Skinny People Can’t Cook

People ask me all the time if I can cook.  Do I look like I can’t cook?   Skinny people don’t eat, so surely they can’t cook.

I will let you in on a little secret, I will eat you out of a house and a home.  Since I love to eat, cooking good food is a necessity. The fact that I don’t eat meat means there is room for larger portions.  I have not “intentionally” eaten any meat since 1995 (I think my family has tried to trick me a few times); I have been pescetarian for at least 10 years. If you were vegetarian in the 90’s cooking was a survival skill. I was making avocado toast and smoothies in the 90’s, before it was trendy. Dumping a smoothie in a bowl and topping it with pretty fruit and berries is cute and new, but that’s about it.  When it comes to cooking I have a few original dishes, but to be honest I like trying other people’s and then adding my own twist.

My favorite all time cookbooks are by Afya Ibomu titled:

I need food with flavor and soul!  I don’t eat a lot of tofu or meat substitutes in search for the “meat taste.” I’ll eat seafood once a week, but rarely cook it.  No desire.  Asian noodle dishes or stir fries are my favorite.  Thanks to Afya’s collard green recipe I have mastered greens (kale and collards) and can cook a soulful Thanksgiving dinner that would please any carnivore.

I can cook because I know how to follow recipes and have taste-buds!  In the past two weeks several people have asked me to share vegetarian and vegan recipes. Here are links to my favorite recipe Pinterest Boards:

If you live in Atlanta check out one of Chef Beee’s vegan cooking classes. Click here for her recipes and schedule. Her classes are affordable and fun!

The dish above I made last night.  It’s an Asian Cucumber Noodle Salad with Almond Butter Dressing; the recipe is from Vicky’s site Avocado Pesto.  I later added zuchini and carrot spirals.  The almond dressing was delicious! The drink is a Basil Vodka Lemonade inspired by Get Healthy U.

In short, can I cook? I can show you better than I can tell you!



8 thoughts on “Skinny People Can’t Cook”

  1. LOVE this!!! And I’m getting into cook using books and not just wingin it all the time so appreciated the book recs. Yayy!!! Thanks for sharing Kenya!! 🙌🏾😘

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  2. I live in Chattanooga and I saw your Instagram which is what led me to this page. I love it! Hope you had a great time I our city. If I could ask one question it would be how are you able to travel so much? That is My life’s dream but sometimes I find it hard to even afford to go to Florida. Happy HAPPY travels!


    1. Hi Rory,
      Thanks for the follow!! I love Chattanooga, it’s one of my favorite places to visit. There is so much to do in the area. I have been able to travel a lot through work and school. However, I am 41 and just now in a position to be able to afford leisure travel. This past year I decided to put aside in my savings about $50 a month for personal travel, it’s not a lot but a start. When I travel I try not to stay in hotels, I use Airbnb for my accommodations. This last trip to TN I stayed two nights in a tent and it cost me about $80 total for the weekend (food, gas and accommodations). Unfortunately, traveling on a budget takes more planning, but it’s worth it! I am going on a trip in November to Australia with my family; we set up a 6 month payment plan with the travel agency so that we wouldn’t have to pay for everything all at once. Thanks again for the support!


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