Simple Vegetarian Foods. Easy to prepare. Healthy. Seasonal. Accessible.
Thanks for joining me here and for visiting IPOM! My name is Shira, and I’m so happy to have you here. Having long subscribed to the philosophy that eating lots is never as good as eating well - here you will find simple, plant-based nourishment that won’t weigh you down.
Utilizing simple whole foods in their freshest state, as well as enjoying everything in moderation and with gratitude.
As a food lover who lives to provide friends and family with nutritious & tasty meals, I believe that eating well should be accessible to all, and that cooking & eating healthfully needn’t be expensive or complicated.
“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die; and then he dies having never really lived”
~ The Dalai Lama on what troubles him most
Though not strictly vegan, the recipes you’ll find here won’t feature much eggs or dairy, and when they do, there is usually a purely vegan substitute offered. As a lifelong vegetarian, I don’t know how to cook meat, and the truth is it’s just never been food to me, not even a little.
In addition to recipes here at IPOM, you might also find the odd post about what else is inspiring me, always with a less is more twist. I don’t exactly consider myself a minimalist, but I do strive to simplify where and when I can, and often dream of roaming a beautiful countryside with a backpack and nothing else. I make do by enjoying the beauty of my surroundings here at home in Vancouver, BC, which happens to be a pretty spectacular place.
I am mother to two beautiful beings that came to light my way and wife to my soul-mate, who is not a vegetarian, though after 15 years together he is really coming around to all the lentils and kale around the house. I am also a dedicated runner & gardener with a strong tendency towards perfectionism and what could be described as somewhat
compulsive behavior passionate affection. Meaning if I love something, I usually love it a lot.
The Bigger Picture.
I started this blog in January 2012 as part of a much larger project I was working on. In April of 2011, I was struck by an idea so grand (to me) and so wonderful in its simplicity that I simply had to act. Motivated by the need to find true purpose beyond just the basics (family, career, self), I began working on a passion project that has transformed my life.
At that time, I was struggling with a few things. I was drowning in a compulsive cycle of consumerism & accumulation and it seemed everything I tried to curb it had failed. Nothing I ever bought, no matter how nice, was ever enough. I was also not eating well, or frankly, eating enough. After a lifetime of healthy eating, I was ignoring the truth that I simply needed more of what mattered in my life – to be of service to others in some way and to do something for the greater good.
So I cut back. I stopped buying stuff (for a while). I cancelled the $100 per month yoga pass I wasn’t using anymore, and I started doing things for others. I committed to intentionally ‘going without’ something I normally would take for granted for one day per week and putting the value of what I didn’t consume aside to buy food for those who have less than me. I spent time talking to other folks who, just like me, wanted to know how to do good. And I started an organization.
I’ve found so much joy in sharing the great wealth we all enjoy, and consciously trying to take time to slow down and just realize how freaking lucky and blessed I am to be able to do so . I’m still as far as one can get from being saintly, but I’ve never been happier or more inspired to do good and keep plodding on in the only way I know how: with honesty, earnest hard work, and sincerity. I’m so glad to have you here, and to share with you whatever it is that brings you by. Let’s celebrate good shall we?
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My recipes have been featured on The Kitchn (here and here), NoshOnit, Fave Gluten Free Recipes, & WordPress’s Freshly Pressed. IPOM was named one of WordPress’s 7 Food Blogs To Follow This Summer in May 2012, and you can also find me on Foodgawker and Tastespotting, as well as contributing the occasional lifestyle piece for Greenster Magazine.
I started blogging with WordPress and found a home there until going self-hosted in January 2013. As you can see from older posts, it has been a real evolution, as I started taking pics first with my iPhone. I now use a real camera, and I am learning as I go, and having a lot of fun doing it.
Please do not re-publish recipes and photos from In Pursuit Of More on your blog or website. Bloggers work hard to develop & create original content to share freely and it’s not okay to use it as your own. If you wish to link to a post here on the blog, please do so by using one photo to accompany the link back to this site.
To many happy & fulfilling meals!