Today is a special day. It’s not my birthday and it’s not my anniversary (though I’ll be celebrating 25 years of marriage in September). Today is special because I’m announcing the end of a journey and the start of something fresh, new, and incredibly exciting.
Back in the early 2000s, MealMakeoverMoms.com hit the world wide web and quickly became a go-to resource for families in search of healthy, kid-friendly recipes and practical mealtime advice. The MMM brand grew to include a blog, a podcast, and cookbooks, and my two boys, Josh and Simon, grew to love the recipe creations that I cooked up for their table … and for yours too.
Josh (right) and Simon sampling Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars, circa 2004.
Well, after years in the mealtime trenches, more dirty dishes than I care to remember, and Janice’s decision to move on to her own exciting adventures, I’m giving Meal Makeover Moms a mega makeover. I’d like to invite you—our warm and supportive community of moms, dads, caregivers, and health professionals—on this journey with me. I’ll be launching a new website in the next few months, and while I can’t share the new URL with you just yet, I can tell you that the site will be filled with things you love, including recipes for real families, a podcast, and cooking videos. There will always be a special place in my heart for mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, and other simple recipe makeovers, but we’ll be kicking things up a notch on the new site with more playful, bolder, and creative recipe twists.
The new site is still a work in progress, and the only thing that’s missing from my plan right now is YOU. So today I’m inviting you to add your secret sauce to the new website by taking a SURVEY where I’ll ask you what types of recipes you want to see on the blog; which podcast topics you want to hear; a food your family has never tried but is curious to discover; and the cooking techniques you want to learn. (To thank you for your time, you’ll have the chance to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards that I’m giving away to two lucky survey takers, chosen at random on April 3rd.)
I’m looking to you, my community, to create the website with me! I have a name for the site and a logo, but it’s still a bit too early to share them. You’ll all be the first to know. I promise.
The tofu, broccoli, and carrot stir fry I’m making here will be one of the first new recipes on my soon-to-be disclosed site.
Whether you’re just starting out with healthier family cooking or you’ve already reached mealtime bliss and you’re ready for new flavor adventures, the site will be your hub for all things tasty and healthy. Together, we’ll be cooking up something rich, vibrant, and ever-changing.
I don’t know about you, but it’s not every day I get invited to a backstage party.
Today is your lucky day, because this is your invitation to peek behind the scenes as my site takes shape. Access is easy! Just follow me on Instagram (@lizweiss) and the MMM Facebook page to see what it takes to hatch a new website with recipes, cooking videos, a free e-cookbook download for new visitors (that includes you!), a brand-spanking new logo, sparkly new headshots, and so much more. I’ll be posting updates of my adventures daily, so stop by Instagram and/or Facebook to see what’s cooking.
Meal Makeover Moms isn’t signing off just yet, but on May 1st please note that all web pages will redirect to one single home page. Lucky for those who love our recipes, I promise to bring some of the best MMM recipes with me to my new site. Also, all 297 episodes of Cooking with the Moms podcast will remain on iTunes through 2017, and Janice and I will be recording a final episode as a thank you to our listeners, so stay tuned for details.
I’m excited to have you by my side as I leap from Meal Makeover Moms to my new online home. You were the reason I recorded almost 300 podcasts, co-wrote cookbooks, and filled the pages of the MMM blog with well over 800 recipes and posts. I’m thrilled to be on this new creative cooking journey with you, and I can’t wait to dig in to all the fun that lies ahead … and share my URL with you.
We all come to points in our lives when our kids grow up and our family dynamics change. It’s at those points where we recreate ourselves and pivot in new directions. I’m on a new adventure now, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I’m so glad I can bring you along.
From my table to yours,
PS: In case you missed the link above, please click here for my 8-question Survey Monkey survey. Your input is really important to me. I promise it will only take a few minutes to complete, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.