Podcast Episode 075: Real. Good. Food. – Ellie Krieger

Oct 4, 2017

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“We live in a world of extremes and as dietitians we want people to know that they don’t have to give up their favorite foods. I hate the word moderation – it’s meaningless and boring and it doesn’t give us any context. I find that my food philosophy of “Usually/Sometimes/Rarely” gives context to moderation (notice I did not use the word “never”). This concept has been so successful with my clients that I now create recipes with this philosophy in mind. I don’t cook “to the numbers” – so what blows me away is when I create a recipe with this philosophy and then do the nutrition analysis, 99% of the time it works out to be healthy. That to me is proof in itself! It’s the basis of everything I do. And it is literally the inspiration for every recipe I create. That and also when I‘m thinking to myself: “what do I want to eat – what am I craving?” – Ellie Krieger


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Ellie Krieger, MS, RDN

Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian and the leading go-to nutritionist in the media today, helping people find the sweet spot where delicious and healthy meet. She is the host and executive producer of the Public Television cooking series “Ellie’s Real Good Food,” and well known as the host of Food Network’s hit show “Healthy Appetite.”  

Ellie is a New York Times bestselling, James Beard Foundation and IACP award-winning author of six cookbooks. Her most recent is You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy Do-Ahead Meals (Jan 2016). She is a weekly columnist for The Washington Post and she has been a columnist for Fine Cooking, Food Network magazine and USA Today. Ellie speaks regularly at events around the country, appears on national television shows, such as Today, Good Morning America, and The Wendy Williams Show, and has been featured in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, People, and Self, to name a few. 


Melissa, Ellie and Melissa’s daughter Sarah


Ellie with Melissa and fellow dietitian friend Toby Amidor in the Canadian Lentils Fields


Hoisin Lentil Lettuce Wraps – Click on image to get RECIPE


Melissa and her daughter Sarah made Ellie’s Smoky Smothered Pork Chops


Melissa and her daughter Sarah made Ellie’s Smoky Smothered Pork Chops


Here are the resources we mentioned on the show: 

  1. Ellie’s Real Good Food Public TV Show
  2. Ellie’s website and books
  3. Ellie’s Washington Post column 
  4. Ellie on facebook, twitter, Instagram
  5. Ellie’s Sound Bites blog interview
  6. Sound Bites podcast episode with Gretchen Rubin (moderation vs. abstaining)
  7. Hoisin Turkey Lentil Lettuce Wraps Recipe from Lentils.org
  8. Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner blog posts and podcast episodes
  9. “What to EAT” notepad that Melissa uses every week 


Produced by Team Podcast 

Music by Dave Birk






1 Comment

  1. Kelley on October 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

    OMGosh I love Ellie! Can’t wait to listen to this!

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