The Vegan Woman’s Food Blog Guide 2012

 

 

The Vegan Woman is proud to present the 2012 Vegan Food Blog Guide. 

We have received fantastic recommendations of a wide variety of blogs that have completely wowed us! We thank all of those who have recommended their favourite blogs, as well as our inspiring judges:

Lindsay Nixon – Happy Herbivore

Mark Reinfeld – Vegan Fusion

Natalie Cunningham – The Vegan Woman representative

We would also like to congratulate those who have recommended their favourite blogs and won a best selling cookbook from our judges. For a list of the winners – click here

All top 20 blogs will receive The Vegan Woman’s recommendation label and the top five blogs will receive our winner’s label. Congratulations to all the winners! 

So here goes…


THE TOP 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adele McConnell creator of Vegie Head

Vegie Head

Vegie Head by Adele McConnell is a straight-forward and welcoming recipe blog featuring colorful photography, a wide- range of recipes, videos, tips, and a great love and passion for vegan food. 

What our judges say:

Mark: Grand Prize to Vegi Head for many reasons listed here:

  • Website very inviting, uncluttered, recipes and photos high quality with an astute attention to detail realizing less is more.
  • Versatile, as incorporating raw food into many of the dishes
  • Nutritional content was included
  • Promotes other vegan blogs
  • Incorporates youtube with informational material on their blog
  • Vegie Head's Fast pesto tart

    Acknowledges the efforts of others on the vegan path
  • Easy-to-follow and succinct recipes in an eye-appealing format

Lindsay: I hadn’t heard of this blog until this contest; but thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the blog. Her recipes have a beautiful simplicity and many are made without oil, which I appreciate. Her photography is also quite lovely. I must also give her props for being in Australia. I frequently receive emails from people in Australia asking about substitutes because they don’t have many of the ingredients we have in the United States (such as black beans) but looking at Adele’s blog, you’d never guess there was an ingredient limitation.

Natalie: Vegie Head has such a wide, creative range of recipes that just come across as fresh, delcious and nutritious. Just skimming through her pages I was thinking “I want to make that and that and that!” – That to me is a good sign! There seems to be something for everyone and every occassion, whether it be just feeding a family, having a dinner party or a meal on your own or a sneaky dessert! The website is also easy to navigate, eliminating that feeling of being overwhelmed by too much goodness!

Vegie Head's Choconana 'nice' cream

What the recommenders say:

Laura Bell from Melbourne, Australia: 
I wanted to share my absolute favourite vegan food blog with you, which I proudly declare to be Vegie Head. I love this blog because the creator, Adele, has an obvious passion for vegan food and she dabbles in raw food as well. It is her creativity that makes this blog so enjoyable, because she comes up with the most delicious looking recipes that seem to be packed with nutrients and super foods. But at the same time, the food is not pretentious. It is easy to make and never disappoints. The food photography on the blog never fails to make me hungry. 

Francisca Giannini from Santiago, Chile:
My favorite vegan food blog is Vegie Head. I Love it because it has the most awesome, delicious, beautiful recipes with incredible photos!! I’m always looking for new and amazing veggie recipes and “VEGIE HEAD” is the place where they are!

Vegie Head's tempting tempeh wrap

Catherine Matthews from Melbourne, Australia:
I am nominating the vegie head site. She has amazing vegan and raw vegan recipes that even my partner, whom lives meat, enjoys and asks for seconds and thirds. The site has come from a love of good food and you can tell.

Beth Ann Whitten from Columbus, OH:
My favorite Vegan Food Blog Vegie Head.  I love that no matter how many comments she gets, she always finds a way to reply to everyone.  She’s given me good hints and recipes.  Her postings are colorful and witty.  There’s always something inspirational and supportive along the way and the pictures of her cooking are wonderful.  She’s made my transition to my new eating life style so much easier…that’s why she’s my favorite!

Charlie Shara Cooper from Doreen in Melbourne, Australia:
Vegiehead has made my passion to become a veg head so enjoyable her menu’s and photos are amazing! 

Vegie Head's Ice cream sundaes

Milica Racunica from Melbourne, Australia:
Hiya, just voting for Adele from Vegie Head for a fantastic vegan blog. She is such an inspiration with her recipes, her amazing photographs!! I’m inspired to cook the moment I see them. Vegie head really deserves to win.

Diane Sheehan:
Adele , who lives and COOKS, and writes wonderful things is the very best! I don’t think that woman ever sleeps , because she is always here to answer my questions, and help me with a super special recipe! Bring in some of her home life, and always paying attention to her faithful followers gives us the feeling that we are all one big happy veggie family! She has such a up-beat personality, it shines through her pages and makes you excited about trying something new! You guesses it! VEGIEHEAD, with the ever so lovely Adele writing and cooking!

Elayne Greatruaha:
My favourite vegan food blog is by far Vegie Head. I have recently become vegan and this blog is filled with info on great recipes and nutritional content of the foods used, I really look forward to checking it each day!

Vegie Head's homemade Coconut Yogurt

Simone Richardson from Wagga Wagga, Australia: 
My favourite vegan food blog is Vegie Head owned by a woman living in Melbourne Australia.  I love her blog because she gives us lots of handy information and recipes that are suitable for all types of vegetarian/vegan life styles. The recipes she has shared on her blog look appealing and appetising with out the use of fake meats and tofu products. Adele also promotes of vegan blogs that have awesome recipes as well.

Ana from Freiburg, south of Germany:
To be honest, this has to be one of the most difficult selections to be made… I receive info-recipes on a daily basis from so many links… and in all of them there are selfless, professional, passionate, wonderful human beings communicating all these attributes through their insatiable yummy creations. But if I must choose the one and only… Vegie Head. Her webpage is as complete as can be, and her beautiful spirit is present all over it! 

Rovinder Kaur from Craigieburn Melbourne, Australia:
This website rocks, simple and clean. Pictures make you hungry even if your sitting on a full stomach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Voisin creator of Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Fat Free Vegan Kitchen by Susan Voisin is a low fat and oil free recipe blog featuring a wide range of dishes with an emphasis on whole foods and healthy balanced dietary choices.

What our judges say:

Lindsay: I am a long time fan of Susan’s blog and her stunning photography. I love that Susan’s recipes are oil-free, low fat and use wholesome, mostly seasonal ingredients. I’ve never made a recipe of Susan’s that I didn’t love.

Mark:

  • Oil-free cooking is important to overall health and uses other, healthier means as not many blogs do.
  • A quiet and healthy cause-driven simplicity to this blog.
  • Nice photography and great recipes, although can be lengthy at times 

 What the recommenders say:

Dee Weaver from West Yorkshire, UK:
My favourite vegan blog is Fat Free Vegan Kitchen because her page is colourful and friendly, her range of recipes is hugely varied, and she caters for vegans who are trying to avoid too much fat in their diet. 

Katharina Ikels from North Grafton, MA:
Fat Free Vegan has a lot of great family recipes on it!

Bernadette from Houston, TX:
My favorite vegan food blog is Susan Voisin’s fat free vegan. 
Like me, Susan loves good food, and it shows on her blog. Recipes are deliciously tasty, easily tasty, family-tested tasty, readily-available ingredients tasty, beautifully photographed tasty… Good food has to taste good, and the recipes on her blog really do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Walsh creator of Maple Spice

Maple Spice 

Maple Spice by Debbie Walsh is a food blog filled with surprises. The blog features both sweet and savory dishes that are creative, witty, fun and welcoming with a personal touch.

What our judges say:

Mark: We enjoyed the simplicity of the website, and the clean lines, again less is more.  The website feels light, fresh and breezy and is pleasing to the eye.

  • Total calories are included with each post
  • Very personal feel, no hype, daily food postings
  • Lighthearted approach to life and a personal touch
  • Unique, fun and creative recipes such as the vegan burger cake
Lindsay: Picking this one purely on the post about the hamburger cake. I’m still in awe!

What the recommenders say:

David Renwick from Dublin, Ireland:
Debbie’s food posts are so refreshing and she accompanies each of her food posts with thoughts and stories that make it all so personal. I love her blog!

Emily from Kfar Saba, Israel:
Maple Spice taught me how to make vegan cheese for which I am forever indebted.

Steven Sarandon:
My favourite vegan food blog would have to be Maple Spice.
Why? Hmmm, just because – look at that blog! Mmmmm.

Rotem from NY:
Her recipes are so impressive, gorgeous-looking and delicious!

 

 

 

 

   

 

Chocolate Covered Katie

Katie Higgins creator of Chocolate Covered Katie

Chocolate Covered Katie by Katie Higgins is a dessert blog with a steadily growing savory menu. The blog focuses on vegan cakes, cookies, baked goods, shakes and a huge love for chocolate. 

What our judges say:

Natalie: Chocolate Covered Katie was my first choice because I believe she is promoting a viable cause – chocolate eating! I may be bias here because I LOVE desserts! Aside from the originality of the page (focusing almost entirely on vegan desserts) and mouthwatering photos of amazing looking chocolattey treats, she is in balance with herself and encourages this in others and encourages the message to treat your body with respect and to cave into cravings in a sensible manner. Her recipes seem simple, easy to follow and decadent that are made from wholesome ingredients as opposed to refined crap.

What the recommenders say:

Catherine Saunders from Houston, TX: 
My favorite vegan food blog without question is Chocolate Covered Katie. She makes veganism seem do-able, as she doesn’t “preach” about it. But you get so caught up in her infectious optimism that you can’t help but think “Maybe this would be a really fun lifestyle.” I wasn’t looking to be a vegan when I found her site, but the more and more I read her blog, the more and more I thought it sounded fun. And so I tried it, first just for health reasons. But then I started to learn about animal welfare and factory farming, and now I am an activist! I’ve even gone to a rally! My life was forever changed simply because I was a chocoholic who got hooked on her blog.

Laura Perez from Jacksonville, FL:
I really love this blog because she has TONS of vegan desserts that are so easy to make and they are delicious!

Silvana O’Brien from IL:
She has one of the best places for desserts!

Mary Kate Bell from Boston, MA:
She uses simple and clean ingredients in her recipes.  I love the idea of a “healthy dessert blog,” especially when I can surprise my friends by giving them delicious treats that they would not expect to be vegan or healthy.  I love how Katie shows that there can be so much variety in a vegan diet.

 

Angela Liddon creator of Oh She Glows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh She Glows 

Oh She Glows is a healthy recipe blog featuring spectacular food imagery, inspirational and creative recipes, and the personal experiences of it’s creator, Angela Liddon. 

What our judges say:

Natalie: Such a pretty blog with extensive range of recipes and information. Everything looks super tasty and easy. It is probably one of the most attractive blogs I have ever seen. She is raw and honest about her life and state of mind as well as where she has been mentally, giving hope to people who struggle with themselves on a daily basis. 

What the recommenders say:

Ember Miller from Colorado Springs:
Angela posts health tips, before and after of her road to health, tips on how-to’s, stories of eating disorders or saving money on your grocery bill and AMAZING recipes.  She is currently working on her first vegan cookbook which is coming out in 2014!  Angela truly promotes happiness and self-love on her blog! Love, love, love it!

Dominika Palmaka from London, UK:
I would like to recommend a blog by Angela Liddon – Oh She Glows. This blog really changed my life as I found a lot of healthy and easy to make recipes. Iv’e been struggling with vegan cooking, as the recipes were either too difficult to make or based on processed vegan products. Angela’s recipes are very healthy, tasty and really easy to make. I think she really glows and she could easily be a poster girl for veganism.

Katharina Ikels from North Grafton, MA:
I really enjoy Oh She Glows. [Angela] does a great job of creating wonderful recipes mixed with her own life stories that always inspire!

Emily from Kfar Saba, Israel:
For excellent recipes, gorgeous photography, and inspiring, honest writing.

Grace Fischer-Schneider from Minneapolis, MN: 
Oh She Glows’ enthusiasm shines through on every page!!

Resham Kirpalaney from Hong Kong:
I absolutely love h She Glows. Why? When you are struggling with switching to a plant based diet and ultimately a vegan lifestyle it is important to have support. Sometimes support doesn’t come from friends and family. Sometimes you have people pushing you to “eat a little fish, you need the protein and the oils” or “eat a little meat, a little bit won’t hurt you”. It’s difficult when people lack understanding and cannot provide support.
My initial motto has been I’m not going to preach what I practice. I’m not going to force you to listen to me, I’m not going to force you to eat what I eat. When you get curious about why I look and feel so good, then I will educate you. That is slowly changing – with wanting to shout to the world about how amazing I feel.
The lack of support still hurts though – so I find comfort in reading. Reading blogs helps me to know that there are other people out there. Other people out there that eat what I eat. Other people out there that can inspire me. With Oh She Glows (or Angela as I’ve gotten to know her over her blog), every post comes with a story, an understanding, a struggle, a new discovery. I feel like I can completely identify, and it’s my first port of call when looking for inspiration other than pinterest. 

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