Ever since I was really young, I’ve been interested in cooking and eating fresh fruits and vegetables. I remember growing up snacking on frozen peas (still frozen!) and carrots dipped in dijon mustard. Unfortunately the unhealthy, processed food and drinks always seemed to be more easily accessible
As I got older I found my tastes evolved but I still really enjoyed vegetables, especially as I found new ways to prepare them.
In 2018, I decided to challenge myself to try a plant-based diet for just one month: VeganApril. During that month, I realized how important meal and produce prep were successfully keeping my new vegan lifestyle. I also realized that with a little prep, it was actually really easy (and fun!) to eat plant-based. There are so many ways to get creative in the kitchen without using meat, dairy or eggs.
I launched Literally Homemade in 2018 to make it easier for individuals and families to eat healthier. Initially Literally Homemade was a service doing individual prep for clients, but I found that I couldn’t work with as many people as I hoped to help. So in 2019, I evolved the service to help coach people who want to eat plant-based meals. Whether you are hoping to try plant-based but don’t know where to start or if you’re a veteran vegans looking for new inspiration, I’d love to help!
Prior to launching Literally Homemade, I spent a number of years advocating for healthier communities for kids as part of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association's PreventObesity.net network. As a recruiter and campaign manager, I interviewed leading childhood nutrition experts for initiatives and webinars. I also spent a week in Costa Rica studying with chefs how to properly and creatively cook the local Costa Rican cuisine.