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Green Mojito Smoothie

Green Mojito Smoothie

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.

The Blender Girl Smoothies

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!

Green Mojito Smoothie

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!

Green Mojito Smoothie

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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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Creamy Quinoa Jalapeño Poppers with Coconut Bacon

creamy quinoa jalapeno poppers with coconut bacon

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. 😉

fresh jalapeños

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!

slicing fresh jalapeños

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!

Creamy Quinoa popper filling

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. 😀

creamy quinoa jalapeno poppers

Now, back to popper-heaven AKA the recipe!

Creamy Quinoa Jalapeno Poppers with Coconut Bacon

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Southern Kale Salad with Smoky Ranch

Southern Kale Salad with Smoky Ranch

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. :)

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Black-eyed Peas

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!?

Raw Curly Kale

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.

Vegan Smoky Chipotle Ranch

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. :)

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