5 new updates to share

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 18, 2014

Good morning! There’s a lot going on behind the scenes over here that I want to let you know about. I figured I’d just do a big update post, so I’ll get right to it.

1) New recipe rating system on Oh She Glows


I can’t thank Eric enough for creating this recipe rating system for us. This is something that many of you have requested over the years and I am beyond excited to finally have it in place. We installed it late last week and I’m happy to see the ratings flying in already for so many different recipes (especially for last week’s Crispy Quinoa Cakes recipe!). Your feedback is so important to us and I hope you find it helpful too!



How it works: To rate a recipe all you do is select your star rating at the bottom of your comment and then leave your review in the comment box. This will help you find reviews much more quickly as your star rating will show up next to the comment.






<— Here is an example of what a rating looks like in the comment section. [Thanks for your feedback April!]



2) Instagram Contest


I’m giving away a signed copy of The Oh She Glows    Cookbook (your choice of cover) on Instagram this week! The contest is open worldwide and runs until Friday. See my Instagram post for how to enter. Good luck!






3) Vegnews Veggie Awards 2014

ColleenHolland.VeggieAwards.381x225I’m honoured to be nominated in VegNews’ 13th annual Veggie Awards™ this year in the “Best cookbook of 2014” category and the “Best Blog” category. If you enjoy the blog and/or cookbook, I would greatly appreciate your support! There are a ton of prizes up for grabs, so head on over and vote for your favourite people, restaurants, products, blogs, cookbooks, and more!


4) A Blueberry Hemp Banana smoothie recipe



From time to time, I share quick and easy recipes on my Instagram account. This weekend, I shared this delicious, high-protein smoothie recipe that I’ve been making a lot lately. Head on over and check it out! Also check out this recipe for my favourite coconut oil chocolate bar and a fav way to sneak in more calcium. I also recently created a new Instagram account, @theglowspot, where I share non-food related pictures.


5) Baby section on the blog

I mentioned this new Baby section on the blog several months ago, but I’ve been getting a lot of comments from many of you saying you had no idea it even existed. We decided not to put these posts in the RSS feed because I want to keep my blog’s focus on recipes, however you can find the link to this new section at the top of the blog and on the sidebar. I’ve been using it as a pregnancy journal of sorts, talking about my journey, sharing pictures, and also a bit on prenatal vitamins and healthy recipes.


I hope you enjoy some of the new features going on! I appreciate your feedback so feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions. And be sure to let us know if the recipe rating system is working for you. This website has been a labour of love over the past 6 years and I love finding ways to improve your experience. As always, thank you for reading, trying out the recipes, and sharing the blog with others!

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Jill August 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

I’m not super active on instagram, but will have to start following you!
I am loving your book so much. I’ve only had it for a couple weeks and have made so many recipes from it so far. What I keep telling everyone is “her recipes never fail!” since not a single recipe for your site or book have let me down. Unfortunately I feel like a lot of recipes that get posted (or printed) aren’t thoroughly tested, but I know you put it a lot of effort and I really appreciate that. Nothing worse than wasting time and ingredients and being left hungry. Anyway, will vote :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

Thank you Jill…I’m so grateful for your support and delighted to know how much confidence you put in my recipes. :)


Cassie August 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

I think everything you have been doing is wonderful! I follow your journey in both food and baby, and you are a total inspiration to me and my husband. I am finally pregnant after over a decade of trying, failing and finally coming to terms with infertility. Then, bam! We find out we’re expecting! Crazy!

Thanks to your beautiful posts and healthy living options, my husband and I have been able to have a wonderful first year of vegan eating. We have no regrets, and have loved each of your recipes that we have tried. We’re so happy for your success, both professionally and personally, and applaud you for caring so much for your readers and fans!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

Congrats on your exciting news Cassie! Life works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it?
Thanks for your kind words about my blog. :)


Sara August 18, 2014 at 10:01 am


I see your book in Chapters/Indigo SO frequently and I get super pumped and point it out to whoever I happen to be with at the time. I confess that I haven’t yet bought the book — its a bit of a splurge for me right now, so I think it will have to wait until after my wedding… BUT i’m going to jazz on over to your IG account to see what the scoop is for this contest! I always love your IG posts – i get ultra excited to try out your recipes… in fact, I have the necessary ingredients for your quinoa cakes and might just make them after work/gym tonight!

thanks for being your amazing-awesome-glowing self!



Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

hah thanks for spreading the word! Good luck if you enter the contest :)


Lauren August 18, 2014 at 10:01 am


I wanted to let you know how much I love your weekly “baby” posts. Thank you so much for not turning you perfect, amazing, life altering and life saving food/recipe blog into a “Mommy Blog” and keeping the baby posts separate. With that being said, it has been so fun to follow you on your pregnancy journey. Your writing is funny, sweet, and endearing, and your new daughter is so, so lucky to have you as her mom! I also especially love the food and exercise anecdotes you share so the baby entries really tie into the overall theme of your blog and are very interesting to the types of readers who would visit your blog anyway. Great job! Can’t wait until that baby is born!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

Lauren, Thank you for this lovely comment. It’s great to know that the posts are appreciated.


Lauren @ Beautiful Plant-Based Life August 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

As a beginner vegan, my husband and I have been eating our way through your cookbook.I was so excited to see this new recipe rating system.This new system will help us figure out what to try next!


Vanessa August 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

Looks great! What recipe app/widget to you use to post recipes?


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

Hi Vanessa,
Eric created the recipe uploader especially for the blog. I do know there are free recipe widgets/plugins you can find through Wordpress though! Easy Recipes is a popular one I think.


Laura H. August 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

I’m so excited about the rating system!! I already know which ones I’ll be rating right away – your lasagna, giant chickpea pancake (my new favorite!), no-bake chocolate torte, and butternut squash burritos just to name a few. And I’ve loved your baby updates. Good luck in these last few weeks!! xoxo


[email protected] August 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

I am loving the new rating system. Your blog is so well done. Great work!!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

I think I’m just gonna head on over and get my vote on! ;-)


Bethy August 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

So excited about the new rating system!!! I don’t think I can find a recipe on this site that is less than five stars (:
Just wondering… I would ask this on your Instagram post but I’m not on it… where do you buy your hemp hearts? I’m really interested in trying them but not sure if some brands are better/cheaper than others. Thanks in advance!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

Hi Bethy, We buy the huge bags at Costco (Manitoba Harvest brand I believe)


Charlyn August 18, 2014 at 11:44 am

Hi Angela!
Congrats on being nominated for VegNews’ 13th annual Veggie Awards! That’s very exciting news and I wish you the best of luck! I will be sure to vote and have my friends vote too! I sent you an email regarding doing an internship/co-op with you, but I haven’t heard back yet! I’m really curious if this is an opportunity you would welcome! Please let me know here or email me back when you get a chance! Thanks so much


Angela August 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

just emailed you :)


Millie l Add A Little August 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Love all the new stuff Angela! Lucky I saw this now as I just entered the fabulous contest!



Gaby August 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Hi Angela :)

I just wanted to tell you congrats for everything that’s happened to you in the past year (and even six years!). Your blog is truly inspiring and I absolutely love the recipes and the easy-going vibe! As a vegan teen, it’s awesome to know that I have plenty of delicious options. Your blog also helped me slowly recover from anorexia (still in the process though haha) and I’m very grateful. I saw that there was a contest for the signed book and I was wondering if there would be a similar contest open to those who don’t have an Instagram account?

Thank you so much for everything :)

PS- you’ll def make a terrific mom, and good luck!


Angela August 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Thank you Gaby – I’m so happy to hear you are on the road to recovery!

I don’t currently have another giveaway planned, but I will keep one in mind for the fall. I’m sure I can run one on the blog for a signed copy.


Sarah August 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Hi! My daughter told me about your lovely website last year–thankfully!–and so I ordered her a copy of your cookbook, because I knew she was a fan. Well, as soon as I saw it, I had to get one for myself, and have worked my way through almost all of the main course meals so far (first time I’ve done that with a cookbook since I bought the Moosewood Cookbook back in 1985!). It’s tasty, meals are a big hit with veggies and meat-lovers alike, and I don;t find myself tweaking recipes due to overly laborious instructions or wonky ingredients. So, thank you! Regarding the technical aspect of the blog, just as a heads up, I had a craving for the chocolate hemp smoothie just now, and searched for hemp smoothie, and then just smoothie, but it didn’t turn up the recent recipe (with the red and white straw), so I searched under the main recipe heading of “smoothies” under beverages, and found it. So maybe it needs a “fuzzy search,” (I think it’s called?) so you can find recipes even if you don’t recall the exact name? Cheers!


Angela August 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Hi Sarah,

Aw thanks for your support! So happy you are both enjoying the cookbook. :)
Thanks for letting me know about your search issues. I just did a search in the search bar (we’re talking about the search beside the “press” link, right?) and the smoothie came up as the first hit (under the ad) for me when I searched “chocolate hemp smoothie”. I’m not sure why it’s not working for you. Let me know if it keeps up!


Sarah August 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Sigh, Murphy’s Law, I guess, or something…of course it worked when I tried it just now! Maybe in my pre-chocolate state yesterday, I typed it in somewhere else. Obviously, the solution is to never let my chocolate levels drop that drastically again!


Angela August 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Yes bad things can happen when the chocolate levels get too low! ;) Glad it worked today. If you have the problem again, just let me know.


Dayna @ The Kitchen Library August 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Can we go back and rate old recipes? Of course the first one I want to go back and give a big HUGE 5 stars to (5 is the most, right?) is the Homemade “Rolo” Knock-Offs. But I think they might be too far back in the archives to rate : (

Also, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for this new business announcement. Can you give just a teeny tiny little hint? I’m hoping it’s food related so I can eat all of whatever it is…umm unless you’re going into the pet food business…


Angela August 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Hey Dayna,
Right now we have about 70 or so recipes that can be rated…and gradually we’ll be adding ALL of the old ones into the new system! So in due time. :) I’m glad you love the rolo recipe so much…it’s one of my all time favs! Just made a batch last week.
No hints yet, but hopefully when we get closer!


Meghan August 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm

This was my question too! I have a few recipes that are in HEAVY rotation in my house and have been for a while – specifically the butternut squash mac’ n cheese. I want to go in and give our faves the five stars they deserve.


sarah August 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm

So many exciting things! I love your instagram account. It’s like a more raw version of the blog:) Pretty sure I went out and bought ice cream after I saw the picture you posted the other day of your ice cream bars:) Checking out the baby tab…now:)


Angela August 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

hah…I know what you mean. Now every time I open my page and see the ice cream bar, I want another one! Why do they have to only put 4 in a pack? I need to find the Costco ones asap. ;)


Lou August 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Just Voted!! You were, of course, my fave in each category that you were nominated in! OBVI!!!!



Angela August 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Aw thank you, I so appreciate it :)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 19, 2014 at 6:41 am

So many great updates! Tell Eric that he did an awesome job on the recipe rating system – I am definitely going to go back and rate some of the ones I’ve made in the past because they’ve all been fantastic! And your baby bump… just.so.stinkin.cute!! :)


NDGSusan August 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

I wish you had been able to get the star ratings retroactively! I have some favourites I would like to see shine. (Just posted a comment on that six star Eggplant Parmesan.


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 19, 2014 at 7:57 am

Hey Susan, We’re in the process of adding the recipe ratings to old recipes (right now we have them on over 70 or so) so eventually ALL recipes will have the option to rate. Hope this helps! :)


Rachel August 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE that you keep baby stuff and recipes separate! It is just the worst when you read a blog for the recipes and then the blogger gets married or pregnant and all you get are life updates! My sister and I always joke that when a blogger gets pregnant we have to stop reading the blog! Thank you for finding a way to share your exciting news in a way that doesn’t interfere with the recipes!


Ella August 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

Agree with everyone saying how glad I am that you’re keeping baby stuff separate. I’m totally excited for you and I do click around that portion of the blog now and then, but I’m really here for the recipes. Thanks for respecting that! Just voted for your blog and cookbook in the VegNews survey :) good luck!


Beth August 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

Here’s some unsolicited advice: take all the time in the world when the little one comes. Her size is inversely proportionate to the amount of energy required. Also, when the baby sleeps, SLEEP. Trust me, the dishes can wait.


Deborah H August 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

I am very excited to read that you are developing an app! I love you recipes and look forward to seeing what you create next :) Also, I voted for “OhSheGlows” at the Veggie Awards- you deserve to win!!!


Annie August 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

Just voted! : )


Selena August 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

High planted based for over 7 years! I was looking for a Vegan cookbook and came across “Oh She Glows Cookbook” at Chapters. After passing it for the fourth time it kept on saying buy me. :) Your book is amazing and the recipes are the best! I love the granola, glo bars, super power chia bread, perfect chickpea salad sandwich, delicious. The soups will be welcoming in our chilly winters. I bought 2 more of your books for gift giving this month and on my list for Christmas giving. Thank you and looking forward to your next book! :) Brightest Blessings~


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Hey Selena,
I’m so happy you decided to take a chance on the cookbook! And even happier you have enjoyed so many recipes so far. :) Thanks for your support!


Carrie August 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I would love to rate the shredded kale salad but there are no stars to click on with the new rating system. It is my absolute favorite salad in the whole world and I bring it to every potluck I go to. It always gets rave reviews.



Angela (Oh She Glows) August 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Hey Carrie,

Do you mean this kale salad: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/11/25/the-best-shredded-kale-salad/ ?
I just clicked on the comment section and I’m seeing the stars (below the comment box).


Syd August 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Great updates to your website. I love your site. I am not vegan, but I am lactose intolerant. It is so hard to find recipes without some type of milk in it. Your caulipower pasta, and your butternut squash “mac n cheese” are my favorites! I love hearing about Sketchie because i am a cat person. I have two: Lola and Lucy. We have not gotten a Sketchie update in a while. How is he?


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 20, 2014 at 7:41 am

Thank you Syd. :) Sketchie is doing pretty good, thank you for asking! He bounced back from surgery quite quickly and remains his silly/active self even despite the medication. Actually, we don’t really notice much of a difference in him at all which is great and his blood work is coming back fairly good all considering. Hoping it continues and just very grateful for the time we have with him.


Shari Starkey August 19, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Hi Angela, I just wanted to tell you that I consider your cookbook and blog part of my “health team”. I use your cookbook weekly as I prepare my meals for the week and the sound nutrition of your recipes have contributed to my now normal cholesterol and 27 pound weight loss. I appreciate the way you have designed your blog and book. They are easy to follow and the recipes are very tasty. I have learned so much about nutrition and how to have a healthy relationship with food. I am eternally thankful to you. I know you do not know me, but you have helped me change my life. THANK YOU!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 20, 2014 at 7:38 am

Hi Shari, Wow, congrats on your weight loss and health improvements! That’s amazing. I’m so touched that you are enjoying my recipes so much. :)


Karen August 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

I would love to win your cookbook! Even if I don’t win I will be purchasing the book soon because I love your recipes! They always come out great. The blueberry hemp smoothie sounds so good. I love the combination of blueberries and bananas in smoothies and adding hemp is a great idea for additional protein. The coconut oil dark chocolate sounds amazing as well and so easy to make! I have all those ingredients in my pantry so I will definitely be making it today.


Ellen August 20, 2014 at 10:23 am

Alright, it is about time I write this…. after being a vegetarian for 20+ years, I had tried (unsuccessfully) to go vegan on a few occasions but was miserable. Then I stumbled on your blog and suddenly the clouds parted and angels sang (ok well not literally but I probably sang a little). I use your recipes all the time. I finally bought the book and was quite pleasantly surprised to find even more wonderful, easy recipes. Now, much of my office is enjoying your recipes (chocolate chip cookies anyone?) and several non-vegans have bought the book and are taking the vegan plunge.
Dang, now I want cookies. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. Your site is a treasure trove.


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

Hi Ellen, Wow, thank you so much! You don’t know how happy that makes me to hear. And thank you for passing it along to others! I hope you all enjoy lots of yummy vegan recipes to come.


Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen August 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Your blog keeps getting better and better, I am so impressed! I think the rating system will be great. Will we be able to search for all 5-star recipes? Though I’m sure they are all worthy of 5 stars!

I’ve started following you on Instagram and voted for you in the veggie awards, good luck!


kum August 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Awesome blog!

Thanks for sharing so many great vegan recipes – good for our health and our beautiful planet Earth…



Megan August 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I can’t say enough about your blog and cookbook. It has changed my life! I don’t remember the last time I used another recipe :) Every single recipe has yet to fail me. My non-vegan friends, family members and co-workers have now bought your cookbook because of recipes I have made. You are bringing healthy vegan recipes to non-vegan people which is amazing. I will definitely be following you on instagram as well now. I voted and good luck with the veggie awards. I look forward to every new recipe and good luck with the new baby. PS my 21 month old vegan son also approve of all your recipes especially the glow bars and green monster smoothies we make every morning :)


Erika August 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

Love the new rating system!! (Thanks Eric!) It would be awesome if eventually there was a way to search recipes by their average rating.


Amy August 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

A lot of recipes I find online are for at least 3 or 4 people. I seem to buy more groceries than I need to prepare the recipes, and end up wasting some of them. I’m new to this, and as a single person, what do you recommend would be easiest to make the recipes smaller for just me?
Also wanted you to know some of your recipes are being used in my ARBONNE 28-day detox group! Love them!


April August 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Love the new features! And Love that you used my comment :) It pretty much made my week to see that come up! Love it all :)


Daphna R. August 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

So exciting! I love the baby section on the blog, it’s awesome! Good luck with everything!


claire August 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Dear Angela,
I’ve been wanting to write for a while and somehow never got around to doing it until today
I’ve been vegan for over a year now and your blog has been such a huge inspiration!
I recently travelled to Toronto and was so excited to find your book there (Im a french girl living in Vienna Austria so it’s not so easy to find around me!) I can’t wait to try all the recipes (especially the raw pumpkin pie… yum!)
I just want to thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes but also for all the positive vibes that you transmit (all the way accross the world it seems!) You’ve made me so happy so many times by doing what you do and I just thought you should know!
I wish you and Eric and your baby a lot of love and happiness!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Hi Claire, Thank you so much for your lovely note!


Barb Cooper August 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I had to write to thank you for maintaining this beautiful blog, and for including the advisories on the recipes such as “Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free.” As a vegan who is trying to limit her sugar and gluten, having these easy disclaimers is just invaluable. Thank you also for the sheer beauty of the blog and your cookbook. I give your cookbook to everyone now, as proof that a plant-based diet doesn’t mean eating tree bark and root vegetables. Blessings to you and your new addition!



Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2014 at 7:57 am

Hi Barb, Thank you so much for your lovely words! I’m so happy you are enjoying the blog and cookbook. Thanks for spreading the veggie love :)


Baby June September 14, 2014 at 7:25 am

Loving all of these fancy new features! I like how you separated the food and pregnancy posts. Not a lot of bloggers do that. And using instagram for recipes, such a great idea, especially for simpler ones! <3 – June


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