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GIVEAWAY – One Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson

GIVEAWAY – One Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson

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Are you maybe a little glad that veganmofo is almost over and you don’t have to worry about slaving over 10 different complicated recipes that completely wreck the kitchen every night? If so, I think Robin Robertson’s newest book “one dish vegan” might be the perfect post-mofo book. The whole idea is recipes that will be served all together in a plate or a bowl and some of them only use one-pot too! There are lots of hearty soups and stews but stir-frys, pasta dishes, casseroles, and main dish salads too. Think of dishes like Thai Peanut Bowl with Tofu and Asparagus or Cremini Butternut Lasagna and I you will understand.

So my question to you to enter this contest is: what is your favorite one dish meal? I think I would pick the Arroz con Seitan from Viva Vegan. Or Mac & Trees with Buffalo Tempeh from Appetite for Reduction. Or homemade Chicago style pizza…. This question might be pretty tough so if you have a link to a one dish meal that you made or want to make from this Veganmofo you will get entered into the contest. And guess what, it’s available to anyone in the world! Just please, for the love of god, use an email that you check when you fill out the comment form so  I can get in touch with you.

Thanks and stay tuned for more giveaways today!!!!!!

GIVEAWAY – A one year subscription to Chickpea Magazine

GIVEAWAY – A one year subscription to Chickpea Magazine

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Have you had a chance to read Chickpea Magazine yet? It’s beautiful, filled with pictures and articles and very different from your typical ad filled magazine. The Kitchn reported:

Cara Livermore, founder of Hipsterfood and the editor-in-chief of Chickpea, says she launched the magazine in part to “celebrate and normalize veganism” as well as focus on “well-thought out stories and features, appealing to everyone, [and] made beautiful to attract vegans AND non-vegans.” Each issue features whole-food recipes, photography, articles and stories “from small-kitchen busy moms to professional chefs, and everyone in between.”

The printed version is a full 8.5″x11″ with no ads, and you can buy back issues here for $20. Or else just read the issues online! Look for the new Summer issue to hit the (virtual) stands later this week.”

Chickpea is giving away a ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to ANYONE IN THE WORLD! All you have to do TO ENTER: Let me know your favorite post that you wrote during this year’s Veganmofo in the comments below with a link. If you didn’t write one please link to a favorite that you read. Please make sure to include and email that you regularly check so I can send it to Chickpea. Thanks and enjoy the last couple days!

GIVEAWAY – Grills Gone Vegan

GIVEAWAY – Grills Gone Vegan

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I can’t deal with the fact that, for us in the northern hemisphere, summer is coming to an end. It’s time to deflate the swimming pool and plant my winter vegetables. But, there is no reason to put away the grill yet, especially if you win this copy of Grills Gone Vegan by Tami Noyes of Vegan Appetite. If you haven’t tried any of Tami’s recipes yet, I think you should get to it stat! I fell in love with her American Vegan Kitchen and I’ve heard so many great things about the new book as well. She is a genius!

Grills Gone Vegan will also make it so you never have to bring an embarrassing looking, plastic encased, Bocca Burger to cookout again. Instead wow your friends with dishes like Grilled Tofu with Red-Hot Chimichurri Sauce, Panzanella with Tempeh, Skillet-Grilled Mango-Blueberry Cobbler, Roasted Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Butter, or Smoky Potato Packets. There are also plenty of tips about grilling and then a whole chapter on rubs, marinades, and sauces. Here’s even more pics from a tester “Cooking the Vegan Books” and she doesn’t even have a grill!

Could you be any more excited? Just from looking at those pictures I want to buy 10 copies but you can win one right now ’cause we are about to give away two! TO ENTER You must have a US address to ship to and answer this question below, What is your favorite thing to bring to a cookout/barbeque? Bonus points for linking to a recipe! Please also use an email that you check so I can contact you if you win.

GIVEAWAY – Betty Goes Vegan

GIVEAWAY – Betty Goes Vegan

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betty coverLike many of you, I love to get a brand new cookbook and read through it. If a book I’ve been lusting after just ends up being a bunch of recipes I’m kind of disappointed. When I fork over my cash for a cookbook I want it all, great recipes are a given, so I also want to get to know the author’s approach to cooking, what inspired them to make recipes, and if dishes are really good or zomg the best ever. If you feel the same way as me you are going to love Betty Goes Vegan by Annie & Dan Shannon. After reading through it I feel like I know them. I learned how cooking through the Betty Crocker Books helped Annie figure out what made her happy in life, their love of animals, each other, and so many of their favorite movies and tv shows. I loved it.

This book is very different than the typical vegan cookbook in that the focus is on using convenience foods to easily make American classics. So you won’t find recipes for entrees like Millet with Butternut Squash and Mushroom Gravy, instead it’s more like Pork Chops made with Match ground pork, Vegan Fried Eggs (with noochy yolks injected inside tofu) and Beer, Bacon, & Pepperjack Biscuits. I love buying vegan products and supporting vegan businesses but I never know what to do with all the substitutes & this book has already come in so handy. I also love that if I am thinking of a random American entree, like chicken and waffles, I can just open the book and find an easy recipe for it. And there is a chapter dedicated to casseroles! And Annie is an olive lover! And there is a holiday chapter that even tells you how to deep fry a tofurkey! And of course if you don’t like Gardein products or whatever you can always use your own homemade seitan or tofu.

I think this would be a great book to give to the next person who asks you “do you just eat salad?”. They will be shocked! Or if your mom doesn’t know how to make food for you for Thanksgiving, or if your partner is craving a meat & potatoes kind of meal, this would be the perfect book to give them. And now you can because we are giving away 5 copies!

TO ENTER– Post below what is your favorite vegan substitution product. Is it the So Delicious Coconut Creamer in your morning coffee or the Food For Lover’s Queso you pour all over your chips? Whatever it is, let me know below and also make sure to add an email that you check and have a US or Canada address.

GIVEAWAY- Cheers to Vegan Sweets

GIVEAWAY- Cheers to Vegan Sweets

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cheers to vegan sweetsOne of my favorite veganmofo themes this year is Kelly Peloza’s Seitan Beats Your Meat. All month long she has been posting amazing Mad Men inspired recipes and photos and since I recently just re-watched the whole show it’s super fresh in my mind. It’s so fun to relive the whole show through vegan food!

Kelly is also a cookbook author and her newest book “Cheers to Vegan Sweets” is going to be available November 1st. All the recipes are inspired by cocktails like Bloody Mary Biscuits and Margarita Ice Cream or beverages like Apple Cider Donuts & Mexican Coffee Truffles. I’ve looked through the book and it’s gorgeous. There are full-page photographs throughout and the chapters are set up intelligently into sections like “The Café”, “The Lemonade Stand”, and “The Cocktail Lounge”.

Even though the book isn’t available until November 1st Fair Winds is giving away a copy to a luck mo-foer with an address in the US, Canada or the UK. All you have to do is tell me a cocktail or beverage that should never ever be turned into a dessert. Like a Kombucha filled doughnut. Please leave an email that you check in the comments too!

GIVEAWAY – I <3 Veganmofo!

GIVEAWAY – I <3 Veganmofo!

This contest is closedi love veganmofoI think for a many of us Veganmofo is a time to do something that we would never, in a million years, otherwise do. I’m thinking of  Laughrodiasiac’s vegan dessert trifle…with beyond meat beef tips or Mo’s The Winchester Oklahoma Bacon Fatty Melt Layering System. Whether you are making ice cream every day like Killer Bunnies or Eating Broccoli Soup Tacos like The Lonestar Plate, I want to know about it.

TO ENTER TO WIN this lovely cross stitch from teenytinytantrums. Comment below (with an email address you check) What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done or read about for veganmofo? And sorry but this one is open to US only!

Thursday September 19th Round Up- Frankie Says

Thursday September 19th Round Up- Frankie Says

I have had an exhausting last few days and I would love nothing more than lay around eating soup and watching movies. Today meshell in your city did a round up of her ten favorite soups. The siesta taco soup from Betty Goes Vegan sounds like the perfect thing since it’s about sleeping and tacos, what a combo!

The only thing more comforting than soup is perhaps potatoes in all their starchy soothing glory. Eating Appalachia posted a recipe for smashed green beans and potatoes that looked like a wonderful comforting mashup.

About the only thing better than eating those two meals would be getting my mom to cook for me, especially since her meals always include fine wine. Vegan Eats & Treats posted her mom’s go to Mexican bean salad and it reminded me of picnics of the past and it made me miss my mom.

If you are going to be laying around anyway you may as well watch a ridiculous movie that you can laugh at the whole way through. Reading Don’t Eat Off the Sidewalk’s recap of Showgirls in her dinner and a movie post reminded me that I don’t even have to make people come over to watch movies with me in this day and age. We can just twitter about them and stay pajama fresh.

Movies are better with popcorn and way better with Chili-Cheese Popcorn, Your Mom’s a Vegan adapted a recipe which looks like perfect movie fare.

Maybe I’ll make it tonight. And if you didn’t get the title of this round-up please refer to the video below.

GIVEAWAY – Pies and Tarts with Heart

GIVEAWAY – Pies and Tarts with Heart

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I love making pies in the summer even though it’s a thousand degrees in my kitchen. The only thing better than a freshly made cherry pie is maybe a peach pie. Or a tart made of fresh tomatoes from the garden. It’s hard to say. Then we turn the corner into fall and it becomes all about the apple pie and then the holiday sweet potato pies and pecan pies. In the dark of winter I love nothing more than a comforting shephard’s pie or a pot pie. Dynise Balcavage’s new book has all of these pies and more and I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it. There are all the traditional pies I mentioned, quiches, creamy pies, tarts, raw food pies, and even imposter pies like whoopie pies and pizza pie and savory pies like “Hashbrown Crusted Breakfast Pie” & “North African Inspired Kale Pie”.

I could eat nothing but pie and be completely happy and soon you can too because Fair Winds Press is giving away 4 copies of the book! Also I’m excited to let you know that the book will be available internationally so everyone can participate.

To enter just comment below, with an email address that you check, and tell me about your favorite movie, tv show, song, painting, multimedia installation, art work, or any other media about pie! And pizza counts. The best entries will win a copy of the book.

Have fun!

GIVEAWAY – Navitas Naturals

GIVEAWAY – Navitas Naturals

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With all the taco cleansing and ice cream eating I’ve been doing these last few weeks of Veganmofo, smoothies are about the only way I’ve been getting my RDA of nutrients. Adding Navitas Natural superfoods to my smoothies makes me feel like a super smurf. According to their website, their mission is to “bring energizing superfoods to North America to invigorate the modern ‘Western’ diet. Our organic superfoods come from ancient cultures around the world where they are traditionally used for both nutritional and medicinal purposes. Health-conscious people choose our nutrient-dense superfoods because they are an abundant whole-food source of antioxidants, protein, essential fats, vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients.” They also add a lot of extra flavor. I recently acquired Kathy Patalsky’s lovely 365 Vegan Smoothies and I’ve learned lots of different ways to add these to my smoothies. My favorite is the Cacao powder, it adds so much more chocolatey flavor than the nibs.Navitas CollageThe hemp seeds and the chia seeds are both excellent for adding some omega-3 fatty acids into my body and goji berries are full of all kinds of magic. And they are delicious. Navitas has tons of different options too, from camu powder, to dragon fruit, and wheat grass you are sure to find something to wake up your smoothie.

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Navitas Prize Package

Navitas has agreed to send one prize package (of all of the above) to a veganmofoer with an address in the US or Canada. TO ENTER: All you have to do is comment below with a link to a smoothie you have blogged about or that another veganmofoer has blogged about and tell me the name of it too. Please also add a valid email to the comment form that I can actually contact you with.

Good Luck!

GIVEAWAY – Earth Balance

GIVEAWAY – Earth Balance

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My favorite product to come out in this last year isn’t some cheese or meat replacement and it’s definitely not an über healthy raw concoction. No my friends, the Earth Balance Puffs have quickly climbed to the top of my snacking desires.

The aged white cheddar is shockingly realistic and the puffy crunchy texture is snack food at it’s finest. And they are even gluten free! I have long been a fan of Earth Balance products, their vegan buttery spread is a staple at our house for everything from homemade hashbrowns to cinnamon raisin bagels and the sticks are so helpful for Christmas cookie baking sessions. Lately they have been coming our with tons of amazing new products like coconut spreads, mayo-like dressings, and a range of soy milks.

TO ENTER If you would like to try one of the new products, or want to stock up on one of your old favorites they are sponsoring a giveaway today for 5 VIP coupons that will get you any of their products for FREE. All you have to do is comment below with a link to a new blog that you have discovered during this veganmofo. I will randomly pick a winner at 11 AM CST September 13. Please make sure you leave an email too, in the commenting form that I can actually contact you with and have either a US or Canadian address that Earth Balance can send the coupons to.

Good luck!