About Eating Richly:
Eating Richly is the lovechild of the freakishly frugal foodie Diana Johnson, and the wonderfully weird web-implementer Eric Johnson. In their first year of marriage they made only $14,000. With just $100 budgeted each month for food, they still managed to eat foods rich in nutrition and flavor without feeling limited by finances. Their desire is to help everyone learn from their experiences, and recognize that being poor doesn’t have to mean eating poorly. Eric and Diana live in Auburn, WA with their bunny Chloe, German Shepherd Phurba, Siamese mix Haldir, and their Chinese sons (also known as exchange students). You can contact them here.
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 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-implenter 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 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 and view some of his freelance work at iericjohnson.com.
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.
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.
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.