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Welcome to the New & Improved Dashing Dish Website!

April 22nd, 2012 - Announcements

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Welcome to the new and improved Dashing Dish website!  It’s been a while in the making, 9 months to be exact!  What a great present for Dashing Dish’s two year anniversary.  My husband has devoted many nights working to perfect every detail on this website so that it will be organized and easy to use.  As some of you may or may not know, I left my nursing position to pursue Dashing Dish as my full time career (read story here).  I have spent the last 9 months developing meal plans, premium content, health coaching services, devotionals, and workout routines just for you!  I’m so excited to share all the new features that have been added, so let’s get cooking!


Easy to Find Recipes

On my old site it was very difficult to find a specific recipe.  You either had to scroll through page after page, use a very long list with no images, or use the dreaded search bar that took forever to load.  The new site features various ways to find new and exciting recipes very quickly.

  • A Search Button (located at the top right) is great for finding anything on the site, especially recipes.
  • Recipe Index is now neatly laid out with thumbnails that include the Recipe Category, Title, and Nutrition Breakdown.
  • Filter Button, at the top right of the Recipe Index, allows you to filter through any recipe category.
  • A Weight Watchers Filter allows you to sort through recipes by Weight Watchers Points.
  • A ‘Similar Recipe’ Section in each of the recipe posts, which allows you to find some similar ones!

Printing & E-Mailing Recipes

I have received many requests to have a printing option for the recipes.  I am so happy to announce that a print option is now available! You can also email yourself the grocery list for any of the recipes by simply clicking the email button.


Recipe Method, Ingredients & Nutritional Breakdown

The ingredients for every recipe will be located at the top right corner of the page. The method may have step-by-step pictures or a video demonstrating how to prepare the recipe for easy preparation. My new site will be including the nutritional breakdown for each recipe in addition to listing the calories and Weight Watchers points.


Blog Posts

The blog posts will remain the same. I will still post my latest Dashing Devotionals and Daily Dish Posts in the blog section and will be updating it regularly. To check the blog, simply click on the BLOG link. The latest blog post will also appear on the new Dashing Dish homepage so that you will always be updated when there is a new post. The only change is that my latest recipes will now appear on the RECIPE INDEX, and my latest workouts will appear on the FITNESS section of my site. I will also be adding new features to my blog, such as recipe contests, more giveaways, product reviews, and the latest health and fitness news!


Fitness Page

A new feature to the Dashing Dish site is the fitness page. New workouts will now be posted in the fitness section and will be filtered by cardio, strength, and circuit workouts. Each workout includes the time and equipment needed so that you can easily find a workout that suits your needs. There is also a print option available for the workouts so they are easy to take to the gym.


Premium Content

Also new to Dashing Dish is exclusive premium content that is accessible to you for just $5 per month (or a donation of your choice).  I created this part of my site in order to share some of my most favorite recipes, month-long progressive workout routines, videos, and articles that I’ve written.  All of the content is unpublished to the public and is specialized in advancing your progress to help you reach your personal goals. The neat thing about becoming a premium member is that you will receive your own login information that will allow you to save recipes, workouts, and premium content onto your own ‘personal favorites board’  which will provide quick and easy access.


Health Coaching

I am so excited about this new online health coaching service that I will be offering. Dashing Dish health coaching is a customized four week program to help you form new, healthy habits that are intended to be sustainable for life. Health coaching is an opportunity for you to converse with me personally as I develop a specialized nutrition and fitness plan based on your height, weight, goals, and fitness level.  You will receive customized workouts, meal plans, bite sized lessons, and weekly goals for four weeks.  We connect once or more per week to discuss your progress, answer questions, and keep you on track.


Meal Plans

I created these meal plans using the organizational tools and strategies that have helped me plan and prepare healthy meals for myself and my family each week. These meal plans are meant to help you plan your meals with plenty of variations, swap-outs, and recipes that will help you stay organized and on track. The saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” goes a long way when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. I have made healthy eating a no-brainer for you, without all the guesswork, so that you can reach and sustain your goals.


Shop

I’m thrilled to announce that my Dashing Dish Cookbook is coming soon! You can submit your e-mail by clicking on the cookbook link to be notified when it comes out. In my store you will also the online services that I will be providing; such as my Meal Plans, Health Coaching, and my 30 Day Devotional.


Services

The services page features my In-Person services. If you live in the Detroit area, I would be pleased to provide you with some of my In-Person services. I am also willing to travel for speaking engagements. Please contact me for more information.


FAQ’s

There is now a FAQ page where I answer many of the most frequently asked questions that I receive. If you don’t see an answer you’re looking for, just use the ‘Submit a Question’ form to the right of the page and it will allow you to ask me any question directly. There is also a FAQ page for Meal Plans, a FAQ page for Health Coaching and FAQ page for Premium Membership.


Testimonials

Interested in knowing what others are saying about Dashing Dish products or services?  Head over to the testimonials page.  If you have something that you’d like to share with me, or if my site has impacted you in any way, I’d love to hear about it!  Contact me to share your story on the testimonial page. There is also a Testimonial Page specific to Meal Plans. 


Speed Improvements

If you ever visited my old site, you are probably aware that most of your time spent was spent waiting for the page to load. We’ve upgraded our hosting, which will allow huge speed improvements and way less downtime.


Logo & Design

As you can see, I have a new logo! My husband and I hired Drew Melton of You’re Just Lucky to develop a girly, yet sophisticated logo for my new site.  Many thanks to my hubby for his art direction on this site! This site would not be possible without him!


I hope you guys enjoy the new and improved website! I’m really looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think. Also, if you find any bugs when browsing the site, I’d be grateful if you emailed support@dashingdish.com.  Thank you and God bless!  

49 Comments

Vicki said:

Love the new look!

April 23rd, 2012 — 6:19pm  |  Reply

Kim @ Kickin' it with Kim said:

Congratulations!!! It’s beautiful..I love it! :)

April 23rd, 2012 — 6:26pm  |  Reply

Zach said:

hooray!

April 23rd, 2012 — 9:52pm  |  Reply

denmoor75 said:

I would be VERY interested in the health coach thing. I have already started my weight loss journey. Since the end of August, I have lost 35 lbs. But I have hit a wall!! I’m soo tired of salad!!

April 23rd, 2012 — 9:52pm  |  Reply

Vishwa said:

Congratulations! Love it and keep up the good work. :)

April 23rd, 2012 — 9:58pm  |  Reply

Debbie Carpenter said:

recently just found you I use all weight watcher recipes and hungry girl glad to of found you, been enjoying your stuff so far cant wait to see what more you have!

April 23rd, 2012 — 10:00pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

The new site looks amazing! Best wishes on your new adventure!

April 24th, 2012 — 12:27am  |  Reply

Kayla said:

Congrats on the new site! Everything looks amazing! :) Good luck on your journey, I believe God has big plans for you!!

April 24th, 2012 — 1:35am  |  Reply

Inka Mathew said:

Very lovely! Love looking at those photographs too. Great job all around.

April 24th, 2012 — 5:36am  |  Reply

Pam (Luna Pier, MI) said:

Hi Katie!
The new website is wonderful!!! Great job and congratulations!
God has big things in store for you, that’s for sure! :-)
I am going to sign up for premium membership.

Have a happy Tuesday.
xo

April 24th, 2012 — 7:02am  |  Reply

Jeana A. said:

Its perfect! Congratulations!!!

April 24th, 2012 — 7:09am  |  Reply

sally @ sallys baking addiction said:

I just LOVE the new site. While I was a huge fan of Dashing Dish before, I think this deisng is much easier to navigate and just so darn pretty! I love reading your story– it really hits home with me. I can’t wait to try one of yur recipes son and share it wiht my own readers in hopes they’ll hop on over to Dashing Dish too. :) Keep up the amazing work, you and your husband have done such a wonderful job! Always, Sally

April 24th, 2012 — 7:10am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

Beautiful Katie! Great job to the whole team for making such an amazing website! Great job Katie on all of your hard work in the past 9 months preparing all of the content. I pray the Lord will bless this site beyond measure!

April 24th, 2012 — 7:36am  |  Reply

Kristyn LaBine said:

OH MY GOODNESS KATIE!!! THIS IS WONDERFUL AND HAS MADE MY WHOLE DAY!!!! FIRST THING I DID WAS GET MY PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP!!!

April 24th, 2012 — 7:56am  |  Reply

Jenny said:

Congratulations on the new site, Katie! It’s fabulous! I am looking forward to seeing what else you and Dashing Dish have in store. You really are an ispiration.

April 24th, 2012 — 8:28am  |  Reply

Emily said:

Katie – I love the new site and am so excited to go and exlpore all you have to offer! Congrats!

April 24th, 2012 — 9:06am  |  Reply

Amanda said:

Love the new site! Thank you for all your hard work in developing this new site, it is absolutely wonderful! Congratulations!!!

April 24th, 2012 — 9:48am  |  Reply

Lizzie said:

LOVE your new look and organization. Your hard work has paid off for certain. I love the hover feature on the recipe page!

April 24th, 2012 — 10:06am  |  Reply

Healthiful Balance said:

I LOVE the new look of your new website! It looks amazing. :) I am so so excited for all the things you have planned for your blog. I cant wait for your cookbook to come out!! :)

April 24th, 2012 — 10:09am  |  Reply

Melissa said:

Congratulations! It looks wonderful! I love the little pink & white chef hats, such a cute touch!! Can’t wait to dig in to all of the recipes! Praying for blessings to overflow your cup! =)

April 24th, 2012 — 10:16am  |  Reply

Marilyn said:

Love your new and improved website. Congratulations. I look forward to see what’s new everyday.

April 24th, 2012 — 10:19am  |  Reply

Angela Fulton said:

I’ve been super excited!!! Love it, love it love it!!!

April 24th, 2012 — 10:53am  |  Reply

Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers said:

Looks beautiful! My goals someday are to do lifestyle coaching as well. The thing I love most about your blog is your dedication to your faith. That is what drives me more than anything else. I think it’s important that we use our talents and abilities to serve God by serving others. :)

April 24th, 2012 — 11:56am  |  Reply

Chris Brauckmuller said:

Congrats to you and Sean! It looks great.

April 24th, 2012 — 12:48pm  |  Reply

Susanna S. said:

Beautiful! Love it!

April 24th, 2012 — 12:54pm  |  Reply

Sarah Clark said:

What a gorgeous website! And what a beautiful blessing you are to me and to many others. I’m praying for you daily and am so excited to see what else the Lord has in store for you in this ministry! How He has blessed you thus far!! I will definitly be becoming a premium member. So excited to support you!

April 24th, 2012 — 1:15pm  |  Reply

Katie @wishandwhimsy said:

Wow, this is truly beautiful! Great job!

April 24th, 2012 — 3:26pm  |  Reply

Megan said:

Are you certified to personal train and give out nutrition advice?

April 24th, 2012 — 3:59pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Hi Megan! I am not a certified personal trainer, however I am a registered nurse, with a bachelors in public health, and I also completed a nutrition course during my nursing program! The health coaching is primarily focused on helping others find a healthy balance and lifestyle based on my personal experiences!

April 24th, 2012 — 5:08pm  | 

Sabrina said:

There is no doubt in my mind that God lead me to this website. I’m about to change careers and feel that God is about to redeem the ashes of my life, too.

April 24th, 2012 — 4:54pm  |  Reply

Sara said:

Love it! So excited for you. What a tremendous amount of work you must have put into this! Thank you!

April 24th, 2012 — 6:02pm  |  Reply

Anonymous said:

Congratulations! The site is beautiful and so perfectly organized!! LOVE it!

April 24th, 2012 — 6:10pm  |  Reply

Lindsay said:

Love the new look of the site! Best of luck on this new journey!

April 24th, 2012 — 6:45pm  |  Reply

Julie VerHage said:

I love it, Katie! Fantastic job to everyone who worked on this project!

April 24th, 2012 — 6:48pm  |  Reply

Angie said:

Wow! It looks fantastic! Pass it along to your hubby – it’s just beautiful. Looking forward to checking out the new format and content.

April 24th, 2012 — 9:27pm  |  Reply

Michelle B. said:

Love the new site! Great work, Katie! Looking forward to everything to come!!

April 24th, 2012 — 10:57pm  |  Reply

Michelle A said:

I tried the chicken pizza all I have to say is amazing… thank you for a great change on our dinner table..

April 25th, 2012 — 10:48am  |  Reply

Melissa @ Squats and Squash said:

Congrats on all of your success! Your blog is a blessing to many!

April 25th, 2012 — 11:43am  |  Reply

Karen said:

God has blessed the world with you!!! You rock!! We love your recipes and are so excited to see you expand!!

April 25th, 2012 — 12:58pm  |  Reply

Dawninwonderland said:

I adore the new look! I’ve tried quite a few of your recipes now and can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us. Keep up the amazing work. Dawn x

April 25th, 2012 — 1:03pm  |  Reply

stacey @ www.gettingthroughtheday.com said:

The site looks and functions GREAT! I love all the functionality and the ability to search and the new options in your shop.
Great job!!

April 25th, 2012 — 2:10pm  |  Reply

Cherlyn said:

This is great! Love how the recipes are laid out. Thank you!

April 25th, 2012 — 2:21pm  |  Reply

Andie said:

Congratulations on the new & improved & oh so pretty site! I’m looking forward to learning so much from you :D

April 26th, 2012 — 5:38pm  |  Reply

Allie said:

I love the new look! But where did most of your recipes go?! Some I saved on my computer to print later and now they don’t exist on the new site.. :(

April 26th, 2012 — 7:08pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

thanks allie! my hubby and i are just re-vamping some of the recipes and pictures! they will be back up for sure! :)

April 26th, 2012 — 7:13pm  | 

Ana said:

I love this website! This is the first time I have visited and I am extremely impressed it’s just lovely and easy to navigate. Does you husband do this for a living? I am wanting to start my own photography business and launch my own website sometime this year and if he does this for a living I would totally hire him!

May 2nd, 2012 — 8:54pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Thanks Ana! He does!

May 2nd, 2012 — 9:51pm  | 

Norma said:

How do I sign up to become a new member. I saw you on Life Today. Very impressed :-)

October 9th, 2014 — 7:28am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Thank you norma! :) God is good!

Membership info is here: http://dashingdish.com/membership/

Thanks for you support!

October 9th, 2014 — 1:52pm  | 

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