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Welcome to On Anna’s Plate!

I started this blog as Newlywed, Newly Veg…but the blog and I have both gone through some changes since then.  I’m eating meat again, but still exploring healthy, veggie-filled meals in the kitchen.  Join me in my kitchen adventures!

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  1. Karla permalink
    November 18, 2009 2:32 pm

    Hey! I just found your blog from Carrots N Cake. I recently became a vegetarian and started a blog too! (

    I’ll definitely keep reading your blog. Looks great!

  2. Anna permalink
    November 18, 2009 2:47 pm

    Thanks Karla!! I’m adding your blog to my blog roll 🙂

  3. November 22, 2009 5:05 am

    Hi there!

    I am also a rookie vegetarian (9 months now). I love my new lifestyle and enjoy all of my meatless meals. My husband, like your husband is not a vegetarian but he does eat vegetarian meals with me some nights. Check out my blog for some recipes and I will be checking yours 🙂

    • Anna permalink
      November 22, 2009 1:40 pm


      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll definitely be checking out your blog!

  4. Emily Plank permalink
    November 23, 2009 8:38 pm

    Okay, so I have a few thoughts as an *experienced* vegetarian! (ha!!) 6 1/2 years, and raising two vegetarian babies has forced me to do a lot of reading and recipe searching. First, ethnic foods are so much more vegetarian friendly, and don’t rely so much on meat substitutes. Our favs…Indian, Ethiopian, and Mexican (of course). Second, dry beans are much more cost effective then canned, but they require too much time and planning for me. I buy them in bulk, cook an enormous pot on one day, and then freeze them cooked. They don’t work well in dry dishes, but they are great in soups and stews this way. Then I buy cans for almost everything else! My favorite grain – Quinoa…because it is a complete protein just the way it is. A quick veggie stir fry on quinoa gives you everything you need without having to throw in cubes of tofu or scrambled eggs. (which is also good, sometimes).

    I’m excited to see what you come up with! I love cooking, too, and am always looking out for new good recipes. Tonight, I’m trying… I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Anna permalink
      November 23, 2009 10:11 pm

      Hey Emily!! I’m so excited that you’ll be reading the blog! As a vegetarian veteran, I’ll be grateful for any recipes, helpful hints, and advice that you can throw my way! That bean idea is a good idea– Ryan and I have been talking about how we want to start making more beans from dried ones, but you’re right– they take so much more time! We make a lot of soups and stews, so freezing them like that would work well for us.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog!

      • Deborah Niskin permalink
        April 25, 2013 12:27 pm

        Hi Anna! Nice blog!

        I’m not a vegetarian, but I keep kosher. I also find that vegetarian blogs tend to use less refined sugar and fats. Vegan recipes work for me with both dairy and meat if I choose to add those things. The more I cook vegetarian, the less I eat meat or dairy.

        I’m commenting to suggest that you check out

        before you use canned beans, or anything else in cans. I LOVE 🙂 EDEN brand beans for their low sodium and great products. Eden was a pioneer in the BPA ban.

  5. Anna permalink
    November 23, 2009 10:12 pm

    I just realized that my comment made it sound like I am the vegetarian veteran, which I obviously am NOT 🙂

    That would be you!

  6. November 25, 2009 2:51 pm

    I’m so glad that you commented on my blog 🙂 Your blog looks so lovely! Congratulations on going vegetarian. I’ve been a veggie for 8 years and don’t really miss a thing but sometimes it’s hard when there are not that many vegetarian options (like on holiday in Japan.. where there was lots of fish..). However, I think that a vegetarian lifestyle is quite easy to maintain. Can’t wait to continue reading!

  7. November 30, 2009 3:23 am

    Looking forward to reading about your adventures. I’m not a vegetarian, but don’t eat much meat in general so I definitely will be interested in hearing what you make.

  8. November 30, 2009 5:47 pm

    Hey Anna,

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I love your blog name 🙂 Can’t wait to see some cool veggie recipes!

  9. November 30, 2009 11:58 pm

    hey anna!

    thanks for stopping by sweet tater! i get so excited when i “meet” new people via blog… i actually didn’t go to cofc. i’m a furman girl myself, but i love charleston. such a neat place.

    looking forward to keeping up with you!

    • December 1, 2009 12:42 am

      Hey Katie,

      I viisited Furman when I was looking at schools– it has SUCH a pretty campus!

      Thanks for visiting the blog!

  10. December 6, 2009 9:59 pm

    Hey Anna,
    Food, Inc forever changed my life. I was mostly veg before that but watching the movie really hit home. I had to leave during some parts–mostly involving the cute pigs and cows. Earthlings–Oh.My.God. Like you, I couldn’t even get through the trailer. Thanks for coming over to my bloggie blog–it’s too much fun meeting new peeps with similar interests. What an awesome community.

    • December 7, 2009 1:19 pm

      Hey Lindsay,

      Thanks for visiting my blog! When we saw Food, Inc., as soon as the lights turned back on in the theater, I turned to my husband and said, “We need to go vegetarian.” It was a few months before I really decided to officially, but that was definitely a huge turning point.

      I look forward to following your blog!!

  11. Tina permalink
    December 8, 2009 8:18 pm

    Very cool! I’m definitely adding you to my blogroll.
    And I love the fact that you’re teaching English 😀 I want to do that next year (I’m doing TEFL in my gap year).

    Can’t wait to read about your veggie adventures and if you ever want some fruity/vegetably (excuse my poor english, miss :P) – just drop by my blog – guaranteed veggie fare 😉


    • December 9, 2009 1:24 am

      Hi Tina,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your sweet comment! I’ll definitely be checking out your blog as well!

      That’s great that you’ll be doing TEFL– I have a few friends who went that route, and they really enjoy it!

    • December 9, 2009 12:42 pm

      Hey Tina,

      What is the name of your blog? It’s not linked in your name!

  12. December 8, 2009 10:06 pm

    Im not sure that I could ever go veg or that I’d even want to, but my grandmother has been a vegitarean for about 1/2 of her life so I do know its a great way to live! i’ll be following along.

  13. December 15, 2009 9:40 pm

    You won the ZEVIA giveaway.

    Please send me your mailing address to – katie DOT lau AT comcast DOT net

  14. savoringsarah permalink
    December 16, 2009 2:13 pm

    Love your blog! So glad you found me, so that I could find you! will definitely be an add to my blogroll 🙂

  15. December 24, 2009 8:14 pm

    Great blog…I am glad you found mine and now I have found yours! 🙂

  16. January 5, 2010 8:37 pm

    do you have an email address? i want to ask you a question by email.

  17. eaternotarunner permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:27 pm

    Love the idea for the blog! Can’t wait to read more 😉

  18. January 20, 2010 12:13 am

    Hi Anna!

    So glad I found your blog – I just recently created my own: in an attempt to become more accountable to my mostly vegetarian, whole food philosophy.

    I look forward to trying out some of your recipes and hopefully sharing tips & strategies in the months to come!

    Best wishes, Jean.

  19. finnyfinds permalink
    January 24, 2010 4:56 am

    Hi Anna,

    I’m enjoying your blog! I’ve been a vegetarian for 7.5-ish years and at this point I don’t even think about meat anymore. It mainly grosses me out. But it took a really long time to get to that point.

    Sounds like your hubby is lucky to have a cook as good as you!


  20. January 31, 2010 5:15 am

    I, too, am vegetarian and made this change after slowly weeding off meat until my senior year of college! I LOVE hearing what other vegetarians make for dinner because even though I am veg, I still ask the question “What do other vegetarians eat?!” I look forward to reading your blog!

  21. Kris permalink
    February 13, 2010 3:34 pm

    Hi Anna!

    Just wanted to say how much I love your blog. While I still eat eggs and some fish, I’ve also gradually been moving away from meat in my diet. I have some great vegetarian and vegan cookbooks listed under the “My Bookshelf” tab on my blog, if you’re interested.

    I’ll definitely be back!


  22. February 16, 2010 7:36 pm

    I enjoyed reading your story!

    As a vegetarian for 6 ish years I get asked what I eat all the time, for some reason meat-eaters find it hard to wrap their fingers around a meat-less diet!

    I’m always up for trying new wholesome food so I’ll be following along for some veg recipes!! 🙂

  23. February 24, 2010 6:50 pm

    Wow, that’s surprising that they said that, mainly because my experience was totally the opposite. There was so much more pressure at my college. It might been just my school though 🙂 I’m sure in theory they accepted us as we were, but the pressure of being surrounded by good looking skinny people all the time gets to you. I’m glad to hear its not like that everywhere though.

  24. Sarah permalink
    March 4, 2010 7:24 pm


    I can totally identify with your story as it is very similar to my own! I am a recent newlywed as well as a recent vegetarian. I am loving all of the recipes that you have on your blog! Where did you find your spiralizer at? I have been looking all over to find one.


  25. March 9, 2010 11:16 pm

    hey girl!
    congrats on your new lifesyle. i just pretty much made the same one – to go mostly vegan. i’d say i could go all the way, but susssssssshiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!
    looking forward to keep reading!
    – rebekah

  26. Gloria permalink
    March 14, 2010 7:03 pm

    Anna, your Dad gave me your blog so I could see pics of precious Sophie, and she is so beautiful. Your writing is very joyful and inspires me to eat more healthful. We are eating a meatless supper tonight!!

  27. March 17, 2010 3:58 pm

    Hi Anna,

    I’m so glad I found your blog via Kath Eats Real Food! Just skimming through a few pages of your recent posts I definitely am feeling your cooking style and your recipes sound super easy (which is important to me right now) and extremely delicious.
    Thanks for sharing your story, my goal is in the next year to go pescetarian (I’ve already cut out the pork, but I’m cutting out the other meats slowly).
    I’m looking forward to following your blog!


    • March 17, 2010 6:37 pm

      Hi Lisa! Thanks for commenting! I’ll definitely be checking out your blog as well!

  28. March 18, 2010 2:22 pm

    Hi Anna!

    Enjoying the site– I’ve been a veggie for about nine years now and the final decision was made in the College of Charleston cafeteria when I was served something completely repulsive.

    Don’t go back! Once you get in the swing of it and carefully get your proteins, you’ll have more energy, feel great, and have less impact on the environment! Quinoa is your new best friend– a complete protein and the most versatile food on the planet.


  29. March 25, 2010 12:00 am

    Hi Anna,

    I was very inspired by Food Inc as well! I took a lot of environmental classes in school and was very aware of much of the food industry, but it just took a little more time for me to make a full rationalization how bad the food industry is here in the US. While I have not become a vegetarian, I have made a strong commitment to eating naturally and organically and trying to make a conscious effort not to eat meat that is not free range and feed natural diets. I admire your commitment! Cheers!

  30. May 14, 2010 7:09 pm

    Hi! Just found your blog and realized we are neighbors. I am in a small Central PA town too!

    Not totally veg, but close. I consider myself a vegan-inspired whole foods devotee with a little meat thrown in from time to time.

    Nice to meet you!

  31. May 15, 2010 10:57 am

    Hi Anna! Thanks for visiting my blog! I am in much the same position as you with my “salmon safety net!” I am a little afraid to make the commitment now because I’m nursing my son and I have to be careful with protein, iron, etc, but I look and feel my best when eating vegan food!

    I was an English major, and I am working as a copywriter and substitute teacher, trying to find out if teaching is right for me. We Central PA girls have a lot in common!

    I’ve added you to my blogroll…I’ll stop by often!

  32. May 27, 2010 4:46 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog. I’m a college student and have been waffling between being a vegetarian or flexitarian too. I’ve cut out red meat (which wasn’t hard because I never ate much of it anyway). Your blog looks fun…can’t wait to read more!

  33. June 2, 2010 4:00 pm

    Love your blog. I went vegetarian on 11/10/09 and decided to move to veganism 4 weeks ago. I’ve been going strong and love it.

  34. June 15, 2010 4:23 am

    I just found your blog…. love it! 😀
    i’ve got you bookmarked now so i can keep up. love your pictures.

    • June 15, 2010 3:03 pm

      Aww, thanks Lauren!! When we get back from our travels, I’ll definitely check yours out as well! Where in the dirty south are you from? I’m from Louisiana! 🙂

  35. June 17, 2010 3:17 pm

    Hi, I just stumbled across your blog. I feel like we have a lot in common! I also recently went veggie (though I’m still eating fish) so this blog will be a great help! I’m located in the Philly area right now, but my boyfriend is pushing for us to move out to the “country” (i.e. anywhere west of Philadelphia). I’m also working towards my masters in education, so that I can become an English teacher. I’ll definitely be reading your blog often. 🙂

    • June 17, 2010 5:05 pm

      Hi Holly,

      Thanks for the sweet comment and for reading the blog!! Fish has definitely been the hardest thing for me to cut out– and as you can see from my recent posts, I brought it back in for my recent travels.

      We really do have a bunch in common– my husband and I are both English teachers! Maybe your move west will take you close to Altoona?! I’d love to have a meet-up with you sometime!

      Have a great weekend!

  36. June 28, 2010 2:49 pm

    Hi Anna! I just found your blog through a post on the Facebook page of The Enchanted Kitchen. I’m also a newlywed, and although I’m not a vegetarian, I’m very much into all things food. I work for WPSU and am leading the effort to create a new online community: Local Food Journey ( I’m going to email you with more information!

  37. July 6, 2010 4:44 pm

    Hey Anna!

    I’m super curious as to which small town you live in Central PA. I grew up in Hollidaysburg (near Altoona) and loveee Central PA. I know you might not want to tell the whole world what town, but I’d love to know! Looking forward to following your blog.. I’ve added you to my blogroll.

    • July 6, 2010 4:53 pm

      Hi Katie! Thanks for commenting! We’re actually in Altoona– we both teach at Penn State Altoona! Two of our good friends just bought a house in Hollidaysburg, so I’m sure I’ll be spending more time there– I love it! Such a cute town!

      Have you visited She’s another Hollidaysburg blogger!

      Can’t wait to check out your blog as well!

  38. July 21, 2010 8:04 pm

    Love reading your blog! I am about to be a newly wed AND I am a vegetarian. I have always boarded on becoming a vegetarian and Food INC is what finally changed me… and after that I began reading a lot of books on the subject.


    • July 21, 2010 8:58 pm

      Thanks, Vicki!! Food, Inc. was a huge catalyst for my becoming vegetarian as well! Good luck on your wedding– how exciting!

    • July 21, 2010 8:58 pm

      Ack!! I spelled your name wrong! VickY!

      On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 4:58 PM, Anna Weber wrote:

      > Thanks, Vicki!! Food, Inc. was a huge catalyst for my becoming vegetarian > as well! Good luck on your wedding– how exciting! >

  39. October 4, 2010 9:14 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Your aunt Edie used to work with my mom in Dallas, and I’ve know Edie and Mark since I was about 6. We had dinner all together last night when my parents came down for a visit (they moved to Boston about a year ago, and I moved back to Dallas after I graduated from college) and Edie told me about your blog. My boyfriend and I are vegans (flexible vegans… we will eat dairy if we go to peoples’ houses) and I also have a vegetarian/vegan food blog, although its photography is not NEARLY as nice as yours! I am also in an alternative certification program to become a high school social studies teacher, and my boyfriend just got his English degree in May 2009. We’re also both runners! Needless to say, it seemed like we had a lot in common and Edie suggested that I take a look at your blog! All the recipes you post look wonderful! Feel free to take a look at mine at I enjoyed perusing today and will keep reading!

    • October 6, 2010 10:37 pm

      Hi Amelia,

      Thanks for commenting!! I’m so glad that Edie mentioned my blog, and I can’t wait to check out yours too! We cook a lot of “accidental” and purposeful vegan meals in our house– they’re usually some of my favorites!

  40. October 15, 2010 5:54 pm

    Hi Anna,

    I just found your blog 🙂

    I will be a newlywed soon and I hope to continue my healthy eating habits and also put some influence in my fiance.

    I’m not vegetarian but I eat a lot of veggies and seafood. That’s mainly my diet and of course, healthy desserts.

    I have a lot of reading to catch up but I wanted to know if your husband is a vegetarian too? If not, does he eat the meals you cook? or does he prepare his own food?

    ~ Lea

    • October 15, 2010 6:01 pm

      Hi Lea,

      Thanks for commenting and welcome! My husband isn’t a vegetarian, but we eat about 90% of our meals at home, and we don’t keep meat in the house (although he certainly could if he wanted to– I have no objections!). When we got out to eat, I’d say he orders a non-vegetarian dish about 50% of the time, and the other 50% opts for vegetarian dishes. He doesn’t have a desire to “declare” himself fully vegetarian, but the truth is, he eats very little meat and says that he can tell a big difference in the way he feels because of it!

  41. December 1, 2010 9:54 pm

    Hi there! Thank you so much for commenting on my blog!
    I see you are also a newlywed living in PA! Awesome:)

  42. rima permalink
    December 20, 2010 8:25 pm

    ooh i stumbled upon your blog and just love love love it! as a vegetarian newly wed to a non-vegetarian, i can relate to having to make things exciting and not substitutes for meat!!!! love your pictures and your recipes!!! very inspiring!!!! thank you!

  43. Sara @ OurDogBuffy permalink
    February 1, 2011 6:59 pm

    I just clicked on your blog from a comment you left on another blog and wanted to check it out. I’m a newly wed (almost two years) and newly veg. Sounds like a similar story–I kept that turkey sandwich as a safety net too but recently decided to not be “wishy-washy” as you put it. Looking forward to trying to keep up with your recipes! What I’ve seen so far looks good!

    • February 1, 2011 7:16 pm

      Thanks, Sara! Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  44. oatsandspice permalink
    February 10, 2011 12:29 am

    I am so glad I found your blog – it is so great! Your food looks delicious and I look forward to reading more 🙂

    I just started blogging like 2 months ago… check out my blog if you get a chance 🙂

  45. March 1, 2011 3:51 pm

    Just found your blog and I love it! 🙂

    • March 1, 2011 3:59 pm

      Thanks Kelly!!! Can’t wait to check out yours as well!

  46. March 1, 2011 6:48 pm

    Hey there! Just found your blog through someone else’s blog that you had posted on, and I took a look and want to congratulate and encourage you! I dont know how long it’s been now since you’ve been vegetarian but I love how you said you used to be wishy-washy with it until you realized yes there might be sacrifices but you can do it! Ive been vegan for 3 years now (can’t believe it’s been that long) but each day is better than the last, and I am finding endless blogs, millions of recipes, and a plethora of delicious dishes that I make, blog about, and introduce other people to! Keep up the good work!

  47. April 8, 2011 12:20 am

    I found your blog on Kath Eats and I love it! I am considering going vegetarian, I don’t eat much meat at all except that I am from Chicago – can you say meat capital of the world?! Looking forward to trying your recipes!

    Thanks for sharing!

  48. April 28, 2011 6:25 pm

    Just came across your blog and love it! Just wondering where you teach in PA? I am from the state and also went to school in central PA (Messiah College). Looking forward to reading more from you guys!

  49. June 30, 2011 3:03 pm

    Hi, Anna! I was a regular reader last year (when I was vegetarian myself), then lapsed into my regular meat-eating ways. Somewhat recently, I’ve determined that meat is just not for me…like you, there will be time when I want it, but I’m just going to have to say no and maybe find a suitable substitute. I’m not sure why I ever stopped reading, but I’m back and looking forward to following your blog again:-).

    • June 30, 2011 3:33 pm

      Welcome back!! I totally understand– I think I’ll probably eat meat again at some point. It’s all about finding the balance that works for you, right?

  50. Alex permalink
    July 5, 2011 5:04 pm

    Hey Anna,
    This is your totally awesome cousin Alex! Loved the tribute you did for Nanny. So sweet. I think your pie obsession will follow you back to the US. I think you got Grandaddy’s love for pie! : )

  51. July 9, 2011 4:35 am

    I came across your blog from weekly bites. So glad I found it! While I am not a vegetarian, I have cut down on meat overall and have not had red meat in about 3 years. I am always looking for more meatless recipes! Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  52. November 16, 2011 9:57 pm

    Hey, just stumbled across your blog and am loving it – we eat meat but I’m trying to incorporate more meatless meals, so I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes. After all, anyone named Anna has to be trustworthy in the kitchen 😉

  53. Jackie Clark permalink
    November 29, 2011 5:44 pm

    I have a question for you regarding your blog. Please contact me when you get a chance.



  54. November 13, 2012 3:21 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! 🙂

  55. January 13, 2013 10:05 pm

    I am SO happy I found your blog! I am already a huge fan!

    • January 13, 2013 11:12 pm

      Aw, thank you! Can’t wait to check yours out too!

  56. February 14, 2013 4:23 pm

    Just found your blog. It’s great! I like your vegetarian recipes and I’m eager to try some of them.

    • February 14, 2013 5:17 pm

      Thanks, Anna! Can’t wait to check out your blog as well!

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