Today we are featuring an interview with Kiersten from Oh My Veggies, one of our favorite food blogs! Oh My Veggies is a vegetarian food blog sharing delicious recipes that we often hurry home to try.
We’ve known Kiersten for a little over a year – last year she traveled from North Carolina to Winona, Minnesota to spend a few days with us exploring the Watkins headquarters, testing new products, and learning more about J.R. Watkins and our commitment to all things natural. (Check out a post she wrote about her visit, here.) Now she’s back to share with us a little bit about her favorite things!
What inspired you to start Oh My Veggies?
When I started blogging, I was scared to pick a specific niche, so I did a little bit of everything. Eventually, I realized that my vegetarian recipes were the posts that people loved the most, so I rebranded as Oh My Veggies. It’s gratifying to help people see that vegetarian eating doesn’t have to mean you’re missing out on anything.
What is your favorite recipe you have created?
That is a tough one—it seems to change all the time! Lately I’ve been having my Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake a lot. It’s perfect with some J.R. Watkins cinnamon sprinkled on top!
What is your favorite food to cook with?
I like using whatever is in season, so this changes all the time too. Now that it’s fall, I’ve been working on developing recipes with kale and squash. This summer I cooked with a lot of corn, zucchini, and peaches.
We noticed that you like to garden, do you use a lot of your own fresh produce in your recipes?
I have three small raised beds in the backyard and an herb garden, so I don’t get a ton of fresh produce, but I love using what I do get! I grow heirloom vegetables, which are harder to find at the grocery store or farmers market. This summer I got more little finger eggplants and red noodle long beans than I knew what to do with!
Fall is here and that means more hearty dishes and yummy baked goods. What is your favorite thing to make in the fall?
My favorite fall side dish is roasted butternut squash—peel it, cut it into cubes, toss it with a tablespoon of olive oil and bake it at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. It is so good! My Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale & Caramelized Onion is always a favorite for fall too, when sweet potatoes and kale are both in season.
Are your recipes beginner-friendly?
Yes! I try to post recipes that are doable. I think we all have those recipes we’ve saved that look amazing but they’re so involved that we know we’ll never really make them.
You recently did a give away of J.R. Watkins products on your Facebook page. We would love to know, what is your favorite Watkins product?
I have loved every J.R. Watkins product I’ve tried, which is why it’s one of my favorite brands. Almost every cleaning product in our household is from J.R. Watkins (and the rest are things that Watkins doesn’t make!). But if I have to pick a favorite, it would be the Lemon Cream Hand Cream. It smells like lemony frosting (and it’s incredibly moisturizing too)!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Nope! But thank you for interviewing me for your blog!