Salt & Lavender is all about wholesome recipes that are made from scratch and easy to prepare. Making delicious recipes from good quality, real, fresh ingredients doesn’t need to be complicated or overly time-consuming. My blog is focused on generally healthier savory dishes, but I do throw in a sweet treat or more decadent meal every now and then because life is all about balance.
I try to make my recipes approachable for the average cook; i.e., ingredients are easy to find, the ingredients list isn’t a mile long, and the recipe doesn’t take forever to cook. You will find plenty of garlic and fresh herbs on my blog, along with a sprinkle of self-deprecating humor.
A few of my favorite things: palm trees, my mini trampoline, tea, sparkly things, and I watch The Young and the Restless every. single. weekday. I also enjoy keeping up with my favorite sports (Edmonton Oilers, Denver Broncos, and NASCAR).
A few things I can do without: early mornings, quinoa, and cold weather (yup, I live in a winter wonderland).
I’ve loved cooking for as long as I can remember. I grew up spending hours watching my Czech mom in the kitchen. I started this blog in 2015 as a general food blog to share my kitchen creations. Around the same time, I turned 30, and for the first time in my life, I became concerned about my health and weight. I spent most of my 20s sitting at a desk all day at an office job. I was never a naturally thin or particularly athletic person (ok, I could walk on my hands when I was like 10, but that was a long time ago).
Pair that with my love of food and eating out too much, and it’s no wonder I began to gain weight every year. I didn’t feel good in my own skin, I was plagued by stomach and back problems, and I just felt generally lousy. I realized something had to change before it got any worse, and it wasn’t going to get any easier the older I got.
I slowly began making healthier food choices, reducing my portions, and becoming more active. In a year and a half, I managed to lose over 30 pounds. I looked at it as a lifestyle change for health reasons and did it all very gradually. I am still working on those last 10-15 pounds, but aren’t we all? 😉
I don’t subscribe to any particular diet, and I strongly believe in moderation, portion control, and not depriving myself. I decided to challenge myself to really focus on making my recipes more creative and healthier overall without sacrificing flavor. You’ll find many tasty vegetarian and vegan options on here, for example.
Thanks for visiting my blog! Take a look around, bookmark it if you like what you see, and let me know if you’ve made one of my recipes. 🙂
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