Hello! I’m Christina Shoemaker.
I’m the recipe developer behind The Whole Cook. I’m also the author of a cookbook, Clean Paleo One-Pot Meals.
My obsession with food started from the moment I was born. Or so I imagine. I never miss a meal and I spend an inordinate amount of time fantasizing about my next one.
Here at The Whole Cook you’ll find lots of healthy recipes for the whole family. My recipes feature whole foods which means you’ll see fresh ingredients, no ingredients you can’t pronounce or that aren’t actually real food, and very little sugar. Many of my recipes are dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant. (Man, that was a mouthful.)
I’m a mom. I have two incredible children who make me laugh like nobody else can. They also deprive me of sleep and litter my living room with kid paraphernalia. But it’s cool because they’re cute.
I’m a southern gal through and through. I was raised in North Carolina and Mississippi, spent 14 years in Arkansas, and currently reside in Alabama.
I’m a chronic early bird. I will not hesitate to arrive 30 minutes early and then sit in the car just so there is no risk I’ll be late. I despise small talk but I adore public speaking. I love joyful people and funny memes. I have never turned down a steak in my life. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like dogs. I can sing Jingle Bells really fast while skipping the first letter of each word. I’ve never colored my hair. I read 2 to 3 books a week. Fiction only. And I smile at everyone all the time. Sometimes that gets awkward.
HOW WE EAT
My food philosophy is really about a focus on including a variety of whole foods in each meal with a heavy emphasis on lean meats, fresh vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fresh fruits.
I like to emphasize the things we ADD to our plates rather than the things we omit. If I’m trying to load up on sautéed veggies, roasted potatoes, and grilled chicken then I’m not going to have much room for the things that maybe aren’t as beneficial for my body. That whole foods focused perspective works best for my family and doesn’t feel limiting.
I share a great deal more about my own food journey, my family’s food allergies, and how we eat today here.
My cookbook, Clean Paleo One-Pot Meals, is filled with 100 mouth-watering and family-friendly recipes that are uncomplicated in both time and preparation. They’re all ready in about 30 minutes!
While the recipes do qualify as Paleo, you definitely do not need to be on a Paleo diet to enjoy them. Anyone looking for flavorful meals with a healthy twist will enjoy these recipes. Recipe types include breakfast, sheet pan meals, skillet meals, stovetop soups, and desserts.
Find my cookbook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through a variety of other retailers.
I have been featured in publications such as BuzzFeed, Greatist, Parade, Red Tricycle, A Plus, and Fab Fit Fun. You’ll also find many of my delicious recipes on the official Whole30 website.