I became a vegetarian in 1994. At the time, it was mostly for environmental reasons, but I've become more and more convinced of the health benefits as time has gone by. In order to be completely fair, I should note that my religion also encourages a vegetarian diet as part of a healthy lifestyle that honors God (though many members do eat meat, as I did growing up).

In any case, becoming a vegetarian forced me to re-think what and how I ate. I became a vegetarian cookbook aficionado. And, while I discovered some great recipes, my major stumbling block to cooking most of them regularly was just that they took so doggone long.

I prefer to be in and out of the kitchen in about 10 minutes, and I feel that I've really gone above and beyond the call of duty if I spend longer than 30 minutes on any food prep. So, all the chopping, marinating, and sauteeing had to go - or be drastically reduced.

Another barrier was recipes that required odd ingredients. This made my shopping trips too long, and required me to go to strange stores to get just the right variety of kelp powder, for instance.

I tried and discarded many recipes. Many of them, while delicious, didn't make my regular menu list because they flunked on ease of preparation or easily-available ingredients.

The best, the easiest, my favorites, I share with you here. Both lacto-ovo and vegan recipes are included (I know, I know... I'm working on cutting out the eggs and dairy, but I need more Lazy Vegan recipes... and cheese is so yummy!).

Welcome to the blog. Hope you enjoy it and find many helpful, healthful ideas.