Yummy Plants: a vegan lifestyle website and community. We can help you start a vegan diet!
Welcome to the Yummy Plants community!
Our mission is to celebrate and share the joy of vegan food, connect vegans all around the world, and show you that it’s easy to start eating vegan.
Whether you’re a new vegan or you’ve been vegan for decades, there’s lots to discuss and share on the individual Yummy Plants website stories*, our forum*, and the Facebook page. (*You must be logged in as a registered user to leave a comment).
If you’re new to the vegan world, learn how easy it is to start eating vegan. We have a whole start-here section with information about the health benefits of a vegan diet, easy egg and dairy substitutions, vegan protein sources, and lots more. We hope you’ll see how easy it really is to choose plant-based eating, how many options you have, and how yummy it can be! (You can still have your favorite foods like vegan pizza and vegan mac and cheese!)
Eating vegan is…
- good for the planet (we reduce our carbon footprint).
- good for resources (we can feed more people using the same amount of arable land and water).
- good for our health (can reverse heart disease, diabetes, and obesity).
- absolutely good for the animals!
Rebecca Gilbert is a former competitive figure skater whose switch to a vegan diet healed her chronic joint pain. She returned to the ice and founded the Yummy Plants website to celebrate vegan food and create a community for people who would like to start eating vegan.
Rebecca is the author of It’s Easy to Start Eating Vegan! YUMMY PLANTS 101. She has been a featured speaker at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, Vegetarian Summerfest, and Paris Vegan Day. To have Rebecca speak at your organization, please contact her via email.
Colleen Cavolo, Video Editor
Colleen Cavolo is currently a senior at Point Park University. She is majoring in Cinema and Digital Arts with a concentration in video editing as well as production sound and sound design. Colleen has been working with Yummy Plants since Summer 2012. She creates the videos on the Yummy Plants YouTube page, including the mini documentary about Antarctica! Right now, Colleen is unsure as to whether or not she will move from home to pursue her career in the industry. For now her plan is to finish school and to continue creating new Yummy Plants videos.
Jennifer Chen, Contributing Writer
Aurelia d’Andrea, Contributing Writer
The recipe for a happy life, according to Aurelia d’Andrea, calls for one part great food, one part travel adventure, and two parts companionship (human and animal, in equal measure). She’s living out her kitchen-inspired credo in San Francisco and Paris, France.
Shandel Gilbert, Contributing Writer
Shandel Gilbert, otherwise known as mom, started out as a writer in fourth grade and has been telling stories ever since. In a long career, she has served as a news reporter, feature writer, columnist, magazine editor, publisher, and English/reading teacher in high schools and universities. Shandel won a children’s writing award for her Letterbug newsletter. Currently the director of The Readers and Writers Workshop in Pittsburgh, Shandel is an enthusiastic vegan, a friend to animals large and small, and an environmental advocate. Her philosophy: Green is good: go Yummy Plants!
Heather Schall-Lucas, Associate Content Manager
Heather Schall-Lucas, an animal lover and activist living in Pittsburgh, has been vegan since 2007. She knows first hand that the vegan lifestyle heals mind, body, and soul. She is Mom to four cats, and Mrs. Lucas to over 600 middle schoolers in her current job of middle school math teacher.