Hilary Hamilton

Hilary Hamilton

Hello! My name is Hilary, and I am the creator, cook, and voice behind Freshly Zested. I am inspired by flavorful, colorful, and  healthy foods. Sometimes my husband Ryan helps me in the kitchen {often with the dishes, occasionally with the grill} – and he is my biggest fan, because he loves being the taste tester!

I started Freshly Zested because good food makes me happy. It’s that simple. I enjoy creating new recipes in my kitchen, but I also love taking great recipes and making them healthier or adjusting them to fit my dietary needs. To me good food means it tastes great and is good for my body too. I am all about cooking healthy for a long life. On top of trying to eat healthy, I have to balance my food intolerances. I am lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive, and I feel better when I limit my sugar. Avoiding gluten really is not that hard, as I will show you in my blog, but dairy is my weakness. There is nothing like a good goat cheese! I don’t eat dairy on a daily basis, but when I do eat it, it is going to be worth it!

Some of my favorite things in life are tacos, gorgeous canyon runs in the fall, puppies, traveling, a clean kitchen, painted nails, dark chocolate, learning how to be better at things that really matter like living simply, spending time with people I love, and the sound of the ocean!

Hilary Hamiltona few other random facts:

– We live in Highland, Utah. We are originally from a small mountain town, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and are high school sweet hearts.
– We were recently married {May 28, 2014} and are crazy about each other.
– I believe basil can make almost any recipe better (hence, the site name – just wait til’ I post my basil ice cream recipe!).
–  If you were to ask one of my friends about me, running would be mentioned in the first few sentences. I might be slightly obsessed!
– Our favorite things about living in Utah: snow (Ryan likes it… I detest it), gorgeous fall colors, great hiking, and all our fabulous friends!
– I work as an Analytics Consultant at Visible Equity, and I really enjoy my job; Ryan is working hard to get into PA school.
– One of our biggest goals in life is to travel (top of our list: Costa Rica, Thailand, Brazil).

Thank you for visiting!

Hilary Hamilton


  • This Creamy Butternut Squash Soup 🍂 I've been buying butternut squash every time I go to the store lately, and this soup is one of my favorite creations this fall. If you are wanting something rich, creamy, soul-warming, and tastes like fall, I've got you covered fiend. •
Recipe link in profile!
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  • These Roasted Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts are fall healthy food meets delicious comfort food! They are a favorite in our home and a staple to make when people come over because they are super easy and always a crowd pleaser. #healthyfood #fall
  • New post... About time right?! I basically took a summer long break from the blog but I'm back with these delicious Pomegranate Coconut Milk Pops. •
#foodblogger #fruitpops #feedfeed #huffposttaste #onthetable #buzzfeast #thatsdarling #bhgfood #f52grams #foodie #foodblogfeed #realfood #eeeeeeats #feedyoursoul #buzzfeedfood #easyrecipes #instayum #fitfluential
  • A new recipe is taking over as the most popular on my blog after being featured on Bon Appetite. Spicy Sweet Potato Avocado Rice Bowls for the win ✌🏻️ *link in profile* •
On another note, since I realize some of you just want to see my recipes 😜 I'm keeping this feed solely for my blog. If you want to follow our every day goofy life adventures with our little snugs, I have a personal account @hilshamilton #cleaneating #healthyrecipes #foodblogger
  • One of my favorite things in the world are waterfalls, so it's easy to say I'm head over heals for Kauai. #Kauai #hanakapiaifalls #hiking #hilsandrye #hhxotravels #nauxnow #hikingadventures #adventureisoutthere
  • Exploring rivers and waterfalls along the Na Pali Coast. #kauai #napalicoast #hhxotravels #wanderlust #travel #hiking #nauxnow
  • Ryan graduated, headed to Kauai tomorrow, moving apartments... Life is a little bit crazy and full of adventure at the moment so no new recipes or blogs posts for a bit. I've decided to just soak up and enjoy everything we've got going on right now. So for now, a #TBT shot of my Sweet Chili Salmon Rice Bowls. Also, I'll post a few of my favorite Kauai photos here but you can see more on snapchat and my personal account at @hilshamilton 😘 #foodblogger #instayum #salmon #feedfeed #utahblogger #foodphotography #cleaneating #healthyrecipes #healthyfoodshare
  • My heart has been bursting with pride and love as we celebrated this weekend. One of the things I love most about Ryan is what a hard worker he is, and how no matter what he has going on, he always fills our home with love and laughter. On to new adventures and memories! #byugrad #hilsandrye #byu #hisday #proudwife

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