What you’ll find here: healthy omnivorous recipes with an occasional  decadent twist. I’m bound to stick in some nutrition information if it is appropriate (I probably won’t bother if it is a cake!), book reviews and ‘humorous’ anecdotes too. But the blog is mainly recipe chat and amateurish photos of what I’m cooking for family, friends and work.

What you won’t find here: super-niche ingredients (although I do love pomegranate molasses), recipes involving boxed cake mix or tinned soup, fancy or overly fiddly stuff. No offence if you like verjuice, green bean casserole or caviar-stuffed quail’s eggs but you probably won’t find those here (never say never though).

Who am I ? (semi-short version): I’m Kellie, a food-obsessed Floridian living in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland for more years than I care to admit. I am blessed with a gorgeous family who willingly eat almost everything that I make, although they aren’t too keen on starving as I faff with my camera and moan about the lighting (our northerly latitude is a pet hate). Growing up I loved eating Cuban and Florida-style foods – plenty of grouper sandwiches, hushpuppies and my mother’s piccadillo.  My earliest food memory is of a slightly crispy grilled cheese sandwich with a side of dill pickles. Mmm. Today I still love these types of foods but have expanded my repertoire a bit. Quite a bit. You’re more likely now to find me hovering over a steaming bowl of roasted butternut squash soup, possibly owing to the massive temperature difference…

Who am I? (TMI version): Unsurprisingly, I love food – reading about it, shopping for it, cooking and eating it (cleaning up after it – meh). Food is a big part of my life. I’m lucky enough to work with food too, as a health educationist and nutrition adviser with the estimable Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Shorthanded as Maggies, the 15 centres (and growing) are charitably run havens of exquisite architectural beauty and tranquillity that provide information, psychological support and practical help to patients and their families. All are sited alongside major cancer treatment centres. Over the past eight years I have been privileged in providing nutrition workshops and individual sessions for those needing a bit of a boost to their energy and immunity during cancer treatment and recovery. I also see people who, although their cancer is not curable, want to live life to the full. I know it sounds cliche but working in this environment is incredibly inspiring and humbling. Hand on heart, I learn something new at each session.

As part of the course I put together a nutritious and – I hope – tasty, mainly vegan lunch bringing to life many of the things that we talk about in the sessions. In discussions emphasis is on plant foods for their taste and potential cancer-fighting properties, but I fully embrace meatier, fishier options too. Just not in vast quantities. Or coated in artery-clogging sauces.

Just so we’re clear, I am not a vegetarian and this isn’t a veggie blog as such. Healthy omnivore with an occasional decadent twist is the aim. You will find mostly vegan and vegetarian recipes, with plenty of gluten-free and dairy-free recipes/options too. I am big on offering choice, with most recipes having a suggested vegan option. I have cast my culinary net widely, only eschewing the obviously unhealthy (in my opinion).

As a mission statement, food to glow strives to post the yummiest, most enticing plant-based recipes this side of a fairly decent cafe in a small town with no real competition. Nothing like aiming high! Meat, fish, dairy and sweet things have a look in but it’s really about the plants – their colours, tastes and versatility. Most recipes are original (or at least I haven’t come across them), while the rest are healthy (-ier) riffs on old favourites or tweaks on cookbook and blog finds. Although not considered humane I do test out all recipes on my long-suffering (but very healthy) family and friends. Tempeh has not been a huge hit, but I’m working on it…

What I Like:

Ingredients – Kale (a bit of an obsession really); beetroot and sweet potatoes; whole grains (and quinoa, although of course it is a seed) and all nuts and seeds except hazelnuts (ugh); cherries, pomegranates, passion fruit, pears, (Florida) watermelon and all Scottish berries; Scottish smoked salmon; za’atar, dukkah, best evvo, lemons, pomegranate syrup, freshly baked bread, and my hens’ eggs. Oh, and the occasional bag of salt and black pepper crisps!

Dishes – slurpy, spicy curries and laksas; avocado on toast with cherry tomatoes and dukkah; awesome ‘meal’ salads; Sunday lunch that lasts all day; breakfast!

Cuisines:  North African, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern – with Scottish ingredients :D

My favourite kitchen gadget is my husband. My favourite thing to cook is birthday cake, for my daughter.

And that leads me to Miss R’s Track of the Week, which you will see in the preamble to most recipes. Miss R is my gorgeous teenaged, music-mad daughter who kindly chooses a song each week to ostensibly go with each dish. It often doesn’t work out that way but I don’t mind as they are always good songs, if somewhat baffling to my rather older ears. It makes me feel young to listen to her music anyway! I hope you dare click on the links, if only to see if it matches the dish :D

I really hope you enjoy your peruse through food to glow. Let me know your thoughts. Thank you!

CONTACT ME: for my-eyes-only questions, comments and suggestions, please email me at kellieATkelliesfoodtoglowDOTcom  (sorry about this silly format but it allegedly deters spambots). Use the normal “@” and “.” punctuation when mailing.

Disclaimer: All posts and information provided within this blog is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not to be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken solely on the contents of this website. Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well being, or on any opinions expressed within this website. The advice of your doctor/health professional supersedes that of this website. The information provided in foodtoglow is believed to be accurate based on the best judgment of the author. However, you as the reader must be responsible for consulting with your own health professional on matters raised within. I , the author of foodtoglow, will not accept responsibility for the actions or consequent results of any action taken by any reader. Unless, of course the advice makes you feel great or learn to love vegetables!

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  1. Hi, Kellie! It is great to “see” you! I love cooking, too, so I look forward to spending some time with your blog!

    • Thanks Anne, great to hear from you! I spoke to your Mom and Dad at Christmas and they told me that you are really into your cooking. I really hope you enjoy reading my blog. Let me know if there’s anything you think I should be cooking and writing about and I’ll do my best to oblige. Hope to hear if you have tried any of my recipes!

  2. Hi Kelli!

    Looking forward to keeping up with your blog. I, too am a certified “foodie”. I love making healthy meals for my family and can only hope my 11 year old daughter will eat it. Living in Texas, I miss the Cuban influences in our cuisine. What i would give for a Cuban sandwich and garbanzo bean soup from the Cuban Sandwich Shop in Brandon!

    Tell Andrew hello and I look forward to keeping in touch!


    • It is great to hear from you! I’m sure Emily eats very well in your house. You will have to try and replicate a Cuban sandwich for her though. Is there a Texan equivalent? I hope you enjoy the recipes and ‘chat’ that goes with them. Let me know if you try anything and if there is anything you think I should cook/write about.

  3. I love love love your food, great blog, will have to get cracking on some of these scrummy recipes, hope to see you soon xx

  4. Hi Kelli, I was at the nutrition session yesterday @ Maggies. Thanks for the lunch, which was delicious. I hope I wasn’t too greedy. I was, wasn’t I?
    I have a question: we were talking about yoghurt being a no-no but when I got home I suddenly thought of silken tofu, say in dressings or puddings – is this safe? And if so, can you suggest any recipes as I haven’t the first clue how to work with it.

    • Thanks! And no you weren’t greedy. I love it when people honour me by taking seconds. Silken tofu is fine and can be used as a straight swop with dairy in dressings, to enrich soups (blend in after boiling but still hot), in smoothies to boost protein. BUT if you are ER+ I wouldn’t go this route in a big way. Instead of yogurt, fine, but not as a protein option. Didn’t get your ‘backstory’ yesterday (we were laughing too much!) but will talk about it in two weeks with you. Thanks for finding me here! Click on the links at the top of the homepage for cancer info. I’m writing up a recipe today so if you subscribe it will pop into your inbox. ☺

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog so that I could find yours! I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago, have been through all the nasty treatment and come out the other side. I owe my speedy recovery and better than ever health to a vegetarian, mainly vegan diet. I also gave up all sugars including fruit during my treatment, which was hard! So I am totally with you on the importance of diet. I just wish the doctors here would put more emphasis on it!!

    • No, thank you! You’ve got a lovely blog – very inspiring! Been working lots & on holiday so a bit slow in adding to my cancer pages, but hope to be adding more very soon. Today’s courgette cake post was a wee treat esp for those who need to keep weight on, but it’s usually vegan and vegetarian, so hopefully you will return soon. I firmly believe that although no diet can prevent cancer a healthy one can sure help with getting through treatment and beyond. It sounds like you are doing very well and a great advert for a plant-centred diet.

  6. Hi Kellie, you probably won’t remember me from amongst all the women you see at your Maggie’s Centre cancer nutrition sessions. I have a question and as I can’t seem to find any useful, helpful or definitive information on the internet – and what there is is written in medical jargon and seems to me to be contradictory, plus only ever talks about breast cancer whereas I have ovarian cancer – I thought maybe you have some suggestions as to where I can go to find out what I need to know. My question is: my oncologist has advised that my cancer is ‘very strongly’ oestrogen receptive, so I must avoid all products containing oestrogen, i.e HRT. However they say nothing about diet and I am struggling to find out how this affects my diet i.e do I now have to eliminate all soya products, soy sauce, miso, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, fennel teas, flaxseeds and whatever other foods I don’t know about from my food intake? The information I have found seems to say both yes and no and I am lost. Do you have any ideas where I can find out this information – given in laymans terms. None of the cancer websites seem to have anything on this topic. Many thanks in advance!

    • Sorry for the delay – I haven’t checked in for awhile. I just wrote out an answer but I think it was too long for this space/function, so it disappeared! A full answer it was too. I am afraid if I write it again it will disappear so can you contact me on kellie.anderson@maggiescentres.org (if that isn’t my address try plain old kellie) and we can have a go with email, or you can mail your phone number and we can have a chat. Hope this sounds good to you. Frustrated that my three big paragraphs disappeared!

  7. Hi Kellie,
    Your Aunt Ruth was so honored to have you mention her and the applecake on your blog. She mentioned it to all of the ladies at her Church. If you will be in Florida within the next couple of months, we would love to have you visit us in Naples. Hello Ms. R and Mr. A.

    • I hope the mention encourages her to get on the Internet herself – you are never too old to learn. She would get so much from it. And as for the cake, tell her it got a lot of interest and nice comments. Thanks for commenting, Jeanette. Hope you and my lovely cousin are doing well and looking forward to spring :D

  8. I just discovered your blog and had to stop laughing when I read what you won´t include here. That´s terrific and soooo hard to find! I was browsing food blogs for the last 2 months, since I started my own family-compatible food blog and am always looking for simple tasty dishes that WON´T take two hours to cook or an extremely long shopping tour with a for-year-old at my side, browsing the supermarket for the 3 absolutely KEY ingredients that you won´t find in any shop but…. etc….. browsing the aisle for that absolutely necessary african spicy mixture that….
    No. Cooking for me is about the recipes like the ones that you post, and I absolutely like your vegan “extra” versions. Thats a real nice touch, having in mind the lamentations of my colleagues that its soooo difficult to find vegan websites….
    So, that´s it, I just wanted to say Thanks and: I feel free to include you in my blogroll! Greetings from Berlin: Maria
    P.D: And I included various of your recipes in my to-do-list (maybe you want to try my Bolivian based empanadas? I was thinking of them when I saw your Curry spiced ones), but that has to wait until I am finished with cooking everything of my new curry recipes.

    • Nice to meet you Maria :D Impressed you got around to reading the About bit but I must update it soon! I do try and make things as easy as possible, with a cancer-prevention and during-treatment focus, but also with families in mind too. So glad you like what you see. Your comment, and others like it, may convince me that I’m not just talking to myself here and that there are many of us who want to eat well but don’t want to spend our days searching for ‘essential’ ingredients and cooking them in an excruciatingly precise way. Live is for living, so let’s get on with it! Will check out your empanadas soon. Tell your vegan friends that although this is not a vegan site, I am certainly more than vegan-friendly and would love to share my recipes with them too. Thanks for commenting, Maria.

  9. Hey Kelly,
    mmmh, to say the truth the “about”-stuff is mostly the first section I read in a blog – just to know with whom I am dealing…. and you leran a lot about the people behind the postings.
    And I am ashamed to see that I didn´t post the recipe of the empanadas yet – So, I just email them to you if you like, or cook them one of these days and them get them on the blog.
    Essentially, I think that most people would like to cook but don´t know how amazingly easy this can be when you see these TV cooking shows and read these overly ambitious blogs about cooking and one may end up thinking: how am I do any of these recipes on my own? So you prefer to buy the pre-done things and just heat it up.
    It´s time for more blogs to show the homemade cooking thats so easy to make and so tasty. Much more tastier than any tinned soup or the like (although I have to admit that there is a certain Pizza at the supermarket that tempts me from time to time…. and wins by ending up in the oven).
    So, I am really looking forward to read more here and will certainly be visiting the recipes that have already been posted by you!
    Greetings from cold Berlin: Maria

    • Thank you for your comments. I do try and follow general mindfulness in my daily life & I talk about the principles of it in my cancer and nutrition workshops. Most find it empowering & nurturing. But it does take practise! I will check you out :D

  10. Photographs are spectacular. Can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Glad I found you. Since I have been in Japan, I have discovered new inspiration for cooking beautiful and healthy food.
    Keep blogging!

    • Thanks for the kind comments, Kathrin! I hope I don’t disappoint. YOu will definitely find healthy inspiration in Japan. I’m jealous of all of the great ingredients you are able to use. Hope to hear from you again soon.

  11. Hi Kellie,
    I’ve browsed through your blog and am looking forward to trying out some of these recipes! Please do keep it up. :)

  12. Hi Kellie! I stumbled upon your blog and I must say that it is AMAZING! I’m a newbie here and I’m looking forward to have friends and inspirations :) Your photos look amazing! I wish I can do as good as you soon.

    The best of luck!

    • Thanks for such a glowing comment *blushing*. It was/is a steep learning curve for me tech-wise and photo-wise but quite fun to do. And good luck with your new blog. I will come over later and have a wander round. :D

  13. Only just found your blog after years of reading healthy living/food blogs- what an amazing and delicious resource! All the more exciting for me because aside from the recipes looking like the exact foods I enjoy/eat, it’s the first blog I’ve seen from Edinburgj (also livig here, originally fromMA, USA!) Nice to ‘meet’ you!

    • Nice to meet you too Ellie! I’ve just come back from visiting family in Florida & I’m very pleased that it’s sunny & springlike. Hope you are loving your new home as much as I love it. Thanks so much for your fantastic comment.

  14. Sounds like a fulfilling life of good work! Glad I found your blog today. Funny, I have never thought of my hubby (who hails from Orlando) as a kitchen gadget, but he actually is one! LOL! Look forward to reading more.

    • Oh, he gets called other things, believe me! And yeah, my job is pretty fab. I am a very lucky person in more ways than one. Thanks for finding me and commenting. Have a great weekend.

  15. I’m so glad to have found your blog! I love that you’re doing healthy food that’s not strictly vegetarian (I’ve cut back on how much meat I eat but I could never give it up completely!). All the blog posts I’ve read through feature mouth watering recipes and gorgeous photos. I can’t wait to start trying them out!

    • Thanks Shannon. I’ve just subscribed to your blog today after seeing it as a recommend that popped up from BlogHer and having a look. Love your eclectic recipes. I feel we may be kindred spirits :D I will be noodling around in your archives for all of your spicy recipes!

    • Thank you! I’m a huge fan of historical fiction too (as well as history). But I am jealous of your neighbourhood Trader Joe’s. No such shop here but I’ve heard so much about it.

    • Thank you! Thanks for finding me & I hope you enjoy my posts. I’m away from home for a bit longer – only just got momentary wifi – so have a look at some past posts to see if you like anything.

    • Thanks Miss Lemoncake. I’m pleased you read the About and approve, as I always worry that I sound really boring and school-marmish. And it seems like you’ve trawled amongst the depths of my rather shabbily put together Index. Brave you! :D

      • No need to worry. Your about me section gives a nice insight into you. I love what you do for a living, and with cancer so common these days – I look to your blog for more health tips. Although I do bake alot, my personal diet is very healthy – fruits and veg a-plenty. My other half is vegetarian also so I’m always looking for new recipe ideas for him :-)

    • Thanks SO much Vina. I am very honoured, and congratulations on your own award. I will drop by you later in the day (just about to make TONS of food for 2 nutrition workshops) and leave a comment to say thank you there too, and see whose company I am in. Cheers!

  16. Nice to meet you! FYI–pomegranate molasses is easy to use and not as fancy as the name makes it sound :) I don’t make it from scratch though. I buy it in a bottle form Middle Eastern stores and use in some recipes

    • I love using pomegrnate molasses too, and always buy it rather than making it (not patient enough to reduce, reduce). I have it in a few of my blog recipes but I use it a lot in my cooking that doesn’t make it on the blog too as I don’t tend to write about meat (everyone expects vegan from me). I make muhamarra for my nutrition groups so I go through my bottles rather quickly, but I also like it in other dips, marinades and I even put it in lentil soup yesterday as it is a good balancer. Thanks for stopping by.

  17. Hello beautiful Kellie. So glad that I’ve managed to find your blog, all the way from Australia. Your recipes, photos and philosophy are gorgeous – nourishment for the mind, creative spirit and heart! I work with Alzheimers patients as a day job. I try to nourish them with care, cups of tea, sandwiches and words. So glad that you get to tangibly contribute to the health and quality of life of your cancer patients on a daily basis. My mother went through cancer two years ago and I was confronted with the reality of how difficult it is to remain healthy whilst on chemotherapy. You’re providing an amazing service. Anyway, can’t wait to read more of your nutritious and delicious recipe posts. It’s nice to meet people with the same passion through the blogsphere :)

    • Gosh that is so kind of you. Your work with Alzheimers patients sounds very fulfilling too. Almost everyone seems to have some experience of a loved one with one of these types of diseases and knows how hard it sometimes is to ‘get through’ and to cope. It is so wearing on the family. Thank goodness for people like you to provide care and loving attention.

  18. Hi Kellie! This is my first time to your blog and all the food looks amazing! I don’t know where to start…I look forward to spending a lot of time trying to re-create these dishes!

  19. Hi Kellie, just found your blog and can’t wait to check out your beautiful recipes! I blog about healthy eating recipes too and love the food for healthy connection and spreading the word about it!

  20. i see you love middle eastern and far east foods. me too! i am also a florida girl…
    i have also been to cambodia and vietnam and would suggest turkey or morocco for your palate.
    i am off to search your blog, happy day!

  21. Great stuff, Kellie! I am a chiropractor and a breast cancer patient, so I’m always looking for nutritious recipes. I’m from Miami, so I feel the love for hot pressed Cubans and cafe con leche. I can’t believe you mentioned Anna Maria! We vacation there all the time and absolutely love it. Small world.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I hope your treatment is going as well as it can be. Please have a look around the Recipe Index as I think I have lots that might interest you foodwise. Yes, Anna Maria is fabulous. In addition to all the fish places we love Poppo’s mexican. It is so fresh and healthy

  22. Hi Kellie, greetings from India, it was fabulous to see your blog, all recipes are unique and one can hardly wait to try them out. I am going to try the puffed rice sweet and cornmeal vegetables soon. TC thanks for sharing…

  23. Just discovered your wonderful site. I’ve only looked at a handful of recipes and am hooked! You also come across as a lovely person – warm hearted, kind etc :-)

    • Gosh, thank you so much. Your comment has made my day. And it’s been a pretty good day, so that’s saying something.Let me know if you try any of the recipes. And be sure to check out the folks on my blog roll. They are all fab :D

  24. Hi There
    I have just had a quick look at some of your recipes and your blog in general and I cant wait to read more. I am also not a veggo but have lots of veg recipes and am very interested in the health properties of foods and nutritional medicine etc. I think your about section is great – gives a good insight into you and why you are doing what you are doing and your ‘voice’ on the blog is great too. Your pics are GORGEOUS – do you take them yourself? Cant wait to look through more of your recipes and try them out myself. x

    • Thank you so much for your extremely kind comment. Yes, I take the photos myself. Look at some of the earlier posts and you will see a bit of a difference, but I still don’t know what I’m doing! Good luck with your blog. I’ll go and have a look :D

  25. Hi Kellie! Just stopping by your blog for the first time. Utterly in love with your photography, and your inspired/colourful/healthful recipes. The mantra ‘Food To Glow’ is perfectly fitting of your story and your unique creations!

  26. I’m so glad I found your blog and I love what you write, your pictures are incredible, and your recipes are making me hungry! I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. If you would like to accept it and haven’t already been nominated, you can do that here: http://gmofreegirl.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/versatile-blogger-award/ I know sometimes these nominations can be time consuming, but I love your posts even if you don’t accept it :) Happy to subscribe!! Tammi

  27. Dig the blog, and dig your philosophy on food and cooking, Kelli. We have a good amount in common there. Sounds like TwoGrand could be a useful tool for you to use with the people you advise at Maggie’s.

    I’m subscribed, and I look forward to your future posts!

    CEO & Co-founder, TwoGrand

  28. Hi Kellie, what a wonderful blog you have! I just wanted to say thank you for liking Foodbod’s write up about me at my blog the glen house today. Come back and visit me any time! xx

    • Thank you so, so much, Elke. It is very kind of you to think of me in your nomination list. Congratulations yourself. :-) I will definitely head over to see your blog soon and leave a comment.

If you have time, I would love to hear from you. Thanks so much!

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