Its National Vegetarian week and in honour of celebrating whole plant foods, I am going to be featuring some of my favourite veggie food blogs that inspire me to be a more daring and decadent in the kitchen. Today I’m introducing you to Oklahoma-born Kate who is obsessed with healthy food, nutrition and photography (a girl after my own heart!) Here’s a little interview Kate kindly took the time to do. And be sure to check out her recipe for Raw Kale Salad & Creamy Tahini Dressing below.
What is your food philosophy?
Simply put, I believe in eating real food. I believe that whole foods, which are foods that are as close to their source as possible, are best for us. Every body has different dietary needs so there is no ideal diet for everyone, but processed food isn’t good for anyone!
Why are you so passionate about vegetarian plant-based food?
Eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables is better for our health and the planet. As I learned more about the meat industry by reading books by Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman and Marion Nestle, I decided that most meat just isn’t worth eating. I don’t want to eat sick animals that require antibiotics to stay alive or consume low-quality feed. I am also uncomfortable with the amount of energy required to produce meat.
Whats your favourite go-to easy-to-make-in-minutes snack or meal?
My favorite quick snack (and sometimes meal) is avocado on whole grain toast (http://cookieandkate.com/2012/avocado-toast-recipe/). If I’m really hungry, I’ll mix up a black bean burrito bowl using leftover rice (http://cookieandkate.com/2012/black-bean-burrito-bowl/).
Who are your food heroes and heroines?
I really admire Heidi Swanson, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman and Tamar Adler. Each of them promotes sensible, healthy eating and provides great tips on how to make eating well fun, interesting and affordable.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could only take 6 foods with you, what would they be?
Definitely dark chocolate, I can’t go without it. I would also bring some hearty, crusty whole grain bread, peanut butter, eggs, greens and avocados. Can I bring some wine along, too?
What do you hope readers will take from your blog and recipe creations?
I really hope to inspire visitors to get up and cook something that’s good for them. I want to show my visitors that vegetarian food is not just about tofu and veggie burgers. I want them to know that cooking is feasible and fun, and to experience the satisfaction of cooking a delicious, wholesome meal.
Finally, what would be your top tips to anyone wanting to get started eating healthier but have no idea where to start?
First of all, I would get rid of all the processed food. Even switching from pre-sliced white bread to real, whole wheat bread is a big step in the right direction. Eat more of your favorite kinds of produce, and try new varieties. Cook big batches of whole grains and beans and freeze the leftovers so they’re always available. Find a healthy food blog or cookbook that you really love and cook your way through it!
Click here for Cookie+Kate’s delicious Raw Kale Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing plus there are some great tips on how to make the perfect kale salad.
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