Welcome, everyone, to Jenny Can Cook, my online cookbook. I’ve had a passion for cooking all my life and my goal has always been the same. Well, actually I have two goals whenever I cook: Make it healthier, and make it faster. Whenever I can make something that’s quick & easy and healthy, I feel I’ve succeeded. Having been a working woman all my life, I needed what most other people need: healthy recipes that are quick and easy, especially dinner recipes, but they still have to be delicious to eat. Even when I was working long hours hosting and working on the Jenny Jones Show, I still made time to cook my own healthy meals. These days, I feel unbelievably fortunate that I can spend all my time doing what I love. I created Jenny Can Cook as a place to share my healthy recipes with everyone from experienced cooks to novices in the kitchen. My healthy lifestyle is what motivates me to create healthy foods and meals and especially healthy dessert recipes because I do love my sweets.
I’m not a health food nut – I’m just doing the best I can to create healthy recipes that I feel good about eating. But they have to taste great so I basically work on reducing the bad stuff and increasing the good stuff. For example, with dinner recipes, I focus on reducing unhealthy fats and incorporating lots of vegetables. With dessert recipes (and I love my sweets) my focus is to reduce saturated fat and sugar, and add fiber where it works. There are some instances, like angel food cake, where whole wheat flour does not work but most of my cookies are made with whole grains.
Saving time is also a priority with my recipes. Any time I can make something easier to cook, I do it. So you’ll see lots of easy recipes here where everything goes into one bowl or one pan. And I’m always working on creating simple recipes that have just a few ingredients. When I can make a simple, easy recipe it’s usually the one people use the most, like my super easy lemon brownies or my quick and easy mac & cheese.
I especially love to bake… can you tell? So it’s really important to have healthy dessert recipes because I enjoy something sweet after every meal and it’s always homemade… from something a little sweet like my double chocolate almond biscotti made with whole wheat flour to my delicious oven-baked doughnuts, both made with no butter. Baking without butter is a priority for me considering my family history of high cholesterol so you will find a strong focus on healthy desserts with no butter. In fact, I created a separate category just for those sweets made without butter to make those healthy cookies and cakes easy to find. Just look for the “Baking Without Butter” recipe category. It’s my goal to be able to enjoy my desserts and still maintain good health.
I am also a student of nutrition and I know how crucial it is to eat vegetables every day. They are the lifelines to good health and many of my dinner recipes have vegetables built in, like my vegetable-bean pasta that has three different green vegetables in every serving and my pork tenderloin with roasted vegetables. These are both super healthy meals with the anti-aging benefits of a variety of vegetables.
My own favorite meals have to be Polish food. That’s my heritage and I grew up on Polish Cabbage Rolls (Gołąbki) and Pierogi. People seem to enjoy my healthy Polish recipes and I am always working on the next Polish meal to post but it has to be the healthiest I can make it. I am surprised how many Polish people visit my site and even leave comments in Polish. I love it!
The satisfaction I get just knowing that others appreciate my healthy recipes and are cooking healthy foods and meals at home is all the reward I need. I will never sell anything on this site. My only goal is to motivate more people to cook at home, making good nutrition and healthy eating a priority. A lot of people may not realize that eating healthy meals doesn’t mean tofu and rice cakes. You don’t have to give up your favorite comfort foods… just change the way you make them. Maybe some day soon, instead of saying, “Aren’t you Jenny Jones, the talk show host?” they will be saying, “Aren’t you Jenny Jones, the healthy cook? I love your recipes!”
Thank you for visiting Jenny Can Cook, my kitchen away from home, and I look forward to your comments and questions. I especially enjoy hearing when someone tries one of my recipes (and sends a picture!) so please continue to send your feedback. It’s the best feeling in the world to know that my healthy recipes are making a difference. – Jenny Jones