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The Short Version: Taking a date out to dinner all the time strains your wallet and your waistline. It makes sense for couples in long-term relationships to start cooking at home. Cooking together can be a great bonding activity for couples; all you have to do is find a recipe to suit your tastes, budgets, and schedules. Food blogger Sanura Weathers gives home cooks plenty of healthy and delicious options on her blog, My Life Runs on Food. You can search the site’s recipes to find savory vegetable sides, creamy pasta dishes, and a decadent dessert to top off a romantic night. If your dinner routine is growing stale, you can liven things up by preparing a delicious home-cooked meal using one of Sanura’s recipes.
When food blogger Sanura Weathers started dating her current boyfriend, she had plenty of time and energy to devote to putting a mouthwatering meal on the table.
Before Sanura met her boyfriend, he used to eat out every day. After years of being together, he now he helps prep ingredients or wash dishes as Sanura prepares a healthy home-cooked meal.
Today, Sanura has a nine-to-five job as a graphic designer, yet she still sets time aside, mostly on the weekend, to cook vegetable-infused dishes. And she still makes time to write about her food experiences and favorite recipes on her blog, My Life Runs on Food.
Since November 2009, Sanura has used My Life Runs on Food as an outlet for her thoughts about cooking, family, weather, politics, and life in general. She posts healthful recipes along with stories about her life.
Whether she’s writing about ways to use olive oil or detailing her favorite Valentine’s Day treat, Sanura adds a lot of personality and flavor to home cooking projects. Her down-to-earth tone encourages people to get in the kitchen and whip up something delicious. If you’re looking for cooking inspiration, look no further than My Life Runs on Food.
“It’s about my life, and to me food is interchangeable with life,” she said. “The recipes on My Life Runs on Food reflect where I am in life.”
Sanura’s father instilled in her a love of cooking when she was growing up. It seemed only natural for her to use food as a way of connecting with the world and sharing her story.
She began writing about her experiences as a passionate home cook when she was partially employed and looking for a full-time job during the 2008 recession. Initially, she quickly posted recipes about two or three times a week. Today, she publishes stories less frequently because she takes the time to test her recipes several times. Although her earlier recipes took a few hours to make, these days Sanura doesn’t have that kind of time. She works full time, so now her focus is mostly on quick-and-easy recipes for individuals and families who don’t have the energy to make a complicated meal every night.
Because Sanura peppers her recipes with personal anecdotes. She said her food blog is like a diary for her. She can trace the progress of her life in its virtual pages.
For example, in her recipe for chicken pot pie, Sanura talks at length about her financial struggles in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn. She said chicken pot pie serves as a reminder of simpler times during her childhood. “Chicken pot is a comfort dish,” she wrote. “I need it right now… at this time in my life. Just pure, solid comfort to reassure life is going to be okay.”
Now, five years later, Sanura is able to look back on that low point in her life and realize how far she has come. My Life Runs on Food helps her put life in perspective and savor the simple pleasures she can always find in the kitchen.
“This is a project by myself for myself,” she said. “I don’t have an editorial schedule or deadlines. It’s just about me having fun talking about food.”
Sanura’s collection of recipes includes everything from party appetizers to full meals to quick desserts. She described her recipes as comfort food with a healthy twist. It’s not only about hearty salads — she also includes indulgent buttery-rich dishes too. My Life Runs on Food strikes a happy balance between taste and nutritious value.
“I don’t want people to feel intimidated by cooking at home,” Sanura said. “You can put together a healthfuly meal very quickly.”
Sanura said she often puts together salad bowls during the week, so she has a healthy lunch to bring to work. Her Star Anise Quinoa with Oranges and Smoked Duck Salad is an impressive and simple dish to whip up for a date on the fly. “It’s a creative salad that makes take-out lunches look undesirable,” she said.
If you have more time to prep before your dinner date, you could make a slow-simmering Italian turkey meat sauce (inspired by Bolognese sauce) to go with pasta. It’s easy to throw together and toss on a hot stove or a slow-cooker for a couple hours. You don’t need to stand over it for very long, so it’s perfect for anyone who wants to spend more time with their date than in the kitchen.
For dessert, Sanura recommends making homemade vanilla ice cream and folding in your favorite toppings. Her recipe calls for chopped pistachios, chopped cherries, and dark chocolate chips, but you can mix things up and add whatever fruits or candies strike your fancy.
“We love ice cream. We make it on the weekends and eat it all week,” Sanura said. “If you add a scoop to your coffee, it makes for a nice treat.”
Over the last decade, My Life Runs on Food has attracted many home cooks looking for recipes to impress a date, satisfy a family, or make a solo dinner a little less dreary. The blog’s readership is primarily women in their 20s and 30s. People who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen go to the blog for inspiration as well as advice.
Sanura’s cooking tips and flair for storytelling pair well together, and so she often hears positive feedback from home cooks as well as other food bloggers.
“I love your blog! The recipes are amazing,” said a reader named Kathy. “From here forward, I will come here to select and plan my meals! Thank you for all the work you put into your blog.”
“I really like your blog! It is both practical, but also has some very delicious recipes.” — Food Ergo Love
“I enjoyed reading this!” said Leslie in a comment on a recipe for seeded waffles. “Your message of planting seeds for growth along with this recipe was food for the soul.”
My Life Runs on Food is coming up on its 10th anniversary, and Sanura said she’s satisfied with the blog just the way it is. She has no plans to tweak or change it — she just plans to keep cooking and writing about her experiences for as long as it’s enjoyable.
“It’s important that I’m happy doing this project,” she said. “I do it for fun.”
It’s incredibly beneficial to have a romantic partner who supports your health goals. By cooking flavorful and healthful meals at home, Sanura has helped her boyfriend improve his dietary habits and stay away from fatty fast foods. In return, her boyfriend offers her workout tips based on his experience as a personal trainer, or he cleans up the house while she’s in the kitchen.
Such teamwork is the hallmark of a good relationship. A healthy lifestyle takes time and effort to maintain, but you can make the process a lot easier (and more fun) by tackling healthful cooking projects as a team.
My Life Runs on Food has equipped thousands of home cooks to prepare healthy meals despite their hectic schedules. You can spice up your dinner routine by checking out the savory and sweet recipes on this fantastic food blog.
“It’s so amazing how a simple project has provided so many fun opportunities,” Sanura said, “so I’m really grateful for using my design skills to create a food blog.”