I’m Janessa or “Nessy”. I’m a bit of a neat freak, slightly addicted to yoga, love curling up with a good book and feel happiest when I spend time outdoors. I live in Alberta, Canada and started The Nessy Kitchen in 2020 as a way to document and share my favorite recipes with friends and family. Before that I was using a 100+ page google doc and it was getting pretty out of control!
I grew up in a house where we spent a lot of quality family time in the kitchen and almost always ate home cooked meals. We each had at least one night of the week when supper was our responsibility and so I started learning and loving to cook at a young age.
When I moved out on my own it gave me a chance to experiment more with what I cooked, pay attention to how it made me feel and define what healthy eating means to me.
I also started trying a lot of new recipes and exploring different flavours. But the odd time when it wasn’t any good, I was stuck eating the leftovers for days… haha. I now live with my boyfriend, Brendan, who fortunately is willing to try out new recipes with me! And who also does most of the dishes (how did I get so lucky?!).
If you’re looking for…
- Easy, Healthy Dinner Recipes
- Nutritious Snacks for at Home and On the Go
- Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
- Easy From Scratch Basics such as Sauces and Spices
- Wholesome Soups and Stews
- And a few Treats and Baking Recipes
… Then The Nessy Kitchen is for you!
But be warned that I’m definitely not a perfectionist when it comes to cooking so if you’re looking for perfect or authentic recipes, I might not be your gal…
But, if you’re looking for generally healthy, approachable recipes inspired by a variety of flavors, then I hope that you find something here that you love!
My Take on Healthy
I would consider the majority of recipes on my blog “healthy”, but healthy is a relative thing! For me, healthy is cooking from scratch using whole foods as much as possible. I try to limit sugar, keep sodium levels within recommended limits, and consume a balance of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and proteins.
The other important part of healthy eating to me is that it needs to be sustainable- I want to look forward to what I’m eating and to not feel deprived! And with the recipes that I share here, I don’t! I aim to create recipes that I am excited to eat and that leave me feeling good long after I’m done.