Updated on October 12, 2015
Another day, another cookbook giveaway! If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen the stack of different and awesome vegan cookbooks that I’m giving away this summer. Right now, we are on the third of six (in no particular order)! I promise that I’ll interject these posts with some of my recipes, but I’ve been keeping busy with my cookbook, as well as being the new dessert columnist for VegNews! I don’t think I can properly articulate just how exciting this is to me; just know that I’m thrilled.
Back to the matter at hand! The Blender Girl AKA Tess Masters is someone who I totally look up to within the blogger community. She is a freakin’ powerhouse, and runs her own empire with the help of many people, but it is so damn impressive! She has made awesome and innovative blender recipes for the last few years, concentrating on helping people live healthier lives more conveniently, as well as deliciously. Her first cookbook covered a wide variety of recipes that are made with the help of a trusty blender, but this one focuses on everyone’s favorite liquid meal, the smoothie.
You may be thinking, “Smoothies are so simple, why would I need a cookbook for them?” Trust me, I felt similarly prior to taking a look through this book and chatting with Tess. The Blender Girl Smoothies book is filled with such informative tips on incorporating different ingredients for different health benefits, as well as using spices to compliment fruits and veggies. Even through her book launch twitter chat, I learned so much more about what I can be using in my smoothies to make them even more awesome!
I also went to Tess’s book launch celebration, and got to try this Green Mojito Smoothie first-hand! That’s when I knew that I needed to feature it in this post for you all, because this thing is super tasty and very refreshing. Now, you can check out the recipe, read the short description of its benefits and enter to win a copy of the book!
It’s Friday, everyone! Yay! To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of Miyoko Schinner’s The Homemade Vegan Pantry. If you’ve never heard of Miyoko before, you have missed out on some seriously awesome stuff. She has built up several vegan businesses, including Miyoko’s Kitchen Artisan Vegan Cheeses, and has multiple cookbooks; the Artisan Vegan Cheese title is one of the only cookbooks that I use regularly.
Needless to say, I was excited to hear about her writing another cookbook, and I love that it’s for basic elements of the vegan kitchen. Did you want to try making a vegan Worcestershire sauce, yourself? Maybe you’re looking for satisfying vegan burgers or cutlets? Intrigued by the sound of flaxseed meringue? Pretty much anything you can think of making vegan is in this book.
Not only does she give you basic building blocks, Miyoko gives variations to many of the recipes that are simple and mouth-watering. As you may know, I’m a sucker/stickler when it comes to photography and this book had me questioning why I even bother to take food photos. All of the pictures are stunning, rustic, and warm; Eva Kolenko did a great job on the whole book!
Some of my favorite recipes in this book are for the dry mixes, like the Classic Pancake & Biscuit Mix that I’ll be giving you, today. There are also dry cake mixes, a mac and cheese sauce mix, and a buckwheat pancake/waffle mix. Having these put together and waiting in your pantry makes breakfast so much easier to get going. With the pancake mix, all you have to do is add some liquid and your ready to go!
The pictures in this post are of the pancakes that I made using the recipe from Miyoko’s book. Below I have included the recipe, as well as what to add to make pancakes. Enjoy!
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:
It's #tacotuesday and we are in Austin, TX! Us blogger ladies stopped by @arlostruck and I got both their chick'n taco and their veggie crumble taco, plus a hefty side of tater tots! Loved it and there's a solid spicy-ness to the tacos. #vidavegancon2015 #veganladyroadtrip #srslyineedatacoemoji #vegan 🎉🍴
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!
Updated on May 23, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!