Hi! I’m Amy, welcome to Pinch Me Good! A veggie-forward food blog with over 100 (and growing) healthy, meat-free, delicious, easy recipes. For the past couple of years I have been sharing easy, super simple, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes that my family and I enjoy on a daily basis. My goal is to inspire you to embrace more veggies, making them the star of the meal as well as including more plant-based protein and less processed foods in your diet, without feeling like you are missing out. And oh by the way, my recipes will entice meat-eaters, picky kids and even the veggie-averse.
My recipes are mostly vegetarian and vegan and focused on putting the vegetables at the center of the meal. I also try my best to provide gluten-free recipes or a gluten-free option. Making my recipes easy and simple to make is key for me since I myself do not have a ton of time to get meals on the table. The flavor of my food is also very important to me and you can trust that if it doesn’t taste amazing you will not see it on this blog.
In October 2017, I started Pinch Me Good in hopes to start sharing my love for healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes with you all. At the time I had recently moved to a new state (I live in North Carolina), became a remote worker, had 2 very little kids (ages 1 and 3) and had just moved into a new house. It was a lot of change all at once so I felt I needed something to take my attention off of everything that was new and put it back into what I loved, which was cooking. I never really intended for it to become what it has today but it has been a very big blessing in my life so far.
In 2018 I decided to leave my remote job that I was miserable at and take the plunge and completely change careers. I think some people thought I was crazy to leave my very well paying, remote job that I was pretty good at to pursue something else. But quite honestly, I was miserable at that job and needed a big change. I wanted to do something I was passionate about and that was food and nutrition, hands down. So I became a Certified Nutrition Coach and started on my journey ( and still going) to make Pinch Me Good my business and my new career. So far so good! It has been and continues to be a lot of work, but work I absolutely enjoy! I am so excited to bring you even more great recipes, engage with you and hopefully help you all on a journey to eat better, feel better and live longer more fulfilling lives!
Here is a little bit more about me and my family and how I got to where I am today.
I grew up in a big family (6 kids) in a small town in CT. I am a triplet, I have two sisters and I also have 3 brothers, who are not triplets (ha ha). You could say my mom kind of cheated since she had 3 at once.
My sisters (Tara and Sarah) and I. I’m the one in the middle, as always.
Growing up we did not have a lot but my parents always made sure we were very involved in a lot of activities and had everything we needed including healthy, homemade meals like everyday. As busy as my parents were, they still cooked delicious food for us and we ate dinner together every night. There were always veggies on table and I always ate them. Not sure how my mom did that, maybe she has magic powers. My grandmother also cooked from scratch and my aunts always made our beautiful birthday cakes. Food, family and gathering together were a huge part of my childhood and something I want to do for my kids as well.
Here we are as babies. Aren’t we the cutest?
I met my amazing husband in 2002 and was immediately smitten with him! We were and still are a very active couple. Running, hiking and biking will likely be something we do well into retirement. I really cannot see us ever not doing those things. We traveled a lot, Hawaii and Colorado being our favorite places to travel and we were able to have a lot of great experiences together.
Here is me hiking in Hawaii and a picture of Matt and I at a Luau
We also ran a lot of marathons and Matt ran and still runs ultra marathons. Yes, he is a little crazy but that is why I love him so much!
Hartford, CT Marathon 2011 where I finally hit the 4 hour mark!
Matt and I at the H.U.R.T. 100 where he won first place!
In 2006 we got married and it was literally one of the greatest days of my life!!!
Then in 2013, our lives were changed forever when we had out first little boy, Cameron.
In 2015 our family got a little bigger with the birth of our second son, Samuel.
They are the loves of our lives and have brought us so much joy! They are now 4 and 6 and keep us very busy and always on our toes!
The Munchkins helping me bake cookies
That’s my story so far. I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about me, why I started Pinch Me Good and the kinds of recipes and insights you will enjoy by following along!