302

Protein (g): 10

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