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About

Hello and welcome! I’m Karen (Kare), the founder of Kitchen Treaty. I’m an experienced home cook (with a bit of culinary training too).

I’m also, currently, a dairy-free vegetarian married to a staunch carnivore. Together, we have a young, “selective” daughter who loves bacon and chocolate and … not a lot else.

The Kitchen Treaty family (minus the dogs)

We’re much better at dining peacefully than we are at selfies. But we’re okay with that. 🙂

I shared my first one-dish-two-ways recipe back in January 2010 on my first blog, The Hazel Bloom. Two years later, I decided to focus on creating more recipes for multi-vore households like my own, and Kitchen Treaty was born. I’ve now shared over 500 recipes – crazy!

Cashew Veggie Stir Fry Two Ways (with chicken or tofu)

Over the last 10 years, I’ve evolved. I love exploring plant-based meals, and a couple of years back, I earned my plant-based pro certificate. Over those months of training, I learned a lot about the fundamentals of cooking and all of the possibilities of plant-based cooking. They’re infinite! 

Vegan Banana Almond Butter Waffles

Kitchen Treaty started out as a blog for vegetarians and meat-eaters living together, but, just like our family, it’s grown into more than that. It’s about making the kitchen your place of joy and even solace – not a battleground – one whole-food, family-friendly meal at a time. Regardless of dietary limitations!

Vegetarian, vegan, omnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, picky kids, lack of time … we all face challenges when it comes to food and families. Through unfussy and flexible recipes – plus a few cocktails and desserts thrown in for kicks – Kitchen Treaty strives to achieve mealtime peace, one family-friendly, real-food meal at a time.

These days my recipes are on the healthier side (usually) and as uncomplicated as possible. I like to create two different kinds of recipes:

  1. Accessible, diet-neutral recipes. Recipes that are vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free, but still appeal to most everyone.
  2. Adaptable, flexible recipes with options. This includes recipes with optional meat, dairy substitutions, or vegan alternatives, or even a few with picky-kid-friendly options as well.

No matter which category they fall into, they’re always delicious! At least, our multi-vore family thinks so. 🙂

Vegan Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta Fazool)

If you’re looking for tips on coexisting in a multi-vore relationship or family, here are some ideas for everyday life. Or! Are you a meat-eater prepping for a big holiday meal, and a vegetarian is joining you? Here are some ideas.

Oh, and me? Well, you can read more about me here, and learn more about how I make money on Kitchen Treaty (and my philosophy behind it) here.

Navigating the site

The most popular recipe categories make up most of the main menu on Kitchen Treaty. If you’d like to drill down by narrower categories or even browse by specific ingredient, check out the Recipe Index. Many recipes have real user reviews – I LOVE reviews, even the one-star feedback! All reviews help me to to learn and grow – and they help other readers, too. 

More About My Recipes

My recipes fall into several different categories, many designed to help us live the multi-vore life with ease. I love 

One Dish, Two Ways

These are recipes that start out vegetarian (or even sometimes vegan), but at some point, hit a fork in the road. At that point, meat is added to the carnivores’ portions. Sometimes I’ll add some additional stuff – like tofu, for instance – to the vegetarian portion after splitting off the recipe.

Vegetarian Pho from Scratch (with Optional Beef for the Meat-Eaters)

Vegetarian Pho from Scratch (with Optional Beef for the Meat-Eaters)

Vegetarian (and Vegan!) Recipes that Everyone Will Love

I take a certain amount of pride in creating meatless recipes that even hardcore meat-and-potatoes carnivores will adore. I’m not an agenda-pusher, but I must admit that I so feel a certain level of satisfaction when I can show meat-eaters just how satisfying vegetarian and vegan meals can be. And who knows – maybe that means they’ll be that much more likely to opt for a vegetarian meal in the future!

Crock Pot Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Chili

Crock Pot Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Chili

Featured Recipes

This is where I highlight seasonally-appropriate goodies, featuring recipes and categories that are perfect for the current season.

Everything Else

Odds and ends, some food-related, some not. Most notably, this is where you’ll find …

Beyond the Kitchen

Before I decided to focus solely on a niche food blog, I blogged about all things home – gardening, decorating, DIY, and of course food – at a blog I called The Hazel Bloom. It was too much to keep up two sites, so I’ve been bringing that content over here. So you’ll find a few non-recipe posts here and there on Kitchen Treaty from back in the day. And sometimes, I just can’t help but share the non-food projects I’ve got going on, so every once in awhile, I’ll share pieces of my world beyond the kitchen.

Recipe Index

Shop for recipes every which way and sideways: by category, meal, season, or ingredient.

Other recipe categories worth mentioning here:

Meal-Worthy Sides

Sometimes, my beloved carnivores just want a hunk of meat. Okay, that’s cool. That’s when I whip out a meal-worthy side – something that can be served alongside their meaty main – but also works as a full-on meal for me.

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Desserts & Drinks

I love to bake and brew up beverages too, so you’ll find no shortage of those types of recipes here as well. And hey, bonus! Most desserts and drinks are naturally meatless too.

 

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Please send them my way! Email kitchentreaty at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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