Amber Pankonin

Registered Dietitian and Certified Executive Chef

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Recipe Development

I develop healthy and delicious recipes that can be easily understood and recreated by home cooks.

Food Photography

As a stylist and food photographer, I love highlighting the art and simplicity of beautiful food.

Freelance Writing

I develop custom content about food and nutrition for brands wanting to connect with nutrition-minded consumers.


I love speaking to groups and training people about the best ways to merge food and nutrition without fear.

Amber Pankonin


Registered Dietitian and Certified Executive Chef

Those who know me best would say I like to stir the pot. I’m sassy, sarcastic and my nutrition views are based on science, not popular hype. My friends call me a “realistic nutritionist” because I recognize life can be challenging and nobody can eat perfectly all the time. I love good food, creating cool things and I’m passionate about building a community in my hometown where I live, Lincoln, NE.
As a Culinary Dietitian, I share my love for food and nutrition at and I’m honored to educate the next generation of Chefs at Great Plains Culinary Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In 2021, I was named “Outstanding Dietitian of the Year” from the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and in 2022, I was credentialed as a Certified Executive Chef.

My food philosophy stems from the simple concept that your food choices should be based on facts, not fear. Here are my golden rules:

  • I believe that food is meant to be enjoyed, and it can both provide comfort and nourishment.
  • Food should not be used as punishment or meant to make us feel guilty.
  • There is no perfect diet.
  • I believe food does play a role in living a healthy lifestyle.
  • I believe that the US has the safest food supply in the world. We don’t need to fear or avoid foods because a celebrity, Chef or label tells us we should.
  • Taking care of business starts by taking care of yourself.
  • “Uptown Girl” (my alarm clock song)
  • Travel
  • Drinking coffee
  • Scary movies
  • Dogs
  • Learning how to prepare new recipes
  • Escalators, elevators and revolving doors.
  • Detoxing and cleanses.
  • Nutrition advice from people who have no business giving nutrition advice.
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5 Bean Salad

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Summer Succotash with Edamame and Grilled Corn

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