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My name is Nina and I'm the creator of this blog.  I would like to showcase my strive to live with intention.  I'm currently living with my husband in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Before moving to Utah, I spent 9 months in Washington State, and seven years in New Jersey, where I studied literature and dance.  I was born in a small town in Germany and finished my education and studies before making the big move to the United States.  In my day to day life, I'm struggling with allergic asthma that's triggered by a very strong allergy to dogs and food allergies to animal protein.  This allergy is one of the reasons why I'm currently following a high raw vegan diet. 

I started this blog as a creative space with the goal to write about minimalism and living with asthma, but then I noticed that I really enjoy sharing my favourite vegan recipes.  Nothing too fancy, just simple and fresh plant based cooking.  I find it empowering that I can cook nourishing foods for myself that help support my body and make me feel great.

Other areas of interest are sustainable living, slow fashion and casual hiking adventures.  On my blog you can find a few posts about capsule dressing, minimalism and hiking.

I will contribute a new recipe once a month on Mondays and sometimes I post an additional article on Sundays.  Thank you for visiting my site!  I truly appreciate your interest!

We don't hear too much from Spencer on this blog.  Maybe, someday he will grace us with a few words.  He is my husband, best friend, the love of my life and part of everything I do.  Even if nobody else ever finds and reads my blog, he so kindly does and supports me in my frivolous online fancy.  

That being said, Spencer is going assist me with the blog's cooking series in which we share some of our favourite plant-based recipes.  These recipes are part of our everyday diet.  We think they are not intimidating to make and we hope you find them as appetizing as we do.  I am passionate about fresh and whole foods, but I have no formal culinary training.  My husband Spencer on the other hand is a chef and baker by profession (he currently works at Cafe Trio in Salt Lake City), however, in this cooking series he is going to be my sous chef.  To see what he does, heck out his rather chef-y Instagram account here.


Spicy Sparkling Green Juice
Banana-Nut Oatmeal
Vanilla Crêpes with Apricots and Basil-Ricotta
Breakfast Scramble with Spinach and Tomato
Fluffy (no-egg) Pancakes
On-the-go Breakfast Oatmeal
Overnight Apple Oatmeal
Honey-Roasted Müesli

Stuffed Peppers with Avocado Mousse
Macaroni and Cash(ews)
Quinoa Mushroom Risotto
Spring Dumplings
Summer Rolls
Zucchini-Pasta with Zesty-Mint Pesto
Fiesta Potato Crisps
Summer Vegetable Fajitas
Cucumber-Radish Rolls
Oven-Roasted Ratatouille
Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts
Homemade Orange-Pistachio Gnocchi

Veggie Sprout Sandwiches
Vegan Croque-Forestièr
Open-faced Veggie Sandwiches

Spiralized Salad with Orange Maple Dressing
Pear Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette
Mashed Chickpea Salad 
Sprouted Tabbouleh Salad
Vegan Potato Salad
Savoury Watermelon Salad
Coconut-Lime Herb Salad
Sweet and Spicy Salsa
Citrus Salad with a Sweet-Mint Dressing
Pomegranate Salad
Strawberry Mango Salsa

Watermelon Gazpacho
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Miso Soup
Summer Vegetable Chili
Roasted Pepper Soup
Cream of Mushroom Soup

Apricot Jam
Vegetable Broth
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Walnut Pesto
Soy Basil Ricotta
Apricot Coulis
Date Nut Crust

Vegan Apple Galette
4th Of July Pie
Peach Tart
Toffee Banana
Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake
Cherry Bites

Let me know if you have anything in common with me.  I would love to read your comments!

♡ Nina

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