Hey there. I’m Vaishali and I am the author and recipe creator at Holy Cow!
This blog started out as a hobby all the way back in November 2007, not long after I turned vegan (thanks to my great old dog Lucy! Scroll down for her picture). Today, it reaches millions of readers with original, fresh, healthy and delicious recipes that I cook up in my kitchen.
I was born in Bombay, India, but I’ve lived in the United States for 23 years now, most of that time in lovely Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. With me are my husband Desi (also the food photographer for the blog), our son Jay, our dogs Lily and Leo, and our cats, Billy and Kala Jamoon.
I have always loved animals, and I’ve always loved food, and I went vegan after realizing that I didn’t want to mix the two anymore. I used to be a journalist, but I quit that to work full-time for an amazing organization where I help make the world a better place for animals every day. This blog, not connected to my job, is a labor of love — I want everyone to know that vegan food can be amazing, and what better way to save animals than to stop eating them?
As a working mom, it is important that my recipes are easy, quick, healthy, and hassle-free without compromising on taste. This is food we eat in our home every day, food you can cook regardless of whether you are a novice or an expert, and you can be sure that if we don’t like it ourselves, it won’t be here on the blog.
I love to bake, so you’ll find lots of recipes for homemade vegan cakes, cookies, pies and breads. Because Indian food is my comfort food, so you’ll find tons of Indian vegan recipes here. Because I’m mom to a picky 10-year-old, a lot of my recipes are kid-friendly. And because I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, I cook, eat and post many, many gluten-free and soy-free recipes.
I also love experimenting with global cuisines, including Mexican, Italian, and Middle Eastern, and I love to bake, especially bread. All recipes use clean, wholesome, natural ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry. 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 :)).
On this blog you’ll find pages and pages dedicated to all the wonderful dogs and cats who have been part of our family, including our current group of furry troublemakers. 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. Billy, our adorable tuxedo cat, was found roaming the streets of Virginia. Kala Jamoon, our resident black cat, simply wandered off the streets to settle into our hearts and home.
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, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with what’s cooking here.
I love to hear when you make a recipe from this blog, so if you do send me a photo at [email protected], or post it on Instagram and tag me @HolyCowVegan.
Here are a few links you might find useful:
Recipe List featuring nearly 1,000 recipes and photographs that have appeared so far on this blog.
Recipe Index, where you can browse recipes by photo, date, and category.
Vegan Kid-Friendly Recipes, because over years of cooking for my son, I’ve picked a trick or two. 😉
If you are a baker, you might also find this link useful: Vegan Baking Substitutes
And read more about my vegan journey here.
|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
Self: Vegan Olive Oil Brioche with Aquafaba
Greatist: Ramen Noodles in South Indian Coconut Stew
Finally, I often get queries from people wanting to do guest posts, so I want to state clearly that I do not accept guest posts, and all writing and recipes on this blog are exclusively mine. If you send me an email asking if you can write for the blog, you’ll only be wasting your time.