Hi people, welcome to All Purpose Veggies! I started this blog in Nov 2020, a little bit before the holidays, when the COVID-19 pandemic was really starting to get me down. I wanted to create a little safe space on the web where I could find healthier ways to enjoy my favorite desserts, and also share these ideas with friends and family who wanted to learn to bake.
All of my recipes feature wholesome ingredients like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cauliflower, avocado, carrot, apple, coconut and almond flours–sometimes even tofu! My goal is to create recipes that inspire people to eat healthier and happier, and of course, to keep you coming back for more 🙂
So a Bit About Me~
I started baking when I was 12 after I managed to get permission from Mom to use the oven at home. This was a HUGE deal for me since no one in the family touched it (we'd just moved from South Korea, so it was our first time living in a house with an oven!) After my first batch of cookies, I've been in love with the kitchen and with the endless possibilities of cooking. My first ever job was teaching kids how to prep healthy meals. Eventually, I made the big decision to stray away from my parents' expectation of having a pharmacologist in the family so that I could pursue food and nutrition. It wasn't easy at first. I had a whole lot of self-doubt and fear that I didn't know what I was doing. But a few years later, I was graduating with a master's degree in Nutritional Epidemiology from Harvard and breaking into a new career path as a restaurant consultant. I now work for a restaurant technology company, helping thousands of operators achieve their business goals.
About What I Eat
I love food, and I can eat pretty much anything under the sun. But I still think mindful, intentional eating is important. I struggled with weight and emotional eating while growing up, starting from when I first moved to the US. But the more I immerse myself in the world of nutrition, I've come to believe that a good day, a good week, a good year, and a lifetime all begin and end with good food. That's why I'm constantly looking for new ways to make healthier eating easier and more manageable for me. One solution I came up with to eating well was finding ways to make healthy eating enjoyable, FUN, and indulgent. Baking veggies into cakes just happened to be that magic portal.
About My Blog
The recipes you'll find here may not always be gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, refined sugar-free, or even guilt-free, but what I DO hope to do with this blog is post recipes that feature at least one veggie, fruit or nut as the main ingredient -- recipes you can feel good about cooking, eating and sharing.
So here's me hoping that my recipes inspire and excite you to cook and enjoy healthier desserts every day that make you feel good both inside and out. Cheers!
Here are some things I changed about my blog since the launch (and probably subject to more change):
- Originally, I'd planned to exclude all white/wheat flour recipes in this blog. (AP "Flour" --> AP "Veggies," get it? 😆 ) I later decided against this since this limited the scope of my blog. Also, I realized that gluten-free/nut/alternative products may not be readily available for everyone. Now, you can find a list of recipes that use wheat-based flours here.
- Veggie desserts - must include pumpkin pie, zucchini muffins and avocado chocolate mousse, right? I was WRONG. These are all fruits...botanically that is. Even cucumbers are scientifically fruits. So instead of focusing on just veggies, I decided to generalize to include fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes/pulses. So in a way, I should have named this blog "All Purpose Plants." But I think "All Purpose Veggies" sounds better
- This ABOUT page... I'm still fine-tuning bits and pieces of this page because I'm still unsure about what I want to do for this blog and who my audiences are. Hoping I can sort things out as I get more readers and feedback!
Thanks so much for visiting, and feel free to leave a comment, or contact me via Contact Form below. I'd also love to know who YOU are. Do you enjoy baking healthy? What are some recipes you'd like to see on my blog?