Hey there! It's great to have you here!
I'm Abi, the plant-based food blogger, recipe developer, photographer and cooking class instructor behind Very Veganish.
Join me as we explore and taste incredible plant-based food, with cultural influences from around the world. You’ll find healthy comfort food vegan recipes and inspiration here.
I believe that making even small changes in what you eat can improve your health and quality of life. Plus, it's just plain delicious.
You'll find no judgmental mess here. Just good, healthy, comfort food. No matter where you're at with your food choices, you're welcome here.
When I'm not cooking, you'll find me homeschooling my two boys, volunteering, and trying to survive the Texas summers with copious glasses of iced tea.
Cooking is something that I've enjoyed doing since I was a kid. For a long time, our meals included lots of milk, butter, meat, cheese and the like to cater to my omnivore husband and chicken-lovin' boys.
But, that all changed the night we watched Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you haven't seen those documentaries, I highly encourage you to do so.
While I've always leaned towards vegetarian meals, I never thought I'd give up cheese (a life without grilled cheese, really?!?).
But, those two documentaries opened my eyes (and my husband's) to how much our food choices really do affect our health, short-term and long-term. In the fall of 2012, we dumped out our organic Horizon milk and went vegan overnight.
Not familiar with plant-based eating? Check out: What is a plant-based diet and why you should give it a try
While we're not 100% strictly vegan - hence the title of this site - only a small percentage of our food isn't vegan or plant-based. That's typically eaten when we're out and have limited choices. Get my tips for dining out and traveling on a plant-based diet.
You could say that we're flexitarian, plant-based or veganish. Seriously, why all the labels? Most of the time we actually eat a plant-based, high carb, low fat diet. We do it for health reasons and this approach has served us well for years.
Curious about the difference in all the labels? Read Vegan vs. Plant-based and why it's okay to be veganish.
We believe that some is better than nothing and you can reap benefits without being completely strict.
Plant-based for health
In 2001, when I married my high school sweetheart, our lives were very different than they are now.
Fast-forward a short 18 months after our wedding, a work-related injury left him with four herniated discs in his lower back. A 20-something with the back of a 60-year old and in chronic pain daily is a hard pill to swallow.
Fifteen+ years, countless doctors' appointments, treatments and remedies later, it's stunning that food is what makes the most difference in quality of life.
We follow a mostly plant-based diet to help reduce inflammation and in hopes of preventing serious health problems as we get older. Plus, it's a really fresh and delicious way to eat!
We welcome you to follow our journey and learn some yummy recipes in the process.
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Recommended plant-based resources
We have learned so much over the years about how dietary choices impact overall health. These are people we've learned from and recommend you learn from, too:
- Dr. John McDougall and Mary McDougall, RN - their website is a wealth of free information. Book: The Starch Solution
- Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn - Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease book
- Ann Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn - wife and daughter to Caldwell and a hilarious duo in the kitchen. YouTube Channel
- Dr. Michael Greger - Website NutritionFacts.org and Books: How Not to Die and How Not to Diet
- Dr. Will Bulsiewicz - Book: Fiber Fueled
- Dr. Neal Barnard - Book: Your Body in Balance
- Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH - Book: Mastering Diabetes
- Dr. Kristi Funk - Book: Breasts, The Owner's Manual
🗺 Cultural influences
I'm a native of Houston, Texas. My mixed ethnic background and heritage includes: Southern United States, the Cherokee Nation, Czechia, England, Ireland, and Italy.
Strong family and friends in my community and experiences have resulted in heavy cultural influences in my life from: Michigan, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, Italy, Cuba, Venezuela, Jamaica, India, Trinidad, Peru, Nicaragua, Lebanon, Honduras, Argentina, China, Japan, Scotland, Nigeria, St Maarten, Haiti, Korea and Vietnam.
The rich cultural diversity of my hometown, Houston, Texas, one of the most diverse cities in the United States, has greatly contributed to my exposure to various cultures, of which I am incredibly grateful.
You'll find recipes on this blog from many cultures. I do my best to give proper attribution to the origin of the recipe. If I have missed the mark in this, please let me know in the comments section of that blog post!
I do not mark a recipe as "authentic" if I do not have first hand cultural experience making the recipe. In addition, most of my recipes are vegan adaptations, so they are already different, in most cases, to the original, authentic version.
Tools I use to run this blog
- Website platform: Self-hosted WordPress.org
- Website host: WPOpt
- Website theme - Feast Design
- Email marketing - ConvertKit
- Organization - AirTable
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