Friday FAQs: The lowdown on nutritional yeast, savoury snacks, freezing veggie burgers, feeding a wedding, and more

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Friday FAQs is a new series on Oh She Glows featuring your questions about OSG recipes, substitution ideas, cooking methods, ingredients, and tools. My goal for this series is to share what I’ve learned in my kitchen over the past 8 years, and hopefully inspire you to try new plant-based ingredients, cooking methods, recipes, and more! Feel free to shoot your questions my way via social media or the blog and I’ll select a handful each week to feature. See my first Friday FAQs post here.

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I hope this week’s Friday FAQs inspires you to whip up some plant-based meals in honour of Earth Day. Today’s feature is jam-packed, so let’s get right to it!

Q1: I just bought your cookbook and my very first recipe is your veggie burgers. I am doubling the batch…with the extra, do you prefer to cook them and freeze or freeze the patties then cook them?

A: Hi Laurie, Oh how exciting! I prefer to freeze the cooked and cooled patties. Once the cooked burgers have cooled completely, I wrap each burger individually, then place them all into a large freezer-safe zip bag. I press out as much air as I can, zip it up, and freeze for up to 4 weeks. You can thaw individual burgers in the fridge or on the counter and then reheat in a skillet. If I know I’ll be freezing the burgers, sometimes I’ll cook them a few minutes less just to ensure they don’t dry out during the freezing/reheating process. I hope you enjoy the cookbook—let me know how you like the burgers!

Q2: I just recently got put on a diet and it is gluten-free/paleo. I am struggling with finding recipes for snacks that are not sweet. I love sweets and chocolate, but that is all I have been eating lately because those are the recipes that I am finding. Do you have ideas for salty snacks? Also, I recently bought chia seeds and other than having them as oatmeal with almond milk and fruit, I have no clue what to do with them.

A: My go-to savoury snacks are hummus with crackers or veggies, avocado toast, or roasted chickpeas (such as my Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas). As for chia seed recipes, I recommend trying out my Endurance Crackers for a super easy (and paleo-friendly) recipe that packs in a ton of chia seeds. They are great with dips or simply topped with sliced avocado and pink salt! For non-savoury options, you could try making my (Almost) Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding, Raspberry Chia Seed Jam, or Chia Fresca.

Q3: Hi Angela, I was wondering if I could go out on a limb and ask a huge favor. I am getting married in August and my family is helping with the food. I would really like all or most of the side dishes to be vegan but with the price of food lately I also want to be budget conscious. There will be around 150 guests. I’m wondering if you could suggest a few of your recipes that might suit my requirements? I know you are very busy so I will totally understand if this is not doable for you. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes in the blog and your cookbook.

A: Congrats Michelle! It’s so great that your family is helping out with the food for the wedding. In terms of choosing budget-friendly vegan sides, my best advice would be to stick with dishes featuring in-season produce: fruits and veggies are often a bit less expensive when they’re in season, so it’s a great way to save a little on the cost of ingredients. Since your wedding is in August you can take advantage of having so many local vegetables and fruits in season! Also, if there are ingredients you know you’ll need and that you can stock up on further in advance, keep an eye out for coupons and sales. A few recipes I’d recommend are my Creamy Avocado Potato Salad (p. 107 from The Oh She Glows Cookbook), Long Weekend Grilled Salad (p. 115), The Best Shredded Kale Salad, Mashed Potatoes with Easy Mushroom Gravy (p. 207), and Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad. You could also roast and season vegetables, like in my Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fingerling Potatoes and Rosemary recipe, or my Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Cumin-Coriander Tahini Sauce (p. 191)—but some of those might get tricky, depending on oven space. Also, don’t forget the simplicity (and great flavour!) of a homemade gazpacho. You can definitely make that one ahead. I’d imagine that some of the side dishes can be made in larger batches to accommodate the size of your wedding, and can be partially prepped in advance (for example, the salad dressings and vegan parm can be done ahead) so there’s less to do day-of. I hope this helps get the wheels turning! Have a great wedding.

Q4: Hi Angela, I’m having trouble keeping the Glo Bars together. I don’t have brown rice syrup, so I’ve been using maple syrup. Is that why they won’t stay together?

A: Hi Lisa, Unfortunately maple syrup doesn’t work great as a binder in this recipe (I’ve tried it many times using different combos…oh how I wish it did!). The only binder I’ve had success with is brown rice syrup. Its super thick and sticky consistency really helps the bars stick together. I hope you enjoyed the Glo Bar pieces anyway! I sure wouldn’t pass them up if I saw some crumbles on a tray. ;)

Q5: What is nutritional yeast? Is it the same as yeast for bread?

A: Great question! The two types of yeast are actually quite different: The yeast used in bread is what’s known as “active”  yeast, and it works as a leavening agent (helping your baked goods to rise and become lighter); nutritional yeast, on the other hand, is “inactive,” dead-form yeast. Nutritional yeast is great for lending a cheesy, nutty flavour to vegan recipes, and is often fortified with B vitamins. I love adding it to sauces, gravies, and dressings, or sprinkling it on popcorn or garlic bread. A few of my favourite recipes using nutritional yeast are my Luxurious 7-Vegetable and “Cheese” Soup, Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip (p. 83 of The Oh She Glows Cookbook), and Broccoli & Cashew Cheese-Quinoa Burrito (p. 159).

Comments of the week:

“To be honest, I’ve been struggling a bit with your blog as of late. What I love about my favorite blogs (which used to include OSG!) is that it feels like having a friend in your life with all sorts of interesting stories, pictures, or recipes. The ones that truly stick with me have a presence in my life and it’s a fun ride to tag along as life changes.

I bought the first cookbook and will probably buy the second cookbook but I feel as though I’ve really lost my connection here. You were updating the blog through being pregnant and moving and releasing a cookbook, even updating monthly when you had your daughter, lately it’s been basically silent.

I hate to admit it, but I’m really disappointed. I knew you were working on this app and that was a big reason it was so quiet. After all the waiting, I can’t even buy the app because I’m an Android user. I know you have a lot going on in your family and I’m excited for the next step for your family, but I feel as though this community has taken, not even a backseat, but like the spare car left at home. I’m hoping that isn’t the case, but it certainly doesn’t feel like the connection I used to feel to the plant based community here.

Good luck with all your endeavors, I’m glad to have been a part of it for awhile and truly wish you well!”

Hi there, I can tell from your comment that you care a lot, and I really appreciate your honesty. I have to be honest with you too; I felt a rush of guilt, sadness, and embarrassment as I read your comment. I think the hard part is that it’s impossible to see someone’s entire life and what they are going through from a blog or social media.

I can tell you one thing I’ve realized over the past few years: I’m not perfect at juggling big life changes/demands and work projects, especially when they happen all at once. Creativity is a funny thing at times; I can pour everything into a single project when I need to, but then I feel burned out in other areas. I’m not very good at switching back and forth among several demanding creative pursuits.

I can, however, promise you that every day, I’m trying my absolute best and putting 100% into everything I do. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely!! I know this more than anyone; I’m incredibly tough on myself and strive for progress daily. I certainly don’t have all the answers, and know I’ve dropped the ball in various areas of my life as I’ve tried to balance motherhood, writing and completing a second cookbook, creating an app, a second pregnancy, blogging, and starting up a newsletter over the past 1 1/2 years. If I can’t give 100% into a blog post, I will not post, because I want to give everything I can into each post and recipe, even though it may mean my content slows. I never publish something “just to get a post up” or to meet a quota.

I totally agree with you that the blog has had to take a backseat at various times (just like other things have in my life too), but I didn’t have another solution at the time. As I mentioned, sometimes I have to focus all my creative energy into one project to meet deadlines. It’s just how my brain works the most efficiently. Trust me that no one feels as much conflict over this as I do. I do think that I can develop better strategies in the future, though!

As I reflected on your comment this week, I also had a bit of an epiphany. I realized that I never give myself credit for all of the things I am doing successfully. Eric mentioned that I never once stopped to appreciate or celebrate the things I accomplished as a new mother. All I could think about each time was how behind I was with other things. How many of us don’t stop to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come? I bet it’s a lot of us.

I also feel like our community has spread far beyond the blog. I connect with thousands of readers a week on social media, reply to dozens of comments and questions daily, share behind the scenes on Snapchat, and more. I hope anyone who subscribes to my newsletter also sees the passion I put into it. I write a personal letter in each issue (among other content such as a Q+A and recipe flashbacks) talking about what’s going on in my life. I’m always trying to connect with my readers in diverse ways, even though I may miss the mark at times!

Despite the conflicting feelings I’ve had in recent years (and probably should’ve talked about more openly, but I feared it would come across as ungrateful), I’ve never once regretted pursuing new projects, taking risks, and especially, taking the time to focus on my family these past 19 months. Many times, I’ve delayed blog posts or other work in favour of spending time with my daughter and I’m more than ok with that. I have one shot at my time here and I have to trust my heart, even if it doesn’t work out perfectly in the end or please everyone all the time.

I can’t promise you that my blog will be everything you’re looking for or need, but I can promise that I continue to give 100% of myself into each post and project, even if it’s sometimes hard to see. And of course, I will take your feedback to heart and try to improve. I’ve never for a second thought that I had this whole thing figured out.

I’m sorry that after waiting all winter you were not able to download our app. I can promise you if we had the budget to develop across multiple platforms simultaneously, we definitely would have. Our intent was never to leave anyone out, but to begin this new journey and hope we have the means to grow in the future.

I so appreciate your support for my cookbooks, and even if you don’t continue to read my blog, I’m very thankful that you enjoy my work!

Take care, Angela

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“Hello, Ms. Liddon,

I am an interpretive park ranger at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. I prepare lunches for our park’s living history program volunteers once a month during living history day. Since I switched to a completely plant-based diet a few years ago, I started making vegan lunches for our volunteers and staff, normally 15 to 25 people each month. I found your blog and it has become one of my favorite “go to” places for recipes. I didn’t know how the volunteers would react to this change in lunches, as only one of them is vegetarian. It turned out that every one of them loves and compliments the lunches and I’m happy to say that every month there are virtually no leftovers. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration! I’ve told them about your blog.

Sincerely,

Peter K., Oakland, CA”

Hi Peter, This is so fantastic to hear! I’m honoured that you use my recipes for your lunches, and even more so that they are such a hit with your group. What a great way to spread the plant-based love. I hope you all enjoy many delicious meals to come!

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1 Lauren April 22, 2016

That comment about you being a bit more silent and putting us on the back burner made me sad! I saw that comment when it was first posted and while I see where the commenter was coming from (I LOVE your blog and also missed all your posts) I totally understood and I knew that meant you must have had some exciting things on the go! I have a 2 year old and am due with my second in a few months and I can’t even imagine how you get everything done. I can barely make it work on time nevermind do all of these projects. Breastfeeding was enough of a struggle for me so I can’t imagine how overwhelmed you must have been. I just want you to know I’ve appreciated everything you’ve done and think you’re supermom for it. Don’t feel guilty about “putting us last” as family comes first and little ones grow oh so fast. Congrats on all of your accomplishments!

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 22, 2016

Hey Lauren,
Thank you, I appreciate your kind words of encouragement! I think all we can do is keep on trucking each day and do our best. Congrats on your second little one being due soon! A summer baby sounds like a great time with all the nice weather! I hope things go as smoothly as possible for you all.

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3 Kristi April 23, 2016

DITTO!!!!!!

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4 Heidi April 26, 2016

I agree with Lauren!!! I am a mom of a 5 month old and am just about to go back to work. I am so impressed by everything you have accomplished in the last 2 years. I feel proud of myself when I shower and get the dishes done, let alone working on anything else! You are a serious inspiration, I don’t know how you do it!!!

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5 Sarah April 28, 2016

I agree too. I’ve been following your blog for years and have your cookbook and app. Instead of wondering “why isn’t she posting as much” I wondered “how does she do it!”. I have a 3 year old and a 5 month old and life is hectic! Sleep is at an all time low and honestly the cookbook and app have been lifesavers for me in order to get food on the table I know everyone will eat!
Oh she glows started as a blog ..but has grown and matured into so much more. I am glad your husband reminds you to stop and take stock of your triumphs. You should be proud of yourself!

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6 Audrey Byker April 30, 2016

Angela, as a mom of 3 and new business owner, I found it refreshing to see you weren’t “doing it all”. We truly can’t and that’s called being human. I was and still am proud of you for creating those boundaries! Kudos to you for pouring your heart out and explaining, I’m not so sure I would have done that. You are far more than a vegan blogger. I too will not create a blog post, newsletter or anything, really, if the creative energy isn’t flowing. Hugs to you!

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7 Tru May 5, 2016

I agree too!! I’m not even a mum yet and I can’t even get all my normal stuff done in a single day!! You’re an inspiration Angela, don’t doubt it for a second!! Xx

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8 Alexandra April 22, 2016

Oh my goodness, that letter about you not doing enough just riled me up! I feel a connection too, but it’s not like that’s disappeared because you haven’t been posting enough. Of course I’ve missed your blog posts, but have never felt upset when you haven’t been posting all the time. You’re a person, not some blogging machine. I really enjoy your snap chat posts now, and you using snap chat is pretty much the only reason I’m ever on there. You absolutely shouldn’t feel bad about not blogging enough, there are so many other things going on! Just blogging by itself can be really difficult. I just finished up a cookbook proposal and trying to work on that and keep up with my blog was crazy, never mind having a child, being pregnant, and working on an app, too! You are amazing, don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise!

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9 Angela Liddon April 26, 2016

Thank you for your thoughtful note Alexandra! I greatly appreciate your support and understanding. And that’s so fun that you follow me on snapchat…I’m kind of addicted to following people’s day to day lives!! hah.

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10 Cheryl April 22, 2016

Lauren beat me to the comment I was about to write. Ditto to everything she wrote. Life happens. I am so, so looking forward to your new cookbook. Congratulations on every thing you’ve accomplished. Also congratulations to you and your husband with the new baby on the way.

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11 Angela Liddon April 22, 2016

haha yes…life happens…never a dull moment! Thanks for your kind words.
I hope you enjoy the next book…not much longer now!

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12 Chuck April 22, 2016

Avocado with pink salt! Genius. I was eating avocado toast for breakfast while reading this so I grabbed the pink salt to try it. So good and it tastes like when I used to eat it with a fried egg on top.

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13 Chuck April 22, 2016

Actually, I was referring to black salt (even though it is pink). Always finish coffee before posting online.

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14 Julie April 22, 2016

I think maybe part of what that commenter was trying to get across was that she misses the personal anecdotes & stories you used to include in your blog posts (or maybe I’m projecting). I understand if it’s a privacy thing, but I would love to read more about life w/ Adriana, how your 2nd pregnancy is going, fun trips you’ve taken, etc. We feel like we’ve gotten to know you & enjoy reading updates on your beautiful family, & then BAM! you pull the plug. Hopefully as you’re able to start devoting more time to the blog again you can include some of those posts, too.

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15 Angela Liddon April 22, 2016

Hi Julie, I totally get what you’re saying! My struggle has been deciding how much to share and how much not to share online. It’s been challenging bringing a daughter into the mix, especially after the backlash we received about her diet post. Ever since then I will admit it’s been hard to write freely, but it’s something I’m trying to work on. I agree with you though that the personal element has been less than it was, and I hope to weave it back into my posts while still finding a balance! Thanks for weighing in! :)

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16 Taomi April 22, 2016

I am sorry to hear that there was backlash on that post. Honestly, I believe your approach to her diet is reasonable. Not only that, but one day she still be curious why you only eat plant based foods, and that will be the perfect time to explain your reasons. There will be an element of choice, which I am sure she will appreciate as an adult.

I know that if I was a child who was forced to be vegan, I would glare at all the things my friends get to eat whether during lunch or birthday parties and resent it ( although, if your delicious recipes existed back then, that would make it easier :P). I would feel socially excluded. That will not be the case with all children, but I know it would be for me.

If I ever become vegan and have a child, my approach would be the same as yours.

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17 Cara April 26, 2016

I agree that I miss the “you” that was there, but I feel I have absolutely NO right to ask that of you, as I don’t put myself out there online. I thought the original comment could be taken as mean, or just as sad–that commenter must be really lonely. Rather than saying she missed you, she acted like you had betrayed a sort of friendship. Don’t feel bad that you can’t hold us all up–you’re not Atlas :-) Ditto what everyone else said about your family coming first. Just know we like to read about you because you have always sounded so fun and genuine. I love your recipes, but I am so busy I don’t cook that much anyway–I always eagerly looked for new posts to read your writing as much as to drool over the recipe that I would want to make but probably not get around to, anyway :-) (But that said, your Best Shredded Kale Salad is so incredible, my 3-year-old eats it–and she doesn’t eat ANYTHING, vegetable or not!!)

P.S. In a future Friday, can you talk more about different kinds of sweeteners, especially granulated? (Why coconut sugar sometimes and Sucanat others? Ever use maple sugar?) Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

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18 Alexa [fooduzzi.com] April 22, 2016

So much love for you and your blog! I’m glad you’re slowly finding balance in your life!

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19 Tiffany L April 22, 2016

I follow the blog and have purchased the first cookbook (which I use very often) and will purchase the second. I agree with Julie’s statement — I think the author of the letter to you meant missing out on the personal anecdotes that you used to share. I too have felt that way because I enjoyed hearing about all the different aspects of your life. I’m glad you are working to find balance and enjoy life with your husband and daughter and savoring the times with them and the new little one on the way. I guess what we all probably mean to say is that we miss hearing from you more often…we’ve missed you. Thanks for the new Friday Q&As…it’s great to have you back.

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20 Erica House April 22, 2016

I love these Q&A’s! I have a question for you after reading your, very thoughtful, response to the woman disappointed in the app/blog frequency. Why are you focusing more on the newsletter now than blogging?

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21 Angela Liddon April 26, 2016

Hi Erica, So happy to hear you are enjoying the Q&A’s! My intention is not to focus more on the newsletter than the blog, but it’s simply taken some work in the “start up” phase to get it going, figure out the format/content/etc. I don’t think it’ll be as time-consuming in the future now that we have a system going. :) I hope this helps answer your question!

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22 Tara April 22, 2016

Angela, I think the things you’ve accomplished from the humble beginnings of this blog are both amazing and inspiring. Change is normal and natural and of course you have to let some things go. I know it’s easy, as readers, to get caught up in the lives of our favourite bloggers; for what it’s worth, this reader right here is nothing but thrilled for you as you move forward with your dreams. And I’m eagerly awaiting your next cookbook!

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23 Sandy April 23, 2016

Well said Tara!

Angela — never feel guilty for taking the time to focus on your family! Your children are only little once and you will never get this time back. There are many, many years ahead of extended blog posts. You’re doing an amazing job!

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24 Katie April 22, 2016

I think you are super mom! Congratulations on your second pregnancy and cookbook!
You are doing awesome!

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25 Danielle April 22, 2016

As previous comments have mentioned… I think that person was being a bit harsh. We loved hearing about your personal life (your husband, daughter, and daily life). It adds a lot of character to the blog. That being said, privacy and deciding how much to share is a personal choice. We will respect whatever you choose. Also, family comes first and no one blames you for shifting gears. You have to do what’s right for you and your family – whether that’s choosing to spend more time with them, or refocusing your priorities on different ventures. Personally, I really loved your pregnancy and family posts. Hopeful they come back, but grateful for whatever you post!

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26 Beth Richardson April 22, 2016

Angela,

Thank you for sharing your struggle with us. When I first had to give up gluten, then soy, then dairy, then meat (bodies are stupid and they still can’t figure my issues out), your cookbook and website were a life saver to me, literally. I still use a lot of your recipes as go-tos, and look forward to your new cookbook and will be downloading your app, as my iPad has become a crucial cooking tool.

Being in one of those seasons where I feel I can’t meet everyone’s needs (I’m in the third year of a degree, online, and working), I know how it feels to be stretched think and feel like you’re not going a bang up job in any one area, even when you are rocking in the areas you are focusing in. So keep up the good work, and I love when I get the notification that you have a new post. It makes my days brighter.

JPB

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27 Karen April 22, 2016

That comment about disconnection for you because u haven’t been posting as regularly…that person can suck it! Omgod my blood is boiling after reading that. That person obviously doesn’t have kids. I’m so sorry ppl are that entitles and self absorbed. Everyone will want a piece of you. But u need to put on your grown up parent pants on and realize that your family comes first. No apologies to anyone if she lost connection that is her issue. Not yours. I use bloglovin and look forward to ur updates on there. If I hear nothing I still consider it site an invaluable resource as it is on its own. The world can wait. Focus on your family first. Ur response was very diplomatic and perfect btw. Sometimes ppl say stuff to others online forgetting it’s a real person at the other end. Ur a full time mom. U workout. U cook for ur family, I’m sure there are days u didn’t get any sleep looking after ur daughter. U also have recently put out an app, a cookbook (another on its way), u have your own tea business. Ur a busy mom. Too busy if u ask me. Don’t let ppl tear u into too many directions. And don’t ever feel guilty or bad about it. Ur wonderful and I adore u. YOU ARE NOT A PERFORMING MONKEY!!!! Sending love and strength. Ur super mom.

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28 Sarah April 22, 2016

I love to see a new post but when there’s a lull it forces me to go back and revisit many of your old posts and recipes. There are so many I had intended to make and never did, so it gives me an opportunity to try them out! There’s so much content within your blog…it’s pretty hard to get bored!
I’m sure I am one of many that have had to adjust diet due to health reasons and you have been a lifesaver literally! So never underestimate the power of your blog! Wishing you continued success 😊

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29 Connie April 22, 2016

I do look forward to your postings, both recipe- and family-related, but completely understand both your concerns about privacy and keeping work-life balance. Plus, since I’m a relative “latecomer” to your blog (late 2013) and even later to fully committing to a plant-based diet, I’ve been having fun randomly picking out some of your ‘older’ recipes and making them, in between posts. There’s more than enough gold to mine there! In fact, I think I have OhSheGlows Syndrome: a fear of trying other people’s recipes for fear they won’t turn out as well as Angela’s! Anyway, keep up the good work and I am enjoying the newsletter and Friday FAQs, by the way!

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30 Libby April 22, 2016

It’s impossible to be all things to all people. And as you change and grow, we are all changing and growing as well. The odds of us all moving in the exact same direction, together, are so slim. Not everything is meant to last forever.
I’m sorry that person said such hurtful things in her comment. I feel like there’s got to be a kinder way to make her points. I don’t feel like it’s your responsibility to take care of us and make us feel special or like we’re your highest priority. You have a whole life that has nothing to do with us.
Thank you for sharing what you do share with us! I don’t take it for granted at all.

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31 Nicole W April 22, 2016

Having the (unbelievably) good fortune to test some of your recipes and get to see them develop and layer…and see the detail and consideration you put into each and every ingredient, how they compliment one another, a pinch more of this or a little less of that…ditching a yummy recipe if you don’t feel it is just right…I know you will never provide the disservice to your readers of giving us a less than incredible recipe. In addition, I know from experience that having a toddler and expecting your second must leave you with morning sickness and feeling worn out.
I understand the commenters feeling of “missing you” or missing the connection, but even out in the real world we don’t keep in constant contact with our friends, there can be a few months at a time with just a quick facebook comment or message to one another so it is perfectly understandable there would be pauses in the blog world, too!
The important thing with real workd friendships is that you reconnect when you can and move forward with all of those positive feelings and connections. In the same way a friend might call after a couple of months and say, “let’s go for coffee and catch up”, your blog featured a post from you apologizing for your absence and welcoming everyone to join you as you return to blogging, or visit you on facebook, check out snapchat…I would be sad to lose a friend because I had a few really busy months and I am certain that you will be getting hundreds of comments assuring you that you haven’t lost them…that your blog is more than worth waiting for!

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32 Jaimie April 22, 2016

Just wanted to add my love to the love the previous posters have shared. My husband and I are constantly saying how much we love you because your recipes are so reliable and delicious. Even when I find something on your website I’ve never made before I’m never nervous to make it for the first time to bring to a get together. We have several vegans, celiacs and vegetarians in both of our families and your recipes are always a hit (in fact I have to remind the meat eaters to leave some for the vegetarians at family dinners!)

I am a few months away from my due date with my first baby. I suffered terrible nausea and exhaustion for the first 4 months of my pregnancy. I was so thankful that my family picked up my slack at the family business and couldn’t (and still can’t) comprehend how pregos suffering nausea manage “regular jobs” or toddlers. Life can be busy and tricky and I know as a fellow business owner some days (and years) you can give more than other days.

Thank you for creating and sharing amazing recipes, and for your authenticity. Can’t wait for cookbook number 2!

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33 Mira April 22, 2016

Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzz. What’s with the ungrateful attitude from some of the readers! I get it, I’ve missed your posts too Angela, but everyone sounds like the weird desperate friend when they’re coming across as being irritated that you’re not sharing updates on your family!! Lol? People seem to be forgetting that you’ve given us literally hundreds of amazing freeeee recipes and privledged us with any insight into your family life in the first place. I don’t mean to sound snarky to the readers, I really don’t because I get it- I mean who didn’t love the posts on Adriana, what a PEANUT she is!! But I completely agree with the commenter above who said it forced her to delve back into the plethora of recipes you’ve given us on the blog and how she rediscovered some favorites. Same thing happened to me!! Whole foods detox salad, strawberry chia jam, crowd pleasing kale salad and the walnut lentil taco meat Oh Em Gee. What I find most disturbing about some readers comments though is the lack of support among fellow women! I can’t help but believe that as women we ALL have tough decisions to make (or know someone who’s struggled) with respect to career, family and MOTHERHOOD. I’m not a mother yet, but I plan to be one day and it hurts my heart just thinking about the guilt I’m sure I will always feel when it comes to balancing my career and raising my children. Being a mother would be a blessing, but along with that comes decision making and choosing one thing over another at times. In a *perfect* world I’d clone myself and one of me would be able to have the respected career of an ER physician helping people feel better and being a professional working among adults instead of watching Frozen twelve hundred times until I want to poke my eyes out and having the Peppa Pig song stuck in my head (or doodling ‘Peppa Pig’ all over my Bio Chem binder.. I have nieces) then the other one of me would get to be there every. single. moment. with my babies singing the Peppa Pig song over and over and reading the same book fifteen times (seriously why do they insist on this?) and playing Barbies but always getting stuck with the one with one-leg and bald spots and getting to BE THERE with my kids, instead of having the gut-renching feeling that I have at even the mere thought of leaving them and missing precious moments and years that I will NEVER get back. Men don’t typically struggle with these same decisions and choices so I can’t understand why women wouldn’t empathize with each other ESPECIALLY on this subject. I’m 24 and not married and these decisions and challenges plague me with anxiety now. Society imposes SO much guilt upon us already and we are constantly told were not doing ENOUGH. The least we can do for each other is relay some sense of understanding as women. The idea that we’re all in it together makes me feel supported and not as alone anyways. Maybe I’m weird idk lol. Point being- us women no matter what we chose, struggle with the balancing act of life like we’re freaking circus animals!!

Angela, you go girl!!! I totally respect you for putting your sweet baby girl first and I hope you take that to heart because you do it all and you’re FABULOUS. I totally respect you and adore you and I’m very grateful for all the recipes you’ve shared that my family and I have enjoyed together!

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34 Jill April 26, 2016

This comment is much more harsh than the original. I don’t think the commenter came across as a weird, desperate friend.

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35 Laurie April 23, 2016

I’ve been enjoying poking around your site and I just checked your cookbook out of the library. If the recipes turn out as good as they sound I’ll probably buy it too!

I have just one issue with the recipes (one that’s common with a lot of vegan cookbooks and websites) that you’ve probably not thought of but which effects the people in my state. You talk about nutmilks being life changing, nutritious, easy to make and healthy. While that may all be true, nuts are a hugely water intensive crop. I live in California where we are suffering from a historic drought. We are being asked to cut water, cut showers, cut toilet flushing. However agriculture is what’s using most of our water, and nuts are one of the worst of these. I know a lot of crops take a lot of water, but did you know that 99% of the almonds are grown in California? And that it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow just one almond? Walnuts are even worse – again 99% of the walnuts are grown here in California and it takes almost 5 gallons of water to grow just one of them.

I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know that the more almond milk gets promoted, the lower our water table gets. I wish people would at least use soy some of the time; soy is grown where water is more abundant and well, one less almond is one more gallon of water not taken from dams or rivers or from the rapidly diminishing underground sources.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/wheres-californias-water-going

Anyway, knowledge is power. Best to you and yours,

L.

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36 Carolina April 23, 2016

The comment was really unnecessary, and I’m sad that they made YOU feel guilty and like you needed to explain yourself. You owe this person nothing; you’re not their personal best friend or family member. It’s disappointing on our end to see others holding you accountable for their own satisfaction and sense of community. You decide when you can or cannot contribute to this blog and community. I miss your posts and more frequent check ins but that doesn’t mean I should complain that you have a demanding schedule outside of the blog. It was kind of rude to be honest, and it’s too bad the person didn’t realize that before they wrote it. I think they could have expressed that they miss you in another much more positive way.

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37 Paula April 23, 2016

Love your newsletter, cookbook, blogs! Just wondering why Friday FAQs comes out on Saturdays.

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38 Alanna April 23, 2016

It has shown up on my computer on Friday both weeks so far.

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39 Stacey April 23, 2016

Angela, In reaponse the the one reader’s comment, any parent should understand how incredibly demanding being a mom, let alone a working mom is. Stay true to yourself and know you’re doing the best you can. I wish I could have juggled as much as you do when my kids were younger. Don’t burn yourself out. I think most of your readers would prefer tou be happy and continue to post when you can. It makes you more real!!! Thanks for sharing so much with your readers and for inspiring so many of my early vegetarian recipes. I always recommend your blog. Keep up the good work at YOUR pace. Your loyal readers will always be here.

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40 Haynes Paschall April 23, 2016

Wow! Angela, you handled that reader’s comments with such grace and poise. I applaud you for putting your family first, spending time enjoying that precious daughter, and focusing on one thing at a time. As a mom, wife, and health coach whose business grew faster and bigger than I could have ever expected, I get it. Keep doing exactly what you are doing. Pat yourself on the back for your amazing accomplishments. The things that you share with the world make it a far better place to live.

Grateful,
Haynes

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41 Becky April 23, 2016

The person that wrote that comment needs to get a grip; publicly shaming and blasting you for having a life. Its not as if you aren’t very busy with other aspects of OSG as well as your own personal life. You handled the comment well, but I hope you don’t feel guilty as you really have no need to feel that way. Others above have put this far more eloquently than I can but I just wanted you to know that you are not beholdent to anyone, including your followers, and have evry right to put yourself and your family above anyone else. xxx

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42 Connie April 23, 2016

I am so grateful for the time and energy that you put into this site for everyone and anyone to use … FREE…. and….. it’s an amazing site!!!
( and I love your book :) )

Thanks!

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43 Leanne April 23, 2016

Hi Angela,

We’re newbies to your blog and vegan nutrition. Our family is transitioning to 100% plant based and I recently purchased your cookbook. I love to cook so food has to taste good. I use and like a lot of ingredients in your book so the transition is going pretty smooth. The recipes we’ve tried have been great.

Can post what type of food spiral slicer you use?

For your blog, it’s a breath of fresh air and I’m thankful for any post.

Thanks,
Leanne

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44 Kathy April 28, 2016

Hi Leanne,

I saw your question – I bought a spiralizer after Angela raved about the Paderno Spiralizer off amazon.com. I love it. It has suction cups and different blades to do noodles, chips, etc… Soo fun to use! Pretty inexpense, too. :)

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45 Christy April 23, 2016

That comment was totally unacceptable in my mind about you not giving 100%. Everything you give on the blog you give for FREE! And you are a working mother! You give more than you need to to your blog readers, thank you. You’re more than enough, please take that to heart and enjoy your family.

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46 Evelyn April 23, 2016

So glad to see there’s a new update of your Friday FAQ’s! I’m only recently learning to really appreciate nutritional yeast (in fact, I’ve gone from ‘meh’ to ‘gimmeeee’ sort of overnight), so this topic really has perfect timing.

About the comment, I think you’re brave for posting it here and answering so detailed and honest. I think the commenter didn’t mean to make you feel that way, but I can imagine it did. It also reminded me of that post a while ago about the diet of your children, and I was wondering indeed what kind of effect that had on your openness and (initial) lack of hesitation to post about your personal life.
I do love your ‘meta’ posts and discussions, and when I scroll through your older posts, I can imagine it is really nice for you and your readers to join the regular discussions. But again, I don’t think you’re responsible for providing and updating a vegan discussion forum. I’m happy if you do so, but if real life gets in the way, you want to do something else, hell, even if you would like to burn all your bridges and start a new life as professional bowler in France, you do you. (That being said, I’d really rather hope you won’t as I would miss this marvelous website and your helpful, kind encouragements towards a healthy, plant-based lifestyle.)

What I’m trying to say, is I guess we’re glad with what you’re giving to us. And if you update less, because of whatever reason, I would be sad (for the lack of a better word), and at the same time won’t blame you. Because I think those two can perfectly coexist. I hope you’ll feel less guilty after posting this (and reading all the lovely comments people are pouring out over you!) because I indeed think you’re your own most harsh judge. Thanks for all the amazing things you’ve created so far, and I’m looking forward to many more things to come!

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47 Cathy April 23, 2016

I really like the format of this post and the personal attention and thought you put into answering questions. I also admire your willingness to share such personal thoughts about you and your life. Thanks for trusting us with with struggles
. Love your blog!

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48 Heidi Kokborg April 23, 2016

What a lovely post, Angela! I think you are so brave to share that comment. I don’t agree with the reader, however, I enjoyed reading your answer. I can ALWAYS see that you pour your heart 100 percent into every blogpost, newsletter, photo on social media etc. It just shows. So please do NOT worry too much about having had to slow down on the blog posts. Sure, I miss the blog posts but I understand why you aren’t posting just as much at the moment. & I am just the more excited when you do have a blog post coming up. So Angela, just keep up the good work. You are doing absolutely amazing!

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49 Laurie Abrams April 23, 2016

Hi Angela,

I think your blog is great and I love your cookbooks. I would have bought your app in a heartbeat had it been for Android too. No amount of time away would keep me from coming back and reading your blog. That being said, I have to say I’m disappointed you called the reader out like that for her comment on your blog. You had already handled it so I think its not very nice to post her comment in such a way that all of your readers would rally around you. I think you handled it with grace until you did that. The thing is, sometimes people post something and we may be sensitive or not like what they’re saying but maybe there’s some truth to it. I really hope in the future, out of respect for your readers, that you don’t post their comments in that fashion, just because they don’t agree with you. The reader wasn’t hateful to you in any way, from what I read. A reply was definitely warranted and I thought you defended yourself well but not this. I don’t usually comment but I’m sorry, I’m a little surprised by this. It obviously doesn’t affect how I feel about this blog but concerns me as an avid reader. But that’s just my two cents.

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50 Diane April 23, 2016

Hi Angela,
I have been a huge follower of you for many, many years. I love your cookbook and just bought your app. You’re right, having a little one is a lot of work and I believe family, along with taking care of yourself, should always be the number one priority. I fully support you keeping your family life with your daughter private.
As I reflect on how far you have evolved over the years I think you should be incredibly proud of yourself!! However, sometimes I believe less is more. I enjoyed your original blog. I understand the need to grow and be creative but for me personally I could give up the newsletter, app and Friday tips just to go back to the foundation of what you originally had…amazing and original recipes. Delicious food is what will continue to draw me back to your blog. This is not meant as a criticism but just another perspective from a long time follower. In the end do what makes YOU happy because that is all that really counts. Everyone has a different opinions, myself included but do what feels right for you and I believe that always takes us to the place we are meant to be. Looking forward to your next cookbook 😊

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51 Amanda Bettess April 24, 2016

I agree with you, Diane! Well said!

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52 Wendy Woods :: Personal Style Coach April 23, 2016

Angela, how brave of you to highlight that comment and answer it in such a loving, real way. I’m in awe. Thank-you for sharing that kind of raw courage with me and the rest of this community. A lovely reminder of humility and humanity.

I also wanted to share that whenever I’m making a dish for a party I know I can count on your recipes. I often makes something and bring it along without trying it ahead of time. I know I can confidently carry the dish in and share it with everyone there and get asked for the recipe at least once (often more!).

Thank-you for all that you give. <3

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53 Frances April 23, 2016

Angela, I was so sad to read that comment from one of your readers. Your recipes and posts have been an inspiration to me for YEARS, and your cookbook is a godsend. THANK YOU for all of the time, energy, love, and care you have put into your posts, your recipes, and everything you have done! You rock.

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54 Meghan April 23, 2016

I am so glad that you responded to that comment. It has honestly been the way I have been feeling as well – I have been a huge fan of your blog for so long, because of your amazing recipes of course, but more so because of your personal anecdotes and the advice you have offered about choosing a career and dealing with eating issues. After reading your response to that comment, however, I understand more where you are coming from and why your blog has evolved. I will still come here for fantastic recipes, but will look elsewhere for personal stories from bloggers that are in a place in their lives where they want to share those things. That is ok! At the end of the day it is your blog, and you should do things the way you want to. Your family absolutely comes first, and if that means less posting, or keeping it less personal and more professional, then that’s what you should do.

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55 Sarah April 24, 2016

Hi Angela, I just wanted to say I know how hard it is to be torn between more than one thing that is important to you. Your daughter is going to grow up and if you weren’t freeing up some of your time to spend with her, that is what you would look back on with regret. You will never get this time again. I have loved your blog for years and have been quite happy to wait a bit longer for a blog post, who am I to take your time away from your daughter?
Please don’t feel guilty for putting your family life first that is what really matters in the grand scheme of things.

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56 Olya April 24, 2016

Dear Angela, I know how much you care and take things that are being said on this forum to heart, so I thought I would leave a few words to join the beautiful comments of appreciation and love. While I was reading that comment (I did not feel it rude, more of a heartfelt “I miss you, friend!” type of comment), a lot of memories flashed through my mind: I even remember you eating salmon, then Tofurky, when you started dabbling with a vegan diet; your posts about the races you’ve done; the struggles with anxiety that I could relate so much to; all the beautiful recipes; I remember one of the anonymous Q&A sessions that filled me with horror because people were asking really rude questions about not having a baby and relationships…. I’ll stop counting, really, so many memories. I feel like I’ve grown with you, sharing a lot of the same experiences; and often your raw honesty and integrity have been a guiding light in my life. The brightest example of that would be my big decision to switch from accounting major to something I am passionate about – an economics major – after reading your post about quitting your high-flying research job that your despised, even though many people were warning me that I’ll never find a job in our small town (happy to say that I now have my dream job while a lot of my friends feel stuck in their accounting jobs). So I want to say thank you, to celebrate you, to say that you’ve managed to touch so many lives. Even if you post only once a year, I’ll be a loyal reader of your blog. Sending lots of love and hugs your way, Angela.

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57 Alanna April 25, 2016

What a beautiful comment, Olya. :)

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58 Kathy April 27, 2016

I was going to post my own comment, but Olya said (beautifully) everything I wanted to say . Your recipes made the transition from long-time vegetarian to vegan a joy (love that basil cashew cheese) and your other posts have inspired me as well. I began my career later in life, and I am not happy with it – I have reread and reread your posts about leaving your old job and have used it for inspiration to make some changes that I believe will add years – and joy – to my life. Thank you for everything you do. You are a light in this world!!!!

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59 Sarah Noelle @ The Yachtless April 24, 2016

I think it’s totally understandable that blogging can sometimes take a backset to the other projects and priorities that you have in your life! And I really respect the fact that you don’t want to publish a post *just* to publish something. I think one of the (many) things that makes this blog wonderful is that every post really feels special and well-crafted. I for one think it’s better to have a smaller number of quality posts than tons and tons of short, hastily-written, lower-quality posts. I also think it’s important for you to take care of yourself and your family first, even if that sometimes means giving less attention to other things. Hope you’re having a great weekend! :)

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60 Shana April 24, 2016

I just want to echo what everyone else has been saying. On a more general level, people seem to forget that it is usually one person behind the scenes of these lifestyle blogs. It is not a magazine, it is not a book, it is not a tv show where the formula, format and schedule always remain the same. Life changes and evolves and almost all lifestyle blogs are going to reflect that. Having children, getting a divorce, and other life experiences will all influence blog writing. The new expectation that bloggers must adhere to posting daily, weekly, or on any other schedule is ludicrous. Where is the patience and understanding that this is a reflection of someone’s life and all it’s variables? Even full time bloggers are allowed to take breaks, vacation, and set their own schedule. I imagine readership on any blog will ebb and flow based on the readers and the writers circumstances. It’s fine to stop reading but it is not fine to expect a blogger to adhere to one particular blog formula for the rest of their lives. Nothing in life is static-including blogs!

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61 Wanda April 24, 2016

Angela

I admire you being “real”.

Wanda

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62 Shawna April 24, 2016

Like many others I think it’s totally understandable that you’re adjusting your priorities and taking less time to blog. Family should be number one. I’ve been following you for a little over a year now. You helped make my transition to being vegan easier. Just wanted to thank you! Keep up the hard work. :)

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63 Diana April 24, 2016

Dear Angela
I just wanted to chime in and say thank you for your blog. I felt sad reading your reply to your reader. I know how hard it is being a Mom to a toddler and wanting to soak up every minute yet have many other responsibilities like work and running a household. I’m actually amazed that you are able to complete as many projects as you do! Working from home is rewarding but I can only imagine how hard it is when your little girl demands attention from you. I know when I’m at home I want to try and focus as much as I can on my girls. I try and leave all the other stuff for when they’re having their naps or in bed for the night. I only work part time, 3 full days a week yet feel rushed off my feet and like there is no time for much else. Please don’t feel stressed about trying to create more regular content for your blog. I mean, I love it when there are regular posts but I, like others are happy to wait. And to be honest it is quite exciting when there is a new post after a waiting a while! I will definitely be buying your book when it comes out even it there are no posts between now and then ; -)

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64 Joanna April 24, 2016

Hi Angela,

I love your recipes but I was wondering if you could do more around modifications for people like myself with a ton of food sensitivities which make it very difficult to live a vegetarian, let alone a vegan lifestyle. My food sensitivities preclude me from having beans, chickpeas, lentils, wheat, sesame seeds, and corn. Any type of chilli recipe is a no no, and I’m sad to say that I now eat meat regularly as I had a difficult time remaining healthy on a vegetarian diet. I’m hoping you can help with more wonderful recipes/substitutions and ideas in future blogs. Thank you so much for the yummy work that you do!
Joanna

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65 Becky Switzer April 25, 2016

Hi Angela!

Great post, thanks for the FAQ’s! I love your blog and can’t wait for OSG2!

I just want to put my vote in for an Andriod app! I was super disappointed when I learned I wouldn’t be getting it :( Especially when I see your snapchats previewing the delicious posts! YUM! Anywho just wanted to put this out there in case you consider developing an android version in the future.

Keep doing you – you’re doing a great job! <3

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66 Angela Liddon April 25, 2016

Hi Becky, if our budget allows for it in the future, we’d love to expand to other devicse! Thanks so much for your interest and enthusiasm. :)

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67 Alicia Lawrence April 25, 2016

Great tip about the burgers! I’ve been wanting to freeze a few as well for a friend who is about to have her first baby!

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68 Angela Liddon April 26, 2016

What a sweet idea, Alicia! I’m sure you’ll friend will appreciate that a ton – having ready-made food on hand with a new baby is so incredibly helpful. :)

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69 Alicia Lawrence April 26, 2016

Thanks, Angela! :D

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70 Ellie April 25, 2016

I’m a long time reader, but I’ve been lurking lately, missing the personal posts and just generally feeling a little bit disconnected from you/your life (not that your personal life is any of my business but those were the posts that kept me coming back). I totally get that life changes and priorities change and it’s been awesome to be part of that process along with you and see where it’s taken you so thank you for sharing as much as you have.

That being said, I really loved THIS post and I think this is a great addition to the blog and I very much look forward to next week’s (this friday’s?) FAQ’s!

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71 Brody April 25, 2016

Here’s a question about food substitutions: I have a fructorse malabsorbtion that makes it difficult to digest foods with high concentrations of fructose (mostly fruit). Apples/grapes/cherries/pears all those sweet things are in the “definitely avoid” list, bananas and mangos are borderline (limited serving sizes) and things like citrus are more friendly to my digestive track. It’s mostly been easy, but one thing I struggle with is dates. Dates are a total no-go for Fructmal people, but it’s really hard to find a sweetener that matches the texture and binding power of dates. Have you ever successfully been able to sub dates with something else in a recipe (particularly a raw recipe) like another softened fruit or liquid sweetener?

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72 Angela Liddon April 28, 2016

Hi Brody, I’m sorry but I haven’t tried any subs for dates in raw recipes before. I know some people use raisins or dried apricots, so depending on whether you can have those it might be worth trying out. Hope this helps!

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73 Sonya Strohm Mottershead April 25, 2016

What a classy response to the comment you received! No one can do it all – I also became a new mom 14 months ago and am finding work-life balance particularly challenging. I find myself choosing my daughter over “getting things accomplished.” This blog is amazing and wonderful, but at the end of the day, it’s your job and I totally respect you putting your family first!

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74 Jill April 25, 2016

Hi Angela,

Can you give a little update on your cat Sketchie? How is he doing?

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75 Angela Liddon May 3, 2016

He’s not longer with us, sadly. I’d prefer not to talk about it, but thank you so much for thinking of him, Jill.

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76 Maria April 25, 2016

Hi Angela,

I wanted to let you know that you are amazing at what you do and your effort and dedication is evident in everything that I have seen. I have been reading your blog for years and we went through a pregnancy together, mine born in Nov 2014, but anyways, you have been such a great motivator/inspiration for me in a lot of ways!! I think you are doing an wonderful job. I am even contemplating switching to an Apple phone just so I can download your app! I’m due for an upgrade so that isn’t totally crazy, right?!?!

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77 Jenn April 25, 2016

Just wanted to chime in that I too felt upset at reading the comment about how you’re blogging lately. As a mom of two with my own business and as an occasional blogger, I know exactly how hard it is to find balance, and the pressure of moms these days to be perfect in all areas. Perhaps the words came across with not the right sentiment as others have pointed out. But sometimes you have more to give to your business and other times you need to give more to yourself and your family. You can’t force a story in a blog post if you’re not motivated – it should be authentic and feel right to you. I’d love to see more women supporting women and not expecting anyone to be perfect. I’m grateful for all the recipes you give us for free, and I think it’s awesome that you’re spending precious time with your family.

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78 Cassie Autumn Tran April 25, 2016

Hi Angela! I have been a long time reader and a long time fan of your first cookbook, but for some reason, I don’t seem to get notified whenever you post something new! :( Anyways, I’m glad that you are doing well and I think your response to the first comment of the week was really kind and reasonable. I’m sure that reader meant well but was just being brutally honest with you. It’s comments like those that make YOU a better blogger and entrepreneur because you learn how disconnected you can become from your content and your real life. I’m not saying that you should ever lose sight of reality, but it’s important that you give it your all and I believe that you do that already! :D

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79 Sarah April 25, 2016

I got married back in September and it was entirely vegan, gluten free, soy free, and corn free. Various allergies and food restrictions from a variety of guests. No complaints! Everyone loved the food. Two things that we had that were from Angela was the nacho dip from the cookbook (we tend to add a black beans and pinto beans, then replace the marinara with our favorite salsa and leave out the onion due to the salsa having onion). We also had the black bean quinoa salad with cumin lime dressing. Both were very well received, everyone, absolutely everyone, wanted the recipe for the nacho dip.

I also just wanted to say thank you for having so many allergy friendly recipes. I became vegan just over three years ago and your recipes made that transition easy and tasty, then I started experimenting with soy and found out I had a soy allergy and then developed a wheat allergy after some stomach problems. Anyway, I’m always able to turn to your blog and your (amazing) cookbook to find things that I can eat or easily adjust.

Oh, for the glo bars shouldn’t something like corn syrup work as well. Just something that is really viscous. Honey, brown rice syrup, corn syrup. I try to avoid the last and don’t eat honey, but those would also work I think.

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80 Kayla April 26, 2016

Thanks for all your lovely posts and recipes, I just have a quick comment regarding Q1, you mention that you wrap each burger individually, then place them all into a large freezer-safe zip bag… are these reusable wraps and bags? I think the greatest part of eating vegan is that you are eating in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner, however some of that is negated if we double wrap everything in plastic. :)

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81 TJ April 26, 2016

Ditto the first few comments above! I’ve always loved this blog and continue to do so, although I do miss the more frequent posts. You are accomplishing amazing things and are still always connecting, love your new newsletter & loved this post, thank you for being so gracious, wise, and lovely (as always!). Long time reader & fan :)

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82 Emm April 26, 2016

I do feel sympathy for the commentor, some of the comments to the comment are also harsh. It was obviously hard to write and as you say came from a place of love. I respect you for thinking about the comment and responding, not an easy thing to do. My favourite thing about the blog was the regular food postings (now is, not was. Friday FAQ sounds regular). I bought the book and the app as a way of supporting the blog. While I understand that you never want to give less than 100% to this blog, sometimes perfection a hindrance and a burden. An 80% effort will still be great post and your readers will get something from it. Finally I wish you all the very best. I’m very glad you’ve pulled back from sharing about your family but a Sketchie update is always welcome (is his health OK?).

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83 Erin April 26, 2016

Hi Angela,

I haven’t left a post before but the comment you shared from last week tore at my heart strings and I wanted to personally reach out and tell you I think you are AMAZING!

Like you, I am in my early 30s and this past September my husband and I welcomed a little boy into our life. While not vegan, I am passionate about healthy eating and cooking/baking with real food. I probably make at least one of your recipes a week and have referred back to your weekly/monthly baby posts for comfort as I wade through my first year of motherhood.

Each time I receive one of your blog updates I am truly impressed by all you have managed to accomplish, especially after having your daughter. I love that you are real and that you make family a priority. I like to keep busy too, but since having my son I am finding more and more that I want to slow down and soak up the moments. We have become a go-go-go society and I applaud you for taking the energy to address the post and stand behind your priorities. In doing so you help make it okay for people to choose their families over their work sometimes and achieve balance in their lives.

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84 Pure Ella April 26, 2016

I’ve been admiring you for so long and still love you and feel like you’re really a supermom and a super woman for getting so much accomplished while taking care your little ones.
And you know what? A little down time shows that you are a real human and you prioritize things like sitting down with your family to eat dinner vs an obsessive workaholic who would eat at the computer while their kids eat in front of the cartoons playing. And I am sure that happens…
Sometimes I wonder how these ‘perfect’ blogger moms really do it? Are they really doing so much with their kids or just styling and shooting content then staying up till 2am to update their blog…?
Basically thank you for being real and honest and putting your family and other life priorities (like growing another human and dealing with hormones, tiredness etc… ) first.
All the best mama – you are doing great!! <3

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85 sarah April 27, 2016

Angela, WELL SAID on the response to the comment. As a mom of a 2 year old who started my own business this year, I can completely relate. I am constantly struggling to find some sort of balance between being a mommy, wife, professional, friend, daughter, etc. I am so impressed with all you have accomplished, and I’m glad you are realizing it is important to pat yourself on the back…because you ARE successful. We are all just trying to do the best we can, and that’s all we can do, right? Keep it up–we enjoy any post, newsletter, book or instagram photo you choose to share, when you choose to share.

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86 Annaliese April 27, 2016

Wow! Such heart and passion. I too have missed your presence here, but like you said, life is a balancing game, and when you’re hard on yourself, can be quite heartbreaking to hear the tough feedback! Rest assured, I know how it goes, and I think we all do! Keep up the amazing progress. You are an inspiration!!

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87 Angi April 27, 2016

Hi Angela;

Just love your cookbook and website. I just have a question when you put coconut milk in your recipes do you mean canned or the refrigerator carton kind?

Thanks Angie

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88 Lia chappell April 27, 2016

Hello Angela,

In the last few months I have been trying to eat a more plan based diet. Your first cookbook is amazing and I use it constantly! Loving the app as well! Can’t wait to see what’s in the next cookbook as I do have two toddlers at home so I am looking forward to the kid tested recipes😊. Quick question….I saw that you drizzled a hummus and vinegar dressing over your cucumbers, it looks amazing and I would love to know what you used in it!

Thanks again for such awesome recipes!
Lia

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89 Angela Liddon May 19, 2016

Hi Lia, Haha – yes I sure love that snack during this pregnancy!! All I do is add a couple big spoonfuls of hummus into a small glass and then add a tiny bit of white vinegar to thin it slightly (be careful not to add too much and make it super runny – you still want a thick-ish texture so it sticks to the cukes). I have to warn you – it’s quite sour thanks to the vinegar, but if you’re craving that flavour there is really nothing better. ;) So glad to hear you’re loving the cookbook and app – thanks for your support!

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90 Erica April 27, 2016

I’m so grateful to have found your site. Ironically, because I was on a paleo diet and looking for new ways to cook veggies without the default blanket of cheese! I love all the work you put into it, and it’s so clear that you’re one incredibly busy human being. In this day and age, people get so impatient for the “feed” to refresh, and seem to expect constant content, distraction, and entertainment. It’s refreshing and inspiring to me when people are REAL and try to live a full life instead of one that’s for presentation and consumption. It sounds like you’re trying to do just that, and I wish you all the best no matter how much you post.

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91 Emilie April 28, 2016

Hi Angela!
First, I speak french so it is possible that i make mistakes in my writing (maybe a lot of mistakes!). I will do my best. I found out about your book and your blog 2 years ago and since, I’ve never find another blog/book that I love so much (and there are soooo many good cookbook/blogs!!) You’re such an inspiration for me. I’m not happy in my career and my only dream would be to do exactly what you do for a living. I just don’t know where to start. I love cooking plant based recipes but I don’t know nothing about building one or come up with new ideas and turn them into dishes. I don’t know the basics to make sauces or healthy meals. I read that you thought yourself all of it. My question for you is how did you do it? There’s no courses in vegan cooking in my area and I really don’t know where to start. It would mean the world to me if you respond to my question because I really need help to start :(
Thank you very much for reading my comment. I hope I did not make too much mistakes :) Continue your EXCELLENT work!! Have a good day!

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92 Bianca April 28, 2016

You ARE doing enough! My only thought was; is she ok? :(

Warm hug!
Bianca
http://www.thegreencreator.com

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93 Barbara April 30, 2016

I am a “senior citizen” and don’t know how to correctly ask a question on Friday FAOs. So, I am hopeful this will work!

My question is: what is a “tasty” vegetable broth? I always go back to chicken broth because the veggie ones do not taste very good.

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94 Angela Liddon May 11, 2016

Hi Barbara, this definitely works! :) I use Imagine Organic Low-Sodium vegetable broth. If you haven’t tried it before, maybe it’ll be a winner!

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95 Amanda April 30, 2016

I’m not sure my original comment posted. So hello Angela! I LOVE your recipes!! Mmm they’re delicious. I have your book and use it almost every day, and I have a ton of cookbooks. I was wondering if you could help me create a gf vegan pizza though. It seems like I’ve tried everything, and nothing has really been all that great. So I used spelt flour, and it was GOOD. However, I’m trying to eliminate gluten from my diet, and pizza is one of my favorite meals so I eat it at least once a week. So I’ve started buying Daiya’s pizza and have given up on the idea of making a vegan whole grain gluten-free pizza, but not entirely. Using Daiya’s pizzas as a point of reference because clearly their ingredients are listed on the label, what measuring amounts would you suggest I use? Their pizzas are gf whole grain V and great, so I was wondering if you had any recommendation regarding the ratio of ingredients to one another. Or, do you have any thoughts on how I could make one with oat flour? I’ve tried so recipes many I discovered online,but they’re not so good. Please help!!

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96 Angela Liddon May 12, 2016

Hi Amanda, Hmm…you could try my Gluten-Free Almond & Buckwheat Flour Pizza here . It may at least give you a starting point to experiment with! Let me know if this is the type of thing you’re looking for. :)

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97 Amanda May 12, 2016

Thank you! I looked. I guess I just missed it haha.

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98 Rose May 2, 2016

Hi Angela! Thank you for answering so many questions. You should never feel guilty about putting yourself and your family first. To be honest, I’ve been going back and forth thinking if I should say something as well. Usually giving advice when nobody asked for it doesn’t sit well with most people so i didn’t say anyhting so far. But I do feel like that commenter did. And that’s totally okay, you don’t owe us anything. My decision to mention it is really because I care. Your readers are what has gotten your blog so popular and I don’t want to see you lose readers. So absolutely, do what feels best for you. I hope you can see that we’re just looking out for you and you never have to defend yourself :) Please take it as the compliment it is, we love your blog!!

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99 Benjamin Weingarten May 5, 2016

Hey! You have written very nice post. Thank you for giving very good tips and recipe. We are also providing recipes tips to make your food healthy.

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100 Jenna May 8, 2016

Hi Angela,
Congrats on your pregnancy! I have a soon to be 8 month old and just wondering if you have any baby food recipes/snack ideas you could share or any ideas for 1st birthday party/cake. Thanks so much!

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101 Angela Liddon May 11, 2016

Hi Jenna, Thank you! Congrats on your little one too. :) I haven’t published anything yet, but I will certainly keep the request in mind!

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102 Carol May 10, 2016

Hi,
Concerning the question about maple syrup not keeping the glow bars together. Since I am not a fan of the taste of rice syrup and I try to reduce the risk of arsenic (from rice) in my kids food I use a combination of date syrup, maple syrup and brown rice syrup. The bars stay together nicely. I can’t taste the rice syrup and they are not as sweet as if I only used date syrup.

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103 Dana May 12, 2016

I’m so aggravated for you! The commenter who complained about the frequency of your posts should be ashamed of herself. Her lack of awareness is astounding. Although a post may take her less than 10 minutes to read, it takes hours to prepare.

I truly don’t know how you are able to juggle all that you do – while providing a quality blog, cookbook, etc. I have prepared several of your recipes and everyone has been a success.

Just thank you.

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104 Heidi May 19, 2016

Love your recipes. Love your blog. Only so many hours in a day to get everything done, so don’t sweat the smaller stuff. Your job as a mom is the most important one you have!
Congrats on all you’ve done this far.
From a mom of 3;-)

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