Hi! My name is Kaitlin and I get crazy excited about vegetables. My goal is to make you guys go wild for them too - with simple vegan recipes that are bursting with the wonderful flavors of whole foods. And let's face it... I have a toddler to chase around all day, so I don't have time to stand in the kitchen making long, complicated meals. Recipes here show that eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming to be delicious. And because it makes me smile, I especially love creating dishes with as much color as possible - eat the rainbow! :)
About the Recipes
I try to use one-ingredient foods as much as possible. Rice, quinoa, beans, fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc. Foods with long, complicated ingredient lists tend to freak me out. 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 vegetarian and 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 meat 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. 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!