Welcome to The Vegan 8, formerly The Healthy Flavor. You are most likely here because of that connection to my old blog that I’ve shared from June 2012 to October 2013. However, if you are a new reader…welcome! What sets my blog apart from the multitude of other blogs out there is this:
The recipes on this blog are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, dairy-free, tofu-free and gum-free and 8 ingredients or less! I challenge you to find many recipes that are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free all containing just 8 ingredients. In fact, most gluten-free recipes alone contain 3-5 different flours, which is a bit too much for me. Not here, I try to make things as simple as possible for you. I like easy recipes personally, so that is what I share on my blog.
I started this new blog October 2013 and I’m THRILLED about it. The Healthy Flavor, for me, has been a wonderful expression of my passion with vegan cooking, baking and sharing some delicious food to all of you. My readers have been such an integral role in igniting my passion for creating dishes that are healthy, unique and most of all, delicious. Through operating The Healthy Flavor, one thing stood out to me about what appealed to most readers….you want easy and simple recipes. I started doing some blog searching and found that my most popular and repeatedly made recipes were 8 ingredients or less (not necessarily including salt or water). Concept being, you only will need to purchase 8 ingredients to make each individual recipe.
This one, for instance, is one of my most popular dessert recipes. No-bake Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Oh yeah.
Oh, and these too….Pecan Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Just check out the reviews for yourself.
Therefore, that became my new concept and dedication to my readers! In today’s world, most people are going to gravitate towards easy recipes that don’t take forever or require 10-20 ingredients. I personally am attracted to recipes that I see and know will be easy. I took a little poll among people and everybody said what attracted them most to actually make a recipe was that it needed to be easy and not too many ingredients. 8 ingredients can be very challenging and add up quickly, especially when you have the added challenge of making the recipe gluten-free and oil-free, in addition to vegan! However, I love to challenge myself.
I will still have all of my original recipes from The Healthy Flavor that I transferred on here (there are a few that have gluten and oil) simply because they are still popular recipes that a lot of my readers love and some may not care if they have more than 8 ingredients. For example, the response to my Banana Molasses Cake has been overwhelming!
However, going forward, all will be 8 or less ingredients. This does not include staple pantry items like salt or water. Pretty much anybody has those already and won’t require money or a trip to the grocery store or make a recipe any more difficult. In fact, you may have several of the ingredients in general, as I’m attempting to make the recipes as easy as possible.
So, who am I? I’m a wife and mother who is passionate about nourishing my husband and amazing little girl with whole foods that are healthy and delicious. I don’t really like to just replace traditional ingredients, like butter or milk, for just vegan butter, plant milk or tofu. That isn’t always any healthier or very challenging. I love to experiment more than that. I really love whole foods with as minimal processing as possible. I believe that taking care of your physical health, in essence, takes care of your mental health too.
While I have always enjoyed cooking, it became my passion for an odd reason. My husband suffers from gout, a very painful form of severe arthritis. It affects mostly men over the age of 35. Almost always, gout can be controlled through proper nutrition. It’s been many years of struggle, living on crutches and tons of research to learn what to avoid. It seemed no matter what my husband ate, he would suffer painful flare ups. The main culprit is high purine foods and many acidic foods, including meats, dairy and even some veggies as well. We decided for the better of his health, a vegan lifestyle was a must. It has been the best decision and has been life changing. That is why I started blogging, to share all the amazing, creative food that comes out of my kitchen that is better for you, but still tastes sinful.
Thank you for visiting and visit as often as you like, follow my blog, share with others and feel free to drop me a line with your thoughts!