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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

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’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!

154 responses to “About Me”

  1. Hi!! I found your blog about a year ago when searching for the best vitamins for my kids and we loved the Children’s Best Multivitamin which sadly, they have discontinued! I am super bummed because they were perfect! I am now looking at Bluebonnet Rainforest Animal vitamins or Solaray, which is another brand. Right now, we switched my daughter to Mega Food, but they have no iron and seem to lack more of the nutrients she needs which she was getting with Children’s Best. Do you have any advice on Bluebonnet or SolaRay Childrens Multivitamin? My son take Smarty Pants which are great for him, he doesn’t need the Iron as much as she does. She has a very limited food palate and needs more nutrients in her vitamins all while staying away from food dyes and tons of sugar. 🙂

  2. Hi thank you for your recommendation of the best infant formula Hipp Dutch Stage 1. It looks like it’s for 0-6 months and my daughter is almost 9 months old. Is Hipp Dutch stage 2 just as good (the best formula for her age) or should I stick with stage 1 or consider another formula all together? Thank you!

    • Hi Jason! So yes, HiPP Dutch Stage 1 is meant to be used until 6 months of age because it has less iron than HiPP Dutch Stage 2 (and babies tend to lose their iron stores after 6 months of age). However if your baby is eating a wide variety of solids and your pediatrician isn’t concerned about her iron levels, you can ask your peds about sticking with Stage 1 since the main difference really is just the iron content. But if she’s not a great eater, or if your peds does want her to have a formula with more iron, then you should switch to Stage 2 – it’s the best out of the Stage 2 options available for her age. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Hello Anjali;
    Thank you much for your recipes – I enjoy the broad spectrum of flavors. I tend to cook larger amounts of vegs and freeze for the future. I find your mix of herbs and spices tasty and would enjoy a book of your recipes. I think a book would be better than hunting on line to find inspiration. Again, thank you for your great recipes.

    • Hi Kate! Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my recipes. I have a couple of books out but they are focused on recipes for kids! I don’t have a cookbook for adults planned yet, but you never know what the future may bring! 🙂

  4. Anjali, you are very inspiring and love the way you compromised in your marriage without letting go of what you know is good. Love your travel pics, but you definitely need to come to Cape Town. We were in SF last year and we lived it. Was so refreshing to have healthy vegetarian foods wherever we went. Quite different to my premise about typical American food and portions. I love cooking but need to make the transition from traditional Gujerati cooking to the more healthy alternatives without losing the art of spices and flavours.
    Regards Priya

    • Hi Priya! Thank you so much for your comment – you are so sweet! 🙂 I’ve heard Cape Town is beautiful – we really want to visit at some point! I hope you enjoy my recipes when you try them – keep me posted on how trying healthier recipes goes for you!

  5. Hello, I am just wondering if you have ever tried any of the LUVO products. There are supposed to be healthy and everything I have read seem to support that. Just thought it might be something to grab quick when travelling, short on time etc. I do try to cook everything myself, but there are just those times, when it seems impossible to find anything to eat with any food value. Thoughts?

    • Hi Wendy! I haven’t tried the LUVO products before, but in general their nutritional information and ingredients lists look pretty decent for a packaged/frozen food product. I’d say they’d probably be an ok backup if you need something fast when you’re on the go. Hope that helps!

  6. Love your blog and recipes. Which I have only discovered today. Can’t wait to try and recreate some of recipes. I Have subscribed to all 5 choices to keep up to date with new recipes and to enter your competition. not sure if I should be leaving the comment here or not x

    • Awww thank you so much Grace!! I can’t wait for you to try my recipes – you’ll have to let me know how you like them! 🙂 For the giveaway — I’m guessing you’re trying to enter the Theo Chocolate one? If so, be sure to post a comment on that post so it’s counted among the rest of the entries. Thanks!

  7. Hi Anjali! Just stumbled across your blog because I’m going to Rome this weekend and was looking for some blogger’s tips. Love your post on Rome – unfortunately I’m only going for 4 days, not 2 weeks, but trust me, I will try and eat as much as food as I can nonetheless! Thanks for the tips – working my way through the rest of your blog now 🙂

    • Hi Kiran! Oh that’s so awesome – you will have an amazing time in Rome! I’m so glad you came across my blog – you’ll have to let me know if you end up trying any of my recipes! And have a wonderful trip! 🙂

  8. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I consider myself a picky eater but I am the mexican version. A few years ago I tried indian food for the first time and I felt in love with it. I can’t wait to try all the healthy version recipes from your blog. Thank you!!!!

    • Hi Lucy!! It’s so great to meet you! I can’t wait for you to try my recipes – I’m sure you will love them! Keep me posted on how it goes!

  9. Dear Anjali,

    I stumbled upon your blog quite accidentally and I am glad that I did. I will be visiting it regularly and inviting my friends to do the same as it is very interesting and extremely useful. Thank you and keep it up!

    • Hi Betty! Aw thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my blog – keep me posted on how my recipes turn out for you!!

  10. Enjoyed reading your About Me page. Nice photos!!! Your blog is nice! I also have become a picky eater ever since I discovered how corrupt America’s food industry is. Before then, I could eat almost anything.

    • Thanks Anna! It’s so nice to meet you! It’s true that the food industry in the US can be misleading and disappointing when it comes to quality of ingredients – especially for packaged foods. But luckily, there are plenty of organic and non-GMO options out there for consumers! 🙂

  11. Great blog, LOVE your falafel recipe and looking forward to trying more. My husband and I are trying to eat clean and incorporate more protein naturally into our diets as we are trying to work out and stay healthy. This was a fantastic recipe. Best wishes from Scotland! 🙂

    • Aw thank you so much Supriya!! So glad you are enjoying my blog and my recipes, and kudos to you for eating clean and staying healthy!

  12. I found your blog while looking for a healthy falafel recipe and your recipe looks terrific. But also I wanted you to know, I had a good laugh at your About Me section – in particular about the way you and your husband grew up around food because that describes me and my husband perfectly. Like your hubby, mine has also learned that vegetables and healthy foods can taste great! Seeing that your recipes are “husband approved”, I will definitely be trying out a bunch of them, and I can’t wait 🙂

    • Haha that’s awesome! Love that we have similar stories 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how you and your husband like my recipes!

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