I'm Michele Sidorenkov
Trained Chef & Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Welcome to My Millennial Kitchen! Here you'll find my healthy recipes, ingredient guides, and food adventures! I love whipping up healthy recipes that have a little flare and lots of flavor. When creating recipes, I try to keep it simple and let the ingredients shine. My recipes are inspired by the seasons, my current cravings, and latest travel adventure.
I am a trained chef and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Phoenix, Arizona with my husband Mark and our dog Sadie. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and wandered over to Arizona for college .. and never left!
In college, I loved learning about food and nutrition. From sustainable agriculture to micronutrient metabolism, I was absolutely fascinated with food science and knew nutrition was my passion. Cooking on the other hand was absolutely terrifying and I could barely follow a recipe!
It wasn't until I went to culinary school when I realized that cooking is actually really easy, you just need a little guidance. The more confident I became in the kitchen the more I realized that true health starts in the kitchen, not just buried in nutrition textbooks.
Rules I learned in culinary school that I try to incorporate into every recipe:
- Let the ingredients shine - Fresh, seasonal ingredients are always the most delicious!
- Keep it simple - Food doesn't have to be complicated to taste delicious!
- Have fun with it - Whether you're adding a recipe twist or enjoying an indulgent treat, I want you to always love your food!
Besides food, another big part of my life is travel. Mark travels often for work and because I can work on my blog remotely, I sometimes go with! We never know if he'll be traveling to LA for a year or spend a week in the middle of nowhere, it's always changing which is pretty fun.
Before meeting Mark, I studied abroad in London and Italy, and taught English in South Korea, with plenty of solo trips in between. I also spent a summer in Vermont as the culinary and nutrition intern for EatingWell Magazine, where I recipe tested along side some incredibly inspiring registered dietitians. Travel is my second favorite thing to share here on the blog (right behind recipes!) and no matter where I go, I always end up in a local market or restaurant with hundreds of photos on my camera.