Raised by a Texan who served meat nightly and vegetables only from a can or the freezer, I decided to become a vegetarian when I moved into my first apartment as a college student. My mother stayed slim as she went on a diet whenever she gained a few pounds over her desired weight, but I focused on diet as a noun. I wanted to do more than merely cease eating meat. I wanted to learn how to eat well without centering my meals around meat. I’d never eaten tofu, had no idea how to prepare it– but I wanted to learn how to get adequate protein in my diet eating tofu and tempeh, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. I wanted to learn how to prepare fresh seasonal local food to promote good health, and how to use herbs for their flavors, colors, and healing attributes.
After nursing my daughter, I raised her as a vegetarian. After researching infant nutrition, I made all her baby food myself. Really, why buy spinach or carrots in jars from Gerber when I could buy fresh local organic vegetables from our farmers market? As time passed, I developed some favorite recipes: meals my daughter especially loved, things I’d make for seasonal rituals or comfort food, or bring to potlucks with meat loving non-tofu eating friends. Friends and family started asking me for my recipes. Then, when my daughter moved into her first apartment as a college student, she started to call me frequently, asking how to make various things….
Thus my decision to create this blog of my vegetarian recipes and musings on food. In time I hope my daughter and others who check in here will share their thoughts on food and recipes with me. Because of course “breaking bread together” (whether someone has given up eating gluten or bread entirely) is all about sharing with each other, and good healthy food is the basis of a healthy life.