About Me

Eating by Elaine is my recipe blog dedicated to nutritious, family-friendly, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipes. After growing up in a family full of food allergies and after years of struggling with food allergies and food sensitivities myself, I have learned to cook healthy meals that can accommodate everyone. My recipes use fresh, whole ingredients and stay away from all things artificial. I also avoid the eight most common food allergens and refined sugars in the majority of my recipes.

I have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and I am also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). I am also a self-proclaimed foodie, and take healthy cooking and eating seriously. I absolutely love to experiment with fresh ingredients and fragrant herbs to make the most of each meal. I take comfort in knowing that what I am eating is improving my health. As such, my recipes highlight the specific health benefits of the main ingredients. All health information presented on my blog is researched from reputable, evidence-based sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

My recipes, freelance writing, and editorial content have been featured in The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, InStyle magazine and Oprah.com. You can view my published recipes and articles here.

I have three young children that can oftentimes be found in the kitchen cooking healthy dishes with me.  I find involving my kids in the cooking process helps them learn so many important skills and also makes them want to eat the food they have worked so hard to prepare. Cooking with kids is actually really fun and rewarding (despite the mess!). And now that I’m a mom, healthy cooking is even more important to me so I love including my kids in my ongoing kitchen experiments and adventures.  

Background and Philosophy

The concept of Eating by Elaine came from a lifetime of experimenting with recipes to make them healthier while conforming to specific dietary limitations due to food sensitivities and allergies. Eating healthy is a way of life for me and my goal is to teach people that healthy eating does not mean a complete diet overhaul. My philosophy is that small steps lead to big results. I believe anyone, any day can have a ‘healthy eating moment.’ Healthy eating should not have to be binary. By adding healthy moments to your day, the ability to eat healthy becomes more attainable and less restrictive, and therefore, easier to maintain.

I believe that helping people move away from the ‘all or nothing’ mentality is key to adopting individual healthy behaviors. The concept of healthy eating can oftentimes be intimidating to people who aren’t familiar with some key healthy cooking concepts. Through simple ingredient switches and modifications to cooking methods, it is possible to create the same flavorful dishes, but with a healthy twist.

Eating by Elaine Healthy Eating Pillars

  • There are alternative cooking methods that can help “makeover” any recipe.
  • Incorporating more fruits, vegetables, plant-based protein and whole grains into recipes adds important nutrients and fiber to your diet.
    • Simple ingredient swaps are the key to making your favorite dishes healthier.
    • Herbs, spices and fresh ingredients add distinctive and delightful flavors to make healthier versions of any dish.

    The overall goal of my recipes is to make healthy eating approachable, simple and enjoyable so that anyone can lead a healthy, happy and balanced life.

    This site is for information purposes only and is not intended for diagnosis, treatment or any other medical application. Questions should be directed to your personal physician.

    All images, recipes and content on this site are property of Elaine Gordon and may not be used without permission.

    Many of theproduct links throughout my site are affiliate links which means that if you click on a product link and complete a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you! As always, I only recommend products that I use regularly in my cooking (and life) and truly love. Thank you SO much for supporting Eating by Elaine.

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