Bloggers People Recipes

Vegan Food Blogger Margaret Chapman’s Plant Philosophy

This article may use affiliate links. Eluxe Magazine only links to products we trust.

By Chere Di Boscio

Margaret Chapman thinks a lot about food. Not just what she wants for lunch or dinner, like most of us do, but also the provenance of food, its impact on our health, which combinations of flavours work best together, and how the growth and choice of foods affects the planet and the other animals living on it.

All of those foody thoughts get channeled into vegan recipes, which she’s placed with huge success on her blog, the Plant Philosophy. So amazing are Margaret’s recipes, they’ve attracted over 200k social media followers – who anxiously await  new ideas for meals and desserts each week.

Here, we asked Margaret to share a bit more about her views on ethical food, vegan lifestyles and kitchen disasters with us in this exclusive interview.

kittyboy

What turned you on to veganism in the first place?

Originally I was actually a pescatarian. My sister inspired me to dig deeper and learn more about the lifestyle through countless documentaries on the meat and dairy industries. After many health issues, I finally made the plunge and never looked back. I’ve since then reversed my thyroid issues, lowered my blood pressure and gained a sense of self I never had. Even though my transition was brought on by a need to improve my health, I stay vegan for the animals and overall environmental impact this lifestyle has on the world.

What challenges do you face as a vegan today?

Acceptance is definitely the biggest struggle for me. Not so much with family, but society in general. I feel like the term “vegan” is still very taboo. People that aren’t educated on this lifestyle tend to write off vegans as being arrogant and picky. So many have this stereotypical mindset that we’re all very thin, pale and fragile. But it’s always been my goal to break that stereotype. It’s dangerous to categorize a lifestyle and shun anyone that chooses to follow it. I’ve definitely learned that keeping an open mind and having patience goes hand and hand with educating others and spreading a positive first impression of veganism.

raw-rainbow-tacos5

When cooking, what are some innovative vegan substitutes you’ve come across?

Aquafaba! The water or brine leftover in a can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans. It’s a total game changer! You can use it to literally whip up vegan meringue or it works beautifully as an egg substitute. As well as adding the combination of ground flax to make what I call a “super egg”. It’s 1 tbsp of flax meal to 3 tbsp of aquafaba. You can use it as a binder for coating things in breadcrumbs or in baking with a combo of baking soda and apple cider vinegar to help it rise naturally.

There are a ton of substitutes that can really blow your mind when it comes to replicating traditional recipes that aren’t plant-based. It’s fun to experiment and see which substitutes work best for each dish.

meringue

Aquafaba meringues in vegansociety.com

Are you vegan in your kitchen, or does this carry over to grooming and fashion, too?

Being vegan is a lifestyle for me, so I carry that into my day to day life. Beyond my food choices. I love to use cruelty-free, vegan beauty products from Petit Voir  and shop ethical clothing stores like The Tree Kisser and V Apparel. I think it’s important to really evaluate the products you’re using and determine whether or not they’re serving a purpose. If it is, what’s it made out of? I was shocked to discover the vast majority of the products I used contained animal byproducts and almost all were tested on animals.

It might seem like a daunting process and it does require a bit of research, but there are so many incredible resources available online to make that process way less daunting. I highly recommend LogicalHarmony.net – Tashina has a running list of cruelty-free and vegan brands that she tirelessly updates.

I understand it requires privilege to start over and purchase new everything. I spent a lot of time and money trying to find natural alternatives that worked for me. But in the long run, I’m now investing in quality over quantity and I have a clearer conscience supporting ethical brands.

november_homepage_banner_1-3

If it does, tell us a bit about your beauty routine: what do you wash with, shampoo with, and use for makeup?

I like to try out new products as more vegan brands are popping up. Currently I’m using and swear by my Brush with Bamboo toothbrush in combo with Well Scent’s Watch Your Mouth essential oil blend. I love to wash my hair with EVOLVh’s shampoo and conditioner that I purchase directly from Petit Vour and the bulk of my makeup is from Pacifica. I also really love to use Meow Meow Tweet‘s deodorant cream, and most products from Cocokind for my everyday skincare routine (not everything they offer is vegan though).

Who are some of your favourite vegan fashion designers?

I’m not big on fashion, that’s not a priority for me. I do really enjoy seeing the high fashion vegan products that are coming out but I don’t personally own anything from any vegan fashion designers. I do however love Vaute Couture. One day I’d probably invest in a jacket from them.

Have you ever had any kitchen disasters?

Too many to list. With age I’m becoming more and more accident prone. I like to say I’m a huge klutz, which is totally true. I’m guilty of cutting my fingers, burning my hands and dropping meals I’ve spent hours preparing. But I’ve learned each time not to do whatever it is/was that resulted in my pain. I highly recommend investing in cut proof gloves if you’re going to be doing a lot of prep work and always keep a first aid kit handy – no one likes to hurt themselves only to have nothing to bandage it up with. Which I’m also guilty of. But glue and duct tape are NOT Bandaid alternatives!

vaute-couture-1

Vaute Couture vegan coat

What are your go-to daily recipes?

Smoothies, spring rolls, salads and stir-fry bowls. I like to keep it super simple when it comes to my own nourishment. For breakfast I ideally blend up frozen fruit and greens to make a quick and easy meal that sustains me for a couple of hours. I’ll usually use leftovers to make lunch and snack on random foods throughout the day until dinner. Usually all are heavily vegetable-based with some sort of green and/or grain added. And of course, if you check out ThePlantPhilosophy.com you can find a ton of recipes that I love.

Which other vegan chefs do you admire/follow?

I truly adore Mary from Nom Yourself. As well as Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack, The Sarno Brothers from Wicked Healthy and Cobi from Veggietorials. All inspire me to push myself to become better at my passion and try new things in the kitchen. So much talent, this group of chefs truly blows me away.

unnamed-3-copy

And what about your favourite super-fancy recipes?

If I want to get really fancy, I’ll make everything from scratch. Like taco bowls with homemade cheese sauce, sour cream, marinated tofu, beans, greens, rice and sauteed veggies. I usually have a very simplified version of that if I’m not up for all the prep. Still just as delicious though! I also love to make homemade pizza, with the same concept of preparing a ton of toppings, sauces and the actual crust. But if I really want to pull out all the stops, I’ll make my pierogies with sour cream and caramelized onions.

If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Well that’s a tough question. I’d have to say potatoes, bananas and rice. I love carbs and those 3 are a necessity for me. But if it was prepared foods, then it would be sushi, pizza and anything Thai. I don’t think I could live happily without all of those foods in my life on a regular basis.

Finally, what 5 things are always in your kitchen?

In terms of food I’d have to say: Bananas, potatoes, rice, nutritional yeast and lettuce. But if you’re talking about kitchen items, I’d say: A high-speed blender, cast iron skillet, food processor, white plates and wooden spoons. You can always find those 10 items in my kitchen.

0172486_pe286879_s5

Margaret’s Recipe Picks

Pizza Dough

My go-to crust recipe for a homemade pizza night. It also freezes really well if you decide to prep ahead the day before or want to make extras and store them for later.

unnamed-7

Chocolate Cake with Cheesecake Frosting

The most raved about recipe on my site and one that I spent many months perfecting. I love to make this cake for any family get-together or when I’m needing something sweet. It can easily be made into cupcakes for smaller portions and then cake pops if you have leftovers!

unnamed-2

Potato Onion Pierogies

Kicking it back to my upbringing, pierogies were a staple in my home growing up. I had to create a version I could make for myself that was free of gluten and dairy. This is probably my favorite comfort food meal ever. I love to make a big batch and freeze them for quick meals.

unnamed-3

BBQ Cauliflower Wings

If you could only make one recipe from my site, I’d recommend these wings. Perfect for game day and satisfying a crispy craving. I make these all the time for my family, everyone loves mixing up their own sauces and dips, but I love my  Zesty Ranch Dressing.  Ranch is my life. Growing up in Texas, it’s practically a religion to dip any and everything into it. I LOVE my recipe, it’s the perfect amount of citrus and creaminess.

zesty-vegan-ranch-dressing-gluten-free-cauliflower-hot-wings06

Smoky Rice Paper Bacon

You can’t have a BLT without the bacon. This is the best alternative I’ve found and I swear by it. Super crispy with a little bit of chew, it’s worth trying out if bacon is something you could “never give up”.

unnamed-5



You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply

Privacy Policy

The Eluxe privacy policy applies to all your personal information, given and received. Personal information is information that might identify you, like your name, address, phone number, email, or website. When you visit our site, we may gather information about you such as your name, email, cookie information, and IP location. We may contact you regarding your preferences for information and updates. This information allows us to honour your requests for products and services and to improve our service to you. We never share or sell your personal information, unless we need to do so in order to provide a product, information or service that you have requested. Please note that no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% safe, thus, we cannot warrant that your information will be absolutely secure. Eluxe Magazine has a variety of safeguards – technical, administrative, and physical – in place to help protect against unauthorised access to, use, or disclosure of user information. We guarantee adherence to industry best practices that ensure complete security, and we fully comply with all federal regulations. If we change our privacy policy, we will tell you.

Copyright

All material on our site is original unless stated. Original content is fully copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. We make every effort to ensure all published images respect appropriate copyright. Should there be any issue, please contact us immediately.

Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Eluxe Magazine uses affiliate links throughout the site. We may be compensated if readers click on those links. We only provide links to products and services we genuinely like and trust.

Our Site will also occasionally contain links to, and quotations of, material from other sites. Eluxe Magazine is not responsible for the content or the privacy practices of other sites and expressly disclaims any liability arising out of such content or practices. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave Eluxe Magazine’s Site, and to read the privacy statements of any website that may collect personally identifiable information. Some of the links found on our site may be links that have been paid for by the sponsor. Under no circumstances does Eluxe Magazine accept responsibility for, nor shall Eluxe Magazine be liable for any violation of personal or proprietary rights of you and/or any third party (including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, patent, service mark, misappropriation, unfair competition, trade secrets, privacy publicity rights, etc.), false advertising that is harmful, or violates any law or governmental regulation and/or any media that may constitute libel or slander of any person or entity or infringe upon or violate the right of privacy or any other right of any person or entity arising out of content, practices, or other media of any third party links.

Eluxe Magazine is not responsible for the content or the privacy practices of other sites we link into and expressly disclaims any liability arising out of such content or practices. Under no circumstances does Eluxe Magazine accept responsibility for, nor shall Eluxe Magazine be liable for any damages or detriment arising out of content, practices, or other media of third party links.

Editorial Statement and Disclaimer

The views expressed at here are the views of the Eluxe staff and do not necessarily represent the views of Eluxe sponsors and/or partners. Eluxe content is for informational and entertainment purposes, and any views expressed should not be accepted as a substitute for qualified expertise. Though we make every effort to provide accurate information, it is up to you, the reader, to use Eluxe’s content responsibly; in return, we promise to publish responsibly. We stand by our content, our writers, and our editors. In the rare case we make a mistake, we will take whatever reasonable course of action we can to acknowledge and correct it.

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE SITE, CONTENT, PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES ON THE SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND ON AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, TGT DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. ELUXE MAGAZINE DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT ANY DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THE SITE AVAILABLE ARE FREE FROM VIRUSES OR ANYTHING ELSE HARMFUL. FURTHER, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, ELUXE MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY, USEFULNESS, RELIABILITY, OR COMPLETENESS OF THE SITE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, CONTENT, THE CONTENT OF ANY THIRD-PARTY SITE LINKED TO OR FROM THIS SITE, COMMENTS, INFORMATION, INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OUR VENDORS, OR ANY OTHER ITEMS OR MATERIALS ON THE SITE OR LINKED TO FROM THE SITE.

ELUXE ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR (A) ANY, ERRORS, MISTAKES OR INACCURACIES OF THE CONTENT, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, SITE AND MATERIALS SET FORTH ON OR MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE, (B) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITE(S), PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, (C) ANY UNAUTHORISED ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SERVERS THAT HOST THE SITE OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITE(S) AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (D) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE SITE OR THIRD PARTY SITE(S), (E) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES OR THE LIKE, WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH THE SITE OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITE(S) BY TGT OR ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (F) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE NETWORK OR ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION AND MATERIALS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THIRD PARTY SITE(S)) OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING.

NO PERSON (INCLUDING ANY AGENT, DEALER OR REPRESENTATIVE OF ELUXE MAGAZINE) IS AUTHORISED TO MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY CONCERNING PRODUCTS AND BY USING THIS SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NOT RELIED ON ANY OTHER WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS.

IN NO EVENT SHALL ELUXE OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS, VENDORS, MANUFACTURERS OR DISTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA, REVENUE OR PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR LOSS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY OR GOODWILL, ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH (A) THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE; (B) THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, PRODUCTS, MATERIALS, CONTENT, OR SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FROM, ON OR THROUGH THE SITE OR ANY THIRD-PARTY WEBSITE(S); OR (C) THE CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OF THE SITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ELUXE MAGAZINE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. YOU ASSUME COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITE. YOUR SOLE REMEDY AGAINST TGT FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE SITE OR ANY CONTENT IS TO STOP USING THE WEBSITE. THAT SAID, IF ELUXE MAGAZINE IS FOUND TO BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS ARISING OUT OF OR WHICH IS IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE, ANY CONTENT, OR PURCHASE OF ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES ON OR THROUGH THE SITE, ELUXE MAGAZINE’S LIABILITY SHALL NOT EXCEED $100.00 IN THE AGGREGATE.

These Terms of Service (together with our Privacy Policy, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference and which can be accessed on this Site, and any other terms that may appear on the Site from time-to-time) contain the entire understanding between you and us with respect to your use and access of this Site, and supersede all prior agreements, terms, conditions and understandings, both written and oral, with respect to such use and access of the Site. No representation, statement or inducement, whether oral or written, not contained in these Terms of Service (and any other terms that may appear on the Site from time-to-time) or the Privacy Policy shall bind any party to this agreement. No additional or different terms or conditions will be binding upon us unless expressly agreed to in writing by an officer of ELUXE MAGAZINE. No other representative has any authority to waive, alter, vary or add to these Terms of Service. Before using this Site please read through all referenced documents carefully.

Aggregate information (non-personally identifiable information)

Eluxe Magazine may, from time to time, automatically collect aggregate information about our visitors to our advertisers, sponsors, promotional partners and affiliates. This aggregate information includes, but is not limited to, IP addresses connecting to our site, how many persons visited a particular page or activity, dates and times of image uploads, device characteristics, operating system, browser type, type of connection, page and image viewing statistics, and incoming and outgoing links.

Like most websites, we use log files to store this information. None of this automatically collected technical information is associated with any identified person at the time it is collected, but it could be associated with you under two circumstances: First, if you choose to give us personal data about you as described above, the technical information we collect that would otherwise be anonymous could instead be logged as coming from you. Second, if we are required to disclose our server logs as a result of a subpoena or other legal process, some third party such as your internet provider could match our anonymous technical information with you, using information beyond what is found on our servers.

Eluxe Magazine may use cookies, web beacons, pixel tags, or other anonymous tracking information to improve our server’s interaction with your computer, and we may partner with third party advertisers who may (themselves or through their partners) place or recognise a unique cookie on your browser. These cookies enable more customised ads, content, or services to be provided to you. To trigger these cookies, we may pass an encrypted or “hashed” (non-human readable) identifier corresponding to your email address to a Web advertising partner, who may place a cookie on your computer. No personally identifiable information is on, or is connected to, these cookies. Although our servers currently don’t respond to “do-not-track” requests (see below), you can block these cookies in other ways, for example by searching “[your browser] + disable cookies.”

Eluxe Magazine will never share, sell, lease, or rent PII to unaffiliated third parties, except in the following circumstances:

a) If we have a good faith belief that we must disclose such information for legal reasons, such as to enforce our Terms of Service, protect or assert the rights, property interests, or personal safety of Eluxe (including its employees, directors, suppliers, distributors, service providers, users of the Website or others), or if we are otherwise required to disclose such information by law. We will disclose information only to the extent necessary to comply with the purpose of the request.

b) We may share aggregate, anonymous or summary information regarding our customers and their behaviors with partners, advertisers or other third parties. This data is not personal information and so will not identify you personally. We may share information with companies that provide support services to us, such as a printer, mailing house, fulfillment-company, credit card processor, email service provider or web host, amongst others. These parties may need personal information about you in order to perform their functions. However, these parties may not use any personal information we share with them about you for any other purpose other than in connection with performing supporting functions for us.

You have the right at any time to prevent us from contacting you for marketing purposes. If and when we send a promotional communication to a user, the user can opt out of further promotional communications by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in each promotional e-mail. Please note that notwithstanding the promotional preferences you indicate by unsubscribing or opting out in some other fashion, we may continue to send you administrative emails including, for example, periodic updates to our Privacy Policy.

In order to access a profile on Eluxe Magazine’s shop, you must first create an account with a username and password. The registration system requires that a valid email address be used to confirm the account. You should choose a username that does not include your last name and does not specify your city or your address. Eluxe Magazine asks that you use your first name only, or an alias, for your display name. This is to safeguard your privacy and protection. We do not use and cannot access this information.

Eluxe Magazine is 100% opposed to unsolicited commercial email (“spam”). We do not have any desire to send unsolicited marketing emails to anyone without permission and we do not sell or provide user email addresses to any unauthorised third party in violation of this Policy. All of our newsletters and other general email marketing communications also include an “unsubscribe” opt-out link that you may use to tell us to stop sending you marketing emails.

In the event of a change in control resulting from, for example, a sale to, or merger with, another entity, or in the event of a sale of assets or a bankruptcy, Eluxe Magazine reserves the right to transfer your personal information to the new party in control, or the party acquiring assets. We will only do so if the party we transfer the information to agrees that they will abide by our Privacy Policy for as long as they hold the information, and that they will not transfer the information to any other party who will not abide by our Privacy Policy.

We use third-party advertising companies to deliver online advertising. These companies facilitate the delivery of ads, conduct market research, and use cookies for record-keeping purposes. These cookies sometimes enable the companies to serve you ads tailored to things you have shown an interest in based on your prior web activity. This is generally known as behavioral advertising. For example, this means that if you frequently read movie reviews online, it is possible that you might see ads on other websites relating to upcoming movies. Online advertising companies generally conduct this activity in an anonymous format, with online information not combined with information that would allow for your identification.

The third-party companies that will be serving advertisements on Eluxe Magazine may include DoubleClick, Google and Taboola.

We may periodically modify, alter, or update these policies. We will alert users to any material changes to this policy by posting the revised information here. We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy on a regular basis to stay informed about how we are protecting the personal information we collect. Your continued use of TGT’s website constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any future updates.