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, create connections within the global vegan community, and inspire humanity 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…
- better for the planet (we reduce our carbon footprint).
- better with resources (we can feed more people using the same amount of arable land and water).
- better for our health (can reverse heart disease, diabetes, and obesity).
- absolutely better 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 vegan community to provide support and camaraderie for people who would like to start eating vegan.
She is known for her Yummy Plants 101 presentation to encourage people to start eating vegan.
Rebecca 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 Paris, France, where she blogs, writes books, and pines for an authentic Mission burrito with extra hot sauce.
Besides her love of animals, Aurelia has two great passions: Travel and vintage fashion. Her idea of the perfect vacation would include trekking through a steamy jungle teeming with wildlife, followed by a shopping spree at a boutique specializing in 1950s party dresses.
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!