Welcome to Healthy Recipes Blog! I'm Vered DeLeeuw. I started a low-carb grain-free diet in 2011. I've been eating and cooking low-carb and keto recipes for ten years now.
To me, this is not a temporary diet that you can't wait to get off of. It's my way of life, and it's made sustainable - and pleasurable - by cooking amazing yet easy recipes so that I never ever feel deprived or feel the need to "cheat."
I used to be an attorney and hold an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree from Tel Aviv University. Being an attorney sucked the life out of me. I'm so happy that's in my past.
When I realized that my passion was food rather than the law, I started furthering my education. In June 2019, I completed a 6-month program and earned a Nutrition and Healthy Living Certificate from Cornell University.
I also completed the course "Evidence-based Optimal Nutrition: The Quest for Proof" and received a Certificate of Completion from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
And in December of 2019, I became a Certified Nutrition Coach, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
I'm just as proud of these certificates as I was when I completed my fancy legal education.
Media mentions of my work
Healthy Recipes Blog was named by Spoon University as their number one pick for college-friendly food blogs:
"Vered DeLeeuw’s recipe index houses a massive collection of recipes, and almost all of them support clean eating while using kitchen staples. With its wide array of choices and handy tool to scale down recipes, Healthy Recipes Blog has become our go-to site for finding fun, tasty ways to use up those last bits of food in the bag."
My work has been mentioned in several other major media outlets:
My name reflects the two very different cultures that I come from. "Vered" (pronounced veh-red, emphasis on the first syllable) means "Rose" in Hebrew. "DeLeeuw" (pronounced deh-ley-ooh, emphasis on the middle syllable) means "The Lion" in Dutch. Growing up in Jerusalem and frequently visiting Holland, I was greatly influenced by my two very different grandmothers.
Grandma Chava ("Eve" in Hebrew) cooked authentic Israeli and Jewish food. Her food was well-seasoned and very flavorful. Dishes like these spicy meatballs are inspired by her amazing style of cooking.
Grandma Miep (her name is the Dutch equivalent of "Mary") was a dignified, coiffed, and dainty European lady. Her cooking was a bit bland, but she more than made up for it with her wonderfully buttery baked goods. This keto pound cake recipe is inspired by her wonderful baking.
I moved to the United States with my husband, who works in high-tech, in 1999. We spent more than 20 wonderful years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where we've raised two daughters. The oldest is a junior at Harvard University and plans to continue her studies after she graduates and become an attorney.
Her sister is a sophomore at Brown University and plans to go to medical school. She's the one I refer to throughout this blog, and especially in older recipes, as "The Picky Eater." Well, she's not so picky anymore! She's grown, expanded her horizons, and has become a foodie just like her parents. 😍
After becoming empty nesters, we downsized, moved to the East Coast to be closer to our daughters, and realized my lifelong dream of living downtown. We're currently living in the Washington, D.C. area, where I get to cook in a tiny apartment kitchen. 🙄
How it all began
I started this blog in 2011, after my husband was instructed by his physician to go on a low-carb diet. I decided to simplify things and joined him.
It wasn't easy at first. I had to change my cooking pretty drastically. I focused on proteins (meat, seafood, eggs, and aged cheeses), fats, non-starchy vegetables, and low-sugar fruit, supplemented with the occasional keto dessert.
This worked amazingly well for my husband. So we've been eating a low-carb, mostly grain-free and paleo diet for the past ten years. It became my mission to develop delicious yet easy recipes and to tweak old favorites so that they suit our new lifestyle.
This keto birthday cake is a good example. When making it, I recreated my husband's favorite layer cake that his grandma used to make for him.
Low-carb AND tasty!
It's really important to my husband and me to eat well. We are both foodies. Having eaten at top restaurants all over the world, we will not settle for a mediocre fare. We need our food to taste good! (Follow me on Instagram to see the awesome meals we enjoy when out of the house).
As far as we're concerned, low-carb eating is not a fad or a passing trend. It's not a temporary diet. For us, it's a way of life that we've been living for the past ten years and intend to continue. So we need to make it sustainable, which means tasty!
When I started cooking low-carb recipes, I documented them in this blog, as a way to keep all my recipes organized. To this day, I still cook almost daily from my blog using an iPad that I keep in my kitchen.
The blog didn't stay hidden for long. Gradually, I realized that people were finding my recipes and responding to them. I started receiving emails from grateful readers. I quickly realized that my little blog had a big potential as a business and started teaching myself everything I could about blogging and online marketing. Over the years, with a lot of hard work, I have turned this blog from a side hobby into my full-time job.
This is the best job I've ever had! I love creating recipes and photographing them. I love how this blog has taught me so much. Not just about cooking, but also about running a blog, taking food photos, and shooting and editing videos.
How to reach me
If you're looking for a recipe index, simply head over to the site's homepage. It features all the important recipe categories and you can start browsing from there.
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Thank you so much for visiting, and bon appétit!