Desiree Leaning on Counter


Hey there! I’m Desirée, creator of the recipes you love and enjoy from ICanYouCanVegan. Like a lot of people, I went vegan after watching a documentary (you guessed it!) on Netflix called “Food Choices.” If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to check it out! It’s everything you want to know (but don’t want to know) about what we eat.

In 2017 I started this blog as a way to share with friends and family what I was eating these days, with a goal of changing the narrative that all vegans eat are boring salads. As you can probably tell from my blog, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

As a North Carolina native, I grew up eating everything under the sun. All the meats, all the cheeses, all the things! So if you’re new to this lifestyle, I’ve been where you are and I promise it gets better! I truly believe that if I can do it, anyone can (hence, the blog name).

As a self-taught cook/baker, I create vegan recipes that even meat-eaters will enjoy, often veganizing meals I enjoyed growing up. Many of which are #PickyAssHusbandApproved 🙂

There are a few things you can count on when you’re making anything from my blog:

  • the recipe ingredients will consist of everyday easy ingredients that you’ve actually heard of (the most adventurous I’ll get is a flax egg, haha)
  • you won’t be required to spend 3+ hours in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove just to make one dish (because ain’t nobody got time for that)
  • the recipe will be something practically anyone can make. I don’t use a lot of fancy techniques or tools on this blog. Just the basics required to get it done!

Though I’d love it if the entire world went vegan, I understand that it’s not something everyone wants to do. If I’m being completely honest, it wasn’t even something I wanted to do, but I stuck with it because it was challenging to unlearn what I watched. With every bite I took, it became impossible to ignore. So instead of taking an “all or nothing” approach with my readers, I like to encourage people to at least explore a few vegan-friendly meals throughout the week. All eaters are welcome here. 🙂

Wondering what else you’ll find on this blog? Every now and then I like to post reviews of new vegan products and share my experiences in different countries on the hunt for vegan food (you can find these under my This & That and Travel pages). I’m not a country counter, but I get around. I’m always interested in checking out the vegan scene in other places, both domestically and internationally so I often enjoy sharing my findings with you here or on the ‘gram!

I’ve always loved food (don’t we all?!), but never in a million years did I think that food blogging would be my thing! I couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds in this corner of the internet. I hope you’ll stick along for the ride!