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Kathy's Videos / YouTube (Page One)

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Travel + Life Videos

Watermelon Frosty Time! One of my most popular recipes..

Refreshing and dairy-free, matcha chip ice cream!..

Matcha Tools Video:

My go-to Acai bowl for summer..

Dairy-free, amazing, dreamy whip is easy!..

These vegan mini cookies will make you swoon! Rich and buttery..

Creamy, sweet, citrus-y green shake, one of my faves!..

I am obsessed with this vegan creamy tomato pasta sauce. Tastes like lasagna, so....

This is my husband's favorite recipe..

When you need an extra dose of fun, try this Unicorn-themed, Starbucks copycat beverage. It is actually REALLY good!..

Simple and healthy recipe for spring asparagus..

This easy cupcake designing trick is done using vegan marshmallows. Kid-approved fun!..

This mushroom recipe is smoky and sweet and is a great plant-based alternative for bacon!..

My most popular recipe, also a personal favorite!..

Mushroom-crust pizzas are easy and fun! Gluten-free pizza idea..

The easiest healthy peanut butter cookies! I feel like making some right now..

Love acai bowls like me? You need this tip in your life..

Fresh avocado and fresh pesto makes this easy pita pizza extra amazing..

No churn ice cream! Rich and amazing..

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Vegan Travel

Vegan Travel!

Healthy Food at Disneyland: Where's the Magic?

Vegan in Vegas - Part One, Part Two - Bartolotta

Lower East Side Tour NYC

Vegan Dining in Los Angeles

Top 20 Things I Love About LA!

Ski Green. Or not so much?

Bliss in the Hamptons, NY

Samantha Brown's Hawaii: Locavore Bliss.

Ghent, Belgium's Veggie Day Once a Week.

Essex Market NYC

Miami, The Delano, Wellness Destination

Overheard: Bourdain on Disappearing Manhattan

Holey Farm, Bahamas: Extreme Farming. Martha Approved.

Japan: Secret to their Weight Success?

Are Californian's Healthier?

Spain: On the Road Again TV Show.

Winter Train Travel: DC to NYC.

Top Ten Wellness Travel Destinations

Breakfast Around the Globe

Blue Lagoon, Iceland: Fabulousness!


About Kathy Patalsky.

*photo by Sabrina Hill

Welcome and hello!

So, you want to know about little old me, yes? OK. Lets go.

For the brands who just want some quickie details.. download my press kit here or reach out to me at kathy at lunchboxbunch dot com - or check out

*photo credit: Sabrina Hill

I love snowstorms, farmer's markets, sunshine and smoothies, matcha lattes, waffle brunches, the ocean, rainy days, hot cocoa, movie nights, foggy mornings, snuggly clothes, pink sunsets, animals, the outdoors, travel, spa-ing, yoga, my girlfriends, my husband, family, my Vitamix, Broadway shows, dancing to Britney Spears music, tennis, Disneyland and daydreaming and all things cozy and happy, nerdy and silly too. I mean, those are just a few things off the top...

*photo by Sabrina Hill

This blog is for everyone. Whether you consider yourself a "vegan" or just someone who likes plenty of plant-based meals. This is the place to be! Life is messy. Life isn't perfect. And perfection is overrated. I get it. And wellness isn't perfect either. It truly is a journey. There is no "after" photo. Every day of your life is a brand new "before" and a new "after" photo. Ponder that for a while!

My goal for my own life is to live well. Be happy. Go on adventures. Punch fear in the face when need be. And when all else fails, find my laughter and let it roar.

And for this blog, I want to share as many healthy meals, healthy habits, life answers and inspirations as possible. The good happy things and the sad stuff too. I squeeze it all in, right here on this little old 'food blog.'

So if you want to hashtag that.. #GoOnAdventures #ShareYourPassions #LoveYourMesses #LaughALot #PunchFearInTheFace #PerfectionIsntTheGoal #FindYourOwnHealthyAndHappyPlace #InsertFaveEmojiHere

If you just want to get to the good stuff (the posts!)..

- Recipe Index (Or just browse from the home page)
- Travel Stories
- Life Updates + Personal Posts
- Cooking Videos (travel + life videos)

So, more about me....

My most popular recipe is my sweet potato burgers.

I love animals. Animals are the reason why I became curious about veganism. And this little kitty forever lives my heart.

I am happy about the journey I have made with my own relationship with food - as I continue to hope to help and inspire others.

I love and appreciate my amazing parents. My entrepreneurial, endlessly creative, endlessly supportive mother. And my adventure-bound, sunshine-seeking, friends-with-everyone, big smile on his face, tennis-loving father - who I lost in December 2015.

I was born in 1981. High school class of '99. Go AHS. I sang in choir, loved 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 Timberlake when he was still just my favorite member of *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 recipes and I am endlessly seeking to find joy, balance and love in my everyday life. Actually, sometimes I want the exact opposite of balance, a little bit of crazy is a good thing. I love embracing the unknown and taking chances, I never want to stop having adventures in life.

*photo by Sabrina Hill

I adore photography and experimenting with video. Though video exhausts me a bit. I am more comfy with my camera and Photoshop.

In my other life I am a Hollywood screenwriter for some amazing movies. One of them staring Leonardo DiCaprio. Tom Hanks doing something funny. Or Kate Winslet being bubbly and intense at the same time. Maybe someday. Anyone want to give me script-writing lessons? OK, I have now reached my randomness limit for this page.

I love a lot of things actually.

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.

Lots of love and light and gratitude to YOU,


Check out my videos: Kathy's Videos or browse them on my YouTube Channel.

Contact me at kathy (at) lunchboxbunch (dotcom) - or for contact info + more

*photo by Sabrina Hill


Bio: Kathy Patalsky is the creator of the lifestyle blog Healthy. Happy. Life. and is the author of two cookbooks, 365 Vegan Smoothies and Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen. Kathy is also the founder of the popular website Kathy's recipes and photography work have been featured in Saveur, BuzzFeed, LATimes, CNN, VegNews, Channel 8 New Haven, Ladies Home Journal, TheKitchn, and more. Kathy grew up in Santa Cruz California and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two brother kitty cats. Her blog is a merging of her favorite things: art, food, wellness, animals, travel, style, photography, nature and community.

*photo by Sabrina Hill

Craving more? More chit chat below...

*photo by Caroline White Photography

* 365 Vegan Smoothies published by Penguin/Avery in 2013.
* HHVK book

*photo by Sabrina Hill

How it all began. I casually started this food blog in 2006 with no real clue what I was doing. I liked 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. Then we moved. To NYC. Hello inspiration!

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. Then sharing. 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!

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. Even adding a few plant-based meals a week to your diet is a great place to start. Embracing vegan is not about perfection. Everyone starts and ends where they feel comfortable when it comes to plant-based eating. Every body is different.

"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!

And yes really, I am always in the mood for a vegan smoothie..

My first book! 365 Vegan Smoothies - Penguin / Avery - details. My second book: HealthyHappyVeganKitchen (2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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.

*photo by Sabrina Hill

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.

Cover photo on VegNews Magazine..

Presenting at The Seed NYC, Spring 2013 (with Gena

Featured in VegNews summer 2013..

*photo by Caroline White Photography

*photo by Sabrina Hill

*photo by Sabrina Hill

*photo by Sabrina Hill

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.

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Kitchen, Cooking, Photo Tips and How-to's

Kitchen/Cooking Tips and Techniques Index
Newest posts are at the top of the list.
Last Updated: 2/2012

* 10 Cool Recipes to Make with a Vitamix
* 5 Ways to Perk Up a Meal wit Fresh Pesto
* 6 Secret Ingredient for Scrambles
* How-to Veganize Fancy Soy Lattes
* Secret Ingredient to make any cookie recipe better
* Coconut Whippuccino
* How-to Whip Coconut Cream
* How-to Sear Tofu
* How-to Make Food Truck Eats at Home
* Vegan Jello using Agar Agar
* Using TVP in recipes - sloppy joeys
* Veggie Burger Test Kitchen
* Breakfast for Dinner!
* How-to Veganize Baking Mixes (or from scratch recipes)
* How-to Make a Basic Baking Batter
* Wellness Foods to Try! Slideshow
* How-to Make Cashew Cream Smother Sauce
* How-to Make Almond Milk at Home
* Food Photography: 15 Tips!

Perfect Vegan Pie Crust

Go Vegan Guide.

How-to: 10 Ways to Make Bubbly Better!

How-to Make Fluffy Quinoa Every Time

At-Home Juicing 101

UPDATED: Vegan Essentials Grocery Shopping List

How-to Make Cashew Cheese

How to Peel a Mushroom - and grill it too

Guide to Soaking Raw Nuts

How-to Make Berry Sauce/Topping

Smoothie FAQ's

Grilling Guide: Vegan / Green Grilling 101

10 Trendy Money-Saving Smoothie Ingredients

Vegan Grilled Cheese 101

How to Make Natural Food Colorings from Veggies n Fruit

Veg Salads 101

Green Juice 101

Meet my Juicer

Juicing for Health and Fun Series

Drink Real, Connect to your Food

Cooking Tofu Tips and Advice

Dairy-Free Pepper Burn Remedy

Ideas for a Soy-Free Vegan Lasagna

Stuffing 101

Cook Gourmet on Any Budget! Inspiration Secret.

Food Menus for Special Diets: Five Features and Tips.

Top 5 Babycakes NYC Must-Buy Secret Ingredients

Five Tips for a Better Gourmet Vegan Lasagna

Get Creative in the Kitchen: Food Invention Accidents List.

Coconut Water Ice Cubes: Smoothie Tip

Cooking for Your Non Vegan Family: 4 Recipe Ideas.

Twenty Smoothie Tips: Blend like a Pro!

How-to Chop a Pineapple: Photo Slideshow.

Vegan Baking Secret: Vital Wheat Gluten.

How to Roast a Pepper 101

Packaged/Canned/Jarred Fruit Use Ideas