My goal is to make vegetarian and vegan cooking fun, easy, affordable, and of course delicious (pleasing carnivores and herbivores alike!) I call this site The Garden Grazer because on warm, summer days during my childhood you could find me sitting among 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!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've 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.
Transition to vegan
I made the switch away from dairy milk long ago, but cheese and eggs were still somewhat prevalent in my vegetarian diet. This past year I became even more aware of the horrible conditions and violence within the dairy/egg industry, and am now cutting out that consumption as well. Here's a short article of one example I encourage you to check out. A lesson I take from this is to never stop questioning and never stop improving. Cheers and thanks for stopping by!