Miki is the creator of Simple Happy Kitchen, a crazy-delightful illustrated guide for plant-based living. We spoke to him about making plant-based nutrition accessible, fun, and engaging.
Splendid Spoon: Hi Miki! Why did you create Simple Happy Kitchen?
Miki Mottes: I wanted to share the benefits of plant-based eating with everyone. Veganism is introduced to people in a range of ways, but they’re normally very serious! I use fun visuals to make learning and understanding easier.
SS: When and why did you go vegan?
MM: I went vegan 8 years ago, after 12 years of being vegetarian. I never believed in eating animal products: I always had pets and couldn’t understand why we treat a cat better than a cow. When I left my parents’ home, it was easier for me to become vegan.
SS: How has being vegan changed you?
MM: I physically felt much better after a few days of being 100% plant-based, and realized I wanted to share my experience and knowledge. I’m also more involved in animal rights issues and more passionate about eating well.
SS: What’s the biggest myth about veganism that you want to dispel?
MM: That vegan food isn’t tasty and is complicated to make. I want to show how amazing and simple it is!
SS: Why are you so passionate about educating people on plant-based eating?
MM: For me, the main reasons to be plant-based are the suffering of animals and our planet. Education is the best way to create change. I focus on the positives of veganism rather than the negatives of non-veganism. Teaching people that animals deserve to be happy and free– introducing them to the world of plant-based foods–is more effective than telling people what not to do.
I hope my work will help everyone — vegan or not — learn more about plant-based nutrition so they integrate it into their lives. I also hope my work can help parents introduce plant-based food to their kids (who often dislike eating their veggies!).
SS: What’s made you so passionate about the health of our planet?
MM: We only have one planet: we need to protect it. Animal agriculture wastes water, takes up land, destroys the oceans, and creates air pollution. I can’t ignore it! We all need to work to together to fix these issues. This illustration shows why I care so much about veganism and the planet:
SS: If everyone changed one thing about their eating habits, what would you want it to be?
MM: I wish people would think more about the impact of their habits and decide what they want to change. Of course, I wish people would stop consuming animal products, but I don’t expect everyone to do that overnight.
SS: As a busy working vegan, what do you eat in a day?
MM: Hummus is my favorite! I eat a lot of vegetables, legumes, and nuts. It’s become very easy to eat out as a vegan, so when I don’t have time to cook, I eat at the same places I’ve always loved, which now serve more vegan food!