Welcome to Live Eat Learn, where we’re all about unique, easy vegetarian recipes that anyone can cook. I know what it feels like to be bored and clueless in the kitchen; you want to eat healthy but don’t know what to cook, so you settle for the same few things every week. Sound familiar? Well together we’re going to take on this lack of inspiration and create something delicious!
Here’s how it works
Every 2 weeks we choose a featured ingredient. Carrots, quinoa, coffee, you name it! We’ll start by diving into the basics of that ingredient; how to cook it, different variations, when it’s in season, you get the gist. Then for 2 weeks we’ll cook up an array of delicious, (almost) always healthy recipes with that ingredient. Ready to start exploring? Check out our past Featured Ingredients, or head straight to the Eats!
Oh, and I’m Sarah! I like to eat, travel, and take photos. I was raised in Alaska, but recently moved to the Netherlands to be with my Dutch boyfriend-tulip-man. I graduated from Penn State with a degree in nutrition, which kicked off my wild love for all things health and food. I’m currently working on my master’s in nutrition and sensory science. Here are some more very important things:
- Things I like always: Cereal for dinner, travel, efficiency, cheese, anything with a map on it, campfires, Penn State, writing in cursive
- Things I like sometimes: Doing yoga, roller coasters, binge watching TV dramas, hitchhiking, thrift shopping, frozen grapes
- Things I like never: Peanut butter, vacuuming, organizing my tupperware cabinet, going to bed early, water parks, lasagna, loud noises
The lives, eats, and learns on the blog are inspired by so much, like the time I lived on a ship for 4 months, or the time I survived on Red Bull for a week. You can learn more about my inspirations for each corner of the blog here:
But generally speaking, my major inspirations are:
- Nutrition: I love nutrition so much I got a degree in it, so I’m always aiming for lightness and health in my cooking. With the exception of some of my earlier posts, the recipes on this blog are vegetarian, with a majority being vegan as well.
- Minimalism: I don’t have room for hundreds of ingredients, I don’t have patience for elaborate steps, and I don’t have money for fancy gadgets.
- My Mama’s Cooking: moderation, seasonality, and wine.
- My Boyfriend’s Cooking: a good dish is a balance of the five main flavors – sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami.
- My Grandpa’s Cooking: there’s always room for dessert.
How do you shoot them photos?
I shoot everything with my trusty Nikon D7000. Most of the food photos are with my first true love, the 50mm 1.8, though I just got myself a big girl lens, the 35mm 1.4, which is quickly becoming my go-to for all things food and travel. And sometimes when I’m feeling artsy I play around with a macro. Lighting is 99.99% natural and editing is all in Lightroom and Photoshop.
How do you know things?
I studied nutrition for 4 years, which opened me up to the world of cooking and health. But I realized I was cooking the same things every week, so I started Live Eat Learn with the purpose of breaking from my inspiration-less norms. I’m currently working on my master’s in nutrition and sensory science here in the Netherlands, and here we are today!
Who is the tulip-man?
Leftover food eater, chief recipe critic, one true love muffin. We met in South America, did the distance thing for a long while, and now live together in Holland, land of tulips and cheese!
What are your favorite food blogs?
The simplicity and photography by Minimalist Baker, the always witty stories behind My Name Is Yeh, the ever-helpful tutorials at The Kitchn, the pantry of Naturally Ella, the sheer talent behind Half Baked Harvest, and the shiny white photos of Gimme Some Oven.
Can I use your photos or recipes on my site?
Thanks for asking! I work really hard to develop recipes and create content. If you’d like to share a recipe, feel free to use 1 photo with a link back to the original post. If you’d like to repost the recipe, please drop me a note and we can talk about it!
Why do you have advertisements on your website?
I know ads can be annoying sometimes, but without them, I wouldn’t be able to run Live Eat Learn. Having ads on this site helps to cover blog expenses (like web hosting, photo equipment, and groceries), and, along with sponsored posts from brands I love, is my only source of income! If you ever spot an ad that is inappropriate or offensive, please click “Report this ad” on the bottom right of the ad and we’ll work on getting it removed.
Do you partner with brands for sponsored posts and campaigns?
Yes! I love to promote brands I use and love. Head over to the Work With Me page for more info.