Hello and welcome!
I’m Lizzie, a New Yorker obsessed with eating and cooking food from all around the world. I am forever seeking out new food creations and trying to “healthify” them in my own tiny NYC kitchen.
This blog documents my relationship with food among other things. I don’t claim to eat healthy 100% of the time because that is impossible for me. Instead, I opt to eat mostly healthy meals cooked from scratch. Three meals a week, I eat out or cook up splurge meals which though terrible in calorie count, nutritional value, yada yada yada, nourishes the soul. At least that is what I tell myself.
Between 2008-2012, I ate the majority of my meals out. Three star Michelin restaurants, hole-in-the-walls, heritage restaurants, the latest “it” restaurants, and even the occasional chain restaurant or two. I thought I was doing fine as my weight was still well within normal for my height. However, at my yearly checkup, my doctor informed me that even though my BMI was 21.6, my blood test results were dismal, in the danger zones for high blood pressure and high blood sugar and a few others. Combined with the fact that my paternal grandmother died of coronary heart disease, I decided that it was time for a lifestyle adjustment.
For me, the only way to eat healthy is to cook my own meals, where I am aware of each and every ingredient that goes into a dish. But who wants to cook every single day even if it means eating healthy while saving money? Enter meal prepping.
Once or twice a week, I prep delicious, wholesome, restaurant caliber food that gives me the energy and time to enjoy life. I meticulously plan out my meals and currently rotate through 37+ breakfasts and over 150+ lunches and dinners and still growing. It may seem excessive, but living in NYC, arguably the culinary capital of the world, the food I prepare must match up to what quality restaurants are serving or else I would not be able to resist the temptation to go back to my old ways.
My goal is to demonstrate that meal prepping and calorie counting does not have to be boring. It does not mean having to eat the same old chicken breasts and blanched broccoli week after week. Meal prepping is about planning your daily meals, taking control of your health, your time, and your money. All the while eating delicious, wholesome, nutrient rich food that is also good for your wallet.
Have a tip, comment, question, etc that you don’t want posted in public? Email me: lizzie AT mealpreprockstar.com