Today we’d like to introduce you to Arielle Sanders.
Hi Arielle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Several years ago, my husband, Jonathan, and I decided to adapt a new eating lifestyle: vegan. The switch from pescatarian to vegan was a huge leap for us. Neither of us knew many vegan recipes so we leaned on Pinterest for inspiration. At first, we made small changes with our meals. Instead of our weekly baked lemon pepper salmon, we opted in for baked cauliflower. Rather than having eggs with our banana pancakes, we scrambled up some tofu.
As we started to learn more about how to shop for vegan food, what vegan alternatives existed, and how to cook with them, we wanted a way to document our new recipes for future reference and to share with our loved ones. Our recipes landed in multiple places: the Notes application in our phone, on random pieces of paper, and even in memory. To our surprise, there was one place in particular that would jump start our family business.
Our first vegan cooking video was uploaded to Snapchat in the fall of 2017. We started with a simple two-day recipe: overnight chia seed pudding. With all of the cooking shows that we had watched, we measured out all of the ingredients and placed them in cups and containers. After multiple takes, we were finished, but something was missing. A closing! My husband quickly said, “Oh, you got that babe.” He started to record and I said the first thing that came to my mind. “Tune in next time for COOKING WITH ARIELLE!!”
And it stuck.
Four years later, we decided to turn Cooking With Arielle into something that we could share with not only our community but people outside of California that want to try vegan food or maybe starting their vegan journey like we did. With the support and encouragement from our loved ones, we have been able to create a space for vegan food while creating memories along the way.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As much as we had hoped the road would be smooth, we’ve definitely had our bumps along the way. From working full-time jobs, being parents of two beautiful and loving daughters, and running a business, you can imagine that our schedules are jam-packed. But in these moments, we lean on each other as a family along with the support from our family and friends. Thank you everyone for your continuous love and uplift!
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Cooking With Arielle?
When we decided to turn our dreams into reality, we wanted to not only share delicious vegan recipes but also show different communities that vegan food is accessible at a reasonable price. Often I hear that cooking vegan or plant-based food is expensive. Don’t worry, my husband and I thought this too until we started making plant-based substitutes. We soon discovered how much we were saving, supporting our planet, and the fun we were having trying new recipes. With this mission in mind, we highlight at least one recipe every week on our Instagram stories.
Currently, we sell vegan baked goods made with organic ingredients. Our dessert menu consists of chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, shortbread cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. We have yummy add ons for cookies and brownies such as walnuts, chia seeds, and fresh lemon zest that take shortbread cookies to another level! You can send a box of sweets right to your doorstep, to a loved one, or to someone you are thankful for anywhere in the U.S. All sweets have a gluten-free option.
We are most thankful for staying true to our mission and of course to our community. It fills our hearts with such joy seeing communities cook our family recipes and make that “Ooo this is bomb dot com” face when they try our desserts. We are so proud that people are cooking something new and delicious in their kitchen and even adding their own spin on it!
What was your favorite childhood memory?
Whenever I talk about food, I always mention my dad. Growing up in the Bay Area, my dad took me to all of the hidden gems in San Francisco and Oakland, but there was nothing like my dad’s cooking. See, he was from Louisiana, so when he got in the kitchen, all of our meals were on another level (in a good way)!
One dish that he would make during the holidays was his famous peach and pear cobbler! The fact that he added fresh peaches and pears to his cobbler speaks to the love and care he put into the food he made.
I can taste it now.
Sometimes I would help him place the peaches and pears in the baking dish. While we baked together, we would talk about what I was learning in school and the presents I wanted Santa to bring. Little did I know, us being together in the kitchen – talking, laughing, singing – was the everlasting gift.
I miss you dad, and I hope to carry your love of cooking and baking with my family.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 dozen) – $25
- Snickerdoodle Cookies (1 dozen) – $25
- Brownies (1 8×8 pan) – $20
- Shortbread Cookies (1 dozen) – $25
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