About

Hi All! After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa and apprenticing on an organic vegetable farm last summer I have found a job cooking at a vegan cafe in CT.

This blog was born in a time when I was eating exclusively gluten-free, soy-free, vegan food. As I continue my journey, I have ventured outside of these lines a bit and no longer consider myself strictly vegan. However, I still identify strongly with vegan values, thus I have decided to keep this blog and continue to post my recipes here :-)

Thank you to everyone who has emailed me  with recipes, suggestions, and comments.  It is really great to hear from all of you, and it inspires me to continue my work.  Please continue to email me with any feedback about my blog, or with recipes you would like to share with me:)

My email is: camille.bevans@gmail.com.

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When I started this blog, I was thinking it would be a place to collect my favorite recipes and maybe share them with family and close friends. Now, who could believe everyone who is reading and sharing — it is beyond my biggest dreams! Because the blog is becoming very public, please be understanding while I undergo some necessary renovations. I have quite a few recipes I have taken or adapted from cookbooks and re-blogged from other bloggers. I will try to switch these recipes over to direct you to the original source, or, in the case of cookbooks I am working on getting permission to replicate some of their recipes on this blog. In the meantime, I have taken down some posts to avoid any copyright issues, or insulting any of the amazing cooks who have shared their recipes with all of us. If you are looking for a recipe that seems to have disappeared, just send me an email and I will get you that information asap. Cheers (-:

64 responses

19 01 2009
Sandra

OMG… I did not think such a thing could exist… GF,SF and VEGAN….. OH MY! Thank you for taking the time to do this.

I am working my way to vegan…next is the gluten….and I can’t do soy anyway….

Any tips you can spare??

S

31 01 2009
Camille

Hi Sandra!

It’s great to hear from you:) I am always happy to give tips, but I’m not quite sure what you are looking for, but here are a few of my favorites:

Have you heard of Marissa’s Vegan at Heart program? It’s a really cool email listserve where Marissa sends out quick tasks that help transition to being vegan, and are just filled with cool info for the already vegan. You might like it, her website is: http://www.kindgreenplanet.org/index.php and you can find out more about the program by clicking on the “are you a vegan at heart”

Also, I highly highly recommend Colleen’s podcast “food for thought” listed under my favorite podcasts on the home page of my blog. This podcast had a large role in inspiring me to become vegan.

metta,
Camille

6 02 2009
Amy

Hi Camille,
I just recently went from GF, dairy free to vegan and was researching soy and just not 100% “there” with relying on it as my main protein source. My friend told me, jokingly, that I needed to find a website/blog that caters to the GF SF Vegan and low and behold, here you are! I look forward to reading more blogs and learning more. Thanks for the websites in the last post, I will check those out.

Here is something that drives me nuts, I go to a lot of networking events and the “vegetarian” option is usually pasta, which of course isn’t rice based, so I end up not eating and that draws attention to me and people are nosey and ask why I am not eating. Is there a way you “answer” curious people? I live right outside of Portland, which is known for being very vegan friendly, but that understanding doesn’t extend into WA State. It is embarrassing to be singled out and asked.

Any advice?

Thank you again for this terrific blog,
Amy

6 02 2009
Camille

Hi Amy,

Thanks for commenting. I understand where you are coming from, I often feel awkward at social events involving food. I haven’t figured out the best way to navigate these situations yet. I often smile and simply state that I’m vegan, but then assure them that I ate before coming and am not hungry. This sometimes leads to a conversation about what veganism is, which I see as an opportunity to share something that is important to me.

The worst is when people feel bad, and try to make up for it by finding you vegan pasta. Then I often thank them for being so considerate but explain that I actually can’t eat gluten or soy either. I say I’m sorry for causing them trouble and they usually brush it off and ask me what I eat, figuring there must be no food in the world that is vegan, gluten free, and soy free. And that is actually one of the great inspirations for starting this blog, because I got asked “what DO you eat?!” so many times. So then I talk about my blog, and my passion for food, and the other person starts to look bored and we change the subject.

I guess in the end I just end up being singled out a lot, but I try to take it as a compliment. These people want to get to know me, or that’s how I choose to interpret it. I also enjoy the chance to claim my space and say who I truly am. Yes, I’m vegan, in fact why is it that you are eating that corn dog again? (no I haven’t yet figured out how to deliver that line in a compassionate way, maybe someday).

I don’t know if this will help you at all, but I highly recommend listening to Colleen’s podcasts. She addresses this type of thing in a few of her episode. The one about talking to non-vegetarians about being vegetarian would probably be most helpful.

If you, or anyone else out there reading this, figure out a simpler solution, please pass it along – I would love something a little more streamlined.

Best of luck,
Camille

24 03 2009
Lisa

Hi Camille,

I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for about 11 years and was just diagnosed with casein and gluten intolerance. I’ve been looking for new recipes everywhere and found your site. Thank you! I’ve pulled down a number of recipes that you’ve published.

If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to check out “Food Allergy Survival Guide” by Vesanto Melina, Jo Stepaniak, and Dina Aronson. I’ve found some superb easy to make vegan gluten free recipes in that book.

Lisa

26 03 2009
Arnold

Hi Camille!

I have been vegan for over 20 years. I chose to go vegan for ethical reasons. A few years ago I discovered I am both gluten and soy intolerant so I quit both but 6 months later I went back to the soy and gluten. But 8 months ago I decided to quit soy/gluten again and stick with it so I am vegan and soy and gluten free. Anyway I just wanted to say that it is wonderful you have this blog posting these recipes. I really
don’t cook elaborate recipes but have been getting a little more creative and may start doing that soon so it’s wonderful to have another place to go to find recipes. I just wanted to say thank you!!!

Oh and just curious, what prompted you to be vegan and soy/gluten free?

26 03 2009
Camille

Hi Arnold!

It’s great to hear from you, and always exciting to hear about more people who have similar dietary needs/preferences:)

I took soy and gluten out of my diet before becoming vegan, because they seemed to be making me sick. About a month after doing so (almost exactly a year ago!) I became vegan. This change was influenced strongly by a good friend of mine, and Colleen’s Food for Thought podcast, and it was probably one of my favorite life decisions;)

2 04 2009
Katie

I’m so glad I found your site! :) Looking forward to trying out the recipes. I’m trying to be gluten free and then soy free too (already veg) so new recipes will probably help to increase my enthusiasm…

2 05 2009
Sarah Nickolet

ohmygosh! I love you and I don’t even know you! Thank you SO much for posting these recipes!!!

I have allergies to dairy, soy, egg, gluten, and many other food additives and you might have just saved my sanity!

thank you!

1 06 2009
dreamin'itvegan

My son and I are vegan and just recently the doctor said my son has IBS so we are eliminating wheat for a while to see if that’s what he is reacting to. I know he gets plenty of fiber so that can’t be his issue. I’m looking forward to following your blog.

25 06 2009
Pandora's Ink

Hi Camille!!

I just found your website today. I googled soy free gluten free vegan, laughing as I did so thinking I’d not find anything worthwhile. I was immediately proved wrong :)

I used to be vegetarian and tried vegan for a short while. I’m just an omnivore now with growing sensitivity to how what I eat – and not just whether I recycle or walk vs drive to work- affects our planet. Some very good friends of mine are vegan and veggie, and they are inspiring me to be more creative with my cooking. My body is very sensitive to soy and I am very suspicious of gluten, so your website is a terrific place for me to roam about finding good stuff. I’m also on weight watchers, too, successfully, and after reading several of your recipes I can tell eating this way would really help being on plan with WW.

Thanks a TON for all of your efforts. I’ve passed the word on to my friends.

Take care!
Geri

17 08 2009
Joan

Thank you so much for your website. I am a vegan (for ethical reasons) who has had to give up soy and gluten because my digestive system can’t handle them. Your website is terrifically helpful! I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes and looking for some of the products you talk about. Thanks again, Joan

18 09 2009
VEGirl

This is great, Camille! Thank you for this! I’m a 13 year old gluten-free vegan, and I have recently started a blog, that I will soon be posting some recipes of my own invention on! Please check it out!

VEGirl
Vegirlblog.blogspot.com

29 09 2009
Kathryn C

Hi Camille,

Like so many of the other people who have commented, I, too, was so thrilled when a search in Google turned up your site. I’m intolerant to gluten and some whole-fat forms of dairy, and recently decided not to eat meat for ethical reasons. As of yesterday I was eating tofu just about three times a week for approximately six weeks but after getting very ill from it the last two times, I’ve determined I must be intolerant to soy, as well. I was hoping to find information on how to maintain a soy-free, gluten-free, mostly vegan lifestyle, so thank you, thank you, thank you for creating this blog; your recipes are amazing and I was so happy to see that many of your recipes are Indian dishes–one of my favorite ethnic cuisines.

The hardest part for me is going to upscale restaurants, as my husband and I do really enjoy a nice dinner out–but that is getting much harder and more frustrating as menus often don’t accommodate my needs–or, as someone else pointed out, offer only a pasta option for vegetarians. Do you have any advice on navigating the unfriendly waters of meat-based gourmet restaurants? I don’t want my husband to go without (he eats meat, but gluten and soy affect him, too) just because I choose not to.

Thanks so much!

30 09 2009
Camille

Hi Kathryn,

It’s great to hear from you! I like to eat out a lot too (although I’ve never been a fan of the fancier restaurant scene because I find looking for my food tedious). That being said, here are my tips if you are going to be doing it.

1. Be Nice.

Usually at fancy restaurants the chefs do have the ingredients to make you a nice meal. In fact, I’ve had many a good experience where the water takes the time and the cook invents some incredible stuffed pepper with side fancy salad. In order to get these results I find it best to be consistently incredibly nice. Make the waiter love you, this way they will be more likely to actually take you seriously and check the ingredients.

2. Be Persistent.

Just because you are being nice does not mean you are easy;) Do not, and I repeat do not give up. If you think they didn’t really check the ingredients as again. Use a line like “I’m sorry that I’m troubling you again, but you said that you read the ingredients on the salad dressing and there was no tamari, soy sauce, aminos and no grain vinegars containing gluten such as corn, right? *smile sweetly*” Remember, these people can’t leave, they’re working and it’s their job to take care of you! So sit back, relax, and sweetly ask them to do there job right. If this means they need to go back and check on things five or six times, just smile and thank them for helping you out.

3. Have Suggestions.

Often, when you say “I’m vegetarian and can’t have gluten or soy” people freak out. Well, first they ask what the hell gluten is, then they freak out. “What do you eat?!” Restaurants are often thinking, well why are you freaking here? But the truth is, there is more food than they realize that fits into this category. Don’t be afraid to have the waitress help you get creative with making meal. I often look at the menu to get an idea of what kind of food they have available. Then I prepare the questions I have. Ordering at a steakhouse might go like this for me.

hmm I can eat:
baked potatoes (without toppings)
baked beans? maybe…must ask ingredients looking for hidden gluten, soy, and meat
salad (always available, how good does it look)
side of vegetables

Then I might say to the waitress, “Hi, I have a few questions for you. I’m vegan (which means I don’t eat any animal products) and I’m also allergic to gluten (which is typically found in flour) and soy. I’m looking at the menu and I’m not sure what I should order. Does your baked beans have meat in it? flour? soy? okay…
and I go forth from there.

Often the waitress (overwhelmed at first) gets into the swing of things and helps you pick out a meal. If you have a less than helpful waiter, take a deep breath, and order a bunch of side dishes. Salad with oil (check to make sure it is soy free) and vinegar (make sure not from wheat) is usually a good back up. Alternately, bring salad dressing with you. You can usually make a salad heartier with an extra helping of vegetables and topped with rice or a side of baked potato. Or, ask for a rice and veggie stir fry. Asking for specific meals, that they can make, makes it easier for them to do their job.

4. Call Ahead

Often, when checking out different restaurants I call all of them, explain my dietary restrictions and ask if they can accommodate me. They appreciate the heads up, and I can judge which restaurant will take the best care of me. You can usually make your reservation at the same time, and then they know when to expect you and what to expect so they are prepared to help you out.

5. Frequent Your Favorites

Once you frequent a restaurant that has done well for you in the past, they will work harder to make good food for you. This will mean there will not only be good food for you there, but that place will probably become more friendly for all of us! And take heart, while pasta is the choice vegetarian food right now, that is changing as more of us vegetarians with allergies show the world that vegetarianism is about so much more than pasta. One fancy restaurant near my college now sells a very fancy vegan soup that is free of gluten and soy. This is more than I would have ever dreamed of from a fancy meat oriented place, but I attribute it to all the other vegetarians out there who expect something more than pasta with sauce.

Hope these tips help. And remember, when you feel like you are about to scream because you went out to dinner only to pay 25 dollars for a crappy salad and now you have a headache because you haven’t had enough food, and all your non-vegetarian friends think, “man, vegetarianism sucks, look at the food she eats”. And you think “this isn’t vegetarianism!!!!.” You are not alone. Go home, email rant to a veggie friend, and try again tomorrow. We all strike out more than we would like, but there is hope for fancy upscale restaurants (I promise).

Cheers,
Camille

11 10 2009
Marci

Thank you Camille for so many good tips and the research you have done for all of us. My son has autism and I am starting him on a Gluten Free Casein Free Soy free Vegan diet…. tomorrow. We are already Vegetarian and have been slowy moving into Veganism. I will be taking on this diet with my son so that he will not be alone on this. Even though I don’t think I have any allergies to food it would do me no harm removing these items from my diet.

One question…. have you come across GFCFSF vegan chicken nuggets? I found the Rice Burgers which aren’t bad but my son is obsessed with Morning Star Chik’N Nuggets and i am trying to find a replacement.

Again, thank you for the wonderful site…. much appreciated.

4 11 2009
Robin

Hi! I have been vegan for 2 1/2 years. I made the decision to become vegan and then found out later I was allergic to dairy so I figured it was a good choice. Recently I had a baby and have had to change my diet yet again to help him. My naturopath thinks something in my breastmilk is bothering him, so I have recently cut out the following: apples, bananas, chocolate, citrus, coffee, dairy (already cut out since I am vegan), garlic, onions, peppers, soy and wheat. I am appreciative of this website to know that it is possible and to inspire some menu ideas. I am a little sick of vegetable stir fry over rice. Thanks and keep it up! I really am craving some sweets, so I think I am going to try to oatmeal cookies, although I am wondering if I can simplify the recipe a little, for example, do I really need xanthum gum? I don’t even know where to buy it.

Robin

13 12 2009
Mollie

Hi Camille,
Thanks so much for all of this information. I have a 2-year-old who is allergic to dairy and a newborn who is allergic to dairy and soy, so my toddler and I are changing our diet. It’s nice to find some better alternatives, thanks for sharing!

30 12 2009
Maria

Hi there. I absolutely love your blog. I have a 15 month old son who is allergic to soy, gluten, milk proteins, eggs, nuts plus other environmental things. We (him and I) have been almost vegan, but we were eating meats for protein. Than we found out that even with organic meat they are being “finished with soy” he is so sensitive that he is still having a reaction that and he might be allergic to meat proteins. I have never heard of this, but I guess it does exist. We are in the process of eating strictly vegan and your blog is helping a great deal. I have made some really nummy foods that my husband and our other 4 children (who are not on this diet) love it and ask me to make it as a meal for the whole family.
I just want to thank you for what you have done here and helping me get my son healthy.
Thanks,
Maria

1 02 2010
Katie

I just found your blog, and I just gave up gluten and soy, so the timing couldn’t be better. I am not necessarily vegan, but I do prefer to eat minimal animal products, and I am also lactose intolerant.
Can’t wait to read more!

11 02 2010
Rachel

Camille,

I’m so happy to have found your blog! I see you haven’t posted in a while… I hope you haven’t abandoned us! :-) Although, there are plenty of archives for me to read. I thought there would surely be no one as crazy as I am, to be soy free, gluten free and vegan. I’m only 4 months in my journey on this path, but it’s great so far. Thanks for blogging.

22 02 2010
Danielle

Love your sight! It’s always nice to know there are others out there that follow the same diet (I’m not vegan, but no dairy/eggs, and I’m allergic to yeast–among other things!).

Checks out http://www.elanaspantry.com if you’ve never had the chance!

31 03 2010
Gypsy Jess

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this– I’m celiac and soy intolerant and I’ve been a vegetarian for years, but I’m wanting to go vegan. I was worried about the transition, but your blog gives me hope. The date is set, and I’m on my way!

20 04 2010
Lisette

Thank you for your blog and good luck on your Peace Corp adventure! I am Diabetic, Soy intolerant, Recently Vegan, and just found out I am Gluten intolerant! I was feeling like I should just give up but your blog helped me see there are lots of things I can eat.

Thanks so much!

15 05 2010
Stacey

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!! I NEVER leave feedback on websites, but I was just too compelled this time. I am vegan and soy free (due to my thyroid condition), and eat 80% gluten free. After finding this site, I feel more confident that I will be able to be 100% GF, SF, and Vegan. I have searched far and wide for a cookbook that has recipes for us, but no such luck. I eat fairly simple now, but I love to cook and try new things. This is so exciting and wonderful! A million thanks!!!! Stacey

P.S. here is a VERY simple GF, SF, Vegan recipe I make when I’m in a hurry (takes less than15 minutes). Very tasty and even my friends without dietary restrictions always ask me to make this for them.

Vegan Tacos
Ingredients: Onions, mushrooms, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, olive oil, corn tortillas (GF, SF).

Chop onions and mushrooms, then sautee onions and mushrooms in a small amount of oil on stove top. Cook black beans. Mash Avocado (I mix with a small amount of salt). Chop tomatoes (use salsa if desired).

Throw all the ingredients into the tortilla for tacos (I put black beans on the bottom, mushrooms and onions next, and avocado and tomatoes on top) and you have a very fast and filling meal.

10 07 2010
liora

Thank you so much for this website!

I became vegetarian about three years ago and slowly transitioned to being vegan. I became vegan because of my health (I have a lot of allergies) and in the process, I learned a lot about the animal movement.

I am now a passionate advocate for animal rights.

Since my allergies never went away completely, I got tested for other allergies. It looks like I am allergic to wheat and may be allergic to soy as well (the test results are border-line).

More than anything in the world, I want to be healthy and strong. I am very tired of feeling sluggish and of having so many rashes, stomach issues and infections. However, I felt lost when I tried to eliminate soy and wheat from my diet.

Thank you for sharing your experiences in this website. Most places focus on either soy free or gluten free diets, but almost never both. I have yet to see another site like yours.

At the moment, I am close to eliminating gluten from my diet, but have yet to eliminate soy. So now, with a little more information, I am ready to try and eliminate these two allergens from my diet.

Thank you so much!

Liora

29 07 2010
Amy Meade

Camille,
I am so glad to have found your blog. I’ve been vegan for several years for ethical reasons, and just this last week I found out I’m gluten, soy, and dairy intolerant. So far I’m constantly hungry and never feel full for more than a little bit after eating. I like rice, quinoa, and potatoes, but all the vegetables and fruits get boring…I’ll be reviewing your entries for suggestions.
Thank you,
Amy

6 08 2010
Tiffany

Hi Camille!

How have you been? This is Fang laoshi back to Williams!

I am sooo surprised to find this website which is made by YOU! I am now surfing the Internet for the gluten-free restaurant in Taipei because one of my American friends who will come to Taiwan as an expat and he just found he has Celiac Disease. It would be great if you can share some information with me! Thank you!

Take care,
xxx

Fang laoshi

16 08 2010
C

Just a note of thanks. Though I’m an omnivore, I recently became dairy, egg, soy, and gluten free – half-way to vegan without even trying! ;) Though I’ve discovered I need to eat some animal proteins for my particular health situation, I’m especially empathetic to vegans and vegetarians.

Your site is amazing and really very helpful – thank you for all the love and labor you’ve put it into it!

21 09 2010
Abby

Camille!
Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve been vegan for almost a year now and have been trying to avoid soy as well since my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was already a challenge for me as finding protein became difficult. Now, having been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity I was sure I’d have to give up veganism until I came across your site. You’re an inspiration! <3
Abby

17 11 2010
Karen

Hello Camille! Thank you so much for your blog!! You’re helping so many!! Best to you!

7 09 2011
Emily

Hello, Camille!
Your blog is fantastic! I’m allergic to gluten, soy, peanuts, mustard, sesame, eggs, and beans, and I also don’t eat meat! I have found this to be very difficult, considering I’m allergic to lots of proteins. I might have to cut out dairy, because my lactose intolerance has become much worse since I found out about my allergies two years ago.
I miss eating out! I was wondering where you’re located in the states, and if you have had any luck finding restaurants or bakeries in your area that cater to your gluten free, soy free veganism!
Thank you so much for your unique website! I will be trying out recipes soon, just not the ones with beans :)

Best of luck with everything in Senegal!
– Emily, Seattle

11 09 2011
Camille

Wow, that does sound hard! In the states I live in Roxbury, CT and there are almost no restaurants to be found where it is easy for me to eat:(. Usually I end up baking and cooking things myself. Although, might I recommend a trip to Portland, Or? They have great food there! They don’t totally understand the soy-free thing, and you might have a bit of a hard time with the beans, but people are very accommodating and there is lots of vegan gluten free food so that gives you a good start!

17 09 2011
Shelby

Hello, I’m glad I stumbled across your blog- by accident, believe it or not. Currently I’m Soy free, Dairy free, Gluten free, and other select food free. I’d like to be Vegan but I’m not sure how without becoming very sick (nutrient deficient). I know a lot of people who are Vegan but are not GF and SF like me. I thought eating a more Primalish way would work (MarksDailyApple) but I really don’t know what to do. Any advice?

22 09 2011
Camille

Hi!

I tried looking up the primal diet, but could not find a concise explanation of how it works. In terms of being GF, SF, and vegan in the US, I found this to be challenging at first, but once you get used to it, quite easy. The important things are to cook with whole foods (as in from raw veggies and grains instead of boxed food) and plan ahead so you don’t get stuck in a food dessert (going to an Uncle’s wedding where all they serve are meat pies, for example). Pay attention to eating high protein foods (beans, lentils, nuts, etc.) as well as grains (quinoa, sorghum, millet, rice, etc.) and lots of different vegetables. The more diversity the better. But honestly, if you are cooking with a variety of whole foods and eating enough to feel full each day you shouldn’t become nutrient deficient. Feel free to look at recipes on my blog for ideas.

Do you have specific problems you would like advice about? If so I would be happy to help you troubleshoot, you can comment publicly or send me and email at: camille.bevans@gmail.com

Best of luck!!!
Camille

23 09 2011
Kelly

We are vegetarian going vegan. We are also soy free, nut free b/c of food allergies. Any blog that offers up different, interesting vegan recipes is a great find. Thanks. Looking forward to trying some of the ones you have here. I have a great friend who is in the Peace Corps in Uganda. Hope life is well with you, too.

4 11 2011
Kirstyn

I can’t thank you enough for this blog… it SHOULD be a book. I’ve got you in my menu bar… such a great resource. THANK YOU!!

21 12 2011
Kathy

Wow! What a great blog. I just shared it here: https://twitter.com/#!/SubtractSoyNow

My family is soyfree due to allergies – we are not glutenfree or vegan, but your information and recipes are inspiring! Thanks so much!

29 12 2011
Jacqueline

Camille,

You are a total life saver. Because of a hormonal/thyroid problem I had to cut out gluten, soy and dairy completely out of my life. It’s been really hard to deal with; it was hard to wrap my head around the fact that what I was eating was literally killing me. Your blog has given me hope because I could rarely find a combination of all three. It was such a nightmare….everything non dairy is soy and a lot of vegan food had gluten. Thank you so much for all your recipes, you are the most informative source that I have come across. Please keep up the excellent work, it’s great to know I am not alone in this.

Thank you and many blessings

1 01 2012
Camille

Thanks for such a sweet comment! That does sound really hard, I hope your journey gets easier and that the change in diet brings you health.

2 01 2012
southwestanne

Mornin’
My adult daughter, who has fairly recently discovered she’s gluten intolerant, and family are coming to visit for a month. Should I package up my wheat flours to store (in the freezer) while she’s here? I guess I’m asking if my gluten flours can contaminate any non-gluten flours if they’re stored near each other.
And, yes, we’ll have lots of fun figuring out what to cook while they’re here. I’m mostly vegan. She’s gluten-free, vegetarian. Our husbands are omnivores, and her 2-year-old still can’t have anything too spicy.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful site! I’ve already printed a number of recipes for my personal loose-leaf cookbook.

8 02 2012
SRS

Stumbled on your blog while looking for egg free gnocchi recipes! I am vegetarian and love cooking and sampling different types of food! I love the different recipes you have here and hope to try them some time….

19 02 2012
Mom4change

Oh my goodness! So glad to find you! I really wanted to go vegan for many reasons. I just feel better when I do not eat gluten. I have thyroid issues and people with thyroid issues should not eat soy. So, I was feeling limited. Thanks for so many great ideas!

20 04 2012
Jessica (@Debt_Princess)

Just found you via pinterest and I’m so happy that I did. I have been spent the past 2 years trying to figure out what is causing my stomach issies. I’ve tried lactose free and GF. Eliminating the gluten helped a ton and I have been GF for about 9months now. I decided to go vegan about 2 months ago and am now noticing that soy is also causing me problems. Looks like I’ll be GF, SF and vegan for life.

I’m totally fine with this too. I’ve lost 24lbs thus far and it’s been easier than I thought it would. I can’t wait to dive into your blog.

9 05 2012
Amanda

Are you actually Celiac? I thought the Peace Corps didn’t send Celiacs to West Africa… Please reply!

11 05 2012
Camille

I’m not sure about whether I am actually Celiac because I became gluten free before I was tested. However my doctor thinks that I am, and told Peace Corps that I am. Thus, Peace Corps, believing I am Celiac placed me in Senegal.

However it is almost impossible to avoid gluten completely here — some of the most commonly used spices have wheat flour in them. Unless you cook all of your own food or eat only from people you trust, you are bound to consume a small amount of gluten here. I don’t know about all of West Africa, but I am going to recommend to PC Washington that they do not place Celiacs in Senegal anymore.

7 12 2012
Khady

A) You are adorable and this blog is fantastic.

B) Where do you buy nutritional yeast in Senegal? Thanks!

7 12 2012
Camille

Shucks! Umm, sadly I haven’t found it here ever. That’s why I couldn’t put my Alfredo recipe in “Senegal Friendly”. But it is pretty inexpensive if you buy it in bulk from a health food store in the states so maybe you can get someone to bring you some?

2 01 2013
organiclassie

Wow,I have been feeling stuck for recipes of late! I’m vegetarian and have gone gluten-free and soy-free due to my thyroid. I’m going to share my journey on my blog and feel like I have struck gold finding your blog! I look forward to searching through your info :)

3 01 2013
deb

Great resources! Thank you!!!!!! Those darn copyright laws…..

10 01 2013
mariannedecher

SO happy to have found you and your blog. I’ve been predominantly plant based for quite awhile but was getting discouraged that I need to ditch the gluten and the soy. You make it sound do-able and I love that you take peoples’ questions with such a light heart. Kudos on your Peace Corps work. Keep up the good works.(Have you heard of anyone with leaky-gut and thyroid problems who healed themselves to where they could again eat soy? I really do miss the tofu!)

10 01 2013
Camille

I’m glad you like the blog! I have heard of people with allergies curing themselves from those allergies, but it doesn’t seem to happen very often. Also I have no idea of the specifics, so I couldn’t tell you if those people had the same issues as you. Still, do the best you can to stay healthy and perhaps one day you will be able to eat tofu. Or, you will get so used to living without it, maybe the day will come where you don’t miss it very much.

24 01 2013
Jake

Hey!

I’m sooo happy that I found your website! I’m also a gluten free, soy free vegan and I’m planning on volunteering for the peace corps next year when I’m out of college. I would love to ask you some peace corp specific questions related to diet. If you could email me at jb4566@bard.edu I would be overjoyed.

Best, Jake

19 02 2013
teachtheteacher

Hi Camille,
I was very excited to stumble across your blog when I started searching for gluten freee, soy free, and vegan recipes! I have been eating this way for over a month now, and am very happy with how I’m feeling!
I’ve nominated you for The Liebster Award. Find the rules at http://teachtheteacher.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/the-liebster-award/. :)
Cheers,
Yuri

21 02 2013
Krystina Eron

Thank you!!!!!! I am a newly vegan mother who suffers from Celiacs and whos son is allergic to soy. This is perfect for us!!!!! Thank you for doing this!!!!

28 05 2013
Mari

Good Afternoon Camile!

I am trying desperately to better my health of my thyroid nodule diagnosed January 2013 …. Would you be able to tell me what best to eat and avoid to shrink my nodule ? Any info greatly appreciated ..I live in a small community where I have to drive far to get the organic food… 1 hour away

Sincerely,
Mari Pellran
Cape May NJ

4 06 2013
Kevin Brown

Hi there! Do you use any special cooking pans, utensils, pots, etc. that are vegan friendly? Do they exist? haha. If so, any recommendations?

Thanks,
Kevin

4 06 2013
Camille

Hi! I’m not sure if that exists or not… I just use whatever pans I can get a hold of (I’m always moving). I’m a big fan of cast iron cookware — just make sure to season it well! But as to specifically vegan cookware, no idea. Readers, any ideas?

5 06 2013
Chrissie

What a splendid find! I’m celiac and just started on a vegan diet and trying to find alternatives to soy..soy and soy ;o)
Thanks for the info!

24 06 2013
Camille G

Just found your website while looking around for a yummy vegan, gluten-free dessert and I couldn’t help but be surprised to find another person named Camille who is vegan and gluten-free! Way to go with doing our name proud! :)

28 06 2013
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29 08 2013
Becky

Thank you SO much for this blog! I am soy and gluten intolerant and have been wanting to go vegan for so long – now I finally have some recipes that will help me! :)

4 06 2014
Kathryn

Hey!

I was just wondering if you could share a little about your experience as a vegan in the Peace Corps? I’m vegan and would like to be a volunteer, but I’ve seen a lot of posts online saying that it just isn’t possible. Did you have to sacrifice your beliefs during your time as a volunteer?

Thanks!

11 06 2014
Camille

Hi,

I did not stay a vegan in the Peace Corps, although I knew at least one volunteer who did. For her, it was easy to be vegan she said. If I hadn’t also been avoiding gluten it would have been easier to stay strictly vegan, but through Peace Corps being a vegan became less of a priority for me. I wouldn’t say I had to sacrifice my beliefs, but rather my beliefs changed. Today I no longer call myself a vegan and do occasionally eat meat although I end up eating vegan food at least 80-90% of the time. I think if being vegan is important to you, you will find a way to make it happen even in the Peace Corps, and I highly recommend the experience. Also, I will say a lot of the host country nationals I lived with were way more understanding than I expected about me not eating meat. I told them it was because I was Buddhist and they were very very supportive and even sometimes made me special meals (I think they were secretly happy there was more meat for them and I was happy to avoid the meat).

Good luck!

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