Welcome to A Plantiful Path! I’m Teresa, and I love creating delicious plant based recipes. I created this site to help you see just how easy and tasty it is to add more vegan meals to your diet. By following a plant based lifestyle, you'll likely see improvements in your health, as well as help to curb climate change and save the lives of many of our fellow creatures on this planet.
Here you'll find recipes to meet a variety of taste preferences, including plant based versions of many of your favorite comfort foods. Don't miss my Black Bean Burgers, my Baked Vegan Mac & Cheese, and my Buffalo Soy Curl Subs! I also have a recipe for potato salad that has fooled omnivores. They couldn't believe it was vegan!
I know that adopting a plant based diet can seem overwhelming at first. That's why I want to help you. Whether you want to transition over night, or switch over gradually like my family did, I will help you do it without giving up all the deliciously flavored foods you love.
How did my family switch over to a plant based diet?
My family transitioned gradually to a vegan diet by initially giving up beef when my first daughter (now in college) was a toddler. I remember that at that time my husband told me he would stop eating beef, but he wasn’t willing to give up any other foods because he was concerned there would be nothing left to eat. It certainly can seem that way when you are accustomed to the Standard American Diet.
Over the next several years, I read many books on plant based nutrition. We also watched several incredible videos related to the effects of diet on our health, the animal population, and the planet. The more I read and watched, the more I was convinced that plant based eating was the way to go. But even though we knew what we should eat, following the diet was initially a challenge. I mean, no more cheese? No more ice cream? What about burgers and fries?
I dove into vegan blogs and cookbooks, searching for substitutes for all of our favorite foods. I found that, rather than there being nothing left to eat, our vegan diet opened us up to the huge world of plants. A plentiful collection of plant based foods – plantiful! Over time we found vegan substitutes for pretty much anything we wanted to eat. And we have all been fully vegan for several years now. I developed a passion for food, and I discovered a whole new way to cook. Eventually, I began trying my hand at creating my own recipes. In 2018 I completed a Forks Over Knives plant based cooking course through Rouxbe Online Culinary School.
The result of eliminating animal based foods from our diet was an improvement in our health. The digestive issues that I had dealt with for years completely went away. Hormonal issues that had caused monthly pain also vanished. And, amazingly, our family now rarely comes down with a cold or flu virus. When we do, it only lasts a couple of days. I was convinced – the vegan diet was definitely the way to go!
Be sure to look at my A Path To page to learn some of the many reasons to add more plant based foods to your diet.
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