Welcome to Resplendent Kitchen! I'm Emily Miller, the face behind this virtual haven for all things vegan, refreshing, and utterly delicious. My journey began when I discovered my passion for plant-based cooking as I explored new ingredients, flavors, and culinary creations as a creative outlet while I worked as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Hi, my name is Emily.
Welcome to Resplendent Kitchen!
Along the way, I became a recipe developer, writer, and food photographer who's head-over-heels in love with the vegan lifestyle. I have been blogging since early 2019; I founded Resplendent Kitchen to share my creative passions for vegan cooking, baking, and food photography.
My greatest motivation has always been to make vegan living simple, accessible, and flavorful. In crafting seasonal and satisfying recipes, I challenge myself to experiment with unique combinations and textures while prioritizing using seasonal, locally-sourced, and organic ingredients.
Now, I'm on a mission to share this passion with people like you - whether you're a seasoned vegan or are simply looking to incorporate more plants into your diet.
Growing up, I was fortunate to be exposed to the rich and diverse culinary traditions of various cultures in my family when I lived in Winnipeg, Canada.
However, when I decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle in 2016 after watching the Forks Over Knives documentary, I realized food's transformative power on our health, the environment, and the animal kingdom of which we are a part.
So, I embarked on this journey to create delicious, wholesome meals that taste good and nurture our minds, body, and soul. Food is more than just fuel - it's a way to connect with others and show your love. Inspiring others to cook delicious vegan meals while having fun gives me great joy!
My husband and I embarked on this vegan lifestyle together. I had been vegetarian, then pescetarian, for many years; my husband grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota.
When I decided to go vegan for all the reasons and change my way of eating, I felt a change for the better after a month. It was like a fog had lifted after I released dairy and animal products from my life. My husband noticed positive changes as well.
I am so passionate about food that I dream about food (and travel!) and have planned vacations around food and restaurants. We've visited the Caribbean, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
When I'm not making my next batch of sourdough, checking on my herb garden, or exploring Tucson, you can find me planning our next trip, planning our next delicious meal, trying a new yoga routine, playing with our cats, or hiking.
I took this photo when we visited the stunning town of Varenna in Lake Como, Italy, in 2017.
About the recipes
At Resplendent Kitchen, you'll find various recipes ranging from vegan beverages to mains and desserts catering to all tastes and preferences. I aim to debunk the myth that vegan food is dull, bland, or restrictive by focusing on mouthwatering and healthy dishes.
Everyone is welcome here. My goal is to show you how easy it can be to cook healthy vegan recipes for you, the animals, and the environment. You will see various recipes here, from gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and oil-free whole food plant-based recipes to indulgent restaurant-worthy dishes.
I cook with fresh, high-quality, organic, and non-GMO ingredients and limit processed foods as much as possible. I believe in having a balanced lifestyle; eating wholesome food is just one part of that; one must take care of the body, mind, and soul.
So, whether you're seeking inspiration and tips or want to dive headfirst into plant-based culinary delights, you've arrived at the right place. Join me as we explore the boundless possibilities of vegan cuisine, one delicious dish at a time!
Whether it's breakfast (i.e., Easy Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes), brunch (JUST Egg Quiche), lunch (Tofu Salad Sandwich), dinner (Vegan Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms), or something sweet (Vegan Chocolate Fig Cupcakes), I hope you'll come back often!
Many of my recipes reflect the Southwest region where I live. Try my Southwest Quinoa Bowl and this Southwest Salad. I've used delectable roasted green chile in my Vegan Southwest Skillet Cornbread and this Mexican tofu scramble recipe!
Work with me
Please note I don't accept guest posts.
- Stock photography contributor at Picture Pantry.
- Toast - Top 20 Plant-Based Food Blogs in 2023.
- Top 50 Vegan Blogs of 2023 by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN.
- Peerspace: One of The 10 best commercial photographers in Tucson, 2022.
- Shoutout Arizona
- InPickleball magazine, March 2022
- Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Commended Gallery 2020, Food Blogger category - find my Creamy Coconut Popsicles here in the Food Bloggers category.
- Foodelia International Food Photography Awards.
Feel free to email me with suggestions, comments, or questions! Leave a comment on any of my recipes you have tried, or contact me at emily (at) resplendentkitchen (dot) com.
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Thank you for stopping by and visiting Resplendent Kitchen!
Meet Milo and Oreo
Meet our two precious and adorable super snuggly cats I adopted from my previous co-workers I worked with as an operating room nurse. Milo and Oreo were born within a month of each other. Their antics, unique personalities, and quirks have never ceased to entertain us!
In remembrance of Milo
This darling boy born on the rooftop of a Tucson townhouse holds a special place in our hearts. He was my shadow, devoted to me, always near me.
If my husband wanted to know where I was, he just had to look for Milo. Milo loved to explore our enclosed backyard with me next to him.
Sweetest Master of the Universe. We do as he commands.
He loves treats (what cat doesn't?), cuddles, and head rubs.
Oreo is a real character.
If you'd like to help save the lives of dogs and cats across the USA by giving pets second chances and happy homes, please visit Best Friends and contribute. I've been donating to Best Friends for years; I am not compensated in any way by mentioning them.
Or donate to your favorite charity on behalf of Milo and Oreo. We can help make the world a better place. Each one of us makes a difference!