Unprocessed, unbleached and cruelty-free: low-fat, low-sugar, whole food and plant-based recipes to nurture body, brain and conscience.
I was in my 30s before I really started to take care of my body. My motivation back then was purely physical: I wanted to keep my weight under control. And so I began running and working out, but I was still missing a vital component to my health: diet. I didn’t realize that the meat, dairy and sugar I was consuming was undoing all of the good that running and weight-training was providing to my body. It took me another ten years before I put it all together and today my body runs on a plant-based, low-fat, low sugar diet that keeps me fueled, strong and at a good “fighting” weight. My goal is to share what I’ve learned and what I’m still learning by offering simple, delicious and nutritious - “unrefined” recipes that nurture body, brain and conscience.
In creating An Unrefined Vegan, I am aware that I’m not inventing something new and different. I stand on the shoulders of giants and many, many regular-sized folks who have forged the plant-based, low-fat, healthy path before me. It’s one of those deals where I think more is merrier: spreading the word of how delicious, exciting and satisfying vegan cooking – healthy cooking – can be.
Many of the recipes on this site come from other cooks on other sites, cooking magazines and from the large collection of cookbooks taking up too much shelf space in my garage. I give grateful credit where credit is due. I often make subtle and not so subtle changes and I note those when I remember to note them. If you try one of my recipes and have a complete failure (or conversely, you love it), please let me know. I also welcome any suggestions you may have for the recipes or for this site. There are many more experienced vegans out there and I can only benefit from their knowledge.
All of the photos on this site are my own – unless otherwise credited – and are taken with a very cheap camera using natural light. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to use my photos elsewhere, but on the off chance of this being the case, I ask that you credit me and include a link back to my site.
For more vegan goodness, please visit my other site, Virtual Vegan Potluck!
March 23, 2012 Update: Well, I did it. I bit the bullet and got myself a “real” camera. And I’m having a blast playing with it. In case you’re interested in those kinds of things, it’s a Nikon D3100 and looks like something a professional photographer would have hanging around his or her neck, but it does everything for me – if I want it to. My iPhone, Android and iPad yielded surprisingly good results on the photos, but I’m thrilled with the images I’m getting with the Nikon. Future posts will be sprinkled here and there with my “old school,” iPhone, iPad and Android photos – can you spot them??