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Hi! I’m Erin. It’s so nice to meet you!

My name is Erin and I’m the baker, blogger, photographer and gluten-free eater behind Meaningful Eats.

I live in North Carolina with my husband and four children. I eat 100% gluten-free because of celiac disease.

I have my bachelor’s degree in food science and my master’s degree in nutrition. I worked developing commercial recipes for several years.

My goal is to create easy-to-prepare, approachable gluten-free food that anyone will enjoy!

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Why Gluten-Free?

In 2012, life threw us a curveball when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that can be triggered by a traumatic event such as pregnancy, like in my case.

After many lab tests and doctor’s visits I finally figured out why I was feeling so poorly since my son was born. I had a biospy come back positive for dermatitis herpetiformis – the skin manifestation of celiac disease. 

The diagnosis came as both a shock and a relief. A shock because nobody in my family had ever been diagnosed with celiac and a relief because I finally knew the reason for all my symptoms! 

Why a Food Blog?

I have always loved food – everything from food science to nutrition to cooking. In college I studied food science as a undergraduate and went on to get a master’s degree in nutrition.

I also LOVE to cook. My favorite thing to do is to make amazing food for my friends and family!

After I was diagnosed with celiac disease I started this blog to document my experience eating gluten-free.

This was way back in 2012! Over the years Meaningful Eats has developed into so much more than I ever could have envisioned.

Now more than 1 million people view Meaningful Eats every month. I’m always so touched and honored when I get comments that one of my recipes has made your life a little more delicious!

What you’ll find on my blog

I believe that it is 100% possible to eat amazing, delicious and familiar food on a gluten-free diet. I don’t think you need to make 2 separate dinners for your family if you eat gluten-free because there are so many amazing, naturally gluten-free recipes out there.

My goal is to share tried-and-true gluten-free recipes you can serve to anyone, regardless if they eat gluten-free or not. 

  • Tested & Perfect Gluten-Free Baked Goods! I work very hard to ensure my recipes are well-tested and will work in your kitchen. I test my recipes multiple times before the are ready to share on this site. If you’re using your time and ingredients to bake something from my site. I want it to turn out well for you!
  • Family-friendly recipes! I have 4 kids so all my recipes are kid-tested and approved.  I also have many recipes for weeknight meals and gluten-free comfort food. I’m also a fan of recipes made using easy-to-find ingredients.
  • Cooking for a crowd. I like to entertain and feed my friends and family! So many of my recipes are convenient for cooking for a crowd – whether they eat gluten-free or not. 

What you won’t find on my blog

I don’t follow the latest dietary trends. I make gluten-free recipes because I have to eat gluten-free for celiac disease! I like using fresh, unprocessed ingredients, but my site is not about keto, Whole30 or any other dietary trend.

Recipes made with sugar substitutes. I like using honey or maple syrup occasionally, but if I’m going to make a cookie I want it to taste like a cookie, so I never bake with artificial sweeteners.  

Bland, boring gluten-free recipes – Never ever! I don’t think you have to sacrifice on flavor just because you eat gluten-free.

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I’d love to hear from you

I love this gluten-free community and am so grateful for my readers! It means the world to me if a recipe helps make your life eating gluten-free just a little easier. So leave me a comment or send me an email to say hello!

I respond to every single email and would love to hear from you. If you have questions or comments about recipes, gluten-free diets, or just want to say hi I would love to hear from you! I can be reached at erin@meaningfuleats.com or on Instagram.

 PS – If you’re new around here here are the top 3 recipes I’d recommend you try first!