Hi, I’m Jessica, Founder and Editor of Jessica in the Kitchen ♥. Jessica in the Kitchen (formerly Jessiker Bakes) is very dear to my heart – This blog represents my passion for delicious, vegetarian and vegan food. My mission is to provide simple and delicious meals from my kitchen to yours.
The kitchen is where I’ve made so many memories, and great food can help bring us all together in such a busy world. I want that when you land on the homepage of Jessica in the Kitchen you will know that you are in a place filled with love. I want to create a community where vegetarians and vegans can feel at home and inspired to step outside of the box while still remaining healthy, and creating food that will easily make your weekly rotation of recipes. You’re guaranteed to find simple and delicious recipes in my kitchen – I’m sharing them with you so that you can create them in yours; from my heart to yours. You don’t have to hesitate in knowing that every single recipe had my seal of approval and was made in my kitchen – that’s a promise.
I do believe in living a rounded life and I want you to feel relaxed – so you’ll find a few indulgences here and there, hello, who doesn’t love some dessert?! I try to keep things balanced and love your feedback – if you have a recipe you’d love me to make, let me know!
My Vegetarian & Health Journey
My vegetarian journey is less about vegetables and more about me coming to peace with myself, food, and my body. About 7-8 years ago I stopped eating all meats except poultry and seafood due to allergic reactions, and I like to think that I was just destined to be a vegetarian. In the summer of 2014 I decided to become vegetarian for many reasons – what meat I did eat was repetitive and plainly, I no longer felt for it. What started as mere boredom led to a journey I never knew I would experience. For the first time in my life, I’ve been able to appreciate the joy of putting foods into my body that help to nourish it and not to hurt it, and I’ve been able to really, actually taste food. Doesn’t that sound weird? I’m now able to appreciate the texture, taste and value of fruits, vegetables, grains and natural sweeteners since it’s all I’m putting into my body, and as someone whose immune system has always been weak, I’ve been benefitting greatly from this change. My hair has grown longer and thicker, my skin has cleared up, and most of all, what used to feel like a cloud in my head has disappeared. It’s as if I’m experiencing real life for the first time! I wanted to be a plant-based vegetarian, and so also decided to move away from processed foods as best as I could. That means that for the most part from summer 2014 forward, you will find mainly natural sweeteners on this blog.
My vegetarian journey has really just began, and so I will continue to update this section. My main goal is that you have delicious, simple and healthy food to feed your family and your loved ones – and that you get a laugh or two from my (extremely) dry humour. Happy Eating!
UPDATE DECEMBER 2014
In just a few shorts months, Jessica in the Kitchen has transformed into what I truly wanted from it – an all round experience for vegetarians and vegans alike with healthy, simple and delicious food. This is not a diet blog, and I don’t want it to be! I’ve incorporated a few ingredients I used to leave out because one of the most important things to me in life is balance and I want you to experience that too. As I grow with this blog, every month provides a beautiful challenge that I just can’t wait to encounter and accomplish!
1. Asian Orange Glazed Tofu 2. Vegan Creamy Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream 3. Vegan Asian Lettuce Wraps in Sweet Sriracha Sauce 4. Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Strawberry BBQ Sauce (V + GF) 5. Breakfast Tacos with Avocado Pico de Gallo 6. Vegan Mango Cheesecake