Cute-as-a-button chef Katie Farrell began her healthy food blog, Dashing Dish, in August 2010 as a side hobby while working full time as a nurse. “I wanted to teach people you can eat what you love and live a healthy lifestyle at the same time,” she says. Within a year of starting the blog, Farrell was able to turn her side gig into a full-time business. Since then, she’s written a cookbook, “Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating,” and penned a devotional, “Devotions for a Healthier You.” A professed nondenominational Christian, she also speaks at many churches and conferences, including Freedom Center True Beauty Women’s Conference, Spring Into Health Women’s Conference, Christian Yoga Women’s Retreat and the WinSome Women spring 2016 retreat.
What inspired you to start a blog that blends faith with food?
I believe if we want to be truly healthy, we need to care for our whole being, which is comprised of our spirit, soul and body. The faith aspect of Dashing Dish is designed to nourish our souls, while the recipes nourish our physical bodies—I believe nourishing both is equally important.
How would you describe your blog, in a nutshell?
Dashing Dish is a place to find not only wholesome and simple recipes, but also encouragement, inspiration and motivation to get fit for life. It is truly my heart’s greatest desire to help others find fulfillment through a balance of healthy living principles and God’s word.
Do you find cooking for and eating with others to be spiritual?
Yes, most definitely! It brings people together and has the opportunity to fill not only their stomachs, but also their souls.
Read on for Farrell’s recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Muffins.