Remember that giveaway I hinted at, in March? I wasn’t lying when I said that it was an awesome one! I was so excited when I found out that I’d have the chance to receive and review Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Cookbook. Oh She Glows was one of the first major vegan blogs that caught my eye when I was new to veganism. It’s filled with easy, delicious recipes and beautiful photos; plus her journey to being vegan is very inspirational.
Believe me when I say that her cookbook has all of that and more. Great for cooks of any level, beginner to expert, pleasing to all kinds of palates and lots of helpful information. Of course, I love that there are TONS of photos, all drool-worthy and taken by Angela. Because I had to drive off to Indio to start working for Coachella, I was only able to make two recipes. But, I really liked the ones that I did make!
Firstly, I made the Empowered Noodle Bowl with the Thai Peanut Sauce option, which was SUPER colorful and overflowing with veggies of all kinds. The flavors all worked well together and the sauce, oh the sauce was SO good!
The other recipe that I ended up making was the Gym Rat Smoothie; almost purely because of how easy it was to make and because I had all of the ingredients on hand. I have to say, I don’t usually add oats to my smoothies, but this drink was as tasty as it was filling. It will certainly be a regular in my kitchen!
Now, you may have seen Vegan Chocolate, hmm… just about everywhere in the last couple of months! Chocolate Queen Fran Costigan and amazing photographer Kate Lewis have created this magical bundle of incredible chocolate recipes; all of which are vegan. If you don’t like chocolate, I suggest you click away, like pronto. ‘Cause it is about to get rich, sweet and cocoa-y up in here.
I was lucky enough to have assisted on the set of Fran’s cookbook trailer, so I got a taste of what was to come before the book was out. I helped make the Sachertorte about three times and never got sick of having a slice after we were done with each one. Seriously, that thing was insane, and I had nearly memorized the recipe by the time it was over because it is very easy to make.
After I got my copy of what I would like to call “the Vegan Chocolate Bible”, I flipped through the pages carefully, deciding on what I wanted to make and what would be fun for the holidays. When I saw the recipe for Chocolate Vodka, I knew that I would FOR SURE make it. Hopefully my pseudo-mother-in-law and my own mother aren’t reading this, because they are each getting a bottle as part of their Christmas gifts.
Next, I found the recipe for Graham Crackers and saw just how easy they were to make. Bingo! That was my second recipe and honestly, it was really hard to save them up for a couple of days so that I could coat them with the Chocolate Olive Oil Glaze. You want to talk about easy? How about two ingredients (with an optional third) to make an awesome chocolate glaze that you can dip anything in? Yes, freakin’ please.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for reviewing, I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are honest and my own. There are affiliate links in this post, buying through these helps me to keep this blog going! Thank you, for everything.
Obviously, there are a lot of holidays happening this month. So, I thought that now would be a great time to review Vegan Cuts Snack Box! I’ve done this once before, many moons ago; but the season of giving is upon us and this subscription makes for a fantastic gift. I’m going to cover some things that I’ve gotten in the last few months, as opposed to one box, and I hope that it gives you an idea of how awesome these are.
Plus, I’ve eaten many items that I didn’t have a chance to photograph before devouring. Oopsies! Before I get down to specifics, let me tell you some general info about these Snack Boxes. Vegan Cuts offers these as a monthly subscription box, meaning you get one delicious box of snacks every month. You can cancel your subscription at any time, although I’m not sure why you’d want to!
Some of my favorite items from the last couple of boxes have been the Black Pepper Snap Pea Crisps (which had a label misprint, by the company), the huge container of Go Veggie! Vegan Parmesan, and seriously, I fell in love with Michy’s Pumpkin Eater Cookie. After eating some of those Snap Pea crisps on my drive to Lake Havasu, I bought another bag of them THE SAME DAY. My dad was even a fan of them (that says a lot). The Stash Tea has been perfect for the cooler weather, here.
The variety of snacks in these bags is pretty fantastic, and I certainly think that it’s worth the price. There is almost always a bag of chippy-goodness, different brands, etc.; while the rest of the items range from sweet treats to raw bars to cool condiments and samples of pancake mixes. I definitely can’t forget to mention the coupons that come with it; one month there was a coupon for a free, full-sized bottle of Califia Non-dairy milk! That’s an extra 4-5 dollar value, and it keeps shipping costs down for us.
Over all, I’m super happy with this monthly snack delivery, and it’s something that I look forward to each month. Vegan Cuts also has a pretty incredible Beauty Box that showcases cruelty-free, vegan beauty products. Finding vegan snacks is one thing, but finding high quality, vegan beauty products is a feat in itself. I find that box super helpful!
Image: Vegan Cuts
Here are some other great gift ideas for the Holidays!
Keep someone you love warm, with this adorable pullover from Herbivore Clothing:
Photo: Herbivore Clothing
This Bare Bones Body Care Kit would be great for pampering after the holidays (Plus, it’s on sale at Vegan Cuts!):
Lastly, check out this cool list of stocking stuffers from Vegangela!
Full Disclosure: I received these snack boxes for free, because I am the photographer for Vegan Cuts. There are affiliate links in this post. This means that if you order through my link, I get a small percentage. This helps me to keep this blog going! All opinions are honest and my own.
One book that I am really excited to have received is Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans by Natalie Slater. This book is totally badass! Not only are there enticing pictures taken by Celine Steen, there are awesome doodles by Betty Turbo and super clever recipe titles. Oh and the foreword is by CM Punk. Uh, WHAT?! So many levels of awesome here.
I felt like this book got me, as a person. My mom on the other hand, did not share in my excitement about the fun drawings and radical recipe titles. Party pooper! Or I’m just a nerd, either way, I don’t really care; I’m just stoked to have this book in my possession! My only regret, at this point, is that I didn’t have more time to make recipes from it before heading out-of-town last week. As some of you may have seen on my Instagram I am in Michigan for two weeks, visiting family and what-have-you.
But, the recipe that I did try was definitely a winner. I can’t even remember the last time I had a pretzel dog, and I have to say, I was a little apprehensive about making these. After looking at the ingredients and directions, though, they seemed easy enough; and they totally were. One weird thing was that I halved the dough recipe because I didn’t have enough flour on hand for the full version of 6-8 pretzel dogs, but I still ended up with 6 pretzel dogs. Maybe I just didn’t use enough dough on each one? I’ll probably never know.
What I do know is that I will be making these again, and that I get to share the recipe with you! You can also check out other recipes from the book by looking at her blog tour list. OH, and to top it all off, you can enter to win a copy of your own in the widget at the end of this post!
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
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