Meet VV



Short Story:

I’m a vegetarian that uses cooking / baking / eating / photographing / music as creative outlets. In turn, I’ve created VV as an attempt to inspire all of you to get creative  and dance in the kitchen with me!


Long Story:

Vegetarian Ventures is a vegetarian food blog that shares vegetarian and vegan recipes with a twist of adventure and inspiration. I’m a 20-something year old who lives in the heart of the Midwest. I work with indie-rock music by day and blog here by night. I love to vegan bake, cook with far too many spices, play with my peanut butter lovin’ puppy (Tuko // Taco // Tofu), go on picnics, camp, dance in the kitchen and take road trip adventures. I love things like Chai-flavorered anything, dream catchers, cacti, and David Bowie so please don’t be alarmed if I throw in a glam rock photo or two. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 10 years which has forced me to learn to cook for myself; however, I am nothing of an expert and am still learning everyday. This blog is here to motivate and push my cooking abilities while hopefully teaching all of you a few tips along the way. I am constantly seeking a healthier (but delicious!) cooking routine so come along and join in the journey with me!


Talk soon,

Shelly (aka VV)

Fine Print Info & All The Jazz:

If you’d like to get to know me outside of my blog, feel free to shoot me an email at [email protected] or check VV out on Facebook and Bloglovin. Please note that all photos, unless specified, on Vegetarian ‘Ventures are taken by Shelly Westerhausen or Wyatt Worcel. Please make sure to properly link back to the original photo if you borrow it and properly post photo credit.

VV gets around! VV has been in print publications such as Chickpea Magazine, Vegetarian Living, Weekend Almanac and Remedy Quarterly. VV also has recipes and articles featured on websites such as Food & WineThe Kitchn, Food52Foodgawker, Sheknows, Saveur MagazineKitchen Daily, Daily CandyBabbleFinding Vegan, Taste Spotting, Tasteologie, Threadesque, Dishes Undressed, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and many others. Interested in featuring VV? Contact me at [email protected]

DISCLAIMER: Some links on this site are affiliate links and I do earn a commission from them. Please note that all opinions are my own.

-4 Photo by Anna Powell Teeter



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    Unc George
    November 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

    We need a recipe for a vegan turkey so we can prepare for thanksgiving

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      November 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      I’ll get on that. Do you guys have a Whole Foods?

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    March 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Love your site! It’s incredibly gorgeous :) though I’m not a vegetarian I can definitely appreciate your blog, so glad I stumbled across!

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      March 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Aww thanks so much! Glad to hear it!

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    fueled by vegetables
    April 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Love your blog! I will definitely be trying out your recipes and recreating these masterpieces! Nice job and Happy Eating!

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    Valerie (all mussed up)
    April 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I followed you back here from my blog, thanks for stopping by! Can I just say AMEN to everything you just said above? Spice overloads, vegan baking adventures (especially as therapy or procrastination) and picnics are things to live by. :) cheers!

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    April 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, which prompted me to stop by here. I love what you’re doing. I’m a pescatarian so I appreciate some great vegetarian and vegan recipes. I especially can’t wait to try out that oatmeal bread.

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    April 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Just saw that you won Cookie Wars at Baker Bettie. Congrats!! Your cookies look awesome!

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      April 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Thanks so much! It was a fun contest to be a part of!

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    More Than Greens
    April 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! Your design and photography are both amazing. Looking forward to stealing some of your recipes! 😉

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      April 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you very much! I’m glad to hear my recipe have inspired your cooking!

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    April 26, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Wonderful blog! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

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    Denise Browning
    April 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for visiting my food blog and like my article about Pineapple-Mint pops, Shelly! Success on your ventures…

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    Angie's Food Adventures
    April 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Hey Shellywest! Thanks for noticing my blog, especially since I just started doing this and it’s still so strange to me. But I’m loving it and I get to meet interesting people and see great websites like yours! Can’t wait to make those fritters, gluten free of course. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

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    May 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Hello There,
    We love your blog, so we’ve nominated it for a Kreativ Blog Award.
    See the link below:
    Happy Blogging, Lee and JaneX

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    More Than Greens
    May 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Hi! I really enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check out the post here:

    Have a great day!

    – Sarah

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    Angie C
    May 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love your blog..some amazing recipes that I must try!

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    Hungry Jess
    May 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    This is such a cool blog! I love the layout and the photos

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    May 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Hey there! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!

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    May 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    hi there – thanks for checking out my blog! you have some great looking food on here – very inspiring

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    May 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    BEAUTIFUL blog Shelly! Looking forward to following you!

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    Your Vegan Neighbor
    May 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I love the look of your blog and your vegan dishes all sound great! Can’t wait to try some if them! P.s. I too love David Bowie :)

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    May 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I have nominated this blog for the Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling: Congratulations on your nomination! :)

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    May 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I have nominated your blog for the Pink Tree award! Thanks for being awesome, and congrats :)

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    May 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    thanks for visiting my blog!! i can’t wait to look through your recipes… i’m always on the hunt for more vegan inspiration!!


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    May 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Ahhh you sound like so much fun! I love a lot of the same things as you! Can’t wait to keep reading!

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    One Veg World
    May 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Shelly,
    Thanks for visiting our restaurant’s blog and thanks for spreading the veg message through your wonderful blog :)

    If you’re ever in the area, we’d like to invite you to visit our restaurant :)

    Best wishes,
    One Veg World

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    May 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Shelly,

    Thanks so much for liking the Orange-Rum Tea Cake post on my vegan cooking blog, Vegetate!. :)

    I love Vegetarian “Ventures, your recipes and photos are wonderful!

    I am definitely going to make some of your Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes ASAP, wow!!!

    Best Wishes,

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      May 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      glad to hear from you, Linda! That tea cake really sounds delicious! Am hoping to make it soon.

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    June 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Nice blog!

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    erica banks krug
    June 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I LOVE David Bowie.

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    June 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Beautiful looking blog.

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    June 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I adore your pictures! They’re beautiful!!!! :)

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    June 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Hi, Shelly. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for liking my Baked Havarti Cavatappi with Mushrooms & Spinach post. Your blog is very nice, can’t wait to poke around some more. Have a nice weekend!

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    July 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Hi there, Shelly! Thanks for stopping by my blog…which has led me here! I love discovering new blogs and yours looks so great. Can’t wait to take a longer look around!

    Happy summer!

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    July 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Shelly, your journey is a real beauty! We love your blog at the Beach House, your food and images are a source of inspiration. We’ve voted you for a ‘Lovely Blogger Award’, something that has happened many times Im sure. But what you have created could certainly be called ‘Lovely’ at the very least. Its a work of art! Happy days, lee and janex

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      July 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Lee and Janex! This is not the first time you have made me feel like I should be proud of my blog and I am very grateful for the encouraging words.

      Also, you both are such fascinating people yourself! I was smiling the whole way through your bios on your blog! You have both had so many experiences already and I love the describing words for your favorite places!

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    July 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for stopping by mu blog and checking out today’s post. I love the look of your blog!

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    A Dairy Princess Cooks
    July 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I love your blog, my daughter is also vegetarian I can’t wait to show her your blog.

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    July 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Love this blog already. Excited to follow along, Shelley!

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    July 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Hi Shelly, I just stopped by to say that I love your blog and I’ve nominated Vegetarian ‘Ventures for a Liebster Award!

    (You can find the post here: )

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    July 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Hi there, thanks for the Like on my white bean and tomato salad today. I’m checking out your blog and I like what I see! I’m definitely going to have to try the vegan thai lettuce wraps!

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    August 1, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I have nominated you for the Inspirational Blog Award. Congratulations & thanks for your great blog.

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    August 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog so much that I have nominated you for an award! Take a look here:

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    August 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! I guess it’s your second nomination, but, well…that’s just how it goes :) Please check this out:

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    The Farmers Taft
    August 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for spending hours and hours of your time creating a lovely, healthy, and inspiring blog for all of us to enjoy. I have nominated you for an Inspiring Blog Award, with nothing to do other than bask in the glow!

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    August 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Hey this is an extremely belated thank you for visiting my food blog and liking the Black-Eyed Peas Baked squash. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you. I hope you are able to make the recipe some time and let me know how it turns out. I have lots of other vegetarian recipes on my blog and over a thousand pins on Pinterest if you are interested in checking them out sometime.

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    September 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I enjoyed checking your blog out. I like how you offer alternatives to the usual way of doing things, such as the samosa patties where you suggest the usual samosa filling encased as a patty rather than having the typical crisp triangle end product. It is great not to feel restricted by a recipe and change things up.

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    November 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Your blog is so beautiful and chic! So many good recipes too. I love your style lady.

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      November 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      thank you oh so much, Kahht!

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    November 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Your blog is so beautiful :-)

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    Jennifer St. James
    December 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Hi there! You won my cookbook giveaway! Please get in touch so I can have the publisher send you a cookbook. Cheers! And congrats

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    Y. bertaud
    December 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I had nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award…

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    December 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Congratulations, I’ve nominated your blog for the Reality Blog Award! You can pick it up here I really enjoy your blog!

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    chinmayie @ love food eat
    December 28, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Just stumbled up on your blog today and I had to tell you how I am totally in LOVE with it!
    Also… I noticed that your design is also by Blogmilk like mine 😉

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      December 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks! I love the blogmilk designs and your blog looks fantastic! Your photography is wonderful and that bell pepper chutney is gorgeous. Can’t wait to start following along on your blog!

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    April 2, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Hey shelly, just found your blog this morning and it’s gorgeous! i tried to follow you in bloglovin but unfortunately i couldn’t find your blog?
    keep up the great work (:

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    May 11, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Nice to meet you :) You have a lovely blog over here! You cook vegetarian & vegan.

    I cook, bake & eat vegan at least 5 times per week with my husband. I also eat organic meat or fish, 2per week. I also have a lot of vegan & vegetarian recipes on my blog! Come on over & check me out!

    Many greets from a foodie from Belgium! :)

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    May 11, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I also joined this VVP, in the dessert section!

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    September 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I’m so happy to have found your blog! Love your recipes & food photography! IF you’re ever in portland again let me know, I’d be happy to show you around!

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    January 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I kinda wish I still lived in Bloomington so we could vegan bake together. I live in Denver now (and love it here) but dream of Bloomington often. And Soma and Laughing Planet. And Bloomingfoods. *Le Sigh*

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    Samantha Peacock
    April 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Your blog is absolutely beautiful. Stumbled across you via the Best Food Blog Awards. Good luck & keep making great stuff! :)

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    April 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Not a vegetarian, but fell in love with your blog at first sight. Lovely images!


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    April 26, 2014 at 12:56 am

    would be nice to have a “print” button for the recipes, instead of having to cut and paste to text/edit on my MAC

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    October 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Your site is great!, i came here via alink fromthe website my blue and white kitchen. as a veggie of 20 years, i really appreciate your efforts. Thanks from the UK. I kae music too :) xx

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    December 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Great photos, nice graphic design, good recipes. I can almost hear the music.

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    January 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I’m new to your blog (blogs in general), and I just love it. I find it so unifying that people that love food and preparing food seem to also be so inspired by music and have such a fondness for dogs! Warm hearts, I guess. I love to eat meat, but also love animals, so your blog will be so integral in my journey to eat less meat. Thanks and can’t wait!

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    Kezia Sze
    March 3, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Lettuce wraps, sweet potato cup-cakes, white bean and tomato soup – I just love wholesome eating of all kinds of living foods on your blog.

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