About the Recipes
I try to use one-ingredient foods as much as possible. Rice, quinoa, beans, fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc. I also spend a lot of time developing the recipes, and carefully writing out the directions in a way that's easy to follow and most efficiently uses your time. (i.e. I'll let you know as the quinoa is cooking, that's a great time to dice veggies.)
Why Vegan & Vegetarian?
There are a few reasons why I choose a vegetarian (now vegan and mostly gluten-free) lifestyle. For one, I'm a huge animal lover. I mean c'mon, look at these adorable little faces! I'd never want to harm or kill an animal, so why ask others to do it for me just for the sake of consuming it?
Another big reason is health. After I read "The China Study" by Dr. Campbell, it encouraged me to prepare more plant-based meals. My husband and I completely fell in love with it, and gradually shifted to preparing all vegetarian (now vegan) meals. We always considered ourselves pretty healthy people, so it came as quite a shock when we experienced how much more health and energy there was to gain by eliminating animal products from our diet.
Transition to Vegan
After about 4-5 years as a vegetarian, a couple things inspired me to try a vegan diet. First, I became even more aware of the awful conditions and violence within the dairy/egg industry. (If you're interested, here's a short article of one example.) Second, I'm in a constant search for discovering what food and nutrients my body needs to achieve optimal health and well-being. In addition to meat, I found eliminating all animal products (eggs, dairy, etc.) gave me even more energy, health, and happiness. We're continually amazed at the powers of whole foods! It's been an awesome journey and I'd love to hear what works for you as well. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the recipes!