About Eating Richly:

Eating Richly Even When You’re Broke is the lovechild of a frugal foodie (that’s me Diana Johnson!), and a wonderful web implementer (my handsome hubby Eric Johnson). In our first year of marriage we made only $13,000. With just $100 budgeted each month for food, we still managed to eat foods rich in nutrition and flavor without feeling limited by finances. Year after year, through job changes and growing our family, we continue to learn about healthy eating on a budget.

Our desire is to help everyone learn from our experiences, and get comfortable in the kitchen creating healthy, affordable recipes. The recipes on Eating Richly Even When You’re Broke are fast and simple to make, with easy to find ingredients. We also feature a lot of super cute kid snacks and meals gathered from my years of nannying, teaching kid cooking classes, and creating snacks for our own children.

Eric and I live in Auburn, WA with our son Corban, our daughter LarkinGerman Shepherd Phurba, and Siamese mix Haldir.  You can contact us here.

About Diana Johnson:DianaJohnson

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. Her passion for cooking started at age 2 when she would put random items in the oven to see what came out edible. Fortunately, her mother saw this as promising and encouraged Diana to help in daily meal preparations as well as creating menus for a variety of parties.

But at age 20, after losing her job, Diana had just $1-2 a day for food and began the fast food diet, eating off of the dollar menu. After a year of unhealthy eating she began to discover the art of cooking with very little money, and started taking her $7-10 a week to the grocery store. You can learn more about Diana’s journey in her post “How I Learned To Cook With No Money”.

In June of 2010, Diana started the Healthy Cooking on a Tight Budget program to teach low income families how to eat healthy on very little money. The program runs seasonally at the Auburn Valley YMCA, and Diana also teaches classes at various non-profits and community groups in her area.

Diana is very active in her community, connecting with several organizations and groups on missions such as getting urban farm animals allowed in city limits, moving healthy food into convenience stores, and connecting small farm owners to local businesses. She is also an advocate with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in America, and a member of the South King County Food Access Working Group.

Diana LOVES to talk about food and has spoken at several conferences including BlogHer Food 2010, 2012, and 2014 and Blog Her 2011. Her goal when speaking is to inspire and encourage others to find their passions and to realize that healthy food can be accessible to everyone.

About Eric Johnson:


Eric Johnson is a web-implementer and videographer.  He has created several websites and is the computer genius behind the webpage for Eating Richly, but his greatest passion is telling stories through video.

Eric has filmed several weddings and other special events, as well as creating promotional videos for various clients and groups. He is the Web, Video, and Multimedia specialist at Grace Community Church.

Eric is also very active in his community, mentoring college, high school and middle school boys and encouraging bike riders of all ages to wear helmets. He also makes a great sous chef both at home and during cooking classes.

You can follow Eric on Twitter @wormeyman.

About Eric and Diana:


If you’d like to read our epic love story, sure to have you laughing through tears of wonder and amazement, check out Diana’s “Love Story” series.

About the Recipes:

Each and every original recipe has been created in the Johnson kitchen and tested multiple times before posting on Eating Richly. Many of the recipes have been tested by friends and family who give honest feedback to help make sure only the best dishes make it onto the website. If recipes are adapted from or inspired by another source, credit is given.

The cost per serving is what it cost us to make the recipe, and not a guarantee! We do always include tips on how we were able to make the recipe so affordable.

We have a lot of friends and family who are gluten sensitive or vegetarian and take both of those dietary lifestyles very seriously. The gluten free category may contain gluten in the recipe with an option for making it gluten free. Please read the recipe carefully, adaptations are mentioned in the end. If you would like to separate recipes that are gluten free from those that are gluten free adaptable, those distinctions are set up through tags. The vegetarian category does contain recipes with animal byproducts such as dairy and eggs. It also contains some recipes with meat and an option to make the recipe vegetarian. Again, the tags can help you separate vegetarian and vegan recipes from those that are vegetarian adaptable.

About Comments:

We love getting comments from you! I see food blogging as a community and so love hearing your thoughts and ideas. Constructive criticism is welcome, but mean or rude comments and swearing are not okay, they will be deleted. This is a family friendly blog and I want it to be a safe environment for everyone. Anonymous comments are not accepted. We’re welcoming you into our life, so please don’t say anything you wouldn’t be willing to say in person.

About the Photography:

Any posts from October 25, 2010 and later are taken on a 5D MarkII with a 50mm 1.4 lens. Photos before that date were taken with an amazing point and shoot, the Canon sx110is. All photos have been taken by Diana or Eric unless otherwise credited. You can also check out some of Diana’s photography posts to learn some of the tips she has for photography.

About Reviews:

Eating Richly is not about reviews, but we do have certain brands we love, gadgets we’ve tried, or places we’ve eaten at and really enjoyed. We share these with you just like we would with any of our friends. If we ever receive something for free, that will be disclosed. We carefully evaluate any sponsored content and will never post something unless we really love it. Any payment for sponsored content is used to buy ingredients (allowing us to test recipes several times before posting them), and to pay for equipment and other costs associated with EatingRichly. It also helps buy supplies for the free cooking classes for low income families.


The recipes, photos, videos and posts are all copyrighted. We welcome links to Eating Richly, but if you would like to use one of our photos or a recipe, please use the contact form to ask permission.

43 Responses to “About”

  1. Sam Dixon
    June 24, 2009 at 6:07 am #


    I am so impressed, what a wonderful way to communicate and love people. I am excited to keep up with you guys. You are a gal after my own heart and I wish I had known your love for cooking. We are more kindred spirits then I even knew!

  2. Alisa
    July 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    Wow! You are amazing!

  3. Lisa Jarrell
    July 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    Diana!!! Hello fellow petersen produce customer:) Your site is amazing! You are so very talented and I am impressed with your skill to pinch pennies. I am trying several of your recipes and will pass on your site info. Thanks!

  4. Shauna Carr
    October 2, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    I am so happy I found your site! For most of my life, I’ve never had any issues with food. But then a few weeks ago, I was told that I could no longer have gluten. Within a few days of going ‘gluten free,’ however, I suddenly started reacting allergically to all sorts of other foods. And then more, and then more…

    At this point, I can have no dairy, practically no fruits, a few vegetables, a few meats, quinoa and amaranth, and a few spices. But that’s it. Trying to find something simple to make has been awful. Every time there are far too many ingredients that use pre-made sauces or spreads. But I can do something with the simpler foods used as ingredients on your site! Yeaaa! I haven’t found a recipe yet that I can actually eat ‘as is’ – due to these allergies – but at least they have given me a starting place, where I can think of substitutions and other foods that might work.

    Considering I was about ready to cry this morning over not knowing what the heck I could make, I can’t even express how much this means to me. Thank you so much!

  5. Sarah Olson
    January 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    Great life story Diana! I look forward to keeping track of you and seeing you next year at Food Blogger Camp 2.0!

  6. Lyssa Marie Olsen
    January 28, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    This is soo awesome I am now having to try to cook on a food stamp budget for me and my kids. I love the pictures. But your story is a fairy tale! Cant wait to come back to Washington and see you and Eric. I love the eggs and potatos recipe! My favorite!

  7. Melissa L.
    January 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Wow! I’ve never been so happy to stumble on a blog about food before. I’m not only touched by your honesty and your goal to share your thoughts/ideas/recipes about healthy cooking on a budget, but I’m Filipino-Canadian and I’ve sometimes been snickered at for my love of tocino/Spam/egg/garlic rice for breakfast (that I now serve to my own family on weekends :) but your site is someplace I feel where my food-cravings may fit in. I’m eager to try out your recipes and read more about your inspiration! Thanks so much!

  8. Diana Dyer
    February 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    From one Diana food and life blogger to another, I love your blog, your nickname, and your story. Keep up the great work inspiring others to eat well, live well, and love well. I stumbled into your blog but will happily come back!

  9. Patti
    March 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    Love your story. I’m from Hawaii — we’re one big ohana. Hoping you’ll share some of you ono kine grindz!

  10. Clanci
    March 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    Diana! It’s your fellow bridesmaid, Clanci. I had to look up your website, because I’ve come to the long and hard realization that I do not cook : ) my roommates are minigourmets in your footsteps while I chow on cereal and yogurt dinners. I will have to try some of your recipes. I’ve met you twice and you are an inspiration to me already. keep doing what you’re doing!!!! you had a gift from God

  11. morgan
    April 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    I really like your blog, and I agree we are one big healthy food family! My dad’s family is military too and he grew up in Hawaii and then moved to WA, where I was born. I like that you have a mix of cultures in your food. Very fun! Will be reading regularly! Ps-I made your Beet Roseti and my boyfriend LOVES it! (if you want you can read my post on it, I tried to give you all the credit) thanks!

  12. Kathie
    September 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    Wow, what a FAB website, I have got soooo much inspiration from you pictures and recipes. What type of camera do you use, the photos are mind blowing.

    Warm fuzzies,

  13. tetzky
    November 7, 2010 at 2:09 am #

    wow… i love your blogsite and all bout foods….so amazing coz all i want in life is travel and indulge in gastronomical pleasures and adventures…see the world and taste its diverse foods and flavors…yyuuummm

  14. Diane and Todd
    January 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    We love you more and more with each passing day. Everything you do on your blog and most importantly, for everyone around you is wonderful. You make the world a better place.
    BTW- you and Eric make such an adorable couple!!

  15. Kari
    January 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Like your site. Yummy recipes. Wondering what CSA you belong to?

  16. Alison
    February 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    I came across your site via foodgawker. Your recipes are lovely and so are your pictures. I look forward to seeing more from you!

  17. Leilani
    February 3, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Hi, Diana. I, too, came across your blog on Foodgawker. I work at the high school near Schofield so I am familiar with students and their highschoo/military experience. Love your concept of cooking on a budget! I am definitely bookmarking your blog!

  18. Karen
    April 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Your personal story is moving! Thanks for making such a contribution in America’s fight against obesity. You inspire.

    • diana
      April 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Thank you so much Karen.

  19. Juju
    June 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Hi, Diana! I’m a new reader, and I just wanted to say that your about me page is awesome! I just checked out some recipes before and cannot wait to try them out. =]

    • diana
      June 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      Thanks Juju! I’m just getting caught up on comments after a rough few weeks and yours is so encouraging. I look forward to hearing more from you!

  20. Al Ponder
    July 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Hey Diana,

    I stumbled upon your site today looking for something I could do with the beets and carrots I got from the farm this week. I usually don’t follow blogs, but your “about me” page made me smile and I’ll probably be back for more. As a college kid, I can relate to having a hard time choosing between food and rent. My family supports me when they can, but for the most part, I’m on my own. Thanks for the delicious recipes!

    • diana
      August 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks so much Al, and you’re welcome! I know it’s a tough place to be but hang in there. Let me know if you ever need any help with figuring out your food budget and what to eat!

  21. Don
    August 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm #


    Found your blog looking for a recipe for salsa verde…I do 95% of the cooking in our home because my wife is a nurse and hates to do it when she gets home. I recently retired from the Army and do pretty good at winging it myself but am always looking for good recipes and look forward to reading more from you.

    Take care and thanks for sharing!

  22. Piper@GotItCookIt
    August 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I love reading about you and your thoughts on food, it is exactly what inspires everyone to consider what they can do with food to make it healthy & yummy too, and I love that!

  23. Tracey @ Don't Mess with Mama
    September 8, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Really loved your food future panel at BlogHer ’11. How did you get started teaching a nutrition/healthy cooking program in your community? I’d love to do that one day. You’re an inspiration!

    • diana
      September 13, 2011 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks Tracey! It really just started with an idea and connecting with people at my city hall. It took months of work before things actually started happening but then everything just took off! I’ll shoot you an email and we’ll talk more about ideas for your community!

  24. Thomas
    October 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Great site, thanks!

  25. Sandra
    November 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Wow, that is almost exactly my story! We dad was a Warrant Officer and we moved to Oahu at the beginning of 7th grade. We moved to WA when I was 16. How funny! I look forward to looking at more info on your site. Thanks for posting the great recipes!

    • diana
      November 6, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      Oh how cool! You’re welcome Sandra.

  26. Lanai
    November 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    I stumbled onto your site looking for an apple butter recipe. Yours is amazing! Like you I am a transplant to Washington. You have an incredible story! Keep up the awesome work- we need more people educated on healthy low cost menus for families! Smiles to you from Whidbey Island!

  27. Karen Contreras
    January 8, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Diana, it was so much fun reading your bio and I look forward to following your blog. BTW, I’m originally from Washington State and would love to be able to move “back home.”

  28. Brandi B
    January 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I am a fellow Army Brat and spent 6 years on Oahu… Good ol’ Schofield Barracks?! I, as well, love the food and culture in Hawaii and would love to move back! I am really excited to try some of your other recipes in the near future! Thank you!

  29. Tonja
    February 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    I am so excited about your new website. I loved the old one and I really already love the new one!!!

  30. KaySea
    August 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your life and wisdom. I’m about to be a single mom and living off of a much smaller income. Nutrition and cooking well for my two boys will always be a priority. I feel so lucky to have found this site for inspiration!

    • Diana
      August 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      Thank YOU Kay! Sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re facing but so encouraged to “meet” you and to hear about your nutrition priorities for your kids. You’re definitely not alone and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  31. vlmarston
    May 24, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Was searching google for a recipe for Salsa Verde and found your blog. Will be back often! Enjoy your commentary with each recipe. Wish your blog had been around when I was a single Mom of 2 and not eating so my kids would be full. They’re both grown with families of their own so it all worked out. Thanks again, really enjoy your writing!

    • Diana
      October 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      Thank you so much! Sorry it took me so long to reply, I was adjusting to mommyhood. Babies take a lot of time and energy! Hope you’ve found more recipes to enjoy and look forward to hearing more from you.

  32. Hazel
    September 6, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    Hey there Diana and Eric,
    I just discovered your awesome blog while searching for plum recipes. Fell in love with the video instruction and loved how calming “feel good” & inspiring it was! You seem like wonderful people! Going to make me some chinese plum sauce now :) Anyway, also wanted to thank you and let you know I have your blog on my Bookmarks bar :) -Hazel

    • Diana
      September 27, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      Thank you so much Hazel! We certainly don’t have it all together, but we do love living life and sharing it with others. Thanks for your comment and we look forward to hearing more from you in the future.


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