Photo by Jen Harris / Front Page Photography / 2019
Hey, I’m Lisa and thank you so much for visiting my blog! This is my vegan food project and record of my recipes. Let me tell you a little about me…
I became vegan on New Year’s Day 2008 after years of being an on and off vegetarian. At that time, I was single, and pretty much didn’t know how to cook anything beyond pasta and vegetables. I am lucky, I live in New York City, and just went out to eat all the time. Then, I met my husband, who was also vegan, and we had a baby in August 2009. Little did we know, you can’t just go out all the time with a newborn – so, I started cooking at home. It wasn’t pretty. I didn’t know how to put a meal together or how to satisfy our palates.
While my son was napping, I watched cooking shows, read vegan cookbooks, and taught myself how to cook. I first started subbing tofu for light proteins and tempeh for heavier ones. Then I bought some nutritional yeast (nooch!) and started making cream from cashews. It got my creative juices flowing and became my project! I started this blog in March 2011 to keep track of my recipes, mark my progress and connect with like-minded people on the internet.
Now, all these years later, I have really come into my own. I actually know how to cook, having honed my skills over many meals. I took a basic cooking course at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and I am the first ever graduate of the Rouxbe online cooking school which makes me a Certified Plant-Based Professional! Then, I decided to get a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell so I can officially answer the question, “but how do you get your protein?”
Yes, it can be a challenge to be vegan but who cares! Cooking is super fun and I know we are doing the right thing for our health, for the health and welfare of the animals and that of the planet. Plus, everyone who joins us for a meal leaves fully satisfied and with a handful of recipes. Secret: make amazing desserts!
Trust me, my recipes are easy. If they weren’t, I wouldn’t be in the kitchen at all. I am busy and you probably are too. So, I prep ahead, use fresh ingredients, and utilize my pantry and freezer. I write lots of cookbook reviews, some stories about my life, and post recipes twice or more a week. Get in touch if you have questions, get cooking and go vegan!