Hi there. I'm Andrea Hayley-Sankaran.
Welcome to Buttered Veg, the vegetarian food blog for conscious eaters.
Here, you'll find satisfying vegetarian recipes that nourish both mind and body.
With a perspective rooted in traditional culture, Buttered Veg publishes comprehensive recipes and feature stories on the following topics:
- Cooking How To's
- Vegetarian Food Culture
- Food As Medicine
- Healthy Eating
- Local Food
- Balanced Living
I am a vegetarian chef with over two decades of personal practice and experimentation with the ancient sciences of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
Along the way, I have discovered traditional wisdom about how to create incredibly flavorful vegetarian food that makes you feel good, inside and out.
My goal is to make it easier for you to eat more vegetarian food; not because you think you should, but because you really love it!
Why Buttered Veg?
Despite almost everyone’s interest in eating more vegetarian food, it is actually very difficult to find good vegetarian food in this world!
If you rely on vegetables for sustenance, then you probably know that most vegetarian food—especially restaurant food—tends to be boring, lackluster, and wholly unsatisfying.
Who decided it’s okay for vegetarians to live on cheese pizzas, “garden” salads, and veggie burgers that taste like cardboard?
It is not okay!
I started Buttered Veg to share vegetarian food that deeply nourishes you from the inside out, and makes you feel really good.
The Buttered Veg difference comes from our emphasis on balanced cooking, which involves sourcing diverse seasonal whole foods, preparing ingredients with mindfulness, balancing flavors, and creating flavorful food that your body will thank you for.
Continue to read this post for:
– My Story
– My Professional Cooking Experience
– The Buttered Veg Manifesto
– Let’s Get to Know Each Other
– How to Keep in Touch
– Content You May Like
For me, cooking is a profound connection to nature and to our shared humanity. It is also an act of self love and nourishment. But it wasn’t always this way.
I started cooking out of desperation when I was in my early 20s.
At that time I found myself utterly confused about how to live authentically.
Fortunately, I discovered a resource called “Healing with Whole Foods,” by Paul Pitchford.
This book describes how food affects the mind and body from a Chinese medicine perspective, and how food can be used for healing.
I spent countless hours practicing with this book, and I experienced profound holistic healing and inner calm. (Read the long version of my story here.)
Eventually I found my path and became a professional cook.
My Professional Cooking Experience
My professional experience includes 7 years of cooking in different styles: vegan, modern vegetarian, West Coast farm-to-table, and garde manger and saucier in fine dining.
I loved working in restaurants. I started to feel so calm and focused amid the chaos that the world around me stood still, similar to meditation.
Punctuating that space was the glorious beauty of the dishes I got to serve up to the guests. My creations gave me great joy, but I also wanted to learn how to communicate.
This led me to a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and a 10-year media career. (Helpful for running a food blog.)
My husband is South Indian, and his family exemplifies a style of cooking that touches the soul. Being around them rekindled my passion for cooking and exploring cultural diversity. (You can read more about my Indian family here.)
I find the world to be a rich resource of simple ingredients, traditions, and techniques. I love to explore them, understand how vegetables can play the starring role, and then make these authentic flavors accessible to my readers.
I’ve spent countless hours in my home kitchen, cooking with gas, cooking with fire, and cooking on camp stoves.
I’ve cooked with daily surprise boxes of vegetables from the farm, and 20-pound bags of biodynamically-grown grains and root storage vegetables. These days I cook from a large backyard garden.
My experiences have shown me that the farm-to-table connection cannot be overlooked in the circle of life. My garden is a source of food, but more importantly, it is a source of lessons and inspiration.
The Buttered Veg Manifesto
Cooking can be immensely enjoyable and relaxing, or it can be drudgery. It all depends on how you approach it.
- Here at Buttered Veg, we make cooking a joyful act, and we create beautiful food that we love to eat.
- Our food tastes amazing because we put our hearts into it.
- We balance our flavors, and it makes us feel amazing to eat our food.
- Cooking is so enjoyable for us that we want to cook as often as we can.
- We want to expand our knowledge about food and holistic living so that we feel happier and healthier.
Let’s Get To Know Each Other 🙂
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