Tell us a little bit about yourself
I'm Kylie! I am a busy mom, wife, blogger and Administrative Assistant in the healthcare field. When I'm not at my day job, you'll find me in the kitchen cooking with my toddler, in my studio photographing the food I've made or relaxing with friends and family. I love to spend time outside in the summer and snuggle in and get cozy with my recipes in the winter!
When and why did you start blogging?
I started my blog Midwest Foodie in 2017 in hopes of creating a space where busy families can find simple, wholesome recipes that they can confidently make for themselves! As a busy mom, I understand how hard it is to get dinner on the table at the end of the day, so I focus on sharing delicious recipes that make it easy to feed your family real food.
What do you write about in your blog?
As mentioned above, I focus on simple recipes made with whole foods on my blog, Midwest Foodie. You won't find any Velveeta or other heavily processed foods in any of my recipes. I believe in indulging from time to time, but I prefer to focus on using real, whole ingredients that are easily accessible. In my recipes, I share process shots and step by step instructions so that home cooks can easily construct these simple meals for their families in a realistic amount of time!
What does food mean to you?
FOOD IS LOVE, in my opinion. Cooking for my family and friends is my number one favorite way to show them how much I care. Nothing says "I love you" like a home-cooked meal.
What’s your favorite meal? Could you share the recipe?
My favorite meal is from my blog (surprise, surprise!) and it's my Easy Vegetarian Lasagna. The secret is that you don't boil the noodles before you assemble the lasagna. So you can have it in the oven in just 10 minutes!! It's vegetarian but SUPER hearty and loaded with fresh spinach and cheese.
What are the 3 products that should be in everyone’s kitchen?
First, a good blender or food processor is a must for me! I use mine almost every single day for things like soups, sauces, and smoothies. Second, an enameled cast iron pan is definitely on my list of must have's also. Many of my recipes start on the stove and end in the oven so having a good quality enameled cast iron pan is very helpful! Thirdly, a big cutting board! I have several large ones because I am constantly using them. Small cutting boards just don't cut it for me (pun intended!).
What would be that one meal leaving everyone speechless?
I'm going to have to go back to my Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna. And I'm speaking from experience here! This dish has left friends and family speechless more times than I can count. And the best part is, your guests will never believe how easy it is to make!
Do you have any grocery shopping tips? How to save money and still eat healthy and tasty?
My best tip for grocery shopping is: DON'T DO IT. If you have a grocery delivery service or the option to order online and pick groceries up at a local store - DO THAT. Save yourself a couple of hours and all the hassle and let someone else shop for you. Some people enjoy grocery shopping, but I am not one of them! Ordering groceries also helps me save money because I plan our meals for the week, order only what we need and am not tempted to add on unnecessary items as we walk through the grocery store. I stick the list and order items that will create 3-4 different meals that we can eat throughout the week. I make sure we have fresh fruits and veggies to snack on and things like frozen fruit and yogurt for smoothies that we can have for breakfast. Then I focus on 3-4 veggie-heavy dishes that I can make over the weekend and reheat throughout the week. My biggest tip for eating healthy and saving money is to PLAN, PLAN, PLAN and then stick to the plan! Prep your healthy meals on the weekend so that when you come home exhausted after a long day, you've got dinner all ready to go. This will save you money on taking out that might seem like an easy option during a busy week!
We are what we eat. Yay or nay?
I would have to agree that we definitely are what we eat and my hips are proof of that!! They proudly show off the glass of wine I enjoy with dinner (and maybe another glass after my toddler has gone to bed). They happily display the extra slice of homemade pizza I devour while hosting friends and family for dinner. But my hips are also strong and active and are energetically fueled by my green smoothie each morning! Life is all about balance and that means balance in what you eat also! Enjoy that slice of cake, a glass of wine and maybe a couple too many cookies once in a while. Life is too short!!
Thanks so much for talking to us, Kylie! Follow her Instagram for delicious recipes @midwest.foodie or visit her blog for even more inspiration https://midwestfoodieblog.com