VeggieConverter: Converting traditional recipe favorites into (mostly) vegetarian meals the entire blended-eater family can enjoy together!
Hey! I’m Kristi Arnold of VeggieConverter. I’m a former newspaper reporter and editor and a gluten-free vegetarian(ish) mom married to Mr. Meaty, a “normal” omnivore. I’m a natural living enthusiast who educates friends (old and new) on frugal living and toxin-free lifestyle.
I advocate for balance and freedom in all areas of life through my site and by hosting fun workshops here in Atlanta on nutrition, health, and finances.
VeggieConverter is all about life with our blended eater family: 1 veggie/gluten-free mama + 1 meaty dad + 2 undecided kids converting traditional recipe favorites into (mostly) vegetarian meals the entire blended-eater family can enjoy together! We’re focused on easy, organic family-friendly recipes and healthy, green living.
After becoming a mom, I realized, though I thought I led a healthy life and ate a nutritious vegetarian diet, I had A LOT to learn. It seemed every time I thought I’d cut all the processed food and toxins from our home and our diets that I’d find something new. Like dryer sheets! Who knew dryer sheets were so toxic?! Not me. But now I use dryer balls, which I sometimes make in my spare time. It’s strangely soothing.
The transition from “normal” in America to a healthier lifestyle can be so overwhelming. I decided to revel in my baby steps and document our family journey here on VeggieConverter.com
Later, a health scare led us to essential oils and even more diet changes, which led to tremendous health and financial freedom. Now I help others reach the same nutritional, wellness and abundance goals!
Our yearly goals
In 2011, we COMPLETED a New Year’s Resolution to create family-friendly vegetarian meals that picky kids (and husbands) would love.
In 2012 & 2013, we transitioned to a whole food diet.
In 2014, we went Paleo! (Flexitarian Paleo for some of us, vegetarian autoimmune Paleo for others.)
In 2014 and 15, we went oily and healthy-er!
In 2016, we went on a completely whole food, primarily homemade grain-free (except for occasional white rice), dairy-free, sugar-free diet. Phew. What’s that leave? Veggies, fruits, beans, nuts and some meat.
In 2018, we went temporarily keto(ish) and Mr. Meaty lost a ton of weight! He’s a svelte Mr. Meaty.
In 2019, I published my first cookbook, check it out here!