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!