About Me

Hi! I’m Anjali. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re enjoying reading through my blog, my recipes, and my adventures in cooking healthy meals that my husband would enjoy :)

All of the recipes you’ll find on this blog are “husband approved” - so even though they’re healthy, “normal” people like them too!

Here’s a little more about me and my husband’s story:

I grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but I married a “white bread” guy. I was raised in the healthy-eating, organic-obsessed, farmer’s market-driven culture of the San Francisco Bay Area; he grew up in the deep-dish pizza-loving suburbs of Chicago. My childhood was filled with fruits, vegetables and home cooked meals–I was raised to be “picky” about what I put into my body and to eat junk food in moderation. For him, ice cream and french fries were a way of life. I remember the day my dad actually brought home a donut–he cut it up into eighths and gave my brother and me a small piece to taste (yes, this actually happened in my house). Meanwhile, there’s my future husband, halfway across the country, in the middle of his standard daily breakfast of three donuts and milk.

When most people get married, they worry about things like money or in-laws. But when we got married, the question was: What would the picky eater and her fast food husband eat for dinner? I realized that the only way I would be able to bridge the gap between my husband’s “white bread” world and my “wheat bread” world would be to cook healthy versions of foods that my husband enjoyed. And so, at the age of 24, I taught myself to cook.

Gradually, I started making healthier swaps in my husband’s diet, “sneaking” in the good stuff without him noticing. Slowly but surely he began to identify different flavors like cumin, ginger, and garlic, and he even started asking for vegetables in his dishes!  He said it was because he learned that healthy food could taste good, which meant the world to me.

My husband has been a great “guinea pig” for testing out my recipes – and between his picky palate and my picky food preferences, I can pretty much guarantee that all of the recipes you will find here are DELICIOUS! :)

My blog was inspired by my husband’s transformation from a “white bread eating,” fast-food-loving” guy to one that actually eats healthy food now.

But my blog was also inspired by my own transformation: from a girl who grew up in a health-conscious household, to the college student that indulged and “fell off the wagon”, to the new graduate that learned to be “picky” about what she put into her body, to the wife that learned to cook and used her “picky eater” philosophy to help her husband eat healthier.

So, other than being a “picky eater,” who am I? I am…

A wife and California girl – I have an amazing, supportive husband and we live in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I grew up!). The picture below is of the two of us in Porto, Portugal – a beautiful city that actually has a San Francisco vibe to it!

I’m a home chef with no formal training, but I LOVE food. This was one of the first dishes I made – healthy veggie enchiladas. I was excited when they were done :)

I also love wine :)

I’m a traveler, explorer, and an adventurer. I love going to places I’ve never been before, hiking, and all sorts of outdoorsy activities. Below are a pictures from a few of our travels, and here are individual recaps of each of our trips!

Above is the view at the top of Iguazu Falls. Isn’t it gorgeous? Needless to say, I was really excited to be there…

Other beautiful hikes we’ve been on – Cinque Terre in Italy…

And Chianti in Tuscany. Doesn’t that path look like something out of a mystical land?

And here’s the adventure side of me – hang gliding in Rio… one of the greatest experiences and the biggest adrenaline rush ever!

And holding a python in the heart of the Amazon. Yes, it was slimy and heavy and sort of choking me, but it was a super cool experience!

I’m a dancer, and I love all forms of artistic expression. (This is us dancing at our wedding – one of the most fun times of my life)

And I am of course, a foodie and a blogger (Learn more about my blog here). If you’re curious what my diet looks like on a daily basis, here is a one-day food diary.

I love connecting with fellow foodies or anyone who is interested in learning more about the world of healthy living and flavorful eating. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments or feedback. I’d love to hear from you!

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Mindy November 16, 2009 at 11:05 am

Hi Picky eater,

Me too! I am so picky and very health conscious person…. well in my later years is when I really became a particularly picky eater. If I eat out then the food needs to be prepared just the way I like it…I mean love it. Two reasons… its my health and my taste buds that I need to please. Restaurants need to get a clue on how to keep customers happy and coming back… so many restaurants serve unhealthy food.
Okay enough of that..

Thank you for your Blog and I’m so glad I’ve found it.

Cheers,
Mindy : )

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anjalim November 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Thanks so much for your note! I totally agree with you – it’s always a challenge to find healthy flavorful at restaurants – I’ve started eating at higher end places because they will usually have healthy options on the menu or will tailor the items to my preferences :) Please do keep in touch and let me know if you come across any good, healthy recipes I can include on my blog!

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akhomeschoolfun January 19, 2010 at 12:50 am

Hi again. I was just reading through some of your recipes with my husband and we were like, “gotta try that, and that, and oohh, that one too” Such good stuff without a lot of fancy, expensive ingredients, just healthy and simple. Thanks. I’m trying to find creative ways to use up the 12 cups (!) of rice I accidentally made tonight.

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anjalim January 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Thanks so much! I’m so glad the recipes are helpful to you. Happy cooking! :)

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Trish July 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

That quote from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ made me laugh out loud. I’m with you on being a little picky. Like your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Cheers!

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anjalim July 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

haha thanks! I’m so glad you like it – thanks for your support!

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Kim - Liv Life November 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I’m so glad that you posted this! You have had some amazing experiences. I really do enjoy reading about the bloggers that I like to follow. Puts a “person” to the blog! Nicely done!

I grew up in the Bay Area as well, now we are in San Diego, but I still miss my City.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Kim! I visited San Diego a while back – it’s beautiful but I agree, nothing compares to the Bay! Hope you have an opportunity to make it back here soon!

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Sara November 8, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I loved loved loved reading more about you. Many bloggers often forget to make a good About me page. It’s actually the first one I read! And from time to time it should be updated. You inspired me to do that soon!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Thanks Sara!!

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Jeanette November 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for sharing more about you. Husbands are the best guinea pigs!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

EXACTLY! hehe – it’s like having your own personal taste tester!

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Belinda @zomppa November 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Love to get to know you better! I wanna travel with you. =) The hang gliding looks awesome………….

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Aw thanks Belinda! And omg – the hang gliding was absolutely amazing. But nothing beats bungee jumping in New Zealand (which I don’t have a picture of, but I wish I did!)

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FitMamaEats November 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures and experiences! I’m so jealous of your travels

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed them!!

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Liz November 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Wow! You are fearless! One look at that snake was enough for me! Hang gliding looks like so much fun! I have been enjoying your blog. I know you had a blast at Food Buzz Fest!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Haha yeah, to some extent I am. Hang gliding really was fun! You should try it if you haven’t already. Was nice meeting you at FoodBuzz!

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lemonsandanchovies November 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

Just had to say that I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog while having my tea this morning. You’ve done some very fun things. Makes for a fun blog read. Glad to have “found” you. :-)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Aw thank you so much! So nice to meet you!

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whatsfordinneracrossstatelines November 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Hi Anjali, It was so nice to have met you at the festival. I must apologize, I haven’t been able to go around and say hi to everyone yet! I love all your travels, all of those places are on my must see list eventually! Look forward to keeping up with you! I’m a Bay Area girl myself.
-Gina-

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

It was nice meeting you too Gina! It’s always fun to meet fellow Bay Area Foodies :) So glad you enjoyed the summary of my travels! Please do stay in touch!

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Sanura December 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

Wow… You’re an exciting food blogger. Love your site! It’s inspirational.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

Thank you so much Sanura! Right back at you!

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teenvegetarian January 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I love this blog! I love your passion! If you get a chance, I would love it if you would check out my blog? http://www.teenvegetarian.wordpress.com ! Thanks!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

Thanks!! Love that you’re blogging as well!

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jahnavi January 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hi Anjali, wow it looks like you’re definitely an adventure seeker. I personally wouldn’t go near a snake let alone put one around my neck but I give you dibs girl. You Go girl. I see that you went to Chianti in Tuscany, nice. My family and I went to that region a couple years on a wine tour and loved it. It was pleasant and relaxing. I love your setup.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

Hehe, thank you so much Jahnavi! Isn’t Chianti the best?? Completely pleasant and relaxing. So nice to meet you!

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anjana February 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Hey, good to connect and read your posts!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

Thanks so much Anjana! :)

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Shannon April 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I gave you a shout out on my blog today, http://bananboatsandcabbagepatches.blogspot.com/ , about your great site and the article about HFCS. LOVE your blog and can’t wait to see the new look.

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The Picky Eater April 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Thank you so much! :)

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Fiona May 21, 2012 at 12:25 am

Great blog and some fantastic tips for getting my (very very picky) son to eat vegetables. Please come and check my blog out :-)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Aw thank you so much!! So glad my tips are helpful! :) Just stopped by your blog too – it’s great!

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Pragya Mathur May 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I love this blog! I especially like the donut story where your dad cut the donut into 8 pieces hahaha! :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

Thanks so much Pragya! Haha! Yeah – that was our “dessert” :) And the best part is, I thought that was totally normal until I saw my friend’s mom give her a whole donut to eat!

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Sanjeeta kk August 1, 2012 at 1:06 am

Loved reading your about page..landed here from pinterest. Hopping to browse some of your kitchen creations now..

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 1, 2012 at 7:46 am

Aw thanks so much Sanjeeta! It’s so nice to meet you! :)

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Shannon August 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I wish I could be more health conscious. In my case, I’m a picky eater as well but not a good picky eater. I stay with foods that I’m familiar with which pretty much include hamburgers, pizza, pasta, fries…etc everything bad. I HATE THAT!! I want to change but I know so little about food that its intimidating. I am overweight but before I become obese I want to make a lifestyle change. Any advice?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for reaching out to me! I can totally understand where you’re coming from – there’s so much information out there and a lot of it is conflicting that it CAN be intimidating to try to figure out how to eat healthier! I’m happy to help you move towards a healthier lifestyle. My initial advice is to start small – like pick two things you’re going to do every day (for example: eat a healthier breakfast and walk at least 30 minutes a day). Then start making healthier versions of the foods you like – you can find healthy and delicious versions of burgers, pizza, pasta and fries on my blog! You’ll still get all of the flavor but none of the unnecessary calories. I hope this gives you a good start – and I’m more than happy to give you more detailed advice over email! Feel free to email me at pickyeats@gmail.com if you have any other questions. Good luck! I know you can do it :)

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Julia August 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

This is a great blog! My husband and I are similar..I grew up the healthy eater and he the frozen pizza every night kind of guy. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Thank you so much Julia!! It sounds like you and I have a lot in common :) I can’t wait to hear how my recipes turn out for you!

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Judy Miller August 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love PB&J also. My favorite is to put button and the outside of the bread, peanut butter and fluff on the inside and grill it. It makes the best bedtime snack!!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

That sounds delicious Judy!

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Winny August 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hi Anjali, I’m so happy I found your blog! I identify myself with your story…. I am very picky with what I eat, so much that I’ve started making my own sandwich bread every week because I can’t stand the taste of store bought bread! and like bread there are a few other things I’m currently working to try to make at home like my own yogurt, cheeses, kefir, butter, etc. But on the other hand I have a very picky husband and two teenagers, and by picky here I mean they are picky when it comes to healthy food, specially vegetables! so…… yes that’s my battle.
I’m from Venezuela, I grew up eating homemade meals 100% from scratch and most of the time grown locally, I’m talking homemade on a daily bases (breakfast, lunch and dinners) just so you have an idea about how from scratch food is in places like Venezuela, birthday cakes are never made from box mixes and chicken soup never ever comes from a can!
My father is Lebanese/armenian and my mother venezuelan, so lebanese and latin/spanish cuisine was a norm in our home as well as a variety of other international cuisines like authentic regional Italian, Portuguese, French, Chinese, etc.
So when we moved to Houston 12 years ago I found myself really missing the flavors I grew up with, don’t get me wrong, it’s not that there’s not good food here, but it’s so hard to find “made from scratch wholesome food” unless you go to very high end restaurants, which we do once in a while, because going to anything less than that means eating highly processed food, plus it’s not really easy to find great farmers markets here in Houston compared to places like San Francisco, the sad thing is I think people develop a taste for fast food in such way that they become incapable to appreciate good food or the wholesome goodness of great fresh ingredients…
Although my kids and husband like and happily eat most of the dishes I prepare I find myself always making the same things over and over, as my family is not the adventurous kind when it comes to food, so I’m exited to try your recipes for sure, specially if i can figure out ways to disguise good healthy ingredients successfully ;)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Hi Winny!! It is so, so nice to meet you! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me – I loved reading it. I can’t even imagine what a shift it must have been to grow up in a house where everything was made from scratch to moving to a culture where everything is “fast” and “to-go”! Kudos to you that you’ve started making your own sandwich bread, yogurt, etc. at home – that’s amazing! You’ll have to give me some of your tips, because I haven’t done that yet :) I can’t wait to hear how you and your family like my recipes – I’m sure you’ll be able to “sneak” in the good stuff quite successfully! Please keep in touch and let me know how things go!

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Mari September 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Hi Anjai
Want to share with you a great health food that I’ve been intrigued with as of late. My research is showing that pure cacao beans, (the real chocolate in chocolate) are one of nature’s most complete superfoods. I love them mixed into some ice cream, I make my own bakers chocolate, eat them as mid day snak etc. For a quick summary on some of the health benefits check out http://www.bocasbean.com.
Always enjoy finding new ways to make everyday meals a little bit healther. Thanks for all your work.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Thanks for sharing this Mari! I love cacao beans – I put them on every dessert or just eat dark chocolate covered cacao beans as dessert. It’s delicious! I’ll be sure to check out the link you sent me, thanks again!

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Susan September 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hi Anjali! Really like your blog, articles, photos and recipes…will be trying some of those out. Like yourself, I am a big advocate of good, fresh, delicious and healthy food. Our bodies need it and we function and feel better with the right stuff! So glad our found your articles…a treasure trove of ideas!

I am so passionate about food and healthy living, I wrote an eBook “Staying Healthy in a pre-packaged world” with I sell in my Etsy store ‘Sparkle and Comfort’ http://www.etsy.com/shop/SparkleandComfort and on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Platt/e/B0091TCC4I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

I too have a blog, but it nothing as extensive and as interesting as yours, so thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

-Susan

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog Susan! It’s so nice to meet you – it sounds like our food philosophies are very much aligned :) Your e-book sounds great, I will definitely take a look!

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recipes with twist September 27, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hey Anjali,you have a great blog and the collection of your pictures are really nice.You both look awesome in the above pics.I will love to be a regular reader of your blog.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Thanks so much! It’s so nice to meet you! I hope you enjoy my recipes :)

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Amanda October 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

Hi Anjali.

I just discovered your website today as I was searching around the internet for a vegetable lasagna. I checked out yours and it looks awesome. In the process, I found many other recipes that look great! I am trying to get myself and my husband to eat healthier (I felt better reading about you trying out healthier meals on your “white bread” husband, becuase that’s exactly how mine is too!).

Thanks again!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Thanks Amanda!! It’s so nice to meet you :) I’m sure you and your husband will love the veggie lasagna recipe – especially since your husband sounds a lot like mine! Keep me posted on how my recipes turn out for you — I’d love to hear what your hubby thinks as well. And honestly, if my husband can go from eating frozen pizzas to eating kale (and enjoy it), I think just about anyone can!

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TKHM October 16, 2012 at 1:18 am

Hi, Just want to get some answers from questions that have been troubling me..
I am trying to lose weight which of course requires me to eat healthily.
Do i actually eat HEALTHIER to lose weight, or eat HEALTHY to lose weight?
For example:
Eating healthiER means lesser sugar in cupcakes muffins and etc.
But eating healthy is omitting sugar in cupcakes muffins and etc.
Which one should i follow?
I would appreciate your advice a lot.
THANK YOU!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hi! That is a great question. I believe that you need to eat healthier to lose weight, but you don’t have to cut out 100% of everything you like to indulge in to be successful. That said, if you eat cupcakes with less sugar but you still eat 4 cupcakes, that won’t help you in your weight loss goals :) What you need to focus on is eating healthy most of the time (say 90%), and leaving a little bit of wiggle room for a couple bites of dessert, or one fully indulgent meal for the week, or a healthier version of dessert (I eat dark chocolate for dessert after dinner every day). So it all depends on what works for you, but I don’t think you need to completely cut out everything you love to lose weight because you need to come up with a plan that’s sustainable in the long run vs. a fad diet that helps you lose weight but doesn’t help you keep it off. I hope that helps! Good luck on your weight loss journey!

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TKHM October 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Ooo I see.. :)
Thank you for taking time to answer this, really appreciate it!
Btw, you’ve got awesome recipes and I’ll be looking out for more from you! Keep cooking! ;)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

No problem at all! I’m glad it was helpful :) And thank you so much!! Let me know how my recipes turn out for you!

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robyn george-chilvers October 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Hello, this is wonderful. A woman on the same mission as me! I am a vegetarian health concious eater with a husband and two boys who love their meat, snacks and stodgy meals. I am always trying to -invent things that will satisfy all of us. I am so glad to stumble upon your blog. I am busy working on a post for my own blog on other women who have inspired me. I am going to mention you and add a link –back to your site. Congreats on a lovely Blog x

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Thank you so much Robyn!! It sounds like we are in the same boat :) Let me know my recipes turn out for you and your family – I’m sure your husband and boys will enjoy them!

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Vivianne October 19, 2012 at 7:08 am

I love your website. You have lots of great information. I, too, am very health concious. I work full time sitting behind a desk and used to eat unhealthy snacks. I now consume what I believe are the healthiest foods on the planet from http://www.AllBeyondOrganic.com. If you’ve ever heard of Jordan Rubin, Author of The Maker’s Diet, then you know that his products are second to none!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 21, 2012 at 12:38 am

Thanks Vivianne! Glad to hear you’re moving towards eating healthier snacks at work!

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coco October 27, 2012 at 3:32 am

hi Anjali, just found your blog and love reading your story. his ad and I also have different food preferences but haven’t got him to try my recipes. when cooking dinner, I usually make two dinners sonneither of us has to eat what we don’t like. I’m veggie lover and he loves meat, it’s hard to fusion both worlds.

I also love traveling, ive been to iguazu and rio as well, both are amazing places, ;)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Hi Coco!! Thank you so much – it’s so great to meet you! I’d love to hear whether any of my recipes work out for both you and your partner :) Try the veggie chili on my blog – it’s proven very successful with even the most die-hard meat-eaters! Sounds like we have a lot in common, any fun travel plans coming up for you?

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Tracy December 4, 2012 at 4:29 am

Hi! I linked to you from Skinny Taste where you posted a recipe for a loaded baked potato. Clean eating is a goal of mine for 2013 and moving forward so I’m lining up my “go-to” sites now. Love your site!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

Hi Tracy! Aw thank you so much – I’m so glad you like my site! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help support you in your clean eating goals for next year or if you have any other questions! Looking forward to connecting with you more through my blog :)

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Debra December 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Hi Anjali, I found your site through SkinnyTaste, which I make many recipes from. I am anxious to view your recipes and incorporate them into my healthy lifestyle. I downloaded your 7 day meal plan, I love that you do that! I am a planner and I always know what I’m eating for the week. Your meal plan is very similar to how I eat already. Thanks again for your site, loved reading your story and about all your travels. Thanks for inspiring this 52 year old who loves to eat healthy too! I’m always looking for new ideas to help me stay on track.
Thanks again!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 10, 2012 at 7:38 am

Hi Debra! It’s so nice to meet you! :) I’m so glad you liked my meal plan – I can’t wait to hear how you like my recipes. Thanks so much for your kind words, I’m excited to stay in touch with you through my blog! Happy healthy eating!

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Stephanie December 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Hi Anjali! First of all, GO GIANTS!!! I’m a MASSIVE SF fan! Second, I recently found your blog while searching for a vegetarian tortilla soup. I read through your blog and was so inspired by your journey with food. I’m a vegetarian as well and enjoy cooking new recipes, but I’m not as creative as you. I’m curious to know if your husband is a vegetarian, or did he stop eating meat when you got married? If not, is it a challenge to be married to someone who is a meat eater?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 7, 2013 at 7:20 am

Hi Stephanie!! It’s so nice to meet you! Happy new year – and yay Giants! :) Thanks so much for your kind words – I hope you enjoyed the tortilla soup recipe. To your question – yes, my husband is a vegetarian – he was vegetarian when I met him, so I’m not sure how challenging it would be if he did eat meat. My guess is, that as long as both people were willing to be a bit flexible, that anything could be worked out – which might just be the optimist in me. Hope that helps!

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Sarah @ Family. Food. Fiesta. January 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Hi Anjali! Your website ROCKS! Fun travels & fantastic recipes! I love all the food photos. They make my mouth water and inspire me to make your dishes. Thanks for all the great posts!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

Hi Sarah!! Awwww thank you so much!! You are so sweet. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my posts :) Hope you’re doing well!

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Kay Wilson January 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

Hi Anjali,

Your blog is refreshing and love that you are a picky eater, me too. I converted my husband to vegggies, and we have a great garden. I grew up in midwest and all our family had gardens. I just celebrated 1 year of no meat in my diet. I am looking forward to coming back often for recipes. Are you also on Pinterest?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

Hi Kay! Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you like my blog – and congrats on being vegetarian for the past year and converting your husband!! Eventually, I’d like a garden of my own too :) And yes! I am on Pinterest. You can find me at: http://pinterest.com/thepickyeater/. Keep me posted on how my recipes turn out for you!

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Lisa Joseph February 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Hey Anjali!

I’m laughing because I have been sitting around googling for various healthy recipes for my husband (and me) and I’ve ended up landing on your blog three times today! LOL! The latest land was for your baked falafel, for which I thank you! Am trying it today for SUPERBOWL! GO NINERS!!!! ;-)

Weirdly, my husband was also raised in “Deep Dish” Chicago, and me, In Mt.View, CA (Bay area). He is also more of a refined carb guy, and with his latest labwork, we are working to correct all that an unhealthy diet has contributed to his health.

Conversely, he is the Desi (born in Kerala), and I am the Portuguese girl and home winemaker/wine enthusiast! Anyway, thanks for sharing the pics, recipes, and bits about you and the husband!
Namaste,
Lisa and Santosh in CA

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Haha!! Omg that is so awesome – love that you and your husband have such a similar story to me and my husband as well! Btw – so sad about what happened with the Niners on Sunday – hope you and your husband were still able to enjoy the game given the loss! How did the recipes turn out for you guys? And are you still living in the Bay Area? We’re practically neighbors! :)

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Lisa Joseph February 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm

We mourned the Niners loss, but the baked falafel and other goodies (hummus, feta, veggie plate, and samosa-baked potatoes) definitely helped ease our pain! Santosh and I aren’t in the Bay area anymore (farther north, in Redding). But we did just go back for a big wedding in Chicago last week…. FREEZING! His mom’s home-Keralan cooking was what warmed me up!

Keep on bloggin’! I’ll keep on cooking!
:)
Lisa

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Ok samosa baked potatoes sounds delicious!! Do you have the recipe for that? I’d love to try it! Haha omg – Chicago is definitely freezing this time of the year. I love South Indian food – I’m sure it was delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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Lisa February 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

Oh, it’s so easy! I got the idea one day out of pure laziness, and now my family asks for the samosa baked potatoes. I was making filling for samosas with some random recipe I had in one of my many indian cookbooks, and was kind of not looking forward to making the dough, when it occured to me I could just “cheat”, and re-fill the potato shells with the filling and re-heat, as a sort of “twice-baked” potato! That’s it! I see you have a traditional Indian Samosa recipe: Just skip the dough (and the frying!), and put that delicious filling right back into your potato skins…. re-heat, and YUM! It’s a lot faster and makes a great side dish to a curry. (I’m a big fan of “curry in a hurry” recipes!)
:-P

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Omg I LOVE that idea!!! I am absolutely going to try it soon :) Thanks for the inspiration Lisa!!

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Denise Guglielmucci February 24, 2013 at 6:26 am

Dear Anjali,
I was brought to your site by a cousin who posted the “Elvis Peanut Butter” sandwich because it looked so amazing. Well I must tell you I came away so inspired as to how you “secretly” transformed your husband into a much healthier guy. I’m jumping on board and making better choices, we have three wonderful children, and 3 wonderful grandchildren with the fourth on his way in a week or so. We want to be around for a long time to watch them grow, (and watch our kids get paid back). lol

We have both put on weight since we were married 34 years ago, and we are at a point where we have to do something. My husband Michael had knee replacement surgery a few years back, and has been on disability since, he has gained a lot of weight and I so worry about him. The problem with him is that he is home all day while I’m at work, he babysits our grandchildren to help our daughters out. I think it is hard to be home allday so that is why it is important to keep good choices in house. He does the food shopping and cooking and he loves to cook and eat, I think if he sticks to your site he will be just fine. I’m going to ask him what would Anjali cook??

So thank you so much for the inspiration that I got when I sat at my computer this morning, and for the lovely photos of vacations.

I will be frequenting your site for wonderful ideas and inspiration. Your wedding picture was so beautiful!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Hi Denise! Thank you sooooo much for your kind words and your thoughtful message! I’m honored that my blog has been helpful in getting you and your husband on a healthier path. Congratulations btw on the newest addition on the way for your family! Four grandchildren – that’s amazing :) Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you and your husband in any way as you experiment with my recipes at home. And definitely keep me posted on how things go! I’ll be rooting for you – take good care of yourselves! :)

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 26, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Hi Anjali! I just found your log and love it. I recently moved to the (east) Bay Area and am also passionate about eating healthy, organic food. This is a great place for picky eaters like us! :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Hi Sarah!! Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you like my blog – and it’s so nice to meet you (especially since you also in the Bay!) Hope you’re enjoying your time here so far – if you ever need restaurant recommendations in the East Bay let me know – there is great food in that area!

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Cookingpapa April 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Anjali,
You have a really great blog. I have been looking for recipe ideas for my son who is extremely picky with his food. He only eats meats and it’s hard for me to get him to eat any vegetables. If you have any good ideas for sneaking some vegetables into his diet please email me.

Thanks!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Hi! Thank you so much – it’s so nice to meet you! :) And yes! I have tons of ideas on how to sneak veggies into your son’s diet. I’ll email you to share a few tips. Talk soon!

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Cookingpapa April 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I used one of your ideas today Anjali. Bell peppers (both red and green) and mushrooms into a bolognese. I cut them fine enough and he didn’t even notice them. Awesome!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 11, 2013 at 6:59 am

Hooray!! I’m so happy to hear that – thanks for letting me know!!

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Cristina Schooler April 2, 2013 at 8:25 am

Anjali,

I LOVE your blog. I just stumbled upon it today and have been reading your posts for a couple of hours. I am also highly devoted to healthy eating and I especially love Indian food. I was in India last year. I am about to graduate from school and I just got into the blogging scene a couple months ago. I love to blog about healthy eating, living and organizing. I hope to gain inspiration from your posts!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Hi Cristina! Aw thank you so much for your kind words! It sounds like our food philosophies are very similar – I’d love to hear how you like my recipes when you try them!

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Tania April 28, 2013 at 7:07 am

Oh my goodness! Your story sounds exactly like me and my husband. I’m a vegetarian and he’s a pizza and potted-meat (yes, potted-meat) loving Texan. He’s an extremely picky eater – probably because his pallet never got a chance to develop since he only ate a few different things as a kid (no fruits or veggies). For the past four years I’ve been slowly working on expanding what he can eat and making it healthier. When he eats something new, it’s so rewarding, but often it feels like an uphill battle. I think there needs to be a “cooking for picky eaters” support group. Hoping some of your recipes can work for us. I’m very excited to try!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 2, 2013 at 7:25 am

Haha! That is so awesome — you and I really do have the same story! You’re right, both of our husbands just weren’t exposed to things to help “expand” their palate when they were kids, and it’s definitely much harder to do as an adult. But it’s not impossible :) I’m totally with you – when my husband recently stopped eating the frozen pizzas from his childhood I did a little happy dance haha. But yes, it does take a LOT of patience and consistency! You’ll have to keep me posted on how my recipes turn out for you and your husband, and please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime! Good luck!!

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Erin Shock May 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hi,
So my husband loves veggies and has been trying to get me to eat healthy, I just don’t like veggies especially peppers. I want to get fit and eat healthy and now we live close to a market. How did your husband get over the different texture?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 7, 2013 at 7:23 am

Hi Erin! Thanks so much for reaching out! So with most veggies, my husband’s issue was more about the taste vs. the texture. And so, I found ways to “sneak” more veggies into our meals (e.g. adding them into sauces, as filling, etc.) and adding tons of flavor with spices etc. Do you like crunchy things? If so, keeping the veggies relatively uncooked might be something to try for you — since peppers when they are closer to raw vs. cooked – are super crunchy and juicy. I think I’d have to better understand what about the texture bothers you and then I can give you more specific tips on what to do about it. But in a general sense, find flavors that you love (spices, etc) and cook the veggies you want to eat using those flavors. Combine the veggies with other things you enjoy — e.g. beans, cheese, salsa, guac for Mexican food; tomato sauce and pasta for Italian; etc. If you absolutely cannot stand any veggies at all, try pureeing them and then adding them into your meals — they will become completely absorbed by the sauce or other items in the meal and you may not even notice it! Hope that helps – but I’m happy to chat more in detail if you’d like! (you can email me at pickyeats@gmail.com if you want to talk more :) ) Thanks and good luck!

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Tracy May 28, 2013 at 3:50 am

Just came across your blog and LOVE it! Amazing recipes. I am a certified holistic health coach and I am always looking for new recipes to share.
Happy cooking!
In health and happiness, Tracy ( http://www.beefitwithtracy.com)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

Hi Tracy!! Thank you so much for your kind words – it’s so nice to meet you!! Hope you have a great week! :)

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Luisa May 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

Hi Anjali!

I just found your blog, congratulations, is great.
I’m a dietitian from Monterrey, México.
My boyfriend lives in San Diego, he’s a Doctor and he is trying to apply to his Medical Residency.
I love your story and I feel identified. Andrés (that’s his name) and I love to travel as well, and to discover new gastronomic concepts.
I personally try to give my patients new ideas for healthy cooking, so I might share some recipes from your blog if that is ok with you.

Thank you in advance and congratulations once again!!!
Best,

Luisa.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Hi Luisa!! Thank you so much for your kind words – it is so great to meet you! It sounds like we have a lot in common :) And yes absolutely – you can share as many recipes from my blog as you like with your patients – I hope it helps!! Thank you again!

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Rujina June 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

Hello Anjali,

I just stumbled across your blog while looking for recipes on healthy salads and I must say I love everything you have suggested. I have always wanted to make my own falafels but never knew the right approach for it to be as healthy as possible. Tonight I shall be baking my falafels, very excited.

LOVING YOUR BLOG, PLEASE KEEP IT UP!!!
THANK YOU :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Hi Rujina!! Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s so great to meet you :) I can’t wait to hear how the baked falafel recipe turns out for you – I’m sure you will love it :) Thanks again!!

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Hayley July 4, 2013 at 8:46 am

I happened to stumble across your blog om a recipe I found and i love how you describe your husband. I grew up “wheat bread”, but my emotional eating started to get outta control about 3 years ago (during which I have had 2 babies) its been really hard to gain control of until recently, I literally started to “detox” from fast food and cooking better for my hubby and I and the kids. I already feel 100% better. I am happy to find this blog for healthy meal ideas because I am not creative in the kitchen! Cant wait to see what I find!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi Hayley! Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your story with me! It completely makes sense why you had trouble eating healthy — 2 kids in 3 years can certainly make things a LOT busier! :) But it’s so great that you’ve been able to get back on track. I can’t wait to hear how you like my recipes – keep me posted on how things go!

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Rejane July 7, 2013 at 4:00 am

Anjali, I’m from Brazil and simply loved your blog! I recently visited my sister in California for the first time and wish I could come back soon! I loved California!
I was trying to find some recipie with outmeal and I just found your blog. Wonderful! I’m married and mom of two boys and I try to introduce fresh and nutricional foods for my family. I also try to explain what’s a junk and a heathy food for them. I think it’s working. They love salads and vegetables and doensn’t like mac donald’s stuff.
I also loved your travel photos, specially the ones that are in Brazil. I live in the south of my country but I never went to Amazon forest (just in Magic Kingdom, heheheh), but I pretend to go.
Congratulations for your blog!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

Hi Rejane! It’s so great to meet you! Thanks so much for your kind words about my blog – I’m so happy you like my recipes!! It’s wonderful that you’re doing so much for your family to keep them eating healthy foods – it sounds like what you are doing is definitely working :) Oh and yes, I loved my trip to Brazil – it’s a beautiful country! Thanks again Rejane!

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Erin Shock July 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

Hi, I commented on your blog a while ago and I amhappy to say that for the last 12 days I have been working out and eating a lot better and a lot less processed foods and I am feeling so much better.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 12, 2013 at 3:17 am

Hi Erin! I’m soo happy to hear that! Kudos to you for sticking to a healthier diet and lifestyle for almost two weeks! Keep it up – so proud of you! :)

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Chiravi Patel July 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Hi. Its really a nice site. I am a Dietician. I was searching about Healthy Falafel recipe. And after a long search I get a healthy one from your site. Really nice healthy dish. I didn’t gone through all your recipes but some I gone through. They seems really delicious yummy. All the Best.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

Thanks so much Chiravi! I’m so glad you liked the Falafel recipe! :)

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Shradha P September 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Hi Anjali,
I love your blog! My hubby loves food and I am learning to cook for him. I just moved to the US from India and I look at all these veggies (that you don’t get in India) at the supermarket and have no idea as to what to cook with them, but your blog has been so helpful! You have some wonderful recipes and I have to say again, I love it!
-Shradha

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Thank you so much Shradha!! I’m so glad that my blog has made it easier for you to cook for your hubby! So happy you’re enjoying my recipes – and it’s wonderful to “meet” you! :)

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Shawnie September 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Hi Anjali!
Super cute blog! I was wondering if you have ever tried the nutritious benefits from grinding your own flour? I started milling my own once I got married and started making homemade bread and the difference in taste from store bought to home milled flour is amazing! Also, the flour you buy at the store has had the germ removed to prolong shelf life which is what has all the nutrients in it. So store bought flour is virtually nutritionless! Since I stated grinding my own flour I’ve decided to turn it into a business so more people can reap the nutritional benefits! My husband is a 5th generation farmer and we grow our own wheat here in Northwest Kansas. I’d love for you to check out my website! And if you like I would love to send you some wheat to try and you could blog about it!

Thanks!!

Shawnie

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 16, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hi Shawnie! Thanks for the tip! I have never grinded my own flour – but I completely agree with you that it would be more nutritious than buying all-purpose flour from the store! I actually don’t use flour as an ingredient that often, since I don’t bake very much, but if I do end up coming across a bread or baked goods recipe then I’d love to try your flour to see how it turns out. Thanks again for reaching out – and best of luck to you! :)

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Shabnam October 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

Hi, I’m so glad to find your blog. I was just like your husband, I always ate fast foods; but my husband just like you grew up in a farm and he learned me how to cook and eat healthy. Now I can use your experiences, too. You said you like traveling, so I’ll be glad to see you in Iran, we have lots of great foods here.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

Hi Shabnam! I’m so glad you like my blog and that you’ve been on a journey to eat healthier! Let me know if you try any of my recipes – would love to know how you like them!

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Michael January 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hi Anjali, I came a crossed your blog, because I am in search of wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. Rather then just wanting to lose a few pounds. But to enjoy a long life for myself and hopefully someday a helpmate. I just don’t know where to start or how to go about it at all. At first I was counting calories and what not, but even the food was lifeless and dull. I wanna try new flavors and new food other than pizza, and fast food yea know? So where would be a good place to start? I am open to any kind opinion, and suggestion that you may have to offer.

Thank yo for your time

-Michael Vincent

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Hi Michael! Thank you so much for reaching out to me – it’s so great to “meet” you! Your attitude and approach to living a healthier lifestyle sounds exactly right — counting calories is definitely not the way to go. And healthy food doesn’t have to be lifeless or dull! So to get started, I’d suggest trying my top 10 most popular recipes, this list for healthier snack options, this list for super easy lunch recipes, this list for healthy breakfast ideas, and this list for tips on how to make healthier swaps without losing any of the flavor! If you’d like more targeted / detailed guidance, I’m happy to chat with you as well. Feel free to email me at pickyeats@gmail.com and we can take it from there. Good luck and happy healthy eating!

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Kyle B. February 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Hi Anjali,

Do you think a fast food restaurant that uses healthier ingredients for food would do well in this market? Many people go for the taste, but others go for convenience. If there were a restaurant that had this convenience but also served health conscious customers, do you think it would do well?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 25, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Hi Kyle! I think a fast food restaurant that used healthier ingredients for their food, but still had food that tasted amazing would do really well! Because after all, most people are just looking for convenient food options that taste good — so if that fast food option was also healthy, that restaurant would capture both the health conscious consumer and the regular/average consumer who just is looking for tasty fast food! Hope that helps!

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Lynnette March 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Hi Anjali! I tried your Skinny Broccoli cheddar recipe tonight and it was great! I was wondering, are all of your recipes vegetarian? I’ve been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 16 years and it sure looks like your recipes cater to that :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Hi Lynnette!! Oh awesome! I’m so glad you liked it! And yes — all of my recipes are vegetarian (lacto-ovo) :) They can be modified to be made vegan (or to be made non-vegetarian) — but they are all 100% veggie! Hope that helps!

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Lynnette March 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

It does! Thank you so much :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Great! No problem! :)

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