About

I’m a wife and mother who is passionate about fitness and creating healthy vegan dishes and soul satisfying sweet treats! I believe taking care of your physical health, in essence, takes care of your mental health too. They go hand in hand. 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. We’ve gone though years of struggle and research to learn what to eat, and what not to eat. It seemed no matter what my husband ate or where we ate out, 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. Through many years of suffering we decided for the better of his health, a vegan lifestyle was necessary. All my recipes I share are vegan, refined sugar-free, and many are gluten-free and oil-free as well!

In addition to having to avoid so many foods, I also have the added challenge of my husband’s very selective taste buds.  This is where my creativity, and his taste buds, had to coincide. I’ve become very busy in the kitchen these days and quite enjoy myself. I’ve been cooking since I was a kid but have spent the past several years really diving into creating recipes. This website is dedicated to not just a healthier way of life, but to an enjoyable one. Healthy recipes can be extraordinary! 

I thoroughly enjoy cooking and baking for others, as well as entertaining and showing love through my dishes. You will come across that passion and love through my stories, tips and dishes on this website. Visit as often as you like, follow my blog, share with others and feel free to drop me a line with your thoughts!

84 Comments on “About”

  1. August 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM #

    Wow, what an awesome story. I am so looking forward to looking through your recipes! I can imagine they must be wonderfully thoughtful to meet your husband’s selective taste buds satisfaction and hold to vegan & vegetarian as well. What a great blog!

  2. August 3, 2012 at 6:04 AM #

    Thank you so much! That is truly so sweet of you to say all that! It’s been a hard road to get here but we are enjoying the vegetarian/mainly vegan lifestyle. I’d say 90% of my shared recipes are gout friendly for him. I still share a few on here for others that he doesn’t eat…as gout is a very individual disease and affects everyone differently. Thanks again and I look forward to your blog as well! :)

  3. August 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM #

    So happy to have found your blog, I look forward to browsing your site and trying some of your wonderful recipes you have posted here! Happy Weekend to you!

  4. August 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM #

    Thank you so much Christina, thanks so much for visiting! I need to go check yours out as well! :)

  5. August 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM #

    Hi Brandi! I just nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award. Congratulations! http://onehappytable.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/diced-summer-saladaward-thank-yous/

  6. August 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM #

    Thanks a million Lauren!! Thanks for the wonderful compliment and for making my day! So nice of you! Thanks for the support! :)

  7. August 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM #

    I have nominated you and your blog for a couple of awards from the blogosphere!! Enjoy them and spread the joy. Here’s the link:

    http://plantbaseddietadventures

  8. August 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM #

    Oh wow!! Thank you Heather! That means so much to me!!

  9. August 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM #

    Your welcome! I love your blog and all you share!

  10. petit4chocolatier
    August 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM #

    Your blog is absolutely wonderful!

  11. August 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM #

    Thank you SO MUCH! So glad you like it! :)

  12. August 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM #

    I think we have similar interests! Thanks for following my blog, too.

  13. September 12, 2012 at 4:11 AM #

    I can’t believe I haven’t followed you before now. What was I thinking? ;)

    Is your site format a premium upgrade? I really like it! I really need a format that will highlight recipes too!

    • September 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM #

      Thank you so much Somer for the compliment!! Yes, I paid for an upgraded site as well as CSS! I wanted it to look really different and bright and colorful and hopefully I achieved that! Thank you for following! And congrats on your new blog…I really look forward to your posts and recipes. :)

      • September 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM #

        I think I need to move in that direction. Otherwise all your posts and recipes get lost in a maze!

        And yes, your blog looks fantastic!

        Thanks again for the congrats! So far so good! Lots of hits and comments!

      • September 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM #

        I have to wonder what webhosting you’re using. The results are fantastic!

      • September 28, 2012 at 4:20 AM #

        Thank you so much RubyShooz!! :)

  14. September 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM #

    I totally agree…I can rotate my recipes out in the “popular dish” section (or name it however you want) or rotate them through the active slide show! Keeps it constantly fresh without going stale and blah. Thanks again and good luck in whatever you decide, I’m sure it’ll look great girl! Yes, I see all your comments…you go Ms. Popular! :)

  15. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    September 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for following me. i look forward to all your delicious recipes.
    Regards,
    Eva

    • September 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM #

      Thank you Eva, and likewise!! Love finding people with similar interests :)

  16. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    September 20, 2012 at 6:26 PM #

    Same here, thank you! Great minds think alike :) I love how you started cooking vegan to help your husband with gout. Nutrition makes a huge difference. I wish I could have my family listen to my advice on healthy eating. Here’s hoping ;)

    • September 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM #

      Thank you! I believe so many diseases and health problems can be avoided with proper nutrition. I’ve experienced it first hand. Just keep doing what you’re doing, and it WILL rub off on them. Several of my family members now cook right from this website and eat many vegan meals. If you make it tasty, they can’t resist! Ha! :)

  17. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    September 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

    I have nominated you for the Family of Bloggers Award. Congrats!

    • September 22, 2012 at 2:20 AM #

      Awww thank you Eva!! I appreciate that so much!! :)

      • Healthy Glow Nutrition
        September 22, 2012 at 3:15 AM #

        You’re very welcome!
        Regards,
        Eva :)

  18. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    September 27, 2012 at 3:37 AM #

    You have received the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ Award. Congratulations! Keep those posts coming…
    Please see here: http://healthyglownutrition.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Regards,
    Éva

    • September 27, 2012 at 5:29 AM #

      Thank you Eva! You are too kind!! :) I will check it out!

      • Healthy Glow Nutrition
        September 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM #

        You’re very welcome!

  19. September 28, 2012 at 3:54 AM #

    Thanks so much for following me- I spent several hours pouring over your recipes yesterday! You have so many delicious things on here that I want to try so thank you for your blog! :-)

    • September 28, 2012 at 4:21 AM #

      Aww thanks a million!! I really appreciate that and I hope you enjoy them…I’d love your feedback if you do! I look forward to yours as well :)

  20. September 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM #

    Wow, isn’t interesting how mishaps turned into a positive?

    Love your story. I truly believe that the negatives in our life have a purpose, and it is up to us figure out how to turn it into a positive which you have definitely done, nice job!

    • September 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM #

      Yes, you are so right….it’s been a really rough few years with his health but going vegan, a necessity, has turned out to be a blessing because it has forced me into the kitchen to really bring alive my passion of cooking and baking! ;)

  21. October 1, 2012 at 5:37 PM #

    Hi, Your blog looks fantastic :-) I have just nomimated you for the Liebster Award! Find out what it’s all about here:

    http://lovelybuns.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/raining-liebster-awards/

  22. October 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM #

    I am a little slow and late with my own blog, but in it I try to educate people on hosting.I have helped many who do not know what to do when someone appears on the scene who is a vegan , those who have food allergies, people who now have a vegetarian in their family, or just need to eat healthier.
    I found your name when you commented on a mutually-read blog and when I saw just part of the line where you refuse to use jarred spaghetti sauce, (or worse, canned), you had me!
    I will look forward to delving into your blog.

    • October 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

      Thank you so much Tonette! I’m so glad you found me! I really appreciate you following my blog and yes, jar sauce is yucky! :)

  23. October 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM #

    I’m so excited to try out your vegan recipes! I also became vegetarian because of my husband’s health, and I love it. I tend to eat vegan because I’m lactose intolerant and I’m always looking for new recipes!

    • October 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM #

      Wonderful Allison! Thank you so much for following my blog! I’m checking out yours :) I hope you enjoy my recipes :)

  24. October 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM #

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! I love your recipes and what you bring out for us all. Congrats!

    Go to http://plantbaseddietadventures.com/2012/10/31/awards-thanks-so-much/
    for the details

  25. November 13, 2012 at 3:31 AM #

    To thank you for all of your support,I have nominated you for a Leiber Award.Please check in at the link below.

    http://tonettejoycefoodfriendsfamily.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=110&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

  26. November 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM #

    Oh wow! Looks like you have some amazing recipes and ideas here! Happy to follow! :)

  27. November 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM #

    I’ve nominated you today for the Super Sweet Blogging Award on my site!

  28. December 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

    I have nominated you for The Reality Blog Award http://plantbaseddietadventures.com/2012/12/06/the-new-reality-blog-award/

    You deserve it Brandi:) Congratulations!

  29. December 8, 2012 at 4:43 PM #

    I’ve nominated you for a REALITY blog award.I have learned so much from you,(and want to draw on more!)…and I truly appreciate the support you have shown to me.
    I will get the post up very soon.Thanks for all you do!

  30. December 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM #

    looks like great minds think alike!

  31. December 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM #

    Hello, I nominated you for an award. Please copy and paste award from this site here and follow the rules to accept (it’s OK if you choose not to):

    http://essentjewels.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/lovely-blog-award/

  32. December 15, 2012 at 4:22 AM #

    Dear ★ Healthyflavor ★,
    I have nominated you/your lovely/shining blog, for the Sunshine Award!
    Congratulations!
    Please pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch and pay it forward at: http://urbanfoodlover.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/sunshine-award/
    Wonderful Holiday Season to you and yours! urbanfoodlover

    • December 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

      I’m so sorry I just have seen this!! Thank you so much, that means so much to me! Truly, thank you for following my blog!

  33. December 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM #

    Hi Brandi!

    I have just nominated your blog for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award:


    http://celiackiddo.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/blog-awards-and-my-holiday-cookie-addiction/

    Please accept my kind regards without any obligation. This is my thanks for being such a great supporter and inspiration to me.

    -Dana

    • December 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

      Thank you so much Dana!! That is so amazingly kind of you!! I appreciate your following my blog!!

  34. December 31, 2012 at 1:20 AM #

    Hi! Just stopping by again to say I have really enjoyed following your blog 2012 and have nominated you for a Blog of the Year Award. If you’re interested in accepting, pop by http://missmarzipan.com/2012/12/31/100th-post-today-with-belated-yet-grateful-responses-to-18-award-nominations/ for more details. If not, no worries :)- I gave you a nice shout-out in any case… and I wish you a very happy 2013! x

  35. January 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM #

    I certainly understand working around food allergies and nutritional challenges. Love stumbling onto your blog. Can’t wait to browse. :) Happy 2013!

  36. January 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM #

    Thank you for the follow! I just started browsing and thoroughly enjoy it!

  37. January 25, 2013 at 12:36 AM #

    HI Brandi!- Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for “Blog of the Year 2012!” http://plantbaseddietadventures.com/2013/01/24/the-blog-of-the-year-award-2012/ LOVE Your Blog :)

  38. February 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM #

    Guess what this is my another fav blog with my fav topic other than fashion :)

    • April 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM #

      I’m so sorry I just saw this! Thank you so much for following :)

      • April 2, 2013 at 6:23 AM #

        awww you are welcome

  39. March 28, 2013 at 12:08 AM #

    I am new to this blogging arena! I love your site and just started mine 2 days ago! I will be upgrading and changing it as I learn my way around. I really have enjoyed looking through your site! You really do have some wonderful recipies!!!

    • April 1, 2013 at 7:09 PM #

      Thank you so much Kim and welcome to the blog world! Thank you for the compliment and thank you for following! :)

  40. April 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM #

    Thanks so much for stopping by and following the Sunshine Scrapbook! :)

  41. May 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM #

    Hi Brandi :) I just found your beautiful blog. I look forward to reading your posts!

  42. May 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM #

    Hello Brandi, I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! Here are the details: http://sunshinescrapbook.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/the-super-sweet-blogging-award/

  43. June 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM #

    Hey there Brandi! I’ve been poking around on your blog and I love it!! You’ve got some fabulous recipes here. I’ve heard gout is really painful. I’m sure your hubby really appreciates that you’ve been able to come up with all these yummy recipes that don’t cause him problems. Anyway, my husband and I are vegan, and I’m always happy to meet other vegans and do some recipe swapping. I’m happy to e-meet you! Celeste :)

    • June 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM #

      Hi Celeste! Thank you so much for visiting! Yes, gout is horrendous..but thank God, with proper nutrition, it is completely controllable. That is the great thing about most illnesses…I really believe we can cure or greatly decrease them by eating a healthy plant-based diet. I’ve experienced it first hand for years of research and experience. I’m so glad to meet a fellow vegan and can’t wait to check out your site as well :)

      • June 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM #

        I agree with you!! The reason my husband and I first went plant-based was because he had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. We took a healthy cooking class at Whole Foods Market that promoted a plant-based diet and were shocked by what we learned. My husband’s blood pressure and cholesterol went down to normal levels less than two months after we went plant-based. We’ll never go back to how we were eating before. Celeste :)

  44. June 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM #

    Hi Brandi just wanted to let you know there is a small typo in your About Me post …
    You wrote : We’ve gone though years of struggle and research to learn what to eat
    I think it should read “We’ve gone through years of struggle and research to learn what to eat” Hope you are well :) Thom

  45. June 29, 2013 at 6:09 AM #

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the awesome blog content award, and if you’re interested please check out this post which has the rules, etc, for accepting the nomination.

    http://ineedafeed.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/awards-june-2013/

    • July 16, 2013 at 4:56 AM #

      I’m so sorry I just saw this! Thank you!

      • July 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM #

        :3 No worries at all, and you’re welcome. You deserve the award! ^_^

  46. July 15, 2013 at 6:10 AM #

    Hi Brandi!I really like your blog!Your recipes are so delicious and amazing!! My mom has osteoarthritis since she was 27 years old,and I know how difficult is it…!

  47. August 18, 2013 at 7:42 PM #

    Hi Brandi, I love your blog and I’ve nominated you for an award! Here are the details, happy cooking! http://cakeykate.com/2013/08/18/a-day-of-firsts-awards-and-swiss-meringue-buttercream/

    • August 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

      Hi Katy! Sorry I’m just seeing this…haven’t been checking blogs as of late, so I apologize… been busy working on my new blog. Thank you so much!

  48. August 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM #

    You have an amazing bblog here! Just fell in love with it the very minute the page loaded! The yummy photos, the organization, everything is great! :)

    • August 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM #

      Oh thank you so much! That’s sweet of you! I’m actually changing my blog as of next week to an even better custom design and organization so stay tuned and be sure to follow my new blog! Thank you :)

  49. September 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    Wonderful website!
    Thank you for sharing your story… health is so very important (and you’ve made it look so beautiful too!) I am sure to find lots of vegan/healthy inspiration here : ) ~xo

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