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…
Starting today, I’ll be having some FANTASTIC guest bloggers on Vegan Yack Attack for the month of January and a couple in February! First up, I have Amanda from Pickles & Honey. Amanda’s blog is filled with delicious-looking recipes, beautiful photos and I can’t forget to mention her adorable dogs (Honey & Barley). Though I haven’t met her in person, she just seems like the sweetest chick ever and she is oh-so-talented. Make sure to check her out!
I’m so happy to be guest posting for Jackie! I began reading Vegan Yack Attack shortly after I started my own blog two years ago and I’ve been a big fan of Jackie’s beautiful and delicious, yet totally approachable recipes ever since. I also appreciate a good sense of humor and Jackie’s got that too!
The recipe I’m sharing today began as a sort of happy kitchen accident a couple of summers ago, when I decided I would finally take advantage of our porch and attempt to grow my own little herb garden. I am notoriously bad at growing plants indoors (hence the sad, wilting basil sitting on my windowsill right now), but I had a stroke of luck that summer and ended up with more parsley, chives, and mint – so much mint – than I knew what to do with.
Sidenote: If you’re looking to build your gardening confidence, grow mint. Seriously, even if you forget to water it for weeks at a time (guilty!), it will not die. Also, mojitos.
Mint aside, I tossed the parsley and chives, along with garlic, onion, and the ever-present nutritional yeast into my food processor with some chickpeas to make what is still one of my most favorite recipes ever: Cool Ranch Hummus. Do you remember those Cool Ranch Doritos? Scary ingredients, no nutritional value, but highly addictive. Instead of hummus this time, I went with roasted chickpeas.
Crispy, crunchy, and so much more satisfying than Doritos.
The flavors in this roasted chickpea recipe magically combine to create a much healthier, but equally crave-worthy version of those chips. I probably ate half of them while they were still cooling on the baking sheet, and then I made another batch that same week.
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.
Obviously, there are a lot of holidays happening this month. So, I thought that now would be a great time to review Vegan Cuts Snack Box! I’ve done this once before, many moons ago; but the season of giving is upon us and this subscription makes for a fantastic gift. I’m going to cover some things that I’ve gotten in the last few months, as opposed to one box, and I hope that it gives you an idea of how awesome these are.
Plus, I’ve eaten many items that I didn’t have a chance to photograph before devouring. Oopsies! Before I get down to specifics, let me tell you some general info about these Snack Boxes. Vegan Cuts offers these as a monthly subscription box, meaning you get one delicious box of snacks every month. You can cancel your subscription at any time, although I’m not sure why you’d want to!
Some of my favorite items from the last couple of boxes have been the Black Pepper Snap Pea Crisps (which had a label misprint, by the company), the huge container of Go Veggie! Vegan Parmesan, and seriously, I fell in love with Michy’s Pumpkin Eater Cookie. After eating some of those Snap Pea crisps on my drive to Lake Havasu, I bought another bag of them THE SAME DAY. My dad was even a fan of them (that says a lot). The Stash Tea has been perfect for the cooler weather, here.
The variety of snacks in these bags is pretty fantastic, and I certainly think that it’s worth the price. There is almost always a bag of chippy-goodness, different brands, etc.; while the rest of the items range from sweet treats to raw bars to cool condiments and samples of pancake mixes. I definitely can’t forget to mention the coupons that come with it; one month there was a coupon for a free, full-sized bottle of Califia Non-dairy milk! That’s an extra 4-5 dollar value, and it keeps shipping costs down for us.
Over all, I’m super happy with this monthly snack delivery, and it’s something that I look forward to each month. Vegan Cuts also has a pretty incredible Beauty Box that showcases cruelty-free, vegan beauty products. Finding vegan snacks is one thing, but finding high quality, vegan beauty products is a feat in itself. I find that box super helpful!
Image: Vegan Cuts
Here are some other great gift ideas for the Holidays!
Keep someone you love warm, with this adorable pullover from Herbivore Clothing:
Photo: Herbivore Clothing
This Bare Bones Body Care Kit would be great for pampering after the holidays (Plus, it’s on sale at Vegan Cuts!):
Lastly, check out this cool list of stocking stuffers from Vegangela!
Full Disclosure: I received these snack boxes for free, because I am the photographer for Vegan Cuts. There are affiliate links in this post. This means that if you order through my link, I get a small percentage. This helps me to keep this blog going! All opinions are honest and my own.
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
If you would like me to contact me about photography jobs, testing out a recipe, review your restaurant or just have a question you'd like me to answer email me at: veganyackat[email protected]!