About

Welcome!

I’m Amanda, the creator behind Visions of Veggies.

When I’m not playing with food, you’ll probably find me up in an aerial hoop or lounging around with my nose in a book. I also enjoy hanging out with my cat, doing yoga, and hiking. I was born and raised in Indiana, but now reside in the Chicago area with my boyfriend.

Why vegan?

I was the pickiest eater growing up. Literally the only vegetables I would eat were corn and potatoes. I survived mainly on a diet of grains, dairy, and chicken. I remember wishing I was vegetarian because I always felt bad for the animals.  However, I was stubborn and I had my mind made up that I didn’t like vegetables. Even if I hadn’t tried something, I just knew I wouldn’t like it, especially if it was green.

So what changed? A few years ago, my mom passed away suddenly and that completely altered my perspective. I realized that if I want to do something, I have to embrace the present moment or there may never be time. So I did it. I opened my mind and broadened my horizons. I started following a vegetarian diet and I loved it. After a year I decided to go fully vegan. I no longer wanted to be a consumer of an industry which causes so much suffering for animals.

After changing my diet I really fell in love with cooking. I started trying new ingredients and flavors, as opposed to eating the same thing week after week. I also naturally found myself gravitating towards including more whole foods and using less processed ingredients. So I guess all these years later I’m still technically a picky eater, but in a much healthier way. Give me all the fruits and veggies!

Why I started this blog…

Lately I have been experimenting a lot with cooking and baking. I used to be someone who could not make anything without having a recipe to refer to. Recently, I have found creating my own recipes to be very liberating. I don’t have any constraints and I can add my own flair to dishes. Sure, not everything works out as I intend, but it is part of the process. I am learning a lot and I enjoy taking time to refine my recipes. I created this blog to share my recipes with others and show how delicious vegan food can be.