I decided to follow a vegan diet in the summer of 2011 after I discovered the hugely positive impact that it can have on my health, the environment, and all living creatures. I’m also finding it to be great way of keeping my meals fast, low-budget, and with minimal cooking time without wasting anything in the fridge…it’s been perfect for my busy university life. It seems like everyday now, I’m getting to experience amazing new dishes, and I love to share them here with all of you!
Some themes in my meals that I try to stick to are keeping things as nutritious as possible, making meals that require a very short preparation time, and creating simple recipes that use up what I have at home without needing to go out and buy ingredients.
I’m always happy to hear from my fellow bloggers, so if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, feel free to send me an email!
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I am now! I finally got round to it, haha thanks for the reminder! =P
Yum, Elle! What a delicious blog. So many good ideas here. 🙂
This site is divine. And I would personally like to eat in your kitchen everyday! 🙂
Oh my gosh, thank you so much! I love your blog, too 😀
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I look forward to checking in and catching up. Nice job.
Thanks for visiting our blog and congrats for going vegan ❤ The animals and planet thanks you! It's wonderful you're sharing your vegan adventures through your beautiful blog. Wishing you much happiness!
If you're ever in the area, we invite you to visit our restaurant 🙂
thanks so much for dropping by, and for your kind words! your menu looks amazing and I would love to check out your restaurant sometime 😀
That’d be cool to meet you in person one day. : )
I nominated you for a Lovely Blogger Award. I didn’t know if you’d already been nominated but you deserve it, m’lady.
Lovely blog, great to see you here! Will be delving into your lovely recipes. Peace and light, lee
Heya! Thanks for stopping by my food blog, it gave me the chance to find your own awesome blog! I love it – The layout, and obviously the content. Looking forward to flipping through your work!
aw thanks so much! that’s so nice of you 😀 I’ll be looking forward to checking out your blog, too!
We love your site! Can you contact us?
Just wanted you to know I nominated you for a reader appreciation award: http://veggiebentolove.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/its-really-lo/
wow thanks so much! I’ll go check it out right now 😀
Dear beautiful yummy Elle, I really do love your blog and so I thought of nominating you for two awards, The ‘Beautiful Blogger’ and ‘Reader Appreciation’ Awards. I hope they bring you even more lovely connections. See here: http://freeflowfoodie.com/2012/09/18/beautiful-blogger-and-reader-appreciation-award-nomination/.
I nominated you to pass on the Hope baton because I think your recipes are great and you are not afraid to try new things!
Well done Elle for becoming Vegan. As long as you stick to a mainly Whole-Food, Plant Based diet your long term health is almost certainly assured. Very few people have such a long term view of life. I started eating healthily 40 years ago knowing that one day I would reach an age, baring accidents that is, when I would appreciate a lack of chronic health conditions. Just remember that there is no sacrifice involved in eating this way as delicious food can be prepared without having to resort to eating meat. Keep up the good work. Your body and the world will be forever greatful.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. 40 years! That’s amazing and very inspirational! I’m only entering my second year as a vegan, and definitely sticking to the whole foods plant based diet as much as possible. The health benefits have already been tremendous and very noticeable. I’m just so glad that I was introduced to this while I was still young and before I did any long-term damage with my old eating habits.
I love your perspective on eating Elle! Like you, I’m vegan, try to keep things as healthy as possible (most of the time) and I like to make things that are quick and simple. Lately I’ve been really into bowls. I make some kind of grain that I season with a bit of Braggs then I top it with beans, lightly steamed greens, raw veggies, nuts and seeds, maybe some avocado and drizzle it with tahini. So simple and yet so yummy. Anyway, I’m glad to have found your blog – it’s wonderful! I look forward to getting to know you better! Celeste 🙂
Oh wow, that sounds fantastic! You’ve inspired me now to try out some different bowls. I’ve actually never heard of Braggs before, so I just looked it up – the ingredients look amazing. I’ll have to see if I can’t hunt some down in Vancouver! Thanks for the good ideas 🙂
Hi Elle, you have got a nice blog, being an Indian I stopped by Indian recipes, all are very good !! Enjoy
Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! I absolutely love Indian food and experimenting with different combinations of spices. I’m really glad you like it 🙂
Your welcome……best wishes for cooking and blogging….TC
Hi Elle, I felt the need to shower you with some warmth so I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award!! Participation is optional however if you may choose to accept the award please click on link http://spicyrasoi.wordpress.com/awards/
aw that’s so nice of you!! Thanks a bunch 🙂 I will go check it out right now
You totally deserve it Elle…I love your vegan recipes and the photos you click are amazing too !! Keep going girl!
Your recipes look so good!! I look forward to following you 🙂 I am getting into vegan cooking so I can’t wait to try your recipes
Aw thanks so much! Now that summer’s finally on its way I’m getting a lot more time to blog and experiment in the kitchen. I look forward to exchanging some fun vegan recipes with you. 😀
Hi! I’m vegetarian, with an eye toward veganism. I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever cross that bridge but I’m trying to learn as much as I can about it. I greatly admire those who do live a vegan way of life. I will enjoy reading your blog. Thank you!
Thanks, that means a lot to me!
I really think your approach is great — learning about everything and doing your own research, and then deciding what’s best for your health/lifestyle. Good luck, and I look forward to following your blog! (Absolutely outstanding breads you’re baking by the way 🙂 )
Thank you! Thanks also for the inspiration and support!
Yummmm! I have loved hearing about all the options you had, as a vegan, in Japan. I travel through Japan a lot so most of these things are right up my alley! I’m so glad to have found your blog so I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Have a look at my blog post (link below) for the rules if you’d like to accept. And thank you for the inspiration! =)
Aw thanks a lot! I really appreciate it. Trying to stick to a vegan diet while travelling is a real challenge, but one that I enjoy because it leads you to so many new discoveries. Having also been to Japan, I guess you can identify with my new love of soba haha 😛
Thanks for visiting my blog! I’ve been plant-based, whole foods since February 2013 and have been able to cure some health issues, including swollen and painful joints. I love seeing other blogs on this topic! Thanks!
Thanks! I’m glad I stumbled across your blog. You have so many fun recipes, and everything is right along the lines of McDougall and Barnard — love it. And, I’m really glad to hear that it helped out your health. That’s fantastic!!
great to have found your blog! Always nice to meet fellow vegan bloggers 🙂
greets from belgium
Thanks for stopping by! I’m also always happy to discover other veggie blogs, and especially those from overseas. You live in such a beautiful place 🙂
THE LIEBSTER AWARD!!
Hi there, I have been discovering your blog and have enjoyed it. As a result, I would like to know a little more about you. Thus, I have nominated you for The “Liebster Award!”
I would not be surprised if you’ve been nominated before, but if you’re like me, you never get tired of being acknowledged! Please follow the link to –
Aw what a nice surprise! Thanks very much! I’ll go check it out right now 🙂
Lovely blog! I’m from in Indonesia.. Nice to know you
Hi! I’ve always wanted to go to Indonesia. All the Indonesian people I’ve met are so kind and I hear that it’s a beautiful place. I enjoyed reading about your adventures in Japan 😀
Elle, I am a year round organic veggie gardener in Phoenix Arizona. I came to your blog because I was inspired by your story. I have also been to Vancouver and love it.
Thank you so much! I appreciate it! You have a great blog as well. I’ve always envied the farming life…it’s tremendously hard work, but well worth it. I look forward to reading more of your posts 😀
Hi Elle, this is Eric and Marianne. Thanks for visiting our blog and liking our new recipe (BBQ Teriyaki Tofu). We`re visiting your blog and like it, we`ll put a link to your blog on our site.
Awesome, thanks! the BBQ teriyaki tofu that you posted looks amazing by the way. Looking forward to seeing more 🙂
I randomly came across to your blog and I’m so happy I ‘found’ you 🙂 I really like your blog and its context. I’ve already did learn some new things for me, after browsing just few pages. I look forward to explore it more! 🙂
Aw thank you so much for all of your comments! I really appreciate it! I’m so glad that you enjoyed browsing through my blog. I really enjoy sharing these little bits of my daily life like this, and I’m always happy to hear feedback from people. So, thank you! 😀
Your veggie and fruit gravatar beckoned me–it’s beautiful, and your blog topics made me stay–delicious! Brava, Elle!
Aw, thank you! I really truly appreciate that! I took my gravatar photo after a particularly bountiful visit to the local organic farms. I brought it all home and laid it out on the counter and the colors were so stunning. Fresh veggies…to me they just symbolize a vibrant, healthy (and delicious) life! 😛
Yes, naturally beautiful.
I am thrilled to have discovered your site here on wordpress. I ,too, am hosted here at http://www.fitlinda.com. Although my focus is fitness and healthy recipes, I so much enjoyed learning about the foods you have introduced in many of your posts. I hope to try some of the ingredients out in my future posts.
Thanks very much! I’ll be checking out your blog for sure!
Hi Elle, Thanks for ‘Liking’ our Akita Jalt post. I didn’t realize it qualified as vegan.
You have a very nice site, by the way, and I’ve been a vegetarian since 1969 and a vegan since 2000.
Very hard to be vegan in Japan, they always like to put bonito flakes into everything, so I usually just eat at home.
Oh I didn’t realize you were vegan as well! Very nice! Actually, I did my M.A. in classical Japanese and Indian lit, and I just finished off a short stint in Japan as an ALT, so I’m interested in all things Japanese, and that’s what drew me to your site! I totally understand what you mean about the bonito…it can be very tricky for sure.
Sorry, in my other reply just now, somehow a random link got inserted in there. Weird. Just ignore that haha!
Thanks for stopping by. I have a few friends who are vegan & enjoy dining out with them. I definitely need to try out some of your recipes. Cheers !
Hi! Thanks for commenting. I love how you’ve divided your blog up into different areas of Japanese culture, locations and cuisine. Great idea! I’ve really enjoyed browsing through your site, and look forward to most fun posts!
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoying going through your blog.
Thanks! I’ve had a lot of fun browsing through your posts. Lot’s of great stuff on Japan. Makes me want to go again right now! 😛
Great blog and some really interesting recipes! will visit again ..
Thanks, I appreciate it! You have many wonderful photos on your blog as well! 🙂
I am sure you have gotten a lot of awards but you deserve the recognition. I am excited to let you know that I have nominated you for the Bloggers Recognition Award. I am glad to have come across your blog. Have a look at my recent post for the rules, questions, etc. I hope you will accept the nomination. Congratulations!
Aw, that’s very kind of you! I really appreciate it. I’ll go check out your post right now! 😀
I am glad you enjoyed visiting Tokyo. In fact, imho it is one of the greatest food mecca’s of the world. Tokyo is catering for one & all due to the 2020 Olympics. So, a lot of interesting restaurants are sprouting up. Reading your article on Falafels I just remembered the Israeli restaurant – Shamaim, which you must try out on your next visit. Hope to keep you more informed. Have a nice weekend. Cheers !
Yes, actually I’ve heard that very often! Everyone who travels to Japan seems to pretty much go for one thing…the great food! I actually sat in on a cooking competition earlier, and the panel of judges (all chefs) were asked which country they recommended for the best cuisine. All three unanimously said Japan. I think it’s not only about the flavour, but also the quality of the ingredients, the aesthetics, and the care that goes into creating each unique dish. It makes travelling in Japan such a fun experience. Shamaim looks fantastic as well. Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely check it out next time I’m in the area. (Which will hopefully be soon!)
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