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Roasted Butternut Garlic Bisque with Grilled 3-Cheese Sandwich Sticks

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring… Well, you get the idea. It’s finally raining in Southern California and we all know that means it’s grilled cheese weather! But, I couldn’t make just any ol’ grilled cheese, these tasty grilled cheese sticks have three different vegan cheeses in them and are cut to a size perfect for dipping in some creamy bisque. 

The bisque is made up of roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes and garlic, plus some rich coconut milk and subtle spice from cayenne and white pepper. Mmm! If you need an easy recipe for bisque that’s tasty and kinda fancy, I recommend trying this one out. All you have to do is roast the veggies, blend them up and warm the soup on the stove before serving. Not that the soup needs any help in the taste department, but dipping crispy sandwich sticks in it kicks it up a few notches.

Aside from this awesome soup/sandwich combo, there has been a lot of stuff going on in my world. Mostly freelance photography projects, including work for Chicago Vegan Foods, Vegan Cuts (as always) and some Happy Herbivore stuff. After speaking with a few people, it already seems like 2015 is going to be crazy, in the best way possible. So, apologies for leaving y’all hanging for most of the month of November, but believe that I’m making it up to you this month with a FEW giveaways.

You read that right. I’m thinking at least FOUR giveaways! Some food, maybe an appliance, and definitely a cookbook or two. One is instagram-exclusive, even. ;) Keep your eyes peeled for those so you can celebrate the holidays early.

 

Before I forget, I must mention that I used Massel’s No Salt-Added Vegetable Bouillon Granules for this recipe! I love this product because you can adjust the sodium content of the recipe to your liking, easily, and it comes in a cute paint can-like package. Not to mention, it dissolves really easily, unlike more commonly found bouillon cubes. I definitely recommend it!

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Decontructed Falafel Bowl

Today, I am so pleased to share with you, Megan from The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado! Megan’s blog posts are super inventive, always colorful and definitely hilarious. She is so relatable in that she is honest, fun and easy to “listen” to, or read in this case. I feel like if we had a chance to hang out, things would get really awesome. Without further ado, here’s her beautiful recipe!

Deconstructed Falafel Bowl

When Jackie asked me if I wanted to do a guest post on her blog, I was most definitely stoked! I mean come on! Who could turn down a super rad lady like Jackie, the girls got talent, charisma and some serious photography skills. Not to mention she’s pretty darn funny to boot, but you all knew that already now didn’t ya ;) When she asked if I could whip up something healthy for the post, I immediately said “sure! Not a problem!” which was immediately followed by a long “Ahhhhh….hmmmm….nope, I’ve got nothing.” You see, I’m all over the sweets and breakfast department, but when it comes to healthy meals, I have more of a cling to my cookbooks mentality. I’ll either throw together the most random salad you can imagine (what’s this random vegetable in my fridge? Who cares, put it in!), or I’ll pluck a book off my shelf and pick out a tasty sounding recipe. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the most creative in the healthy weekday meal department.

Deconstructed Falafel Bowl

It’s funny, I usually have so many recipe ideas bouncing around my head at any given time, but the second I have to actually pick one, they all pull a Houdini and all that remains is a big puff of smoke in an empty room. I was starting to think my cooking mojo had all but left me, until I was out with Mr. Muggins and he asked the magical words “you wanna get a falafel?”*. Just like that, it came to me, falafel bowl! Which, due to laziness immediately turned into a deconstructed falafel bowl! Who has time to make falafel anyway, amiright?

Deconstructed Falafel Bowl

The first and most important step to making a deconstructed falafel bowl is the deconstructed falafel. I decided to get all fancy on ya and cook some chickpeas from scratch, I know most of you are probably reading this and going, since when is cooking chickpeas fancy? And the answer to that is, since a girl who only ever buys canned chickpeas decided to make them! I can’t believe I never do this, cooked chickpeas obviously take more time, but they’re so easy and way tastier, consider me a convert. If you’re feeling less fancy, you can of course use the canned ones. Once my chickpeas were ready to go, I coated them in all those delicious falafel spices and roasted them in the oven until they were nice and crispy. Oh my, oh my my my, these things were hard to stop snacking on, but try to restrain yourself unless you want a falafel-less bowl.

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Top 13 Recipes of 2013!

Top 13 Recipes of 2013

It wouldn’t be the end of the year if there wasn’t a top recipe list on here, right? Last year’s was awesome, but we may have topped it! Take a look at which recipes I made this year were most popular. Warning: You may need a tissue for that drool dribble by the end of it. ;)

13. BBQ Party Pack- The perfect solution to bring some delectable food to your friend or family’s BBQ! No need to eat a tasteless, rubbery burger patty.

12. Vegan Ceviche- I can’t believe it took me this long to make a vegan ceviche, but I am SO glad that I did. This came out insanely good!

11. Mini Pizza Pies!-  Fun, kid and dad-friendly, not to mention DELICIOUS! Also, get ready for a few more pizzas on this list. ;)

10. Mediterranean Pesto Pizza- Need a change-up from your red sauced-veggie pizza? Try out this Pesto Pizza!

9. Mozzarella Mac Deep Dish Pizza- When I see that people actually made this pizza, I have to say, I get SO incredibly excited. It was definitely one of my favorite recipes from Born to Mac MoFo.

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Grilled Mac ‘n’ Cheese BLT

Straight up, this sandwich is not the healthiest thing on the planet. But, I’m sure you’re all thinking, “Duh!”. I mean, the theme for this month is mac ‘n’ cheese, that alone is something to celebrate, and I’m not expecting you to eat mac every day. Or am I? Either way, this sandwich is the best of three worlds, and you should enjoy it. It’s no Buffalo Chickpea Mac, but it’s damn good.

You’ve got your creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, and you marry it with the refreshing BLT, which makes it a more cool weather-appropriate sammich. On top of all that, literally and figuratively, you grill it! Also, I have to say that I received a Panini press this past week and I’m addicted, hence this recipe.

For example, I held a b-day get together at my house this past weekend, where I had a legit cheese platter out (courtesy of Artisan Vegan Cheese, as mentioned previously), SO many vegan cupcakes (thank you to those that brought them!) some healthier sides, then.. then there was the grilled cheese bites. For a solid hour I was cranking out different grilled cheese sandwiches and cutting them into bite size pieces. Basically, if I was an attendee at my party, I would have been stoked (and sad about my pants getting tighter). Overall, it was a great time, and it was nice to see so many friends in one place. :)

Back to the sandwich, this thing was super easy to make. Even with taking photos and writing down the short ingredient list, it probably took my 30-45 minutes. That includes the semi-clean up, plus setting up the final shot. BOOM! So easy. To give you some perspective, it usually takes me a couple of hours for each recipe, not including doing the dishes and taking down my props, etc. Oy. The time certainly adds up!

Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that. You can just whip this thing out and chow down! Plus, I made it a single serving recipe, so you can indulge without being tempted further by leftovers. Maybe you have more restraint than I, but that is a serious problem in my kitchen! ;)

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