About Namely Marly

Hi! I’m Marly McMillen. I’m the founding editor, author, recipe developer, vegan home chef, and food stylist behind Namely Marly.

I’m so pleased that Namely Marly has become a trusted source of vegan recipes and a popular site worldwide. My recipes are viewed millions of times a year, and I’m so grateful to you and every member of my audience for your support and dedication.

Namely Marly — Where Vegan Meets Delicious!

It’s true that vegan has a reputation — it’s costly, it’s time-consuming, it’s not so tasty. But I’m here to change all that. I like to say that Namely Marly is where Vegan Meets Delicious!

At Namely Marly, you can expect easy vegan recipes with detailed instructions so you can be the plant-based pro in your kitchen!

Marly McMillen Bio

Portrait of Marly holding a green smoothie

Marly has always had a passion for food, and desired to be in the kitchen learning to make dishes herself. It didn’t take long before she was the “head chef” of her family’s day-to-day meals.

Marly mused over an enlightening exchange between Steven Colbert and Billy Crystal about how they both lost their father at a young age. And they both chose humor as a coping mechanism. More specifically, they wanted to make their mom laugh as a way to help her feel better. As a result, comedians were born.

When Marly heard that, she realized that was her preoccupation with food. She couldn’t fix the sometimes highly complicated and challenging issues going on in her family, including a brother with a severe mental illness, but she could feed them.

That was the very beginning of her passion for food and feeding people began.

Marly grew up in a small town and had no idea a person could go to school to be a chef. But she made up for that later in life. Despite a successful corporate career, including a stint as COO, she attended cooking school to earn knowledge, skills, and certificates in plant-based cooking and vegan desserts.

Marly was invited to write a cookbook, The Everything Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook, recognizing her passion for plant-based meals and meal prepping.

After she went vegan, her desire to return to the kitchen was in full force. And that’s what you’ll find here on this site — Marly’s passion for food, healing, nurturing, and creating community!

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Check out Marly on other sites, including social media:

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You can also find Namely Marly on Reddit.

Want to see some video content? Find Namely Marly on Youtube to watch Marly’s cooking demonstrations.

Finally, here’s Namely Marly’s Amazon Storefront showing some of Marly’s favorite products!

Shawn Beelman Bio

A man and a woman stand in front of green trees in a park.

We’re actually more than just Marly around here. To be exact, the team is made up of Marly and her husband, Shawn.

Shawn is more than just hubby, friend, and tennis-hitting partner to Marly, he’s also the photographer, website developer, and graphic designer at Namely Marly.

Beginning in 2015, Shawn’s been the man behind the lens, snapping up photos of our food, DIY, Entertainment, and more. He’s also the tech guru. He writes, performs, and records the music for the Namely Marly podcast and does all the technical setup for recordings and processing as well.

Getting Around This Site

We created a Recipe Finder for you to help you find whatever vegan recipe you’re looking for.

In addition, each recipe has handy conversions for metric, quantity, printing options, and even timers for cooking purposes.

You’ll find all kinds of Vegan Resources, including this Guide to Vegan Baking and this Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips Guide.

Namely Marly in the Press

We’re so honored that our work has been featured in:

Costco Connection magazine logo
Cosmopolitan Magazine logo
Good Housekeeping magazine logo
Parade Magazine logo
Huffpost logo
SheKnows logo
BuzzFeed logo
Shape Magazine logo
Gluten-Free Living logo
Women's Health Magazine logo
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If you’d like to connect, use our contact form or leave a comment on one of our posts. We read each and every one! You can also send an email to marly at namely marly dot com.

Health + Happiness,


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