Vegan How To Series – Introduction (Why this series?)


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As the year draws to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about this space and what I can do in the new year to challenge myself (and hopefully you) in new ways. It probably doesn’t come across this way on the blog, but I often struggle with questions like – What am I doing to make a difference? What can I do to help people and animals? Am I growing on a personal level? Lately, these questions have gone mostly unanswered. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing my recipes with you (and I know it makes a positive difference based on your feedback – thank you), so I have no plans to stop recipe development. It’s something I enjoy immensely more days than not. But there are other things I could be doing and I’ve felt this pull at my heart strings a lot in recent months. With only weeks to go until my cookbook manuscript is due, I’m feeling worn out and I’m sure this a big reason for the rut I feel like I’m stuck in. The good thing about a rut is that it usually prompts a change for the better (with time). Discomfort prompts motion.

In spirit of change, I’m starting a series on veganism this year – simple posts that can make the transition to a plant-based diet easier. I’m really excited about this. To be honest, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for over a year now, but I tend to suffer from the mindset that if I can’t do it exactly right or if I don’t know all the answers, then I shouldn’t do it at all. Well, this is a rather silly way to go through life, don’t you think? The truth is, I’m the only one holding myself back. I want to share whatever it is that I can offer and trust that it will be helpful for some of you. Even if you have no desire of going vegan or if you are already a vegan yourself, I still hope that this series will be inspiring and peak some curiosity about things you may want to know more about.

Here are some examples of questions I receive every week:

What can I replace yogurt with?

What’s a substitute for sour cream?

I have no idea what to do. Do you have a vegan 101 Series I can read through to get started?

What do you eat each day?

How do I get protein?

What the bleep is a flax egg????

What do I do if I have a craving for an old food?

Why do you soak beans and nuts? Will my husband fart less if I soak his nuts? (Yes someone wrote this once…I almost spit out my drink.)

I want to start TODAY…help me!

It occurred to me that it would be more helpful if I posted my experiences on the blog, rather than simply via email. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that a vegan diet isn’t about what you take away; it’s really about what you add in. I didn’t know this for a long time. For every food that I decided to forgo, I eventually added at least a handful of new, vibrant foods in its place. But first, I had to learn what it is I could add into my diet. This wasn’t easy for me in the beginning and I suspect it’s not for many. Three and a half years into it, I’m still very much learning.

To make this series a success, it’s important for me to have your feedback and input. I’d love to know some of the questions you are struggling with right now or perhaps things you struggled with in the past but triumphed over. Everyone loves a good success story, myself included. [Side note: I’m considering the return of reader success stories, perhaps in a Q & A format – would you enjoy this feature again on OSG?]

For those of you who are making some changes to your diet in 2013, I hope you’ll find this series timely and helpful in your journey. More on all of this very soon.

For more in this series, see:

Part 1: How To Make The Transition

Part 2: Replacing Dairy Milk

Part 3: Homemade Oat Milk

Part 4: Homemade Almond Milk

Part 5:  Ten Tips for eating out as a vegan

I wish you a happy, fun, and safe New Year’s surrounded by the people you love! Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for reading Oh She Glows and bringing me into your home each week. I bid farewell to 2012 filled with gratitude.

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1 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 31, 2012

This sounds like a great series!

One question that I have: What are you thoughts on meat substitutes? Do you eat them? If so, what are your favorite brands/products?


2 helen December 31, 2012

most meat substitutes are highly processed and contain ingredients that aren’t desirable in any diet. I’ve been vegetarian then vegan for over 25 years before it was fashionable and I’ve researched every angle. plant based protein is more digestible, bioavailable, and found in all plants…many in higher concentration than animal proteins. Organic. fresh tofu, grains, and legumes can be formed I to steaks, patties and roasts that rival animal counterparts. falafel is a perfect example. there are so many sites and recipes on the internet…do your research and be creative….enjoy! :)


3 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 1, 2013

Thank you for your reply and advice! I love falafel! :)


4 Lindsay V. January 2, 2013

Don’t forget spirulina powder as a supplement if you’re concerned about protein. It’s something like 85% protein, shockingly, and extremely bioavailable.


5 Sarah January 2, 2013

Hi Helen,

I agree with you about meat substitutes. I have been in dietary trasition for almost a year now. Instead of looking for any meat substitutes, my family and I gave up all meat and found delicious homemade veg and legume alternatives (try Angela’s lentil loaf – better than any “fake” meat you will ever find!!). We eat tofu, mostly because we love the texture and find it easy to flavour with marinades.

The transiton for us is about real, plant-based foods. For this reason we opt not to eat things like vegan butter spread, vegan mayonaise, etc. I really beleive this is the best route for us.

The journey from meat eaters, to vegetarian and now to vegan has been a slow steady process for us and we have enjoyed it tremendously and are reaping the healthy rewards everyday. We have a healthy vibrant 22 month old and I am expecting another baby in March. We have never felt better :)


6 Julie Boyer December 31, 2012

What’s interesting about meat substitutes is that most of them have wheat ingredients. I have been a vegetarian for most of my life and used to enjoy some of these foods – veggies burgers or veggies ground round for a chili or pasta sauce. Now that I’ve found out that I am gluten-intolerant, I realize why I never seemed to digest these products! Angela has shared many great burger recipes in the past, so I know there are so many more flavorful and tummy-friendly ‘meat substitute’ recipes out there.


7 Rainbo Mercado December 31, 2012

I agree with Julie! Ive been a vegetarian for over ten years and want to go vegan. I am having a horrid time now that I am gluten intolerant! Can u post more bean adaptable “meats”


8 Teresa December 31, 2012

I’m on this page as well; I’ve been vegan for almost 3 years and just recently determined that gluten causes severe sinus problems for me, so I’ve mostly eliminated it from my diet. I’m okay not eating the meat substitutes, but would love additional recipes that are vegan, gluten-free entrees. Also, if you had any suggestions at all for substituting vital wheat gluten, that would be awesome.


9 pdw January 1, 2013

I am vegan and grain free (not just gluten free, but no rice, corn, etc.) and although it does take some time to adjust to not eating handy meat analogs, it is possible and even enjoyable. I am happy that I am still able to eat soy and other legumes; I have other friends who are not able to enjoy these foods, and I think it would make it pretty difficult. Mind you, when I was “only” vegetarian, I was afraid of having to go gluten-free. And when I was “only” vegetarian and gluten free, I was afraid of having to go grain free. So I guess you figure it out as the need arises!

My best advice for baking is to start with a vegan recipe, and substitute for the gluten ingredients, rather than starting with a gluten-free recipe and trying to veganize. It just seems to work a lot better that way. My usual sub for wheat flour is 50:50 buckwheat and tapioca, with a little xanthan gum where necessary.

As far as replacing the meat analogs, if you live in the US you have a lot more options, with quorn, tofu pups, sunflower burgers, and Amy’s gf/vegan products, so there are some analogs/convenience foods available. Here there is one brand of veggie burger that is gluten free/grain free that I occasionally get as a convenience, but that’s it. We use lots of beans and lentils for chili, curry, falafel, salads, etc. and tofu for stir fries, baked tofu sides, etc. Plenty of vegan meals don’t need any meat subs at all – pasta/dumplings, wraps, stuffed potatoes, pizza, and so on. Then of course, there are nuts and seeds which, if you tolerate them (I am allergic to some) can be used to top salads and other dishes, make nut loaves, sauces, and so much more.

Look at international dishes, pre-industrial vegetarian recipes (there are a number of vegetarian cookery books available through Gutenberg), raw foodist recipes, and the plethora of vegan and gluten free blogs available online.

You can do it!


10 Monique Young January 9, 2013

I’m very green when it comes to this eating style. I recently took the dive for health purposes. Although, the meat substitutes are highly processed and often have the nutrition of fried bread they can help in a class five craving. I find that they have gotten less desirable as I have started to get more recipes under my belt.

As for a favorite, Loma Linda Swiss Steak is pretty amazing.


11 Jen Adler December 31, 2012

Hi Angela,
This is so timely! I’ve played with vegan-ism for 21 days a few years ago, but it didn’t stick. Now, I play with vegetarianism. My husband and I have incorporated many of your recipes into our regular routine and he probably eats meat once or twice a week for dinner (lunch is on his own). I’d like to take being a vegetarian for vegan further though.
Last night we watched a documentary on going Vegan and afterwards my husband said he could probably cut out cold cuts and he agreed to be a pescatarian for the month of January and I would be a vegetarian.
Eventually, I’d like to go vegan, but here are my main concerns: social eating – what do you do when someone makes you cake, cookies, or biscuits and you know they have eggs in them, or everyone is getting together for pizza? In-laws are a huge deal for me. My step-mother-in-law is a gourmet and when we go out to eat, she orders and we all share. My mother in law does the traditional Italian Christmas eve with the seven fishes and it would cause such a headache to bring my own dish.
Also, my husband is currently training for a half iron-man and is worried about protein. He’s not really into quinoa and gets tired of beans all the time.
Also a little concerned about some of the prices for substitutions, like buying cashews to make cream, etc.


12 Johanna December 31, 2012

Hi there Jen

I saw your post and wanted to respond. Angela, I hope I’m not stepping on any toes here by responding. Love your work and read this blog regularly.

Jen – check out Brandon Brazier’s book – Thrive. He’s a vegan ironman or ultramarathoner and not only has he developed great recipes geared at endurance athletes, but he’s also developed some great vegan protein products, electrolyte replacers etc. I trained for my 3rd and 4th half marathons this summer, followed a lot of his stuff and ran the best I have ever run. I highly recommend it and encourage you and your husband to experiment. It sounds like you are open to new ideas which is the best place to start from.

xo Johanna


13 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2012

Yes by all means feel free to respond to others! I’m using this more of a way to inform my future posts. Love reading everyone’s comments.


14 Julie Boyer December 31, 2012

And the great book Eat & Run My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek. He shares his journey to becoming vegan and about a dozen recipes too!


15 Jen Adler January 1, 2013

Thanks to you too, Julie. Maybe I’ll leave that one on my husband’s nightstand!


16 Jen Adler January 1, 2013

Thanks, Johanna. I will check out that book. I knew there were a few extreme athletes out there, but couldn’t remember where I heard about them. Congrats on your marathons!


17 Kirsten Lee December 31, 2012

I TOTALLY understand your social eating situations, I feel the same way. this christmas, my mom hosted, and she knows I am trying to go vegan. I gave her suggestions for side that I could eat. When you go to someones home or out, I have no idea! We’ll make it through!


18 Mélanie January 2, 2013

For going to someone’s house, I always mention that I don’t eat meat, dairy or eggs and I always bring a vegan dish to share.


19 Sarah January 2, 2013

Social eating has been the most challenging aspect of changing our eating habits as well. One way around it is to always bring a dish or two with you when going to other people’s houses for meals. I always bring a salad chock full of veggies and sprouts and grains (quinoa or brown rice pasta). Accompanied by a homemade dressing, it is always a hit. When we go to a restaurant (which is rare because we love to prepare our own food and hate the uncertainty of restaurant options and ingredients) we don’t expect to get a high-nutrient meal – it’s a compromise for the sake of being social, but there is always a salad on the menu :)

I find the more we educate our family on the reasons for our change, the more open poeple are to alternatives and to trying new things themselves.

PS – I always have a containter of nuts, homemade energy bars and/or fruit in my purse :)


20 Taylor December 31, 2012

Just curious – was the film you watched Vegucated? I also watched that last night, if so. What a funny coincidence that would be!


21 Melissa December 31, 2012

I have been a vegetarian for more than 20 years without ever considering going vegan, but I just watched Vegucated and am now giving it serious thought. Pretty gruesome.


22 Jen Adler January 1, 2013

It was Vegucated! Funny. We’ve watched a bunch and some like Food Matters that I thought were more informative and would have more sway with my husband didn’t convince him as much as this one did.


23 Patty January 2, 2013

I watched Vegucated on the 31st too! I saw this today and thought how timely it was.


24 Erin January 2, 2013

I watched it too…I grew up in a farming community and am married to an avid hunter…I thought I knew a lot about where our food comes from but really had my eyes open. I’m not sure if I am ready to become vegan, but have been thinking much more critically about what I eat since watching it. My plan for this year is to gradually reduce my intake of animal products. I think the thing that bothered me most was the eggs…I try to follow the Eat Clean diet which is heavily dependent on dairy and eggs. I’ve found it easy to reduce my intake of meat pretty dramatically, its the eggs and and dairy that I’m struggling with. Ang – advice on sources or probiotics and eggs (so quick, easy and transportable) would be great. Especially ideas for brunch and breakfasts for social gatherings.


25 Mélanie January 2, 2013

Hi Jen,
I found social eating to be the biggest obstacle for me when I went vegan 2 years ago. It does get easier as time goes by because the people in your life know and start to remember that you are vegan and so don’t (or rarely) offer you non-vegan foods. It find it’s matter of deciding that you are worth it. You deserve to eat what you want and not eat what you don’t want. You alone get to decide what you put into your body. That is not being “selfish” or unreasonable, it’s a basic right. I found it helpful to just calmly tell people, “I’m no longer eating meat, dairy or eggs” and just leave it at that. No jugement or explaination needed. If people ask why, which they often do, I would just tell them it was for health reasons and that I felt much better this way. Just pick out and practice your go-to answer and stick with it. If you reamain consistent and don’t act self-rightous or like you’re depriving yourself, people will eventually accept it. Be confident! And if you’re not, fake it. It will come :)


26 Chloe January 8, 2013

I agree with Brendan Braizer’s book recommendation (although I find him to be a bit pushy on his own products, but does include DIY recipes). I would also check out the ‘No-Meat-Athlete’ community (on Facebook, etc.) I am a triathlete and 95% vegetarian (I eat sustainable seafood sometimes) and I find they have great resources. I have found shakes (which angela has great recipes for) with Hemp powder to be useful.

Also, a book called Eat to Live, was transformational for me. It shows how much protein veggies actually have and makes the case for plant-based diet, with good info on protein. The big challenge I find for athletes is being gluten free and veggie, as many of the protein/energy bars out there have gluten (less so in US, but here in NL its tough). Good luck. It’s totally doable!


27 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 31, 2012

Great idea ange! EVen though I’m not vegan I love making vegan swaps when I cook! So I can’t wait to see what tips you share!


28 Stacy L. December 31, 2012

Angela – This is really great and I’m definitely looking forward to your new series and to see what comes from the current tension/struggle of thinking through future direction of OSG. You’re right, that tension does indeed prompt reflection, consideration, and eventually change and progress – so I hope you find joy in even the season of tension, but I know it’s not always easy!

Some of the topics I either currently wrestle thinking through, or have in the past are:
1. Fueling an active lifestyle – am I getting great enough diversity of foods in my diet to fuel my active lifestyle?
2. Pursuing a healthy balance in life – specifically balance in caring for my body well (ie: balance between pushing myself physically & rest/repair for my body, emotional rest, etc…)
2. I loved how you wrote – “it’s that a vegan diet isn’t about what you take away; it’s really about what you add in….For every food that I decided to forgo, I eventually added at least a handful of new, vibrant foods in its place.” I completely agree with you on this! Prior to being more adventurous with foods, I often felt dumbstruck in the grocery store and would revert to the “same old, same old”. Over time I’ve actually come to look forward to my trips to the grocery store each week and challenge myself to find one new and exciting item each time. I have been so thankful that you’ve challenged me to consider exploring new foods (and activities) that I believe has made me healthier all around.
3. “How’s to’s” of various sorts – especially vegan baking. I, and I believe many others, fail at vegan baking all the time.

I really like the idea of Success Stories from readers. They’re always encouraging, challenging, and inspiring.

Thanks so much!


29 Barbara Clough December 31, 2012

I think your plan for 2013 is great! My graduate school daughter and I have been struggling a bit over 2012 trying out different recipes, but it’s exhausting sometimes. Would be nice to know your typical fall-back recipes for during the week. (quick/easy, tasty and nutritious would be a BIG bonus) Also, what are your standard cupboard/fridge/freezer items that you always have on hand. And lastly, I have tried squeezing water out of tofu – time consuming and a pain – most recently, it crumbled into bits instead of staying in 1 piece for me to cut up nicely…..guess I’m in a rut too!


30 Christine December 31, 2012

For the tofu pressing, I hated trying to use plates, trays, or cans. I bought a Tofu Xpress off Amazon. It was only ~$40. It even has a lid to use it as a marinating tray after the press. I’d highly recommend the Tofu Xpress.


31 Mary January 1, 2013

Me too, it rocks!! Worth every penny.


32 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 1, 2013

I just got a tofu press for Christmas and I LOVE it! If you cook with tofu frequently then you should definitely look into getting one.


33 Rebecca December 31, 2012

Try baking it first. Cut it into triangles and throw it on a cookie tray. 350 for about a half hour. t gets rid of the liquid without taking up your time!


34 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 31, 2012

I love this idea! I was vegetarian and then vegan for a while, but decided to incorporate meat back into my diet. However, I still love eating a (mostly) plant-based diet and am a firm believer that vegans have for fun in the kitchen. I love the creativity that’s required!


35 Becky December 31, 2012

My whole family has committed to going plant based in 2013. I have “collected” dozens of recipes from the Internet that are vegan but I can see that I need to focus on hearty meals that will keep my family, especially my husband, interested. They are turned off by weird sounding recipes and dishes with a lot of unfamiliar ingredients. My goal is to try to learn to prepare vegan meals that are simple and “normal” looking. :). I guess that is not really a question but are instead things that I am looking for.


36 Terra January 1, 2013

Congratulations, Becky! That’s a great commitment for your family. Enjoy the good life!


37 Kim L. January 1, 2013

Hey Becky! You should check out the book “Fresh Vegan from the Slow Cooker,” it has many great family recipes that are simple to throw together! Good luck :)


38 Christina Shumway December 31, 2012

Thank you for this!


39 Heather December 31, 2012

Awesome Ange – I am so excited to follow along with this new blog series!


40 Goddesswifemom December 31, 2012

I am REALLY looking forward to this series. I have been struggling with an eating disorder now for over a year, since the extremely premature birth of our son at 26 weeks, and I would really like to finally overcome it but it’s so hard to break the habit of the familiar.

I have been making various recipes of yours for over a year, here and there, and LOVE them. I want to gain the needed weight but I’d like to do it in a healthy way and not just eat junk like everyone suggests. I have been thinking of going totally vegan but wasn’t sure where to start so this is perfect. I hope to be a success story in 2014. :)


41 Laura December 31, 2012

I would love a series like this! Like an earlier commenter, I have difficulty with social situations. I don’t want to seem rude and not eat the meal someone has prepared, and I feel like it can come across as “I’m better/healthier than you” if I bring my own meal. Also, hosting company that is used to a “meat and two sides” type of meal can be a challenge. Lastly, I am allergic to tree nuts so I’d be interested in some nut-free meal ideas (particularly main dishes). Thanks for all your great recipes and insights!


42 Cady December 31, 2012

Happy New Year to you, Angela. It’s interesting to read your thought process behind the blog, and that’s a great reminder to turn that “stuck
in a rut” feeling into a positive chance for change. I’ll look forward to this new series. I would like to read suggestions on eating enough protein (as well as knowing what is enough). I am not vegan but I have been trying to be a more healthy eater the past couple of years. Your blog has been very helpful and motivating, so many thanks!


43 Bethany :0) December 31, 2012

Congratulations! I so look forward to learning more from you about veganism itself. Your leap into a new year with new and expanding goals that honor what you truly want is inspiring.

A question that I deal with week to week is how to stretch my money, and I’m wondering if there’s any way you can integrate the low cost of veganism into your new blog and how to find lower cost ingredients (in particular nuts). I feel this might be a valuable insight for others working on a tight budget, too.

Thank you! I have so loved following Oh She Glows over the years and plan to keep spreading the word about your awe-inspiring blog!


44 Kathryn Bardolph December 31, 2012

Hello – My nutritionist has encouraged me to stay away from soy. And I would like to embrace a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle that uses the food God gives us – without adding a bunch of meat substitutes, etc. I like the idea of celebrating the healthy food and making it so tasty that no one would want to go back to crap.

All that said, I love the recipes of yours I’ve tried – a few have become staples in our home. I’m excited about your blog idea for 2013. Love and peace to you, Angela.


45 Amélie December 31, 2012

I will definitely be following this series!
My boyfriend and I have been vegetarian for about 3 years now and last week he announced to me that he was giving up dairy for the new year. As much as I am informed on the topic and agree fully with his decision and know it’s the right thing to do, I can’t seem to bring myself to follow suit. I wake up one day and believe that I can commit to this and the next day I’m thinking the opposite. I know I can give up on milk and butter without a problem because there are great substitutes, but never until now have I thought that I have an emotional attachment/dependency to a food, and I’m talking about cheese :/ And I’m not talking about daily consumption here, it’s only just a rare indulgence, but one that I can’t bring myself to think I could happily live without.
Were you a big cheese eater before going vegan? Do you crave it? Have you found a good substitute? I don’t like Daiya or any vegan cheese substitutes I have tried.
Also, I am a bit scared of how it will be like being guests at other people’s for a meal as well as going out for a fancy meal in a restaurant (options are thin in Montreal…)
Anyway, this comes in good time and hopefully you can convince me! :)



46 Teresa December 31, 2012


Cheese was the hard thing for me to give up too! I do like Daiya, but I recognize not everyone enjoys it. When I took the vegan plunge I didn’t have any cheese substitutes for the first several months, which I think helped when I started experimenting. And honestly, I didn’t-and don’t-miss it as much as I thought I would. That being said, I really, really love Wayfare’s Hickory Cheddar spread. It isn’t the same type of cheese as Daiya, but I’m an addict. I also cook with nutritional yeast a lot and just got an Artisan Vegan Cheese cookbook, which I am excited to experiment with. You might look further into these to see if any will suit your needs!

Good luck!


47 Mélanie January 2, 2013

Hi Amélie,
Cheese is a hard one, I found I had a real emotional attachment to it. However, once I gave it up for a while, I didn’t crave it anymore. As time went on, I craved it less and less. Now, I don’t crave ir at all. Also, I rememeber how I felt after eating it and I really don’t miss that. I don’t use a replacement per se, but I like putting baked marinated tofu cubes in soups ans salads to sort of recreate the effect of cheese cubes. Also I make my own vegan parmesan (1 part cashews and 2 parts nutritional yeast in food precessor) to add to pasta and dips. Delicious! As for being a guest in other people’s homes’, it just a matter of being confident, comfortable and consistent. And always bring a dish to share.


48 Tamara Paton December 31, 2012

What a FANTASTIC idea! Thank you for launching this and at just the right time.

I’ve been completely veggie for about 6 months now and your site has helped me nudge along the spectrum towards vegan. I think we are very close to going vegan at home, with some flexibility when eating out or at other people’s homes. The going vegan posts you’ve proposed will get me all the way there.

In addition to sharing ideas about HOW to go vegan, it might be helpful to share info on the WHY part of the equation. There are so many great documentaries and websites out there and I find them really motivating. It would be great to learn about more information sources.

I really like the reader stories posts, especially if they include links to the reader’s favourite OSG recipes. You have so many great recipes on this site and it would be great to rediscover those that are not in my regular rotation.

As an aside, I used to be employed by Harlequin and I remain a freelance consultant for the company. I’m very excited to see your book hit the shelves!


49 Shilpa December 31, 2012

Lovely idea Ange. I decided to become a vegan last year and have stuck with it. I was raised vegetarian, so the transition wasn’t really bad – just had to cut out dairy; never did eggs. This year I would like to eat more fruits and veggies and help my hsband and daughter do that as well – my daughter is a vegan as well. She is very picky and dislikes most vegetables. Is there any way I could make veggies more appealing to her? I have tried various techniqes but nothing has worked so far. Some kid friendly recipes would be great. Thanks so much. And a very happy new year to you and your family.


50 Greta December 31, 2012

I second this request for kid-friendly veggie recipes! My boyfriend’s kids have recently request more vegetarian dinners, and I’m thrilled to oblige – but “meat-free” to them means huge plates of pasta, baked beans and toast, or just french fries and ketchup. The bf and I are happy with a bowl of spiralized veggies or sauteed greens, but that doesn’t really work for them. Any ideas would be great!


51 Katie December 31, 2012

Seriously Angela this post could not have come at a more perfect time. A long time follower of your blog (which has already changed me and my family in more ways than one), I have looked at Veganism in a whole new light but couldn’t commit to it fully. Last night, I sat down and watched “Vegucated” on Netflix and made a promise right then and there to make the change. I want to start of the new year right. You have already made such a impact in my life but this series would help me tremendously. I want to thank you for all that you do and even though we don’t know eachother, I feel better knowing you’re there for support.

Happy New Year!!


52 Lea December 31, 2012

Its amazing how a documentary can inspire change and how Oh She Glows and this new blog can assist us in making it happen. I saw the documentary too and I’m getting emotional just thinking about it. And Angela, in answer to your 3 questions at the beginning of this blog entry….you already have……


53 Stephanie December 31, 2012

I’m struggling with an added 20+ pounds right now. 2 yrs ago I was high raw diet and felt great, was also running 3-5 miles/day, but i’m dealing with tendonosis right now…thankfully physical therapy is helping, so I hope to get back to my active lifestyle. On the other hand, my biggest struggle is the ridicule and sarcasim I get from my family about my diet. Its hard on my mind and I think my poor self image is a result of this too. I struggle with finding things my family loves so I can cook for us all with one recipe/meal instead of always cooking for them and I end up not even wanting to eat because I don’t want to think about what I can have or should have. I just want to be happy with food again!!


54 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 31, 2012

I think you’re going to have a lot of questions coming your way on this one Ange! Oh, and “Discomfort prompts action” –> AMEN to that!! I totally agree and often find myself feeling that way as well. I can’t wait to see the rest of the posts in this series Even though I’m not vegan, I love learning more about the adaptations that can be made to every-day dishes to make them suitable for everyone. Happy New Year!


55 Kimmoy December 31, 2012

I would like to see more information on preparation and grocery shopping. I drool over your recipes, but I could use more help in knowing what I should have on hand to make it easier to whip up whatever feeds my fancy. I like the idea of meal plans for beginners too. I’d also like to see substitutes for cheeses :)


56 Jolene J. December 31, 2012

Angela, this could not come at a better time! I have used your blog as a resource for the past 5 months or so! I love it and have gotten so many good ideas for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner….and a lot of the recipes are so tasty my husband does not mind when I make them :) I found out last May that I had an allergy to dairy and eggs, so while I can have meat basically my entire diet is vegan. I have decided in 2013 to become fully vegan and I know it is a lifestyle that I can stick with that will over all make me feel better about food decisions.
My only thing that I struggle with is that there are hardly ever any quick, on the go meals to make as a vegan and sometimes that can get exhausting. Do you have any suggestions for quick snack ideas?
Also, I am assuming your husband eats meat, so how do you do you make meals work so that both of you can eat them?
Finally, how do you suggest to make it work when going to a family function and no one else is vegan? I struggled with that a lot this Christmas (however, my husbands side of the family is very supportive and helped me out a lot!)….
Anyway, THANK YOU again for bringing this series onto the blog, I for sure will enjoy it and learn from it! :)


57 April December 31, 2012

I can’t believe you left us hanging with the nut soaking question! Was the reader referring to the husband’s nuts or the nuts the husband consumes? Either way, I am looking forward to the answer too! :)


58 Zoe@loseweightandgainhealth December 31, 2012

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. It is one of a handful I look at EVERY day. I do not want to become a vegan but read it because I am trying to lose weight and gain health. I like to eat vegan foods and want to add more vegan meals to my life in 2013 so i am really looking forward to your new series.
Please don’t feel stuck in a rut. Your blog does not seem at all rut like. I enjoy every post you put out there. You are one of the bloggers I would most like to meet as you seem such a lovely person and I have really enjoyed watching your photography develop this year. My aim for 2013 is to improve my photography. So you inspire my photography and healthy eating. Happy New year to you :-)


59 Cook Snap Savour December 31, 2012

This will be so helpful! Can’t wait to see the rest!


60 Lauren December 31, 2012

Angela, you have absolutely made my day! I have struggled with converting entirely to a plant based diet for quite some time now. My main setback would be that I am the only one in my family of four that hates meat. How do I incorporate a vegan diet with my meat-loving family?
Also, how do I grocery shop wisely and spend less? I absolutely love the grocery, but sometimes feel lost and overwhelmed once I get there.
Keep doing what your doing, your blog is amazing! My mother in law just converted to becoming vegan so your blog has been a great topic of conversation for us :)


61 Karen December 31, 2012

That sounds so exciting! I have started flirting with going vegan. My husband and daughter will probably not be on board, but I really want to do this! Thank you Angela!


62 Cris Z. December 31, 2012

Love learning from your blog! Although I have no desire to be completely vegan I am mostly interested in incorporating as much fresh fruit and veggies for the healthiest life I can live. I always enjoy your recipes that focus on an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies! You are an inspiration for a healthy way to live!


63 Abby @ Change of Pace December 31, 2012

I love this idea! I’ve been a reader of your blog for a couple years now. My husband has been vegetarian for almost three years and vegan for a year and a half. I’ve found many awesome recipes from you and other bloggers, so I think I learned a lot through here.
I’m by no means an expert though and would love any advice or information you provide!
Oh, and I love success stories!
Happy New Year, Angela!


64 Natalie December 31, 2012

I would LOVE this. My questions are, what are some easy meals with few ingredients that would be quick to prepare after a long day at the office? I would love if you had some crockpot vegan meals as well! Also, I’m so confused on protein… some say you lack it in a vegan/veg diet, others say we actually need far less than we think. What are good protein sources other than beans (I get tired of them so fast) and quinoa (I’ve tried so many times, but I just don’t like it)? Also, if you could provide more details on where to find certain ingredients in your recipes… like cocoa nibs? I’ve searched high and low. Also, is it possible to eat vegan without breaking the bank? So many products and ingredients in your recipes I’ve found at the store, but are so expensive! But yes, I understand that you get what you pay for!

Also, I loooove your more personal posts, so I would love to see more of those in the new year.

That was a lot of questions. Looking forward to this series, I read your blog every day! All best in 2013!


65 Megan M. December 31, 2012

I’m definitely looking forward to your series! The two HUGE issues for me are budget and being able to find required ingredients in my area’s grocery stores!


66 Christina Summers December 31, 2012

This is a great idea Angela! I became vegan April 2012 and have not looked back since! Of course there are those times I would eat something then later realize that there was some form of dairy, egg or honey in it. All you can do is live and learn. My husband decided that a plant based diet is also for him last week. I am more than thrilled that he is doing this for himself. He is now going through the same “growing pains” that I did. The other night he came home with a headache, I asked if he had enough protein which he replied no. Sure enough after getting some protein into him, his headache went away. This will be helpful for both of us along our vegan journey.


67 Cindy December 31, 2012

Thank you so much for doing this series!! 2013 is the year I finally go vegan, a decision I have been struggling with for a couple of years. I have been vegetarian for a while, but I am ready to make the leap.

My question: How do I deal with the negativity of others when I communicate my decision? My family does not understand my desire to be vegan, and I feel like I inconvenience them even if I try not to by bringing food to share.


68 Brittany December 31, 2012

I absolutely LOVE this blog and I look at it every day! I am always so excited to see new posts. Thank for all of your hard work and dedication to this blog; I know it helps countless people and blessed us followers immensely!

I also would love to hear how us fellow vegans tell our non-vegan friends/family that we eat a vegan/plant-based diet? So far, many people I’ve encountered do not support it or know much about it, and I haven’t found “the” thing to say right off the bat to people.

Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE being vegan and consider it one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but I have found that I dread going to restaurants, especially with non-vegan people. My biggest fear is that going to non-vegan-friendly restaurants will leave others with the impression that being vegan means you can only eat iceberg lettuce salads with oil & vinegar dressing. Anyone else know what I mean?

I just want to prove to others that it’s possible to have amazing food when dining out, but I don’t know how to handle this when dining at non-veg-friendly places!


69 Savannah December 31, 2012

I started my New Year’s resolution a bit early and have cut out all dairy. I was vegan for about a year but drifted back, mostly because I got lazy but also because I have a cheese addiction! The “fake” stuff just doesn’t do it! I have decided rewarding myself with better skin will be worth it. I’ve been a long time reader and have seen many of your “cheesy” recipes….I think it’s time to actually make one! :)
Happy New Year!
ps-The nuts part totally made my day.


70 Rebeca E. December 31, 2012

I love this idea, I’ve been slowly transitioning into a more plant based diet but feel like I’m unable to let go of eggs, poultry, or seafood. As well, my difficulty lies that my iron levels are extremely low, and I’m finding it hard to eat iron rich plant based foods (usually now I’m mixing pumpkin seeds with a source of vitamin C like kale, spinach, strawberries etc.) and taking an iron supplement. As well, I train a lot, and as a result I find it difficult to find that post workout protein that I usually crave in forms of poultry, seafood etc.


71 Melissa December 31, 2012

This is exactly what I need! I am making the transition into veganism, and while it doesn’t seem overly difficult now, I definitely am going to need some advice when school starts back. Being a grad student, I am so busy during the semester that I struggle with how to eat healthy, let alone eat vegan. So, I guess some tips/advice would be helpful with how to be a healthy vegan while constantly on the go.


72 Kristina December 31, 2012

“Discomfort prompts motion.” – I *LOVE* this. Great idea, it would be incredibly helpful to have such a series! Happy new year, may it bring you great things. :)


73 Jennifer December 31, 2012

This couldn’t have come at a better time! I’m making 2013 my year of clean eating and I’ve been flirting with the idea of going vegan. I’ve been a reader of your blog for a while now and I’m really looking forward to these posts. Happy New Year!


74 Jessica December 31, 2012

I echo earlier comments. I am a single mother of three teenagers with voracious appetites. I decided to move progressively toward a plant-based diet in 2012, even if my kids want me to make periodic traditional, non-vegan meals for them. Pre-planning, knowing what to stock, understanding new foods and substitutes for old ones, and having quick meals at the ready–these have been early challenges for me in 2012. I look forward to your blog. What perfect timing!


75 Susanne December 31, 2012


I also think the “how to” series is a wonderful idea. I love your recipes and have been making many of them throughout the past years. I am not a full vegan but I am very interested in going vegan. At this time, I am not really sure how to make the transition. Some of your readers stated above that they worry about social situations. I feel the same way. How do you handle pressure to conform from friends, family and colleagues? Also, I would love to see some recommendations on how to cook delicious vegan meals on a budget.

Keep up the great work and happy new year.


76 Maggie Olson December 31, 2012

Yay, this is wonderful! I’m very excited. Here are my curiosities:

1. How do you meet other vegans? I’ve been eating about 90% vegan for months and am making the switch to 100% for the new year (so, on Chicago time, in like 14 hours) and couldn’t be more excited or READY. However, I’m kinda flyin’ solo and would love to meet more vegans. Do you have ideas? Any way you can rally us together via your blog?

2. Is there some secret vegan website where people can get nooch for cheap?

3. I could likely dig through your archives and find an answer but I’m always curious how each vegan handles restaurants!

4. Success stories sound great. Each person should include 1-3 favorite recipes/go-to meals with their success story. I love hearing how other people eat.

5. I’ve recently been thinking about whether or not I would feel comfortable dating a meat-eater. I haven’t reached any consensus or final decision, and honestly dating is really low on my priority list right now, so it certainly isn’t a pressing issue. However, I’m just curious about your thoughts on the matter. If I don’t personally feel okay about meat-eating due to environmental, economic, and animal compassion issues (etc), what does that mean if I date someone who supports that industry? I don’t know. I just want to hear what you think.

That’s all I can think of at the moment. But this is wonderful. You are my favorite.


77 Brittany December 31, 2012

These are all wonderful questions – I’d love to hear responses on all of them!!! :)


78 Jessica January 1, 2013

I get my nooch at our big Fred Meyer grocery store (where you can also buy tires, underwear, or produce!) out of the bulk bins.


79 Maggie Olson December 31, 2012

ALSO: the how-to stuff specifically regarding how to make vegan substitutions and cook vegan foods will be especially beneficial to send to my mother, who is a bit baffled by her vegan daughter.


80 Sara December 31, 2012

My questions/concerns are mainly about cooking for one while living in a household full of carnivores, having convenient foods while being at college, and how in the WORLD to handle criticism/jokes at your diet? I’ve struggled with the last one, especially as of late, daily. I don’t mind answering questions for the curious or explaining my choices but the teasing and unrelentless jokes are starting to wear me thin. I can’t eat in peace anymore! At least ONCE a day I get teased even if it is something small. It’s beginning to wear me down and make me upset. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!


81 Brittany December 31, 2012

I’m glad you brought this up! I feel ya!…I get hassled all the time, too. :( At least we are not alone.. I really don’t understand how anybody can judge a vegan lifestyle when it’s SO healthy and such a positive impact on the environment, animals, etc! When I make food that non-vegans find appealing, I want to respond with, “Sorry, you won’t like this — no animals were tortured in the making, and it isn’t lined with any cardiovascular disease causing cholesterol.” But, I know that’s not very nice. :)


82 Kelsea December 31, 2012

So excited for this!!! Your ideas and recipes are already so wonderful that making a how-to guide on the blog will be so helpful! Can’t wait to keep reading!


83 Jodi December 31, 2012

This is such a great idea! I often find that we tend to veer away from what makes us change in the first place; for example, sometimes I need to remind myself of why I became vegan, and why it’s important to me to maintain my vegan lifestyle. In no way am I considering ending being vegan, but sometimes it’s beneficial to be reminded of why we do the things we do. I’d love to hear you speak on that – the reflection part of our actions.

A few questions for you: How do you ensure that you are sticking to the “basics” of a vegan lifestyle (veggies, grains, legumes, fruits, and other whole foods)? I live in a city where I have a plentiful amount of vegan take-out options, and some nights when I’m exhausted, it’s just too easy to order it. And then later in the week I realize I haven’t made myself a big salad in 6 days, when I use to eat at least one salad a day while living in the suburbs. I’m sure it is similar for you now living in Toronto. How do you/would you handle a situation like this? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also – I echo another reader’s comment – how do you make meals work with you and your meat-eater husband? I am in the same situation and struggle with this. Thank you, Angela, and Happy New Year!


84 Marla December 31, 2012

I am so excitedd about this. I have fallen off the vegan wagon recently and am rededicating in 2013. I love your recipes and can’t wait for your book. Thank you!!


85 Natalie December 31, 2012

You said you ask yourself what you are doing to make a difference. I’ve been drafting an email to you for months now that I haven’t dared to send. I wanted to tell you what a difference you make to one tiny person on the other side of the planet. Many days I struggle with a longstanding illness and it’s hard to find things to motivate or inspire me. Your blog brings me so much joy everyday. Your recipes have got me doing things when there is very little else I am able to do. Your photography is inspiring and brings me a lot of joy as well. And mostly your sunny and intelligent disposition that comes through in your writing makes me smile when I’m having a bleak day.
So, you just never know what kind of a difference you’re making on any given day unless sometimes someone tells you. So thank you!


86 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2012

I am so lucky to have you reading, thank you Natalie. That means the world to me!


87 Stephanie December 31, 2012

Yay! That’s awesome Angela :) I’m looking forward to reading the series. I’m vegetarian working on becoming vegan, so this is right up my alley! Thank you for sharing your experience.




88 Jennie December 31, 2012

Thank you so much for starting this new series! I have been flirting with being a vegetarian/vegan for the greater part of 2012 and I’m hoping this coming year will be the switch-over for good to a vegan lifestyle. My husband and children are holding me back a bit (myself included at times) but I want to do this for their health as well as my own. Whole plant-based lifestyle here we come! Any suggestions for easing my family along with me are greatly appreciated!


89 Kathryn December 31, 2012

I’ve been reading the comments about how to handle veganism in social situations and I thought I would offer my own thoughts on the issue. People invariably ask why I follow a plant-based diet and I tell them it is because I feel good when I eat like this. When I eat meat or dairy in particular, I just don’t feel well. I believe that I have the right to eat so that I don’t feel like crap all the time, and I refuse to feel guilty about doing what I need to do to look after myself. If I am going to be in a situation where someone else is cooking for me, I simply explain that I will not feel well if I eat certain foods, and offer to bring a dish that I make that I can eat and share with everyone else. I don’t think I’ve ever had someone argue that I should eat what they make when I approach the issue from a personal health angle. As a bonus, I get to share nourishing, healthy food and show people that eating a plant-based diet really is about adding and not taking away, as Ange so adroitly and beautifully stated above.


90 Sarah L. December 31, 2012

Oh, you so rock. I’m really looking forward to this series. I think your blog was the biggest part of my health overhaul in 2012, and whenever anyone asks how I reached my healthy weight, I tell them it’s all about the plants. I’m happy, energetic, and a sought-after cook after switching to a mostly vegan whole foods diet. Thank you so much. Will be toasting to OSG tonight!!


91 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2012

Sarah, you are so sweet! Thank you. How about toasting to YOU tonight for all your amazing hard work? I can’t take credit, but I’m so glad to be a part of your journey.


92 MIchelle December 31, 2012

I love your blog, even though I’m a meat eater…. I can live without meat, and love high protein recipes from an alternative source. The reason I haven’t switched to Vegetarian or Vegan is because it would limit any social eating to bread. I have a garlic allergy and in general I am very sensitive to most alliums. Which makes vegetables in most restaurants very dangerous. I eat bread and pasta but I don’t consider them food, only accessories (since I have to eat them with plain olive oil). Can you recommend a delicious garlic/onion substitute for your vampire followers? For example your creamy avocado sauce looks sinful! OH, and I dislike tofu very much but must find a way to manage my anemia… sorry… I’m really a very good eater.


93 Alisa December 31, 2012

I would love to have some help with meal planning. I’ve never been good at it. I’d especially like quick meal ideas – there just aren’t enough hours in a day.

I also love reading success stories for a boost of inspiration.


94 Fran December 31, 2012

I have gradually been moving over to a vegan diet and have decided that as from tomorrow I will be 100 percent vegan, so this series couldn’t come at a better time..I too have a problem eating out as all my friends are diehard carnivores and I also need some quick come backs for the idiots who say things like ‘well plants have feelings too’!! Happy New Year x


95 Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner December 31, 2012

I absolutely cannot wait for you to start this series!


96 Gay Coughlin December 31, 2012

I have been eating vegan since August 2012, but I really miss yogurt. I tried to make soy yogurt and it was a mess! I have bought soy yogurt and it tastes terrible. ” The Healthiest Diet in the World” by the Goldbergs is mostly vegan, but does use yogurt.

I am ready to go out and buy some organic whole milk yogurt because I miss it so much, or make my own with my yogurt maker.

What are your suggestions for how to deal with yogurt withdrawal? Thanks so much for all your recipes and I look forward to the New Year and your New Ideas!


97 Brianna December 31, 2012

I recently found out that Trader Joe’s has a coconut-based yogurt that is supposed to be fantastic!


98 Teresa December 31, 2012

So Delicious and Trader Joe’s coconut milk yogurts are both fantastic!!


99 alex December 31, 2012

This sounds great! I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly a year now, and I’ve decided to mark tomorrow, Jan 1, as the final day of my very slow transition to being vegan, so this is very timely for me!

Something that I’ve noticed lately is that a lot of vegan websites and stories about veganism lean heavily on meat and dairy replacements (cheese, sausage, meatless crumbles, etc. etc. etc.), and I’d like to see that addressed, because it’s a question anyone who goes meatless has to face at some point.


100 Vegan Radhika SArohia December 31, 2012

Great idea!
I’m vegan now after being vegetarian for awhile. I grew up in an omnivore family, pretty much eating everything.
But I love animals, so I can’t imagine not living a vegan life-style at this point. I feel like I have to do it, no choice.
One thing I struggled with was how long it took me to transition!
I found out about factory farming and everything a couple years ago, and that’s when I decided to shift over to becoming vegan. It took me months and months and months to make the switch! I remember falling off my vegan diet often in the beginning, having an odd slice of non-vegan pizza when I really wanted it, or non-vegan ice-cream/chocolate (or non-vegan cheese and crackers when everyone else was having them, stuff like that)
I felt really dismayed, like, here I was horrified by this factory farming and stuff and yet I was having trouble resisting my favourite comfort foods on a bad day or whatever
Luckily I read online about other vegan people who had taken a while to transition, and they all said to just hang in there, that eventually you won’t have those cravings or times of giving in or all this
This turned out to be true for me too. After several months, I just didn’t really want to have non-vegan foods, and I wasn’t really tempted by them anymore.
Now it’s not an issue at all, really. My whole family is not vegan, and none of my friends are vegan. But even when I’m surrounded by non-vegan desserts and items (esp at get-togethers, restaurants, holiday dinners and so on) I just don’t feel like having what they’re having. I’ll wait, or drive somewhere where I can buy something vegan, or go home and make something delicious and vegan for myself at home from blog recipes like on here. And it’s fine
So for anyone who is transitioning, and falling off the wagon sometimes, I’d say be patient with yourself and don’t worry if you mess up initially. If you’re really committed to helping animals, you’ll mess up less and less as time goes on, and it will be totally fine:)


101 Laura S. January 3, 2013

I think this is the way it goes for many of us…slowly but surely I lost the DESIRE to eat anything non-vegan, and now I really don’t care if people give me a hard time for I know it is the best choice I have ever made. Even though I would love for more people to become vegan, I don’t push it on anyone. I do try to make it well-known though, so that people aren’t embarrassed or upset if they haven’t prepared something suitable for me (because as much as you tell them “It’s completely okay!” they still feel really bad).

I try to carry vegan snacks with me often, but if I’m faced with a situation in which I may have to skip a meal due to lack of options, I try to remember that there is more than enough food in this world and a missed meal will not kill me…I WILL be able to eat again!


102 russell elsevier December 31, 2012

This idea of yours sounds like just what we need! We are recent adopters of a whole foods plant based diet! A wedding client of ours recommended your site to us! Thank you!


103 Vegan Radhika SArohia December 31, 2012

“I bid farewell to 2012 filled with gratitude.”

^ I do too. I learned a lot in 2012. [What a lovely way to express it by the way! Thanks!]
Anyway, yea, goodbye 2012! I hope 2013 will be awesome:D


104 Brenna December 31, 2012

FANTASTIC idea! I can’t wait to read this series.


105 Kim December 31, 2012

First, I love your blog! Your recipes always turn out great! I am looking forward to your series, excellent idea. I love to read success stories and I love to hear what others eat on a daily basis. I also love short and easy dinner recipes, 5 ingredients or less and super healthy cookie or bar recipes (with fruit as substitute for sweetener and fat). I have been working toward eliminating wheat from my diet and I feel so much better. Trying to stick with oats, brown rice and brown rice pasta and quinoa.


106 Emily December 31, 2012

Thank you so much for doing this Angela! I also love what you said about how ruts and discomfort can produce changes for the better. Here are just a few of the questions I can think of right now:

1. Building muscle/optimum fitness on a vegan diet. I recently started CrossFit and was vegetarian/lifting weights for the year prior and never really saw a lot of progress. CrossFit is really important to me and as I know that your body composition is primarily built in the kitchen, this is really important to me. How do you balance your food choices for fitness (servings of each ‘type’ of food per day, maybe?) and make sure you are really well fueling your body to build muscle, improve your fitness, etc.?
2. How to make good salads. Is there a kind of formula to make delicious salads? (I appreciated your post on “My Go-To Kale Salad” but I’m also trying to avoid sweeteners in 2013 (maple syrup in the dressing) and have trouble making salads I like to eat.
3. Supplementation. How do you know you’re getting enough iron, B12, etc.? Again, I love the ideals of veganism and enjoyed eating vegetarian but I really don’t want to compromise my health and fitness. This would be really helpful!

Also, I love success stories as well and I’m sure I’ll come up with more questions. But in the meantime, thanks Angela and have a happy New Year!


107 Samantha December 31, 2012

You should read the book Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. He’s a super athlete and is totally vegan and gluten free! He answers a lot of questions that I had about food in that book. Also Eat and Run is another great book by a vegan athlete. I am huge fitness fanatic and one thing I have been looking more into is cutting out wheat/gluten. The more I read the more I am convinced that it is just weighing me down…might give that a try. Also, I use Garden of Life Raw Meal Protein powder after my workouts with some ground flax seed, maca root and chia seeds in it and it really helps me recover and it has tons of extra vitamins that vegans (or anyone for that matter) need. Just my two cents take it or leave it :)


108 Emily December 31, 2012

Oh thank you so much! I will definitely look into those. I also want to cut out at least wheat/gluten but also limit myself to ‘true’ whole grains, those that haven’t been ground into flours as I’ve read that they can have the same effect on blood sugar, so these look really helpful! I guess I’m also wondering about increasing strength/building muscle vs. endurance training but these look like a good start. Thank you again!


109 Samantha January 2, 2013

Yeah, I have been reading the book Wheat Belly and it talks about the blood sugar spikes even with “whole grains” being a huge issue. This is primarily because the growers of the grains have distorted the original whole grains so much that they are not the same at all. Pretty interesting read…by the way I’m a librarian so I have an excuse for all the excess reading I do :)


110 Jennifer December 31, 2012

I’m current a vegetarian working towards being vegan in 2013. I would love to see more recipes where those of us without a wholefoods/wegmans near by could make vegan recipes. I LOVED how your cookie ball recipe included ingredient swaps for items I can’t find at my local grocery store. I would also love to see what beauty products you recommend- I know this is a cooking blog but my first vegan goal this year is to cut out all animal tested products!


111 Samantha December 31, 2012

I think this is a great idea. I am a part-time vegan, but planning to make it more of a full-time gig this coming year. One thing that I have really been looking into lately is taking out a lot of the excess gluten that I eat (have been reading Wheat Belly and it’s kind of freaked me out). What do you think about vegan baking that’s gluten free? Will you have any recipes like that in your soon to come cookbook? So looking forward to your cookbook! Blessings for the new year.


112 Cat December 31, 2012

Great idea! I think it’s important to always have a reminder of how vegan diets can be healthy – and how to make them that way. I became a vegan for health reasons. My doctor told me then that if I noticed, I would never see a cow eating meat to get their protein, and that I wouldn’t need to, either. I was vegan for 1-1/2 years until last month when I *had* to add egg and chicken to the new anti-candida diet (ACD) I’ve had to start. I’ve missed a lot of the whole grains, but developed sensitivities to them; hoping that this ACD will heal me so that I can again enjoy some of those foods that were so satisfying. I have to tell you, though, that becoming a vegan opened a whole new world of veggies to me. I can remember the first time I tried chard – and didn’t know that I should remove the tough stems for the way I cooked it. Now I’ve learned that chard stems can be sauteed with onions and put into soups and such. I think hints like those would be very helpful to newbies. Looking forward to what I can learn from others with your new plan!


113 Jessa December 31, 2012

The the one I hear the most as far as vegan meal intimidation is meal prep times. There are a lot of very delicious vegan recipes out there that just take a looong time to make or require ingredients that new-to-vegan people simply won’t have in their pantry. I think we have the bad tendency to assume the basics of an easy vegan meal are obvious (because they are to *us*) and only post the more advanced ones we’re prouder of creating.

I think the majority of recipes people find are intimidatingly complex, use scary new ingredients like Nutritional Yeast, or take too much time compared to what they’re used to preparing. On a weeknight I try to aim for dinners that leave awesome leftovers for lunch the next day, as well as taking less than 30 minutes from the start of cooking to starting to eat. Recipes that fit those criteria are shockingly hard to find.


114 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2012

This is such a great point, am something I’m probably guilty of myself.


115 Laura December 31, 2012

This is such a great idea Angela. I’ve always been intrigued by veganism but because I do not know any vegans I have no one to model habits after, or simply observe. By revealing how you approach a vegan diet, with meal planning and such, I think it will offer people realistic ways to approach a completely new diet.

My fear with veganism is losing muscle mass. Maybe it is irrational but I do fear that strength training will become extremely trying. What are your thoughts on this?

Your blog is great Angela, and probably is so because of the effort you put in reinventing yourself and constantly improving this space. It’s a wonderful and unique :)


116 Brianna December 31, 2012

First, I love that you’re doing this! I have been vegetarian for going on ten years now, and in 2012 I took so many more steps toward becoming vegan. I have it down at home, but what I have yet to figure out how to do well – and without feeling deprived – is how to handle social situations, especially at work and with family.

So often at work there are celebrations that incorporate sweets (which of course I love!) and I know that the sweets contain eggs or milk or something of that nature. I don’t always have time to make myself a dish and I often feel like I’m either insulting the person who made the treat, or trying to be “righteous” by saying “No, I don’t eat that.”

Also, my family understands that this is a diet I’m trying to adapt, and often tries very hard to purchase things for me to eat. But what often happens is I realize later that the soy cheese they bought actually has dairy in it, etc. I often eat it because I know they have made such an attempt to accommodate my eating habits, but then I feel like I will never be able to be 100 percent vegan.

I would love to hear how you and others handle these situations.


117 Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen December 31, 2012

I’m so glad you are doing this! I’ve been vegan for almost two years now. The most common question I get is: How do you live without CHEESE?! I say that Daiya is a delicious substitute for melted cheese (pizza, etc) and Tofutti Cream Cheese is my favourite for cool and creamy substitutes like cheesecakes and sandwich spreads. Soaked and pureed cashews also make a great substitute. I thought I’d miss cheese terribly, but after a couple of weeks, I had no desire to eat it anymore.

I think the most important lesson to impart to the wanna-be vegan (at least it was for me), is that you don’t have to be perfect. I think too many people think it’s impossible to be a perfect vegan, so they don’t try for fear of being a hypocrite. It’s better to do something, than nothing! And go easy on yourself.

Hope that helps! :)


118 Marilyn December 31, 2012

This is a great idea! It sounds like others are having similar questions to mine. Looking forward to the series.


119 Jacinth Adams December 31, 2012

A series like that would be wonderful!! I have just started my journey into moving over to a completely plant based diets. The soups are the easiest (BTW your spicy lentil and kale soup is outstanding) because with my schedule I can make it on the weekends and it lasts through the week. Breakfast for me is a particular challenge; besides oatmeal there aren’t a lot of good options!!!


120 Vicki December 31, 2012

YESSSS! I am looking forward to this series.
I’d love to go vegan – it’s actually becoming a personal goal, together with going gluten-free – but I live in a rural area of Quebec where everyone who is a bit different really sticks out of the crowd, so as a vegeterian I am often looked at as a ‘weird person’. The only vegeterian options I have in local restaurants are pizza and pasta – so forget about going gluten-free. So, social eating is a big worry for me.

It’s also GREAT to have daily inspiration for new vegan meals and snacks – keeps us motivated!!


121 colleen siullivan December 31, 2012

I love the idea of you teaching this class.. My question is my daughter (age 15) and I mostly vegetarian and go toward vegan to. HOw do I stay only vegan? Do you like using the meat and cheese substitutes? Or an you not use them!!! Also How do I convince my son(age 17) and husband who are meat eaters and picky eaters to try this??


122 Lizzy December 31, 2012

Hey Angela! First off I love your blog and have been following it for the entirety of 2012. I have always agreed strongly with the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet and have wanted to take the plunge. After seeing a Ted Talk by Matt Cutts encouraging people to try something they’ve always wanted to do for one month, I’ve decided to “go vegan” for the month of January.

My biggest challenge with going vegan is my busy schedule and finding time to plan meals make myself food. I am a student, work 20 hours/week, have multiple leadership positions, and volunteer regularly, which has resulted to eating out/on the run/whatever’s easily available, not conducive strategies for a vegan lifestyle. If you could provide some tips on how to make veganism work witha busy lifestyle and how to navigate those times when you are forced to find something convenient, that would be super helpful for me to complete my first New Year’s Resolution. Thanks so much, and keep up the inspiring work!


123 JenB December 31, 2012

My husband and I are vegetarian and already use “substitutes” like tofu and seitan. But he has recently cut out dairy as well and I am having a harder time preparing meals that he will eat. Any ideas would be welcomed, looking forward to this series!


124 Janelle December 31, 2012

Yes! I’m so excited for this series!

I’ve been experimenting with the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle for a few years now. I grew up on a farm in Iowa and have many relatives, family, and friends that are deeply connected to corn manufacturing businesses and raising livestock. When I’m back home, I have a difficult time with eating meals with family and friends since absolutely everything involves meat and dairy. Perhaps you could incorporate suggestions on how to talk with family/friends into the series. For me, I know ultimately it’s my decision and they will support whatever I do but I anticipate heavy push-back initially. Thanks again!!


125 Emily December 31, 2012

Hi Angela! I think this would be a great series and am super excited about reading what you have to say! I would love to read about your meal plans- what you eat on a daily basis!! Can’t wait for the cookbook! Happy New Year!


126 Amanda December 31, 2012

I love this idea!! I have been a vegan for less than a year and at times it is very hard for me so tips would be awesome! The biggest thing I struggle with is eating out. I don’t eat out very often but there are those few times when friends want to hang out and the social thing is usually eating. I find it hard to be comfortable in these situations and awkward when it has revolve around what I can eat. Another thing is eating at family get-togethers. It’s awkward having to bring my own meal because I don’t want to make a big deal out of it and then having everyone question what I am eating. At times I feel that I am being classified right away into this category as a vegan and that’s not all that I am. I just want to eat something/somewhere and not have everything I can and can’t do questioned. How do you deal with these situations and get past the part being solely defined as a vegan?


127 Brittany December 31, 2012

love this topic! I second everything you said!!!


128 Holly December 31, 2012

Hi Angela! I am new to the site but am really enjoying the posts. I have been attempting veganism on and off for a while now but I made a commitment a couple days ago to stick with it. I have many of the ingredients your recipes call for in my pantry and look forward to lots of experimentation. I have a couple of questions for you (not sure if you can help or not…) – I am a new mom (baby boy is almost 4 months old) and have decided to train for a half marathon, 4 days a week starting the end of January. I want to make sure I am getting adequate nutrition for both muscle repair and for my son’s continued health (I am exclusively breast feeding as of right now). What are some of the foods you would recommend that provide a good source of protein and will help maintain a good level of energy? In a world obsessed with ‘getting enough protein,’ particularly from animal sources, I want to make sure that I am not damaging my muscles in my quest to eat consciously. I am not completely sold on the emphasis of mass consumption of protein but I am adamant that I do this in the healthy way, without jeopardizing my body or the growth of my son. If you could recommend a number of sources that provide the most protein, I will know where to start when planning out pre and post run meals/snacks. I am also really looking forward to this series, and to continued exploration of your blog…beautiful! Thanks so much!!


129 Alex @ Raw Recovery December 31, 2012

Love this idea, Angela! I know I used to get this a lot: “You can’t be a vegan because you used to be anorexic/restrict.” That mostly came from dietitians and nutritionists because there’s this huge misconception that veganism is synonymous with restricting, and that’s just not the case at all. I love showing friends and family that you can absolutely be healthy (mentally and physically) on a vegan diet and that you aren’t compromising taste by being a vegan either. In fact, going vegan after my last inpatient treatment for my eating disorder (over a year ago!) was what helped me sustain my recovery for so long. I actually find that veganism is one of the biggest things that helps me stay in recovery and even though I’ve had my slips, I’m able to remember the tools that helped me live a happier and healthier life (e.g. veganism, yoga, spending time in nature, & surrounding myself with good people).


130 char eats greens December 31, 2012

Love it, Ange!!!


131 Lara December 31, 2012

Hi Angela!
I can’t say how much whatever you write inspires me to try to be better every day. I can totally relate to what you wrote in the second paragraph, the things about holding yourself back and so on.. I’d rather say nothing in school than say something that I cannot explain 100%. People keep telling me that being wrong once in a while is nothing to be ashamed of, but I feel it’s really hard to internalize what the say.

When I became vegan over a year ago, I think the hardest part was eating no cheese and whipped cream (I was vegetarian for 6 years before). Ok, whipped cream is still hard, I never manage to get coconut whipped cream right! :D
A happy new year and all the best wishes from Germany, Lara


132 Bess December 31, 2012

I look forward to your posts. I would like to add to the list of topics, being a gluten-free vegan. Maybe you could highlight certain recipes or tips if you have any.


133 Andrea December 31, 2012

Thank you!! This sounds like an amazing series, and one that I will follow closely (not that I don’t already follow your blog religiously). I found 2012 to be a huge rut year for me – I started a new job that required me to commute 1.5 hours each way to work and my fiancée was promoted to a new position which meant longer hours. I absolutely love cooking and baking, and especially cooking using whole foods, but long works hours have got in the way, and I find that we choose quick, sometime unhealthy options more often than not during the week. I guess my issue is finding quick and simple vegan/vegetarian recipes that are healthy, tasty and exciting! Or, my issue might be in my meal planning – are there things I can do on the weekend to make week night dinners easier? Keep up the great work and happy new year :)


134 Liz December 31, 2012

Hi Angela! I love your plan for 2013. My dietary leanings are mostly vegetarian, with vegan sometimes mixed in. The only time I eat chicken or fish is when going out to dinner. There aren’t many veggie or vegan options at restaurants – usually the vegetarian option is something smothered in cheese. The topics that I struggle with and would love you to cover are:
Good protein options for those who hate meat replacements (have tried seitan, tempeh and tofu –yick)
Eating well in restaurants that don’t seem to have good options.
Dishes to bring to family gatherings, I guess more crowd-friendly options…
Breakfast items – I dislike sweet flavors in the morning so if you don’t eat eggs or tofu what do you make that is quick and savory?
Make-ahead meals, or items, that can be “grab and go” throughout the week.
I love someone’s suggestion above about crockpot or Dutch oven meals


135 Mik December 31, 2012

I would love to know your thoughts on vegans and blood sugar levels and why it seems that vegans are addicted to sugar (agave is just as bad for it’s affects in the body as HFCS) and also how peanuts cause an auto-immune response in the body as well as legumes being inflammatory. I would love to know your thoughts on these science based ideas or if it doesn’t matter to you because your veganism is all a moral choice not a science based one.

I am the antithesis of vegan being paleo (we love us some meat) but I have loved your blog for a long time and I am curious if you have thought about it the above (or if you are even aware).


136 Kristen December 31, 2012

Hi there, I’m not Angela but am a holistic nutritionist. I don’t know one person who went plant based that didn’t get off of medications for diabetes (among healing a plethora of other ailments). The moral? I don’t know one single health minded vegan with blood sugar issues. Grains, while mildly inflammatory (with the exception of wheat which is highly inflammatory), are far less inflammatory than all animal products and provide a much greater nutritional profile. Most of the vegans I personally know, myself included, do not use Agave. Health conscious vegans tend to use sweeteners that have high nutritional profiles and are lower GI like coconut palm sugar, molasses, date paste etc. They are whole, unrefined foods. Sugars are not created equally by any stretch. I personally choose not to eat peanuts because they are not kept properly and are usually riddled with molds, that’s the reason for many of the allergies that we have now linked to peanuts (which are actually legumes and not nuts at all). Cooked vegetables also cause a mild immune response as well, but the benefits definitely and heavily out weigh the minor downside. Animal products are also highly acidic, much more so than grains and legumes, which causes a myriad of health issues. There are 50 years of very reputable science backing plant based diets as the healthiest by a large degree than any other way of eating (and this science was written by meat eaters, vegetarian and vegans alike). Vegans have nearly 50% lower cancer rates than meat eaters and approximately 20-30% less than vegetarians. Hope this helps :)


137 Brittany December 31, 2012

I’d love to know more about your work as a holistic nutritionist. I am an RN, and am REALLY interested in shifting more towards nutrition/health than being surrounded by patients dealing with chronic illnesses that could be SOOOO easily reversed by diet.


138 Kristen January 1, 2013

Hi Brittany!
I have seen truly amazing things happen with many of my clients who have a variety of medical conditions which doctors say there are no cures for or medication for life will be required. This is simply not true in many, many cases. Diet plays the largest role in health and most people have truly lost sight of what proper nutrition is, especially with fad diet after fad diet being the latest trend and backed by extremely flawed science. Dangerous pseudo science in fact. The population’s view of what’s “healthy” has been so warped, which is why the majority are no longer healthy and suffer with disease that is/was highly preventable. Top five foods that lead to inflammation and disease are refined sugar, free oils (olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil etc. with the exception of flax seed oil and coconut oil), dairy, refined grains, commercial meats/deli meats/processed meats. Most people consume those foods as staples in their diet. Not only are they highly inflammatory, like I said above, they are highly acidic and lead to more illnesses than I could possibly list. If you’d like to chat further, feel free to leave a way for me to contact you. Health is what I do :)


139 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 31, 2012

What a great idea! Even though I’m not vegan, I eat a lot of plant-based meals so I’m really looking forward to this series! I would love to hear about your tips for vegan baking. :)


140 jo @ including cake December 31, 2012

I know what you mean about feeling insecure or inadequate when not knowing all the answers, but realising that you don’t need to know everything but just a little more than others around you is all that it takes (p.s you do know a lot!). If you are not already familiar with it check out (in particular the manifesto). Sorry i haven’t actually answered any of your questions :-)


141 Olya December 31, 2012

Oh, such series would be a blessing! The question I’m struggling the most with is how am I going to get enough of vitamin B12 and iron in my diet with going vegan. Hearing horror stories about vegan people developing a brain disorder really scares me. Plus we don’t have B12 fortified product, so would just taking supplements be enough? Thank you Angela, you’re such an amazing inspiration and I can’t wait for your book!


142 Nikki M December 31, 2012

I have been a vegetarian for almost 3 years. I do like to incorporate vegan dishes when possible. A couple of topics I would like to discuss would be:
1. Small town living and being a vegan.
2. I almost always do some sort of lettuce salad with tons of veggies for lunch, but I’m currently in a salad rut. Healthy lunch ideas?!


143 Ana December 31, 2012

That’s a great idea, Angela!!
I would like to learn more on successful vegan baking – for example, how to know when an egg can be substituted with flax egg, or when it could be subbed by applesauce and so on. Also, a small guide on the flours you use, the reasons and possible substitutions would be awesome.

Can’t wait to read your how to series :) Everyone has different experiences being vegetarian/vegan, and it is very enlightening to read these stories. :)


144 Jennifer Johnson December 31, 2012

looking forward to this very much! thank you!


145 Kristen N. December 31, 2012

I have two questions!

What are some other delicious protein sources, other than peanut/nut butters? – I love PB and it’s my favorite protein source, but I fear that I’m eating too much of it!


What are your thoughts on fats – “healthy”, “unhealthy”, ect.?

Thank you and good luck on this series!


146 Tiffany December 31, 2012

Hey Kristen,

I hope Angela doesn’t mind but I’d like to answer your first question :)

Delicious protein sources that I love are beans (throw them into salads, make lentil soup, hummus, bean burgers) Beans have tons of protein and fiber just get creative and you will find there are so many fun dishes.

Quinoa is another great protein source! I also love to add some hemp seeds to amp up the protein.

whole wheat breads and grains (brown rice, millet, bulgar, wheatberries) also have protein…add some beans and you can increase the protein that way too.

Chia seeds is another way to add in some protein, sprinkle them in salads or make Angela’s chia pudding.

Don’t forget dark green leafy veggies and even broccoli have protein.

Hope this helps! Happy new year :)


147 Laurie December 31, 2012

Love this idea for a series!! I’ve followed your blog since the beginning and still tune in everyday. I’ve been vegan for a year now and have never felt or looked better. At age 52, I am in the best shape of my life. My husband watched Forks Over Knives and read the China Study which all helped him to get totally on board and he only now eats meat when he has to travel and I’m not there to cook. I have loved trying out your creative recipes and you have really inspired me that being vegan is a healthy way to go – especially when I was first considering it. For me, knowing how to quickly throw a healthy meal together is key so I love any tips on how you shop, meal plan, store food, etc. Thanks for all you do and Happy New Year!


148 Kirsten Lee December 31, 2012

I have been trying to go vegan for 6 months now. It is my 2013 goal to go 100% veg. Some of my questions are:
1. My family or friends do not understand why anyone would be vegan. I live in a smaller community and the “meat and potatoes” meal is a staple. Becasue no one understands why go veg, I am sometimes ashamed of it, the only people who know are my non-veg husband and mom.
2. My husband is non-vegan. He supports me being veg, but will no go veg himself. I struggle when I want to make all these different veg meals and he wants a meat meal.

I really like your recipes since you use REAL food and ingred. I don’t like vegan cheese. And fake meat stuff. Cheese is not supposed to be vegan! Thanks for your authentic real recipes.
This series will be great. I am excited to connect with other vegans, and those still in transition!


149 Anneh December 31, 2012

I totally understand your plight! My husband loses all his energy and literally goes pale without animal protein. Our solution: I make a vegan meal, he cooks himself a piece of meat to go with it. It helps that he likes the recipes I make…he once said the only thing wrong with vegan food was that there was no meat in it!


150 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 31, 2012

Angela, this new series sounds great. I can’t wait to learn more about the vegan diet, what you do to keep it easy, and other tips and suggestions. Great idea!


151 Elizabeth December 31, 2012

Awesome series!

I started soaking my husbands nuts and his gas went waaay down. ;)


152 nancy December 31, 2012

Hurrah!! So happy with your blog plan for 2013! Though I am not completely veg, I am a plant based eater because that’s what I choose to do and it works for my body. I am not having much success in getting my teenagers to buy in to this idea at all. Having you help us step by step, I think we can make some progress this year, not in making them vegetarians but in making them more healthful eaters who are mindful of what works for their bodies. I am comfortable in the kitchen but sometimes i get overwhelmed with your recipes. I plan to introduce the 2013 concept of one vegetarian dinner for the family each week so I’m counting on you!!

And just fyi: I could live on your rustic banana oat cake. Seriously.


153 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2012

haha I’m glad you enjoy it! I always forget about that one…not sure why b/c I love it too :)


154 Brittany December 31, 2012

Perfect timing! I’ve been vegetarian for a while now. I’m looking to remove dairy and eggs so I’ll be “mostly vegan”. I’m afraid of stating “I’m a vegan”, because I know family/friends won’t understand and will just assume that I’m being pretentious or something. I also travel for work a lot and know that sometimes I might really be in a pickle if I want to eat a well-rounded vegan diet on the road.

I could ask you a-bagillion questions, but I just have one for now: Do you take any supplements and if so, did your doctor direct you to do so, or did you decide to do it yourself? Thank you for your blog!


155 Maryz December 31, 2012

This is so great! My husband was diagnosed with rectal cancer in September of this year. He’s been through surgery and is now recovering. This is the second cancer he has fought. We have been doing a ton of research in how to decrease the risk of cancer reoccuring. Everything points to a vegan/vegetarian diet. I have been vegetarian for a year but can not seem to cut the eggs and dairy completely out of my diet. So, with my husband joining me in a similar diet, we are both hoping to cut all animal protein from our diets. The big issue we are having is trying to find portable breakfast and lunch ideas that require no microwaving. I know salads/smoothies/sandwiches are great, but really we need some variety options. Also, what to serve guests…all our friends are big meat eaters!
Looking forward to this great series!!


156 sam December 31, 2012

This is such a brilliant idea! I can’t think of any resource out there for this kind of content. Way to go. I think a few things to address – how easy it can be when you need to eat out (if you decide to foray into being vegan), biggest reasons why people go vegan, how it can actually be healthy, and how to make it a HABIT. As the new year approaches I always feel that is the easiest resolution, but the hardest to keep! Can’t wait for the series.


157 Anneh December 31, 2012

I love this idea! I’d like to know how to cut back (or cut out entirely) white sugar, which is my most beloved vice. If you can give me a surefire way to stop adding 4 tsp of sugar to my tea without it making me stop drinking tea altogether, I’ll love you forever. I’d also like tips on how to more bravely try new ingredients that for some reason have never made it onto my plate (okra and brussel sprouts, I’m looking at you)…and *why* I should even bother trying those new foods.

On an unrelated note, I made your revamped lentil loaf for Christmas Eve, and it was awesome! It actually made two loaves for me, so I’m still eating leftovers!


158 Jody December 31, 2012

I think the series is an awesome idea!! I have been vegetarian for about 4 yrs and have dabbled in veganism on and off throughout that time. I have no problem eating vegan when I’m on my own, but like some of the other readers, social eating is a headache! This is especially true when I’m visiting my family or when they come to visit me; I’m from a Hispanic family and most meals revolve around meat. My mother makes great attempts to make things I can eat, but they contain cheese and I feel awful turning her down after she’s gone through so much trouble. I also have trouble out in restaurants that aren’t vegan, I would like to be able to enjoy more than just a salad when eating out with friends.


159 Tiffany December 31, 2012

Hey Angela!

I would love to read a vegan how to series. As a borderline vegan myself it would be extremely helpful! I strive to eat vegan 98% of the time but sometimes I’ll slip up and have yogurt. I’m striving to be 100% vegan soon.

I read a post you wrote a while back…healthy size. I really enjoyed the concept. I think there is too much pressure on women to be a certain size.

My question for you you still weigh yourself using a scale? I find it bothersome to see the numbers go up one day and get frustrated but then the next day the numbers are down. But If I dont use a scale then how do I really know my weight is stable? I’d love to hear your thoughts (readers are welcome to answer too) and how you strike balance. Thank you so much!! Happy New Year!!


160 Brooke December 31, 2012

What a great resolution, and not only because it so snugly fits next to mine. For years, and more seriously in the past 6 months, I have toyed with vegetarianism and veganism. After watching and reading a great deal of pro-plant works, I am jumping in. The plan is to eat a vegan diet for a year, and then reevaluate. I actually started it a little early, around the solstice. It feels like a true gift I am giving to myself!
As soon as I stumbled on, I high tailed it to the kitchen. Your blog inspires me to cook. Thank you. So many of your recipes are now things I make all the time. In particular the almond thumb print cookies. They were the perfect thing to take to my vegan workplace where many people are also following a gluten-free diet. I have shared that recipe, along with your blog, over and over.
It seems that this vegan how-to is a fitting addition to your site but I completely understand your apprehension. My own passion for health and well-being has led me to become a sort of succubus of nutritional knowledge especially when paired with my educational background. It is not uncommon for friends and family to seek out conversations of health with me, or maybe it’s the other way around… I of course cherish the opportunity to share with them my thoughts and experiences, but can never escape the twinge of uneasiness over how little I feel I actually know. At my preschool we address this problem by realizing it is not that you teach or guide as if you have the answer but simply provide what you already know expecting the idea to unfold and expand in it’s own unique way.
Thank you for being that provider for so many people! Courage is the most attractive quality.
Love and light!


161 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2012

Thank you Brooke, what a beautiful comment. :) Thanks for trying out so many recipes and spreading the word! I love what you say about “provide what you know” that is so very true. I hope it to be more of a conversation, than anything.


162 Alexandra December 31, 2012

This is exactly the type of series that I would LOVE to read. I’ve been a vegetarian for a year now. I’m trying to monitor my dairy consumption because I often find myself eating it multiple times a day. Sometimes I have trouble getting in my calories “on the go.” I’m a student, commute and almost always bring snacks, lunches and dinners with me around campus. Any tips? Last idea: Dealing with family and friends when they ask about your diet. Some judge, some have lots of questions, some people automatically become nutritionists and tell you its bad for your body- how can we effectively and politely inform people about our food choices? How can we get them to understand that this is an important life style choice we have decided to follow?
I can’t wait to start reading this series :) If you would like to chat or brain storm feel free to email me!


163 Lana @ Urban_Lake December 31, 2012

Reader Success stories sounds like a great idea, I always love reading diet and weight loss success stories and I think vegan ones would be just as interesting :) Question and answers format is tried and tested and I always like that way of doing it.

My mum is becoming vegan in the New Year (which I’m SO happy about!) so I think that would be a great resource for her. Love your website and I’m looking forward to your new posts (and your cookbook when it comes out!!!).

Have a great 2013 :)

Lana x


164 Jolene ( December 31, 2012

Happy New Year Angela!!!

P.S. I miss Glo bars soooo much.


165 Coby December 31, 2012

I have been vegan for about a year and a half. The thing I struggle with the most is have non vegans in the house and sastisfying me and my non vegan family. My husband won’t touch most vegetables with a ten foot pole! I get tired of having to make two meals every night. I would like to know how others deal with this issue.


166 Kaylie December 31, 2012

I am struggling with family dinners with inlaws who are mostly intolerant of a vegan diet and serve meat at every meal. I usually remedy this situation by cooking our own meals and bringing them to their house each occasion, but does anyone have any success stories about how they have overcome this obstacle? Thanks and happy vegan new year!


167 sierra phillips December 31, 2012

Yes!! This is what I have been waiting for. I am considering vegan too. So pumped you are doing this! Just found your blog a month ago and have been reading the post from 2009 and 2010. Addicted! Keep the great recipes coming.


168 Sharon Wilson December 31, 2012

This post, and series, is right on time! Last year one of my “New Years resolutions” was to become vegetarian. It really helped to say it out loud and what better jumping off point then the first of the year? It worked beautifully. I really wanted to expand what I ate and going vegetarian helped. I have been juggling the idea of going vegan for as long as I juggled the idea of going vegetarian. I am still going back and forth on going vegan starting Jan 1 2013. I struggle with the idea of completely giving up cheese. Some of my fav go to meals include cheese, like lasagna and mac and cheese. I feel like trying to replace them would be hard, though I know there are easy substitutes. I wonder if I should just cut back some which I already have with yogurt and not adding cheese to simple pasta dishes and mexican dishes/chilis. But when I tried to “cut back” on meat before I gave it up completely I ended up still eating more meat then I wanted to, especially when out at restaurants. I look forward to this series for motivation and confidence to meet my food goals and expand further my food choices for 2013! Happy New Year!


169 Jennifer P December 31, 2012

I’m a vegetarian & the closer I try and follow a vegan diet the more my hair falls out even when watching my protein and taking my vitamins. What else can help with this?


170 Amber K December 31, 2012

I have been tempted to try cutting out dairy to see if it would make me feel better. But I already can’t have gluten, soy and most nuts. Beans and seeds (like quinoa) arent much easier on my digestion either. I have tried coconut yogurt, but the taste was horrible. My naturopath also says I am not getting enough protein from my current sources and I need to include at least a small amount of meat in my diet even though I hate it. Ugh. I am still curious to see what you have to say though, because I enjoy seeing what works for other people. I really think we all need to find a way of life that fits with our emotional needs and our individual bodies’ nutritional needs.

Whoa, sorry for typing so much!


171 Anita December 31, 2012

looking forward to these series. I struggle with trying to blend beans/nuts without a food processor to get a more sauce like texture but know eventually getting one will be worth the investment. I can’t get over the huband soaking nuts comment…too funny haha


172 Anita December 31, 2012

looking forward to these series. I struggle with trying to blend beans/nuts without a food processor to get a more sauce like texture but know eventually getting one will be worth the investment. I can’t get over the husband soaking nuts comment…too funny haha


173 Margaret December 31, 2012

I think this is a good idea, since it can be hard to transition to a vegan diet and keep up the momentum without good support and ideas from other vegans. For anyone contemplating switching to plant-based, I highly suggest the PCRM 21-Day Kickstart program. Basically it is a challenge to eat healthy vegan meals for a month, and they provide daily encouragement, nutritional information, and recipes to help along the way. I found it to be a good motivator!


174 Lin J December 31, 2012

Thank you For doing this Angela. I think it’s a great idea. I am veg and slowly moving over to a plant based diet. I’m committing to at least 30 days of a strict vegan diet just to see how it goes. My question regards dining out. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy and I would like to hear some restaurant suggestions. I don’t want to be eating bland salads and side dishes all the time. Have a happy healthy New Year!


175 Danica @ It's Progression December 31, 2012

Love this idea!


176 Amy B December 31, 2012

I am so excited for this! I have been vegetarian for about 9 mos and moving in the direction of completely plant based for 3. It is my new year’s resolution to stop giving in to cheese and do it for good. I don’t have any questions that haven’t already been asked, so for now I am off to make a lentil walnut loaf and roasted brussel sprouts and potatoes! Happy New Year!


177 liz December 31, 2012


Thank you for this incredibly thoughtful and well-written post. As an aspiring vegan, I look forward to your series! My question is: As someone with a thyroid condition, I am supposed to limit my soy intake. I know that those fake vegan meats aren’t ideal anyways, but so many vegan recipes call for tofu and tempeh. Do you have suggestions for quick and substantial vegan entrees that aren’t soy-based? While I dearly love cashew cream mac n’ cheese, given the prep time it simply isn’t a realistic weeknight meal. But maybe there are some shortcuts I am missing here….

Many thanks and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling new year!


178 Shannon December 31, 2012

how to eat out!! It has been the most frustrating road block for me to still go out with friends/ coworkers (particularly in large group or those that I’m not close enough with to just persuade into a veg-friendly place) without just sipping on my drink and eating toast. I get so overwhelmed by the volume of people that don’t eat vegetables at all or that eat meat or cheese on EVERYTHING that it’s hard to still feel included in a group setting sometimes and there just aren’t always veg places convenient. would looove to hear advice on this, from you Angela and other veggie-goers alike


179 Jami December 31, 2012

@Shannon. I feel the same way. Eating out is rough sometimes. I have to keep telling myself that if I eat vegan while dining out that I am not depriving myself. I ALWAYS feel better when I leave out meat and dairy. It should be a no brainer, but it’s hard not going with the crowd!!!!


180 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 31, 2012

Great job on de-rutting yourself and YES you are overworked, probably overtired, and just stretched super thin right now. You’re *almost* there with the manuscript and just think how much time you’ll feel like you have in your days after it’s done :)

Happy New Year and can’t wait to see what kinds of questions you tackle. Whatever you pick will be fun to read about!


181 Jennie December 31, 2012

I will be following this series for sure…it’s a great idea. I have been vegetarian for almost 10 years and twice tried to go vegan – both times lasted about one year of full veganism before I slowly started adding occasionaly dairy and eggs back into my diet. The onset of new relationships was the struggling point for me each time. I find it very easy to be vagan when I’m single but much more difficult when in a relationship. I want to cook food that my boyfriend will like as much as his meaty dishes. Your basil-cashew lasagna has been a HUGE hit and some of my vegan dishes are liked by him…but he doesn’t like many other traditional vegan foods.

So my question is: How can I motivate myself to stay 100% vegan while living with and cooking for a non-vegan boyfriend (who is very willing to try vegan foods so long as they taste good!)


182 Sarah December 31, 2012

I’m really looking forward to this series!

I am not vegan, nor do I intend to be (right now anyway), but I do try to load my diet full of non-animal foods as best I can. I look forward to learning more ways to do just that!


183 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 31, 2012

I’m excited for this! Can’t wait for 2013. All the best in 2013!!


184 Stephanie December 31, 2012

Hi Angela!
I have been a vegetarian for 4 years now. I have had no challenges giving up meat. However, I LOVE cheese…and it has standing between me and veganism for quite some time. I have read quite a bit of literature about the treatment of dairy animals, etc and nothing has made me take the final step of giving this love up. How do you give up something that you adore so much? Cold turkey? Gradually? Lets be honest, the cheese substitutes, cashew cheese, etc just aren’t even close. Help! I need motivation. I would love to make 2013 the year I FINALLY become a vegan :)


185 Stacie December 31, 2012

This will be an awesome series (like all of your work). Thanks for developing/creating/sharing your thoughts on this topic. Fits your blog perfectly! As always, thank you thank you thank you for what you do. Such a blessing. Keep up the great work!! I can’t wait for your cookbook! Happy New Year :)


186 Jami December 31, 2012

I am so excited for the new series on “how to veganism”. I often have just those same questions. Thanks for doing it!!!Looking forward to seeing what new things I can learn…Happy 2013!!!!!


187 Barb Mc December 31, 2012

This is a great idea! It sounds just like the little tutorial I need. I guess my basic question is “How do I get started?” Maybe you could make suggestions for going vegan for one meal at a time. Focus on breakfast ideas for a post, lunch for another, etc. I think sometimes it just seems so overwhelming to try and change everything all at once. Looking forward to the info!


188 Melissa December 31, 2012

This is great! I’ve been vegetarian since April 2011 but really want to make the switch to full vegan. I became pregnant the beginning of 2012 and welcomed our first baby in September. Toward the end of my pregnancy I started adding cheese to my diet (just a craving) and eggs right after his birth (major craving) and ever since I’ve been making sloppy food choices. I really want to get back on vegan track starting tomorrow!! I look forward to your new series :)


189 Jennifer-Anne December 31, 2012

Great idea! Thank you!

Would love to have you include some reader stories at different angles and perspectives on implementing plant based diets and eating styles.

Would love to hear how to approach plant based eating without all the commercial substitutes for dairy and meat. [ie. fake cheese, fake meat, etc]

Looking forward to the series.


190 a farmer in the dell December 31, 2012

Angela, I love this! I have been toying with the idea of going vegetarian/vegan for a while. I have been working on an organic vegetable farm for over 3 years and have been enjoying a mostly plant based diet ever since! I have never felt better and love the flavors of fresh wholesome food! The only issue I have with vegetarians/vegans/meat eaters alike is processed foods. Many of my vegan friends eat a HIGHLY processed food diet. I am not a fan of the “fake” meats or cheeses. You do not seem to use those products very much and I would be curious if you would ever post about that? Thanks again. I love your blog and recipes!


191 Blaine December 31, 2012

Been vegan a year or so. What I really miss is strong blue cheese melted on warm fresh sourdough bread drizzled with honey. Or any sweet fig spread on bread with a veiny blue cheese. Or… You get the point. Strong cheese with sweet honey or date or fig with toasty fresh bread


192 Pamela December 31, 2012

What you share is inspirational…..I am moving to a vegan lifestyle and I have learned so much from you. I agree your new approach would be very helpful to newbies like myself
Thank you for all that you have brought to my nutritional life!


193 Kari @ bite-sized thoughts December 31, 2012

This is a great idea Angela :) I’ll definitely look forward to reading the posts – although for the record, I love the ones you already do, too!


194 Julie December 31, 2012

This sounds great! I went vegan for lent. My biggest challenge is cooking two sets of meals. While my family is willing to “taste” my vegan recipes, they are not willing to change their lifestyles. (One southern meat and tater husband, and two teenagers.) I learn so much from your site. Just from these comments alone I have discovered the tofu press?? I would have loved that info a few months ago when I was starting this journey! And while the internet can be helpful, it can be very overwhelming!


195 Brittany January 1, 2013

LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!! LOVE YOUR BLOG – by far the BEST Vegan blog I am aware of – I feel so grateful for all of the time, work and effort put into the amazing posts featuring brilliant recipes, amazing photography and wonderful words. I am so inspired by your lifestyle, and am so thankful I stumbled upon it! It has definitely had an impact on my life and I tell as many people as I can about it. THANK YOU, Angela!

Some things I’m interested to see:

1. Oil-free recipes

2. I’ve been vegan for about 10 months and have never felt better. Right now I would say I’m still “on fire” for this amazing lifestyle, but I’ve read many people talk about how they were vegan for X months/years, but “fell off” or slowly started adding animal products back into their diet. Any advice on how to remain 100% committed? I am hoping it doesn’t happen to me…

3. I’m not sure what your opinion of this would be, but I think it might be kind of fun to have a once weekly kind of “open mic” where all of us followers can share ideas, ask questions, and get our questions answered. Just a thought!

4. I’d love to hear from others on how to deal with eating a vegan diet when you HATE to cook. My mom absolutely hates everything to do with cooking, so she will either do take-out, eat plain beans or vegetables (blah…) or eat non-vegan things (as a result of the accessibility/convenience of it) – I want to help her, but since she hates cooking, I don’t know what to do. It’s unrealistic for me to try to prepare all this food for her every week (and I also feel like I’m babying her), but I just don’t know how to help her in a productive way.

Many thanks for everything, Angela! Wishing you a beautiful start to 2013! :)


196 Courtney January 1, 2013

I’m so excited and grateful for this post. I’ve been a “flexitarian” for several years…I’ve even converted my husband to flexitarianism. I don’t drink milk at all. I rarely eat meat and I buy eggs from a friend who owns chickens, but even then I buy them once every couple of weeks. I really want to be a vegan. The biggest problem I’ve faced is cheese. I love cheese in all forms. What can I do to replace cheese and make the transition easier? Also, how do you handle going out to eat with friends at non-vegan friendly places? Oh, and one more question…how do you handle reactions from friends and family? Almost all my family thinks vegan=crazy and they try to sabotage me whenever I try to go vegan.


197 Liz January 1, 2013

I’m vegetarian and am always looking for more ways to Vegan my meals up. I am looking forward to reading your series. :)


198 Sarah January 1, 2013

I’d love any tips on transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 7 years now, mainly because of a genuine dislike of meat rather than ethical reasons. I also avoid a lot of dairy and other animal products like eggs – also due a general dislike/repulsion by them.

I’d love to transition to a cleaner vegan diet but I am having difficultly making the change because I feel I am “giving things up” in a way that I didn’t have in becoming a vegetarian. I LIKE cheese (..without rennet) but I’m was very turned off by steak/chicken/etc so the transition to vegetarianism was natural. Do you have advice on how I can continue to lean towards a vegan diet when I feel like I’ll miss many foods?


199 Kacey January 1, 2013

I absolutely love this idea. I’m already vegan but I’m sure I’ll still find it really helpful, and I bet it will be super great for people starting off the new year with a new diet. I was looking back on some of my old resolutions yesterday and loved seeing my progression to veganism. In 2011, I decided to be more mindful of my dairy and egg consumption. In 2012, I resolved to go completely vegan for at least one month–and not only did I do that, but I have been for the last 7 months! 2013 will be an easy one: Stay vegan :). Can’t wait to read this series!


200 Amanda January 1, 2013

The ‘nut soaking’ question. Omg. SO funny!


201 snenny January 1, 2013

GREAT idea for a blog series :)

As several readers have mentioned, one of the things that is difficult about veganism is the social aspect – how to make eating at restaurants and with friends. I also have coeliac disease, meaning I can’t eat gluten, so I really do worry that I’m going to a pain in the bum to my friends!

Another good question that seems to have popped up a few times is speedy or go-to meals. I’d love a few to add to the repertoire :D

Thanks again for your inspirational blog. I come here every day for a read!


202 Lindy January 1, 2013

I don’t want to impose my new found lifestyle on anyone and it is going to be an issue I imagine. I’d love to see a post in this series about the social aspect of this. My husband is already worried and questioning me what I’m going to do when we visit his family in a couple of weeks and drive across country when we return home and have to eat “on the road”.


203 Cori January 1, 2013

This post couldn’t have come at a better time! My husband and I decided to go vegan and this is our first week.

Some questions/ideas that would be interesting to me or some of your readers:
– It would be awesome if you listed some of the nutrients that vegans have to be careful not to miss, and the best way to get them (sample foods, supplements).
– What are some general, research-based health benefits of veganism vs. some of the myths
– What are substitutes for some of the more expensive vegan foods/how to save money shopping as a vegan


204 Jessica January 1, 2013

This is perfect timing for me! I always joke that I’m a part time vegan. I was pretty consistent about veganism until I became pregnant last year – worried I was not getting enough protein for the baby I began eating meat again. 5 months postpartum I’d like to go back to being vegan again.

Here are my struggles –

1. What can I snack on besides raw veggies, hummus, and carb heavy items?
2. Quick dinners that do not involve a lot of pasta? My husband and I both work and with a baby the last thing we want to do at night is cook a complicated meal.
3. What can I eat for lunch besides salads?

I hate the thought of eating meat substitutes – they are expensive and too processed. Some cook books like skinny bitch just incorporate recipes constantly using these which is so annoying! :)

Like some other commenters we need a diet for endurance athletes – I am a runner and my husband is a tri guy.

I just recently was given forks over knives cookbook that has some nice recipes but they take quite awhile to make.

Thank you!!! Love this and your blog :-)


205 Maureen January 1, 2013

I love the idea of this series, and I so need this in my life. We flirt with veganism by trying to eat at least two vegan meals a day. I have also mostly reduced our dairy two fold in the last year. I realized that although I am addicted to cheese, I could still enjoy a meal without it. We also learned about many dairy alternatives that we worked into recipes easily. Our goal for this year is to reduce it even more, maybe going several days without dairy. Your website is fantastic inspiration, thank you thank you.

My problem is saying goodbye to a fried egg sandwich. I know it sounds pathetic, but I absolutely love them. I haven’t been able to find a good substitute. It is filling, easy to eat on the go in the morning, and has a unique flavor. I discuss on my blog that I have found the best solution is to not find an identical food but an alternative. For example, I used to love crabcakes, but zucchini fritters became my new obsession when I turned vegetarian years ago. They don’t taste the same, but in the end serve the same purpose. My vegan friend suggested a tofu scramble, and that just doesn’t do it for me.

Any advice on a good equivalent to the classic fried egg sandwich?

Thank you, Thank you


206 Leigh Ellen January 1, 2013

Angela, In January 2012 I resolved to move towards better health. My oldest son joked me, “I’m not worried, Mom. It will last about two weeks.” Well, that challenge was all I needed. A year later my husband and I are loving our almost completely vegan lifestyle and my 4 kids are almost there. As I look at my colorful plate I do not feel deprived at all. I feel blessed and full. Ironically, my “mocker” is the one most sold out as he has learned the reasons why we are doing what we are doing. As our extended family members began to see the positive changes in our lives, many of them have joined us. Your blog has been so helpful. I was a pretty good cook before our change, and I found many of the recipes in the health books tasted terrible. My kids still shudder at the mention of kale because of a bad soup experiment. Finally, in your blog, I found someone who was living the lifestyle we wanted and knew how to cook! Most often, I get thumbs up around the table when I make something from your blog. I am excited for the new direction you are taking. Thanks for continuing to share your journey!


207 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2013

Hi Leigh Ellen, Thank you for your beautiful comment! I am so happy to hear about all the changes you and your family are making. Thanks for reading and trying out the recipes!


208 Tracey January 1, 2013

I am SO excited to see this. Perfect timing. I’ve been pondering this for awhile, and this morning I got up, and in the true spirit of New Year’s I decided to read your blog for inspiration for the coming year. I can read the signs. Thanks so much!!!
Happy New Year!


209 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2013

Aw I’m so happy to hear that Tracey! All my best


210 Lori B January 1, 2013

I would love more info on kid friendly recipes, quick and simple recipes, and recipes that are weight loss friendly. I love reading your blog and can’t wait for the book!


211 Katherine January 1, 2013

Thank you in advance! I ADORE your blog and am thrilled about this upcoming series. I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years and am trying to make the full switch to vegan (I manage about 5/6 days a week). This series is definitely going to help!


212 Grandma Carol January 1, 2013

Happy New Year to you and your entire family Angela! Love your recipes!! Can’t wait for your cookbook!!


213 Audrey January 1, 2013

Hi Angela,

I love your blog & get so much out of it. Beginning last spring I began eating less meat and would like to transition to a vegetarian diet. The main problem I have is completely committing to this diet especially with my family. I was diagnosed with celiac disease last year, and my family and friends are very supportive and cautious with making sure I have plenty of food that is gluten-free whenever we have get-togethers. I feel bad adding another aspect to my diet that people need to worry over when we do potlucks, travel, etc. Any tips for making this transition easy for everyone involved? Thanks!


214 Patti January 1, 2013

I’m very excited about this new series. I’m four months into my own transition to a plant-based diet, and I think I would really benefit from this.



215 Sonal January 1, 2013

I’m thrilled to hear about this series, it is going to help me and others like me so much, who would love to be vegan but find it difficult to let go of some things and need more advice and guidance! Thanks Angela! Happy new year! :)


216 Amy (DishonDesignGal) January 1, 2013

I am excited about this! Just discovered you yesterday when I was blogging about nut butter and subscribed! I’m slowly cutting my meat out and will probably be a vegetarian at some point. I’ve been juicing for the last year and today am starting the Eat to Live Plan. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! Happy New Year!


217 Chris January 1, 2013

This is wonderful news! My exciting news is as a 60 year old, with 2 overlapping stents
in a main artery, I needed this vegan diet and oil free. My news is my annual
cardiologist visit showed my bp the lowest ever in my adult life, cholesterol and
triglycerides down….in short I am healthier now than ever. We had our first
vegan Christmas with a meatless loaf from your friend at
I find loaves (like your lentil loaf) great options since they freeze in portions
beautifully with instant meals at hand, whereby I just add whatever veggies
I feel like to go along with it. Your blogs are wonderful and inspiring. I have shared
your website with many and look forward to it and your emails everyday. And I can’t
say how good we felt eating a kind diet at Christmas!


218 Chris January 1, 2013

One suggestion on your website. If the most recent comments can be at the
beginning, it would help instead of scrolling through pages to see if a reply was made.

Thank you, and all the best of health and joy in 2013!


219 Lindy January 1, 2013

I found Oh She Glows a few weeks ago and love it! I have been vegan for exactly 3 and 1/2 days. I’ve been juicing like crazy and even made a vegan mac n cheese that we all loved! I can’t wait for this series as I have much to learn. My friends call me a “foodie” as I love to cook and make great meals for my family. After gaining 20 # in the last year or so at the start of menopause, I am ready to make a change. My husband is a bit skeptical and I don’t think he believes I’m serious. Everything I’ve eaten in the last few days has been wonderful. I never believed eating a plant based diet could be so good. I already feel better and I don’t think it will be difficult at all to make this change. I just need some direction and advice now and then, so thank you very much for starting this series!!


220 Andrea Z January 1, 2013

Love this entry! My question for you is, what is wrong with organic cage-free eggs? They have been a staple in my diet and I’m trying to learn why I should stop eating them, and also what I can replace them with. Thank you! Happy New Year!


221 Judy January 1, 2013

I would enjoy reading this series Angela. I especially like inspiring stories of others. I like the way that you include whole foods into your recipes as I stay away from processed foods as much as possible.
Your passion and drive to be the best you can be is awesome and that comes through in your posts. Thank you!
I am looking forward to your cookbook.
All the best to you and your family in 2013!


222 Marlene January 1, 2013

Just wanted to let you know your blog has made a huge differencetransformation in my life. I wanted to transition to a vegan diet because of a heart problem and after watching Forks over Knives and reading I still was not completely able to commit because of the lackluster recipes I tried… until I discovered your blog! I am so excited to learn even more through your series because I know first-hand how this change has improved my life. I am off all heart meds and my labs are now near perfect compared to a year ago. Cannot wait for your cookbook and thank goodness for perfectionists like you!!! Keep up the wonderful job you are doing. You do make a difference and thank you so very much.


223 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2013

Hi Marlene, Congrats, that is tremendous news! I am so happy to be a part of your journey.


224 jane January 1, 2013

I am so glad you decided to free yourself up to share… :) Looking forward to it! Happy New Year :)


225 Danyal January 1, 2013

I think this is wonderful. I’m mostly vegan, I just can’t kick CHEESE! (I live in Wisconsin)

I absolutely love your blog, Lentil Loaf was a hit for my Thanksgiving. I think by just spreading the delicious vegan recipes to those who never knew vegan meatloaf could taste so good helps transform us. Thank you thank you thank you and wishes to you of a most healthy and happy new year, Angela!


226 Ana Garcia January 1, 2013

I would love to add more vegan foods to my families routine. As a traditional portuguese family there are not that many vegan recipes that are passed down through family or shared through friends because it’s not part of our food culture. As a mom and wife I’m always trying to look for ways to incorporate healthier meals at home, unfortunatly I’m not always successful but I’d love to have more information. I’ll look forward to your posts!


227 Nicole January 1, 2013

I badly want to juice so that my family and I can start the day with an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies, but cannot afford a vitamix. Is there any alternative ways to juice??


228 Sara January 1, 2013

You should try Angela’s recipes for green smoothies! All you need is a blender, I use my magic bullet which I think was only $40. You can just blend up all the veggies you want, granted some work better than others..


229 Cindy January 1, 2013

Thank you Angela for listening and following through on your inner “nudge”. Having gone mostly vegan in the past year, I look forward to your excellent ideas on how to maintain and thrive with this new eating adventure. And, it is an adventure. Vegetables play so well with each other. I have been amazed at how many combinations go well together by just tossing vegies and grains and spices together. Cooking has become fun again after many years of doing it the same old way. I don’t say this lightly, I used to be a cooking instructor in San Diego. Happy New Year, and thank you for your inspiration.


230 Amber January 1, 2013

I think this is a great idea! My boyfriend and I have decided for our New Year’s resolution to go vegan. We’ve tried a couple of your recipes before and loved them!


231 Daria January 1, 2013

I found that going vegetarian for awhile before going vegan really helped in the transition. When I’d already been forgoing meat for awhile, the meat question, normally a very big problem for people becoming vegans, became a non-issue.

As a vegan I find the most difficult thing finding substitutes for milk, cream, and cheese in recipes. Where those ingredients aren’t the main part of the recipe but are still necessary. Soy milk and other substitutes sometimes work but can make the whole recipe taste off.

Any help with that would be much appreciated. Thanks.


232 Mary January 1, 2013

I am a want-to-be vegan who is successful throughout the day and when alone with my husband. The challenging times for me are holidays and, when my children are home from college on break, succumbing to their desire for their favorite meals which contain meat and cheese. Help! I need suggestions for these two situations. Also, pizza – good, New York style think crust pizza – it’s my downfall.


233 pamela January 1, 2013

Wow. You have so many comments – I have no idea how you even read them all. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know you have already made a HUGE difference in my life. I have been trying to go vegan for about 4 years and only this year did I really make the switch, although of course, it was all those gradual changes. My main inspiration was your blog and your delicious recipes and your compassion for us all as well as yourself. I never comment but I read your blog every day and watched you climb up that mountain in Arizona and take the trips to Canada and move …. and post yummy chocolate chip cookie dough nut butter. SO, as 2013 opens, just a bit THANK YOU to you for already changing my life for the better. xoxo


234 Grace January 1, 2013

Great idea, Angela. I have been a vegetarian for a year now. While I eat mostly vegan, I tend to eat dairy and eggs when they are in baked sweet goods. I have a huge sweet tooth and have had a love affair with sugar for as long as I can remember. I have a large mental block about cooking/making my own meals.


235 Emily January 1, 2013

I love love your blog. I thInk the serIes Is an awesome Idea. Last New Years I discovered your blog and decided to go meat free for the year. I’d say it was fairly successful, besides the holidays I stayed away from meat. Now I want to take the next step with getting dairy and eggs out of my diet. In the beginning, how did you do it? Jump right in or was it a more gradual process. I love cheese so much so it is quite a temptation for me and I don’t have the best self control. Also I have struggled with being a little over weight so I am kind of scared of carbs. Which makes me hope I don’t gain more weight bc of the carbs In a vegan dIet. Thanks!!


236 Heidi Cullinan January 1, 2013

I enjoy all your posts, the recipes and the stories and the how-tos.

I’ve been vegetarian and various stages of vegan over the past two years, discovering last summer that I have an official egg and milk allergy and that it’s the source of a great deal of the health issues I’ve had. My body feels very fragile and broken from the inside to the outside, not just muscles and weakness but a sense of a whole that is still being rebuilt. I’ve found that I feel much, much better with a strict whole-food, vegan, low-grain diet, but I’ve also found that I’m still negotiating the balances within me: if I don’t get enough of one something or another, I’ll get a crazy deep craving that makes me sick if I don’t address it. I still eat meat on occasion, but it’s a condiment now, this additive I use when my body gets very angry about its absence. I like to keep playing, though, finding a better balance.

I’ve also found your blog in particular to be a huge help in both replacing old favorites and in finding new ones. Comfort food is now vegan mac and cheese and your naughty & nice enchilada casserole. Reading this blog and other vegan websites helps me feel less alone and less frustrated when trying to sort out food: it’s a big difference to be vegan or nearly vegan because I don’t have a choice and because I make a conscious decision. Reading Oh She Glows and other blogs make me feel positive about my diet and less like it’s something I have to do but more like my body being smarter and healthier than my brain when it comes to food.

More than once I’ve cried after making a great vegan recipe; finding good food when so much sense of familiar food has been taken away is a gift I cannot express properly the meaning of. Whatever you do with the blog, I’ll continue to read. I think you’ve found a wonderful niche that both suits your personal purposes and fills needs in others you didn’t expect. In short, true art.


237 valerie January 1, 2013

I too am really looking forward to this series. I’ve been vegetarian for years but would really love to be vegan…only thing holding me back is my addiction to convenience foods! I would love to know how to make cooking more convenient to fit in with my busy lifestyle. Also, how to handle social situations where eating is a focus? Thanks so much for this series!


238 Deborah January 1, 2013

I’m very excited about this series. I doubt I’ll ever be 100% vegan, but my diet contains fewer animal products every month. I love reading healthy substitutes for foods that I’ve eaten my entire life. Probably the best thing I’ve tried is the soaked & seasoned walnuts in place of meat on a taco salad. I can’t wait to read how you and others make substitutions for meat, dairy, etc. and how people have evolved into a more vegan lifestyle.


239 Amy January 1, 2013

This is perfect timing as I complete my transition into a plant-based diet with the new year. Thank you (and everybody leaving comments) for developing this resource! I really appreciate it!


240 Jeannie January 1, 2013

Hi -I have been actually trying to figure out how to eat vegan and gluten free and it’s such a big change that I am definitely getting overwhelmed. Some info I would like to see in your series is
Why did u choose to eat vegan? All the benefits.
What to eat for meals and snacks?
How to make sure your getting enough macronutrients -carbs, protein fat?
Getting enough calcium, b12 etc?
How to make meals easier to make?
How to get hubby on board or cook two diff meals?
How to eat when you eat out or at a friends!
Best sugar option if you eat sugar?
Pantry items?
Fridge items?
Safe cleaning products, perfumes, makeup, bath items , laundry cleaners eyc?
How to grow own veggies?
Eating organic!
Than you!!


241 Heather January 1, 2013

I think this series would be a fantastic idea!
I have been vegetarian for 4 1/2 years and early in 2012 I made the decision to cut out dairy and refined sugar from my diet. I still eat eggs and honey, but the majority of my diet is plant based. Since I was a teenager I have suffered from cystic acne, depression, and anxiety. I never felt like I had the energy that I should, and I always felt like my body was broken, or missing something crucial.
The first few years of being on a meat-free diet left me feeling confused. I thought that it would be a healthier lifestyle and that I would feel better and maybe my skin would improve. But it wasn’t until last year when I really started to do some research and evaluate my diet that I realized how much white flour, white sugar, milk, cheese (my FAVORITE!), pastas, breads, sweets, ect. I was consuming, and how very little plant-based foods I was getting on a daily basis.
I finally decided that I had to cut these things out for good (which meant no cheesecake…. oh I wanted to cry!). I do not like feeling as though I have no control over what I put into my body. I had an AHA! moment when I realized- you truly ARE what you eat! The things you put into your body are what build you and keep you going.
Since cutting out milk and sugar from my diet, I have felt amazing! And I have much clearer skin! And I honestly crave healthy food now, not junk!
It has certainly taken a lot of effort though, and a lot of research. I feel most of my free time is spent looking up recipes or in the kitchen (although I have started to love this rather than dread it).
So I would definitely love to see more recipes that can be made in bulk and stored when you need a quick snack or dinner (like your veggie burgers!).
I would also love to know more about how to get enough calories into a plant-based diet. I know that most people try to limit their calories, but I have always been slightly underweight and have always struggled with gaining weight, no matter what I eat.

I am grateful to the amount of time and effort you put into what you do! I come here regularly to find inspiration and yummy recipes and I love your sense of humor and all of the great photos! Thank you!


242 Jeannie January 1, 2013

Also any must have books? Cookbooks? Movies that may help,


243 Jessie January 1, 2013

Love this idea! I have been vegetarian for over half my life and have been vegan on and off for the past couple years. I would love to learn more about your transition as well as Q&As with readers’ challenges and successes transitioning to a plant based diet. I love your blog and look forward to this new series!


244 Jenn January 1, 2013

Thanks for this! I was vegan-ish for a year and a half in NYC, but since living in Mexico for the past 2.5 years have gone back to mostly-vegetarian. While it would be VERY HARD to be vegan in this culture and with the selection of grocieries I can buy, my goal is to lean as much as I can in that direction. The thing that gets me here is that, because tofu is very expensive here and there is no tempeh or wheat gluten, I just eat veggies and beans all the time. And then I get to a point where my body is so absolutely starving for a heavier protein-rich meal that I eat a little meat, to satisfy that deep cellular-level hunger. I’d like to avoid this pattern — any ideas are welcomed, with a focus on starting from the basics (dried beans, rice, assorted veggies, etc).


245 Lily January 1, 2013

I don’t know if I’m expressing myself well, as I’m not an native English speaker, so bear with me please :) I have been a vegetarian for a few years now. I came to this from the ethical and environmental side of the thing, but I would hope to keep myself healthy too.. So here I am.

I’m not consuming any milk lately, because of all the things I’ve seen and learned, but I would like to keep things like yogurt on the menu by maybe switching more to the vegan side.. Same goes with cheese and egg replacement. But I’m really confused about how to feel about these substitutes?

My logic keeps telling me to eat food that is as simple as possible, with foods that are less processed and with less additives and ingredients. For example ( I think a lot of people have seen this in the internet ) the image of ants on a plate “choosing” real butter over ( normal / reduced fat ) margarine. This is part of a reasoning that makes me feel like butter would be the way to go for some occasions, but can I make myself overlook other things “for ants”? Anybody care to share their wisdom? Could someone enlighten me a little by telling how are products like, another example, Earth Balance seen? It has, among other things, soy beans and palm oil.. What about the environmental and social impacts of Palm oil? Then, a lot of the soy in the world have to do with OGM, so I have to buy organic? Not the case with Earth Balance, ok, but other products.. Tofu, soymilk?

Oh, I think my head just exploded..

Help! :)


246 Kathleen January 1, 2013

This is such a great idea! (And judging by the comments so far looks like I’m not the only one who thinks so.) I have been vegan for almost a year now but I still have so much to learn and will undoubtedly be re-inspired by your new series. Can’t wait. Happy New Year!


247 Red Deception January 1, 2013

I’d be curious to see a regular post on your daily easts. I’m vegan myself, but always feel like I’m in a rut. Same thing every day, because I’m not sure what else to do with my meals!


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249 Laurie January 1, 2013

Hi Angela – I am relatively new to your website but am already addicted to the overnight oats and also the date granola bars. They have become a staple in my house. I would love some suggestions for working mothers on how to find the time to cook healthy (vegan – ish) and how to get a 4 year old interested in healthy foods. I find myself always under a time crunch and this makes it hard to cook healthier at least for me. I so want 2013 to be a year of better health including weight loss for me (about 25 lbs). Thanks for providing such a great website.


250 Janine Mcgowan January 1, 2013

Hi Happy New Year….I have been thinking about becoming a vegan living in a house of three terrible meaters I need help where to start even with my grocery list. I live in a small town(4 hours is nearest city Adelaide)… my shopping for certain things like flax eggs will be very limited……I love your post and reading comments from all over the world


251 Amy January 1, 2013

So excited to read!! LOVE your recipes and am craving more knowledge to make sure my body is getting all the right nutrients! My biggest struggle is feeling trapped into eating more carbohydrates when eating out (someone else chooses a place with few options).


252 Megan January 1, 2013

Maybe a guide for how to tweak substitutions? For example, I’ve had good luck with flax eggs in cookies and quick breads, but not so much with veggie-burger-like bean patties (that hold together great with a chicken egg, but are crumbly and dry with a flax egg). Perhaps a list of suggestions for things like “if your dough is too crumbly, try…” and “if your cookie dough is too soft, then add…” ?


253 Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit January 1, 2013

Wow, this is going to be a wonderful series and I can’t wait! :D I’m not vegan, but because I write a healthy living blog, I’m excited to learn more about this dietary lifestyle so that I can better serve my readers who follow a vegan lifestyle. One of my questions is about GMOs – what are your thoughts on them? In my limited research on the subject, it seems that they are ubiquitous in many soy and other vegetarian products. I’d love to hear your take on them and if you try to avoid them or not and why. And, if you do try to avoid them, what are your favorite non-GMO brands etc.

Happy New Year, by the way!! May 2013 bring with it movement and growth from the rut you feel like you’ve been in. :)


254 stephanie January 1, 2013

I am so excited about this! I found your Blog about a year ago and read regularly. I am a pescatarian and have thoroughly enjoyed your recipes. Thank you for all of the helpful information.


255 Sara January 1, 2013

Such a great idea, going vegan seems so intimidating for me. I don’t think I would ever go completely vegan, but I love trying out your recipes and cutting out dairy as much as possible. In the new year I’m going to try buying earth balance instead of butter and cutting way back on my cheese consumption. I do love cheese and yogurt.. and I think it would be very hard to give them up. I’ve tried a couple vegan cheeses and they are ok.. Have you found a good substitute for yogurt? Another reason for not going vegan is that I have my own chickens and I love fresh eggs and knowing exactly where they come from makes me totally ok with eating them!


256 Adrienne J January 1, 2013

Such perfect timing! Just this past month, my husband and I decided to attempt to go Vegan after seeing some not so nice animal videos. I’m a little overwhelmed with the transition and cannot wait for the series to begin!!

I have one topic to ask about. How do you refuse non-vegan foods in public? How do you prepare to eat in social and/or family settings? We don’t want to hurt people’s feelings but we also don’t want to ‘cheat’ for the cause.


257 Kali January 1, 2013

I am so excited that you will be sharing some of your wisdom on transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. I have been working on my own transition from vegetarian to vegan over the last few months and was sort of waiting until after the holidays (at my mom’s request!) to make it easier on my hosts food wise, although I’ve been mostly vegan for the past month.

There are a few things I am still struggling with. I find it really difficult to go out and eat or go to others houses in some circumstances. Often I can suggest a place to go at which it is easier for me to get a vegan dish but other times I am not in the position where I can do so (it’s rude, or no one wants to go there) and I find it really hard to find something on the menu that doesn’t have dairy in it that’s easy to omit upon request. What do I do? Also, when going to others houses, sometimes I can bring my own dish so there is something to eat, which is great. I did that last night for our New Years Eve Party. However, all I got to eat was my dish (the salad) because everything else had dairy or meat or both in it, and then I was starving for most of the night – I ended up eating a lot of the vegan dessert I brought to fill up and then felt sick from all the sugar I ate. How could I have better handled that situation?

I am also struggling with replacing chocolate. I know there is vegan chocolate out there but it’s just not the same as chocolate with some milk fat in it. Any recommendations on some awesome brands?

Finally I am struggling with others opinions about my diet choices. I have done a lot of research on how to go vegan and thrive, but my meat-eating friends don’t think it’s enough. I also struggled with an eating disorder in the past and I think they are having a hard time believing that my change in diet actually stems from healthy thoughts and not from old unhealthy beliefs. How do I reassure them that I know what I’m doing and I am actually doing this for my own health?

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge – I love reading your posts and trying out your recipes! Your butternut squash burritos have become my new favorite dish :) Happy New Year!


258 Laura January 1, 2013

I love your site tho I’m mostly a lurker. Because of your site, I started doing the Green Monster about 5 months ago. Shocked that I love it. Now my whole family does it a few times a week. Because of that, we’re headed into juicing which we love. You make healthy choices appealing to even us pizza&burger loving peeps. I’d say this series is a great idea. My struggles are replacing my old icky standbys… But we’re getting there! And can completely relate to the flax egg & nuts questions. Your tutorial on whipped coconut cream was a lifesaver. Thanks for all you do!


259 Carolyn January 1, 2013

Hi Angela,

I found your blog about a month ago and have really enjoyed it. I would love to get ideas for more hearty vegetarian/vegan meals which would satisfy my carnivore teenage boys who never stop eating! Happy New Year and thanks for being so inspiring.


260 Kate January 1, 2013


This is great. I am not vegan, nor do I intend to go that way anytime soon, but I do like to consistently incorporate vegan/vegetarian meals into my diet. Your ideas and recipes simply can’t be beat! I also have a dairy allergy, so can always use ideas for substitutes for creams, yogurts, etc.
I am also interested in what Barbara said above, about your fall-back, quick, weekday “come home and need to make something delicious immediately” meals.

Thank you for all your work on this blog, and sharing your stories and skills with us. Here’s to 2013!


261 Florence January 1, 2013

You are totally awesome Angela! I know exactly that feeling of wanting to do something on a level that will have more of an impact, and knowing that you are able, but figuring out the best way can be extremely challenging. I definitely think this is a great idea! I am in. My family and I eat veggie about 80% of the time and have all the vegan substitutes on hand most of the time…but it is still in my mind for some reason…just easier to stick an animal protein in somewhere along the way… I get real upset with myself because I love animals more than anything and after seeing what they endure..I am not able to comprehend how it is that I can still buy some piece of meat or fish and still have any conscience. I am SO looking forward to clicking on your page every other day or so and reading your words of wisdom, inspiration and pure deliciousness. By the way those coconut bars are AMAZING!!! THANKS for all you do and WHO YOU ARE!


262 Tish January 1, 2013

Angela, wondering if you will write about how people raised on the standard American diet have a preconceived notion that then need large quantities of protein for each meal or a large animal based meat as the center of their dish and then they try to translate that to veganism with using meat replacements.

I think the most important thing about being vegan is understanding and freeing yourself from thinking that every meal needs to be focused on a large protein, i love having a bunch of veggies for a meal that are considered sides in the Standard American Diet. Like you said it is not about taking away the animal products but adding in all the plant based products.

Tell people they don’t need to focus on getting XX amount of protein, they don’t need to worry about replacements for dairy products

My husband is a 2:40 marathoner vegan and does not take any protein supplements, eat anything to try and hit a protein goal or get extra protein and never eats meat or dairy supplements.


263 Brittani January 1, 2013

Love the new ideas Angela! I have been following your blog for about a year now and find it a great inspiration when trying to cook vegan meals for my fiancé and I. I will be getting married in about 6 months and am looking into becoming vegan to kick start my year and goals for the wedding. I have been vegetarian for 4 years now and can go vegan for a short time but never stick to it but I’m looking forward to the new blogs to keep me focused!


264 Ivy January 1, 2013

Oh my goodness…so excited for your book! You continue to be an inspiration for me! Keep up the amazing work:)


265 katy January 1, 2013

I am struggling to stay vegan:( I have 3 meat eaters to cook for a small budget and no time!! living in the suburbs of michigan doesnt help ! Its difficult to find groceries and impossible to eat out/:


266 Tania January 1, 2013

I am so happy you are starting this series! Changing our eating habits from eating whatever to vegan is, I find, extremely challenging. Some questions would be how to get the daily recommended portions or protein, calcium, etc. But all these questions I’m sure I can google. My main question is twofold, how do I deal with the cravings for tartar, seafood and mostly cheese, and, how do I get the spouse and stepchildren on board as much as I can.


267 Shannon January 1, 2013

I think this will be a wonderful series! My husband and I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives a few months ago and decided to try a vegan diet. I really enjoy it because my story is almost exactly the same as yours–fluctuating weight and battling eating disorders. I’m still very new to this way of eating, and I have not been 100% faithful. I do feel better, though so I want to commit to it. My husband loses weight easily; since September, he has already lost over 10 pounds no matter how much protein I put into him. A couple of the books other readers have mentioned sound helpful. Any other suggestions?

Also, I used to just take a cheap, generic multivitamin, but I’ve been reading up on everything from vitamins to supplements to probiotics. I’m slightly overwhelmed and would love to hear anything you recommend for a 22-year-old female.

Your blog has been immensely helpful to me. I cannot even explain how grateful I am for your recipes because I honestly didn’t think I’d stag committed to the diet at all. When I started eating vegan, I had very little knowledge of how to change my cooking. Thanks to you, the recipes I’ve tried out are so good that even my Southern meat and potatoes family enjoys them.


268 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 1, 2013

I am extremely excited about this series! I don’t eat a lot of meat currently, and definitely feel better when I eat less; however, I am an extremely active person (I teach group exercise for a livivng), and am always worried that I would have a hard time correctly nourishing my body if I was vegan. I am so excited to learn more!


269 Susan January 1, 2013

I’m sure the series will be great – given the enthusiasm and energy you bring to the blog. While I don’t necessarily want to be vegan, I greatly enjoy your recipes, regularly eat a vegetarian lunch and a meat free dinner at least once a week. I look forward to what you have in store for us, your loyal readers in 2013.


270 Rachael January 1, 2013

Oh Angela, you make it look so easy and amazing! But as a novice vegan, I am beginning to feel that unless I dedicate alot of time and money into cooking, I will be destined to eat canned beans and stewed veges in a tomato-based sauce for the rest of my life :(
At the moment I am feeling the immense loss of the food groups I have eliminated from my diet, rather than the exhileration that comes with eating whole, clean food. I’m bingeing on ‘bad’ vegan food beacause I’m not satisfied with the food I’m preparing. I was quite vocal about my conversion to veganism, so am really looking forward to your how-to series to turn me around from ‘gosh, what have I done…?’ to ‘OMG, look what I have done!!’


271 Katie January 1, 2013

Great idea! I’ve been vegan for a little while now but feel like I still have a lot to learn. One thing I have am curious is about is hownyou handle being married to a non-vegan and whether you ever have to fight the urge to push him toward veganism. My husband is very supportive of me and eats my vegan meals most nights. I don’t like to get preachy at all toward people who eat meat, but occasionally find myself wanting to be with my husband. Mostly because he knows all the reasons I eating animal products and yet seems completely unphased. He watched Vegucated with me recently and seemed moderately affected by it but then went out and got a huge chicken burrito the next day. It was very challenging for me to not ask how the heck he could eat that right after seeing that movie.

Have you ever had to deal with such feelings?


272 NP January 2, 2013

Love the blog – a nice balance of healthy recipes and positive/healthy living advice. My questions:
1. I am mostly vegan but also am trying to limit my consumption of processed foods. Any suggestions for the healthiest dairy substitutes (the long list of ingredients on non-dairy margarine is what got me thinking about this topic).
2. Meal planning – day to day.
3. Meal ideas for entertaining – after 17 years of vegetarianism/veganism, I still struggle with coming up with a veg menu that is satisfying to all my guests.


273 Lisa Frank January 2, 2013

Oh, I will be so happy to read your new posts, Angela! I’ve been following your blog for about 6 months now and love your recipes. I don’t plan to go vegan per se, but I do want to greatly increase the volume of veggies and fruits I eat and focus on eating more wholesome foods overall. I love to try new foods and will eat pretty much anything, but sometimes meal planning for others who don’t share my food philosophy/palette is very frustrating! This last week we had house guests and I was trying to cater to 4 adults: myself, 1 vegan, 1 diabetic who needs to limit meat/dairy/sugar and has a long list of veggies he hates, and my husband whose motto is “It isn’t a meal without meat” and has an even longer list of veggies he won’t eat. Oh, and I also have a 3 and 6 year old to feed. I was about ready to pull my hair out and tell everyone to go make their own PB&J’s! :)


274 Nicole Marie Story January 2, 2013

I think that this will be a great series. Although I’ve already made the transition, my ways are very extreme and unconventional. To have a kind and compassionate resource (in addition to Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life) shall be lovely; and if what you produce is good, I shall refer vegan wannabes to it. Happy New Year, Angela!


275 bySarahT January 2, 2013

Great idea for a series!

My husband and I eat mainly vegetarian at home, and hubs was recently diagnosed as lactose intolerant – so I’ve become more and more interested in vegan eats. My biggest challenge to switching over entirely has to do with meals outside the home – it’s hard to be at a family function for dinner and only have veggie sides as our options. I can’t imagine any meal consisting only of steamed brocolli and potatoes. Are there super-quick protein additions we could be thinking about?


276 christine January 2, 2013

Hi Ange, My daughter is an Ange too, actually she is Andrea but it often gets shortened to Ange. I am you not typical blog reader, I am about your mothers age (my daughter is a couple years younger than you). I stumbled on your blog researching vegan lifestyles and recipes. My spouse and I after being die hard meat eaters our entire lives turned vegan(gasp) a mere 6 months ago. What brought about this big change? Well a friend had been pushing Forks over Knives at us for a couple months and we finally watched it. I then proceeded to watch Food Inc ( in 15-20 minute blocks because I was so appalled and kept tearing up). Since this literally life changing experience we will be forever vegan. We ocassionally eat some fish or dairy due to the fact we travel a lot and my husband eats out on business but at home and about 95% of the time no animal products are consumed by us. I have to say it was harder and yet easier than I expected. I am a “home chef” complete with over 100 cookbooks ( was 200 but I de-cluttered and donated to goodwill)and a gourmet kitchen with every convenience known. Cooking has been my hobby for many years. I was a bit worried how this new lifestyle would affect one of my favourite pastimes (as well as the eating part). I can safely say that we eat fabulous flavourful and more varied meals than ever. We do not miss eating “flesh” and animal secretions in the least. I have lost about 14 pounds and feel fabulous. With the new year upon us I am going to try to lose another 30ish pounds and re-incorporate exercise into my regular routine. I have been a semi-regular exerciser most of my life but a post half-marathon injury about 5 years ago curtailed my running and since then I exercise in spurts. I want to get fit and fabulous by my 55th birthday next year.I have never had an eating disorder other than a great love of food and over eating, I have struggled with weight gain most of my adult life and now I am “older” it is even harder. Anyhow , as I said I stumbled on your fabulous and inspiring blog and I am a lurker who decided to come out of the closet so to speak. I have spent the last several days reading your blog from the beginning. Can’t wait for your cookbook. Luv Sketchie!!!!!! Keep up the great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Christine


277 suzanne January 2, 2013

I love this idea. You have a way of relating info that is easy to understand, inspiring and Your honesty and ability to be vulnerable allows others (at least me) to feel inspired by you and what you write – and not threatened or feeling like “I could never do that”. Of course, your recipes and photography are incredible!
I would love to read success stories.
The main thing I wonder with veganism – is it truly healthier for everyone? I have read some books, watched documentaries etc.Mostly it makes sense and I believe is the best diet for me, but some people’s health suffers if they cut out all animal products (even very well informed, health minded people). I would never try to convince someone to eat any particular way, but just wonder about this question in general.
Another question – with a vegan diet, I feel like I eat more fat (though it is healthy fat mostly) – but this is a difficult transition for someone who was sucked into the ‘fat free’ fad. Some suggestions for coping with that would be great too.
Thanks for your time and effort on this blog Angela!


278 Sheel January 2, 2013

I love this idea!! I decided to go vegan for 30 days in September and loved it. I did find it hard to maintain my veganism when I was out with friends or at someone else’s home though and after the 30 days I chose to make an effort to continue making vegan choices but not be too hard on myself when it wasn’t as possible. But I’d love to get more into it again and I think your posts will be of huge help! Here are just a few questions I would love to know the answers to:

What are your thoughts on nutritional yeast? I try to avoid anything that’s processed so I haven’t started using it and use ground cashews for most cheesy things instead. I’d love to know what you think.
Also, is there a good vegan yogourt out there? I’ve only been able to find one brand so far and it really wasn’t very good.

Also, I think readers’ success stores would be a lot of fun. Can’t wait to read your new posts!!


279 Sara January 2, 2013

I agree with many of the other comments about the social aspect often being the hardest part. There can be a lot of judgement, especially from family members, and there is also the “ok, everyone wants to meet at ______ restaurant, what the heck am I going to eat??” I am fortunate in that I live in Los Angeles, where there is a plethora of vegan restaurants and options, and we also have top quality produce available year round, but I wonder what vegans in other parts of the country do!

I wanted to comment also about gluten intolerance that so many people struggle with. I’ve read that in San Francisco, many bakers are experimenting with locally grown varieties of heirloom wheat that western farmers are starting to grow. Apparently there are literally hundreds of varieties with a wide range of texture, color and scents and it seems that they don’t trigger the same allergic reaction as the commercially available, bleached AP flours that most of us are used to. So, it may not be the wheat itself, but rather the way it’s processed. Sunset Magazine had a great article on it (hope for people who love bread but thought they were gluten intolerant!):


280 Nikki January 2, 2013

Hi Angela – I went vegan for about 6 months last year but since I work pretty hectic hours I didn’t have the time to commit to researching recipes and really finding ones I enjoyed eating that didn’t leave me feeling deprived. I have loved every single one of your recipes, my husband agrees that if I had found this site I would have enjoyed veganism a lot more! I would suggest maybe putting together a list of recommended recipes/shopping list for people who want to give it a shot. Also, I found I ate a lot more carbs on a vegan diet and actually ended up gaining weight, what are your suggestions to avoid that?


281 Fran January 2, 2013

HI Nikki

The Starch Solution teaches that it’s great to eat carbs – but unprocessed carbs and without added fat. That would mean bake your potatoes and don’t eat french fries, as an example. Try cutting out the fat and seeing what happens.



282 Shira January 2, 2013

I love this idea! Your recipes are so fantastic, most recently made your roasted tomato and coconut soup… my meat-eating (funny title!) is ooooobsessed with it!! And I am too ;) They make veganism a no-brainer I think! I am mostly vegan my default.. I’m allergic to dairy, meat usually makes me nauseas, and eggs make me sick to my stomach/gross me out majorly (always have, since I was a kid.. the concept/texture). I’ll eat fish or chicken out or at family dinners, sometimes, I’d love more tips on all things vegan such as eating out and more basic recipes, because I just kinda wing it, since it happened somewhat organically. I know you’ve discussed it before here, but info about living with a partner who wants meat would be great to hear too. Your blog is awesome Angela, and I’m totally looking forward to this series!


283 Shira January 2, 2013

ETA meat-eating **boyfriend**


284 Fran January 2, 2013

HI. Thanks for this Angela!

I’ve been 99% vegan for about 10 months. This high fiber diet is great for my constitution, but not pleasant for people around me. I thought my system would get used to it after a while, but no.

any suggestions you can offer would be most welcome!!!



285 Sarah January 2, 2013

This is such a great idea!!!
I am definitely interested in information on substitutes (yogurt, sour cream, heavy cream, butter) and on how to get enough protein without overdoing the soy. Looking forward to the series;-)


286 Liz @ I Heart Vegetables January 2, 2013

Angela, you do so much to help educate people on veganism!! Keep on doing amazing things :)


287 Ashley January 2, 2013

Hi there! I got a juicer for the holidays and plan on incorporating a juice a day to keep me energized…can you suggest 1-3 recipes for veggie juices please? Thanks!!


288 Ashleyy January 2, 2013

excellent! I am a new vegetarian (only a month in!) and I am also looking to incorporate vegan options as well…though I don’t know if I would ever go fully vegan.

There have already been several issues that have come up and I would be interested to see how others feel about it.

for example, I abhorr waste, and if it is a matter of throwing out meat or eating it…what to do? (like for example, my mom gave me a container of pasta and it had chicken it in, as she forgot I was vegetarian…i didn’t realize this until I heated it up at work for lunch…I really struggled with whether it was better to eat the meat or just throw it in the garbage. i ended up trashing it but that is now a guilt i have to face).


289 Ellie January 2, 2013

I am moving towards a vegan diet for to be both lean and green in 2013:) So I am in love with this


290 Autumn January 2, 2013


I just wanted to say, I think its wonderful you are putting this together. Congratulations on following where your heart is leading, and really doing what you love. I think this will be so beneficial to many people who are transitioning or contemplating doing so; or even to some who are already vegan! Its always good to read about someone’s journey, with their successes and failures-it makes something seem more attainable and possible; it provides a sense of support knowing someone else out there faced the same challenges etc.

Thank you for bringing such wonderful posts and recipes into my life and many others’! I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve made from your website and served, especially to non-vegan friends, who have absolutely loved your creations!! (You’re helping me convince the masses my “hippie food” is pretty darn good :p) You are doing amazing things and you ARE making a difference. Never forget that. Happy New Year!!!


291 Ann January 2, 2013

This is great! I love getting your advise on these issues.

I’ve been “leaning in” to Veganism for pretty much all of 2012, I still stuggle though with the social aspects of veganism, and the restaurants/travel aspect. I guess in addition to your practical attacks to such situations, what do you tell yourself/how do you stay committed when you’re with friends and family and there is very little on the menu to eat, and you feel like you’re missing out? And, are you always calling the shots on where you and Eric eat out? Doesn’t that feel a little uncomfortable? Anyhoo, those are my thoughts. I’m such a people-pleasing southern girl, and as of now I am cooking and buying vegan, but if I’m invited somewhere I’ll eat what they serve if there is no clear veggie option and I’ll order seafood if there is no vegan option at a restaurant, which is so common!

Thanks for all that you do, you have certainly impacted my household in a major, positive way!


292 Christine January 2, 2013

Hi Angela! I’m really looking forward to this. I can tell you that the one thing I struggle with more than anything else BY FAR is how to eat a plant-based diet when others in my household are not, especially when I am preparing food for and feeding those other people. So far, I have found that vegan food just doesn’t taste as good, so I’m having trouble getting my family to be happy with me making a lot of it. I can get them to eat plant-based a couple times a week, but that’s pretty much it. So any techniques or strategies that you have heard would be great. I know there are plenty of vegans and vegetarians whose spouse and kids eat meat and dairy, so I’m guessing there are just some tips on how I can keep everyone well fed and happy. Thanks!!!


293 Roxanne Forgue January 2, 2013

Hi Angela!
I just want to say that my boyfriend and I are on week four of going vegan. This is our second attempt. We have fallen off the wagon especially over the holiday season. But I want to thank you because I literally check your page daily and use your recipes for almost every meal. I feel good and I have more energy. Thanks again!


294 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2013

Goodluck and thanks for trying the recipes! I wish you the most success with your goals.


295 Christy January 2, 2013

Hi Angela!
Could you do a post in this series on how I can create my own vegan recipes? Where do I start? What ratios do you use in baking? What ingredients should I use? Any other tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


296 Diana January 3, 2013

This is a great post and I love reading everyone’s comments. I read a book called Healthy Eating, Healthy World by J. Morris Hicks that really convinced me to start changing my diet — for my health, for the environment and for animal welfare. I’m also taking baby steps and my family gets very defensive whenever we talk about my decision, as though I were trying to force them to change as well (their idea of moderation is eating meat twice daily!) Anyways, I’m glad I found this site! Here’s to more and more plant based diets!


297 Becca January 3, 2013

I would love to know how to eat and cook when your partner isn’t vegan.

I don’t think Eric is vegan. Do you try ever to “convert him”? Are you sad that he hasnt adopted the diet that you have? Do you two ever eat separate meals? Does he ever want to go to a Steakhouse and you join him although it wont be the best restaurant for a vegan? My husband was never vegan when I was; we made it work, but there were times when I really wished he was.

I am curious how others approach this and of course how you two make it work!


298 Yolanda January 3, 2013

Hi Angela. Thank you for your warm heart towards your readers. I must say that you, your blog and your recipes have definitely been an inspiration to me as I try to adapt my eating habits to vegan. Your baby steps approach is sooooo my way of thinking. Because when I try to do it all at once, I too, get paralyzed by trying to be perfect and then say “forget it” when it’s not.

My dilemma is my kids! Girlfriend, they are not into it all. I have to sneak it in. Like, one day, I went to Whole Foods and got the mock chicken salad, which I happen to love. However, I had the guy relabel it as chicken salad because my kids are super smart…they read labels, lol. So, is there a series that you can create for recipes that tweens and teens will like. I should mention that my kids are 11 and 16 year old boys who are football and lacrosse players. Very, VERY active.


299 Kristie Clark January 4, 2013

I decided to go vegan but always have ate meat and dairy and all the stuff. Anyone have any advice for a person who is going vegan but family is not. I am hoping they will follow someday but my hubby is meat and potato person. I LOVE this blog! Does anyone have any ideas for good recipes for a newby all together. I will be following this series getting ready to print off now. It can seem a bit overwhelming though at first all the info. So thats why I am asking for advice for a good go to meal etc. Thanks so much!


300 Joy January 4, 2013

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so amazing!

You stated above: “…I tend to suffer from the mindset that if I can’t do it exactly right or if I don’t know all the answers, then I shouldn’t do it at all.” I do, too! And this is the year I’m breaking out of that box. I’m glad I’m not alone! Best of luck to you! Thanks for steering me toward veganism! Can’t wait for your cookbook!!!


301 Michelle January 4, 2013

I’m really looking forward to this series! I’ve been following a roughly 90% vegan diet, and have a new years resolution of going all the way!


302 Lisa Langenfeld January 4, 2013

I literally spit out my tea when I read the “will my husband fart less if I soak his nuts” part. HAHA! Still laughing over here! :) Thanks for the post – I love all your recipes and look forward to more vegan ones in the future. I’m not 100% vegan (love fresh seafood and eggs), but I do enjoy vegan recipes.


303 Alejandra January 5, 2013

This is a great idea, because I know that people who are transitioning into a plant diet/veganism have loads of questions regarding food and nutrients. I actually have two that has been lingering for awhile and hopefully can get an answer. I have not been a fan of tofu/tempeh and eggless eggs, and was wondering if I can still be a healthy vegan without consuming processed vegan foods such as this. Also, I am allergic to nuts and soy and can not intake any nut or soy based milk. Is there any other alternatives which are nut/soy free and can still provide the daily requirements for calcium without all the added sugar?


304 Kiana January 5, 2013

I am not the main meal-cooker in my family, and because I do not control everything made, my family continues to use the unhealthy ingredients that I am trying to shift away from. What can I do to encourage my family that eating vegetarian (and now especially, since i am lactose intolerant, vegan) without sacrificing taste, with recipes easy for the skeptics to cook? I want to find recipes that will ‘convert’ my family to eating with a different mindset. Thank you for this series, I believe many of the ideas behind it are right up my alley!


305 Mallory January 7, 2013

There are many great ways to get protein in a vegan diet. Tofu is a must, but there are many grains and legumes that will supply plenty of plant based protein. My favorites are quinoa, lentils, forbidden rice, and black beans.


306 j dahlberg January 8, 2013

What a wonderful blog you have created! I found it a week ago when I was looking for a healthier version of fried onion rings to make for my “southern” husband. If he had his way, everything would be prepared with bacon grease! I love your new vegan 101 series as well as all your recipes. I am the total opposite of my “meat eating southern bell” and mostly eat plant based dishes. I too enjoyed the whole husband farting soaking nuts comment and woke my own husband up from a deep sleep as I laughed when i read it. I was most inspired by what you said about not worrying about what you take away, instead be happy about what you add in. This will help me as I transition to more plants and nuts and nutritious alternative flours instead of white and wheat. You got me to purchase spelt flour. Thank you for challenging me and inspiring me! God bless you and your family…….yes that includes the animals! I thought I was the only one to take so many crazy photos of my cat and dog. Look forward to following you on this blog.


307 Tiffany Z January 8, 2013

I’m so excited to see you are doing this!! I went completely vegan Jan 1, so I’m all for reading your tips and advice! I, took all last year to ease into vegan trying new recipes and reading everything I could get my hands on so I could do it right once I committed. Thanks for all you do!


308 Melch January 26, 2013

I’m pretty late with my reply, but I’m interested in how to get an athletic level or protein (60+ grams) in during a day without much soy. Also, things that are good to bring into work for lunch. And staples to keep in the house to eat when I’m tired and lazy. Thank you!


309 Madeleine February 6, 2013

Hi Angela, I recently found your blog and I’m so glad i did, it really is fantastic. You have a wonderful story and great recipes too! I live in Australia and was vegetarian since the age of 8 until i decided to go vegan at the beginning of 2012, being 18 at the time. I became curious about vegans and to me, the word always had a negative connotation. I always remember before i even knew what ‘vegan’ really meant, people generally having a mildly distugusted/confused look of their faces when they said it haha i also did the same face when i talked about it out of habit. People would say “Oh you’re vegetarian, that’s okay, you’re not VEGAN *face* though?” my reply would be “Oh no i could never go VEGAN *face*” haha that’s society and it’s stereotypes and ignorance for you! Coming to think of it i never really believed i couldn’t go vegan; i had cut out major things in my diet since i was 8, meat- which i loved, especially ribs :s haha also when i found out what gelatine was – all my favourite lollies GONE. But i managed every time i cut something out. To me, i could do that with anything now. It’s not a good thing, but i think it’s largerly due to pride issues and self conciousness- if i say im going to do something ill stick to it even if i dont like it, for fear of being judged for quitting or feeling guilty. However my decisions were purely my own and based on my beliefs so it can’t be all bad. Anyway i thought i’d look a bit further into the industries like dairy and egg production which i had never really directly linked to animal welfare issues and factory farming. I had a cold turkey style diet change after learning a lot about these industries and watching things like “Meat: The Truth” and “Earthlings”. I’ll admit it probably wasnt the best idea having such a drastic change in my diet, especially as i was starting my first year of university and had 5 days a week travelling 1.5-2hrs public transport both to and from uni. I struggled a lot with what food to eat, mainly relying on processed meat substitutes, pasta and indian food from where i work, basically i didn’t have a balanced diet in the slightest . I really had no idea about what dropping dairy and eggs meant for my health, things like knowing where to get my B12 and omega 3 (i still ate eggs from our loved chickens that we have, but not as much). So my first year as vegan was not the best i’ll admit. But having the time after uni, ive done more research into vegan meals and nutrition and i have realised ive been doing it wrong! I love all the fresh veggies and fruits you use in your recipes also the nuts – as i dont like them very much by themselves. It took a while to admit that my diet in fact had been terrible to my omnivorous family who were super supportive when i was vegetarian but much less so as a vegan. I think because they were a lot less involved in my food- even when i made simple pasta dishes they’d often make something else just because it was ‘vegan’. The lack of support was truly difficult, i had a horrible first year at uni and felt distanced from my family due to my diet changes and having noone to really discuss my diet or my beliefs behind my veganism with- without being nagged by worried family members- really brought me down. Reading and relating to other people’s journeys is a really nice feeling as well as seeing new ways to cook delicious and nutritious things and make interesting dishes which i can make for my whole family. Thanks!!


310 Kylie February 7, 2013

I am new to this Vegetarian/Vegan world. I really want to make the transition to becoming a Vegan but I know that I shouldn’t rush myself, especially when I am having the hardest time even coming up with meals/recipes to eat on a daily basis. I don’t want to be the one whom only eats salads & never experiments. Looking at all your recipes has honestly made me want to go grocery shopping! One challenge I am facing is this; how on Earth do you know what seeds, oils, spices, etc. to buy? I went to the local grocery store for Flax Seed & about sent out a search party to find it (I thought it was a spice.. apparently not). I’m assuming a majority of this is trial & error, correct? A majority of these foods are very new to me (aside from the obvious vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc.).

Your entire page has inspired me beyond belief. I even shared it with several friends. Keep up the amazing work!


311 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2013

Thank you for your comment Kylie! I learned about ingredients by reading blogs and researching about a vegan diet online. It is a slow process, yes, but I hope you don’t feel discouraged! I have a post called my vegan pantry which talks about some of my most used ingredients: sometimes I also watch you tube videos on food prep techniques when something is new to me. works like a charm! goodluck


312 Lynne February 10, 2013

Thank you so much for this series…i watched Forks Over Knives movie and with too many patients with cancer…I am trying to incorporate the plant-based life. It’s all new to me – I do not enjoy veggies but I also have a strong desire to make this work. I have been drinking green smoothies and tried a few recipes. I can’t wait to read and follow this blog. So helpful. I share your story in the ups and downs and eating and not eating. I look forward to healthy and nutritious without guilt :))


313 Marija December 2, 2013

Hi Angela,
First of all, thank you for all the wonderful work that you do – I have tried many of your recipes (admittedly, most are deserts. Did someone say, sweet tooth?), and they are all totally, completely, fabulously delicious!

I would like to ask for a favour, if possible. At the beginning of your blog, you used to review skincare and beauty products, and I really enjoyed that section. As a new vegan, and to add to the how-to vegan discussion, I would greatly enjoy your input on your new skincare and make up regime, and any lessons learnt.

Kind regards,


314 Anna April 10, 2014

Hi Angela,

I am really enjoying your cookbook and the recipes are delicious. I am in the process of making a gradual switch to a plant-based diet. I am having difficulty with feeling content after meals and often feel hungry and am reaching for food. This doesn’t happen to me when I eat meat. I tend to feel full for longer periods of time. Do you have any tips to help? Can you give me an example of a typical day of eating for you of meals and snacks? Maybe I am just not eating enough. Thanks so much.


315 Jane Koda November 21, 2015

Dear Angela,

I am a 73 year old newly mostly vegan person who is thrilled with your cookbook. I have always enjoyed cooking but really love it now. I have tried many recipes from your book. I have one recommendation and one request. Will you ever list the nutritional value of each of your recipes? Our family has to be very careful of sodium intake, getting enough protein, etc. It would be helpful to have this information. Also, do you have a list of slow cooker recipes that are vegan.

Thank you for making becoming vegan exciting, fun and delicious. I love serving a vegan meal to my family and them not realizing it is vegan until it is over. That just happened this week with the tex-mex casserole.



316 Daniel Corich February 9, 2016

Hello Angela,
My name is Daniel Corich. I have been vegan since October 2015 and am enjoying all the foods and health benefits the lifestyle has to offer me. I am writing a research paper and giving a 20 minute presentation on the impacts that the animal agriculture industry has on human health and our environment as my school’s senior project and for part of it I need to find a mentor that I can consult when researching, that can read my research paper, and I can interview as part of my research. I decided to ask you for help because you are a well known name in the vegan demographic, are very knowledgeable and experienced.
Thanks for your time and I hope to hear back soon.
Daniel Corich


317 Bailey B July 25, 2016

Hi Angela!
I am wanting to make the switch to vegan, but I am struggling with what I should eat each day, as in what my plate should look like. How many fruits, how many veggies, how many carbs etc. If you could help me I would appreciate it! I have been following your blog for 3 years now and you are so inspiring! Thank you! -Bailey


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