About Me

My Story

A short summary of my story is that my name is Lindsay and I’m vegan.  I love food… alot. I find cooking soothing and exciting, and I never want to waste a meal on something boring.

The long version starts when I was 16 years old and decided that I was going to become a vegetarian. I started by cutting out chicken, then red meat, and eventually seafood.

I find that many people want to try a vegetarian diet but become frustrated rather quickly when they cut everything out at once and feel they don’t have enough options.

I encourage everyone to make changes at their own pace (see the “Why Vegan?” tab), not only because you’ll be more successful but because it will be much more rewarding.

Ten years after starting my veggie path I had replaced most dairy and egg products with vegan substitutes (hummus dip instead of cheese, veganaise instead of mayonnaise, coconut ice cream instead of traditional ice cream). Then on my birthday in 2010 I decided to commit to being an absolute vegan!

What made you decide….? 

I like to answer questions about being a vegan and the most common question I get is ‘Why?’. I have yet to find the perfect answer, mostly because I can’t think of one good reason not to be.  I fight the urge to ask why they’re not! I love the curiosity but sometimes its odd that no one asks carnivores to explain their choices.

When I was 16 I started to get into environmental conservation and animal rights. I learned that the meat industry has a disastrous effect on our environment; polluting our water,  air, and rainforests. I’m still shocked when I learn that prominent environmentalists eat meat. The fact is that eating meat isn’t sustainable.

I was also shocked when I saw footage of slaughterhouses and where animals are raised. Some things you will never get out of your head. Nothing makes me more mad then to hear someone justify their love of meat by saying ‘I don’t like to think about where it comes from’. This is simply unacceptable. We wouldn’t accept these excuses from children and we shouldn’t accept it from ourselves. Treating a dog or cat they way we treat livestock would be considered extreme animal abuse. My personal motto is ‘If I wouldn’t do it myself, I won’t pay someone to do it’, meaning if I don’t have the heart to kill a cow myself then no burgers for me! I actually respect Mark Zuckerburg who only eats meat he kills, I don’t want to kill anything myself but it’s more honest then buying bacon from the supermarket.

Finally, being a vegan is fantastic for your health (ensuring you have a varied diet). I find eating vegan exciting and completely rewarding. And because of the above reasons, being a vegan is empowering. It’s knowing that there are unethical and unsustainable business practices that I am refusing to support. Which is why I would never guilt someone into giving up meat- it needs to be a positive experience.

I could never give up meat…

I will call out anyone who makes this statement! This is a total cop-out and it means the person is refusing to examine or justify their actions. There are tons of vegan foods bursting with iron, protein, or even vitamin B12! There are endless vegan options for a complete and varied diet that it’s staggering. Just check out this blog as proof! Plus there are more and more amazing vegan products every day so you don’t have to give up mozzarella or whipping cream! So if you’re not vegan, I encourage you to explore this exciting and amazing world!

My cat Angelina, who keeps me company while I cook.

*I did not make that cupcake in the photo, my awesome friend Laurel made vegan chocolate cupcakes!

**The views, recommendations, opinions, and thoughts expressed on this blog are solely my own and in no way represent the company I work for.

34 Comments Add yours

    1. LindsayODonnell says:

      Thanks!

  1. Lindsay, I came across your Georgia Strait article – The vegans are coming – great piece! – and it led me to your blog. I am the blog manager/editor for http://www.veganmainstream.com/veganblogs. I wondered if you might be interested in contributing a guest article for our blog – we publish articles daily based on weekly themes, and we have a couple of themes coming up that I think would be a great fit. Let me know if you’re interested – I look forward to hearing back from you – Emma

  2. Love your cat, who is displaying a perfect example of “happy paws”.

    1. LindsayODonnell says:

      Ha- then I guess she’s happy alot! 🙂

  3. i just nominated you for the sunshine blog award heres the link http://wp.me/p2O1kw-4N 🙂

    1. LindsayODonnell says:

      Wow thank you so much! I’m so flattered! I can’t wait to spread the love to some more bloggers!

  4. Marcia says:

    Good morning Lindsay, I subscribe to your blog and enjoy many of your recipes, thank you. I decided it was time to take the next step and buy one of your cookbooks! It arrived yesterday (EHH) and I’ve been looking through it this morning. My question is: My system doesn’t tolerate soy products or chickpeas and there seem to be way too many of those ingredients in these recipes. Can you suggest which of your other cookbooks would be better suited to my system? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect any vegan cookbook to be completely void of those ingredients, but I also need to be able to enjoy the ones I buy. Please, I hope you understand that I am not trying to upset or anger anyone, just trying to make dishes that don’t upset my system and work within my husband’s food allergies (eggs, corn, dairy & chocolate). Thank you for your time and assistance.

    1. LindsayisVegan says:

      Hi Marcia,

      Thanks for following! I actually haven’t written a book! But I would be happy to see if I can answer your question 🙂

      There are tons of replacements for these foods, it just depends on what you’re making. Quinoa is a great replacement for chickpeas in salads and different beans are great for dips like hummus. Lentils are great for salads too and soups.

      Soy products can be harder when you’re looking for ‘faux’ meats but it’s not impossible. Almond, coconut, rice, and flax milk are good replacements for soy milk.

      I found some recipes online for no-soy tofu (link below) that would be great for things like the vegan cheesecake, making your own veganaise, and using for stir fried dishes.

      There’s also no-soy vegan cheese options (Daiya is one) that will work for pizzas and other cheesey dishes.

      Feel free to send me recipes you’re thinking of that need replacements or any other questions!

      -Lindsay

      1. Marcia says:

        Good morning Lindsay, Please forgive me for sending the message to the wrong Lindsay and THANK YOU for being so gracious about it. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to provide me with solutions to my problems. I will check out the link and take into consideration your recommendations for the other replacements. I already make my own almond milk and love it! Daiya is my cheese of choice and I’m enjoying all their new flavors. I also discovered almond yogurt which has come in handy. You are right, “faux” meats are the hardest and I haven’t found one that we enjoy. We use the soy free Veganaise and that works out perfectly for us both! Thank you again Lindsay and please accept my apology.

      2. Marcia says:

        Lindsay, I’m sorry to bother you again but I couldn’t find the link you mentioned. Would you please post it again? Thanks!

      3. LindsayisVegan says:

        No problem! Feel free to ask me anything else! Looks like I forgot to post this link 🙂 http://veganmommychef.blogspot.ca/2011/12/no-soy-tofu.html

  5. Marcia says:

    Great, thanks! Since you offered, can you give me the name of some vegan cookbooks that come from Japan, Morocco, Korea, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam and so on? We really enjoy food from around the globe and I don’t know how to find the vegan versions. My husband says everything tastes the same. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Marcia

    1. LindsayisVegan says:

      Hey Marcia, I actually don’t have a ton of cook books! I find alot more stuff online. One great site is this one for Afghan food:

      http://www.afghancooking.net/afghan-culture-unveiled/vegetables-beans-and-peas/

      Other than that I’ve gotten some great Morocco & Thai inspired food from my ‘Whole Foods Market’ phone app. I’ve made pad thai and mango curry (which you can find on my blog) which was pretty easy and really tasty!

      I would searching through the blog-o-sphere because you’ll find some great stuff with amazing (and more realistic) photos!

      Good luck!

      -Lindsay

  6. Hi Lindsay! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Award!
    http://ericawollman.com/2013/04/11/liebster-award/

    1. LindsayisVegan says:

      Wow that’s so great- thank you!

  7. Marcia says:

    Congrats on being nominated for a Liebster Award! Can hardly wait to read your response. You are a very deserving young woman. Keep up the great work!

  8. Hey Lindsay! What an inspirational about post – I love it! I’m also glad that I just discovered your blog. I’ve been vegan for a year and a half, and I always love to connect with others on this path. Celeste 🙂

    1. LindsayisVegan says:

      That’s so great- it’s always so rewarding to hear that people value what you’re doing. I love connecting with my fellow vegans- thanks for reaching out!

  9. heartmansworld says:

    just stumbled on your blog & i love it! it’s refreshing to find a fellow vegan/lindsay (with an A, not an E for that matter!)/cat lover. anyway, cheers & happy new year- i look forward to more of your posts!

    1. Nice to meet you as well!

  10. apsara says:

    I just found your blog through WordPress. Good to connect with other vegetarians/vegans. I’m vegetarian myself (almost vegan, except for dairy). Looking forward to your posts!

    1. Thanks for the message! I’m a little behind on my posting but I hope you enjoy my future posts!

  11. Hi I like your food blog. I am a new vegan/vegetarian food blogger http://www.recipesfromeden.com is where you can find my posts. Keep eating healthy!

    1. Thanks for reading 🙂

  12. Sian White says:

    Love your blog, and your attitude towards food!

    1. Thank you! I’m going to check out yours now 🙂

  13. Sian White says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    Just a quick note to say that I love reading your blog and I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂

    Pop over here to see what it’s about, and I hope that you choose to take part, because it would be great to get to know a little more about you:

    http://cheeky-vegan.com/2014/08/29/liebster-award/

    Sian

    1. This is so great! Thanks for the nomination and for ready!

  14. bscartabello says:

    Hi Lindsay! So glad I came across your blog – you have amazing recipes!! It’s always nice to connect with a fellow vegan – looking forward to more of your posts in my reader 🙂 xx Bianca

    1. Thanks for reading and the comments, I really appreciate it!

  15. Carla Riley says:

    Hello Lindsay,

    Is there a way to send you a personal message?

    1. Sure! You can send me a message on Twitter: @lindsayisvegan

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