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Your healthy meal making guide

Mary Collette Rogers has been happily educating and exciting home cooks for nearly 25 years.  An author, speaker, meal management software developer, master kitchen organizer and one-on-one healthy cooking coach, she has worked and brainstormed with hundreds of frustrated home cooks.  Based on this wide range of field work . . .

Think nothing can be done to make mealtimes less tiresome and boring?  

Think there's no way to get healthy meals on the table that you really want to eat?  

Feel like you’re destined to mediocre meals that leave you feeling ambivalent or even negative about mealtimes?   

Frustrated because you try hard to get good meals on the table, but you all too often fail


Join us and enjoy . . .

Wholesome, Health-Giving Meals Surprise yourself by discovering that real, whole food eating is easier than you think

Kitchen Success Surprise yourself again by discovering that tasty and healthy meal making is easier than you think, too

Fun and Inspiration  Meals needn’t be fancy or time-consuming to be interesting--a new spice, a new ingredient, a simple sauce can quickly banish boredom

Anticipation Look forward to mealtimes because you’re making meals that make you feel happy and nurtured  

Confidence and Hope Yes, you can make good meals--and often, so you reap the good energy and good weight of a life-long, life-style of healthy eating

How can the Cook Happy program deliver so many great benefits?

Because it's not just about "cooking."  

Unlike other cooking programs, Cook Happy | Live Healthy is based on this very important, but often overlooked fact:  

There's more to cooking than just cooking!

So if you are frustrated, confused, overwhelmed, bored or disappointed about your

 everyday meals, it's probably because you’re missing that critical 60%.  Happily, the

 Cook Happy program shares that missing 60% plus the cooking 40% part, so you get

100% mealtime success

What does the missing 60% look like?  It’s the

getting prepared to cook part.  

Getting prepared and being proactive about mealtimes is how you guarantee success,

with meals that meet your hopes for tasty, healthy, easy and interesting fare . . .   

. . . and getting prepared is all about the“6 Essential Strategies”

Over 25 years of experience in the healthy eating field have shown that it

takes just 6 Essential Strategies to successfully make tasty, satisfying and

wholesome meals on an everyday basis.  They are tied closely to the 40/60 formula:       

Program Details

The Missing 60%



40% cooking with ease and confidence

Strategy 1–The Healthy Cooking Building Blocks

100% Mealtime Success–Enjoy a Lifestyle of Delightfully Healthful Meal Making

Strategy 2 –Cooking Time Management For Fast Meal Making

60% getting prepared to cook

 Know what you'll be making and have everything you'll need

Strategy 3–Healthy Eating Simplified

Knowing what’s healthy and what’s not is easier than you think; begin building real, whole foods meals with ease

Strategy 4–Tasty Vegetable Know-How

Get friendly with vegetables and use them generously for health-giving meals   

Strategy 5–New Kitchen Thinking

Explore breakthrough perspectives that get your head behind your actions

Strategy 6–Healthy & Friendly Kitchen

Create a supportive workspace–your ally on the healthy eating journey

Learn the basic cooking techniques that get mixed and matched to make hundreds of tasty, nurturing meals

What are classes like?

Cook Happy’s 40/60 Secret comes to life in classes:  40% of each class is spent actually "cooking," as in chopping, dicing, slicing and sauteing and making yummy dishes; 60% is spent on the "getting prepared to cook" part of everyday meal making. So part of each class will focus on . . .  read more

What about the modules?

The Cook Happy program is offered in manageable modules of three to five classes each, so you can customize your healthy eating journey.  Read more about the Getting Started Modules and all the Add-On Modules that will follow:

How do online classes work?

Technology magic makes online learning possible and effective for healthy meal making classes.  We employ  a variety of technologies to best suit the subject matter.

Class was very inspirational. It got me to make tilapia, which I had always wanted to do.  I also got confidence to try more expensive ingredients, and use them successfully so I’m not wasting.  

I liked your informal teaching style.  I don’t feel like just a student, but more a part of the action and I get to ask my questions.

Mary, Heart Healthy Class

What kinds of meals and recipes will we make?

Past participants have been delighted and surprised to discover that healthy food can be so good.  And in case you're like most everyday cooks who are tired of making the same old things night after night, be prepared for some fun.  New foods and flavors, bring sweet relief to bored and weary taste buds.  Our world of healthful food features:


Must I take the Getting Started modules first?

What if I’m just a beginner?  What if I know how to cook already?

Who can benefit from Cook Happy program?

While our classes are attended by people of all ages and circumstances, and every one has benefited in many ways, here are a few definable groups and some of the rewards they experience:

I'm so relieved because Mary's not belittling me for being 48 years old and still not having this meal time thing figured out.  It seems like most people approach meal planning by opening the frig at 5:00 and saying, "What am I going to fix?"  When I heard Mary describe how her client did that, a light bulb went off for me.  "Oh my gosh," I thought, "Mary knows me and she doesn’t expect me to have this all together."  That was really nice.  I feel there is a place for me here and I'm not hopeless.

Regina, Cook Happy Program, 2015

As with all your programs, my response to the Cook Happy program is Bravo!! Even after just listening to the first class I was already inspired to soar!  Your humor, acknowledging the obstacles, and emphasizing the importance of thoughts were all wonderful and not things that are usually discussed.  I am so impressed. I can picture your program being the next one I see on PBS–you really are a pro.

Eileen Faughey, M.S., R.D.

I have only listened to one class so far, but I can already see this will be great for me.  I know I mentioned feeling pretty negative about cooking, but truly after the webinar last night I feel differently already!  I feel  excited, a little competent and I am filled with excited anticipation about what I can learn and do in this area of life where I have always (46 years!) felt highly incompetent.

Beth, Cook Happy, 2015

What others say about our classes

In class evaluations, we consistently receive ratings of 9 to 10 (out of 10), plus comments like these:

Loved this class.   All the food we made was so tasty!  Really makes eating more vegetables and eating healthy a treat.  "   Eating healthy can be easy and oh so tasty!

Even though we've always eaten vegetables, we are eating more of them in more ways

Great balance of skills, cooking ideas and fun!

This class definitely met my expectations.  I learned a lot about how to look at cooking that I had not done before.  I want to put meal planning into practice.  I'm trying new recipes and new foods and spices that I had never tried before.

Mary--you are very knowledgeable about food and cooking.  It was educational listening to you and your experiences through cooking.  I am inspired!

This class definitely met my expectations.  I learned many new ideas for healthy meal planning--and great ideas for incorporating more vegetables into meals.  Very enjoyable sessions.  

Class was  very effective:  + + + Can't wait for the next one.  

Class was wonderful.  Even though I was a pretty good cook before, I learned a lot and have fallen in love more with cooking.    Well worth the cost.

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So part of each class will focus on Essential Strategy 1, The Healthy Cooking Building Blocks.  Making quick and easy recipes will provide the opportunity to learn things like:  

easy sauce-making to brighten up a simple meal

sauteing onions for maximum flavor

dealing with tofu's blandness

time-saving knife skills

cooking fish so it's moist and tender

bringing out the flavor of herbs and spices

properly steaming for surprising flavor

buying and using new ingredients to perk up your meals

The other part of each class will be devoted to Essential Strategies 2 to 6, the getting prepared to cook part.  Each class addresses a piece of each of these Essential Strategies so you begin building an integrated, holistic approach to meal making.  Watch as you successfully

rocket past mind-barriers blocking your healthy eating path by exploring and trying on new, breakthrough mindsets

end confusion about what’s healthy and what’s not by discovering how healthy, real and whole food eating is a lot easier than you think

survive the grocery store with less angst and more calm efficiency by learning saving strategies for healthy shopping

banish the ever-nagging question of “What’s for dinner?” by forming new, time-saving and productive habits for coming up with ideas you look forward to making and eating

enjoy the vegetable-rich meals of your dreams by discovering all sorts of vegetables and how to get more of them into your diet in more delicious ways

transform the kitchen into a helpful, nurturing space by simplifying and streamlining your counters and cupboards  

Can you trust us that there are many, many ways to make mealtimes better, and you’ll find them all in the Cook Happy program.  If you think there is no hope and no solutions for your meal making issues, we have you covered. Our program is filled with tips, tools, strategies and skills developed for busy home cooks just like you who want to enjoy better, healthier meals.  Will you let us share them with you?

Technology magic makes online learning possible and effective for healthy meal making classes.  We employ  a variety of technologies to best suit the subject matter

live video for cooking segments where visuals are  important

podcasts for information that needs no visual supplementation

PDFs for reference materials

live webcasts to accommodate audience interaction

As In-Depth as Live Classes

Online classes don’t sacrifice any of the depth and richness of our live classes.  They are the same length (approximately 2 1/2 hours) and cover the same range of content.

Suit Your Schedule  

Online classes allow you to take classes in the convenience of your home, on your own schedule.  Because each class is broken into 15- to 40- minute segments, you can listen to the entire class at once or spread it out over a week.

Do As You Learn

Cook Happy is an action-oriented, hands-on program.  By taking classes right in your kitchen, you can DO as you learn, putting new habits and skills into place and seeing results immediately.   Read more about what you get in a Cook Happy class.


Getting Started 1 and Getting Started 2

These foundational modules are recommended for everyone, just because “there’s more to cooking than just cooking.”  So even if you’re a more experienced cook, we’d like to share all the non-cooking aspects of everyday meal making that can make you even more successful.  Plus, later modules build on the language and skills explained in the Getting Started modules.  Read more . . .    


Add-On Modules–Coming Soon

After the Getting Started modules, customize your learning and keep the adventure going.  A wide range of modules will be offered to nurture your inspiration, build more helpful and time-saving skills, learn about more vegetables and ingredients, and continue adding pizzazz to your daily meals.     

Spicing and Seasoning for Flavor and Fun

Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking for Everyone

Healthy Cooking for One or More

Refreshing Summer Salads

Super Slow Cooker Cooking

Cooking with the Greens

Cooking the Mediterranean Diet Way

What’s for Lunch?

Warming Winter Soups

. . . and many more

Our world of healthful food features:

* Vegetables, Vegetables, Vegetables  See how their color, texture and refreshingly light taste brighten all your meals and dishes–and how anyone can begin eating the vegetable-rich diet that every nutrition expert recommends  

* Fruits, Too  Find out how fruits add tempting sweetness in surprising places

* Meats, Fish, Whole Grains  Produce gets center stage, but not to the exclusion of lean proteins and whole grains for well-rounded meals  

* Herbs and Spices  Jump right in and begin using both fresh and dried for a magnificent flavor boost

* Sauces, Rubs and Marinades  From simple to complex, an easy way to jazz up ordinary foods from meats and grains to and vegetables and fish

* A Flavor Adventure  Simple international flavors, new ingredients and fresh tastes are introduced, curing mealtime boredom in a hurry

* Inspired Dishes, Easy Enough for Every Day  Our recipes prove that interesting eating is entirely compatible with a busy schedule

Representative Recipes

Learn to cook vegetable-rich dishes with quick pizzazz that sound fancy but are easy enough for everyday.  

Roasted Garlic Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Pears

Bahamian Sweet Potato and Fish Stew

Quick Chinese Cauliflower Soup

Potato-Kale Frittata

Spaghetti Squash with Orange Ginger Cashew Sauce

Chicken with Chocolate Chile Rub

Pasta y Fagioli with Roasted Butternut and Kale

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Potato and Aduki Bean Tacos

Salmon Topped Spinach Salad with Summer Fruits and Curry Dressing

White Fish Tostadas with Sweet Onions, Asparagus and Orange Salsa

Food Allergies?  No problem.  Recipes are all gluten- and dairy-free (or optional.) Instructor Mary Collette has been gluten- and dairy-free for over 20 years so cooking around food allergies is second nature to her!

Those with Healthy Eating Needs and Hopes Why wait for a health crises to enjoy the good energy, good feeling and well-being that comes from everyday good eating?  If you are already facing health issues, why not experiment with a supportive real and whole food diet?   

Empty Nesters; Mid-lifers  As the years slip by, weight gain and health issues loom; don’t wait to get into a healthy and delicious eating lifestyle.  Plus, learn skills to pass on to adult children and grand kids; build a healthier generation for the future.  

Time-Starved Parents  Would you love having your children eat better?  Give them the gift of  lifelong healthy eating habits, adventurous taste buds, and a joyful relationship with food.  It all starts when parents make and share good meals.  

Post-Dieters  Where do you go when the diet is over?  Or when you’re bored with its 4-week or 8-week plan?  You embark on the Cook Happy journey and create a new lifestyle of making and eating satisfyingly wholesome meals.   

The “I Hate to Cook, Don’t Know How to Cook, Can’t Cook” Crowd Much of cooking is confidence and comfort for novices, and inspiration for more experienced cooks facing burn out.  Cook Happy classes delivers all of the above, so no one has to miss out on the satisfying taste of well-prepared meals.

Time and Budget Conscious Cooks Whether you’re watching the clock or your credit card bill, the Cook Happy system not only helps you get healthy meals on the table, but shows how to do so in the most time and cost effective way.

It’s time to


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Step by step, discover the 6 Essential Strategies to get comfortable and confident making healthy meals you love

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she has developed a wealth of tips, tricks and systems to make everyday healthy meal making doable for busy people.  It has always been her mission to share her  experience so everyone can realize and enjoy the benefits of a deliciously healthful lifestyle, and the Cook Happy | Live Healthy program is the culmination of all she has learned and developed.  More on Mary Collette

Must I take the Getting Started modules first?

While certainly not required, we definitely recommend it. If you struggle to get decent meals on the table on a consistent basis, it’s likely you’re missing some of the “getting prepared to cook” pieces of the mealtime equation.  That can happen no matter how good a cook you are.  The Getting Started modules provide you with a foundation for understanding and implementing those vital missing pieces and give us all a common language for future modules.          

What if I’m just a beginner?  What if I know how to cook already?

The Cook Happy is perfect for home cooks from beginners to veterans. Because the program is online, beginning cooks can take their time with each class segment.  Meanwhile, longtime cooks are delighted to see how much there is yet to learn–and how much inspiration they stand to gain–by joining a class.  Plus, everyone learns about the 60% of meal making that most people are missing, regardless of cooking skill level.

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This is the 40/60 Secret that lies at the heart of the program. In other words, "cooking," as in chopping, dicing, slicing, sauteing and seasoning, is only 40% of meal making success.  To successfully get good, health-supporting meals on the table day after day, you need the other 60%!

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In class evaluations, we consistently receive ratings of 9 to 10 (out of 10), plus comments like these:

Loved this class.   All the food we made was so tasty!  Really makes eating more vegetables and eating healthy a treat.  "   Eating healthy can be easy and oh so tasty!

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