My Plant Based Lifestyle

Hello! My name is Kate and I’m the person behind Herbivore’s Kitchen – a place where I share my plant based lifestyle! I am so excited that you’re here!

Herbivore's Kitchen A Vegan Diet Blog for Beginners
Herbivore’s Kitchen Creator: Kate Friedman

Food has always been a hobby for me. I’ve always loved to cook…and eat. A few years ago, I accidentally stumbled into a lecture called the Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen. I’ve been hooked on the idea of a plant based lifestyle ever since.

My journey into a plant based lifestyle can be best described by the evolution of my favorite breakfast food: the breakfast burrito. When I was younger, the breakfast burrito included the works. Eggs, sausage, potatoes, cheese — they all had a home in my burrito.

Then I attended that lecture and it put me on the fast track to changing my burrito (and my family’s diet). First went the sausage, then the eggs. Finally, the cheese (which I swore you’d have to wrestle from my cold, dead hand) found the door.

I replaced those items with lentils seasoned with onions, garlic and chipotle peppers (still one of my favorite go-to recipes). Beans, chopped fresh tomatoes and fresh lettuce blends added flavor and nutrition. Avocado replaced the cheese and I added crunch with toasted pumpkin seeds. Eventually, I dropped the tortilla altogether and started eating my burrito as a bowl.

Vegan Spicy Red Lentil Bowl Plant Based Diet
My Breakfast Burrito Bowl Revamped

My lifestyle has had a similar trajectory as the evolution of the breakfast burrito. I am now fully vegan at home. My husband is as well, and our kids are mostly vegan at home. They’re still young and I’m letting them make some of their own choices. When we’re out, I try to stay vegan but often find myself having to accept vegetarian as the available option. I used to fret about that, but I’ve come to learn that any effort is good, a good effort is great and striving for perfection usually leads to disappointment. One of my favorite quotes is:

DON’T LET PERFECT BE THE ENEMY OF GOOD.

I hope that my fallibility makes me more relatable to you. Nothing makes getting into this community harder to crack than the tough crowd who wants all or nothing. I think there’s room for everyone.

Initially, I changed my diet for personal health reasons and I do feel better when I stick to it. But I’ve recently begun to grasp the role that our food choices play in the health of our planet and the well-being of the animals around us. Learning more about these other consequences gives me motivation. Not only to stick to a vegan diet, but to try and make better informed, more sustainable choices every day. So, in addition to recipes, you’ll also find me exploring zero-waste and reduced-waste concepts.

My family on a camper van trip through Grand Teton National Park

I live in a small ski town in Colorado with my husband and two kids. We use the outdoors every day of the year — from skiing, to mountain biking, to trail running, to hiking. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see me out on any given day in my stories. Taking care of this place and the wonders it offers means a lot to me. Thanks for letting me share a little bit of that effort with you.