So, you want to know about little old me, yes? OK. Lets go.
I loves sunshine, farmer's markets, smoothies, giant matcha lattes, beach days, movie nights, animals big and small, travel - anywhere, spa-ing and yoga, my amazing girlfriends speckled all across the country, my husband who I married in 2006 on a beach in Miami, my family, my Vitamix, Broadway, LA and NYC (both places I have called home), Disneyland and daydreaming and all things cozy and lovely.
I am proud of the journey I have made with my relationship with food. And I strive endlessly to bring you guys delicious, healthy recipes - recipes that vegans and non-vegans crave, adore and make again and again. My most popular recipe is my sweet potato burgers.
I love animals. Animals are the reason why I will always be vegan. And this little kitty forever lives my heart.
I love and appreciate my parents. My entrepreneurial, endlessly creative, endlessly supportive mother. And my adventure-bound, travel-loving, friends-with-everyone father who played tennis just about every day of his life before suffering some health setbacks.
I was born in 1981. High school class of '99. Go AHS. I sang in choir, rocked AP English and Creative Writing and adored drama - and any stage I could hop on. Talent show? Yes please! And I totally remember things like VCR's, beepers, Madonna in her prime, watching Titanic about seven times in theaters (it is still my favorite movie ever) and Justin T. when he was still just my favorite member in *NSYNC. I also remember the first website I ever created in the early 2000's .. a fan page for 90's TV shows like Saved by the Bell and Full House. Yup.
I followed that up with a website called Britney's Comeback. No, I am not kidding. I made it on TMZ folks. Oh and I know all the moves to the "Oops I did it Again" dance.
TMI yet? I think that is what I am suddenly striving for here.
But really all you need to know is that I love creating and sharing vegan food. I love food. I was cooking with my mom in her California kitchen before I could reach the counter, and I was requesting kale as a side dish waaaaay before it was cool.
I adore photography and experimenting with video.
And in my other life I am a screenwriter for some amazing movies. One of them staring Leonardo DiCaprio. Maybe someday. My first script will be a story involving food, no doubt. OK, I have now reached my randomness limit for this page.
So thank you for finding your way to my website, my little cozy, vegan corner on the internet. I hope you will browse, stay a while, find a few inspiring recipes or ideas, leave me a comment and say hello.
I hope my website can bring a bit of health and happiness to your life. Please come back, I am here every day! In my kitchen, spinning and experimenting with fresh ingredients, smoothie in hand, Britney, Broadway, soundtracks or Disney humming on my iTunes, kittens snoozing nearby in a sunbeam-filled corner.
This is my full time gig, creating dishes and discovering food epiphanies all to share with YOU guys. So welcome, thank you and I hope to see a whole lot more of YOU around these parts. So pull up a chair to my kitchen table and lets get cooking.
Lots of love and light and gratitude to YOU,
also check out: KathyPatalsky.com for contact info + more!
Bio: Kathy Patalsky is the creator of the vegan food blog Healthy. Happy. Life. and is the author of the cookbooks 365 Vegan Smoothies and Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen. Kathy is also the founder of the popular website FindingVegan.com which launched the Finding Vegan App in 2015. Kathy's recipes and photography work have been featured in Saveur, BuzzFeed, LATimes, Fox, CNN, on the cover of VegNews, Channel 8's Connecticut Style and more. Kathy grew up a block from the beach in the farmer's market savvy, laidback, surfer's paradise town of Santa Cruz California. She graduated with a degree in Health Promotion from American University in Washington DC. Kathy also spent a year studying art at Otis School of Art and Design. Her blog is a merging of her favorite things: art, food, wellness, a love of animals and the environment and people.
Craving more? Tons more chit chat below!...
*photo by Caroline White Photography
* 365 Vegan Smoothies published by Penguin/Avery in 2013.
* HHVK book
*photo by Caroline White Photography - makeup/hair by Tara Daniels.
How it all began. I casually started this food blog in 2006 with no real clue what I was doing. I like food. And taking pictures. And writing. So this "blogging" thing sounded like fun. I was stumbling through a chaotic (yet exciting!) transition period in life when it all began. All at once: I was newly married. I scarily decided to drop out of Grad School since it wasn't making me happy. Plus, I abruptly left my full-time job, one I loved and co-workers I fell in love with. But changes were in order because my husband and I had a big move coming up.. DC to NYC!
I started HHL about a year after we moved to downtown New York City. I was instantly inspired by the food culture of the city. I was thrilled to find so many plant based friendly restaurants, farmer's markets and brands. So into my kitchen I went. Creating and cooking just as I have always loved to do. But this time I pulled out my camera (then a tiny point-and-shoot) and started sharing my creations with the world. Or the one or two people who stumbled on my new "food blog." Whatever that was! Blogging as a career was a wild idea back then.
As time went on I upgraded my camera and tried my best to teach myself food photography. I quickly learned that starting a blog or any website and building a loyal audience is not as easy as it sounds. Just starting out, all I had to motivate me was my inner passion. There was nothing real to grasp (readers, monetary value, social following, etc). But I could see the long-term vision for my blog, and I was devoted to giving 100% to this new path in life. Eventually it paid off. My goal for Healthy. Happy. Life. was to show everyone who would listen that vegan recipes are fun, diverse, satisfying and delicious!
Vegan Girl. My decision to go-vegan was inspired by my lifelong love of animals, as well as my affinity for wellness and healthy eating. As you will find from browsing my recipes, vegan food is crazy-delicious, but really, the best part about my vegan lifestyle is knowing that my diet aligns perfectly with the passionate love I have for animals, big and small. Oh, and vegans are not annoying.
Flash-forward to today. I am a published book author with two thriving websites that I am immensely proud of (Healthy-Happy-Life.com and FindingVegan.com) - and I get to make, eat and share my favorite foods and recipes with the world. I never thought I'd get here, but I did!
Through Healthy. Happy. Life. I hope to inspire you to get in the kitchen and embrace your inner vegan chef. HHL is a resource for everyone, not just vegans. Curious to try? Even adding a few plant-based meals a week to your diet is a great place to start.
"Lets Widen the Circle" - Leanne, Vaute Couture -- I love that many of my family members, fans and friends have gone vegan or adopted plant-based eating habits because of this website!
On Food. What are FIVE recipe posts that define me best? Try these..
1. My Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers with Avocado
2. My Secret Ingredient Matcha Shake or my Watermelon Frosty
3. My Raw Chard Salad (any raw chard or kale salad!)
4. This drink that I enjoy each and every morning (when possible!)
5. Something sweet. I love a good treat!
But really, I am always in the mood for a vegan smoothie..
Cookbook 2013: My first book! 365 Vegan Smoothies - Penguin / Avery - details.
My Camera and Lenses: I use a Canon 6d with a few lenses. My faves are my new 100mm Macro and my 1.2 50mm fixed lens. I also love this lens.
Live Events. I have presented at several live events including The Seed NYC. I hosted several children's classes at Whole Foods Market in NYC via MY self-published children's book brand The Lunchbox Bunch.
Presenting at The Seed NYC, Spring 2013 (with Gena ChoosingRaw.com):
Featured in VegNews summer 2013..
*photo by Caroline White Photography
Image Use Policy. All photographs on Healthy. Happy. Life. were taken by Kathy Patalsky, unless otherwise noted. The photos taken by Kathy are copyright Polished DC, LLC. PR folks, bloggers, journalists, etc - you must email me for permission requests. DO NOT re-post my images without specific authorization first. Contact me if you have interest in image licensing. contact at lunchboxbunch dot com.