Looking for a holiday treat to be somewhat healthy, or as some call “healthy-ish?” You’re in luck! Today on Indy Style, Alex and Sonja Overhiser, “A Couple Cooks,” share more about their book title and concept, along with describing how “healthy-ish” can be a moderate approach that balances wholesome ingredients and decadent flavor.
Sonja Overhiser is author, recipe developer, podcast host, and healthy and sustainable food advocate. Along with her husband Alex, she is creator of the A Couple Cooks website, a collection of whole foods recipes and inspiration for healthy and sustainable eating. She is co-host of the A Couple Cooks Podcast, a show that features conversations with the freshest voices in food, including authors, farmers, and celebrity chefs from Mario Batali to Rick Bayless. Her work has been featured in national online and print publications, and she develops recipes for national brands including ALDI, Sub-Zero, Muir Glen, and Dole. She is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, a cookbook that will release in February 2018 (Da Capo Press).
Alex Overhiser is a food photographer, recipe developer, podcast host, and designer behind A Couple Cooks. Alex’s food photography is nationally known and has been featured in online and print publications, as well as for national brands. He is co-host of the A Couple Cooks Podcast, a show that features conversations with the freshest voices in food, from authors to farmers to celebrity chefs. He is photographer of Pretty Simple Cooking, set to release in February 2018 (Da Capo Press).
Sonja and Alex are married and live in Indianapolis, Indiana in a 1920’s home with their 9-month son Larson. As A Couple Cooks, they are devoted to advocating for healthy cooking in Indianapolis and beyond. Through A Couple Cooks, Alex and Sonja have been featured in print, podcasts, and on television, partnered with national brands to create recipes, featured top authors, chefs, and thought-leaders in podcast and web interviews, and worked with local farmer’s markets and restaurateurs to promote good, sustainable food.
A Couple Cooks has garnered a worldwide following and was named as one of Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Food Blogs of 2015 and Huffington Post’s 10 Healthy Food Blogs. Our work has been featured online in Huffington Post, Food52, People.com, Williams-Sonoma, BuzzFeed, and The Kitchn, and in print in Marie Claire, Midwest Living, Sophisticated Living, Driftless, Indianapolis Monthly, and Edible Indy. Sonja and Alex have appeared on Cheddar TV and IndyStyle on WISH TV, and Sonja was featured as an Indianapolis Woman to Know.
A Couple Cooks has developed recipes for a long list of national brands, including ALDI, Meijer, Kroger, Shipt, Sub-Zero and Wolf, KitchenAid, VitaMix, GreenPan, Dole, Muir Glen Organic, Earthbound Farm Organic, California Olive Ranch, Village Farms, One Degree Organics, Bob’s Red Mill, Newman’s Own, Alessi, Simply Organic, Cherry Marketing Institute, American Pecan Council, Robert Mondavi, Roxbury Mountain Maple, Califia, Wisconsin Cheese, illy, North Carolina Sweet Potatoes, Haas Avocado Board, Hurst Beans, State Farm, and Simon.
Popular husband-and-wife bloggers and podcasters (acouplecooks.com) offer 100 recipes with an emphasis on easy prep, whole foods, and healthy dishes–and getting into the kitchen together.
A love story at its finest, Alex and Sonja Overhiser first fell for each other–and then the kitchen. In a matter of months, the writer-photographer duo went from eating fast and frozen food to regularly cooking vegetarian meals from scratch. In the process, they found they had more energy, slept better, and were happier. Together, the two unraveled a joy-filled, “pretty simple” approach to home cooking that they share on their nationally-renowned website and podcast, A Couple Cooks.
The pair’s debut cookbook, A Couple Cooks–Pretty Simple Cooking, is a terrific combination of spirited writing, nourishing recipes with a Mediterranean flair, and vibrant photography. Recipes include 100 functional and creative recipes for every aspect of a home-cooked lifestyle, heavy on the vegetables and flavor, with an eye toward moving veggies to the center of the plate. All recipes are vegetarian, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Intended eaters of all kinds who want to eat more vegetables, Sonja and Alex dubbed the book a “vegetarian cookbook for non-vegetarians”–and it stuck.
At the book’s heart are the couple’s top ten lessons for a life-long approach to enjoying cooking and a healthy approach to food. Each lesson is meditative and inspired, featuring a corresponding custom watercolor drawing. It’s a beautiful coffee table book that’s food for thought, at the same time providing real food recipes for eating around the table.
- Chai spiced-snowball cookies: these cookies are naturally gluten-free using almond meal. The chai spices help to provide flavor and allow using less sugar than the traditional cookie.
- Bliss bites: Naturally gluten-free, vegan & naturally sweet, these are the most popular recipe on our website. They are no bake and use all wholesome ingredients: oats, peanut butter, cocoa powder, maple, and coconut oil.
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