Really Good Food That Is Healthy Too

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Let’s have a little chat. Do you have a moment?

Let’s talk about how my favorite thing to make for dinner used to be reservations. Things have changed. We now eat out once a week, and I couldn’t be happier.


Over the last year, we have continued to finely tune our diets. We want our food to make us healthy. The girls and I follow a strict vegetarian diet. I say strict because I know “vegetarians” that eat fish or an occasional chicken breast, but that’s not really vegetarian. I explain it to others that we don’t eat anything that could cause an animal to die. I don’t mean it in a dramatic way, more in a way that makes it easy for others to understand. Clearly eating a filet of fish or a chicken breast would cause an animal to lose their life.


I’ve also been a vegan off and on. I love how I feel when I’m on a vegan diet, but the cheese gets me every time. I crave mac n cheese like it’s nobodies business and I cave in and eat it. That starts a spiral of adding even more dairy products and then I’m back to being a vegetarian. *Edited to add- I follow a vegan, plant-based diet again*


Then last December my oldest {13 year old} decided that she was going to become a vegan. She spent a few months researching how to get all the nutrients vegans need and I supported her decision. Her choice jump-started my resolve to take our healthy eating up a notch. I’m so lucky that my husband is open to eating healthy too. He loves a good beef hamburger and will never be meat-free, but he also knows that meat should complement your diet, not be the main attraction. He is happy to eat my healthy creations and enjoys when I make the occasional unhealthy sweet treat. *Edited to add… Pete has been vegetarian for almost 2 years now*


This all leads me to where I am today. I’m not a cook or a baker naturally, it was never something that I enjoyed because I never thought I was good at it. I would joke about how me, in a kitchen, was a bad idea.

I am prone to accidentally burning and cutting myself. My husband makes sure that he is always within shouting distance when I’m doing anything in the kitchen. He’s my go-to guy for taking things in and out of the oven. He avails himself to my beck and call when I need something hot, lifted and drained. He’s the muscle behind the kitchen and I would be lost and probably terribly burned and sliced up without him. His support has helped me evolve into a strong family meal maker. Because of all of this I was able to find my kitchen groove.


I love to cook food that is easy and comforting. Food that is healthy 90% of the time with a little less healthy thrown in there every once in a while. Vegan and dessert dishes are my favorite to create. If there are too many ingredients or steps I lose interest so you will notice that I take short cuts if I can without hurting the nutritional value, taste or adding artificial ingredients.

This is where I am food wise. This will be my main food focus here on It’s a Lovely Life. It’s nice to finally find my food groove!

I hope you will join me as I mainstream vegan eating and bring it to everyone, even the pickiest meat eaters {I’m up for the challenge}. You don’t have to become a vegan yourself to hang out here with me… maybe you can just try adding a couple of my hearty vegan dishes and see how it goes? Are you up for the challenge?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.