Welcome to Twist of Vegan.
I'm Kajsa (pronounced "sasha"): chef, veggie lover, mom,
plant freak, travel fanatic, and street food geeker.
I started cooking professionally 35 years ago,
and have been a chef and recipe developer ever since.
As a long time chef and restaurant owner,
my path towards eating more plant-based foods and
eventually becoming the head of culinary for a vegan restaurant group has been a crazy ride.
My goal is to create recipes that combine what I have always loved to cook,
with everything I have learned about cooking with plants.
A collection of simple comfort food recipes that keep our bodies and planet healthy.
Who will like these recipes?
Anyone who loves to cook and is adventurous about trying new ingredients or techniques: you’ll see lots of how-to videos like this one showing you the ingredients as well as the techniques that bring the recipe to life
Any meat eater who is looking to explore some plant-based/non-meat options: try these Korean BBQ Meatballs in the air fryer as a good entry level recipe
Any vegetarian or vegan who is wanting to add to their recipe favorites: try this Simple Vegan Pho as a way of expanding your repertoire!
Anyone who wants to eat a zero cholesterol diet– all recipes on the site contain zero cholesterol!
Anyone who wants to do their part in saving water and natural resources and improving our impact on the environment. Check out this article about Eating for the Environment
What you won't find:
Judgment. Everyone is welcome here and I want to provide fun and exciting recipes no matter what your skill level. I want to teach what I have spent my life learning and am very open to talking about food and helping with anything technical.
Food Police. These recipes will work wherever you are on your plant-based journey. I welcome all who cook to enjoy the art of substitution- no matter how you eat.
Dummied down recipes. Simple does not mean whitewashed or dumbed down. Even my easiest recipes are meant to highlight new ingredients, flavor combinations, or techniques. Mixed in are some recipes that are a little more involved or complex, but nothing I think a beginner can’t handle.
Take a Trip With Me
I want us to cook together things that are new and exciting, but that also echo your own feelings of comfort and nostalgia. I will walk you through my spice cabinets and help you dive into some of the more complex layering of flavors for things like curries and fermentations. We'll shop the markets and look at new vegetables and ingredients. There is no ego here. I welcome questions and dialogue.
Some of my posts contain Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. These items are ONLY items that I stand behind and use myself. Although I will always advocate for doing shopping in local markets, I also want to be conscious of the fact that many people do not live in large cities like Los Angeles, where we can hop over to the nearby Nigerian or Korean market or find vegan products a plenty. Some of the ingredients I highlight are a quick shop on Amazon- whether those items are unavailable to you or your time is precious. My goal is to protnote exploration of spices and flavors that may be new to you. I offer these links as a way to help you get there.