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Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Quinoa-Corn Tortilla Chips

Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Quinoa-Corn Tortilla Chips

A few weeks ago, I was creating recipes as a contributor to a cookbook that is all about quinoa. I felt pretty excited about being 1 of the 5 contributors and 1 of the 2 vegans that they included in the project! It was fun to get creative with recipes, and get away from the standard filled peppers and cucumber salads. One of the recipes I tried to create was for quinoa corn chips, this meant making your own tortillas from quinoa and masa harina, then making them into chips.

Fresh Pineapple

I didn’t have a tortilla press then and was really struggling with getting the tortillas thin enough and evenly shaped; they mostly looked like little hacked up Antarcticas. So, I gave up on that recipe and moved on. That being said, when I was contacted to do a review for a festive set of cooking tools (a press being one of them) I couldn’t resist signing on! It’s a win-win, right? Finally, I get a tortilla press in my kitchen along with a citrus reamer, avocado scooper/slicer, tortilla warmer, and two salsa bowls with cute lil’ feet.

Grilled pineapple

It’d be really hard to not throw a fiesta with awesome food with all of those goodies! I especially love the tortilla press and the citrus reamer, which has little silicone parts for better grippin’ and squeezin’. All of these products come from IMUSA, where you can find more food gadgets and cookware for creating awesome food.

Making quinoa-corn tortillas

As for the recipe, can you really go wrong with grilled pineapple? The answer is, “Hell no!” and this time is no different. The grilled pineapple brings a caramelized sweetness to the salsa, where it plays with fresh tomatoes, red onions, lime juice and a bit of cilantro.

Making quinoa-corn tortillas

The chips are a little time-consuming, but are neat if you’d like to put a new twist on tortilla chips. Admittedly, I went straight in the oven with these so they are softer than the traditional chip. But, you can take the extra step of pan frying them with a little oil in a pan for a couple of minutes, before baking them to get them crispier. Lightly salt the crunchy, quinoa-corn chips right when they pop out of the oven and add a squeeze of lime for a subtle zing.

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Find the recipe for the Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Quinoa-Corn Chips below, and under that you can find the widget to enter the giveaway! Also, don’t forget about your $1 off coupon for Gardein products, the offer is ending in a couple of days!

Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Quinoa-Corn Tortilla Chips

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Artichoke Crab Cakes with Sriracha Tartar Sauce

Vegan Artichoke Crab Cakes with Sriracha Tartar Sauce

This post has been a long time coming, and I am so glad that it’s finally happening! I was so excited when I learned about Kristy Turner, of Keepin’ It Kind, writing her first cookbook and it has been out for a couple of months now. If you haven’t seen it yet, PLEASE take a look at But I Could Never Go Vegan!.

Vegan Artichoke Crab Cakes with Sriracha Tartar Sauce

This cookbook is filled with clever chapter subjects, like “I could never give up cheese”, “It’s all rabbit food”, and “wait, is chocolate vegan?”; all excuses and phrases that I’ve heard more times than I can count. Kristy makes sure to go over each excuse and give you a few awesome recipes that completely obliterate the notion that it’s hard to go vegan.

Sriracha Tartar Sauce

Not only do these recipes sound incredible, there are SO many gorgeous and vibrant photos in this book, all taken by Kristy’s awesome husband Chris. I won’t lie, I may be a little biased, as Kristy and Chris are two truly wonderful people and are friends of mine. This does not lessen the fact that they make a great team when it comes to Keepin’ It Kind and I am so glad to know them!

Vegan Artichoke Crab Cakes with Sriracha Tartar Sauce

Back to the food: I had a really hard time choosing which recipe I wanted to showcase from this book because seriously, there are so many amazing-looking dishes. But, I’m into casual eats, and my mom likes seafood-ish type things so the crab cakes sounded pretty easy and definitely tasty. The ingredients are easy-to-find, the process of making them was easy (even if I added too much oil to the pan at first), and they were tasty to all that tried them!

Vegan Artichoke Crab Cakes with Sriracha Tartar Sauce

Kristy and her publisher were kind enough to not only share the recipe with you, but also to give you a chance to win a copy of her cookbook! (US residents only, please) So, go ahead and make these super delicious crab cakes and enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

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Pressure Cooker Pulled Jackfruit

Pressure Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Sliders

I know that I did a jackfruit recipe not too long ago, but when I was flipping through JL Field’s awesome Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes cookbook I couldn’t resist making it again. Plus, I had it on hand! I’ve been looking forward to using this book since JL first mentioned that it was in the works. I have two pressure cookers, and made a seitan recipe during the holiday, but I am still not super comfortable with using them. JL is a master when it comes to vegan pressure cooking, so who else better to write this cookbook?

Vegan Pressure Cooking by JL Fields

Not only are the recipes delicious, the photos are beautiful, courtesy of the talented Kate Lewis. She did a great job making this book visually interesting and totally drool-worthy, even with most dishes being similar in style. A couple of dishes that stuck out to me were the tempeh tacos, the loose-meat sliders and vegan “pepperoni” sausage (which may be my next recipe to make!). 

JL does a great job of breaking down average cook times of ingredients like beans and vegetables, as well as answering basic pressure cooking questions to ease your pressure cooker-paranoia. Her writing is fun and informative, just like she is in person! I may be biased because JL is a friend of mine, as well as a mentor, but she really is a fantastic person and awesome advocate for veganism.

Pressure Cooker Pulled Jackfruit

Back to the recipe, it was insanely easy to whip up. Dice, saute, pressure cook, and BAM, you’re done. Mind you the pressure cooker only needed to be at full pressure for 3 minutes. 3 minutes, people! While it was cooking, I finely chopped some green cabbage and tossed it with vegan ranch to make a super-quick coleslaw for my pulled jackfruit sliders. Once the jackfruit was done, I let the pressure out, gave it a quick stir and assembled my tasty meal.

Vegan Pressure Cooker Pulled Jackfruit

I will say, the recipe calls for a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper; with the coleslaw and a little extra ranch I felt like it balanced out, but by itself it was pretty spicy. If you like spice (as I do) go for it, otherwise, tone it down a bit. :) Now scroll on down to find the recipe and enter the giveaway for your own copy of the cookbook!

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Greens 24/7 and a Giveaway

Giveaway of Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel

Last year, you may remember me mentioning a cookbook that I was doing the photos for. If not, that’s okay, my memory is pretty crap, too! 😉 One of the cookbooks that I worked on was Jessica Nadel’s, of Cupcakes and Kale, Greens 24/7! So far, this has been one of my favorite cookbooks to have done photos for; the recipes are beautiful and filled with colors, the ingredients fresh and Jess has a cooking style not unlike my own.

So, I thought it appropriate to give you the low-down on this book as far as what some of my favorite recipes are, favorite photos and overall thoughts on it. I can’t just do a simple review for this one, I’ve made every dish in it! For those of you who’d like to see more photos from the book, I posted quite a few on my photo portfolio site.

Kale & Herb Cornbread Muffins

To take you through the book, the first section talks about all different types of greens, then green vegetables/fruits, and some of the other specialty ingredients you will encounter in the recipe. There is also a sidebar about how Jessica and her family are vegan and why they choose to be (yay!). Then, you get a suggested week-long meal plan and after that you dive into the smoothies and breakfasts! My favorite breakfast recipe (hard to choose, though) was the Kale & Herb Corn Muffins, I’ve made them for friends since then and they are so good. I even made them with gluten-free flour, one time and they still came out tasty.

Chard & Coriander Pesto

Chard & Coriander Pesto

In the Green Sides and Small Bites chapter there are plenty of easy snack recipes, from dips to appetizers to food that you can take on-the-go. Truly, I love pesto, but it kinda seems like everything has been done. But, when I made the Chard and Coriander Pesto I was surprised by the new flavors and how well it all went together! As much as I love basil, cilantro in pesto was a refreshing break from it.

Waldorf Salad & Caesar Salad with Tempeh Bacon

Waldorf Salad & Caesar Salad with Tempeh Bacon

Even though I’m not typically into salads– as a vegan it’s easy to have an aversion to them because of being forced to eat sad ones while dining out– there are some good recipes with quite a variety in the soup and salad section. The soups range from light to hearty and same with the salads. I would say that the Caesar Salad with Tempeh “Bacon” was a simple favorite of mine.

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