Mar. 27. 2017
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Happy Monday, guys! Today I’m bringing the next interview and #NSKitchen tour with my gal pal Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant. Jessica and I connected when I was a guest on her podcast (listen to that episode here) and we had a blast. Ever since then, I find myself recommending folks to check out her podcast which is full of narratives from people all over the globe sharing their story from mental wellbeing to favorite recipes and things that “freaked my week”. Jessica’s One Part Podcast features some of the baddest ladies and a few gents in the food and wellness world, and I love her interview style and overall everything she’s doing. She just released her first cookbook, also called One Part Plant, and I’m giving one away at the bottom of this post, so keep reading and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I’ve loved reaching and cooking through it. We have a fun GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post too!

What are your 5 must have items in your fridge at all times? 

  1. Veggies, veggies, veggies. Always have some greens (arugula, spinach, chard), some celery, fennel, and broccoli on hand.
  2. Hummus or Baba Ganoush for dipping and/or sandwich making.
  3. Nut butter(s).
  4. Sauerkraut or slaw. I love throwing it on top of everything from salads to sweet potatoes or straight up on a spoon.
  5. Baking flours/meals (almond meal, brown rice + chickpea flour, cornmeal, flax meal). A very wise friend of mine said she keeps all her flours in the fridge, so I copied her. 

What are your 5 must have items in your freezer at all times? 

  1. Trader Joe’s Acai packs
  2. Frozen berries.
  3. I always have a few Daily Harvest soups or smoothies for busy weeks or when I don’t want to clean dishes.
  4. Hilary’s Veggie Burgers (I love the Hemp + Greens best) and my bebe loves them.
  5. Some form of sweet treat like Peppermint Honey Cups from the OPP Cookbook or some dark chocolate. I love cold treats.

What about your pantry?

I always make sure I’m stocked with my some great salt, olive and coconut oil, beans + lentils, veggie broth, tahini, and lots of hot sauce.

What’s the “weirdest/non-traditional” food item we’d find in your kitchen?
I’m really loving mung bean pasta lately. It’s got a really interesting texture and taste great with pretty much every veggie I’ve tried it with.

What’s 1 word that describes your kitchen at home? 

Happy! My husband, son, and I just moved into our first real deal home last week and my new kitchen makes me smile so much.

What’s your philosophy on cooking?
Make it easy. If you don’t love making complicated dishes, don’t. Some of the simplest dishes can be the most delicious. And def do your best to eat at least one plant-based meal a day (one part plant!).

What’s your fondest or most special memory that took place in the kitchen?
When I was younger, my sisters Alissa, Kellie, and I used to make cooking videos together called JAK Cooking School. We made the same chocolate chip cookies for every single video!

If you were on 1 cooking/TV show, what would it be and why?
Can I make one up? I’d be a judge on The Great British Baking Show, Plant-Based Edition. How great would that show be??

What does nourishment mean to you?
Feeding yourself with the stuff that makes your body AND brain feel good. I think so much clearer and am so much happier (and nicer) when I nourish myself with whole + real foods.

You come home from a long day at work/etc., what’s the first food you reach for in your kitchen?
A scoop of whatever nut butter I have rocking in the fridge and some form of fizzy water. The “What The EFF Am I Having For Dinner?” conundrum is way easier to think about with a spoonful of almond butter in hand.

Fill in the blank: my kitchen is full of a ton of random jars.

If you were to describe your philosophy about cooking and healthy food in a movie title, what would it be? 

Do The Right Thing
Subtitle: For your body, because every single body is different


  • Coffee or tea: Tea.
  • Green juice or smoothie: Give me that super green juice all day.
  • Warm cereal or cold: Warm
  • Spicy or sweet: Both. And Together
  • Go to snack: A super tart green apple dipped in some almond butter.

Want to know more?

Head over to One Part Plant and get more of Jessica, her podcast, AND her brand spankin’ new book! I’ve got more interviews lined up, but is there anyone you know who you’d love to see a behind the scenes of their kitchen? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to enter to win Jessica’s awesome new book!

xx McKel

In One Part Plant, Jessica has a friendly request: that you eat just one plant-based meal each day. There’s no crazy diet plan with an anxiety-inducing list of forbidden foods. Or pages filled with unattainable goals based on an eating philosophy that leaves you feeling hungry and deprived. Instead, Jessica offers you the tools to easily and deliciously make plants the star of your plate—no matter how much junk food occupies it now.