A “Little” About Me

I will always want this blog to be more about the food than about me, but since you’re interested… ;)

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The name Vegan Yack Attack references a few different things in my life, the most obvious one being that I’m vegan; Yack Attack stems from a nickname I was given. My name is Jackie or Jacqueline (which is where this started) which then became Yacqueli, because of the kitchen staff at a restaurant I used to serve at, is sometimes was shortened to Yackie, and finally… Yack Attack.

One thing about me is that I am a very curious person; I am always wanting to learn and am constantly fascinated by new information that I come across. That leads me into why I became Vegetarian, then eventually Vegan, in the first place. I started reading many articles and reports concerning food, beauty products, household items, etc. and the chemicals that they were made of; not to mention how those chemicals are essentially unregulated. Insanity, I say! Because I have a background in product design, I have always had the notion of living a sustainable life and doing the least damage possible to my surroundings and the planet. But, after reading everything that I did about those chemicals, factory farming, and how the government doesn’t care, there was no looking back and I feel that I am a much better person for it now.

When I started cooking more food at home to avoid the atrocities that are sold in most markets, I started documenting them; feeling a sense of pride in the new things that I was accomplishing. Thousands of pictures and hundreds of recipes later, I’ve reached a point where I feel a connection with fellow vegans & vegan enthusiasts and I love to share everything with my community!

So thank you, you amazing reader you, for gazing upon my blog and giving me something to post for! :)

Me Hugging YOU

29 Responses to A “Little” About Me

  1. I am struggling to transition to vegan. I find that I am running out of things to eat. Your blog has really help me and so has Kris Carr’s book Crazy Sexy Diet.

    If I never become vegan completely, I can say I have learned lots on my journey ..

    KIM

  2. Hi, you have the BEST food photos. In time, I aspire to have such good photos of our cookies A Couple Smart Cookies. Keep up the great work please. Sincerely, Cole

    • Jackie

      Thank you so much, Cole! That is so sweet of you to say. And hey, if you ever want me to photograph your cookies, just let me know! :)

  3. Hey Jackie!

    First off, thanks for your blog, I love it and its been really helpful. Second, I was hoping for advice. I’m a senior in college and a part-time vegan. I really want to commit to veganism, but its been difficult especially recently for me to find the time to cook for myself. I also run into the issue of not having the money to spend on groceries or suddenly realizing that I have not a whole lot to eat (ex. I just had black beans, peanut butter and dark chocolate for dinner. Not together of course). What do you recommend for a struggling vegan short on time, money and an additional tendency to want cheesy food when drunk?

    Thanks!

    Carrie

    • Jackie

      Hi Carrie!

      Sorry for the lag in response time, this is sort of a broad question so I’ll just give you some tips that I’ve had success with. When I was working full-time, I found that I was making a lot of sandwiches and salads for lunch, and mostly granola/nuts/fruit/oatmeal for breakfast, and usually sauteing up some veggies (generalized) for dinner. Sandwiches and salads are super easy to make, and you can switch it up all of the time, while staying healthy.

      Something that you should learn to live by is buy mostly whole ingredients, for example, fruits, veggies, grains, beans and some oils. These are what you should be preparing for most of your food and are the least expensive items. Then, for treats or by necessity, you buy “specialty items” such as: nutritional yeast (for different recipes or as a supplement), maple syrup/agave nectar, maybe some daiya shreds here and there, or meat substitutes. Make sure that you don’t buy those frequently or they will make your grocery bill go way up, and try to not buy frozen, pre-made foods; not only are they expensive, but they just not as good for you.

      If you have any more questions, feel free to comment on here again! I hope that this helped you at least a little bit, and good luck with transitioning to veganism and graduating! :)

      -Jackie

  4. Sarah

    I just found your blog and I cannot wait to try these recipies. :)
    Super cool, I just don’t know where to start!

  5. Chris Thomas

    Do you have have a peanut sauce recipe?

    thanks

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Hi Chris!
      Sorry for the late reply, I don’t have a peanut sauce recipe at the moment but am looking forward to making one in the near future!
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Jackie

    • Heather Lund

      3/4 cup almond butter or natural peanut butter
      1/4 cup lemon Juice
      2 Tablespoons braggs liquid aminos
      2-4 Dates
      1 teaspoon grated ginger
      1/2 teaspoon garlic
      1/2 cup coconut water or filtered water
      Blend high powered blender

      I got this from “Anis’s Raw Food Asia” by Ani Phyo
      She has great Asian cooing recipes. (I substitute dates, she uses 2 Tablespoons of Agave syrup). It is a great peanut sauce!

  6. You have a very cool & lovely food blog!
    I have made many recipes of yours & love your raw recipes a lot! I am not a vegan but eat vegan or vegetarian 5 x/week!

    Many greetings from a foodie from Brussels, Belgium! :)

  7. Hiya Jackie!

    I am trying to convert to a vegan diet, since it’s healthier and more environmentally friendly! Anyway, my mum is really concerned that I want get enough calcium or protein in my diet, so I was wondering if you could tell me some foods I could eat, that aren’t expensive or hard to find and obviously are suitable for vegans? :-)

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Hi Kate!

      There are some great sources out there for finding out when you need to keep your vegan diet well-rounded and healthy. As far as protein goes, here is a helpful link: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

      Here is a link from Veg Kitchen on Plant-Based sources of calcium and absorbency: http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/calcium/

      If you want to look into it further, just google “plant-based source of _______” < – whatever it is that you are curious about. Also, as far as affordable vegan foods, your best bets are whole foods. Buying fresh produce, dried beans, grains and nuts are going to be some of the cheaper items. Anything in a package is basically going to cost more, with the exception of tofu.

      I hope that helps! :)

  8. Hi there Jackie!
    Love your blog! I just transitioned from vegetarian to vegan on June 1st. It was supposed to be a 30-day challenge but I had been researching the vegan lifestyle for a while so ….. here I am!
    I love all the various recipes you post. It helps me to explain to people what vegans CAN eat – even though I haven’t tried them yet. The black bean burger will be my first.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Vicki

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      That is awesome, Vicki! I’m so glad to hear that you’re making a transition into the vegan lifestyle and that you’ve come to visit my blog. PLEASE let me know if you have any questions whatsoever and I’d be glad to help you out.

      Cheers!

  9. Wendy

    I’m been on 2yrs vegetarian mostly for health reasons (feeling great). My biggest obstacle is that I have a husband and 2kids to cook for. They are not following the same plan. I don’t expect them to. Cooking multiple things for multiple meals is exhausting. Any ideas?

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      A good plan is to make a really good base meal for yourself (veggies, starch, etc.) and cook your protein and their protein on the sides, then add them afterward once everyone is plating their food. That way you’re really only working on a couple of things, and you all are enjoying close to the same meal. I hope that helps!

  10. Just wanted to leave you a little note to let you know that I have given you the “One Lovely Blog Award” and the “Sunshine Award” for having such an awesome vegan blog! Check out the details here:

    http://adventureswithveggies.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/awww-shucks-now-youve-made-me-blush/

    Thanks for having such a great blog! =)

    Julie

  11. Ana

    Just found your blog and I am loving it! Looking at all the recipes, already printed out half a dozen to try :-)
    What an awesome food blog you have, so many good ideas and delicious foods, I can’t wait to try your recipes and read more of your blog!
    Ana

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to hear your feedback on the recipes that you make. Good luck, and I hope that you enjoy them! :)

  12. Misty

    You should seriously come to Victoria, British Columbia someday. We have a great vegan community here, including one of the coolest, most amazing people ever…Sarah Kramer from http://govegan.net/! She has a cool little store close to chinatown and writes the most amazing cookbooks.

    We’ve also got some great restaurants and shops here. It’s a wonderful place to be a vegan and you would enjoy it, I think.

  13. CJ

    Not to be mean, but “yack” is slang for vomit, so your blog name makes me think of uncontrollable puking. Which sucks, because you food looks great.

  14. [ Smiles ] Jackie, you have a wonderful vegan blog here.

    I admire your devotion for creating vegan recipes.

    I must say that the name, “Vegan Yack Attack,” aroused my curiousity and I had to check it out to see what it was all about; I am glad I did!

  15. Beverly Jackson

    Just joined your blog in my efforts to transition to vegan. Saw “Forks Over Knives” documentary and sat up and paid attention to animal products causing poor health. I didn’t think I could give up half and half in my coffee and yesterday I bought soy creamer and I swear I can’t tell the difference, so I think I’m on my way. Looking forward to recipes as I feel a little helpless in the kitchen right now, with a fridge full of tofu, tempeh, tamari and veggies that I don’t know what to do with. But it’s fun and challenging, and thanks for the great blog.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      I love the documentary “Forks over Knives”! It really does change your perception of what is healthy and what your body needs. Thank you for coming to my blog and there are MANY recipes that can help you acclimate to your new diet. Just use the search engine in the side bar and plug in “tofu”, “tempeh” or anything else you may need ideas for, and there should be some recipes for you.

      Cheers! Jackie

      • Shez from Oz

        Just on Forks over Knives, I was diagnosed with very high plaque buildup (up to 69% so potential stroke victim @ 53yo!) when a biochemist recommended going vegan. I was a half-heartedly following a vegan diet and then I watched Forks……It motivated me to commit to veganism and after 1 year I had my arteries ultrasounded again & had decreased my plaque to 30%! Something to be said for eliminating animal protein from our diets.

  16. Hi Jackie! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Award!
    http://ericawollman.com/2013/04/11/liebster-award/

  17. disha

    Hey im vegan from past 3 months and love being vegan i lost weight and feel good about it
    Thank u for your wonderful recipes u share
    Thanks for sharing

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