Julie Hartigan | Fit Pregnancy

Julie Hartigan

Julie Hartigan left a career as an engineer/tech consultant to pursue her long-standing dream of attending culinary school. A fun loving person and natural born teacher, she loves her new career and sharing what she’s learned with others. Julie currently develops recipes, writes, and blogs about cooking, health, and entertaining for WeightWatchers, BedBathBeyond, and others.

She teaches healthy cooking classes for adults and children, has been a personal chef, and has also worked at Saveur magazine and Food Network. Part gym rat, part party girl, her approach to cooking and life is finding the sweet spot: “Where Happy Meets Healthy”.

Julie lives in Hoboken, NJ with her 2 little girls, 2 chubby guinea pigs, and an extremely patient husband.

For more healthy cooking ideas and recipes follow Julie on Twitter @CookingwJulie and check out her WeightWatchers blog “What’s Cooking with Julie”.

This chicken soup gets an infusion of extra hearty, home-style flavor, with a simple trick. Simmer the rotisserie chicken and fresh herbs in store-bought stock, while you prep and cook the veggies for the soup. Then, add one of several optional ingredients to customize the bowl to your taste.Related...

This rich and creamy smoothie gets a bit of protein from low-fat Greek yogurt, and a delicious jolt of flavor from crystallized ginger (which also happens to relieve morning sickness!).

"During my third trimester, I probably saw my Chinese delivery guy more than my OB/GYN."  Does this confession sound familiar?  If there’s a ever a time to cut yourself some cook-from-scratch slack, it’s now—as long as you make healthy choices. These simple swaps satisfy quickly, wit...

This is a perfect make-ahead meal: You can put the meatballs in sandwiches, pair them with pasta, place them on a bed of greens or veggies, or eat them one at a time as midday snacks. Learn more about this recipe.

These adorable little “quiches” (really more like crust-less frittatas) are equally delicious cold, room temperature, or warmed! Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or a protein snack, they can also be gussied up with fancier fillings--like gruyere, asparagus or bacon--and served at brunch part...

This healthy, delicious broccoli recipe uses parchment paper to help you get your daily dose of veggies. Read more about this easy, low-mess roasting technique.

One of the trickier challenges I’ve encountered as a personal chef for families is to come up with tasty-but-healthy ways to prepare veggie recipes for picky eaters. Over the years I’ve found one particular technique that’s easy and always a hit: roasting them on parchment. It has convert...

Some foods are so flexible and multi-purpose they’re perfect to keep on hand every day. But “staple” is almost too small a word for the amazing versatility that is Greek yogurt. For starters, there’s the creamy texture and rich taste.Greek yogurt is also a pre- and postnatal nutrition slam d...

The easiest way to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet is by eating salads.  Full of fiber, folates, and antioxidants, greens are an excellent addition to your healthy prenatal diet—or after baby arrives!  However, salad every day for lunch or dinner can get pretty boring. An...

Some cookbooks focus on a specific type of food or cooking technique while others are handy resource guides or teaching tools. Still others are pure entertainment and bring you into someone’s world through food and storytelling.Very few manage to combine those elements, but Just Married and Cookin...

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