Welcome to my blog, Love and Lentils.
I’m Sophia – the one behind it all. Here’s my story, in a nutshell. In 2008, I had just graduated from a Fashion Marketing program, got married, and soon after had my son, SJK. As any parent out there understands, the unconditional love of a mother and child has defined my life, but in those first few months of sleepless nights and barely any adult interactions, I needed an outlet! Searching for more peace in my life, the first thing that came to mind was yoga. I joined the local YMCA and started discovering this practice. I instantly fell in love, luckily having a wonderful teacher that I connected with even in that cold room in the middle of a grey gym. I knew I needed to find a studio which was completely dedicated to spirituality and this ancient practice. That’s exactly what I did, and fast forward to today, I have been practicing at a lovely studio, Om West, in the heart of Pointe Claire Village, Quebec for the last five or so years.
I tell you all this because yoga completely changed my life, from creating better balance on and off the mat, to a much better understanding of my physical and spiritual body which I never really was in tune with, to what inspired me to start this blog; my more wholesome and nutritious vegetarian diet. I am so grateful for having enjoyed that first class at the YMCA, for it has led me to so much personal growth.
Why did I create this blog? I didn’t create this blog to tell you how good my food is. I was barely able to cook five years ago. I created this blog as a way to explore vegetarian and vegan cooking and share with you what I have discovered, which for starters, is how simple and delicious it truly is. I have a deep interest in nutrition and the impact it has on your physical, emotional and spiritual being. I did not become a vegetarian overnight, I read several books, had endless conversations, and watched many documentaries on factory farming, GMOs, organic and sustainable farming and so on.
Food and photography are not my background. When I met my husband, who worked in the food industry for over a decade, I was always on cheese grating duty (at most) in the kitchen. It took a lot of learning, patience, practice, cooking disasters and a ton of photos later to decide to start blogging about food.
I believe I have something very accessible to share with you all, through the collection of recipes you will find here, which you will notice are simple, usually pretty quick, and with ingredients you are bound to already have in your fridge or pantry. My goal is to inspire you to try something a little different for dinner, for the whole family, using whole, plant-based foods. Your comments and feedback make my day, so please participate in this wonderful community of foodies!
Thank you for taking the time for some Love and Lentils, I hope you find some inspiration here.