Crash Test Vegetarian

Vegan to Omnivore outreach program

About Crash Test Vegetarian

I’m a new vegetarian/vegan – I went vegetarian and vegan cold turkey one day.  My husband is an omnivore, so it can make things really interesting! Prior to becoming a vegan, I used to pride myself in recipes that the whole family loved, and I hope to continue that pattern but with recipes that are in line with my ethical and ecological views while supporting my health.

I want, more than anything, to keep my husband happy and well fed. He’s beautifully accepting of my choices, and eats almost 100% vegan at home, the least I can do is try to make all his food as tasty as possible.

Although some of my recipes do include less common ingredients, such as flax powder, or vital wheat gluten… most of the recipes are just normal ingredients that you can get at any typical grocery store. And, since I work full time, most things can be made relatively quickly and easily, though I do have a section for what I consider super quick and easy.

Clearly, I want to share my recipes with fellow vegans and vegetarians (especially ones that still want to keep a significant other happy)… but I also want to reach out to people that would like to enjoy more meatless Mondays, people that would like to improve their health, and people that would like to lower their grocery bill.

Please feel free to re-publish any of my recipes in your own word with a link back to my blog.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at crashtestvegetarian@gmail.com


10 responses to “About Crash Test Vegetarian

  1. vegantester says:

    ha! i’m in a similar position… except it’s the exact opposite: i’m an omnivore married to a vegan but “I want, more than anything, to keep my husband happy and well fed”, and that’s why i started my vegan blog!

    • Izzy says:

      That’s fantastic and such a loving gesture. So many omnivore significant others would simply say, “Well, make your own food.”

  2. The use of language in the emotionally and politically charged food arena is fascinating to me! So, if you don’t mind me asking, are you a vegan or a vegetarian? You sound like you eat a vegan diet, but it is interesting that you are using a hybrid term to define yourself “vegetarian/vegan.” Do you eat some animal products but are mostly vegan? It’s always interesting to me because there is a huge debate about the use of language when it comes to describing diet and where we fall along the food spectrum. Personally, I eat vegan 95% of the time, and I have some times when I’ll eat vegetarian or pescatarian for holidays or certain social situations, like a dozen days or so a year. My friend calls that a “vegan flexitarian” 🙂 My blog is vegan, and I clearly describe my own eating and living habits in my “About Dawn” page. Would love to hear more about why you use a hybrid term to define yourself. Cheers! Dawn (Vegan Fazool blog)

    • Izzy says:

      Thanks for asking, Dawn. It’s really complicated. I guess Vegan Flexitarian would be a good way to describe how I am. I cook vegan, I buy vegan, but I occasionally use honey from a friends local hive, and sometimes I eat Morningstar items. When I go out to eat, I avoid all obviously not vegan items but I assume items that seem vegan, are just that. And sometimes I have other non-vegan items. And if someone makes something special for me (unless it’s obviously meat or dairy), I don’t question them – I know not everyone understands what vegan is.

      But vegetarian doesn’t describe me either, because I don’t eat actual eggs or dairy. When most people here vegetarian, they automatically assume the person eats cheese and milk.

      But more on top of that, I explain that I went vegetarian / vegan to describe my transition because most people seem to become vegetarian first, then transition to vegan, but I made the entire jump head first, overnight after some health complications. So my experiences are from the perspective – not of someone who has slowly transitioned over time – but from someone who had never cooked tofu and still remembers what cheese tastes like.

      Looking forward to reading more from you, thanks for the comments!

  3. Hi Izzy! Thanks for following Veggie Grettie.

  4. Hi! Thanks for following my blog. I am kind of in the same boat you are. I was stalking your site earlier and love the idea of putting butternut squash in the mac and cheese. I just can’t seem to let go of cheese just yet.

    • Izzy says:

      Nobody thinks they can, until they do. Cheese has addictive chemicals that make people say that very thing! And, to be honest, I didn’t think I could either. I do miss it sometimes, but kind of like I miss cigarettes from time to time… I know they were both bad for me.

  5. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m not vegetarian/vegan, but I do eat far more vegetables than meat. I’m looking forward to exploring your neat blog!

    • Izzy says:

      Thanks a bunch, my aim is to please everyone! Even though the average omnivore would be put off by those words. 🙂 Good for you for being open minded.

  6. Kate says:

    Hey Izzy! Thanks for subscribing to my food blog! Your blog is lovely and you take such beautiful pictures of your food! There are many recipes I`m interested in trying out or atleast getting inspired by. Keep up the great work! =)

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