Hi and welcome! I’m Connie Edwards McGaughy – a wife, mom, home cook, blogger and creator of The Carrot Underground🥕. My passions are sharing the goodness of vegan living, animals, art and my latest obsession . . . stand-up paddle boarding (aka SUP). Here’s my ‘CliffsNotes’ version about me.
I created The Carrot Underground because I believe the most effective way to protect animals begins with changing our attitudes and appetites for what we put on our plates. By replacing meat and dairy with all vegan ingredients, we are helping animals, the planet and ourselves. It’s a win-win-win! My goal is to inspire others about just how easy it is to enjoy delicious plant-based, cruelty-free foods. Our recipes are tried and true, each one fine-tuned & taste-tested until we know it’s a winner.
For as long as I can remember, I have felt a connection and tremendous empathy for animals. Even as a child, I would question why we ate animals like cows, pigs, lambs, chickens, tuna and shrimp, but wouldn’t think of causing harm to our dogs, cats, parakeets, or tropical fish. I couldn’t understand why we ‘loved’ some animals, but not the others. Weren’t they all essentially the same?
I began my journey toward vegan living four decades ago. At that time, dining out was darn near impossible. Even my friends were reluctant to invite me over for dinner as they had no clue what foods to serve. I soon realized the only way I was going to maintain a social life was by creating meals my friends would enjoy. Fortunately, my beloved mom, aka “Mama Love”, was an amazing home cook. She taught me everything I needed to know to find my way around a kitchen. With her help, I learned to successfully replace animal-derived ingredients with entirely plant-based foods.
Over the years, my family and I have transformed oodles of traditional dishes into fabulous vegan recipes. We love preparing beautiful and deliciously satisfying meals everyone can enjoy – vegans and non-vegans alike. I can truly say that choosing to be vegan was the best decision I’ve ever made. Well, other than accepting my wonderful husband’s marriage proposal!
The majority of my professional career has been in the visual arts. I’ve worked as a commercial and fine artist, interior designer, art consultant and instructor. Over the years, I’ve owned and managed several art galleries. I’m blessed to be married to the most gifted artist I have ever known. Like art, I believe food should be beautiful and appealing. I love to share simple tips for creating eye-catching dishes from preparation to plating.
The Great American Meatout – San Diego event logo by Connie Edwards McGaughy.
🥕My favorite recipes are:
I’ve got to go with my sentimental favorites – these beloved family recipes I grew up with:
- Grandma’s Old Fashioned Vegan Potato Salad
- Rustic Vegetable Soup
- Mom’s Vegan Macaroni Salad
- Easy Homemade Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
- Velma’s Vegan Devil’s Food Cake
- Mom’s Vegan Carrot Cake
and last but not least, my all-time favorite – honestly, it’s to die for:
- World’s Best Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie 🍋 (and it’s my mom’s recipe!)
Here’s to you & your journey in vegan living! We all take different paths getting here. Whether you’ve enjoyed being vegan for a long time, or you’re just starting out, you are on the right path. I am sincerely happy for you, for the animals, and for the planet!
If you would like to learn more about my journey to vegan living, visit: My Story – Why I Became Vegan
I absolutely adore reading all of your wonderful comments. It means the world to me to know that you love the recipes! I’m deeply grateful for your continued enthusiasm and interest in The Carrot Underground🥕. I welcome you to share your stories with me in the comments or by emailing me [email protected]
For the animals . . .