Today I'd like to introduce you to Laura Wright.

Laura has a lovely blog called The First Mess where she regularly posts about cooking with natural foods and eating seasonally.

I'd say she's kind of a big deal because her work has been featured in places like the Huffington Post, Gourmet LIVE and The Food Network Blog.

The thing I adore about Laura that continually pulls me back to The First Mess is how approachable she is. I feel like her friend when I'm on her site and that her posts have been written just for me.

This kind, easy-going energy clearly carries over into the way she creates meals and it makes me comfortable enough to try them at home.

I'm guessing that where she lives might also have something to do with the way I feel when I engage with her stuff. Laura lives right between a peach orchard and a vineyard in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. Millions of peaches. Wine for days. Sounds like a recipe for a good life, no?

Everyone, meet Laura...

Q&A With Laura

What was the experience that turned you onto a plant-based diet?

I never really enjoyed meat terribly much, but when I decided to try a vegan way of life, I found myself cooking at home a lot more. I started to enjoy the grounding aspects of nourishing myself and others so much. This led to a nutritional culinary management certificate, lots of work in restaurants, a huge veggie garden, and the creation of my blog eventually!

You're a t-shirt slogan. What do you say?

Pay attention.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

Pizza for sure. With tons of arugula on top.

What's the last book you read?

I just finished re-reading one of my all time favourites: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Coconut yogurt bowl with pepita granola, chia seeds and kiwi berries. And a big cup of vanilla rooibos tea.

Imagine you're on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Warrior II

What inspires you to take care of yourself?

I feel vibrant, energetic and centered all the time. I never want that to go away.

What inspires you to share the plant-based diet message?

To me, the variety in flavours and textures is so much more interesting in the plant world. It's also the most sensible choice for the planet that we're currently inhabiting. We have to love the earth back a little more.

Connect with Laura on…

Her website:
Twitter: @laura_mess

Laura's Recipe on Yoga Meals

Laura has contributed a Farro & White Bean Salad with Grilled Endives recipe to next weeks Yoga Meals meal plan. See for yourself how good this spring recipe looks:

To get Laura's recipe and four other plant-based dinner recipes join Yoga Meals today. It's a weekly plant-based meal planning service that delivers recipes right to your inbox every Friday. I take care of the planning, seasonal shifts and grocery list and you take credit for making healthy home-cooked meals.


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