About Me

I am Madelyn and I live in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  I am a lacto-vegetarian who became a vegetarian after I started to practice Yoga seriously.  I never considered becoming a vegetarian before then.  However, I have seen  and felt how being a vegetarian has helped my health and my overall spirituality, believe it or not. 

It’s funny, but when I decided to become vegetarian, I developed an increased appreciation for cooking and developing recipes suitable for the kind of diet I wanted to follow.  Vegetarian cooking had such a bad rep  – bland, unappetizing, monotonous, you name it…  So I started taking successful non-vegetarian recipes, and adapted them to fit my new diet lifestyle. 

And to me, being vegetarian goes a bit beyond just not eating meat or animal products.  It has to do with having the most natural and organic lifestyle possible – no soft drinks, avoiding chemical or animal additives, avoiding canned foods, avoiding chemical medications, avoiding foods that have been cooked a long time ago, among others.  It has definitely been a process that has taken me over 10 years.

I would like to share with you a bit of what I have learned, why I’ve done the changes I’ve integrated into my life and maybe help you start following a more natural, karma-free lifestyle too. 

Hari Om.

Madelyn.

72 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Denisse Maeso November 12, 2007 at 12:58 pm #

    Congrats!!! Te felicito. Me encanto…
    Saludos,
    Denisse

  2. Lourdes Berros November 14, 2007 at 6:25 pm #

    ME ENCANTA!!!!
    Alomejor tambien puedes hacer un libro.
    Yo te lo diseño, si quieres.
    Saludos,
    Lourdes

  3. Rosani November 17, 2007 at 10:07 pm #

    Hari Om MAD:
    Te felicito por tu blog, sobretodo por promover el vegetarianismo como un estilo de vida serio y real. Luego te envío la receta de algún postrecito veggie para los dulceros como yo.
    Bye.

  4. Ana December 10, 2007 at 7:54 pm #

    Made:

    Qué alegría ver tu nuevo blog. Te felicito por esta obra de arte. Gracias por compartir tu nueva faceta con el resto del Universo.

    Un abrazo

  5. bibomedia February 29, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    :)

  6. Aniette April 5, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    Mads:

    This is one of the best blog site I have seen. I am very proud of you and will definetely continue to contribute (although without knowing) :) to keep your recipes going on!! Keep up the good work, and for the next get together I’ll have a new dip!!!

  7. Charlie Wilson April 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

    Very nice, Madelyn! Inadvertently, I have become a vegetarian but not quite to the extent that you are. I need to pay more attention to it I guess and now can do so via your blog. When I say inadvertently, I just happened to cut meat out of my diet. A couple of months later, I noticed that I had dropped twenty pounds! I wasn’t aware of many of the true vegetarian practices, but again, will pay more attention to your site.

  8. Malar Gandhi April 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    Dear,

    Sounds pretty interesting!:) I love veggies….I either buy them at farmers market or go for only organic. Though I am not 100% veggie like you. But I just take white meat…..once in a while. If you like Indian cooking, do visit my blog.

    cheers,
    Malar Gandhi

  9. Lourdes Berros May 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Made,
    Con la cantidad de recetas que ya tienes aquí de seguro puedes comenzar con tu propio libro. Recuerda, yo te lo diseño!!!:-)
    Congrats!
    Lulu.

  10. Freddy May 7, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    Greetings. Just posted here with regard to you non-alum. and non teflon rice cooker. Check it out:

    http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2008/01/is-there-a-rice-cooker-without-an-aluminum-in.html

  11. Stefanie July 11, 2008 at 10:37 am #

    Hi, and thanks for featuring Chifles in your review. Glad to know you like our items. We are rather the snack thats been forgotten or overlooked for the vegetarian community. We are making an effort to let everyone know we are perfect for the vegetarian or vegan diet. Also for anyone who needs gluten free….everything we make is gluten free. Just got certified Kosher by the OU also. Got brand new packaging, so look for us or ask. Plantain Chips, Cassava chips, tortilla chips…all of it, even the flavored ones are all natural Kosher seasonings. Nothing artificial or anything. Oh, and our newest, the sweet or maduro chip is plantain and oil, thats it. No sugar added; only natural sugar that came in the plantain, and its also no sodium. Thanks again.

  12. vlanaris August 2, 2008 at 8:00 pm #

    Hello Madelyn,
    My name is Vivian and I live in Honolulu,Hi,just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog.I am Puerto Rican originally from NY, but lived in Hawaii for 28 yrs.I am also a vegetarian and love your recipes!!!! Is there a large vegetarian community In Puerto Rico,also do they have Bikram yoga?Just wondering because my dad lives there and I will hopefully be visiting soon.Looking forward to reading your next blog!
    Aloha from Hawaii

    KFC – Aloha Vivian… I am so glad you enjoy KarmaFree Cooking. I am not certain on the size of the local vegetarian community, but I am sure trying to help get the word out on its benefits and trying to shed some of its misconceptions. I have only practiced hatha yoga at the Centro Cultural Yoga Devanand in Caparra Terrace. I am somewhat familiar with other styles of yoga, but do not seek out classes. I have found a style I enjoy and I stick with it. Hope you can come visit PR soon and that KarmaFree Cooking keeps inspiring your vegetarian cooking repertoire.

  13. Taymer August 4, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    so pleased you decided to go vegetarian.
    I am vegan now as I have horrible dairy allergies plus I never really liked cow’s milk.
    I am happy to see someone else making vegetarian food appealing to the masses
    I love you blog
    I will add you to my blog roll if that is ok

  14. Jackie August 6, 2008 at 12:55 am #

    Hey Madelyn,
    I love the site!!! We defenitely need to chat and swap ideas to further promote our business ventures…lol…You must tell me how to photograph the food to look so professional(straight out of a magazine). Who knows you might be able to become a food photographer as well..lol…CONGRATS!

    Besitos,
    Jackie

  15. Victor Torres Hernández August 10, 2008 at 10:10 am #

    Te felicito por tu blog Karma Free Cooking,en este mismo momento lo tengo frente a mi mientras te escucho en el probrama de Jossie la Torre en su nevo horario 8:30-11:30 am todos los domingos,no soy vegetariano per se pero me cuido mucho no consumiendo carnes,si consumo frutas,vegetales y viandas y alguna q otra vez arroz Uncle Ben.Saludos mil,adelante madelyne,me gust los tostones y chayotes rellenos.

    Victor

  16. Delia August 26, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    Wow Madelyn! Great job and outstanding iniciative, congrats!!! Now we know…Veggies or not, everybody will love and benefit from your recipes : they are karma free. I vote for the book release. Best wishes, Delia

  17. Magda September 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm #

    I’m so glad I found your recipes! I’ve been trying to became a vegetarian for about a year now, but was not having any luck finding healthy recipes that also tasted good.
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Carolina Carezis September 15, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    Madelyn!!! i love your blog!!!…. I’m trying to convince my boyfriend to become a vegetarian… and I think your recipes will help!!! they all seem so yummy!!! I’m trying some this week … I’ll let you know how it goes….

    I read nie nie dialogues… and between you and her have encouraged me to try it!! I’m also taking Yoga lessons… I practice for a year twice a week two years ago and I loved it… so now I’m getting back to It!! thanks for being an inspiration!!

    Let me know if you ever have plans to come to Philly!! mi casa esta a la orden!!

    besos!!

  19. umru9aya November 25, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    salam , Madelyn i am assia from Marocco, i am glad to be in your blog, i don’t have good English i just stated to learn it from i marry with English i will live i England , i like your website a lot i am not vegitarien 100% but i am tryeng mu best to stay far of meat, by the way i created my blog but its look funny because i am not good in English so i just guess, any way i will try to fix it for i can cut some Maroccain recipes
    but i will visit all the time your blog it s perfect :d

  20. Ivelise December 12, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing all this!!!
    I made the decision to become a ovolactovegetarian but as a Puerto Rican I didnt think I was going to find any interesting & tasty dishes… your sancocho recipe is absolutely a great beginning for me!
    gracias!
    Ice*

  21. neyshamelissa December 24, 2008 at 9:33 pm #

    I stumbled on this blog as I was looking for a tembleque recipe!
    I’m so glad that I found it.

    As a vegan Boricua, I totally appreciate your vegetarian twist on traditional recipes. I’m so excited to try the bacalaitos and other fun things that I found here!!!

    xoxo

  22. Diana February 26, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    Madelyne:

    Hari Om!! Me encanta tu blog…. Tiene muchas ideas de recetas que me ayudan a darle creatividad a mi cocina vegetariana. Gracias por compartirla…

  23. suz April 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    Madelyn – i am starting a blog & newsletter. i’d love to link to your blog if that’s okay?

    i found you because i was looking for a photo of roasted veggies and i found your roasted veggie stock — yeah!! you’re a genius!!

    please write to me at email provided. i have more questions for you. thanks!! — :D

  24. Allison April 28, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    Your blog is really inspiring! I was a vegetarian for almost 5 years but found that it was a difficult lifestyle to maintain while traveling. I’ve been living in Japan for several months and I’m planning to become vegetarian again when I return to the US in 3 months. Your blog looks like it will definitely be helpful when I get to that point again!

  25. Hector Lopez April 29, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    Love your site.

    Will come back again and again your have great recipes..

    Namaste

    H.Lopez

  26. Mary Yamamoto May 26, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    Did you find a all stainless steel inner bowl rice cooker? I’m currently searching for one and feel the same way you do. I want to reduce the exposure to aluminum as much as I can possibly do in my intake. I use a rice cooker almost daily. I have found the Miracle rice cooker online and the Oyama. Please let me know if you find one you believe to be well made and reliable. Thanks.

  27. Jeje July 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi. I just happen to be dropped here in my search for Sparrago appetizers and this place has been enlightening. I am sorry to say that I am not a vegetarian but i have just been ask to be the appetizer chef at my friends wedding and her church is all around Vegetarians.
    Me encanto increiblemente tus recetas y pienso llevarlas acabo. Uno nunca sabe si uno tambien llegara hacer Vegetariano, so nunca le digo que no, pero esto me esta dando un empujon bien chevere xD. haha.
    Gracias por compartir las recetas <3

  28. claudette August 5, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    Madeline, Como estas? Una vez mas te felicito por tu trabajo en la pagina web. Esta super informativo y variado. Mas la ultima vez que estuve en la pagina, me indicaste de la comida que haces para fiestas. Quisiera hacerte un pedido. Me puedes dejar tu numero de telefono?

    Gracias,

    Claudette

  29. Monica August 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    HI Madelyn,
    Your site is very interesting. I also practice yoga and I am a vegetarian too. I am glad to hear that you like plantain chips so much.
    Have you tried our brand SAMAI? They are 100% natural and our processing plant is located amongst all the small farmers that supply the fresh plantains. Please let me know if you have tried them or if I can send you some to try.
    Namaste,
    Monica

  30. Ellie August 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    Hello! I live yoga as well and I am a vegan. I just wanted to pass this along because it is good to know that every time you consciously pass the meat and eggs and dairy you are creating good karma for yourself by helping other animals live suffering-free lives. And it sure is easy and delicious. I have had more good food as a vegan than as a vegetarian or meat-eater!
    Namaste,
    Ellie

  31. carmen October 22, 2009 at 12:45 am #

    Madelyn:
    Hola! Soy Carmen, entraste a mi blog sobre la diferencia de edades en las relaciones de pareja y me dejaste algunas sugerencias que quisiera seguir. Me late lo de poner información muy general sobre mi tema con un recuadro para que la gente se vaya actualizando sobre mi tema, pero la verdad no sé cómo hacerlo, es la primera vez que tengo un blog y no tengo ni la más remota idea sobre muchas cosas entre ellas tu sugerencia del recuadro.
    Ojalá me puedas ayudar y gracias por tus buenos deseos.
    Carmen

  32. Gerardo November 8, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    I like your blog. Congratulations, my dear friend!

  33. purelycarrie. November 12, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    How did I get directed to you, beautiful lady?

    Thoughts of a healthier lifestyle brought to fruition.

    Are you on twitter? I’m @brozogirl. Lets connect!

    KFC – You know what?? I am on twitter, but I’ll be honest, I do not know how to use it… I need to get on with it ASAP. Thanks for letting me know you want to connect… I will not delay my twitter immerssion any longer.

  34. Thomas Mueller November 22, 2009 at 9:17 am #

    Thanks for this wonderful page. Lots of nice food. My boss here in Austria is from India. I put his website on … he is also a cook of Indian and traditional Austrian food! Greets Thomas, employee of the hotel here in the wild west of Austria.

  35. Ibel November 25, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Estoy sorprendida, no soy vegetariana, mas bien llevo la tipica dieta boricua, pero estaba buscando que hacer con una batata mameya que me regalaron. Estoy encantada con la variedad de recetas vegetarianas que presentas y se ven muy apetecibles y faciles de preparar, al punto que ya imprimi varias para sorprender a todos el dia de Thanksgiving. Luego te envio fotos de los nenes cuando sepan que hay vegetales en su comida, jaja. En verdad hasta ver tu blog pensaba que la comida vegetariana era aburrida, sin variedad (al menos en el area oeste de PR) y con muchas limitaciones para encontrar ingredientes frescos a un precio accesible para una familia grande. Gracias por compartir tus recetas!!

  36. Eduardo December 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Great site! Que bueno te salió. I was just wondering how I was going to deal with Noche Buena, as I recently decided to turn vegetarian. Thanks for the info!

  37. andreadevon January 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    aloha madelyn! it seems that your blog has a sister. i am a long-time vegetarian cook and baker, and now i a farmer in hawaii. i write at bakerymanis.wordpress.com… please check out my site… i look forward to spending more time on your site!

  38. Melinda January 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    I just moved to Isabela, PR and have been a vegetarian for over 8 years. Stumbled upon your blog, so glad I did! Have you checked out the new vegan restaurant in Moca? Your in San Juan but if your in the area of Moca you should check it out. Do you know any good farmers markets in PR? I am willing to search far and wide : )

    • karmafreecooking January 19, 2010 at 12:50 am #

      Hi Melinda… welcome to Puerto Rico. I will most definitely plan a trip to try that new vegetarian restaurant in Moca. I’ll be honest, i don’t think I’ve ever been to Moca… a shame isn’t it? About farmers markets… search right here in my blog for Siembra Tres Vidas – they’re a local CSA located in Aibonito and they participate in several organic farmer’s markets in PR, one of them being on here in San Juan at Placita Roosevelt. I know they used to have one in Rincón, but not sure if that’s still happening. I believe I provide Silks’s email in one of my posts… good luck.

      • Diana January 19, 2010 at 1:06 am #

        Well I’m offering to be your tourist guide to Moca restaurant… Is one of my favorites….It’s name is Natural Life Cafe… There’s also a new restaurant in Aguada in Bo. Guayabo near the Ann Weigmore Institute… It’s name is Zona Natural….

      • karmafreecooking January 19, 2010 at 10:49 am #

        Dale… oferta aceptada!!!! You only need to tell me when…

  39. Diana January 19, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Ok… Puede ser uno de estos sábados….Chequea en tu agenda y me dejas saber cuáles tienes disponibles…

  40. Gabriel January 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    Hola
    Linda página me desperto el hambre, otra vez :D

  41. Bareneed January 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi Madelyn,

    Just came to your site to find a recipe for poached pears for my Mom who is dairy intolerant. I came to your spot because I enjoy your informative input to Serious Eats and I respect and admire you.

    • karmafreecooking January 21, 2010 at 11:04 am #

      Ohhh, thanks a lot. I really appreciate your kind words. Keep visiting and we’ll continue to “meet” over at Serious Eats.

  42. descargar juegos para pc February 10, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    Thanks for this! Ive been looking all over the internet for this.

  43. Albertha Nemoede February 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    I really enjoy this blog.

  44. Sarah February 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Non aluminum rice cooker
    Essenergy Vita Clay® 6-Cup Rice N’ Slow Cooker

  45. fernando July 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    i love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Jenny March 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    I love love love this blog. I think I’d be sad without it. =) My husband, son, and I eat your recipes several nights/week. We aren’t vegetarians, but we don’t eat much meat either, and all the recipes we have tried are just so yummy.

    • KarmaFree Cooking March 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      Jenny… I am so glad you like our little blog here. I am so happy to be of help… I’ll try to keep those recipes coming. OK? Keep visiting and please share us with your friends and family. Thanks.

  47. amenlugo October 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    ah que chévere este blog. Te sigo con BLOGLOVIN que es una administrador para lectores asiduos de blogs

  48. lolabees November 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    The same thing happened to me after I cut out some things from my diet. When I suddenly couldn’t eat gluten, eggs, dairy, and soy I began to love altering recipes and making some really great stuff. My process has been a little different from yours though… it turned me into a carnivore!

    • KarmaFree Cooking November 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

      Stick around so you can learn some recipes that are gluten, egg, and meat-free all at the same time!!! Glad to see you around and that you love MY Puerto Rico. if you’re on FB, LIKE us there!!!

  49. Rebecca Alfaro January 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    This is my blog dream come true! I am also vegetarian and Puerto Rican. I am so glad to have found your site and the recipes look fantastic. I hope to get a group of friends together this weekend to make some vegetarian pasteles. I haven’t had pasteles for 20 years since becoming vegetarian. So excited to try them! Thanks for putting this site together- Puerto Rican vegetarians unite!

    • KarmaFree Cooking January 3, 2012 at 2:34 am #

      Rebecca… GRACIAS!!!! y nos encanta tenerte por acá. I am so glad you have enjoyed our content so far. Hope you keep visiting and sharing our KarmaFree recipes with others who might enjoy them as well. It’s wonderful you’re making a pasteles-making party. That’s certainly the best way to do it… Where do you live?? Because if you live in Puerto Rico, I have friends who make vegetarian pasteles for sale if there is ever a time when you want the flavors of PR but don’t have the time or the crew to help out. Cualquier cosa, me avisas!!!!

  50. barbara March 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi Madelyn!

    I stumbled upon your website while looking for recipes. Kudos to you for trying to consume more consciously! I’m writing to share a link with you about the dairy industry which explains why dairy products are not karma-free: http://www.peacefulprairie.org/outreach/grievingMother.html

    Like you, I was vegetarian for awhile before I found out about rennet (unweaned calf’s stomach lining) being used in cheese production. Once I knew, I only purchased cheese that was rennet-free. Then I learned that even rennet-free cheese and, in fact, all dairy products cause suffering and death. Baby cows are routinely killed in the dairy industry as are the mother cows after a few years when their milk production wanes. The mothers are impregnated to keep them lactating so that humans can drink their milk. Since the milk is going to humans, their babies are considered useless by-products. If they’re male, they may be used for veal, if female, they become milking machines like their mothers–or sometimes there are so many babies that they are considered worthless and are killed right after being born. I hope you find this information useful. I’ve been vegan for 20 years now and LOVE eating cruelty-free. It’s truly the best decision I’ve ever made. Thankfully, the vegan dairy options have improved greatly since I first went vegan, so if you decide to drop the dairy from your diet, know that there are wonderful, tasty, melty vegan cheese options now as well as awesome vegan sour cream, cream cheese, etc.

    All the best,

    Barbara

  51. Zen and Genki May 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Very nice to “meet” you, Madelyn!
    anne

    • KarmaFree Cooking May 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      hi Anne!!!! nice to “meet” you too… hope you like what we have here in KarmaFree Cooking.

  52. vegetarianvenues July 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi Madelyn,

    We love reading your blog, it’s great! Check out our brand new vegetarian travel blog from Madrid!

    http://vegetarianvenues.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!

    2veggies

    • KarmaFree Cooking July 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Hola!!!! Quá alegría saber de ustedes!!! I enjoyed reading your brand new blog… and it comes in really handy because I have a trip to Madrid planned for next year. It’s been 5 years since my last visit and I am returning with a vengance – to do El Camino de Santiago!!!! We need to certainly keep in touch so that we can collaborate on some awesome posts on the best vegetarian fare in Madrid. OK???

      In the next few days, on our FBook page we’ll be featuring many of my “spanish-inspired” recipes… to celebrate the Encierros de San Fermín. Have you liked our page on FB?? Please do… and share with all your vegetarian friends in la Madre Patria. Olé!!!

      Madelyn.

  53. Venera@Veggykitchen.com September 9, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Hare Krishna, Madelyn!
    Your story is very similar to mine. I started to be interested in vegetarian cooking after I took up the path of bhakti-yoga. And I notice practicing ahimsa does help advancing spiritually.
    Thanks for sharing your sharing your story.

  54. liveblissful November 16, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Hi Madelyn, I love your blog and have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, http://liveblissful.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  55. Claudia Rodriguez July 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Saludos Madelyn, no tengo el gusto de conocerte. Soy Claudia R. ,Gerente de Los Pioneros Taqueria Mexicana. Hace un tiempo lei tu blog y tus comentarios sobre nosotros, nos alagan mucho, esperamos poder seguir deleitando tu paladar. Estamos a la orden siempre.

    • KarmaFree Cooking July 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Qué bueno saludarte Claudia… cuando vaya la próxima vez por el restaurante, me present para conocernos en persona. Sabrá Dios si nos conocemos de cara y no de nombre. Mucho éxito siempre… órale!!! Madelyn.

  56. sophiazerg July 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Hello Madelyn,
    Your story sounds so much like mine. I also adopted a vegetarian lifestyle after yoga became a big part of my life. I think it’s kind of impossible to practice yoga, and feel the the energy connection with all sentient beings on this planet, and be apathetic.
    Glad I found your blog!
    Sophia :)

  57. Alvin November 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    LOVE IT! found it through another Puerto Rican friend living in Tampa. GREAT. Was wondering how to create family favorites yet karma free. GREAT. Keep em coming ! MOFONGO???? :-)

  58. Kay Kemp January 1, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    Reading about cooking plantains, I stumbled on this site. You will be relieved to know that microwaves are like radio waves. They agitate the molecules in the food which creates friction, producing the heat that cooks the food from inside. There is no residual “radiation” in the food. You need not worry. Read and learn here: http://home.howstuffworks.com/microwave1.htm

  59. wondering February 18, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    i don’t understand Karma Free, i thought it was good or bad, not none?

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