If you follow me on social media, you know that I just spent some time in Texas attending and speaking at one of the best conferences ever, Vida Vegan Con. VVC is a media and lifestyle conference that combines the strong feelings of community with seminars about business and ethics, while also featuring local vegan businesses/products.
But, another huge part of this adventure was the road trip there and back, plus all of the freakin’ food! In this post I’ll go through a lot of what I ate from California through Arizona and New Mexico, then (BAM!) Austin, Texas. We stocked up on kombuchas, snacks and water at Whole Foods before we started our road trip in CA and then again when leaving Texas, which helped keep us going during those long drives!
After those delicious eats, we drove straight from Phoenix, AZ. to El Paso, TX. only stopping for gas/bathroom breaks. Joni is a total badass road trip driver! It was at night so we didn’t see anything exciting really, and made sure to get up early the next morning to get a head start on our day. We lived off of snacks and sandwiches that Joni made for her, Sayward and I, until we got to Austin.
First meal there and the start of a million tacos:
Next was breakfast and we went to Bouldin Creek Cafe (for visit #1), where I enjoyed some coffee and the vegan El Tipico with Corn Tortillas!
What if I told you that these jalapeño poppers were not only SUPER delicious, but also healthy, gluten-free, protein-filled and easy-to-make? Basically, this recipe is a dream come true! I was inspired by an assignment that I currently have, where I have to come up with 10 great quinoa recipes, but lucky for you guys the publisher wasn’t super into this idea. Now, we win because I get to post it on the internet for everyone to enjoy. 😉
Maybe you’re wondering how something so magnificent-looking is also nutritionally well-rounded? The creamy filling is made of a mixture of cooked quinoa and silken tofu, plus a little coconut oil and some seasonings. These ingredients mean that there is a fair amount of protein (instead of just fatty cream cheese), and you have all of your essential amino acids from the quinoa. At this point, the coconut bacon on top is a flavorful bonus!
Speaking of coconut bacon, I used Phoney Baloney’s Chipotle BBQ flavor, but you can definitely make your own like I have in the past for these Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes! It gives the right amount of savory, smoky, crunchiness to the creamy popper. I’m serving these at a potluck tomorrow and so far have had good feedback from the interns (my omnivore folks), but I can’t wait to hear what a bunch of vegan bloggers have to say about them!
In other popper-unrelated news: the book contract has been SIGNED! Wheeeee! The due date for my manuscript is September 1st with photos due sometime in September. I feel like this year is going to be gone and over before I know it, but what a good problem to have in this case. From what I was told, the book will come out sometime in 2016! Before then, I will put out a calling for recipe testers, but I don’t need all y’all awesome people just yet. 😀
Now, back to popper-heaven AKA the recipe!
Hey Everyone! Yes, I’m still alive, as you may have seen on various forms of social media. This month started off pretty crazy and it has only gotten progressively crazier. I’m a little more than half way done shooting that second cookbook for Jess Nadel right now, the photos aren’t my usual style but I am really loving them! And as I mentioned before, I’ll be starting on the photos for Jason Wrobel’s book (finally), and am super excited about that. Most importantly, after that, I’ll be working on my own cookbook! Yay! I’m sure I’ll be putting out a call for testers in a couple of months, but I have to finish these major projects first.
I didn’t do an Expo West round-up post this year, but was thinking of doing it, still? I really tried some great products, and posted just a couple of my favorites on my instagram (favorite social media platform, by far). After all of the eating from the Expo and Vegan Street Fair, I felt that a healthier recipe needed to happen. What better way to bring a delicious dish to life than to do my second annual cooking video with the Vegan Zombie!?
Jon and Chris are some of my favorite dudes, and I always look forward to seeing them this time of year. Last year, we did the Peanut Butter Banana Choco Chip Chia Parfait (rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?), together and it was SO much fun! The emphasis with our video collabs is that the recipe must be easy and tasty, so I thought up this recipe where the ingredients are wholesome and you can make use of short cuts or go the homemade route.
I love that you can easily pop the black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes into the oven together, make your dressing and massage your kale, all within 25 minutes. Not only that, you get this great mix of textures from the warm, slightly soft sweet potatoes, the refreshing curly kale leaves, the creamy dressing and the crunchy roasted pepitas. All of these ingredients are easy to find and you probably have 80% of them in your house, right now!
Check out the video for the recipe below, and find the printable version further down this post.