About


Hi! I'm Kaitlin and I get crazy excited about vegetables. I mean crazy. As in, I'd rather eat a salad instead of cookies for dessert. Nuts, right? While I won't try to convince you to go quite that far, my goal is to make you guys wild for veggies too - with simple vegan recipes that are packed with enough flavor to please both herbivores and carnivores alike. With an energetic toddler to chase around all day, I don't have time to stand in the kitchen making long, complicated meals. Recipes here are super simple, showing just how easy healthy eating can be. And because it brightens my day, (hopefully yours too!) I especially love creating dishes with as much color as possible!


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!



25 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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  9. I became a vegetarian in 1983 and lived this lifestyle for a few decades. I always bought organic milk from “happy cow farms” and bought free-range eggs. I was oblivious and naive and never wondered what happened to those animals when they couldn’t fulfill their purpose anymore until I read a similar article to yours. I began to do my own research and contacted these farms that I was purchasing from and sure enough, the hens after they don’t lay anymore, which is about 2.5 – 3yrs old are sent to poultry farms where they are slaughtered. The male calves are sent to auctions where they are slaughtered and the females, when they are no longer able to produce milk, are also then sent “away.” I’m unable to watch any videos of the animal industry as it pains and haunts me too much to think of the fear that these poor, sweet animals go through because of us. Thanks for your post! Perhaps we can convert more people to a vegan lifestyle if they’re aware …

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    1. Hi again Patricia! Thanks so much for taking the time to write. I love hearing other people's stories and points of view. Totally agree - we have to protect our cute little critters! My goal for this site is to show people how delicious vegan/veg cooking can be, in hopes that it can cut down animal consumption in some small way :) (And get people crazy excited about eating veggies!) I loved making the transition to vegan and haven't looked back! Thanks again so much for your kind words :)

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  10. Hi, Kaitlin!

    I found your blog when Finding Vegan posted your black bean and lentil salad (which looks delicious, by the way)! I wanted to comment on your About page, though, because I love how open you are about your transition from omnivore to vegetarian to vegan. I was raised vegetarian and began my vegan journey in 2009. I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you for being willing to share the steps you took in your journey!

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    1. Hi again Nichole! I really appreciate your comment. That's awesome you were raised vegetarian and decided to transition to vegan a few years ago. Totally agree - I wouldn't have it any other way! I find there's so much fun, new food to discover all the time!! And I love sharing my journey in hopes that it encourages others in some way. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

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  11. I just watched the documentary Vegucated and am transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle. Your website is beautiful and will make my journey easier! So glad I found you!

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    1. Hi! I have yet to see that movie, but I must watch it soon! :) I'm so happy this site will be a helpful resource for you during your transition. Would love to hear how it's going if you get the chance! Have fun and enjoy this new journey!!

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  12. Hi Kaitlin!

    Glad I found your blog! I'm vegan too and started a blog and am always excited when I find other blogs that have easy, vegan recipes. I'll be checking back often!

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    1. Hi Faith! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment so I could go check out your awesome blog too! Love it! Excited to see what you come up with next :)

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  13. I will never go vegetarian/vegan but a lot of your recipes sound yummy. There are a lot of family run farms out there that treat their chickens and cows humanely that you can get eggs, milk, etc from or if you have land raise your own.

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