Life is like a recipe.
Hi, and welcome to Marin Mama Cooks! My name is Jackie Reale and I’m super excited you decided to stop by and say hi.
I started this cooking blog back in 2011 as a bit of a hobby, and an easy way for me to share my favorite recipes with friends and family. I was a stay-at-home mom at the time and was craving a creative outlet that was just for me. I had no idea how to start a blog, write recipes, photograph food, or even how to cook, but I heard a whisper to give it a try, so I took the first step, and the rest is history. Sometimes we have to listen to our internal whispers when we’re feeling an urge/openness to try something new and then just go out there and take an action step. Through taking that first step, I found a passion for cooking, writing, photography, and it’s evolved into health and wellness. I attended Natural Chef School in 2016, and I’m a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (INN) where I also specialized in gut health. I would have never discovered this passion, if I hadn’t listened to the whispers to start. I also found that I love connecting people to healthy and healing foods, as well as connecting people to themselves.
Where do you get your recipes from and tell me a bit more about your blog?
Since becoming a natural chef, I’ve created quite a few recipes of my own, but some of the recipes on my blog are adapted from cookbooks, magazines and friends. I only post recipes that my family and I love, as I want to pass on recipes that will hopefully become family favorites in your house.
If you’re new to my website, you will notice that my most recent recipes are a bit on the healthier side, and don’t contain gluten, dairy or refined sugar. I’ve slowly eliminated these from my diet, because personally they were not working for me and my gut. I still do have gluten from time to time, as I believe in balance, and I love me a good popover. My food and wellness journey has evolved, and so my website has evolved with it. I want to share recipes that I’m excited about, that bring me joy and nourish me in this midlife chapter I’m on, so if you’re looking to start eating healthier, but want food with flavor, color and fun, then I’m your gal. I still have tons of family friendly recipes on the site, so please look around. I believe in the 80/20 rule when it comes to nutrition. I like a balance between comfort and healthy cooking. Life is about balance, so I believe food should be as well.
All my recipes are tested a number of times before I put them on the blog, so you can feel good about making them. I also make my recipes at least 20 times after I post them, because I can get a bit obsessed about them, and just want to eat them over and over, so I’m tweaking them tons too. Please DM me on instagram or email me at marinmama[email protected] with any questions or just to say hi.
Tell me about your family and a bit about health coaching?
I live in Marin (which is 10 minutes north of San Francisco) and I’m married to my soul mate, Steve and between us, we have 4 awesome kiddos. Zoë (23), Eli (18), Tate (17) & Mattie (15). Below are some recent pictures of us all from the summer of 2022 when we went to Switzerland, Austria and Germany. I do have a scattering of photos of the kids on this website, but as they got older, they were less excited to be in front of the camera giving the thumbs up on a recipe.
Health coaching. My true passion and purpose is helping people connect to themselves, connect to and love food again, learn the art of self-love, discover their intuition, and find their “why” and purpose in life. A lot of women in mid-life have been so busy taking care of everyone else, that they lost themselves in the process, and I love connecting them to their inner spirit, their unique and radiant light. I’m very intuitive, as well as have done the work on myself over the years, so I get all of it. Most women come to me with a goal, like weight loss, gut issues, or want to overhaul their diet, which we work on, but when we dig beneath these symptoms we discover together that the first step in any healing journey is self love, healing the old wounds, limiting stories, guilt and fear. This honestly is my main passion, purpose and my unique spark! Here’s a post I wrote back in 2013 when I was struggling with my own journey of self love and discovery. If you feel drawn to work with me, or want to know more, please email me at [email protected].
Just for fun, I wanted to show you the evolution of this website, so if you’re nervous about starting something new, you can see where I started at. Here’s the post I did when I hit my 1-year anniversary in 2012. It’s hilarious. I knew nothing about SEO and my photography was, well, let’s just say it’s improved over the years! 🙂