What does “Masala Girl” mean?
Masala Girl is slang for Indian Girl.
Masala is also slang for “an interesting mixture of things”.
And technically Masala means a mixture of spices. 🙂

Are all your recipes meatless?
Yes, all my recipes are meatless.
This blog reflects my whole foods plant-based lifestyle. Whether you are a flexitarian, vegetarian, vegan, or something in-between, you will find meatless meals here that are delicious and easy. So grab a fork and dig in, I promise you won’t miss the meat!

When did you become a vegetarian?
From as far back as I can remember, I have never enjoyed eating meat. I avoided it, picked around it, and spit it into napkins on countless occasions because I couldn’t swallow it. In high school I co-founded an unpopular (totally not mainstream at the time) animal rights group called STAR (students for animal rights) because I was against animal cruelty.
The catalyst to becoming an official “vegetarian” was in my early twenties when I found a feather on my rotisserie chicken. I was so disgusted and saddened by it, the fact that I was about to eat this bird, that I made a conscious effort to become a vegetarian. Living a plant-based lifestyle reflects my love for animals, being healthy & fit, and our planet.

Isn’t that recipe ridiculously fattening – vegetarian, but not plant-based?
Yes, some of my recipes are. I live by the 80/20 rule. For the most part I eat nutrient dense healthy plant-based foods, however I do fall off the wagon from time to time (and get back on at the next meal). I also lead a very active lifestyle, which includes some sort of exercise pretty much every day.

It’s too expensive to buy natural or organic products.
My focus on this blog is to make going plant-based and/or organic attainable. As a mom of four on a budget, I understand buying organic, local, sustainable food is just not possible all the time. I pick my battles and have to make choices at the store every time I shop. That’s why growing my own food is so important to me, it’s such a small investment for such a great return.

Are you a chef?
Yes, I’m a pastry chef. I graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu.

Dairy
I try to avoid eating dairy. I use organic/rbst free products when I do. Grass fed if possible. This is one thing I don’t compromise on.

Salt
I love salt…I only use unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt. I don’t like all the junk that’s in regular processed table salt.

Do you have any product recommendations you can share?
I do share my recommendations throughout my blog with links to products for purchase via Amazon’s affiliate program. Your purchase costs will be the same but “The Masala Girl” will automatically receive a small commission, thanks for your support. 🙂