Weeknight bolognese

Servings: 2 children and 2 adults + leftover sauce to freeze for future meal


  • 1.5 lb lean ground turkey or beef (or combination of both)
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 oz can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 c red wine, preferably a wine with pepper flavors
  • 1/2 c chicken stock (more as needed)
  • 2 tbsp herbs de Provence (dried mix or make with fresh herbs)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • gluten free pasta, as much as needed
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (EVO)
  • large, deep pan or cast-iron pot


  1. Add EVO, garlic, salt, and pepper to hot pan over medium/high heat and sauté for approximately 3 min
  2. Add onion and sauté until transparent for approximately 5 min
  3. Add ground turkey or beef and season with salt and pepper
  4. Sauté beef until browned, using spatula to break meat into smaller pieces
  5. Add red wine, chicken stock, herbs de Provence, bay leaf, and tomato paste
  6. Stirring frequently, simmer for at least 30 min on medium heat
  7. While sauce is simmering, boil large pot of water and cook pasta al dente
  8. Serve sauce over pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes if desired

Everyone I’ve served this dish to has loved it! The best part is, it’s so simple to make on a weeknight. If you have several guests for dinner, just double the recipe, and make sauce ahead of time.

Good morning smoothie

2 servings (12-16 oz each)


  • 1c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1c chocolate almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1c frozen organic berries
  • 1 scoop chocolate Sun Warrior plant-based protein
  • 1/2c 2% greek yogurt (we use 2% Fage)
  • handful of ice, add more as needed


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth, and serve.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add more almond milk. If it’s too thin, add more ice.

This smoothie is a great place to hide vegetables—add in some spinach or 1/2 avocado and everyone will still love the flavor. Sometimes I also add a dash of agave.

Protein:   15.25 g/serving

Almond milk is a great source of Calcium—1 c of almond milk provides 45% of your daily needs compare to whole milk, which only provides 30%.

Welcome to Cultivated Curiosity

thomas jamieson kelly 263Welcome to Cultivated Curiosity! My name is Kelly Jamieson Thomas. As an engineer, scientist, spiritual being, and mother of two young children, my passion for wellness is not only driven by my desire to prevent disease so that I may live a long, vibrant life, but also by my passion to inspire others to do the same.

My love for engineering, science, and wellness began as a preschooler hunting in the yard for insects to dissect, cooking delicious meals with my parents, and dedicating many years to the sports of swimming and tennis. This passion continued while studying biomedical engineering at Columbia University, where I also worked in a tissue engineering laboratory on campus. As a student in NYC, I found yoga on the Upper West Side and was immediately fascinated with how strong and calm both my body and mind felt not only during asanas, but all day.

After graduating, I began as a clinical research scientist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, utilizing cytogenetics and tissue analysis to diagnose patients with leukemia and solid tumors. I recognized my passion for studying how we may understand, prevent, and treat cancer, not only diagnose it. This led me to pursue my PhD in oncology, with a structural biology focus, at NYU. I continued to practice yoga regularly, began to explore meditation, and ran the NYC marathon. While I was never a diehard runner, I was curious to know if I could actually run 26.2 miles. It was an incredibly rewarding mental and physical challenge.

Following my PhD, I joined Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee at Columbia University as a postdoctoral researcher investigating the stem cell niche of acute myeloid leukemia. When our first child was born, I focused on teaching and raising our children, but continued to pursue other endeavors that combined my medical background and interest in wellness. My exploration of meditation continues as a daily practice, which not only benefits me, but everyone around me, especially my children.

My passion for wellness, science, fitness, cooking, and crafting projects with my children has inspired me to create this space where I can share my experiences and inspire curiosity to live healthfully and mindfully. Let’s be curious about how we can improve our mental and physical wellness in an effort to prevent disease.

Our favorite whole wheat waffles


Servings: 12 servings, 1 waffle each


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed (optional if you don’t have on hand)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • cups unsweetened almond milk (or milk)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower, vegetable, or avocado oil
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Combine flours, baking powder, flax seed, and salt in a medium bowl and mix well
  2. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, and oil and mix well with a whisk
  3. Add flour mixture slowly to egg mixture and mix with whisk until blended
  4. Pour ¾ cup of batter at a time onto hot waffle iron, lightly coated with spray
  5. Cook waffles until golden brown and crisp
  6. Serve with fresh berries and syrup

1 serving = 1 waffle. Freeze leftover waffles. 

The whole family loves these waffles! We also use this recipe for pancakes and cook about 1/4 cup mix per pancake on a hot skillet, adding blueberries while they cook.