About Me


Hi and welcome to Florida Coastal Cooking!
I’m Dawn Hutchins – a mom and wife, recipe developer, photographer, educator in the field of holistic living and all around health food nut.

Dawn Hutchins

Dawn Hutchins

The reason I’m on this planet is to help you live your healthiest life and to leave this world a little better than we found it.

My mission is to promote wellbeing in mind, body and spirit through plant based eating and healthy living.  

* Plant Based Recipes * Inspirational Quotes * Healthy Living Tips *
Who can this site help?
Everyone from die-hard meat and dairy lovers to strict raw vegans are welcome here. As my yoga teacher Alyson would say – no judgment! I believe the only way we can make positive changes in this world is to do so through love and acceptance.  

You will easily and deliciously be incorporating more whole foods into your diet in no time.

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 am expanding my relationship with Native Sun Natural Food Market.

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.

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

Twitter * Facebook * Pinterest * RSS Feed * Bloglovin *

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 1-6-2014

 Posted by at 10:15 am

  17 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Hi Dawn!
    Rachel Garcia just sent me your link – I love your MILA recipes!!
    I’m a MILA distributor and will start sending people to your website!

    If you have some free time, I’d LOVE to talk to you about Mila and your daughter’s
    food allergies!

    Thanks, Karen Golday

  2. Dawn,

    Please give me ring at the office 268-8211 to have a short chat about your calling into the radio show saturday morning in support of KYVfarm and Florida Coastal Cooking.

    Best to you, Wally

  3. Ah! I see, now. You were a food blogger before adopting the plant based diet. Got it. Well, then, maybe I will subscribe, after all.

    • Hi Sue! Your progression of comments made me chuckle! Yes I am wrestling with what to do about the old meat and dairy posts. I was going to save them all to draft but many of my posts are inter-linked and would then have back links that wouldn’t work and it would wipe out a lot of my progression to a plant based diet. I’m still debating though because I don’t want to promote meat and dairy based recipes.
      Thanks for all your comments!


  4. Your journey sounds a lot like mine. A friend mentioned The China Study to me, and about the time I finished reading it my wife and I stumbled across a documentary called Chow Down on Hulu (came on by chance after some other movie my wife was watching). We then watched Forks Over Knives.

    After watching those two films and another documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead we made the decision to eliminate meat and dairy from out diets. That was last Easter, and while I’m sure the occasional dairy or animal ingredient slips into our diet (some wines that are not vegan or the occasional milk by-product in crackers or something), I’d say we are at least 98% non-meat and dairy. And I now have the cholesterol numbers to prove it! :)

    • I love it! I have seen Fat Sick and Nearly Dead too – for some reason my daughter loves that documentary. I haven’t seen Chow Down yet but I will have to look that up. It makes me feel so good that there ARE a people are educating themselves and seeing the light on why we should go plant based. I was just telling a new friend Sue that it can be frustrating in the location where I live because it seems like the home of BBQ meats. Eating tons of meat and dairy is so “normal” in this location that it is hard to get anyone that is willing to even learn the truth about what is going on in the commercial farming industry. It is so nice to hear a great story!

  5. I really like the site and you have some great recipe ideas but may I suggest that in your search options you make it so you can combined food allergies eg milk AND egg free – ie allow you to be able to select more than one option.

    Keep up the good work!

    • One option is to search by “vegan” and you will know those are egg and dairy free! I will definitely see if there is a way to select multiple options though – there may be a plugin! Thank you SO much for the suggestion.

  6. Hi Dawn,

    Just discovered your blog and it looks great! Just wanted to say that the Pinterest button on your homepage seems to point to someone else’s Pinterest site, someone called ‘Kate’.

    Best wishes,

  7. Hi Dawn, I would like to add your blog to the Top Food Blog list in http://www.mytaste.com/ . Your blog is impressively BEAUTIFUL and it deserves to be included on the Top Blog list!! Great recipes!! We will feature your blog so that people will see it on our site and we will make a lot of shout out about your recipes on our fanpages. If you would like to join, here is the link http://www.mytaste.com/add-your-food-blog .


  8. Dwan: I love your website any suggestions on how or where I can begin a blog website similar to yours. I see you have been a blogger for a long time, but I sell antiques & collectables & would like to have a working website similar. Can you help with ideas?? I don’t want to make hugs mistakes as I am operating on a budget. Thanks Tons!

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