This post has been a long time coming, and I am so glad that it’s finally happening! I was so excited when I learned about Kristy Turner, of Keepin’ It Kind, writing her first cookbook and it has been out for a couple of months now. If you haven’t seen it yet, PLEASE take a look at But I Could Never Go Vegan!.
This cookbook is filled with clever chapter subjects, like “I could never give up cheese”, “It’s all rabbit food”, and “wait, is chocolate vegan?”; all excuses and phrases that I’ve heard more times than I can count. Kristy makes sure to go over each excuse and give you a few awesome recipes that completely obliterate the notion that it’s hard to go vegan.
Not only do these recipes sound incredible, there are SO many gorgeous and vibrant photos in this book, all taken by Kristy’s awesome husband Chris. I won’t lie, I may be a little biased, as Kristy and Chris are two truly wonderful people and are friends of mine. This does not lessen the fact that they make a great team when it comes to Keepin’ It Kind and I am so glad to know them!
Back to the food: I had a really hard time choosing which recipe I wanted to showcase from this book because seriously, there are so many amazing-looking dishes. But, I’m into casual eats, and my mom likes seafood-ish type things so the crab cakes sounded pretty easy and definitely tasty. The ingredients are easy-to-find, the process of making them was easy (even if I added too much oil to the pan at first), and they were tasty to all that tried them!
Kristy and her publisher were kind enough to not only share the recipe with you, but also to give you a chance to win a copy of her cookbook! (US residents only, please) So, go ahead and make these super delicious crab cakes and enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that y’all are doing okay now that the holidays are over and most people are returning to work and school. After all of that blogging/giveaway mayhem, I had to take a break and I’m so glad that I did. The holidays were crazy! Working at Whole Foods during the holidays is a special type of hell, so balancing that with visiting friends and family was a bit tiring. I guess when I say break, it was really just from blogging and nothing else. Ha!
Here are some of my highlights from the past couple of weeks:
- #TristanLAfoodtour: Where one of my best friends, Tristan, came home from the Army for a bit and we ate many awesome vegan things in LA. Plus, went to the Griffith Observatory and MooShoes!
- Cooking Christmas dinner for my family and friends.
- Biscuits and gravy New Year’s Day.
- Many naps.
Super exciting, right? ha ha
Anyhow, it’s a little too late for a round-up of 2014’s most popular recipes, so I’ve decided to show everyone some awesome, healthy recipes to start off the year. Here are some of my favorites, including some from awesome guest bloggers! Check them out and be amazed at all of the deliciousness. <3 (Click on the picture to go to the recipe!)
Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl with Almond Sriracha Sauce by Vegan Richa
Banana Cacao Recovery Smoothie
Southwestern Kale Salad
Cream of Asparagus Soup – Keepin’ It Kind
Deconstructed Falafel Bowl – The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado
Veggie Frittata Bites
Fruity Roasted Fennel Salad
Vanilla Latte Chia Parfait
Grilled Eggplant Spring Rolls
Slow Cooker Potato Curry Chili
Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas – Pickles & Honey
Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Warm Smoky Tempeh Salad
Vanilla Fig Cake
Some of you may be familiar with Randy Clemens as the author of The Sriracha Cookbook as well as the even better Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook. Not only that, he is a chef, craft beer nerd and has helped put together the Sriracha Festivals in LA and SD, and taken part in the documentary on sriracha. You could certainly say he knows his shit.
I’ve also mentioned Randy a couple of times on the blog before, like when he had his book release party at Golden Road Brewing in July of 2013 and we got to hang out and take goofy pictures, plus sample some dishes from the Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook. Almost a year later, he participated in Authors Worth Celebrating at Mohawk Bend where we got to have a 4-course meal made up of even more dishes from his book.
Needless to say, I’ve had my fair share of his dishes and they are damn good. That being said, I just had to get him involved with #ReturnoftheMacMoFo, because I have been eyeing his recipe for Sriracha-Cauliflower Mac for over a year now. Randy has been so awesome as to not only let me share this delicious recipe, but to also give THREE SIGNED COPIES of his Veggie-Lover’s cookbook away! YAY!
Go ahead, check out the yumminess that this spicy, noodle-free, Mac!
Straight up, Richa from Vegan Richa is one of my favorite vegan bloggers. She is insanely talented as you can see by her beautiful photos and her creative recipes, and I’m pretty sure that she enjoys spicy food as much as I do (Hello Sriracha!). In short, I am super thankful for her being able to guest blog for you all to see; and if you don’t go over to her site you are seriously missing out!
Thank you for having me over for the guest post today, Jackie!
Ok, so its January. and everyone seems to be talking about cleanses, eating healthy and what not. And I am like, let me just stop some of that sugar craving that I picked up over the holidays and I am good to go. I think it is a bit easier for me and most Indians in general because we are more addicted to salt and spice! Savory food hell yes.
Any which way, I digress. When people ask me or hubbs about what we eat, most times they auto-complete the answer to Salads. This is quite odd, because I eat hearty salad meals probably less than once in a month and hubbs probably once a week at work. That is quite infrequent, no? Raw leafy greens is something I rarely enjoy in huge quantities. They just do not agree with my tummy. So this is what I do with them and the way I love them. This delicious bowl of roasted cauliflower (croutons!), grains or lentils(protein!) and lightly cooked greens is my idea of a salad.:) Oh yes, did I forget to mention Sriracha almond coconut sauce (Spice!).
All healthy, light and delicious.
2014 is also going to be the year of the cauliflower. Some fantastic cauliflower creations from my blog include
this tall Lentil Cauliflower burger of awesomeness
this whole roasted Cauliflower in makhani gravy
this Cauliflower Crust – Deconstructed Gobi Paratha
and this Cauliflower Broccoli Masala Pie with Potato Black eyed pea crust