Hi, I’m Vaishali and I am the human behind Holy Cow! I am a former journalist and I now work in media relations for the world’s greatest animal protection organization, The Humane Society of the United States. Holy Cow! is a personal blog that I write on my own time, with views and opinions that are strictly my own, and it was born in November 2007, just a few months after I turned vegan (thanks to my great old dog Lucy! Scroll down for her picture).
At Holy Cow! you will find more than 700 easy, healthy and tasty vegan recipes that are tried and tested in my kitchen, including lots of fat-free, low-fat and gluten-free recipes. Most recipes are kid-friendly and carnivore-friendly (as my occasional-meat-eating husband and blog photographer Desi and our son, Jay, will attest) and I always use clean, wholesome, natural ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry.
I have lived in lovely Washington, D.C. for the past 17 years but I was born in Mumbai, India, so many of my recipes are Indian or influenced by my Indian background. I also love experimenting with global cuisines, including Mexican, Italian, and Middle Eastern, and I love to bake, especially bread. My recipes are ideal for those of you who juggle multiple responsibilities, but love a delicious meal at the end of a long day. But don’t just expect a recipe– I like telling you the stories behind the food I serve up. You can also expect some chatter about the wonderfulness of animals (especially mine :)).
I update Holy Cow! several times each week, so be sure to check back often for updates. You can sign up to get new recipes by email at the end of this page (or in the sidebar). And you can follow Holy Cow! on Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and Twitter to keep up with what’s cooking here.
If you have questions or just want to say hello, email me at MyVeganWorld[at]gmail.com or leave a comment below.
Here are a few links you might find useful:
Recipe List featuring nearly 700 recipes and photographs that have appeared so far on this blog.
Recipe Index, where you can browse recipes by photo, date, and category.
If you are a baker, you might also find this link useful: Vegan Baking Substitutes
|Lucy, my gorgeous mutt who set me on the path to a vegan life.
She passed away in 2012, but lives in my heart forever.
Thank you, Lucy. I love you.
Holy Cow! and her recipes have featured in these media stories:
All Animals (Magazine of The Humane Society of the United States)
Huffington Post: Stuffed French Toast
Huffington Post: Chili Tofu
Urban Spoon: Tikka Masala Pot Pie
Reader’s Digest: Beet Burgers with Chipotle Cashew Hummus
Reader’s Digest: Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese
Buzzfeed: Red, Delicious Strawberry Pie
Buzzfeed: Quick Masala Dosa
People: Sweet Potato Skins
Greatist: Healthy Stuffed French Toast
Greatist: Fat-Free Slow Cooker Dal
Shape: Healthy Stuffed French Toast
KrisCarr.com: Curried Acorn Squash
KrisCarr.com: Quinoa Lentil Salad
Brit.co: Sweet Potato Skins with Indian Spices
Chow.com: Wholegrain Tofu Pancakes
Business Insider: Masala Khichdi
Fitness Magazine: Beet Burgers with Chipotle Cashew Hummus
A quick note for those of you who’ve been long-time readers of Holy Cow! (nearly eight years, can you imagine?! I have to pinch myself sometimes): Hundreds of old comments on this and other pages disappeared, unfortunately, when I changed my blogging platform from Blogger to WordPress in Nov. 2013. So if you don’t see your comments here, it’s not because I removed them (I never would do that) but because there was no way to save them during the transition. Thanks for reading Holy Cow! and for sticking with me all these years– you rock!