Creepy Bats and Cats Chocolate Graham Crackers

Creepy Bats and Cats Chocolate Graham Crackers

Still looking for last-minute Halloween ideas for Monday?  Kathy Hester has it ALL in her newest eCookBook. The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes. I do mean everything.  Kathy has thrown an elaborate Halloween party each year for over a decade and now you can kinda share in all the fun with her recipes and ideas captured in her new book.  Everything you’ll need for your own bash including decorating ideas and of course lots of spooky ideas from Kathy’s kitchen:  25 VEGAN Halloween themed recipes in one place.  Plus you can download her e-book instantly for last-minute ways to freak out and stuff your family and friends.   Find details on downloading your own copy of her book ‘The Ghoulish Gourmet’  HERE.   Then check out a sampling of her goodies below with Kathy’s beautiful pics and a sneak peek recipe for   Bats and Cats Chocolate Graham Crackers Be sure to check out other news on Kathy’s e-book out this around the web with the links below and then hop on over to Amazon on download a copy for yourself. Vegan Pecan Pumpkin Shake @OhMyVeggies.com Forbidden Rice Chocolate Mousse @GoDairyFree.com Swamp Monster Slow Cooker Jackfruit Gumbo…

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Kathleen Henry’s ‘Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking’ – Review and Giveaway

Kathleen Henry’s ‘Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking’ – Review and Giveaway

  A few years ago, my husband and I fulfilled a lifetime goal of spending time in Alaska.  It was expensive.  We’d put a bit here and there away for years for this adventure and luckily it was worth every penny we’d saved up.  Knowing that the trip was earned and paid for made it even more relaxing for us.  Someday, I’ll get around to posting more about the different sites and activities we enjoyed.  Today, I’m bringing to you a lovely new book by Kathleen Henry who happens to live in Alaska!  Lucky girl. Kathleen knows all the beauty and peacefulness of her state and she’s translated that natural, plant-based life into a wonderful array of tasty dishes and desserts for us.  She’s giving a copy of her new book, “Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking” to one of my readers so be sure to get in on that chance at the end here! Alaska was literally like looking at a different planet for a week of our lives.  Stunning.  Nature at her finest.  When I flipped through Kathleen’s new book, so full of hearty, nourishing, inspiring ingredients, I was taken back to our week in Alaska and all my amazement and environmental…

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“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing Terry Hope Romero’s “Salad Samurai” which was simply,  deliciously, outstanding! No one’s ever done so much with salads, slaws and sides in one book to strike at my personal veggie cravings as Terry did.  So when they sent out a copy of her newest vegan book, “Protein Ninja”, I was confident I’d be more than happy with the her ‘protein packed’ recipes and tips.  I made my first recipe from the book the very first day the book arrived and I’ve been experimenting and delighting in the results from her book for weeks now. Thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Publishing, you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Terry’s new book at the end of my review here.   First a quick look at some of the many recipes I’ve whipped up from Terry’s new book already: “Protein Ninja” starts out aptly, guiding readers to easy, economical sources of protein in a plant based diet.  What to keep in your panty.  Best techniques for storing protein packed foods.  On the go foods.   After the Ninja basics, she gets into some hard core creative ways to boost your protein intake without…

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Sweet Corn Chowder from Emily Von Euw’s “The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook”

Sweet Corn Chowder from Emily Von Euw’s “The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook”

There’s a new book out from Author, Blogger Emily Von Euw that I’ve been delving into this month.  It’s called aptly: The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook Some thoughts on her book and then, a chance to win a copy for yourself! My husband and I have some kind of an Asian inspired meal at least once a week it seems;  Sometimes twice even. Emily’s new book is perfect for Asian food lovers specifically in my mind.  It celebrates the beauty of fresh food, namely vegetables and that’s just how I feel about home cooked, easy Asian dishes.  You always have a great deal of whole food ingredients with Asian and that makes me feel like even if the dish is cooked some, it’s not too far from the vine.  Whether it’s a special Sushi, spiced up Bok Choy, Daikon Salad (my new fav.) or simply a 1 or 2 ingredient meal that dressed up with spices, Emily knows fresh food.   Starting her blogging days with an almost exclusively Raw diet, this new book blends two lifestyles together to appreciate both cold and warmed meals to bring out the best in fresh ingredients.  Many of the recipes are similar to things…

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Kathy Hester’s ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ + a Giveaway!

Kathy Hester’s ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ + a Giveaway!

How easy can it be to become ‘Cruelty Free’ and still love every bite of what you eat?  Pretty darn easy once you get the basics down.  The basics are especially easy now with help from Kathy Hester and her newest book: The Easy Vegan Cookbook  The first basic I absolutely fell in love with….I’ve made this one so many times this fall that I’ve actually memorized Kathy’s recipe for it…was her super simple, super moist and delicious Applesauce Spice Cake.  Oh my.  This one is so easy and so versatile, you’ll love having this basic, easy recipe in your head too.  Add in’s are perfect so adjust away to your own fruits and nut likes.  But keep this classic recipe base just as Kathy has created it for maximum spice tastes. I LOVE the trick Kathy shares in this cake for using apple vinegar with baking soda as a quick and easy leavening.  It works perfectly every time.  After 5 cakes, I’ve got this one down and it’s a absolutely perfect quick gift to bring a friend on a cold fall day.  Just the smell alone of those baked apples and warm spices are enough to make me smile.…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

I’ll admit that I wasn’t familiar with Laura’s work until my friend @AnUnrefinedVegan was asked to do some of the photos for her newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘  Better late than never I guess.  With the volume of Vegan cookbooks out these days, sometimes it’s hard to stay up with all the good news.  Annie has a wonderful posting as well about her own history with this book if you’d like to catch up with her experiences with Laura. Some of you may also know Laura as ‘The Jazzy Vegetarian’  And you may have seen Laura on her show of the same name which airs on Public Television, now in it’s 5th season.  Whoohoooo!!  Check it out: The Jazzy Vegetarian Laura’s newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘ is a compilation of her life’s experiences with yummy, cruelty-free creations and now she shares them with us all in an easy to read, colorful book full of every type of healthy creation imaginable. Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you all Laura’s recipe for a delicious Peanut Butter-Chocolate Mousse and… Laura’s Top Five Tips for Vegan-Ease Cuisine: If you are new to vegan eating, start by serving one non-meat, plant-based meal each week for dinner. Try…

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“The Homemade Vegan Pantry” by Miyoko Schinner / A Review & Giveaway plus ‘French Buttercream’

“The Homemade Vegan Pantry” by Miyoko Schinner / A Review & Giveaway plus ‘French Buttercream’

“A guide to creating vegan versions of staple ingredients to stock the fridge and pantry–from dairy and meat substitutes such as vegan yogurt, butter, mayo, bacon, and cheese, to mustards, dressings, pancake mix, crackers, pasta sauces, cookies, and more.”   –  The Homemade Vegan Pantry The first day I flipped through the pages of Miyoko Schinner’s new cookbook, ‘The Homemade Vegan Pantry’ I tagged this lavender fig jam recipe and knew it would be the first thing to try out from her book.  Being a homemade jam enthusiast and a canning “pro” of sorts, I appreciated the absolute simplicity of the recipe.  4 – 5 ingredients, minimal preparation and cook time, delicious taste.  All good things in my recipe requirements these days. And as I continued to flip through page after page, the book flowed and flowed through each category with an emphasis on just how much you can do in the kitchen once you’re stocked up with the healthy ingredients and ‘know-how’ to create fabulous Plant based recipes.  The jam is wonderful and compliment so many other recipes in Miyoko’s book.  That’s the beauty of it really.  You’ll want to learn the basics and then grow and grow with their…

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Isa’s ‘Vegan with a Vengeance- 10th Anniversary Edition’ – The Queen of Post Punk Kitchen strikes again!

Isa’s ‘Vegan with a Vengeance- 10th Anniversary Edition’ – The Queen of Post Punk Kitchen strikes again!

   Have you ever just wanted to curl up next to a dessert and just snuggle?  That’s what Isa’s Macadamia Blondies did to me when I made a batch.  My first of what will be many batches, I’m certain.  These decadent Maple Syrup drenched Blondies are just one of so many recipes that I’ve tried in the past few months from her newest book ‘Vegan with a Vengeance’   from Da Capo Lifelong Books  Born and raised in Brooklyn, Isa Chandra Moskowitz began her vegan cooking journey over two decades ago. In 2003, she created the Post Punk Kitchen community access TV show to give vegans something to watch. In conjunction with the show, she also started the PPK website to support an online vegan cooking and baking community.  And having been quite the punk rocker in my day and now being a Vegan for the last 3 years myself – let’s just say I fell in love this summer with Isa and her newest, coolest recipe collection. ♥ This book is edgy, like Isa.  It’s delicious and looks at food with a cruelty free mindset while still being  ‘in your face’.  She loves food and she loves animals.  Her two…

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Pie In The Sky from “The Good Karma Diet” by Victoria Moran – A Review and Giveaway on Canned-Time.com

Pie In The Sky from “The Good Karma Diet” by Victoria Moran – A Review and Giveaway on Canned-Time.com

  I know that I’ve published an extraordinarily high number of Vegan cookbook reviews in the past year.  21 if you’ve been counting…. The Vegan lifestyle is growing by leaps and bounds and thus:  People love recipes and information on ‘How To’  And I’m honored to be selected by authors and publishers alike to take a preview of an upcoming publication. But this book stands out in the crowd.  First thing I thought…..No pictures!!  And to me that just ment boring!!  – I was WRONG. I got started reading Victoria’s book and just kept on going.  Couldn’t put it down.  I love the flow, the information.  Love the way she writes so plainly and realistically.  She’s writing this one to those less experienced in Veganism.  Those out there who just might try out the health benefits and kindness that come from being Vegan.  I really love ‘The Good Karma Diet’  Victoria gives you all a sneak peek at her book here with an excerpt, recipe and a giveaway to one lucky reader. Excerpt from “Liven Things Up” The Good Karma Diet By Victoria Moran When my daughter, Adair, was a tween and teen, we devoted two weeks every summer to…

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Crave Eat Heal by Annie Oliverio plus Butternut Squash Queso Mac & Cheeze

Crave Eat Heal by Annie Oliverio plus Butternut Squash Queso Mac & Cheeze

Food cravings usually come in categories, for me anyway.  I want salt or I want sweet, or both, spicy or warm. This new book, written and photographed by my old friend Annie, has something for everyone.  It manages magically and deliciously to keep two feet on the ‘healthy’ mat while using the freshest, most organic of ingredients.  Just don’t think about why it’s healthy, just make these recipes out of a uncontrollable desire to satisfy your own cravings.  Annie has done all the work to keep these cravings healthy, cruelty free and fun all in one book.  Pretty cool, huh? Whether it’s Carbs you’re craving, chocolate (duh!), icy cool stuff, creamy, crunchy, salty or just plain ole junk – this book has it all.  Big beautiful pictures with clean, easy to follow instructions.  It has recipes that everyone, everyone will love and enjoy while at the same time, help to keep their bodies strong and healthy.   My first reading of Crave Eat Heal I thought… ‘I could just make the things in this book alone for about a year and never get bored‘  Love it ♥  I had a chance to ask Annie about her book, life and the…

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Southern Style Grits & “BOWLS” by Becky Striepe – Review and Giveaway!

Southern Style Grits & “BOWLS” by Becky Striepe – Review and Giveaway!

 Southern Style Grits from Becky Striepe’s book ‘BOWLS’     Becky Striepe, creator of the fabulously creative blog Glue & Glitter  has another book out.  YEA! Just a few days ago, Becky ‘Wow’ed us with her Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes recipe as April’s ‘Family Favorite Desserts-Veganized’ entry for April here on Canned.  She also graciously created a delicious smoothie recipe back in January of 2014 for my Breakfast In Bed Fest event. Now Becky introduces us to her latest project, a deliciously healthy and practical collection of recipes for busy Moms, health driven families, food lovers, okay….everyone needs a copy of Becky’s e-book BOWLS.     Today Becky is sharing with us a fantastic Southern Style Grits recipe and some thoughts with me about her life, the book, cute as a button son Darrol and life in a mixed, Vegan home in Georgia.     Me:  This book has such convenient ideas in it.  You’ve got your hands full with your website and a little one running around.  Do we owe your home life to your fabulous “BOWLS” meals? Becky: I definitely draw from my own life when I’m developing recipes, and BOWLS is aimed at folks who want to eat vegan…

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Ricki Heller’s ‘Living Candida-Free’ and Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble

Ricki Heller’s ‘Living Candida-Free’ and Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble

 I didn’t know a whole lot about Candida until I read Ricki Heller’s book ‘Living Candida-Free’ but what little I did know, I think I learned from Ricki’s blog or recipes.  She’s an expert on helping your body keep candida free with the most delicious of foods, health habits and cooking techniques to prevent and / or rid you body of unhealthy yeast.  Her new book is available on Amazon and gives a full plan for dealing with and controlling candida.  Ricki was generous enough to share one of the delicious desserts from her book today, ‘Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble’       She is also offering one of my readers a chance to win a copy of her book for themselves.   Ricki has a wonderful journey to tell about her long road down the Vegetarian, Vegan and Anti-Candida diet trails.  She give us an extensive diet plan for identifying Candida, eliminating it from your body by ‘rebalancing’ your body sour cream and onion kale chips, spreads – chocolate bean butter, sweets of course and then how to maintain ‘candida-free’ “Candida yeast is a normal part of a healthy digestive tract.  But once the body’s internal balance of ‘good’ bacteria and…

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“Sweet Eats for All” by Allyson Kramer – Speculoos Cookies & a Giveaway

“Sweet Eats for All” by Allyson Kramer – Speculoos Cookies & a Giveaway

   “To me, every good celebration requires an equally celebratory dessert.  However, many people can’t tolerate certain ingredients, and oftentimes those of us with food intolerances feel a little left out when it comes to capping off the party”   –   Allyson Kramer, ‘Sweet Eats for All’ About 4 years ago now, I discovered Trader Joe’s Speculoos or Cookie Butter.  Sounds decadent right?  Some people love cookie dough, I love Speculoos and Allyson Kramer’s cookie version is just to die for.   When I first flipped through her book, looking for a recipe to try out, I saw the words Speculoos and stopped, turned the page corner down and then continued searching.  Too obvious for me, can’t make those.  Too tempting.  I’ll never get the photos done before I gobble them all up. I thumbed through some more and found Matcha Cashew Ice Cream, hhmmmm?  Then Caramel Roasted Pears….Apple Nachos, yes, apple nachos.   Strawberry Pistachio Truffles!  Yikes ♥ I couldn’t decide.  I really wanted those Speculoos Cookies right then and there so that’s what I ended up highlighting for you here.  The rest of the book is…well, a dream for sweet toothed vegans, kids, bakers, dessert lovers.  I think that…

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Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

   When I first received a copy of Karen Page’s ‘The Vegetarian Flavor Bible’ last year, I was truly amazed at how much information she packed into this gigantic 7 lbs. book.   New to cooking?  New to Veganism? This book is the perfect companion for you.  It is  page after page of foods, by category – cheese, greens, legumes, citrus etc.,  all organized to get you the most information about those foods in the most complete package. A few recipes, but fabulous details on which foods go with what, the best ways to prepare, where to find them in restaurants and so much more.  After delving into the ‘Cheese’ section of Karen’s book, I had to try out the Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast sprinkles she suggests.  Cheeses are my most missed dairy food, far more so than any meats I used to eat.   I know this ‘Cheezey’ treat is a tried and true snack in the Vegan world but somehow, I’d never tried it out.  I’m hooked!  Cheese never tasted so good.  If you’ve never tried this tasty treat be sure not to wait too long cause it’s simply a rare gift to non-dairy eaters. Karen has kindly…

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“The Vegiterranean Diet” by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD – a review, recipe & book giveaway

“The Vegiterranean Diet” by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD – a review,  recipe & book giveaway

I recently received a copy of Julieanna Hever’s book “The Vegiterranean Diet“ for review.   It’s a very special book indeed. “The Mediterranean diet has been the gold standard dietary regimen for decades, and with good reason: it has been linked to lowered risks of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Julieanna Hever , MS, RD takes the Mediterranean diet concept to a whole new level! By focusing on whole-plant foods that promote long-term wellness and ideal weight management, we can reap the benefits of the most researched and beloved diet, made even healthier.  This is the best of the best for plant based diets in my view.  It’s a healthy, easy way to maximize your physical abilities, be kind to our animal friends and don’t forget, eat fabulous foods.  Julieanna has it all in this book.”  The Vegiterranean Diet, which includes a foreword by Dr. Neal D. Barnard  and blurbs by John Robbins, Kathy Freston, and T. Colin Campbell offers: ·         Comprehensive nutrition info ·         Shopping lists with everyday ingredients ·         More than 60 delicious, budget-friendly recipes ·         Flexible meal plans (great for families, too!) ·         Strategies for overall health Julieanna presents the facts and figures in…

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Emily Von Euw’s “Blueberrylicious” Smoothie from ‘100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks’

Emily Von Euw’s “Blueberrylicious” Smoothie from ‘100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks’

 Why talk about ice-cold, frosty smoothies in November?  Well, cause they’re just Berrylicious!   Emily Von Euw’s newest book, “100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks” is just what you need this winter to keep your taste buds and your waistline happy through the cold days ahead.  She’s sharing her recipe for a delicious, creamy blueberry filled smoothie with us today plus a chance to win a copy of her new book for yourself.   First the smoothie:   Fortunately for all of us,  perfect little blueberries in smoothies are great frozen or fresh.  No reason at all why you can’t keep up the nutritional benefits of these deep blue antioxidant gems all year round.  Wintertime stresses on our bodies just cry out for the goodness of berries where ever and when ever.   Emily’s got you covered on that one with her ‘Blueberrylicious’ smoothie from the book. This delectable smoothie is quick and easy, yes.  Full of fabulous nutrition, yes.  But why not make it the hit of your Holiday party as well?  Smoothie bowls are all the rage these days and I say, instead of serving that big bowl of processed sugar filled punch at your event, make it…

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Veggie Lo Mein – from “Plant Power” by Nava Atlas – A book review & giveaway

Veggie Lo Mein – from “Plant Power” by Nava Atlas – A book review & giveaway

  I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has those meals where you just say, “forget good-for-you food, I want something I’m craving”.  Well, this book, Plant Power by Nava Atlas brings those two mindsets into one plate.  Healthy meets traditional desires for yummy flavors and fun.  One of my absolute favorite Asian dishes has always been a big carry out container of Lo Mein.  I usually try to get something with less fat, less carbohydrate and less money when we order Chinese.  When I first tried Nava’s recipe for Lo Mein I was shocked at how easily the dish came together and just how much delicious flavor a handful of healthy ingredients whipped up for a homemade version of my carry-out favorite.   To let you all in on a behind the scenes process of food blogging, there are many times when you photograph a dish prior to ever tasting it.  Just the logistics of creating a blog post makes it necessary to photograph your recipe in an unnatural setting to just someone sitting down to enjoy a meal.  This recipe was just one of those times.  I had been working all week from 4:30 a. m.…

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Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding from ‘The Lusty Vegan’

Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding from ‘The Lusty Vegan’

  “Food, like love and sex, is important.  It’s nourishing, it’s uplifting, it’s emotional.   And—like the relationship status of doom—it’s complicated”  – The Lusty Vegan What a fun book! With the plethora of Vegan cookbooks being launched this year, I can say that this one was really quite different.  But just as useful to me.  Maybe even more so.  It deals with great tasting food of course.  It also delves into what may or may not be a significant  problem in the lives of many Vegans today.   That is, dealing with Omnivores, YIKES!! Since I too have a mixed household when it comes to meat, I just loved how many great ideas this book reveals for dealing with just this fact: Not everyone eats a fruits and veggies all day, DUH! It’s a tad bit risqué but deals with real life issues of non-vegan vs. vegan tastefully and extensively.  Including The Morning After, Holiday Meals, Cohabitation, Food for Sex :-0, and even Breakup Foods.  It has a little bit of help for every living situation.  And if not for all that, it would still be a marvelous collection of vegan basics and meals with beautiful pics and great…

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Key Lime Oreo Cheesecake with Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer from Kathy Hester’s ‘OATrageous Oatmeals’ review & giveaway

Key Lime Oreo Cheesecake with Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer from Kathy Hester’s ‘OATrageous Oatmeals’ review & giveaway

This Giveaway is now closed.  Well, well well.  Kathy Hester has really done it this time. Today, Kathy presents us with her ode to Oatmeal. Kathy Hester’s  OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain ” Just the word “oatmeal” can evoke strong memories. It takes me back to a childhood bowl of apple-cinnamon instant oats. Warming and soothing, it fortified me enough to go out into the cold to school. But oats can be so much more if you just explore and experiment a little bit. In this book, I will show you that you can make a meal out of oats any time of the day or night. You’ll be amazed by oat recipes that go way beyond adding hot water to a brown packet of instant oats.”  – Kathy Hester    One of many favorite recipes, I have many as you’ll see in this post from July, is Kathy’s ‘Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer’ I’ve been using it mostly in the mornings with a tasty new granola mix with buckwheat groats, chia seeds, dried fruit.  I warm the Coconut Oat Creamer slightly and pour it onto my granola.  It mixes with the sweet…

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Mango Salsa from Jason Wyrick – ‘Vegan Tacos’ & a Giveaway!

Mango Salsa from Jason Wyrick – ‘Vegan Tacos’ & a Giveaway!

  So who’s Jason Wyrick?  Chef Jason Wyrick is the executive chef of The Vegan Taste, a cooking instructor, caterer, a former diabetic, and founder of the world’s first vegan food magazine, The Vegan Culinary Experience.  Jason was the first vegan culinary instructor in the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu program through Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and has catered for many corporations.  Jason has taught hundreds of vegan cooking classes around the world.  His work as been featured in the New York Times, Vegetarian News, and on both local and national television.  Not to mention, he’s a darn good photographer, providing all the pictures in the book including those shown in this posting.   Check out Jason’s website too:  thevegantaste.com .   I really love all the fresh ingredients that Jason’s recipes use.  Mexican food can be made a thousand different ways.  Some good, some not so good.  But Jason takes it to a new level of healthy deliciousness with such a wide range of ideas for meals.  He gives us the basics like salsas, tortillas and tacos of course.  Then you can venture into toppings, sides or drinks even, all with a vegan twist to keep them healthier than most traditional Mexican…

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Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

  I had the excruciating task of trying out a few recipes last month from Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’  It was tough.  I managed to get through the book, several times in fact.  And now I can share some of my experience with you.  Fran will share a free copy of her book with one lucky reader as well.  Details on that at the end of the post.  Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, recipe developer, and innovative vegan pastry chef, and author of 3 cookbooks.  A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan restaurant kitchens.  Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®) in her hometown of New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education.   This woman knows her chocolate! You can almost taste the pages……..   Fran is generously sharing one of her recipes from the book with my readers as well. ‘Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies’  Once you’ve tried this brownie version, it will be hard to go back to any other.  The fudgy brownie contrasts with chewy nuts and the deep, rich…

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Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway! Closed

Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway!  Closed

 Giveaway is now CLOSED.  I recently had a chance to talk with Cara Reed, author, blogger and Gluten-Free goddess.  She has a new book out that takes Gluten-Free baking to a new level.  She’s already made headlines on her blog, Forks & Beans, with her famous gluten-free flour blend and mock ups of the world’s favorite candy bars and baked goods.  If you’re not familiar with her site you’ll love it.  I try not to read Cara’s posts on an empty stomach though….too frustating looking at all my childhood sweets so beautifully re-created into healthier treats.  Cara is a real sweetheart herself.  I had a chance to ask her about the book, life and her health changes recently. ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’   Me:  Cara, congratulations on the book.  Is it your life’s ambition?  Or a total surprise to be a published author now? Cara: The moment I began blogging I could have never dreamt that I would be where I am today. Every step has been some of the most delightful surprises I have experienced, with this cookbook being not an exception. Me:  Can we all look forward to your writing another soon? Cara: I already have an entire list…

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Kathy Hester’s “OATrageous Oatmeals” – Review and a Crazy Cool Giveaway!!

Kathy Hester’s “OATrageous Oatmeals” – Review and a Crazy Cool Giveaway!!

    Kathy Hester’s new book, OATrageous Oatmeals, and OXO make a very tasty partnership! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to enter to win your own set of OXO goodies.     Pre-order Kathy Hester’s new book, OATrageous Oatmeals, for $15.06 and have the chance to get over $25’s worth of goodies. Just be one of the first 100 people to email your OATrageous purchase receipt to oatrageousoatmeals@gmail.com it should include your full name and mailing address (for delivery purposes only). Kathy has some other surprises for everyone who pre-orders including an OATragous newsletter with not-in-the-book oat recipes and special coupons.     Yes, I’ve been having lots of fun testing out some of Kathy’s recipe ideas from the book too!    Kathy’s Steel-Cut Oat Sausage Crumbles will take you to a new world of meat substitutes.  She’s been kind enough to share the recipe below for them with you as a sneak preview for you as well:  Steel Cut Sausage Crumbles Photo credit –  Kate Lewis ‘OATrageous Oatmeals’  OATrageous Oatmeals is just what you’d expect from Kathy Hester.  Fun. Useful. Delicious. You’ll just be amazed at how many ways she’s figured out to…

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Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

With 101 Juice recipes and ideas, Danielle Omar’s ‘Skinny Juices’ is a must for anyone concerned for their health. Danielle Omar knows Juicing.  She’s written a reference guide for those who’ve never juiced, want to juice more or even those who’ve juiced for years and want to perk up their regular recipes for juicing.  She know’s her fruits and veggies. Danielle’s writing style isn’t flamboyant.  She writes for the health concerns of others and includes all the science and techniques to back up her instructions and concerns.  She has a clear and uncluttered way of getting her information to us without being boring or repetative as well.  Her recipes are simple, easy to make and fun to drink most of all.  She explains the how’s and why’s of juicing, the differences between juicing and just blending, and how each combination will help and effect your body. ‘Skinny Juices’ is a fabulous reference to start any Detoxification program as well.  Danielle goes through step-by-step instructions for detox.  She explains benefits, concerns and methods for your plan.  And she does it all with simplicity and common sense instructions to get you started.  I made several of her drink combinations on the first…

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Gena Hamshaw’s new book – “Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat”

Gena Hamshaw’s new book –  “Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat”

“I’m 100 % Vegan and I’m as Raw as I need and want to be”  –  Gena Let me say just one thing to start off my tale of just how creative and delicious Gena’s new book is and how happy I am for the opportunity to offer 1 copy to a reader in a giveaway. This book is a joy to read.  And I don’t normally read cookbooks. It’s going with me next month to Alaska.  May have to sneak it there.  But – it’s going!  No, I definitely won’t be cooking on my trip but I’ll be reading and learning from a great resource, one of the best in my mind, on how to eat the best food for your body and still enjoy it. I’m a long time reader of Choosing Raw.  I’ve used Gena’s recipes and fallen in love with her writing and her ways.  She talks to people, not at them, about life, food and how problems can be solved in our diets.   She’s a truly gifted communicator and beyond that even……….she is smart as heck!  You may or may not have your hands on a copy of Choosing Raw:  making raw foods part…

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Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Any time that you can sneak flowers into your food – go for it. Cucumber Blossoms from my pot on my rooftop.  I have a new best friend, Terry Hope Romero’s new book – “Salad Samurai”.  I’ve literally been carrying this book around the house with me for days.  Looking at all the fantastic ideas for salads, salad toppings, salad stuff!  Terry knows what a great salad needs.  Her new book is now available at Amazon  and she’s allowed me to sneak a peak at her fabulous book and share a bit of it with you.  Plus two lucky readers will be able to grab a copy of  “Salad Samurai” for free!!   Yikes, I love this book  ♥  The first thing that I noticed when looking through all the gorgeous pics and recipes in Terry’s book was that she and I share a love of salads that make a meal.  Salads that have a whole lot going on to satisfy your taste buds as well as your appetite.  I’ve been enjoying a salad for most of my dinner meals since the beginning of March.  I appreciate all the topping ideas and dressing recipes that I can get my hands…

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Zsu Dever’s “Everyday Vegan Eats” – Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

Zsu Dever’s “Everyday Vegan Eats” – Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for all the entries! I recently received a copy of a wonderful new Vegan resource cookbook for review.  Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours”  by Zsu Dever. I call it a resource book because it is like an encyclopedia for Vegan cooking and baking.  Zsu really takes us through all the aspects of Vegan food prep and beyond with everything from sweet to savory, menu planning to getting your pantry ready to eat a plant based diet.  She’s broken down the basics like recipes for broths, sauces, cheese, dressings, tomato sauces.  Everything is organized in the book for a great kitchen to cook in. Soft Pretzels, Mushroom Stroganoff, a Deli Reuben, step by step instructions for Bacon Tofu,  Soups, Everyday Main dishes, Casseroles and  of course, desserts….  this book has  it all.    Zsu even has a reference section for the Vegan kitchen with menu planning, basic ingredients to keep on hand, nutrition and cooking techniques. Before you get your hands on her new book, Zsu’s website, Zsu’s Vegan Pantry will give you a good idea of just how talented she is in creating beautifully well written recipes and vegan living ideas.  She has…

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Emily von Euw’s ‘rawsome vegan baking’ – Banana Ice-Cream Tarts with Salted Nutmeg Caramel + a giveaway!!

Emily von Euw’s ‘rawsome vegan baking’ – Banana Ice-Cream Tarts with Salted Nutmeg Caramel + a giveaway!!

  Have you seen this yet?   Emily von Euw’s first compilation of  healthy desserts – all ‘Raw’ all ‘Vegan’ all simple and delicious. At first glance, you wont know what to make first.  Then, with a quick review of the fresh, organic ingredients, you’ll realize just how simple it would be to make them ALL!   I started off with a quick batch of dehydrated Peanut Butter Cookies……I was actually coveting them, hoping my Husband didn’t ask to try one out….they lasted less than 24 hours.  Then I tried chocolate nut butter cups – equally simple and tasty.  Today I have the pleasure of sharing one of Emily’s delectable recipes from ‘rawsome vegan baking’  Banana Ice-Cream Tarts with Salted Nutmeg Caramel!                                                            You’ll say, ‘those  aren’t tarts?’ But that’s the beauty of Raw recipes. You can adapt just about anything into just what you like.                 Same ingredients, different presentation.  Actually, this way you get a bigger serving………so, bowls or tarts, works for me!      …

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Vegan Richa and Vegan Diwali Sweets

Just because you may have missed out on Diwali celebrations last week doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy some of the wonderful sweet Diwali traditional recipes. Beautifully “Veganized” for you by Vegan Richa herself…. Print Vegan Richa’s Coconut Burfi Author: Richa @ “http://www.veganricha.com Recipe type: Traditional Diwali Treat Cuisine: Indian   Makes 8-10 balls. Easily doubled. Allergy Information: Dairy, Egg, Corn, Soy, Yeast free, Vegan. Can be made nut, gluten free Ingredients ½ cup Semolina flour (or Brown rice flour for Glutenfree) ½ cup dry Coconut flakes 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil (optional. Omit to make Oil-free) 2 Tablespoons chopped cashew pieces (optional. Omit to make nut-free) a pinch of salt Sugar Syrup: ½ cup ground raw sugar 3 Tablespoons water ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder Instructions In a large pan, dry roast the semolina on medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes until the color changes and it gets fragrant. Using a blender/processor, blend the coconut flakes to make coarse coconut flour. Add coconut flour, coconut oil, salt and cashew pieces to the pan. Mix well and roast for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, in another pan, make the sugar syrup. Add all syrup ingredients and bring to a boil on medium heat. Continue to heat at…

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Natalie Slater’s Vegan ‘Cannibal Corpse Crock-Pot’ BBQ from Bake & Destroy

Natalie Slater’s Vegan ‘Cannibal Corpse Crock-Pot’ BBQ from Bake & Destroy

Last month I discovered a wonderful Vegan cookbook from Natalie Slater and today I share another great recipe from that book. Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans   has all the basics of a Vegan kitchen and all the fun of a mosh pit!  She’s wild.  From breakfast to dessert, Natalie shows her expertise in baking with a plant based diet and having a blast while you’re eating.  She came up with this particular Faux Pulled Pork recipe and then made it even easier by pouring it all in the crock pot to cook while so you can be napping even until you catch a whiff of the BBQ seeping into the Jackfruit, bubbling away to cook you up some chow.       If  you are craving that ‘pulled pork’ BBQ taste, this recipe is for you.  It pulls apart after hours in the crock pot just like the real thing.  Don’t want a sandwich?                                                                                      …

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