Hi, I’m Vaishali and I am the human behind Holy Cow!, a vegan food blog that was born in November 2007, not long after I turned vegan (thanks to my great old dog Lucy! Scroll down for her picture).
At Holy Cow! you will find more than 800 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. I cook mostly for my husband Desi, also the photographer for this blog, and for my eight-year-old son, Jay, so most recipes are kid-friendly. I believe in using clean, wholesome, natural ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry. As a working mom, it is important that my recipes are easy, quick, healthy, and hassle-free without compromising on taste.
Going vegan was a choice I made after I became a rescue mama, and after learning about the cruelties animals raised for food are subjected to. I left my job as a journalist to pursue a career in animal protection, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work for some of the biggest change-makers in vegan nutrition and animal welfare. Our lovely family is made of adoptees only. After Desi and I found each other way back when, all of our children have come from shelters. In 2014, we adopted our human kid, Jay, from an orphanage in Mumbai, India. On this blog you’ll find pages and pages dedicated to all the wonderful dogs and cats who have been part of our family, and our current group of furry troublemakers is Leo, Lily, and Billy. Leo was rescued from a dog meat farm in Korea and flew halfway around the world to find a home with us, Lily was a street dog rescued from Puerto Rico, and Billy, our adorable tuxedo cat, was found roaming the streets of Virginia.
I have lived in lovely and diverse Washington, D.C. for 20 years but I was born in India, so on this blog you will find quite a few recipes 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. 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 (top 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. I love hearing from you!
Here are a few links you might find useful:
Recipe List featuring more than 800 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)
Better Homes and Gardens: Vegan White Chili
Buzzfeed: Slow Cooker Chana Masala
Buzzfeed: Red, Delicious Strawberry Pie
Buzzfeed: Quick Masala Dosa
Buzzfeed: Pink Lemonade Cookies
Buzzfeed: GF Buckwheat Waffles
MSN: Slow Cooker Dal
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
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
Closer: Brownies, Bean and Oats Burgers, Healthy Stuffed French Toast and Vegan Fat-Free and Gluten Free Gumbo
Eat This!: Healthy Vegan Comfort Food Recipes
Eat This! Dairy-Free Dishes for a Flat Belly
Ecorazzi: Irish Lamb Stew
Buzzfeed: Skillet Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie
Brit.co: Vegan White Chili
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!