Get to know Plant Based Folk; it started in 2017, when my diet changed to plant based after learning many things about our food thanks to the influence of a young family member who one day announced they were on a vegan diet. My initial thought was a roll-your-eyeballs “Really?” little did I know there was a whole world of satisfaction off eating only plants. My new diet lasted 6 months and then I loosened up a little. I switched to mostly plant-based; if I really feel like a certain food - like kafta! (Flexitarian) I'll have it on the weekends.
I believe food forms part of the glue that brings all humans together and feel that recipes should be shared and passed down to each generation
Hi! I am Janelle. I wear many hats; I’m a Mother, a Wife, a lover of nature, a Cook and the Founder of Plant Based Folk.
I’m a second generation Australian with a Lebanese background living in my birth-town Sydney. I’ve always loved food; both cooking and eating. Gaining my Diploma in Hospitality Management many moons ago where I very much enjoyed and thrived in my cooking & recipe classes, I didn't pursue a career in the industry. Fast forward a couple of decades and it's come full circle - I'm embarking on a journey to share my passion for food; getting creative.
I'd like to give you some insight as to how a plant based diet has help me. I've thyroid issues.
Feb 2019, was a particularly bad time for me. My symptoms starting a couple of years ago, experiencing a huge flair up of 'not-feeling-well' in early 2018 which gradually faded and I was able to resume life with random 'not-feeling-well' symptoms until Feb 2019. I started experiencing chronic fatigue (some nights I'd sleep for 9 hours and wake up feeling as though I hadn't slept an hour) hair loss, brain fog, tinnitus, also feeling poisoned whenever I ate, insomnia and the list goes on.
I saw several types of doctors, only to be told they didn't know what was wrong with me saying it might be 'auto-immune'. This is particularly hard to accept - the 'not knowing'. My blood test showed my thyroid was experiencing border-line hormonal issues. My doctor advised not to worry about it, at this point my thyroid was slightly bulging.
I insisted on undergoing a check-up, which resulted in confirmation I had a couple of decent sized nodules and a goiter.
This changed everything.
A shift in my mindset meant I was paying closer attention to the foods I put in my body, playing a major role on how this affects my symptoms and my thyroid. A plant based diet is helping me heal a majority of my symptoms. I could rant for a while about this, but let's get on with it, I'd rather not bore you... haha. You get the picture...
I believe food forms part of the glue that brings all humans together and feel that recipes need be shared and passed down to each generation, I know with being of Lebanese heritage, lots of traditional food recipes have been lost through the generations. But I am on a mission to learn and adapt recipes to plant based where ever possible. For example, wanna know how to make traditional Tabouli but gluten free, click here for my Quinoa Tabouli, the taste is exactly the same.
Plant Based Folk is a place where food is showcased and celebrated, for everyone to enjoy.
I hope to get to know you folk, and look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for stopping by.
My Go To Vegan Recipes that I love
Have a gander at my popular no egg choc chip muffins they are perfect to whip up quickly when you need a sugar hit or a lunch box filler.
I also adore a good bowl of Lebanese lentil soup called Shorbet Adas (in arabic-this translates to Soup of Lentil), it really packs a punch in flavour and nutrients.
For a wholesome and filling meal, I love to make Mujadara Recipe. This is the Hamra version which is from the South of Lebanon.