I am Rachel Glick, the creator of Savory Sprouts. I am so happy you stopped by! There is an exciting movement in the world of food right now, and it has to do with people taking control over their health. There is a tremendous amount of scientific evidence showing that switching to a whole foods, plant based diet has a remarkable impact on our overall health, and it has become a passion of mine to share this message with as many people as possible. I created Savory Sprouts as a resource for those that are interested in learning more about plant based foods, but don’t know where to start. On this site you will find easy, plant based recipes that are healthy and delicious, as well as links to other sites, blogs, books, podcasts etc., that I have found helpful in my studies. Learning how to change your mindset around food can be a bit of a process. We each have our own health journey, and this is mine.
I have always been a lover of food. I love cooking, I love savoring new flavors, I love the colors and artistic elements, and I love the science behind how it nourishes us. It all fascinates me and I truly believe that enjoying a great meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
When I consider some of my favorite memories, many of them surround food. I remember eating swordfish for the first time around the age of 4, and thinking that I may develop a large spike on my face simply from eating it, but I didn’t care; I loved it. I remember eating clams with butter as a child in Seattle, and thinking they smelled just like the air from Puget Sound. Then we moved to Texas, where knowing how to order a good steak is basically a rite of passage for a young person. Don’t order a well done steak in Texas– just don’t. As I grew up, and started trying different kinds of food, I realized that food can be an adventure that transports us all over the world.
I started cooking for myself around the age of 19. I had just moved to Boise, ID from LA, and I had a small, one bedroom apartment with a tiny kitchen. One of the first dishes I remember making in my tiny kitchen, was my mom’s Rosemary Roast Chicken. It is a whole chicken with fresh herbs and vegetables all in one pot, roasted to sweet perfection. If you feel like you can’t cook, or it intimidates you, the best thing you can do to get over that fear is to find one recipe that you love, and make it as many times as it takes for you become comfortable with it. If you are anything like me, you may need a boost of confidence before feeling like you can move on to the next phase of mastery. Rosemary Roast Chicken was my boost of confidence and it launched me into the curious world of cooking.
Over the past 10 years, my love for cooking has only grown, and so has my curiosity about how the food we eat affects our bodies. In the past several years, I began focusing more on cooking healthy meals. My husband and I realized how much better we felt when we were eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and I even started subscribing to a weekly produce delivery service. I knew the basic principles around eating healthy (or so I thought), but I became more and more curious about why so many people in our country are dying from heart disease and cancer. I began reading, watching, or listening to as many books, documentaries, or podcasts as I could get my hands on. I learned about the use of pesticides, GMO’s, carcinogens etc., and how it all relates to our overall health, and I was horrified.
In October of 2016, my husband and I decided to watch a food documentary called Food Choices. The film maker, Michal Siewierski, goes on a quest to find out what experts would say is the healthiest diet. He interviews many scholars throughout the film, and they each explain that the scientific evidence points to optimum health being achieved through eating a plant based diet. They go on to explore the idea that many of our nation’s greatest killers (heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s etc) are in many ways, preventable, simply by eating a plant based diet. One of the notable scholars that weighs in throughout the film is Dr. Colin Campbell, who wrote one of the most comprehensive books on health and nutrition in the 1990’s called, “The China Study”. I decided I had to see the science for myself, so I immediately went out and purchased the book. What I found in reading “The China Study” was astonishing; study after study showed strong correlations between eating animal based foods (red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy) and higher mortality rates. I am not a scientist, doctor, or scholar, but the evidence is very clear. Dr. Campbell’s story is a remarkable one, and I believe if more people could hear the message, it could change the future health of this country.
After reading “The China Study”, I could hardly believe that there was so much evidence around these foods causing so many awful ailments. I wondered why this message wasn’t being broadcast from every media platform? While this information is not nearly as accessible as it should be, there is a grassroots movement of people that are doing everything they can to get this information out there. One of the latest documentaries on this subject, “What The Health”, was released on Netflix in the Spring of 2017 and has gained a lot of traction for exposing some of the corruption around why these messages aren’t reaching the masses. The meat, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries are doing everything they can to try and discredit the facts, but I believe it is only a matter of time before people begin to fight back.
After watching these documentaries and reading several books, I was sold on making some pretty significant diet changes. My husband and I decided to try it for 6 months to see how we felt. I bought several vegan cookbooks and began gathering recipes from bloggers, Pinterest etc. The truth is, it did take some adjusting. There are many ingredients utilized in vegan cooking that I was very unfamiliar with, and learning how to create meals that were flavorful and fulfilling took some time. Now, after a period of adjustment, we both feel fantastic, and most importantly we know it is good for our long term health. Let me be clear though, we are not vegans. We eat plant based foods as often as we can, but if we go to a friend’s home for dinner or out to dinner where they do not offer vegan options, we don’t stress out if we have a little meat or dairy. For us, we felt it was unrealistic to cut out all animal products without any flexibility, so we decided to scale the lifestyle change to something that was reasonable for us.
Ultimately, my love for food, cooking, and now nutrition has led me to where I am today– starting a plant based food blog. I have had numerous calls, texts, and emails asking for recipes over the past year, which got me thinking that maybe I could help others learn some staple recipes for their week night dinners. When I first started cooking plant based foods, I had no idea where to start, and I felt overwhelmed by so many of the ingredients that I had never cooked with before (tempeh, tofu, nutritional yeast, cashew cream etc.), so I set out to develop recipes that are delicious (this is of the utmost importance), as well as simple and easy to follow. If you are new to this way of cooking, like I was, you will certainly come across some new ingredients, but my goal is to educate, as well as provide great recipes. So with each recipe you will find some nutritional values, as well as an explanation around any ingredients that may be unusual.
Finally, I am a firm believer in researching new ideas for myself to ensure that I am not just embarking on the latest fad diet. So I will have a separate link for the science around eating plant based foods. I will post articles, videos, or book recommendations that are all based on science with statistical significance, that have been peer reviewed. Those last two elements are key. While there are a lot of great resources out there from doctors or nutritionists, until their theories are scientifically tested, and peer reviewed, I won’t use them as evidence in this blog.
I hope you enjoy the recipes and information in this blog. Let’s live our lives to the fullest, by eating some plants!
John and I live in Boise, ID with our spirited yellow lab, Izzy. We live in a little fixer upper that we love, and that John does most of the work on himself. When I’m not selling houses, and John’s not building things, we love to explore and travel. Life is nothing, if not an adventure.