About Me

Welcome to Florida Coastal Cooking and Wellness.

I’m Dawn Hutchins – My mission is to promote wellbeing in mind, body and spirit through cleanse and detoxification and drool-worthy plant based recipes, and, to help other health & wellness businesses succeed through Inbound Marketing.  

I’m an educator, author, chef and coach all rolled in to one.

*  Education * Plant Based Recipes * Inspirational Quotes * Healthy Living Tips * Small Business Coach


Who can this site help?

Anyone interested in cleansing and detoxing as well as incorporating a whole foods, plant based diet into their life. Positive and passionate folks that love to support their local farms and are curious about the state of our food system and commercial farming industry.

Where it all began…

It all started with my Nana’s passion for nutrition. She studied under Michio Kushi – a pioneer in macrobiotic diet and passed her knowledge on to her family through the foods she cooked.  She herself was a pioneer in her time and was even interviewed by Harvard Medical on her techniques for treating my grandfather’s Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through diet.  Some of my earliest memories are of trips to the Bread and Circus natural food store with her and the taste of her fresh carrot juice made from carrots pulled straight from her garden in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.

After graduating from FSU in 1999 I developed an interest in cooking at home in order to lose weight.  Later in October of 2009 I discovered the world of food blogging and decided to start my own blog to keep track of recipes.  Florida Coastal Cooking evolved in August of 2011 to a plant based blog when I read the book the China Study and watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. These resources helped me change my diet, lose ten pounds and be more comfortable with myself on many levels – mind, body and spirit. No more tracking points, no more being hungry, no more guilt over eating animals and loving every bite.

August of 2013 I left my 13 year job in Corporate America behind to follow my passion in food and nutrition. PBN


In October of 2013 I achieved my goal of obtaining my Certification in Plant Based Nutrition from the T Colin Campbell Institute and Cornell University and in 2015 I obtained my Inbound Marketing certification through Hubspot.

Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, Completed October 2013, T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell

Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, Completed October 2013, T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell

Why Florida Coastal Cooking?

Food:  I offer full color photos of each recipe, nutrition info and an easy printable format. My focus is quick, simple and fresh, with the occasional, more advanced recipe thrown in for those special occasions.

Help with Lifestyle Diets & Food Allergies: Tips on going gluten free, dairy free, vegan and more. I have both the education and real life experience to help you become your healthiest and most successful you!

Featured Articles and Interviews II

Email me at Dawn (at) floridacoastalcooking.com for pricing or media kit. 

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For Fun

Fitness is another of my passions. I particularly love Bhakti flow yoga and have been actively practicing for over fifteen years – I attend at least two 90 minute classes per week.  In addition, I love stand-up paddle boarding, do a variety of core training classes, circuit training and a mixture of free weights and balance.

I LOVE camping and own a T@B camper that I recently rebuilt myself after lots of water damage.  You can see my camping adventures here.

Use of photos: If you would like to use one of my photos, please ask first.

Use of recipes: To use one of my recipes, if there are no changes made, please simply link back to my recipe directly instead of re-printing. If changes are made, please link to my original.

Please feel free to contact me with questions. I’d love to hear from you!



Page last updated 2-24-2015