Being a rather new vegan, I spend a lot of time reading vegan blogs to get advice, tips, recipes and inspiration from more seasoned vegans than myself. Some of the blogs I read I like because they are written in an entertaining or funny way, or the photography of their food creations look so delectable it’s like looking at a piece of art, or the recipes themselves are easy and nutritious. There’s a different reason why I like each one, because not all blogs are created equal. But as a whole I find vegan blogs to be a very helpful source of free information on the diet and lifestyle I have chosen.
After a few months of perusing vegan blogs, I have come up with a lovely collection of blogs I read almost on a daily bases, some of which I don’t know what I would do without.
Without further ado, here are some of AppleRunner’s Top Picks of Vegan Blogs (in no particular order):
One of the first vegan blogs I started reading in depth. I have gone back to read all of their posts because there is a lot of good stuff on that blog. That and I love the writing style, humorous, nerdy, yet informative. The concept of the blog, which is “anything can be veganized”, is something I love. There is even a recipe for vegan fried “egg” which I plan on trying one day. The blog is currently going through The Betty Crocker cookbook, calling it the ‘Betty Crocker Project’, and veganizing the contents within its pages. It’s sort of like a meal makeover, taking a non-vegan dish, and giving it a vegan makeover. I don’t have the cookbook myself, but I love tuning in to see the result of each dish they decide to veganize.
I’m always looking for simple recipes that my non-vegan family will love to eat, and I found lots of those recipes in this particular blog. The blogger has three kids so the recipes are simple and delicious and nutritious. Every once in a while there will be a non-recipe article containing helpful information as well, such as “Stocking your healthy vegan kitchen”.
I read this blog for the very same reasons I do “Little House of Veggies”, easy, delicious, and food that even my non-vegan family would approve. There are lots of other information and how-to’s that I appreciate on this blog, such as the article “How to throw a vegan party everyone will like”.
Since I haven’t been doing this vegan thing for very long, it’s very handy have a blog all about trying new vegan products (or even ones that’s been around for a while). It’s a big blog chock full of vegan food and vegan meat/cheese alternatives product reviews, cook book reviews, recipes, and a whole lot of information for new or even veteran vegans. If I plan on buying a certain product, I usually look it up at the Vegan Guinea pig to read the review to see if it’s any good before I buy it. This is definitely one of the handiest blogs I have found to date.
Much like the ‘Vegan Guinea pig’, there are tons and tons of vegan product reviews here. It goes a little bit farther, because just about everything is processed convenience food, for those who probably can’t cook for their life. So the title of the blog suits them very much, but what I like about it, is even though I do try to cook more than rely on convenience foods, every once in a while it’s good to have this stuff on hand for a quick meal, or when fresh foods on hand are low in supply. Like the stuff they review the blog is very convenient to have on hand if you plan on buying one of the product they review to see if it’s any good.
The Vegan Stoner is probably the most creative, fun and simple vegan blog out there. You just have to look at it for yourself to see what I mean. The recipes are at its simplest, it really couldn’t be any more basic than this. And the drawings are charming and make this blog probably the most entertaining of all, even though there’s hardly any writing except for the instructions, which is also quite basic. The recipes are fail-proof and easy enough even for the laziest vegans in the world.
PPK is a really fun site full of fun recipes. I could spend hours on this site looking at all the vastly different recipes. The best part is, the blogger, Isa Chandra Moskowitz has published six well-received cookbooks that you more than likely have heard of already. The impressive collection includes Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, Appetite for Reduction, Vegan with a Vengeance, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.
If I won the lottery, I would spend it all on traveling the world. However, as I discovered last summer, it was a bit of a challenge, even though I was just a vegetarian then. It wasn’t until I came across this blog that I realized that now that I’m a vegan the challenge would be multiplied by… well I’m no mathematician, but I can imagine that I’d run into a lot of problems, such as culture and language barriers if I was going to a vastly different country than North America. That’s where this blog comes in handy, the bloggers, seasoned backpackers and vegans, as well as some guest bloggers, have already been there and done that and by doing so helped other future traveling vegans by sharing how to survive in a different part of the world while still remaining true to a vegan lifestyle. It really shows that even though you’re in a different country, you can still fully experience the food culture there and enjoy it. I’m already plotting out the next few traveling adventures I hope to have with the help of Vegan Backpacker.
Whether you are at school or working, this blog is tremendously helpful in inspiring you with healthy, vegan lunch ideas. I always have the same boring sandwich at work, but after finding this blog, I can see how to make my lunches much more appealing, and leave me begging to go for my break and enjoy a healthful vegan lunchbox.
I won’t lie that I need to lose a couple of extra pounds, which I can imagine to be true for just about everyone. I try to cut back from processed meals, which this blog is lacking (that’s a good thing!), so it’s perfect for finding a recipe for a wholesome meal the whole family can enjoy. The extensive collection of mouth-watering dishes, thanks to the exceptional photography work, makes fatfree vegan eating easy and fun!
This is one blog that I can spend hours and hours perusing the pages, because there is so much stuff here to read; recipes, reviews, vegan and healthy living advice, tips, cooking and kitchen how-to’s, super food information, and a stunning collection of the most spectacular food photography I have ever seen in a blog. It’s a well rounded, one-stop vegan blog site that can give you a lot of information in one place.
Whether or not you are vegan-curious, a new or veteran vegan, or someone looking for a meat-free meal, or healthy food ideas, all of the blogs above is a good resource to have on hand. Since becoming vegan, I realized that it’s an ongoing learning experience, and an ever-evolving journey. You can never know too much about living and eating as a vegan.
I hope in sharing with you just some (yes there are more!) of my favourite blogs, that you too will enjoy them as I have.