I Hope You Didn’t Come Here for the Kale

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I hope you didn't come here for the kale (a reflection on healthy resolutions, food blogging and me) -- Solid Gold Eats

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By “kale,” I mean vegan, healthy, light, low calorie, gluten free, sugar free, FUN FREE FOOD.

Before you ream me in the comments, let me explain myself.

I have absolutely no problem with other bloggers who want to offer these recipes or the folks who want or need them based on dietary restrictions. My mom is vegan, I have coworkers who are vegan, and I know a lot of people who only cook gluten free foods. Whether you need it or want it, knock yourself out.

That’s not me. It is January 1, the start of a new year, and there will be no change in your regularly scheduled programming. Er, recipe posts.

If I had to guess (because I’m still working on indexing all of my recipes), I would say 78% of my recipes have meat.





The rest are an odd mix of desserts, soups, salads and foods that are healthy but also flavor favorites of mine. Yet I’m not really counting because I simply don’t care. Luckily I’m a fairly healthy human begin that doesn’t need an altered diet and therefore I eat what I want. I’ll enjoy braised short ribs one night and filet mignon the other if I want to.

John and I do eat “light” foods and make things that are not only healthy but also cheaper than the signature entrees you normally find here. My strawberry salad with lemon dijon vinaigrette and homemade croutons recipe was one of my top 10 recipes of the year. We don’t eat meat every night, so yes, some recipes are naturally healthier than others.  But it is not because we are starting a new diet or because the new year means we can’t eat what we ate a day ago. It is out of my sheer joy of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and everything they can do.

Food and the science behind it fascinates me. The way ingredients can be transformed by a change in temperature or in combination with other ingredients means there are endless combinations of what you can do with them. Preserving food through canning along with creating ice creams at home were two things that led me to start this blog.

But I’m fed up with food blogs that jump on the healthy resolutions bandwagon.

Sure, people are searching for healthy recipes to start a new year. Have those recipes on your site and KAPOW, instant traffic from the rest of the world who started dieting today. I get it.

That’s not me.

Yes, I shared several holiday recipes that related to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. I love those holidays, so why wouldn’t I share my love of it with you? What you don’t find on Solid Gold Eats are recipes made simply to bring you here. No offense, it’s not that I don’t like you or care about what you eat, but every recipe that I post on this blog has been made and eaten in my kitchen for three reasons: I was hungry, whatever I made tasted awesome and I wanted to eat it.

Those are the recipes that I will continue to bring you. Should a salad or soup slip in there that is healthy, meatless, low sodium, then it does. The bottom line is this – just because it’s January 1 doesn’t mean the fun food recipes have to stop. Not here, at least. 

Cheers to a new year and many new recipes from me to you ;)

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  • http://www.jennlisak.com/ Jenn Lisak

    Get it girl.

    • solidgoldeats

      “fist pump”

  • https://bloomreang.co/ Steven Shattuck

    If you don’t like it, you can giiiiiit out.

    • solidgoldeats

      It’s hip to be square.