Fit and Frugal Natural Kitchen

Fit and Frugal is my comfort writing food. A teacher, freelance writer and mom, I’m a dedicated endurance runner (who also does triathlons). My goal for my blog is to compile a collection of natural food news and healthy recipe experiments that shoot for great nutrition and taste while respecting the wallet and time. In the past, I fell into a lonely power struggle with food. It was something I feared, obsessed over, and defined myself by via attempts to control my consumption of it. I lost myself and my health, relationships, and focus suffered.

One day hitting rock bottom, it struck me with renewed clarity, it was time to let go. I began learning to appreciate and understand food for what it is. It's fuel. It's beautiful. It's a means to health when approached lovingly and moderately, and it's meant to be shared. Since then I've been ravenous for information on cooking, healing, growing, and nutrition for training.

I love experimenting in the kitchen. I love the bright colors, varied textures, and crisp sounds of produce on the cutting board. I love to bake. The problem is finding time and respecting the piggybank. Maybe one day I'll come into unlimited resources to play with. For now, I'm shooting to enjoy a life less processed, and to create delicious and nutritious food that fits with busy days and careful budgets.

Red, White and Blue Berry “Trifle” Parfaits (gluten free, dairy free, honey-sweetened)

To celebrate American Independence Day with a healthified riff on a traditional English dessert feels a little cheeky, as does just using the word “cheeky” in this context, in fact. But the stressed dramatic political state of both countries recently makes me feel even more than the usual kinship with my husband’s home country (or neighbor…since he’d claim Scotland first with more fervor than ever now). Besides, there is next to no chance I am ever going to get Dave or any Brit to concede trifle-like qualities to this fresh, light and easy treat, and that also feels appropriate....more

Peanut butter oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free)

On first bite, I was so excited about sharing these cookies/this recipe I was like...more

Vegan chickpea tacos with peach mango salsa and avocado

Who doesn’t love tacos? Apparently no one, in America, at least. Last year, Americans allegedly ate over 4.5 BILLION tacos ....more

Oatmeal chickpea blender pancakes (GF, dairy-free)

When a friend asked me for thoughts on making over a cottage cheese blender pancake recipe that eliminated the cottage cheese/dairy, she had no idea what she was in for. As in, what kind of geeked-out, rapid, pinball firing momentum she was kicking off. Ten rambling, overly enthusiastic, stream-of-consciousness Facebook messages or so within ten minutes or less later, however, and I think I did a pretty good job of fixing that ....more

Thai-inspired roasted pepper socca “pizza”

Socca “pizza” no. 2. A little overdue. Little F and I have been traveling, braving our first flight without (and sorely missing) Daddy to visit Ammy, Pop Pop, Aunties, and little baby Clara (finally) over Mother’s Day weekend ....more

Vegan socca “pizza”: roasted asparagus and mushrooms (GF, vegan) and Thai-inspired roasted pepper

Have you tried socca yet? Because I’m about to sound very starry-eyed and naive about it, which might bore the connoisseur. If you haven’t, think about it ....more

Honey BBQ tempeh salad

Writing up the salad part of this recipe feels a little frivolous somehow, with my own voice taunting, like you need a recipe?! Because this is truly such a “whatever’s left in the fridge” sort of salad that happens to be great topped with yummy tempeh cooked in a simple barbeque sauce. The latter being what this post is really for: “sauce” which feels more like seasoning ....more

Baked (Captain America) cauliflower and corn fritters (oil free, GF, dairy free)

Fritters, patties, or maybe even burgers…I’m not sure what’s the most fitting description for this recipe. One thing I am sure of, whatever term I use, it’s going to be preceded with “Captain America’s”. Little Sous Chef has been giving me secret giggles with the quirkiness of some of his ideas and preferences lately ....more

Easy gluten-free (or not) apple cinnamon waffles

These waffles. They could nudge me to eating fully gluten-free (although they are just as persuasive made with whole wheat flour). They are fluffy and light yet hearty, with that just-crisp on the outside texture craved in a waffle ....more

Roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad with tahini dressing

How long do we get to say phrases like ...more