Marla Meredith’s Keys To The Kitchen

Marla Meredith Family Portrait by Karen Ard Photography

Marla and I were virtual friends long before we ever met in real life but, from the first time I read her site, Family Fresh Cooking, it was clear we were kindred spirits.

Marla’s approach to food is focused on making real, unprocessed, whole foods approachable and attainable, even for the busiest of families. Her cheerful approach is evident in everything from her photography to her recipes and she always seems to have an answer for just about everything. As such, I asked her to share some of her wisdom on just how she does it all.

Q: Marla, do share, what is your key to the kitchen?

A: Be Preppy. That’s my key to the kitchen — it’s simple but essential.

I love being prepared. Sometimes I am last minute but always overly prepared. Surprises are fun, but when it comes to food I crave things my way. I am a planner, primper and prepper. Certain days I’m preppy, but most often a little country meets Lululemon momma. When it comes to food I am ALWAYS thinking ahead to the next meal, and the next, and so on.
One of the main reasons I started my blog Family Fresh Cooking back in 2009 was to provide helpful food and recipe tidbits to busy folks. My goal was to make the right choices at home and to help others do the same. I champion whole food ingredients and believe in eliminating overly processed “foods” that exhaust our bodies and the environment. One of the best ways to make right choices is to be well prepared and to have food prepped and ready when you need it.
Simple grocery lists filled with fresh fruits and veggies are essential. Washing, chopping and storing them in a timely manner sets the stage for healthy homemade meals. Take small snippets of time to prep food so it is ready when you need it. Having healthy food prepped at home keeps weight in check, tummies happy and money in your wallet. Be preppy! Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal from Marla Meredith
Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day. We love to fuel our bodies with great tasting, energetic go, go, go meals. Here is a favorite baked oatmeal that you can prepare the night before, so it is ready for a few days of the morning rush. Please visit for the Blueberry Coconut Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe.

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Recipe photo by Marla Meredith and family portrait by Karen Ard Photography

Though my new cookbook is called Keys To The Kitchen, the reality is that there are too many to publish in one single book. So, I’ll be asking some of my favorite food people from each city I’ll be visiting on my book tour to share his or her very own key to the kitchen in this interview series — read other interviews here.