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Hey there! Welcome to my vegan foodie world! I'm Elle, the recipe developer and photographer behind this blog. I love to cook fun, colorful, and wholesome food and I hope to share that joy with you.

I believe that dining should be a complete experience, enjoyable from the first sight of the food to the taste and then to the feeling afterward. And therefore my goal is to turn a variety of Whole Food Plant Based ingredients into creative dishes that will please your eyes, palates and bodies.

Here you'll find many vegan delicious recipes that use only real food, no highly processed or hard-to-seek stuff! And being a lazy chef myself, I'll always be your source of ideas for that maximum compliments with minimum effort ;)

If you try any of my recipes please let me know! I'd love to hear from you.

And you can also find me on Instagram where I share more about my life.


Love and light,
Elle 



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