But of course, there's more to the story.
An Obsession, A Mission, An Education
A Veggie Venture was started on April Fool's Day 2005 as a month-long project but then took on its own life. For an entire year, I cooked a vegetable in a new way every single day. Along the way, a fellow food blogger dubbed me the veggie evangelist. Now A Veggie Venture is the award-winning home of free vegetable recipes, including the Alphabet of Vegetables, vegetables for every course, Weight Watchers low-point point recipes, low-carb vegetable recipes and five-minute vegetable recipes. (For still more ways to find great vegetable recipes, start at the well-organized Recipe Box.)
From Asparagus to Zucchini, from simple sides to vegetable salads to soups and even desserts, A Veggie Venture is my food playground, a true 'food blog'. My goal is to inspire both new and experienced cooks, even as I learn more about food and explore new recipes, ingredients and techniques.
I also write Kitchen Parade, the food and recipe column that my mom started when I was a baby. I started writing Kitchen Parade in my own fashion -- that means 'fresh seasonal recipes for everyday healthful eating and occasional indulgences' -- in 2002, shortly after her death.
What to Expect
A Veggie Venture is 100% vegetable recipes, often but not exclusively vegetarian, mostly simple vegetable recipes that can be put on the table in a flash. Here's what to expect from A Veggie Venture.
- A recipe resource for vegetable lovers
- Well-organized archives so it's easy to find tonight's perfect recipe, fast
- A familiar, over-the-kitchen-table writing style
- Kitchen tips for busy cooks, or cooks new to the kitchen
- Nutrition information and Weight Watchers points
- Product and cookbook recommendations only when I really love them myself
So look around the Recipe Box, see what sounds good. (See a vegetable recipe you like? It's easy to print a recipe.) If you like what you see, come back for new recipes two or three times a week. Or better yet, sign up for a free e-mail subscription so you'll never miss a single new recipe.
Many thanks for visiting, for reading. I hope you'll come back often. And if you have a favorite vegetable recipe you think A Veggie Venture's other readers might like, just drop me an e-mail. I do love hearing from readers!
Fear of vegetables. :-)
A Note to Veg(etari)ans
Every recipe on this site features vegetables and an estimated 85-90% of the recipes are vegetarian and 75-80% are vegan. Still, A Veggie Venture is not a vegetarian or vegan website. As a former vegetarian with no wish to offend, please know that recipes here do call for meat ingredients on occasion. Still, with such focus on vegetables, all vegetable lovers should feel much at home here and with any luck, feel inspired by my passion for vegetables and healthful eating.
Vegan Done Real
In 2011, I was horrified to watch Oprah promote a vegan diet comprised 100% of processed food. So I collected favorite vegan recipes from my fellow food bloggers (a few vegetarian/vegan but mostly not), the result is 52 weeks' worth of vegan recipes made from whole and unprocessed food, see Vegan Done Real.
About Weight Watchers & This Site
In 2002, I lost 30 pounds with Weight Watchers. Truly, in the course of several months, and especially since, Weight Watchers changed my whole understanding of the relationship between food and weight, of how my metabolism benefits from eating within a tight range of calories/points, of making food choices day in and week out. Yes, I'm a big fan of the Weight Watchers concepts! (And so are my sister, three of my cousins, several of my Size 4 friends and ...) To me, Weight Watchers is as much a 'healthful eating plan' as a way to successfully lose weight. For this site, I use my own recipes, my own nutrition analysis software and calculate Weight Watchers points myself. What's shared here are my own opinions and perspectives. With any luck, A Veggie Venture can serve as a 'buddy' for Weight Watchers followers, just as my friends who followed Weight Watchers offered me tips and pointers when I was first losing weight.
So please know: This site is not affiliated with Weight Watchers International, Inc. WEIGHT WATCHERS and its point system are registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc. Weight Watchers has not reviewed this site for accuracy or suitability for its members. Information on this site (including the Weight Watchers point values associated with recipes) is based on my own opinions, perspectives and calculations. It is not endorsed by Weight Watchers. Complete information about Weight Watchers is available via the Weight Watchers' website and local Weight Watchers meetings. Readers are encouraged to join Weight Watchers to fully enjoy Weight Watchers many benefits.