About


Hi there! My name's Kaitlin and I get super excited about vegetables :) My goal is to make you guys go wild for them too - with simple vegan and vegetarian recipes that are easy, approachable, and enjoyable to make and eat. I call this site The Garden Grazer because on warm, summer days during my childhood you could find me sitting between the garden rows plucking ripe, fresh produce off the vine and happily munching the day away. I created this website to share recipes that are bursting with the wonderful flavors of whole foods. I especially love creating dishes with as much color as possible! Eat the rainbow!


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, just look at these adorable little faces! I would 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. Years ago I read "The China Study" by Dr. Campbell. After finishing the book, I began to dabble in vegetarian cooking to expand my culinary creativity. Gradually, I shifted to preparing all vegetarian meals. My husband and I completely fell in love with it. 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 meat from our diet. Several health issues disappeared and we've been feeling great ever since. It's the style that works best for us and I truly hope my recipes are able to spread that joy and well-being to others as well.

My transition to vegan:
This past year two things inspired me to try a vegan diet. First, I became even more aware of the horrible 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 nutrients and food 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 a surprisingly incredible amount of energy, health, and happiness. It's such a fun, continuous, empowering journey and I'd love to hear all about your food journeys and what works for you! A lesson I take from this is to never stop questioning and never stop improving. Thanks for stopping by!


16 comments:

  1. How do you access your blog andvrecipes from pinterest. They look amazing.

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    1. Hi there! To see my full list of recipes, click the "recipes" tab at the top or go here: http://www.thegardengrazer.com/p/recipes.html
      My Pinterest page is located here: http://pinterest.com/TheGardenGrazer/
      Take care!

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  2. I'm so glad I found this page! I just read The China Study too and I'd love to try and incorporate more of a vegetarian diet into our home meals, but I'm at a loss about what to do besides your regular garden salad. Look forward to trying your recipes :)

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    1. Hi Janice! Great to hear from you! That's so awesome you read The China Study and are looking to incorporate vegetarian meals into your diet - we found it to be so much fun!! Hope you find some meals you enjoy here. Keep me updated if you get the chance. Would love to hear which ones you try out! :)

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  3. I found your site today, and I'm really excited to make the black bean spinach enchiladas this week :) I'm a "new" vegetarian - one month of no meat and feeling great! My husband and I decided on a vegetarian diet for similar reasons you listed above.

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    1. Hi there and welcome! I love hearing you're ditching the meat and feeling great! Hope you and your husband love the enchiladas. Good luck and have fun on your vegetarian journey :) Thanks for the message!

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  4. Elisabeth in HoustonJuly 16, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Hi there! I've never left a comment on a blog before, but I need to drop you a note to let you know how much I love your site. My husband and I have been vegetarians for almost a decade (well, pescatarians technically since we do have fish every once and a while), and your recipes are now the ones I return to over and over. My meat-eating extended family thinks I'm an excellent chef thanks to you. :) Thanks for the simple, delicious recipes. Truly!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth! I feel so honored that you came back and left a message. Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I LOVE that you're trying so many of the recipes and having success with them! It's so fun to hear that. Take care and hope you keep enjoying them! :)

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  5. I love your site! Thank you so much!

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    1. Yay!! So glad you're enjoying it! Thanks for the message :)

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  6. What a beautiful and lovely concept you understand and also expressed it to others....that we love our pets who are animals and claim that we love animals....why or how would we eat the others out there? Never understood the justification people have behind loving one and killing the other.

    I have been a vegetarian all my life and so happy to find your site. Totally loved your thoughts, am definitely going to try out some of your recipes.
    Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi there and thanks for your lovely comments! Glad to hear you're a fellow animal lover and vegetarian. I hope you find many recipes you love here! Would love to hear which ones you try if you get the chance :) Take care!

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  7. Your site looks beautiful and your recipes really lovely. I think your reasons for being vegetarian are great and I couldn't agree more. These are reasons to be vegan, since animals are harmed when we consume dairy and eggs. Please look into it. Many of your recipes could easily be vegan (and many probably already are - I haven't looked through your entire site, yet). Keep up the good work, and consider going vegan for the reasons you're vegetarian.

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    1. Hi Rowen! Thanks so much for your thoughtful message. I completely agree! We've significantly cut down our dairy and egg consumption since we've learned that industry is absolutely terrible for the animals. I very rarely eat eggs anymore and have been shifting away from "real" cheese. Nutritional yeast is a wonderful thing!! Thanks for the reminder that I should update the info on this page! ;) Take care!

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  8. I have recently switched to a vegetarian diet after watching Forks over Knives and several other food documentaries. I am absolutely amazed and obsessed with learning about where food comes from now. Ive even signed up for an online course about our US Food Production. Im still new to cooking and trying to find great easy recipes for my busy schedule. Thank you for being another great resource for me

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    1. Hi Des! Your online course sounds awesome! There's also one run by Dr. Campbell from eCornell for a certificate in plant-based nutrition if you want to check that out: http://www.ecornell.com/certificates/plant-based-nutrition/certificate-in-plant-based-nutrition/
      I totally agree - it's such a fascinating field and I think it's awesome you're getting into it. Hope you enjoy it, and glad you're finding my website useful as well. That means a lot! Take care :)

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