About

(Rat)ical escapades in eco/allergy friendly cuisine.

Yup, that about sums it up!

I love rats. I love food. And despite common sense, they can go together, as seen in my favorite movie of all time. I have taken on the challenge of creating a cuisine of food that is friendly to you, your allergies, animals, and the planet. This happens with quite a few mishaps, but it’s all an adventure, right?

About me:

Vinny and I– he is one of the most amazing rats. Ever.

At the ripe old age of eleven, I watched a documentary called: “Animals: Friend or Food”, and turned vegan immediately. Veganism, which I am very passionate about, led me to other forms of activism and opportunities, including being a photographer for a 2011 ten-day peace walk.

I had been gluten and wheat free for six years, but I have tested out eating it to see if it was truly causing my problems. Read more about that here. I seem to be having no issues eating it, but I want to make recipes that my mom (who is celiac) and anyone struggling with allergies can enjoy!

I have been in and out of public school all my life, but have now settled on unschooling. Read a bit more about my personal homeschool philosophy here. If you are a teen interested in homeschooling, I can’t recommend Grace Llewellyn’s book: “The Teenage Liberation Handbook” enough!

My babies.

If you should ever want to contact me, email me at: contactvegirl (at) yahoo (dot) com.

28 Responses to About

  1. OMG at just 14 yrs old u have such good vocabulary! Keep it up.
    P.S. I love that you’re an animal/cat lover like me 😉

  2. Annice says:

    Hey, I’m turning fourteen in a month and I just started a baking blog last week! I enjoy writing and eating healthy, too. Could you come visit my site and give me some tips? I’d love you to rate this almost-vegan cupcake recipe that I made. Just on the way, I think you’re an amazing blogger. 😉

  3. Rachel says:

    VEGirl, this is my first time on your blog but wow, totally cool! i’m going to subscribe right now–cant’t wait to keep reading 😀

  4. Hi VEGirl,

    I’m a fourteen food blogger too! I just discovered your blog, and I love it. It’s great to meet other teenage food bloggers.

  5. That’s so cool that you are so young with a passion for vegan life. I’m really glad to see that! Keep it up 🙂

  6. Nice to meet you! I am really impressed that you are self taught. The American education system is mostly complete crap..

  7. imagineclara says:

    You are inspiring.

  8. Just found your blog, love it!! And I love that you are so young– so have so much promise ahead of you! You write beautifully, as well. Very inspiring, I’ll be sure to come back for more 🙂

  9. Wow! You are amazing! I am so impressed with everything you’re doing at such a young age. We have a lot in common and I love your tagline. Keep up the great work and I look forward to following you! Are you on Facebook and/or Twitter? If so, follow me and I’ll follow you back. : )

  10. Sharon says:

    I can only agree with all the others! You write beautifully and it’s very inspiring to see a girl at such a young age already being that reflective. I wish I had been like that when I was your age! Plus I very much like your pictures.
    Keep it up, you’re doing great 🙂

  11. Kat says:

    So glad to see the next generation of gluten-free vegans is strong. I look forward to following your blog. I’ll look for you on facebook. Love your name. Thanks from other VEG adults.

  12. Kayla says:

    Hi! I just found your blog, we have soooo much in common! I am 15, too and I am homeschooled!I do my classes online. I am a health conscious teen and I love cooking and baking! Your blog is so inspiring!

  13. Hey there! I just found your blog through Amanda! I cannot believe you’re only 15! Your words come across so much more mature than I’m used to hearing from teens your age…and you photography is AMAZING! I only wish I had learned about blogging and photography when I was your age, but better late than never, right?

    I’ve never really been a fan of rats, but yours are THE cutest I’ve ever seen!

  14. Jennifer says:

    This is the GREATEST blog from a fifteen year old!
    Great work! Keep it up!

    Choose Happiness & Success!
    Jennifer

  15. TC says:

    Hi,
    We here at Sol Cuisine are extremely inspired by you and even tweeted about our favourite 15 year old 🙂
    Although, this is a couple of months old..if you have any advice on how to answer/deal with http://caloriecount.about.com/vegetarian-vegan-teens-friends-responses-ft193595-1, please let our friend who wrote this know!
    Thanks for being you and for the blog.

  16. Physiology Mama PhD says:

    Love your blog!! You have inspired me to unschool my kids vegan kids (4 & 1 now) when the time comes!

  17. Physiology Mama PhD says:

    I think you might like this (with gluten free pizza crust of course): http://lechateausoleil.blogspot.com/search/label/Beetza

  18. Lydia says:

    Omg, so impressed that your site is iPad optimaed, how cool! Now tell me how you did it, please!!! Just made your banana basil pancakes, delish!!! Made a few modifications they were a little too smooth in texture for me. Thought i’d share. I used oat flour in place of the rice flour, added 1-2 tbsp of oat bran (didn’t measure, just added some in some texture), and I upped the baking soda to 1/4 tsp. That was an acidnt but what the heck! I also tried one batch with mini choc chips! Any way, thanks for the inspiration!!!

  19. Adara says:

    Hi!
    I ran across one of your comments on another blog and was excited to see a blogger in my own age range (just turned 16 in May). I look forward to reading your blog, and I was wondering if you had any tips on how I could start my own blog (I have been considering it for a while…).

    Thanks!
    Adara

  20. Ma Ma Megan says:

    You seem so mature for your age and I love that. It’s so hard to come by teens who can hold intelligent conversations.
    Can’t wait to keep reading 🙂

  21. jsoleil says:

    Hi Veg Girl,

    Love your blog. And your photography is amazing. Have you thought about entering the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition? There’s many age/animal/landscape divisions and it’s a worldwide competition. We see it every year (in Sydney, Australia).

  22. jsoleil says:

    PS I used to have rats too. They are such an amazing pet!

  23. Cara says:

    WOW. Who are you and where do you come from??? (and I mean that in one of the highest forms of flattery that I can possibly think of!!!) I am sooooo impressed by you–I think I am going to move to where you live and be your apprentice! You are amazing, truly.

  24. kathy says:

    Your little rats are adorable. I too love rats. Used to have two of them.

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