About

Hey there and welcome to Busy Spoons! Here you’ll find whole-foods, vegetarian and gluten-free recipes. All the recipes are my own with the exception of a few adaptions of others’ (which is noted in the recipe). My goal is to create and share healthy food that tastes amazing and is easy to make.

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I’m Annalise. I have four sisters and collectively, we have two horses, two dogs, five cats and nine chickens. There’s hardly a dull moment around here. 🙂

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My passion for cooking began when I was very young. With Swedish cuisine on my dad’s side and Greek cuisine on my mom’s, I learned to appreciate great food from a young age. I often accompanied my mom and grandma in the kitchen. My family has always been very health-concious, avoiding processed food as much as possible. Even when we were under 10 years old, it wasn’t uncommon for my sisters and I to ask if food offered to us contained hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup.

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In spring of 2012, I watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives”. After learning about the potential problems with an animal-product rich diet, I began to remove dairy, eggs, meat (including fish) as well as processed sugars, oils, and flours from my diet. As a result of fueling my body with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, I had better overall health and energy levels. I enjoyed exploring different veggies and whenever I visit the bulk section at Whole Foods, I feel like a kid at a candy store. I enjoy making a variety of recipes, making everything from breads (including sourdough) to raw foods, gluten-free foods and fermented foods. Anything you buy at the store, I’ve probably made from scratch at some point. I was mostly vegetarian for a year, but now I consume high-quality organic local meat and wild salmon on occasion. I also avoid wheat and about 90% of my baking is gluten-free. Though I don’t like to label my diet, I identify most with a plant-based diet. I consume a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes and occasionally high-quality organic meat and yogurt. I have better skin health as well as overall health and I rarely get sick. With my new-found energy as a result of eating healthfully, I’ve begun to exercise more. I started running in September of 2013 and have since completed a marathon as well as a few other runs. You can read about my fitness and running updates here.

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My other hobbies include playing the cello in the community orchestra and for local theatre productions, photography, video making, hiking, kayaking, knitting and crocheting.

I have a border collie named Tessa and two cats, Mollie and Maverick, who may make occasional appearances around here.

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I have two YouTube Channels where I post videos of my pets’ tricks as well as trick tutorials and contests. You can check them out here: ClickerPets  ClickerPetsMore

Thanks for visiting my page!

Contact me: annalise@busyspoons.com

 

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