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 – it represents not only my passion for delicious, vegetarian and vegan food, but also that you can create healthy, and good-for-you recipes that are insanely delicious and that will leave you feeling energetic, happy, and proud of your decisions and your body.
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.
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 only find natural sweeteners on this blog – and I promise you won’t miss refined sugar, nor the harmful effects of it.
My vegetarian journey has really just begin, and so I will continue to update this section. One thing I have noticed is that as humans, we know very little about what we put in our bodies. Knowledge is definitely power, and I strongly encourage all my readers to read the ingredients that are in the packaged products they are purchasing and to take care when buying food at restaurants – we can be poisoning our bodies without even realising. I aim to make all my meals at home, and where I cannot will only buy from small, local restaurants that have my best interest at heart. We must do what we can to keep our bodies fresh, healthy and as pure as we can. You too can truly look forward to delicious kale, quinoa and even a treat of chocolate ice cream filled with fresh ingredients that nourish your body while making you smile!
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