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Hi! My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a vegan food writer and cookbook author. I have been vegan since 2006 and developing simple vegan recipes since 2008. At Glue & Glitter, you’ll find easy vegan recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor and tips to make eating vegan deliciously easy.
I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, six-year-old son, and two very sassy rescue dogs.
Healthy-ish Vegan Cooking
My family has a diverse palate, and I work every day to create delicious, healthy-ish meals that everyone is excited to eat. I’m not the home cook who will make separate dishes for everyone, so coming up with recipes we can all enjoy is my kitchen goal.
As a working mom, I understand how important it is to have an arsenal of simple, flavorful vegan meals that don’t take a lot of effort to put together. My goal with every recipe I create is to find ways to make eating vegan not just delicious but affordable and doable in the long term.
If you’re new to eating vegan, I recommend starting with this guide to creating easy vegan recipes, which has helpful tips on stocking the pantry along with a printable shopping list that you can use to navigate the grocery store more effectively. It also includes a guide to (optional) handy kitchen gadgets that can help make home cooking a lot quicker and easier and a breakdown of simple vegan recipes by meal.
My first print cookbook – BOWLS! – came out fall of 2014. You can get the print version here or buy the ebook version. In November 2016 I released my second print cookbook: 40 Days of Green Smoothies. It’s a six-week plan to help you start a green smoothie habit, and it includes a recipe for each of the 40 days, along with weekly tips and shopping lists.
About Glue & Glitter
This site is all about creating simple, healthy-ish vegan recipes for busy people. I try to steer away from special ingredients and focus on doable, delicious dishes that anyone can make.
I say healthy-ish, because I firmly believe that everything is about balance. You’ll find plenty of kale salads in this space, but you’ll also find deliciously-decadent baked mac and cheese (yes, it’s vegan!).
Glue & Glitter might seem like a strange name for a food blog, and you’re totally right! This site didn’t start out as a food blog. Back in 2006, Glue & Glitter began as a crafting blog (with the occasional recipe) to go along with my handmade business. Back then, I made aprons and lunchbox sets that I sold online and at local craft markets.
Over the years, I realized that my passion for all-night sewing sessions was on the wane, while my love for creating simple, doable vegan recipes was growing exponentially by the day. By 2008 or so, I knew it was time to pivot and ditch the crafts in favor of recipes. So here we are.
I have considered changing this site’s name many, many times, but Glue & Glitter is just so close to my heart after all of these years!
If you want to get a feel for my cooking style on this site, these are some great recipes to get you started:
Cooking with gadgets isn’t required to eat vegan, but the right tools can make cooking in general quicker, easier, and more fun. My go-to kitchen gadgets are my air fryer and Instant Pot. You’ll see recipes just for these appliances and options to use them in many of recipes around here.
My Vegan Story
When you tell someone that you’re vegan — after they tell you that they’ll die without cheese (you won’t) — they want to know what prompted you to go vegan in the first place. For me, it was a pretty long road.
Like a lot of long-time vegans that I know, I didn’t go vegan in a day. I first went vegetarian back when I was 15. I did it to make my parents mad, and it worked, y’all.
I bought a copy of A Teen’s Guide to Going Vegetarian and devoured it. The book lays out the hows and whys around vegetarianism, and what began as an angsty teen move turned into something that really clicked for me. It’s empowering, especially as a kid, to realize that you can make a difference just through the foods you choose to fill your plate.
For the next 11 years, I ping ponged between being vegetarian and pescatarian until I was 25. That year, my cholesterol was so high that a doctor wanted to put me on statins for the rest of my life.
What! That seemed wild to me. High cholesterol runs in my family, but relying that route felt very extreme. Surely, there was another way.
Luckily, I had a doctor who was willing to let me try to fix my problems with dietary changes. We talked about what I ate, and he diagnosed me with a cheese problem.
For the next three months, I cut out all dairy and eggs, and when I went back for a recheck, my cholesterol was normal. It has been normal ever since.
I was still eating fish during this time, but the more I learned about amazing vegan food and about the fishing industry, the worse I felt about that part of my diet.
In 2006 — over a decade after first going vegetarian — I went vegan and never looked back.
Of course it was tough at first. Any big lifestyle change is tough in the beginning. The trick is rethinking your plate and how you plan your meals. I have a few resources that can help you, whether you want to dip your tow into veganism or dive in, head first.
- My guide to simple vegan recipes shows you how to build easy meals in a flash.
- Breakfast can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Try these easy vegan breakfasts on for size.
- Weeknight dinners can feel overwhelming at first, if your usual go-tos rely on animal products. This guide to easy vegan dinners can help!
Work with Me
Want to team up? Let’s chat.
I am open to working with brands that I think would be a good fit for my site’s readers. If you’d like to discuss a possible partnership, email Becky Striepe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media kit available upon request.
Becky Striepe and Glue & Glitter have been published and featured on these publications and podcasts.