About

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Welcome!

Hi, my name is Julie and I am The Simple Veganista. I love creating healthy, affordable, easy vegan recipes that everyone will love and are worth repeating!

I began a vegan lifestyle in the early part of 2011 and haven’t looked back. Since then, I’ve become passionate about creating healthy vegan recipes, some 100% raw vegan recipes, and sharing in hopes to inspire others.

I started this vegan food blog in July of 2012 as a way to share my celebration of foods that are clean, nutrient-dense as possible and take the focus off of animal products and processed foods.

Vegan food is not boring, complicated, or expensive. I share with you all the simple, beautiful plant foods there are to eat and the different ways to put them together that taste great!

Eating a whole-foods plant based diet has truly become a joy. So whether you’re eating vegan for health, the animals, or just because, join me on this journey as I make my own creations as well as re-creating or veganizing worthwhile recipes!

lemon chickpea orzo soup freshly cooked in a pot and ready to serve

What Kind Of Recipes Will I Find Here?

You’ll find all types of whole food, plant based recipes, from fan-favorite vegan meals to tasty desserts, made mostly simple, with everyday ingredients that are easy to find!

Nourish yourself and your family with some of these readers favorite recipes:

Recipe Post Layout

You’ll find (most of) the recipe posts to be structured in a way to hopefully answer as many questions as you have. Each includes:

  • Ingredients – the ingredients with ideas for substitutions.
  • How to – a quick run down on how to make the recipe with process shots so you can see what it should look like.
  • Top tips – the top tips and important take aways for you to create the recipe with success
  • Dietary – adjusting for dietary restrictions – when applicable.
  • Store – how to store in the refrigerator, freezer, etc.
  • Serving options – serving suggestions (when applicable) with ideas for toppings, sides dishes, or anything that will enhance the finished recipe.
  • Recipe card – at the bottom you’ll find the recipe card with full printable instructions and nutrition information.
  • Affiliate links – occasionally you will see links to products in the post and recipe card, these are products I personally use and find convenient, or trust and recommend. Also, they are there as a visual so you know what look for when in the grocery store or searching on the web.

If I happen to miss something and you have a question about the recipe, you can always ask in the comments and I will respond asap!

P.S. I love your comments, it helps me know if the recipe is good, great, or can be better. I’m always up for improving my recipes with more tips and variations, so please leave your feedback!

What Else Will I Find On TSV?

You’ll find plenty of categories to click through, which can be found in the menu at the top of each page.

Here are a few POPULAR categories:

If you’re new to eating a vegan, plant-based diet, you should definitely take a look at My Vegan Pantry & Kitchen Essentials. It’s a great list to get you started. And if you’ve been eating a plant-based diet for a while, you may still learn something new!

Looking for vegan recipes by ingredients? Take a look at this Vegan Recipes By Ingredient to help guide you.

Commonly Asked Questions

Will I Get Enough Nutrition On A Vegan Diet?

Yes! By eating a wide variety of wholesome foods, you can get all the nutrients your body needs. Beans, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are packed with nutrients. In fact, you will find complete nutrition labels on every recipe, showing you just how nutritionally beneficial a plant based diet is!

What About Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is the only vitamin not found in plant foods, but it can be found in fortified plant milk, cereals, and other foods, such as nutritional yeast. Try to be conscientious about taking in the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), you may even want to take a high-quality B12 supplement just to be sure.

Will I Get Enough Protein On A Plant-Based Diet?

Absolutely! For some reason we’ve been taught that meat is protein and beans, nuts and seeds aren’t held to the same “all-star” status. When in reality almost all foods except for oils have protein!

This means you can get protein from your fruit (i.e. an avocado) or from quinoa, black beans, tofu and even broccoli! In fact, as long as you’re eating enough calories, getting enough protein shouldn’t be an issue!

Is Vegan Food More Expensive?

Plant foods are some of the most inexpensive foods in the world (rice, beans, legumes, bananas, etc.). Many cultures eat this way, and adapting to a whole-foods way of eating – opposed to a diet rich in processed foods – will no doubt result in savings.

A few tips to keep a whole foods, vegan diet budget friendly:

  • Eat seasonally to get the seasons produce at it’s best quality and often most reasonable price.
  • Focus on purchasing dry bulk items that you can prepare from scratch rather than precooked or prepackaged items (pre-package wrapped around processed foods come at a premium price).
  • Buy frozen produce when on sale and save it.
  • Opt for canned beans and legumes as a main protein source.
  • Meal prepping can also be a great way to save!
best vegan snickerdoodles on a cooling rack

Stay In Touch

If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to sign up for the free Newsletter where you’ll get the newest recipes, tips, and other delicious updates directly to your inbox. Or catch me on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.

If you’d like to contact me via email, please fill out this contact form (or shoot an email to [email protected]).

Thank you for stopping by, may you and all that surrounds you be healthy & well!

Serving nothing but love from my kitchen to yours,

xo Julie | The Simple Veganista