Chow: v. to eat n. food
Vida: n. life.
What can I say… good food contributes to a good life, and life would not be complete without the amazing food we are so lucky to have! So what better way to celebrate that than sharing delicious recipes using wholesome, natural, and nutritious ingredients.
The face behind Chowvida is a girl named Alex. (Yep. That’s me!) I was raised in a very “natural” lifestyle, by two somewhat hippie parents, nothing was really restricted and creativity was encouraged. When I was little, I quickly learned what plants were edible, and even just a simple jaunt down the street became a foraging frenzy… from sour grass to honey suckle, manzanita berries to miners lettuce. I loved foraging. I believe it was partially this love of foraging that stuck with me and now inspires me to create naturally healthy, simple and nutritious recipes. I have been a vegetarian since I was 6 (on my own accord), mostly because I never cared for the taste of meat. I also LOVE nutrition… I think it’s so interesting, the way food affects our bodies, our mood, and our overall life. Like many people, I try to avoid highly processed foods, or anything that has too many ingredients. I am a fan of simple, and a fan of using natural plant based ingredients. I believe butter has its place, but I also believe there are plenty of things that can be made just as tasty without the use of butter (as you’ll notice you will almost never see butter in my recipes). Like I said, I am vegetarian, not vegan… I love yogurt and eggs way too much to ever be vegan… however most of the things I bake and cook ARE vegan…..
There are three main reasons for this:
1) I hate milk. Disgusting. So I never have it in the house, and always have rice, almond, or soy milk on hand instead.
2) Like I said, I hardly ever use butter.
3) I like my eggs on toast, no reason to waste them in baked goods where they aren’t necessary, and flax eggs are a perfect substitute for real eggs when baking!
I find great joy in coming up with creative ways to make recipes healthier and/or vegan. Baking is such a science! One of my pet peeves is when people use processed “substitutes” (butter substitutes, vegan cheese for dairy cheese, and my least favorite – soy based fake meat products. Gross.) Most “substitutes” often have twice as many ingredients as the original! There are healthier, natural substitutes for almost everything, and I always strive to make things not only healthy, but nutritionally beneficial and equally delicious.
What you would typically hear on a food blog is “If I’m not in the kitchen, you can find me….” but really, let’s be honest… If I’m not outdoors frolicking, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, riding horses, doing yoga, running, traveling, etc etc, then you can find me in the kitchen.
Chowvida started out as a way for three friends (well, two cousins and a best friend) to share recipes with each other. It is still such, but it has evolved to be more… shall we say, public… appealing to other food crazy mongrels out there. Also, I admit, the posting dwindled after the first year of blog excitement… but I’m taking a vow to bring it back into action! So enjoy the recipes, the words, the pictures, and then the tantalizing smells that come from your kitchen…
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