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Healthy. Happy. Life.


I’ve always been very curious about the vegan lifestyle, mostly because I am most definitely a red meat eater. I find it hard to wrap my brain around not being able to eat meat if I were to become a vegetarian, let alone a vegan. So when I came across Healthy. Happy. Life., a blog written by a woman who clearly has a serious passion for creating good vegan dishes, I couldn’t help but read more.

When I hear vegan, I immediately think of raw vegetables and tofu. Healthy. Happy. Life. is so much more than that, and so it’s pretty intriguing.

For Kathy, the writer of Healthy. Happy. Life., the blog is about providing as many options as possible for people to maximize their vegan lifestyles, without being held back by the limits that it sets. Rather than see it as a restrictive diet, she gives great recipes that take advantage of every possible food item that can be eaten by a vegan, and she gets creative with all of them. She has hundreds of recipes for every possible course (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts), so there’s almost no way that you won’t find a recipe that looks appetizing. After looking at her recipe for Over Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, I decided that the next time I am in the mood for a baked potato, there’s no doubt that I’ll make this recipe instead!
Even if you are not planning on becoming a vegan, it doesn’t mean these recipes aren’t for you. In fact, replacing some of your standard not-as-healthy meal choices for a few of the Healthy. Happy. Life. recipes would most definitely make your overall eating habits much healthier. Fan of club sandwiches? Try her twist on a California Club Sandwich, which uses tempeh bacon and Sumo tangerines.

For weeknight meals, try the Mandarin Orange Chick’n Vegan Fried Rice and a Spicy Peanut Ginger Kale Salad. As a big breakfast person, I especially loved her recipes for The Vegan Big Stack Breakfast Sandwich, Tofu Veggie Hash Breakfast Pockets, and Mini Pancake Cinnamon Rolls with Cinna-Maple Drizzle.

Just because vegan eating is generally healthier than not being vegan, it doesn’t mean one can’t indulge in a few sweet bites here and there. Her recipes for White Chocolate Macademia Nut Cookies and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes will most definitely satisfy that sweet tooth.

I hope you enjoy Healthy. Happy. Life. as much as I did and that you try a few of her vegan recipes for yourself! Have any food blogs that you absolutely love? Tell us about them in the comments!

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  • Soy is not a healthy food. And industrial GMO soy is grown with pesticides that kill millions of wild animals, so it is stained with plenty of blood. My farmer's cows give to the environment and live happy lives. We are omnivores, and lack of nutrients causes disease. It is a equation. What you put in is what comes out. Consuming factory farmed animals is a different story, but how about living a balanced life, now that the local food revolution can put meaningful food on our tables. Like Michael Pollan says: eat food. mostly plants. not too much.

    Jul 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM

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