Hello, and welcome to In Pursuit Of More!
My name is Shira, and in 2011, I started this blog as a way to pass time while I waited for another creative passion project to take form. Four years later, I’m still here, and find the process of creating recipes, shooting photos, and writing to be a therapeutic departure from the pressures of daily working life. In short: sharing and connecting over food makes me a happier person! Here you will find recipes: all of which are vegetarian, many are vegan. All are easy to prepare, are most often budget friendly, and will likely feature ingredients you already have in your pantry.
Beyond that, I also hope to spark conversation & thinking about food & sustenance in a way that hopefully inspires us all to look a little harder at just what we really need to truly live well. This project began as a way to direct my errant creative energy, and as a method for calming my too-busy mind as a 30 something working woman with the ever growing pressures of career, marriage, family, & the pursuit of that universally desired state we call happiness. The pursuit of more to me is simply put – the realization that our quest to acquire and consume things that don’t satisfy the soul is a quest that will inevitably be fraught with emptiness. Instead, seeking sustenance in food, family, friends, nature, beauty, and appreciation for what we have, is where we can find the satisfaction we so often seek. I hope in my small way to encourage all who visit me here to return to the basic, inherent pleasures in life that can all too often be taken for granted.
Eating mindfully // Purchasing responsibly // Wasting less, and enjoying more.
I was born to hippie parents in the 70’s, who left their eastern Canadian roots to settle on the wild West Coast, in hopes of carving out a little piece of paradise and a place to call their home. That they did, and with 4 kids in tow raised us along with organic garden beds, houses built of driftwood, and a fierce dedication to living off the grid. My dad was an artist, creative & too smart for his own good, my mom a steady caretaker and a lover of love. Both hard-working. Both guided by the steady pursuit of their own purposes. I left home quite early in life to pursue my own path, but it’s likely you’ll catch glimpses of my hippie roots here. I now live and work in Vancouver, BC with my family of four and a cat (seriously, we finally caved and I don’t know what took us so long). By day I can be found working with quality local brands, and by night I’m usually running, cooking, gardening, writing, or trying too hard to make my kids laugh ;).
To contact me, please do not hesitate to send an email to email@example.com. To print the full list of regular items I use, see my pantry list here. Thanks for joining me!
Elsewhere my work has been featured:
The FeedFeed: Whole Grain Salads
Refinery29: Easy Basic Salad Recipes | Summer Chickpea, Kale + Basil Salad
Buzzfeed: French Lentil + Vegetable Salad
Buzzfeed: 10-Minute Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl With Rice Noodles, Tofu & Fresh Pea Shoots
Buzzfeed: Soba Noodle and Vegetable Salad with Soy Balsamic Vinaigrette
Buzzfeed: Vegan Brown Rice Vermicelli with Salted Beans, Veggies, and Edamame
Buzzfeed: 27 Delicious And Hearty Soups With No Meat | 10 Minute Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl
Greatist: 31 Healthy Meals in 10 Minutes | Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl
Greatist: Complete Vegetarian Proteins | Roasted Strawberry Quinoa Parfait
Greatist: 55 Healthy Squash Recipes | Kabocha Squash + Scallion Hummus
Greatist: Best 4th of July Recipes | Tarragon New Potato Salad
Buzzfeed: 16 Reasons for a Tempeh Takeover | Brussels Sprout & Tempeh Stir-Fry
Nosh On It: Lemon Zest Roasted Chickpeas
Nosh On It: Brussels Sprout + Tempeh Stir Fry
Nosh On It: Thanks giving Winter Salad Recipes | French Lentil + Vegetable Salad
The Kitchn: Good Recipes with Cocoa Nibs | Coconut Maple Granola with Cocoa Nibs
The Kitchn Delicious Links: Peanut Butter Breakfast Bites
The Kitchn Delicious Links: 3 Ingredient Salad Rolls
The Kitchn Delicious Links: Baked Tofu + Brussels Sprout Soba with Miso Lime Dressing
Fave Gluten Free Recipes: Classic Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Fave Gluten Free Recipes: Authentic Italian Flatbread
Fave Gluten Free Recipes: Super Simple 3 Ingredients Dressing
Fave Gluten Free Recipes: Cranberry Orange Dressing
Huffington Post: 11 Vegetarian Ramen Bowls | 10 Minute Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl
Take Part: Meatless Mondays | Spiced Lentils + Indian Chapatis
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