My name is Jenn Sebestyen, creator of Veggie Inspired. I am a wife and mom of three. My son is 8 years old and my twin daughters are 5 years old. I love to read, drink coffee, sing along to the radio in my car, practice yoga on an early weekend morning, and sneak chocolate after the kids are in bed. Most of all, I love to cook; I can read cookbooks like novels; and I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen by making standard American favorites healthier.
About My Journey
When my son was just a newborn, I happened to be in the library and noticed Alicia Silverstone’s, The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet.
At the time, I was eating a standard American diet, but considered myself to be making healthy food choices most of the time. I have no idea what compelled me to pick up her book and check it out, but I did. I read it cover to cover before the end of that day and vowed to never again drink dairy milk. From there, my thirst for knowledge about a plant based diet grew with each day. I slowly started transitioning my diet to incorporate more greens and beans and less animal products. I’ve always been a veggie lover, so it wasn’t a huge jump, but a plant based diet still takes a new way of thinking about what the dinner plate should look like.
When my son turned 6 months old, I knew I would not be buying any prepackaged baby food for him. I started making all of his baby food, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Now, he is an incredibly well rounded eater. He certainly has his picky eating moments, but compared to most kids his age, he is a breeze to feed. I made all the baby food for my girls as well. I have one that eats everything and anything and one that is pickier, but I still consider her a fairly well rounded eater.
This blog began as a way to document what I was eating each day of a 30 day whole foods plant based challenge. I wanted to show others that it can be easy and satisfying to eat a plant based diet and hopefully inspire some to give it a try. I enjoyed writing about the food choices I was making and learned that many were indeed trying some of the recipes for themselves. When the challenge was over, I decided to keep on writing.
About My Diet
I truly believe that consuming a well-rounded whole foods plant based diet is the healthiest way to eat. My husband and kids are not 100% plant based, but since nearly all of what I make at home is whole foods plant based and very low sugar, I’m not concerned with the occasional treat they might have. To be completely honest, I have been known to sneak a piece of real cheese or a sugary cookie every now and then too. Clearly, I am not perfect, but I try my best to make the healthiest choices I can in every situation. I initially named my blog Veggie Inspired Journey for this exact reason. Health is not something that you achieve and then never have to think about again; it is a lifelong journey. I have since dropped the “journey” only because I felt it was kind of a mouthful to say. 🙂
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ~Ann Wigmore
Contact me at veggieinspiredjourney (at) gmail (dot) com
About My Favorites
Not sure what recipes to try first? Here are my top suggestions for recipes that have been proven to win over even the biggest meat eaters. Enjoy!
“I love this recipe! It’s delicious on pasta. I’ve also found the sauce tastes great as a substitute for nacho cheese (or just dipping chips into it) as well as to put on a baked potato! Great recipe, thanks for sharing.” ~Alexandra
“I never comment on recipes. In fact, this is my very first time. I wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe tonight & it has changed everything for me. I am lactose intolerant but I love mac and cheese and usually fight through the discomfort and pain that follows indulging in it. After this, I will likely never go back. Thank you so much for sharing – I will definitely be making this on the regular.” ~Risika
“Wow!!! I never would have come up with this recipe on my own. I’m completely amazed by the way the squash was basically transformed into cheese. I’ve made similar sauces with cashews and cauliflower which were good, but this one would absolutely fool most people.” ~Breia