Linh Richardson (Founder)
Born in Australia to Vietnamese refugees, growing up we never had much money, but always ate well. Real food, made from scratch, with lots of fresh vegetables and herbs (many grown in our backyard). My clever parents really knew how to make the budget stretch to create delicious, multi-course meals. As one of four children, we all had to pitch in around the house and help prepare meals. At the time I complained, but I am now so grateful for the cooking knowledge I absorbed, washing, peeling, chopping, stirring, watching my mum dash about the kitchen, adding a touch of this or a pinch that.
When I was five, my parents turned their cooking expertise and entrepreneurial spirit towards opening a Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant, which is still successfully running to this day, over 30 years later. I, obviously, as a child of immigrants, had to work as unpaid child-labor (completely legit back in the day!).
Through all of this I have inherited a love of good food that I have carried with me my whole life.
The Yumma Meals Story
Fast forward many years, travels around the world, a career in finance and management consulting followed by several years as a stay at home mom.
With three very young children, I care deeply about food and feeding my family well BUT food shopping is a pain in the butt and cooking often amounts to digging around in the fridge to see what I can come up with in 15 minutes or less, before someone has a hangry melt-down, or I cave and resort to snacks or crackers which means game over when it comes to getting them to eat "proper" food.
So I’m looking around the grocery store aisles and all the kid-friendly pre-prepared meals are full of sugar or salt, usually both … chicken nuggets, hot-dogs, frozen pizza, mac n cheese from box etc, and hardly a veg in sight. There ought to be a better solution?!
The one thing that saved my sanity is my propensity to make very large meals and freeze in kid-sized portions, pulled out when I’m in a bind (most days). If this works for me, maybe it will be useful to other struggling parents and caregivers?
Hello Yumma Meals.
Maria Adams (Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist) MS, MPH, RDN
I am the owner of Hälsa Nutrition, a Marblehead, MA-based nutrition counseling and consulting business. The mission of Hälsa Nutrition is to help moms and families improve their health and well-being by cooking more and eating better. I'm also a nutrition instructor at Endicott College and a freelance writer. My recipes have been featured on Shape.com, LoseIt!, and thefeedfeed.
My passion is cooking. I believe that getting back to basics and learning to cook is key to sustainable healthy eating. I also believe that eating and cooking should be a joyful experience for the whole family. I encourage my clients to let go of food rules and diets and instead focus on mindful and intuitive eating.
Born in Sweden, my cooking style is very much influenced by my Nordic heritage. When I'm not cooking, I love to run, practice yoga, and get outdoors with my husband, two boys, and dog Harper.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from Cornell University and completed a dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut. I also have a Masters in Science in Nutrition Communication at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and a Masters in Public Health from the Tufts University School of Medicine.