“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
Hello! I’m Heidi and I welcome you to The Simple Green! I’m so happy you dropped in, and I trust you’ll find something you love here!
This is a place where you will find deliciously simple and wholesome plant-based recipes. A deep love of organic gardening and a reverence for the seasons guides me in the kitchen and creates a deep connection with the natural world around me- my goal is sharing that love, comfort and connection through my recipes. Whether you eat plant-based or not, there is something for everyone here. I love good food as much as the next person, and I endeavor to make each recipe a little bit better for you and our Earth. Most of my recipes are naturally gluten free, high in fiber, and lower in refined sugar.
My work has been seen on BuzzFeed, Brit+Co, Greatist, Hello Glow, and the CBC, among others. The Simple Green was also a shortlist nominee for the 2017 Taste Canada Awards!
I believe in never underestimating the beauty of a home made meal lovingly crafted with the seasons freshest ingredients. Using wholesome plant-based foods is important to me, not only for their nutrition, but for their simplicity and unparalleled taste. There is nothing better than enjoying food made with love and compassion and knowing it’s nourishing your body with each delicious bite.
Growing my own fruits and vegetables and sourcing local, organic and sustainable foods as much as possible is paramount in my day to day life. Not only does it taste better, it is much better for our earth and, more importantly, for our future. Combining comfort & familiarity with seasonal plant-based ingredients (and nature’s magic) can bring us together to relish in eating simply… and eating well with benefits far beyond our taste-buds!
I was born and raised on the coast of British Columbia, Canada and grew up in a somewhat traditional German home…you likely guessed that by my very German name. I’m a mother and pioneer Vancouverite making a home on beautiful Vancouver Island located off the coast of British Columbia. My husband is French Canadian and grew up on the far West coast of the island in a quaint fishing and milling town. He is a true craftsman and you can often spot his work in my photos (hand carved spoons, the odd paring knife etc.).
When I’m not in the kitchen or garden, you can find me behind the camera (sometimes in front of one), chasing after the little one (or Frankie, our dog), reading all things fantastical, foraging for wild foods, or exploring the natural wonders of the west coast.
My favourite foods are too many to be listed here, but to name a few: french lentils, dark chocolate, almond butter (straight from the jar), tomatoes from the vine still warm and prickly from the sun, baby kale, chunky Celtic sea salt, and bread (I love a good carb). I really don’t like bananas, but there are a few recipes on here for those of you that do.
I hold a formal university degree in Exercise Sciences/Physiology and achieved several competitive athletic awards in my youth and early twenties. Over the years, I have developed a somewhat insatiable taste for living slowly and simply with peaceful purpose and loving intention. I consider myself a student of the earth and am constantly learning new ways to live sustainably…this world needs to be left better than I found it.
If you’d like to collaborate or work with me in any capacity, feel free to get in touch so we can share ideas. Ideally, you’d be keen on plant-based foods, organic gardening and or sustainable living. You can also check out my FAQs here, find my photography portfolio here, or request my media kit by clicking here.
If you love my recipes or have any questions, drop me a comment antyime. Also, if you make one of my recipes, tag me on social media because I love seeing my recipes in your home!
I capture everything with Canon 5D Mark ii primarily with a 50mm 1.4 lens and a 100mm 2.8 macro lens. Prior to April 2017, I shot with a Panasonic Lumix with a Leica 2.8 lens. I edit all my photos with Adobe Lightroom and occasionally Adobe Photoshop. Visit here to see what’s in my camera bag!