Ok, I'm back! I didn't realize how many people actually followed this blog until I stopped posting for a while. For the last few months I have spent every spare second remodeling our new (old) home. We spent 4 1/2 months eating out almost every night as we had to live in a temporary apartment where the oven never worked and the cooktop had electric coils that were always too hot or too cold. It was challenging, but the result was worth the wait. My favorite room is, of course, the kitchen. I got to pick all my appliances, faucets, sinks, countertops, tile and cabinets, and design the layout of where things go. I even did some unique things, like install runnels next to the sink and put a pass through arch into the dining room. It is truly amazing, and I hope this next chapter of my cooking will be equally amazing. Of course, none of this would be possible without my most wonderful husband who trusted me enough to buy the house and let me go crazy with it. I'm truly blessed. Anyway, the last bit of construction is wrapping up tomorrow and I am relieved. New recipes on the way!
Many of my friends have been curious about how I feed my family interesting vegetarian and vegan meals on a daily basis. For many, it's challenging to make one meatless meal, much less most meals. I love to cook, and my primary focus is healthy, organic, whole-grain, plant-based foods. In 1998, I stopped eating beef and pork, but still ate chicken and fish. This year--after reading the China Study--I started cooking mostly vegetarian and vegan meals. I lost weight, I feel healthier, and I hope I'm preventing disease in my family by eliminating most of the animal-based products from our diet. I hope some of these recipes, cooking tips and ideas inspire you to eat healthier. Salud!