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About Joy

Hi – My name is Joy Shull and I am the writer, recipe creator, and photographer at Build Your Bite®. I began this website in 2014, and it is now my full-time job.

Build Your Bite® recipes have been featured in numerous publications including Buzzfeed, Country Living, Well + Good,, and more.

After almost a decade of experience being a vegetarian, I still love to create, test, and share recipes that not just vegetarians, but anyone can enjoy!

On Build Your Bite® you can find recipes that will appeal to eaters of all kinds. You do not have to be vegetarian or vegan to enjoy these recipes!

Here you will find a healthy mix of lightened up recipes, as well as classic favorites and must have comfort foods.

My 3 ingredient stir fry sauce is a staple around here, and I make just about every stir fry recipe with it.

If you are a chick-fil-a lover, be sure to check out my copycat chick-fil-a sauce recipe!

cabbage stir fry being pulled from a pan with tongs

I know what it is like to not know a lot about cooking, and try to make sure my recipe instructions are easy to follow and accessible for cooks of all expertise.

I love hearing feedback when you make my recipes! Whether it’s leaving a comment on the post or tagging me on instagram @buildyourbite and #buildyourbite, I would love to hear from you!

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, feel free to contact me at

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Sunday 5th of November 2023

Hi Joy, I've tried to make your GF peanut butter cookies that use maple syrup. The batter is too thin. Can you check tour recipe for me?


Tuesday 7th of November 2023

@Joy Shull,

Yikes, I'm sorry.

Joy Shull

Sunday 5th of November 2023

Can you specify which cookies? I have several gluten free peanut butter cookie recipes.

Glory Mahaffey

Thursday 2nd of November 2023

My semi retired husband works afternoons. So getting him a good lunch with minimal time that is healthy, good and eye appealing is great. We are not vegetarians but some healthy alternatives like cauliflower rice will work great. I am on a losing weight journey so this is great for both of us. It is a win, win. Thank you Joy.

Joy Shull

Thursday 2nd of November 2023

You're welcome! So glad to have you here :) Enjoy the recipes!


Saturday 2nd of September 2023

have been looking through your recipes and they are fabulous and Vegetarian! I'm not vegetarian but you would make it very easy!!....thinking about it :) Thanks!

Joy Shull

Sunday 10th of September 2023

How kind of you! Thanks for leaving a comment and enjoy the recipes :)


Saturday 29th of July 2023

Have you written any books?

Joy Shull

Monday 31st of July 2023

I have not, hopefully one day!

Madelia H.

Sunday 3rd of July 2022

Hi Joy, enjoyed reading your recipes especially recipes for water based smoothies. I plan to make a few this week. Thanks for sharing your experience.