Featured Chef - Jessi's Kitchen
Featured Chef Recipes:
Meet Jessi Heggan, she is the creator of the blog Jessi's Kitchen.
She has been cooking in earnest since high school when she first discovered her passion for the kitchen. And for the last decade has been learning anything and everything about food, cooking, entertaining and styling. Diagnosed a couple years ago with an autoimmune disorder, she has revamped her kitchen and set about learning new styles of cooking and eating to accommodate her diagnosis.
At Jessi’s Kitchen you will find a mixture of gluten free, paleo friendly, vegan, and vegetarian recipes sprinkled with her affinity for southwestern flavors and the vibrant and refreshing tastes of peppers, citrus and fresh herbs.
We hope you enjoy her recipes!!!!
Q: Tell us a little about yourself? I currently live outside Nashville, TN with my husband and cat. I own the blog Jessi’s Kitchen. I started it a couple years ago after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t lose my love for cooking just because I had to drastically change my diet. Starting the blog quickly turned into one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Q: How did you get involved in cooking?
I have loved being in the kitchen since I was a toddler. I started cooking a lot when I was in high school and found it to be therapeutic in addition to being something that I truly loved doing. During my college years I worked for a catering company and even after I left that company I continued to grow my skill and passion for food.
Q: Describe your cooking style?
I am definitely more of a cook than a baker. I would much rather grill a steak than bake some cupcakes. I have always gravitated toward southwestern flavors. I love the vibrant and refreshing flavors of peppers, citrus and fresh herbs. Also, I love guacamole everything.
Q: How did you learn about grass-fed meats?
I did a lot of research when I first was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and it became very evident that the quality of the meat I was eating was crucial to my health. It really became a priority for us and now I can’t imagine not eating meat. The flavor is amazing and I also love the health benefits we get from it.
Q: What is your favorite recipe featuring grass-fed meat?
I would say a grilled skirt steak is one of my favorite recipes. It is a super affordable cut of meat and so flavorful.
Q: You’re stranded on a desert island; luckily you’re stranded with your top 5 ingredients and must-have kitchen tool. What are they?
Pink Himalayan sea salt and limes for flavor. Some sweet potatoes and greens and must-have kitchen tools is a cast iron skillet and a great chef knife.
Q: What is the best cooking secret, tip, or piece of advice you’ve learned?
I think over the past couple years I have learned a lot about cultivating a healthy relationship with food and truly enjoying the process of making meals and being thankful for where your food comes from. We get so much of our food from local farmers who work so hard to provide the highest quality and healthiest food to their customers. It really makes the food you eat more meaningful and not just something that you want to rush and eat. I really believe that being conscious and thankful for your food is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body.
Q: What is your favorite quote or song for culinary inspiration?
“Food is the toffee-toasted mortar that binds people together, building stronger friendships that, when stacked sky high, create the most special of gatherings.” — Kinfolk
Q: Is there anything else you want to share?
I am so excited for the opportunity to be a featured chef for US Wellness. I love what this company is doing in helping provide the highest quality and healthiest products to their customers. I would love for you all to join me on my food journey and follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.