This month we’re shining the spotlight on Lisa’s Project: Vegan, a wonderful blog full of Lisa’s simple yet delicious recipes. You can also lust over all her food on Instagram: it won’t be long before you’re clicking through to her recipes! As a bonus, most of her recipes take just 30 minutes to make, so you’ll never be slaving away.
Lisa was kind enough to answer a few questions and help us get to know her a bit more.
How long have you been vegan?
I have been vegan for over a decade.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I started my blog 6 years ago. When my son was a baby, and took long naps, I would be I the kitchen experimenting. I didn’t have a repertoire back then and was kind of amazed when I made cream sauce out of cashews. I posted my lunch on Facebook because I was so impressed with myself! An old friend from high school asked for my recipe and if I had a blog. I didn’t even know what a blog was but once I figured out that I could post and record my recipes online, I created Lisa’s Project: Vegan.
What’s the best feedback you’ve had on one of your recipes or dishes?
I have gotten a lot of great feedback over the years but mostly that my recipes work, are easy, and inspiring. I always remind people that cooking is an art and often people tell me that they added this or that to one of my recipes and came up with something they love. Nothing makes me happier.
Where do you get your recipe inspiration from?
I am inspired by my family and what we like to eat. If we go out to a restaurant and we love the menu, I will figure out how to make a dish at home. If we see a recipe in a magazine, a cookbook or a cooking show, I will adapt it to work for us in terms of flavor profile, portion size and technique.
Are there any other vegan blogs you love?
There are so many great blogs out there now but I will always have a special place in my heart for the old PPK (Post Punk Kitchen).
What’s your favourite cookbook and cuisine?
Right now I am obsessed with Salud Vegan Mexican by Eddie Garza. It is so different than a lot of the new vegan cookbooks that have been coming out lately. Mexican has always been one of my favorite cuisines and this book takes it a whole new level for me. It is going to be a cooking challenge the likes of which my kitchen has not seen since my early vegan cooking days. I have already made churros (my son thinks I am a genius) and cauliflower palm heart ceviche. I will be posting a book report and these recipes on my blog soon!
Which holiday do you most love cooking for?
I love cooking for Thanksgiving. It was a big deal when I was growing up when my entire extended family descended on my house and my mother went all out. That tradition continues today when everyone comes to my house and I get to feed my family with healthy, vegan versions of old traditional foods and, of course, some new ones too.
Do you have any plans to create a recipe book/ebook in the future (or a different cooking/blogging ambition)?
Yes, in fact, I am working on a book about how to cook vegan. I want to teach people the basics of vegan cooking – from tofu and tempeh to beans and grains – and how to plan, shop and create custom recipes and meals that they, and their families, will love.
What is the one recipe of yours that we should all check out?
So if you’re stuck in a rut of the same old recipes all the time, head over to Lisa’s Project: Vegan for something healthy and delicious!
Who would you like to see featured next? Leave us a comment and we’ll check them out!
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