About Vegan Heartbeats


Hi! My name is Laura. I am vegan, and have been for 10 years and was vegetarian for 6 years before that.  I have been in love with cooking since I was a child.  I have a lot of talented women to thank for spending time with me in the kitchen.  My brother Nick opened a restaurant and let me work like a dog in it. I have spent the last 10+ years working in the food industry.  From dish to hostess, I have done just about everything.  My brother Justin inspires me to cook outside the box, mixing weird flavors and ingredients.  My mom is my number one recipe-tester, my dad is my compost supplier and my taste-tester.

I have a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Nutrition Science and a Master’s degree in Public Health at The Ohio State University.

This blog serves as a place for me to express my love of cooking and everything that it intersects with. I strive to make the vegan lifestyle an approachable and conscious option for people of any cooking experience, financial status, or dietary preference. Sometimes you’ll find an op-ed style article or round-up of relevant food-related news, I love writing these pieces because they inspire me to think outside of my personal food experiences. All recipes and articles on this site are my original work, unless other credit is given.

I live with my husband, Josh, and our dog Rigby.  We strive for simplicity, choosing experiences over materials, and spending a lot of time with music and the great outdoors.

I can be reached at veganheartbeats@gmail.com for any questions or inquiries.


Photo by Marianne Angelino



  1. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this
    website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and
    would like to know where u got this from. many thanks

    • Hi Sylvia! Thanks so much for the comment and kind words. It’s fashionista theme from wordpress. I’m not too savvy with web design and wordpress offers a bunch of free themes that are easy to customize for your blog’s needs. Good luck.

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