Hi, and welcome! I’m thrilled that you are here. 

My name is Mary and I’ve been sharing recipes online since 2011. I created my first site, Barefeet in the Kitchen, to share recipes with friends and family and I quickly discovered that sharing recipes online is a whole lot of fun. 

In a nutshell? I just plain love food. If you love food as well, we’re likely to get along just fine. I love dark chocolate, giant salads, medium-rare steaks, chips and salsa, homemade ice cream, simple foods, gourmet foods, junk foods, healthy foods, you name it, I’m probably eating it.

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You know what else I really love? Vegetables – but that has not always been the case! Learning how to properly cook vegetables AND make them interesting has been a dinner-time game changer.

So, why start a brand new site that’s all about vegetables? Because vegetables don’t have to be boring! 

On this website, you’ll find everything from simple side dishes and hearty main dishes, to awesome breakfasts, snacks and appetizers, recipes for meat lovers, as well as an abundance of vegetarian options. Every recipe here features at least one vegetable, though some recipes feature many more.

I’ve written three cookbooks filled with family-friendly meals that are easy enough to make on a busy weeknight. Each one is filled with recipes that are accessible for both new and experienced home cooks, always with an abundance of flavor. 

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook, The Weekday Lunches and Breakfasts Cookbook, and The Weeknight Dessert Cookbook are available on Amazon or in your local bookstores.

I believe that recipes were meant to be shared, altered, passed around, and remade time and time again. I love hearing when you’ve made a recipe and how you might have made it your own as well.

Sharing a meal with friends and family never fails to make me smile and I love hearing when you make these recipes. Tag me on insta @bestvegetablerecipes if you share your dish or come back and leave a comment here!

I can be reached through email at [email protected]. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

All photographs on this blog are taken by Mary Younkin unless otherwise noted.