Welcome to my kitchen! I was raised in farm country–Iowa. That’s the place where fields and fields of corn and soybeans are grown… and the ones eating edamame are the pigs and cows. Like many of us, I grew up eating the Standard American Diet. So when people say, “I could never go vegan,” I know where they’re coming from, and I say, never say never.
When I first went vegan and was making changes to my wardrobe, diet, cleaning products, and restaurants I frequented, it seemed it would change my whole life. And it did. And I love it. Now, the thing that I find so powerful and beautiful about it is that in every thing that I do, in every purchase that I make, in so many actions that I take, I am reaffirming my values of compassion. What was once the downfall is now the benefit. Throughout my day and in every way, I remember the animals and their lives, and I feel empowered about who I am and what I want to put into this world.
Changing our diets, something that we all face three times a day, may seem complicated at first. Just as I would have liked someone standing with me in the kitchen, showing me the ropes, I know there are others out there who want to cook healthy, plant-based meals. They’d like to change their health, the planet, and the lives of the animals by doing it. That’s why I want to show people how easy it can be to make delicious plant-based meals. I want to give people a window into the joy, health, and wellbeing that comes with a whole foods vegan diet. Wherever you are in your journey, I hope you’ll enjoy spending some time in my kitchen.