I’m Cassandra Morris
Welcome to Cooking With Cassandra. I’m so happy you are here! I’m a proud wife, dog mom, food lovin’ Canadian girl, former TV reality show personality, wine lover and on a mission to make living a healthy + balanced lifestyle easy for everyone.
Here you will find simple, delicious recipes that are tested and perfected, kitchen tips every home cook needs to know + lifestyle advice on changing your mindset on health from restriction and overwhelm to balance and enjoyment! My goal is to provide you with inspiration, whether it’s in your kitchen or in your life.
Where It All Started
My health journey started after being on Big Brother Canada. During my time on the show, I had gained 20+ POUNDS (on national television). I could feel the weight gain, but it didn’t bother me at first. Until I got out and started to feel the internet hate. Believe it or not, being called a cow by total strangers can really take a hit to your self-confidence. I lacked energy and I was not happy or confident when I looked at myself in the mirror. I knew I needed to make major changes in my life. I needed to find a sustainable way of eating. I needed to find my rhythm with exercise and work on my mental health.
With so many workout programs and fad diets all over the internet, it can be completely overwhelming on where and how to start! In the past I tried many of these programs, but nothing ever stuck. I would see short-term results, but the quick fixes were unrealistic to maintain. A world of extremes! Ups and downs like that are unhealthy for both the body and mind.
I needed a LIFESTYLE change, not a fad diet.
So I sat out on my own health journey. I started investing time into learning how to cook. I started changing my eating habits and saw my body change in front of my eyes. I started working on my mindset to focus on the good things in my life instead of dwelling on what wasn’t going my way. It didn’t happen overnight. Slow and steady won the race for me.
Healthy living is about balance and enjoyment. It’s not about dieting and restriction. Goodbye calorie counting. Eat the chocolate cake. Go out with your friends on Saturday night.
Everything in moderation.
To be completely honest, I wasn’t always excited about cooking.. Actually, I didn’t know how to cook at all! Back in 2016 when I moved in with my now husband Walt, it became a necessity – “must eat to live.” I dove into the internet spending hours (actual hours) each day going through dozens of recipes, reading reviews, and making notes on each new recipe I would make. I made it my mission to learn how to cook delicious and healthy meals. Within 6 months of ditching freezer dinners and making them home made I lost 25 pounds and fell in love with cooking! Walt likes to say I have gone from “toast to turkeys”!
All this to say… If I can cook, you can cook! I truly believe that together we can cook delicious and easy meals for every occasion.
What You Will Find Here
My hope is to inspire you in the kitchen by supplying you with easy-to-follow, delicious recipes and Kitchen Tips that every home cook needs to know! The ingredients I use are simple and easily accessible; no hoity-toity here! Everything from the super healthy to the super indulgent, to everyday 30-minute dinners, to weekend pastas that are worth the extra time! Count on finding plenty of entertaining and holiday meals, appetizers, breakfast options, desserts, one pan meals and so much more! You won’t have to spend any more time wondering, “What’s for dinner?” I have you covered!
But my definition of health is not just about what you put into your body, it’s also about the thoughts you think, the people you surround yourself with and listening to your body. I went to University of Manitoba receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I have always been amazed at how powerful the mindset truly is. Through the years I have realized that in order to create change in your life, it all starts with a positive mindset and learning to love yourself unconditionally.
I get how easy it sounds and know how hard it is to actually do it! It took me a long time to figure out how to let go of negative thoughts and start to learn to truly love and be proud of who I was, just as I was. On my blog, you will find lifestyle inspiration – focusing on self-confidence, how to master your mindset and so much more.
I’m just like you
Like so many others, I’ve felt uncomfortable in my own skin. Burned out. Fed up with the “I’ll start on Monday” dieting that only lasts till Wednesday. I know what it’s like to want to be healthy inside and out. But you don’t do it because it just feels overwhelming – and you really don’t have time for one more thing. I hear you and that is exactly why I created this website. To share what I have learned on my journey, in hopes to help you on yours.
My goal is to help you to start living a healthy lifestyle way faster than I did. Showing you a simpler recipe for success, both in and out of the kitchen.
It’s about creating a balanced lifestyle that works for you. You know, one that you look forward to living, not one that makes you feel like part of your life is missing. Life is meant to be enjoyed. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share it all with you! Thank you so much for being here!
The Four Pillars of Cooking With Cassandra
Behind every Cooking With Cassandra recipe shared are hours of research going through reviews of recipes on the Internet + old family recipe books in order to create recipes you can trust to always be delicious! My mission is to make Cooking With Cassandra the only place you go when searching for your next great meal idea!
Healthy is a feeling and a state of mind, not a number on the scale. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that health should be approached in a holistic way. I’m here to show you how. You won’t find calorie counting or feeling guilty about treating yourself to your favorite dessert here! Life is meant to be enjoyed. It is all about balance!
Your mindset has the power to completely transform your life in a positive (or negative) way, the choice is yours! Having a positive mindset is the most important aspect of living a happy and fulfilled life. I am here to share with you strategies I learned while getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and from my own personal experiences.
Together, we will inspire each other to try new recipes in the kitchen, create healthy habits & live a life we love! Connect, motivate and share experiences with like-minded people by using #CookingWithCassandra on social media! Tag me on Instagram @cookwithcassandra so I can share your beautiful creations!