About Shantelle

I'm an Atlanta native but I currently live in Cambridge, MA. I'm a mother to the best 10 year old boy Izzy and he is the greatest joy of my life. We do everything together. My vegan journey started over 15 years ago once I learned how cruel and unethical the meat and dairy industry was, I knew I could no longer take part in eating meat. I knew that I could never find peace within if I continued to contribute to the pain and suffering of the creatures that I share this planet with. After committing myself to living as cruelty free and healthy as possible, I realized that I had been programmed into putting crap into my body. I learned that most of us have almost no relationship with real food. Most of us don’t even realize what real food is. Real food grows in the ground and on trees. Real food doesn’t contain numbers or colors or long words that seem to contain every letter of the alphabet. Now that I know the truth, I understand that it is my obligation to share what I know with others. So many people miss out on the benefits of eating a vegan plant based diet because they think the food is boring and tasteless. I want to change that. I want to change the way people look at food.

My Love For Cooking

My love for cooking started as a young child. I was constantly watching cooking shows and I was always in the kitchen scraping things together to cook for my mother and younger siblings. Then I accidentally became a vegetarian owner and operator of a soul food restaurant in West Georgia which is where I developed a passion for cooking and creating recipes. I was constantly coming up with new ways of adding vegan and vegetarian items to the menu and testing them out on customers to see their reactions. It was one of the best times of my life. Once I transitioned to completely plant based diet I found myself having so much fun creating recipes. Now I couldn't be happier. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love everyday. 

I hate bananas and I've never actually eaten one before. My favorite food is mango and I eat at least two a day. I literally go to the grocery store every single day and sometimes I go to several stores in a single day looking for the perfect produce or ingredient to use in my next blog post or cookbook. Which leads me to the next random fact....My kitchen is always a disaster. I'm constantly testing recipes, or looking for the perfect bowl, plate, or napkin to use in my photographs. so there is always a sink full of dishes and random things like blueberries or chickpeas around. I love collecting healing crystals. I literally have them everywhere. I also collect original vinyl records. I have everything from Al Green (I love Al Green), Red Hot Chili Peppers (I love RHCP so much that I considered getting an asterisk tattoo, and one of the highlights of my life was taking my 10 year old son to see them live last year), Jefferson Airplane, Muddy Waters, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Fleetwood Mac, Sade and so much more. Music is super important to me and I'm always listening to it, especially while I'm cooking. Speaking of music, I've been absolutely obsessed with Prince my entire life. I recently visited his Paisley Park home and it was one of the best experiences of my entire life. If you're a Prince fan you MUST go there asa and book the Ultimate Experience Tour. It will change your life forever. I also love kung fu movies like Shogun Assasin, Chinese Connection, Five Deadly Venoms and Enter the Wu Tang Clan. Speaking of Wu-Tang I love them too. Oh and I never comb my hair and I use an obscene amount of hair conditioner. One of my favorite movies is The Count of Monte Cristo. I also love to read, do yoga and meditate often. I know I sound super random and a bit crazy.....but I guess that's pretty accurate.

Random Facts About Me

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Just did a crystal exchange with _conscious_kidd and look what I got!!!! 😃 We're obsessed with crys
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My favorite artist of all time
The value he added to the movement is immeasurable
Me & My Sun
Izzy meditating
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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Fresh Mulberries
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