Two of my great passions are words and food.
Reading alone and with my family, making food for my family and friends, and writing stories that capture our family memories and special moments bring me great joy and pleasure in life.
So many of my fondest family memories involve cooking together and reading together, and now as a parent I’m making it a goal to nurture those same passions in my children.
Every chalkboard in my house, every scrap of paper, even the walls of our home are decorated with quotes that move me, speak to my soul, inspire me, and encourage me.
I write quotes and words of encouragement on napkins and place them in my kids’ lunchboxes every morning so that when they open their lunches at school they are reminded of how much they are loved, and I’m sharing my love of words at the same time.
One of my very favorite quotes, one that I want to put on a canvas or board and hang in my kitchen, is a Thomas Keller quote which says:
A recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe
There’s something about those words that just resonates within my southern heart.
While I am teaching my children to love food and cooking, I am also trying to instill in them a love for foods that feed their souls and nourish their bodies at the same time.
I’ve gathered up 9 healthy recipes from around the web, and paired them with food related quotes for a slideshow that is a treat for the eyes and the spirit.
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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower 2 of 10"Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education" -- Mark Twain Visit Bon Appetit for the recipe
Lightened Up Fettuccini Alfredo 3 of 10"Fettuccini alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults." -- Mitch Hedberg Visit Food Network for the recipe
Slow Cooker Garlic Lamb and Greek Tacos 4 of 10"You can never have enough garlic. With enough garlic, you can eat The New York Times." -- Morley Safer Visit Foodie with Family for the recipe
Lighter Chicken Pot Pie 5 of 10"Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul." --Dorothy Day Visit the The Lemon Bowl to get the recipe
Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions 6 of 10"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness." â€• Elsa Schiaparelli Visit A Southern Fairytale for the recipe
Strawberry Spinach Flatbread Pizza 7 of 10Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch." â€• Orson Welles Visit Babble Food for the recipe
Honey Ginger Braised Pork 8 of 10"The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living…" â€• Dione Lucas Visit Babble Food for the recipe
Spaghetti with Roasted Peppers and Eggplant 9 of 10"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart." --Cesar Chavez Visit Aggie's Kitchen for the recipe
Creamy Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms 10 of 10"Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love." â€• Craig Claiborne Visit Two Peas and Their Pod for the recipe