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Welcome

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Welcome to CooksAid, a site dedicated to providing you with what you need to plan and cook healthful meals, including:

  • Hundreds of healthful recipes, all tested by us
  • Nutrition information for recipes, including fat, calories, fiber, and diabetic exchanges
  • Side suggestions 
  • A downloadable weekly dinner menu, complete with a categorized grocery list
  • New recipes every week
  • Seasonal recipes and tips
  • Reliable articles on current nutrition and health topics
  • And of course, this Recipe Mamas blog, where we will write about everything from recipes we are developing, to our daily food encounters, and to what is inspiring us at the moment

Who are the Recipe Mamas?

Krisha McCoy and Maria Adams: two nutrition-educated foodies, writers, occasional triathletes, and moms, each with her own cooking-style. 

How did CooksAid start?

Krisha and I met in graduate school at the Friedman School for Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University. We later worked together in the health publishing industry. It was during this time that our idea for CooksAid was born. We were both working professionals without kids at the time and took great interest in planning our weekly dinner menus. Personally, I would spend hours every weekend perusing magazines and cookbooks for new recipes to try and then I finally write up my weekly grocery list. I found great satisfaction in trying out new recipes or new ways of preparing a recipe.

Krisha and I recognized that not everyone may have this kind of time to spend (or may not want to spend this much time) on weekly menu planning. In an attempt to help people solve the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma we started to build the idea of CooksAid. Our goal was to help people who want and love to cook plan their weekly meals and get them to the grocery store with a list in hand that would be the key to a week’s worth of healthy dinners and side dishes. We also wanted simple recipes with step-by-step instructions that even the most novice cook could master in a half hour or less. All you needed was an interest in cooking, and we would help with the rest.

And so in 2006, CooksAid was born. We originally started as a menu-mailer service. Subscribers to our service got a new menu, recipes, and grocery list every week. Since then, we have continued to build up our recipe collection. And we now have hundreds of healthy recipes that feature a variety of ethnic backgrounds, cooking techniques, and ingredients. But they are all simple, and with the exception of our weekend meals, they all take less than 30 minutes to make. 

What is CooksAid today?

Our original goal and objective remains: to help people plan and cook healthful meals. But because we want as many people as possible to have access to our services these recipes and menus are now available for free on our website. We have also expanded to include timely nutrition articles, ingredient spotlights, more photos, and, of course, this blog.

We are so excited about this new website and welcome any feedback that you may have. Hopefully we will make it a little easier for you prepare healthful meals for yourself and your family. And hopefully you will find as much fun and satisfaction in the kitchen as we do!!! 

Stay tuned for more blog entries!

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