When my husband and I first got married, I noticed how many people our age struggled with maintaining a healthy diet, whether they were college students, full time employees, or young parents. They either didn't have the time, the knowledge, or the desire to cook healthy meals at home.
I, on the other hand, found it quite simple. I wondered how I could bridge the gap and share my skills.
So, in 2020, I decided to create an Instagram account to share my healthy recipes and cooking tips. I wanted to empower other young adults with the knowledge that a healthy lifestyle was possible and it was much easier (and cheaper) than they thought. If I could do it, anybody could!
My little account soon became an official food blog and now Ka Pai Cooking is my full time job. I am passionate about sharing healthy versions of classic recipes as well as educating others about nutrition and meal planning.
In just a few years, I've inspired thousands of young adults to find joy in healthy eating!
"Ka pai" is a phrase in the Maori language meaning "it's good," so you can be confident every recipe I share is not only good for you, but delicious and easy to make, too.
Here you'll find my best recipes that are inspired by the people, places, and cultures I love most.
Since healthy looks a bit different for everyone, I share a variety of recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, or combination of some of those.
No matter what your dietary needs are, I promise I always use clean eating ingredients and preparation methods that have been proven to improve your overall health and encourage a positive relationship with food.
I also share recipes specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women so they can feel their best while nourishing their little ones.
I know first hand what it's like to try and get a bite in in between snuggles, tummy time, or just taking a nap. It can be stressful, especially when you're a new mama.
If that sounds like you, you have to try my famous Lactation Banana Bread!
Where did the name "Ka Pai Cooking" come from? When I was 19, I moved to Hamilton, New Zealand as a full-time missionary for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I fell in love with the kind, humble people and their unique culture. I even learned some of the native language—the Maori language—and adapted many of their words, phrases, and expressions to my personal vocabulary. The Polynesians are all about food, so when I was naming my food blog, I wanted to incorporate the Maori culture somehow. "Ka pai" (pronounced kah-pie) means "it's good" in Maori; so Ka Pai Cooking literally translates to "it's good cooking!"
My greatest joy: my family! I'm an Army wife to my best friend and husband, Tyler, and a full-time mama to our sweet little boy, Hyrum. When Tyler and I aren't working, we're spending time together as a family playing sports, board games, or eating cookies.
My greatest passion: sharing my knowledge about nutrition with others, especially other mamas! I want everyone to know that eating healthy isn't hard, expensive, or gross; it's so easy, quite affordable, and incredibly delicious!
My biggest obsession: besides my baby? I'd say it's a tie between sunshine and ice cream. But I'm happiest outside in the warm weather with an ice cream cone.
My favorite recipe: definitely my White Chicken Chili or any of my cookie recipes. I'm always coming up with new creations, so make sure you subscribe to my mailing list so you don't miss out on any amazing new recipes!