Hi! I’m Karlie, and you’ve stumbled upon my cozy little corner of the internet. At karliecooksplants, you’ll find the recipes that I’ve added to my repertoire over my eight years of cooking and eating plant-based food. The’re homey, rustic, and nostalgic of classics I grew up eating. No coconut-date bliss balls or reishi cacao lattes here.

It’s my hope that these dishes will get you excited for dinner time when you can get creative in the kitchen. Cooking and sharing food with people I love is my greatest passion, and I hope to spark that same fire within you — and if that already exists, consider this a fan to the flame.

Where it started

After working in restaurants for four years, I decided it was time to put my advertising degree to use with a desk job at a startup — but that didn’t stop me from staying curious about food. I continued cooking my way through the world of plants, earning certifications from online culinary schools including Rouxbe’s Plant-Based Professional Course and Food Future Institute.

I’ll never stop being curious about food, trying new recipes, and collecting an obscene amount of cookbooks. So as long as I’m on this wild ride, I thought I might as well share it. Even if it only truly has an impact on one other person, I’d consider that a win. That’s what ultimately lead me to blogging!

My day-to-day

I spend my days doing digital marketing and SEO for an agency and my nights cooking up new concoctions. On weekends I indulge in slower, more purposeful dishes that I usually end up shooting for Instagram or the blog. My fiancé Nathan washes more dishes than anyone ever should. Our cat Percy curiously watches it all from his perch on a barstool. If he’s a good boy, he’ll get a teeny nibble of his favorite food ever — bread!

Favorite things

  • Cooking, eating and sharing vegan food (duh!)
  • Oat milk cortados
  • Cook books with full-page photography
  • Sheet masks on a Sunday
  • Pasta on days that end in Y
  • Weighted blankets
  • Conversations about veganism and the environment
  • Board games on rainy days
  • Rom coms from the early 2000’s (the golden era)
  • Handmade bar soap
  • Sweat pants
  • Crossword puzzles