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!
You guys, the internet has been flooding with Buffalo recipes for the past week or so and it is making me crave everything spicy. Of course, I kind of did it to myself by sharing my Buffalo Chickpea Nacho recipe and Olives for Dinner’s Sriracha Habanero Buffalo Seitan. Mmm.. To be honest, I’ve had this idea for a long time. My mom got a recipe from one of her friends years ago that was called “Buffalo Chicken Dip”. Basically, this thing was heavy, spicy, creamy and outright addictive.
It has been a long, long time since I’ve had this dip, but I knew that I’d eventually have to veganize it. I even put it in my recipe idea note on my phone! What had immediately come to mind as far as subbing stuff out was to use jackfruit in place of shredded chicken, and for convenience-sake I used some vegan, non-dairy products. The spinach was my attempt to make this dip slightly less overindulgent. Ha!
Of course, if you don’t want to use pre-made products you can make your own vegan cream cheese, vegan ranch and vegan cheddar, just know that the measurements may be different. The reason this dip is so perfect for game day is that it takes about 5 minutes of prep and then 30 minutes of baking. Easy-peasy!
So, if you are into spicy, creamy, Buffalo foods, you should definitely try out this Buffalo Jackfruit Spinach Dip!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had garlic knots? If you have you know that they are delectable morsels of chewy dough, baked with garlic and either butter or oil and salt (non-vegan ones are topped with parmesan). Sounds awesome, right? Well, I’ve been making them at work lately and I had the idea — which I’m sure has been done a million times before — to make a sweet cinnamon version. I was drooling just thinking about it.
Honestly, these knots are pretty easy to make. I just took one of my recipes for pizza dough and altered it a bit, then rolled it out, brushed it, cut/folded it the brushed and baked. And maybe brushed again. Now, my cinnamon knots are not super sweet, so they are best served with the glaze dip that I have in the recipe. This way whoever is enjoying these incredible, little treats can adjust the sweetness to their liking.
What I love most about these is the ribbon of cinnamon and maple running through them, twisted around and baked to a golden hue. You can just tell by looking at them that they are going to taste awesome. Plus, you can enjoy these for breakfast, a snack, as an appetizer, or dessert! They’re pretty versatile and go great with a hot cup of coffee.
And look! I made a handy-dandy, step-by-step image that you can pin for later!
I’d love to try some different flavors for these, like a herbed savory one, maybe apple raisin, or cranberries? There are so many possibilities! What is your idea for a new twist (pun-intended) on these knots?
I had the pleasure of finally meeting Cara of the stellar blog Fork & Beans a few weeks ago and she is awesome! We grabbed a bite to eat with Spabettie and I’m pretty sure that we all could have sat there for hours chatting about food, blog stuff and our lives. That bit might not interest you at all, but what I’m trying to say is that Cara is a food magician whom I totally admire, so check out her blog and get to salivating! Before you go, take a look at this magnificent Cheese Ball!
Special occasions call for special snacks and this here is one special occasion. I’m a big fan of Jackie’s so I wanted to make sure that I what I share with you over here is definitely note-worthy in honor of her and all of you. And to me, there is nothing more impressive than a vegan cheese ball made completely from cashews.
I guess you could say that I am still in the holiday spirit because this ball is filled with cranberries and walnuts but it actually pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the cashews, giving it sweetness and texture that your guests will certainly appreciate. This is the perfect appetizer to serve for Superbowl Bowl Sunday or even the nice dinner party you have planned. Serve it with my Homemade Rosemary Gluten-Free Vegan Crackers and you got yourself a fancy little dish. Look at you Suzy Homemaker–being all homemade and fancy and stuff…