About Eating Richly:
Eating Richly 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. Eating Richly first started in 2008 as a way to keep track of the great recipes I made up, while spending very little money.
Now that we are parents, and business owners, we still care a great deal about eating foods rich in nutrition and flavor, but we also care about creating quality family moments. That means cooking together, eating together, having fun magical moments in day to day life, and saving time whenever possible so we can build more memories.
Our passion is encouraging busy working parents, and equipping them to find the wonder in daily life, because parenting is Wonder-FULL.
The majority of the recipes on Eating Richly 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 kids’ cooking classes, and creating treats for our own children.
Our family lives in Auburn, WA with our son Corban, our daughter Larkin, our son Arden, our German Shepherd Phurba, and Siamese mix Haldir. You can contact us here. Not sure where to start? Start Here.
About Diana Johnson:
My passion for cooking started at age 2, when I would put random items in the oven to see what came out edible. Broiled Tupperware was NOT edible. Fortunately, my mother saw this as promising, and encouraged me to help in daily meal preparations as well as creating menus for a variety of parties.
But at age 20, after losing my job do to 9/11, I 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 I began to discover the art of cooking with very little money, and started taking my $7-10 a week to the grocery store. You can learn more about my journey in the post “How I Learned To Cook With No Money“.
In June of 2010, I started the Healthy Cooking on a Tight Budget program to teach low income families how to eat healthy on very little money. The program ran seasonally at the Auburn Valley YMCA for several years, in addition to offering classes at various non-profits and community groups in the Seattle area.
I have been very active in our 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. I am 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.
I am a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. I LOVE to talk about making healthy food fun and accessible, and have spoken at several conferences including BlogHer Food 2010, 2012, and 2014, Blog Her 2011 and Food Blog University. My goal when speaking is to inspire and encourage others to find their passions, and to realize that healthy food can be fun, easy, and 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. If there’s anything technical, you can bet that Eric is the one making it happen.
Eric has filmed several weddings and other special events, as well as creating promotional videos for various clients and groups. He is also the former Media Director at Grace Community Church, until October 2016 when he stepped down to start working at Eating Richly full time.
Eric is also very active in our community, mentoring college, high school, and middle school boys. He also happens to be a great sous chef both at home and during cooking classes.
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 kids:
Corban was born in January of 2013 and has loved food from his first taste of mama’s milk to his very first taste of solids, a nice soft banana. He amazed everyone by his willingness to eat anything and everything in mass quantities, and then he turned two. He is now the official recipe tester for all recipes listed as being good for P-I-C-K-Y eaters. At age 6 Corban was diagnosed with autism (Asperger syndrome) He is also a wonderful big brother who adores his siblings.
Larkin was born in January of 2015 and was rushed to the hospital her second day for a rare blood disorder. After a rough week, she was given the all clear to head home and thankfully has no further complications. She loves snuggles with her brother, chasing the dog, and eating massive amounts of cheese.
Arden was born November 2018 and loves being the baby of the family. A few months later Arden caught RSV, a respiratory virus that can be quite dangerous for infants.
This led to his first of many admissions at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the discovery of multiple mystery health concerns. Arden had 15 hospital admissions by the time he was 18 months old, and dozens of Emergency Room visits on top of those.
Arden recently got a feeding tube in his stomach called a g-tube, which he gets that majority of his nutrition through. But he is also in feeding therapy and able to eat with family and drink thickened liquids.
He is a strong, happy, resilient toddler who is determined to keep up with his big brother and sister.
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.
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.