Halloween is just around the corner, which means that themed parties are in full swing and fun food ideas are everywhere! This cute appetizer/dessert came to me after staring at some adorable crab apples for about a half hour trying to figure out just what the heck to do with them. Should I cut them up and use them in pies? Maybe I should poach them in wine… or what if I cut them into eyeballs? Nope, little apple-lanterns it is!
Of course I had to stuff them with peanut butter and raisins, although a vegan caramel filling would be great, as well. Now, you don’t have to carve the little faces into each one if you’re making a lot for a party, but it really does make them that much more awesome. You could also cut the face all of the way through to have a slightly oozy, creepy apple-lantern.
I think the nickname for this month’s theme should be Carbs on Carbs on Carbs, but that doesn’t sound nearly as fun as Return of the Mac MoFo; plus I can’t imagine that the theme song would be as fabulous. Either way, I feel like some of the creations this month with be carb-tastic! Also, I don’t think you’d expect it, but this carb-pile is gluten-free. So, those of you that don’t eat it will be stoked to make this crazy dish.
Before we dig in to this macho nacho recipe, I have to share something with you guys. I hired my dear friend and AWESOME illustrator, Nick Sawyers, to draw up a couple of ideas of mine for stickers (and maybe shirts?) for Vegan Yack Attack. Below is how the first design came out and I am absolutely in love with it! And, in case you were wondering, you can buy them under my “VYA Shop!” tab or here; and yes, that is a three-eyed piece of tofu.
I’m strongly considering running a shirt in this design, so if you think you’d be interested in it, please let me know! I also can’t wait to show you the next design, which is pretty hilarious.
Now, back to the MACHO MAC NACHOS! Blue corn chips contrast perfectly with the creamy cheese sauce that is flecked with black beans and corn, then is topped with fresh red peppers, green onions, buttery avocado, spicy salsa and smooth sour cream. I won’t lie, I cheated a little by using some store-bought products, but you could easily make everything yourself.
I’m going to try to get you another recipe post tomorrow or Friday, but it may be a little rough because tomorrow is.. dun nuh nuh nuuuuuh… My Birthday! Yay!? The plan is to bake a cake and ice skate in the morning, lunch, maybe get a fun tattoo then dinner with my dad and Corey. Sounds good to me!
For those of you that take on this monster, enjoy the hell out of it, because I know that you will!
If for some reason you have never been to the blog Fork & Beans, you may be living under a rock. The blog’s creator, Cara, is incredible and super talented when it comes to transforming your favorite indulgences into gluten-free, vegan delights. So, when I heard that she was putting together her own cookbook, I just knew that it would turn out amazingly.
Lo and behold, I received a copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking to check out and it looks incredible! Her recipes paired with Celine Steen‘s photography equal some gorgeous recipes. Below, I’ve been given permission to share the delectable recipe for her Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust!
Fortunately for me, my dad’s birthday was earlier this week, right when I was making this cheesecake. I expedited the setting process by putting it in the freezer so that it would be ready in time for presents, which worked wonderfully. After my mom and I sang “happy birthday” to my dad, he blew out the candle and we dug in.
We are in the hottest month of Summer and here it has been humid as hell. The other day it was raining and I felt like I was back in Michigan, when my family would travel out there each August. I would stand outside during the thunderstorms, under the pouring rain, and it would still be almost 90F outside. With such greenery out there, it was a lot more enjoyable, where as here it’s just a light rain and tons of concrete.
Luckily the moisture has taken a break and today we had some nice breezes with the heat, so it wasn’t like walking into a sauna every time you went outside. This is the time of year when eating anything warm just sounds terrible – aside from grilled goodies, of course. Because of this, I have a nice, chilled salad recipe for you today! It’s perfect served as a side, maybe along with that Herbed Tofu Tomato Salad recipe from last week? Which, by the way, was a total hit! I’ve had at least five or six people make it and be very pleased with the outcome.
Anyway, this salad is made with sweet yellow and white corn, mostly for a little extra color, a creamy basil pesto aioli, fresh spinach and some red onion. Super easy to put together and is PACKED with flavor, especially after you chill the dish before serving it. If you want to make it a little healthier, add more spinach to the end product and omit some of the vegan mayo from the aioli, replacing it with plain yogurt.
Oh! I almost forgot, I have some incredibly exciting news! I’ll be a speaker at Vida Vegan Con 2015 in Austin! Eep! I’m super excited and feel very lucky to have been chosen out of the many people who applied to speak, and can’t wait until they announce the rest of the speakers closer to the end of the month. Who all is planning on going? If you’re on the fence, let me say that it was an awesome experience and you should take a look at my 1, 2, 3 part review of the 2013 conference.
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