Greetings! I'm Elizabeth Shah. I'm a writer, vegan and recovering type "A." My husband, Hemant, and I live in Madison, Wisconsin with our Toy Fox Terrier, Maisy. (I develop the recipes and write, Hemant takes the photos, and Maisy's the resident taste-tester and kitchen supervisor.)
Healthy Midwestern Girl is a food blog dedicated to sharing whole food plant-based and healthy vegan recipes. This is where I use my 30+ years of cooking experience to create flavorful, healthy food that just about anyone can enjoy.
While Hemant and I fully embrace the ethical impact of veganism on animals and the planet, we originally adopted this lifestyle to feel healthier (read below). We truly believe food is medicine.
Most people I talk to know they should eat better, but find the idea of switching to a plant-based diet overwhelming. My hope is to share food that's not too complicated, not too "weird" (you can probably get your carnivore hold-out to at least try it) and just really damn good.
My recipes are:
- 100% vegan & whole food plant-based
- relatively simple, using basic cooking methods and easy-to-find ingredients
- oil free, refined sugar free & nutritious. Most are low in fat, high in fiber & naturally gluten-free or can be made gluten free
- tested—I won't put anything on the site I don't love
- full of flavor—for everyone out there like me who lives to eat!
So welcome and enjoy. And please, let me know how I'm doing.
Note: If you’re wondering (most people do!), my husband pronounces his name “hem-ent.”
Not so long ago, this Midwestern girl wasn’t very healthy at all. I suffered from mysterious ailments my doctor couldn’t explain—fatigue, dizziness, recurring respiratory infections, and so on.
After several trips to his office and a bunch of tests, he gave me the best advice of my life: try giving up meat, dairy and eggs.
My immediate reaction was, "HELL YEAH, LET ME RUN HOME RIGHT NOW AND THROW OUT THAT LASAGNA I JUST MADE!" (Not.)
I was—and still am!—a passionate foodie who loves great restaurants, travel and cooking. In fact, just a month earlier, I’d eaten the meal of a lifetime at the famous French Laundry restaurant. How could I give that up! Besides, Hemant and I had both been vegetarian in the past, but not particularly healthy ones (too much cheese!)
But hearing my doctor explain why the wild-caught salmon and free-range chicken we were eating wasn’t as healthy as I thought, I knew I needed to give a whole-food, plant-based diet a try.
That was in February of 2017, and we’ve never looked back. We’re healthier, happier and just feel "lighter" than ever. And the food we eat now—we think it’s delicious.