Greetings, welcome to Peel with Zeal! My name is Jen, and I am the recipe developer, writer, and photographer around here. My husband, Mr. Peel, and I bonded over our love for food, travel, and cooking. We love to cook at home, dine out, and try strange things like tree ants (PSA: crunchy goodness).
We like it all, from taco trucks to fine dining. But things are changing around our kitchen and our collection of gluten-free recipes is just one of those things.
My husband and I live in Columbus, Ohio with our rescue two dogs Fritz and Mr. Winkles. We also regularly foster dogs and I am known for my homemade dog treats.
An adventurer at heart I love to travel and stir up new adventures. In 2020, I hiked the entire Appalachian Trail Southbound from Maine to Georgia. Yep, I am planning to hike 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2022.
I am a retired operations executive and former event planner. My event planning work has been featured in Columbus Dispatch, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, and on local NPR station WOSU. I officially started Peel with Zeal in 2017.
Jen is also the founder of the camping and backpacking website Cooking Up Adventure.
About Peel with Zeal
Prior to being diagnosed with Celiac 12 years ago, I was exhausted, my stomach always hurt, and I was experiencing mood swings that had me half-Cruella Deville and half-Wicked Witch of the West. After I was diagnosed we embraced the gluten-free lifestyle and within weeks, I felt like a different person.
I believe that cooking is a family activity, not someone’s “job”. Try new things and forgive yourself when you burn the sweet potatoes. Be brave and be bold, but realize some things are an acquired taste.
In addition to being gluten-free, we often eat dairy-free and refined sugar-free at home. You will find my recipes are focused on seasonal eating with modifications for these dietary restrictions applying to the majority of the recipes I post.
Although, we have been recently increasing the amount of gluten-free dessert and baking recipes at our reader's request.
I am building our recipe index by focusing on basics first, like how to perfectly roast zucchini, and have been adding more complex recipes over time. Dairy-free chicken pot pie, anyone?
As a recipe developer and photographer, my work has appeared on Dr. Axe, Care.com, Chowhound, Downshiftology, Mashed, Insanely Good Recipes, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people and it’s genetic. An estimated 6-10% of the population is gluten intolerant.
Can I use your recipes or photos on my own site?
At this time Peel with Zeal does not allow republication of a post or recipe text without prior consent. Photos without the recipe can be shared provided the user credits the photo with two links, one back to the original post and one back to peelwithzeal.com. Please read our site policies page for more information.
If you enjoyed a recipe please leave a review. Didn’t turn out quite right? Let us know so we figure out how to improve the recipe for future readers. And if you ever have specific recipe requests, don’t hesitate to let me know because I love to try new recipes.
Thank you so much for being here in my little corner of gluten-free goodness!