Life’s too short to eat sad, boring food and it’ll get even shorter if it’s coming via a drive-through window!
Does cooking sometimes feel like you’re pushing a giant rock up a hill?
Do you find yourself eating the same meals over and over?
Would you rather have a root canal than go to the grocery store?
Do you feel like you throw away too much food?
Are you disappointed or embarrassed by how your cooking attempts turn out?
Would you like to cook more but don’t know where to start?
This can change
You can start pleasantly surprising yourself and your family and friends with your new cooking chops in no time.
Grocery shopping will stop being such a chore.
You’ll stop throwing food away.
You’ll start looking forward to eating your cooking!
To give you a sneak peek – here’s just some of items we have cooked together in the past…
Big A*s Salad with Assortment of Home-made Dressings + Fridge & Pantry Supplies
Instant Pot Chili and Roasted Zucchini
Spring Rolls with Shrimp with Mint Chutney and Almond Butter Dipping Sauce
InstantPot Bo Kho (Vietnamese Stew)
Egg Veggie Scramble, Bacon & Plantain Pancakes
Pan Seared Pork Chops, Roasted Asparagus, Sautéed Mushrooms
Chicken Tortilla Soup
And here’s the incredible bonus…. You’ll start getting healthier. A lot healthier.
There’s not a single thing that you can do to positively impact your health or your family’s health than to start cooking your meals at home.
Years ago, I watched someone open an almost empty fridge and pull together a few ingredients and they made a fantastic tasting meal.
I was both impressed and inspired.
I wanted to learn how to do that – how to coax the flavor out of ingredients without a big production or a major hassle.
That’s what Fearless Cooking is all about.
It’s about fixing fantastic tasting meals that don’t require you to be a chef or some type of culinary wizard with a commercial kitchen.
You’ll learn how to cook intuitively.
You’ll learn some flavor combinations that just naturally work well together and you’ll figure out how to expand on that so you don’t get stuck in the dreaded culinary rut.
You’ll figure out if a particular roast would be better cooked medium rare or slowly braised until it’s fork tender.
You’ll know how to add acid to a dish to brighten the flavors and some options to use for layering acidity when cooking.
You’ll look at salt (and pretty much anything else edible) with a new-found appreciation.
Quick dinners, slow braises and big ass salads – all of this is part of truly Fearless Cooking.
And this isn’t boring, tasteless stuff that you’ve got to choke down.
This is food that will delight your taste buds and amaze you at how easy and tasty it is to get and stay healthy.
Here’s what some of the members have to say…
Fearless Cooking pushed me out of my culinary comfort zone. The program showed me how to use the flavor profile of ingredients in my pantry to create my own delicious meals.
I really enjoy that at the end of our interactive session, I’m left with a delicious meal that I can eat for a couple of days. It really helps me start the week motivated to eat right.
Fearless cooking makes meal prepping something I look forward to as opposed to a dreaded chore. I’ve already become more confident going to the grocery store without a list and getting inspired by what’s fresh. Jim goes through the “why” behind everything he ads to his dishes so you truly know what will work instead of just memorizing recipes.
Where do I begin?! How about losing 28 lbs in 2 months…and have kept it off since…all by eating REAL food, probably the first time in my adult life, and by being more efficient with my workouts. Needless to say, Jim has transformed my life. I have more energy to play with my kids than I’ve ever had, more mental clarity to run my business and I actually now look forward to whipping up delicious and healthy meals for my family, instead of going through the drive-thru every evening. Was definitely skeptic when I first started working with Jim but so glad that I stuck it out!
Jim has transformed the way my family and I shop, prepare, and enjoy food! From helping us sort through our pantry to eliminate foods that weren’t aligned with our health and wellness goals, to walking us through the grocery store aisles to ensure we were making better informed and flavorful choices, and teaching us how to make healthy and delicious meals using efficient appliances such as our InstaPot and oven, A Balanced You has been so easy and fun to work with!
Fearless cooking showed me that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. I knew how to make one healthy meal and that was it. After just a few weeks I actually know how to make enough meals to make it through the week without having to eat the same thing night after night. I look forward to continuing to explore new options in the kitchen.
My approach… and why this is different than any other cooking classes out there
I used to be a carb junky.
Every meal had some type of bread, pasta, or grains. Always whole grain, but I was like a poster child for “heart healthy whole grains”.
That was until I found out that I had heart disease.
And I was gaining weight and was pretty miserable.
I researched the Paleo/Primal approach to eating and it made sense to me.
That was over 5 years and 20 pounds ago, so you could say that I’m a fan.
So much so that I became a certified Primal Health Coach. Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you do squats before you sauté mushrooms.
For years I wanted to learn how to open up my fridge and quickly build a meal that could rival or surpass most restaurants.
I wanted to learn how to do that without going to culinary school and without spending a fortune on food.
And I wanted to learn how to do that with fresh, healthy ingredients and in a way that was accessible to someone in an average kitchen with little to no kitchen experience as well as make it interesting for the more accomplished cook.
You will see the approach that I’ve used to shed 20 pounds and feel better than I have in years.
We’ll also explore some of the differences between Paleo, Primal and Keto and figure out if there’s any benefit or if it’s all just hype.
But, most importantly, my approach to making cooking a pleasure instead of a chore to be endured.
I started Fearless Cooking because I wanted to encourage people to cook more of their meals instead of resorting to fast food or eating their meals in restaurants.
This is probably as good a time as any to say that I’m a Primal Health Coach, but I’m not a doctor or a dietician.
What I cook and what I talk about on Fearless Cooking is not medical advice and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure a disease. That’s the domain of doctors and drugs – I’ll leave that to them.
What I’m talking about is my own experience and information that I’ve gained in my pursuit of getting healthier and finding a diet and a lifestyle that works for me.
This is one of those disclaimers to keep the lawyers happy. I hope you choose to cook along with me and if you do, please stay safe. I don’t want someone cutting a fingertip off or burning themselves because they were distracted or in a hurry.
And I don’t want to just show you how to make a few meals – I want to set you up for success for a lifetime…that’s my goal
Have you ever noticed that when you’re first putting a new habit in place it’s pretty easy to talk yourself out of it?
You jump out of bed to head to the gym and your car’s out of gas. You take it as Divine intervention and go back to bed.
Sort of like opening your refrigerator only to find a 3-week-old slice of pizza and a bottle of mustard.
You’ll learn how to set your kitchen up for success. You’ll never be stuck ordering soul-sucking fast food because there’s nothing decent to eat at home.
You’ll learn how to make incredible meals in less time than it takes to pick up take out and how to always have great tasting food on hand for when you’re too tired or too busy to cook.
You’ll learn how an InstantPot, a Sous Vide and a vacuum sealer can be game changers.
For Sous Vide starters – how about a perfectly cooked medium rare steak? Or a perfectly cooked chicken breast or pork chop? Yep – Sous Vide.
How about fork tender roast in under an hour that would be an InstantPot specialty? Or bone broth in an hour? And don’t think that bone broth is just a health food staple. It’s also the secret weapon for incredible soups, stews and sauces.
And speaking of incredible soups and stews – yep – InstantPot.
We’ll explore why all roasts aren’t the same. Some you’ll cook medium rare and some you’ll braise for hours. I choked down a lot of dry, stringy roast until I figured that out.
We’ll also explore out some basic cooking methods that include sautéing, frying, roasting, braising, stewing, poaching and of course grilling.
And speaking of grilling – we’ll figure out some quick meal options on the grill and how to easily cook your entire meal on the grill.
So who exactly is Fearless Cooking for?
Fearless Cooking is for people who want to up their cooking game.
It’s for the beginner, but it’s also for the person who cooks all the time, but wants to expand his/her game.
That’s what it’s doing for me. It’s forcing me to learn new approaches, new flavor profiles, new hacks, so that I can bring those back to you.
Fearless Cooking is also about the community.
I’m going to continually work on upping my game to keep it interesting for you, but I’m also looking forward to the inspiration and motivation that comes from the group.
I’ve created a closed Facebook group to facilitate that ongoing interaction, support, and accountability.
Learning how to cook nutrient dense healthy food is the single most important thing that you can do for your health – and I want to make it my mission to help along your journey.
If you are ready to get started on your journey, start your free trial today – I’d love to help you take the stress out of getting healthy and help you build A Balanced You!