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December MiniMoFo Roundup

December MiniMoFo Roundup

Welcome to 2018! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and ate lots of delicious food – and from all the MiniMoFo contributions, we are pleased to see all the baking you’ve been doing/eating!

My Apologies for the Novel

Julie got someone else to do the festive baking for her, and headed to Vegan Treats, an all vegan bakery, where she got a Christmas tree cheesecake-on-a-stick (really! Check out the picture on her blog) and this adorable reindeer cake.

@crumbs.and.caramel

Look at this beautiful chocolate fudge cake from Crumbs and Caramel, topped with frosted berries which make it oh-so-festive!

Herbivore’s Heaven

Jenny went out for a festive afternoon tea – she’s quite the connoisseur of vegan afternoon teas and is keen to point out that this was a rare hummus-free tea, a sign of a truly creative host! Doesn’t it look quaint and tasty?

@raisinsecte

Sophie made a vegan bûche des fêtes – which looks amazingly chocolatey and rich and tasty!

@notfunatparties

Jenny used the Chocolate Yoghurt Bundt Cake recipe from Isa’s Superfun Times cookbook and added mint glaze, sea salt flakes, and raspberry dust to make a beautiful Christmassy cake.

@vegfullife

Hands up who else made sugar cookies this month? A classic for the season, and Kristy’s look delicious topped with buttercream and sprinkles!

Just Bloggs

Justine’s mince pies have homemade pastry and mincemeat – with cranberries for that extra festive touch! Find the recipe on her blog.

@onewindowsarah

Sarah made vegan and gluten free snickerdoodles following an Oh She Glows recipe. Snickerdoodles are great year round, but the spices make them perfect for festivities!

@dimsimkitty

Susan also used the Superfun Times cookbook to make these cranberry spice oatmeal cookies. Cranberries keep cropping up this month and for good reason – they’re delicious!

@veganfeastcatering

Sprinkled with sugar, Janet’s blueberry scones are sparkly and beautiful. Sweet scones are a tasty way to start the day!

@ksp_vgn

Kristen’s array of vegan Christmas cookies is quite breathtaking! Where would you start first? I want to try them all!

@vegan_raptor

Eat the biscuits, you must. Vegan Raptor’s cookies seem to have been held hostage, but they look good enough to fight for.

@lisarturner

Biscotti are another holiday favourite – here are Lisa’s maple-walnut biscotti cooling before being iced. Could you wait?

@veganistamama

Veganista Mama made marzipan from scratch! And coated it in chocolate – which sounds like the perfect snack (and look at the cute snowman plate!)

@juli.ane_x

How about some savoury Christmas baking? Here’s Juli’s Christmas centrepiece – which is quite honestly beautiful! It’s a Moroccan spiced spinach and pumpkin pie and sounds delicious.

@happylittlelunch

As always, Happy Little Lunch has come through with a wonderful lunch for her kid! She’s also included little sugar cookies to decorate to fit into this month’s theme.

@oohsarracuda

Candy canes are so very festive, and stirred into chocolate chip cookies? Yes please! Sarra’s candy cane cookies look amazing.

@ladyfunk25

More cookies? Er, of course! You can never have too many cookies. These crinkle cookies are so pretty, too!

@ambereatsveg

Not only do these cookies look tasty, they also come with a history! Amber veganised her grandmother’s recipe for Mexican Wedding Cookies – veganising family recipes is a wonderful way to bring people together.

@yixzyy

And where would Christmas be without some gingerbread? Emma made these tiny gingerbread men for Christmas!

Living the Dream

If you’ve been following Jen’s story this year, you’ll know that it’s been really rough for her and her family – living in the Keys and being hit very hard by Irma. That makes it even more impressive that she baked hundreds of sugar and gingerbread cookies to give out to the community! How amazing is she?

@vegansneedsauce

Just take a minute to look at that gorgeous gooey chocolate frosting. Ooooh. And doesn’t the raspberry compliment it perfectly? No wonder Emily’s cakes went down a treat at her party!

@vegandollhouse

Isn’t this a work of art?! Vegan Dollhouse’s carousel is stunning, and must have taken a lot of hard work!

@hcmerenda

Crinkle cookies again, because I just love crinkle cookies. Helen made two varieties – chocolate mint and chocolate cardamom. Yum!

 

Thank you everyone who took part in this month’s MiniMoFo – it’s been packed full of some delicious bakes! Stay tuned to find out all about January’s MiniMoFo…

November MiniMoFo Round Up!

November MiniMoFo Round Up!

We’re happy to see that you weren’t too exhausted from VeganMoFo – lots of you embraced November’s lazy MiniMoFo theme!  Let’s check in on what’s been cooking!

@notfunatparties

Lazy food needn’t mean junk food – check out this plate of veg, rice and chick’n!  This is a lot more effort than I put in when I’m feeling lazy, so it’s extra impressive!

@vegan.raptor

Vegan Raptor took Ron Swanson for a lazy Sunday brunch. Ron has really come round to veganism – he looks ready to dive into those pancakes!

@dimsimkitty

MoFo regular Susan didn’t disappoint with this easy and delicious cheeseboard. Smoked sesame cheese sounds quite special, doesn’t it?!

@juli.ane_x

Juli travels like every Brit – too lazy to pack a lunch, you’ve got to treat yourself to a meal deal!  Fortunately Pret has plenty of options for the vegan on the go.

Coastal Vegan

Clare undertook some serious research into new ready meals from Waitrose in the UK – and one of them contains chicken pieces from the Vegetarian Butcher!  What a time to be alive!  Check out the full review on her blog.

@ladyfunk25

Angie has the right idea with this quick and easy stir fry made from whatever’s left in the fridge!

@veganistamama

Kimchi and black bean nachos sound extremely exciting!  Veganista Mama just threw these together at the last minute when she realised it was National Nachos Day – now that’s good improvising!

@vegfullife

Kristy made a big pot of goulash for her lazy meal!  This contains red lentil pasta, beefy crumbles and fire roasted tomatoes – it sounds absolutely delicious!

@ambereatsveg

Amber was feeling under the weather, so she was sticking to simple, lazy dishes, like this Asian coleslaw. Doesn’t it look sensational?!

@mosolyoga

This raw veggie bowl looks so refreshing – and so easy to throw together!

@pennyrakau

Doesn’t a fancy jar make all the difference? These PB&J overnight oats could be served in a fancy cafe, but Penny knows it takes mere minutes to whip up at home – including the homemade jam!

@mrs.spaetzle

Mrs S didn’t only make a lazy dish using whatever was in the fridge, she also invented a new meal!  Introducing “linner” – when you get home and it’s too early for dinner, but far too late for lunch.  We’ve all been there!

@twohappyrabbits

Our favourite travelling vegans threw this together on the road:  a tofu egg salad with pita, pickles and pea shoots!  Look at those vibrant colours!

@veg_domesticgoddess

Kira knows that lazy food isn’t just about having a hearty tempeh chilli in your freezer for emergencies, it’s also about minimising the washing up by using the same pan to heat the chilli and the quesadillas!

@veganfeastcatering

I can’t believe it’s still warm enough for ice lollies anywhere, but Janet’s proving me wrong by digging one of these blackberry and merlot pops out of the freezer for a lazy treat!

One Raw Bite

Jennifer’s lazy post was one that she hadn’t got round to posting for eight months!  This review of Philadelphia restaurant Circles appears to be worth the wait though – just look at the pad thai!

My Apologies for the Novel

I didn’t think anyone would manage to combine our MiniMoFo theme with Thanksgiving, but Julie proved me wrong!  Her post combines a quick and easy mac’n’cheese with a hearty Thanksgiving plate.  You can find out more on her blog.

Herbivores’ Heaven

There’s nothing better than a good lazy brunch, and over at HH you can read about not one but two all-vegan, all-you-can-eat buffet brunches!

Living the Dream @ Deer Run

Jen gives us another post-hurricane update along with a recipe for bread that’s so lazy, you can make it in your crock pot while you run around doing a million errands!

 

Not such a lazy month after all!  Thanks to everyone who has shared a recipe or picture this month.  Stay tuned for an announcement on December’s MiniMoFo theme!

Week 4 Roundup!

Week 4 Roundup!

VeganMoFo is over for another year – hands up if you’ve enjoyed it? We certainly have, and the quality of food posted this year has been as wonderful as we’ve come to expect from our lovely MoFoers. So sit back and enjoy reading this final week’s roundup!

Day 23 – Fancy AF!

@gogreenly318

You need to follow the link and read Libby’s description of this salad – it’s clear how much thought has gone into the creation of it! Including a lesson on the “mush factor” of salads, which I will now always analyse.

@1981lisastevens

More salad today – it’s quite a fancy food it seems! This has vegan hoisin duck, five spice veg, lettuce, avocado, and kale, and certainly quells the notion that salad is boring – I’d happily eat this any day!

@laurenginger

Ah, pizza. Pizza is the ubiquitous food, it can be both super casual, and lovely and fancy too! Lauren’s cauliflower crust pizza with olives and arugula falls into the latter category, and it looks so tasty.

Day 24 – Party!

@notfunatparties

Ok, here’s an aptly named instagram handle for today! I think however, this meal would certainly be fun at parties! Jenny’s theme this month has been to recreate burgers from the TV show, Bob’s Burgers. There have been some amazing creations throughout the month and I have serious burger envy!

@veganosaurus

Veganosaurus’ theme this month has been “Conscious Colourful Consumption” and this beautiful photo highlights just how colourful nature can be. Fresh pomegranate looking like a bowl of precious jewels – perfect for her theme!

@diannewenz

I want to go to this party, don’t you? Dianne’s recipe for buffalo cauliflower bites can be found on her blog, send it to people to get them to make this for your parties!

Day 25 – Cook for your best friend

Wing it Vegan

River has a confession to make, one that might make you very shocked…she doesn’t like pumpkin spice! However, apparently pumpkin is still good, so she’s made these pumpkin-vanilla cupcakes for two…and it does actually sound (and look) like a great combo! Just look at that crispy top.

Things 2 Eat

Moon cooked for her Mr, whose favourite food is Mac and Cheese. Good choice, Mr Moon! This is her butternut squash mac and cheese, with some kale thrown in for good measure. Mmmm!

@veg_domesticgoddess

Kira’s best friend is a picky omnivore – but that’s no problem when you can make food as tasty as this! She hosted a nacho party, which is possibly the best kind of party, featuring ancho lentil tacos and cashew queso. Oh yes!

Day 26 – Showstopper Dessert

@meettheshannons

I think we have discovered a vegan magician here, because this is none other than a vegan pumpkin spice souffle! Who says you have to miss out when you’re vegan? Not us!

Seitan Beats Your Meat

These might be the prettiest cookies I’ve seen. These are Italian Rainbow Cookies, and they are very showstopping. Look at the beautiful colours! And the chocolate!

@zuckerbaby.1

The very modest zuckerbaby claims not to be very good at decorating cakes, but this showstopping dessert proves the opposite! It comes from her very own book, and has two types of ginger in it!

 

 

Day 27 – Meals for the young (at heart)

Southern Food Fiend

Katie, like many of us, associates peanut butter and jam with her childhood. Now, you can have it in a sandwich or…make it into blondies! Her baking looks delicious, and she has a link to the Isa recipe she followed, too!

Banana Curl, Vegan Girl

Laura’s theme this month has been “Magical Unicorn Rainbow Party” which is as fun as it sounds! She has had some really great posts, covering some issues that need to be talked about too. Today, she made a bento box featuring rainbows and unicorns – how happy would you be if this was your lunch?!

@happylittlelunch

All of Happy Little Lunch’s posts are suitable for the young – at heart or not! – and getting closer to Halloween they’re getting spookier and spookier…and even more fun, if that’s possible!

Day 28 – Brunch

@vegan_a_piece_of_cake

Hotel food? Good or no? Well, would you believe it, this breakfast comes from a budget hotel chain in the UK! It certainly looks tasty enough – complete with vegan sausages, hash browns, and beans. Perfect!

My Apologies for the Novel

Julie made “quinoasage” which I don’t know how to pronounce, and potato tofu scramble. It sounds really good, and she did a little drawing of it too – she’s drawn a picture of each of her meals this month!

@ambereatsveg

Absolutely in AWE of Amber’s savoury french toast, it’s made with leftover garlic soup! Garlicky french toast! The best.

Day 29 – History: What would you cook for your favourite historical figure?

Coastal Vegan

Clare writes about Abraham Moss, founder of the Metrolink…ah…read her blog to find out why this is a bit of a fabrication! She headed to Manchester to find some pie to feed him – mighty delicious sounding pie too!

Hasta La Vegan

Emil has been doing his own theme this VeganMoFo, recounting his vegan experience of surgery and recovery. Which included this pumpkin cheesecake, because cheesecake is the perfect food to help you feel better!

@whoawren

Lauren had African Peanut stew – which sounds delicious enough on it’s own, but take a closer look and you can see some gorgeous fresh bread in the background…now that makes it even better!

Day 30 – Holiday Test Run

@jasmineteainmyveins

Sara describes this as “Super 70s hippie food” but I would like it whatever era I’m in! Potato and spinach casserole – baked to perfection – perfect for a nice filling holiday meal!

@theveganbirdie

How would you like some omelette? Vegan, of course, though Ekta describes this mushroom and red pepper frittata as resembling non-vegan omelette “perfectly” – and it’d be a great food to convert people to veganism!

@veganstride

This isn’t holiday themed, but who cares? It’s a mac and cheese burger! It’s vegan! It’s brilliant!

Day 31 – Halloween!

Spabettie

You could have SO MUCH fun creating these “pepper jacks” – making faces, carving pictures, whatever you’re skilled enough to do! Like a mini pumpkin – and stuffed with delicious food too! What more could you want for Halloween?

@mrs.spaetzle

Need to use up some leftover pumpkin? No worries, Mrs Spaetzle is here to help! Here’s some pumpkin pasta, I quote, “more pumpkin than pasta” – perfect for any on sale pumpkins!

@rosamiex

You need some sweet treats to complete your Halloween, and Rosie has you covered with these chocolate cornflake cakes. Click through to her profile to see the spooky sweets she topped them with!

 

That’s it from our final week’s roundup! Thank you all so much for taking part this year, and don’t forget our monthly MiniMoFo challenges will be continuing soon…stay tuned for what’s next!

Vegan MoFo 2017 Week Three Roundup

Vegan MoFo 2017 Week Three Roundup

Hello, hello hello! Week three of Vegan MoFo was all about ingredient challenges! Here’s a look back at some of the posts that caught my eye this week.

October 16th – Survival food

Tracy’s living cookbook

Not gonna lie, when I saw the Zombie Apocalypse Cheesy Potato Enchilada Casserole Tracy made, I did a little squee. It looks absolutely delicious and is made from mostly pantry staples and freezer food. Bring on the impending doom, I’m going to Tracy’s for dinner.

October 17th – Let’s get boozy!
Go vegga

Kelly made this warming Spiked Maple Molasses drink with aquafaba whipped cream! I don’t know about you but this looks like the perfect Autumnal evening drink. Mmmmm, maple.


Ichiban vegan

Jess made a Boozy Apple Pie Sundae and it looks incredible. If you fancy making this homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream with hard cider wet walnuts, have a mooch on Jess’s blog for the recipe.

 

October 18th – Chocolate

One raw bite

Alexa and Jennifer over at One raw bite made a chocolate sauerkraut cake! I’m all for including more sauerkraut in my diet and if that can be done by eating cake, everyone’s a winner. Check out the origins of the cake and the recipe on their blog.

Kittens gone lentil

Susan has researched into truly fair trade chocolate and has been reviewing some beautiful looking vegan bars featured on the Food Empowerment Project’s chocolate list. Take a look at her blog post and read more about the Food Empowerment Project here.

 

October 19th – Five ingredients or fewer

Two Happy Rabbits

What a gorgeous dish Graeme and Cally made for today’s challenge, they even made their own pasta from scratch. Check out their recipe for Homemade Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Chili, and try not to drool.

Vegan tho

Natalie made a vegan version of a childhood favourite dinner, Corned Beans Hash. This version using refried beans instead of corned beef looks so much nicer than the original, I’m adding this to my list of MoFo recipes to make on a cold, rainy day.

 

October 20th – Deconstructed dish
@ladyfunk25
Angie took apart the ingredients for a banh mi and made a cracking salad. Just look at the grill marks on that tofu! Nom!

@vegansneedsauce

Emily made a gorgeous ‘unstuffed’ stuffed pepper: a beet ball atop a grilled slice of bell pepper with fresh herb gravy and a smear of roasted cauliflower puree. How delicious does that sound? And it looks impressive, too!

October 21st – Potato

Gonna go walk the dogs

Janet lives in California so has access to great produce all year round, as demonstrated in her Four Seasons Buddha Bowl, featuring slow roasted potatoes. Look at those beautiful colours! How dreamy does her Grilled Peach Tahini Sauce sound?

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@Elephantasticvegan

Bianca’s easy vegan gnocchi ticks all the boxes, a simple yet elegant dish that looks so delicious. A great use of the humble potato.

@raisinsecte

This potato sauerkraut soup with sausage crumbles is right up my street! Who else fancies a bowl of this beautiful soup?

 

October 22nd – Unconventional grains

@vegfullife
Kristy made a wheat berry salad with some lovely summery flavours, a nice change from a pasta salad and great to make in advance for meal prep.

Fake meat and true love

I’ll admit that I’d never heard of the grain Sarra and Mike used in their Italian wedding soup; triticale. They found this relatively unheard of grain at a farmer’s market, and enjoyed their soup with some rad looking ham & cheese buttermilk biscuits. What a perfect dinner! Save some for me next time, ok?

That’s all from me for this week, looking forward to seeing everyone’s posts for the final week of Vegan MoFo 2017!

VeganMoFo 2017 Week Two RoundUp!

VeganMoFo 2017 Week Two RoundUp!

This week, our theme was “Behind the Scenes” which has been brilliant because really, we’re all nosy at heart, and we’ve loved seeing the background behind all your food!

October 9th – Go Go Gadget! 

@moth.spit

We’re starting with Ene, who made mustard with a hand blender! Now isn’t that ingenious? Creating food from scratch is very satisfying, and I bet this tastes really good.

One Raw Bite

Jennifer shared her very pretty looking cocktail shaker (but made sure to reassure us that it isn’t actually her most used gadget!). Go and check out her blog, where she has a recipe for a cherry cocktail that sounds oh so good.

@crumbs.and.caramel

Crumbs and Caramel have some amazing looking desserts on their instagram – have you had a chance to check them out yet? This banoffee pie is from Isa & Terry’s Vegan Pie in the Sky cookbook, so you could even make it yourself if you wanted! (Or make it for me…please?)

October 10th – Secret Ingredient

Just Bloggs

Here we have a history of one of the most innovative recent vegan discoveries – aquafaba! Now, this is one that really gets people talking (especially non-vegans). It’s certainly pretty magical though – who would have imagined that vegan meringues could be this easy?

@ladyfunk25

Angie’s secret ingredient is avocado…in a smoothie! It sounds strange when you first hear it, but actually makes a lot of sense. I mean, avocados are lovely and creamy, right? Apparently it gives the bowl a lovely rice pudding texture – this is one to try.

KZ Cakes

KZ’s tomato soup with grilled cheese looks so lovely and warming and comforting! It sounds like just the meal you want to cheer you up on a cold, grey day.

October 11th – Kitchen Tour

Two Happy Rabbits

Just look at this outdoor kitchen! If you’re ever considering travelling and taking a portable kitchen, definitely read this blog post for advice. And whilst you’re there, check out all their other meals and marvel at how they were created outdoors!

Little Vegan Eats

Okay, so this kitchen looks pretty much straight out of a magazine. Hands up who is jealous? Maybe it’s the most beautiful kitchen I have ever seen.

@pennyrakau

Penny posted a shelfie…get it…shelfie…selfie….ha ha! with her cookbooks. How many do you recognise? How many do you own?

 

October 12th – Grocery Store Tips and Tricks

Gonna Go Walk the Dogs

Here we have some great advice – find a farmers market with local produce! If you’re lucky, you’ll have a farmers market nearby with produce as beautiful as this. Just have a look at those amazing carrots!

@steffers_the_gnome

Steph offers advice for anyone travelling – if you fly with Alaska, you can get a vegan picnic pack on the plane! That’s great, for an industry that’s still pretty behind with vegan options. I’d eat this, for sure.

@the_bearded_vegan

On his own theme, The Bearded Vegan cooked up loaded nachos with quinoa, kamut, black beans, Daiya cheeze sauce, and loads more. My mouth is watering just looking at this photo!

October 13th – Sell Yourself

@rosamiex

Rosie would sell pizza, such as this pictured vegan meat feast pizza – featuring homemade soy chicken, chorizo sausage, and lots of cheese! Who says vegans miss out? I’m missing out on this pizza right now though.

@mosolyoga

I think this idea sounds really, really delicious. Sweet vegan snack balls in a recycled paper box, with flavours suitable for adults and children. And they’re so pretty too!

@filthyrichvegan

Filthy Rich already “sell themselves”, ah, so to speak, and took the opportunity to share their vegan muffins! Don’t you think these flavours look really tasty?

October 14th – Repurposing Food

Seitan Beats Your Meat

Now, how comforting does this recipe sound? Tofu noodle soup in homemade bread bowls. The bowls are best a few days old so they hold up to the soup better, which means they’re great for any bread you have leftover!

VeganHaHa

Continuing on the bread theme, we have a classic dessert here – bread and butter pudding! If you’ve never had it before, you should definitely try it! Sure, it sounds a little strange in principle, but it’s so good in reality.

Herbivore’s Heaven

Jenny has been spending VeganMoFo talking about being vegan in Italy (don’t you wish you had a months worth of Italian food to write about?!) and today has some really special gelato on her blog! Actually, keep checking out her posts because there has been a lot of special gelato so far this month.

October 15th – Spicy!

Ichiban Vegan

Would you look at the colours on this? That’s what you get when you combine sweet potatoes with some lovely spices like turmeric, smoked paprika, and more. Check out Jess’ blog for the recipe, and a funny cat too!

Vegansk For Alle

It might not be spicy, but it sure is good. This mississippi mud pie has an oreo biscuit base and a lovely creamy topping (just look at it!).

@masalavegan

With an instagram name of “Masala Vegan”, you’d be expecting lots from their spices, after all, how else would you make masala? And you’re not going to be disappointed. A proper spice tray, full of whole spices – it’s beautiful isn’t it?

 

First Week Round Up 2017

First Week Round Up 2017

VeganMoFo’ers, thank you for everything you do!  It’s been an amazing first week of VeganMoFo 2017, and we’ve been dazzled by all your creative offerings and culinary delights.  Choosing a few highlights for each day is a tough old job, but here are some that have stood out this week.

The week one theme was Changing Vegan Perceptions, and I think you will have easily convinced the rest of the world that a vegan diet is in no way a boring one!

1st: Re-inventing the veggie option

Fake Meat & True Love

Mike and Sarra livened up the dull old hummus and veg offering by making hummus-crusted tofu with an exciting range of veg (blueberry sweet peppers, anyone?) and sticking it all in a taco. Talk about an improvement!  They’ve posted a taco dish every day this week, so have a look at their other fillings too on their blog or Instagram.

@ambereatsveg

How do you make avo toast fresh and exciting? Strawberries, pomegranate balsamic and cocoa powder! We like Amber’s thinking!  All of her dishes this week have been beautiful and are worth checking out.

Living the Dream

Of course, you don’t have to be following the weekly theme or daily prompts to be featured in our round ups!  MoFo regular Jen is posting about hurricane recovery in the Florida Keys, and we were so happy to see her again!  Week 1 has been full of honest and hopeful videos from her B&B, along with inspiring tales of human kindness and generosity.

 

2nd: Junk food forever!

Coastal Vegan

Feast your eyes on this! Clare has a mouthwatering review of this vegan junk food haven in South Devon that will have us all descending there for a holiday! Clare has also shared some of her own flavoursome recipes this week if you’re in the mood for some cooking.

@vegfullife

Kirsty also went out for junk food:  where would you even start with this sample platter from Portland’s vegan BBQ joint Homegrown Smoker?!

Two Happy Rabbits

If you’re in need of a sugar fix, check out the recipe for this spectacular concoction: funnel cake topped with pumpkin pie ice cream, pecan pralines and caramel sauce.  Truly a work of art!  There’s a recipe every day on their blog, so do check it out for meal inspiration.

 

3rd:  But where do you get your protein?

Vegans Need Sauce

Emily (who happens to be VeganMoFo’s resident IT expert) went to the trouble of googling high-protein foods and then whipped them up into a veritable feast: baked tofu with a sun-dried tomato and pepita pesto, garlicky sauteed spinach, and a quinoa-lentil pilaf. Yum!

@tofumom

We have a lot of respect for Tofumom’s no-nonsense protein response:  plants, duh!  Check out this colourful array of protein-packed veg – just one of her vibrant pics from week one!

@elephantasticvegan

And you can’t talk about protein without mentioning the humble chickpea!  Bianca shared these collard green falafels, and you can find the recipe right here.

 

4th:  Catering

Accidentally Meatless

There were no catering disasters at this wedding – Michelle took a look back at her wedding, a week long celebration of vegan food (oh, and true love) culminating in this tower of five different kinds of cupcakes. Happy anniversary!

Walks, Talks & Eats

Emma’s worst catered meal was so unbelievably bad, you really do have to read it yourself to believe it. Let’s just say that this lasagne (made using actual lasagne pasta sheets!) was a huge improvement! She’s shared her recipe so you can make it yourself at home.  Look at her other daily recipe posts while you’re over there!

@suburbanvegan

Kristen pointed out that we vegans quite often miss out on little nibbles like hors d’oeuvres, so she made a whole meal consisting of delicate little appetisers!  They all looked amazing, but these fried chick’n tofu and waffles a really something else.  She’s posted some really beautiful dishes throughout the week.

 

5th:  Conversion meal

@dauliflower

Everyone tells Danielle that she makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world, vegan or otherwise. Judging by this picture, I’m inclined to believe them!

@naschaer

First of all, yes, this would win anyone over.  Second, did everyone else know that banana blossom is a good fish alternative?!  You can find more details over on Natalie’s Instagram post.  She’s been serving up delicious and hearty feasts all week, so don’t head over there on an empty stomach!

@vegan.raptor

Checking in on another personal theme, if you ever watched The Wire this one’s for you! Every morning vegan.raptor posts a photo of a vegan dish inspired by the name of a character with a little clue as to who it is.  In the evening all is revealed!  This isn’t just bacon, it’s Wee-bey-con!  Play along and see if you can guess any of them!

 

6th:  Vegan Cheese is “real” cheese!

Banana Curl, Vegan Girl

Laura’s theme is ‘magical unicorn rainbow party’, and this mac’n’cheese seems to fit perfectly! Natural colourings abound, including something called butterfly pea tea powder.  You can find the recipe on her blog and check out her other great and thought-provoking posts this week.

@mrs.spaetzle

Check out this elegant looking homemade tofu chevre from Mrs S!  This would look at home on any cheese board.

@raqinthekitch

First time MoFo’er Raquella shared this tempting mac and cheese.  This was a popular dish for this prompt, but hers was the only one we spotted that was made with split peas!

 

7th:  Original vegan

@ladyfunk25

Angie made the smart choice of going for Indian cuisine today with red lentil soup and curried okra.  Let those vegetables and lentils shine!

My Apologies for the Novel

Julie turned to our vegan goddess Isa for this original vegan dish: the goddess noodles from Isa Does It.  In every blog post Julie included a drawing of her dish for Inktober, so make sure you stop by to admire her artistic skills!

@whoneedssalad

Look at this magnificent plate of food from Tania (or, to give credit where it’s due, her husband)!  As she points out, respecting your vegetables is all it takes to create a wonderful dish.  This seared cauliflower is served with steamed millet and braised thyme-scented white beans, finished with a lemon-tahini cauliflower puree.

 

8th:   You do make friends with salad

Kittens Gone Lentil

MoFor regular Susan treated us to a fabulous review of Terry Hope Romero’s Salad Samurai. Salads like this avocado tofu breakfast one are will win you friends any day of the week!

@andivert

Andrea recognises the importance of adding well-seasoned tofu to any salad. Doesn’t it just elevate every dish?

@veganistamama

Occasionally we might be persuaded to skip the tofu and instead get these black pepper candied maple bacon pecans!  Don’t they sound amazing?!  Oh, and they’re served with baby spinach, homegrown black krim tomatoes, and smoky pumpkin vinaigrette.

 

So that’s it for week one!  Week two starts today and we’re curious about what’s going on in your kitchen:  it’s Behind the Scenes week!  We’ll have another round up for you next Monday, but keep an eye on the blog for a daily cookbook giveaway Monday-Friday this week. And keep serving up that delicious food!

March MiniMoFo Roundup

March MiniMoFo Roundup

March has come to an end and it’s time to round up this month’s wonderful recipes! We asked you to create stuffed and filled foods which has been interpreted in some lovely ways by our MoFo’ers.

My Apologies for the Novel

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Julie made vegan stuffed pasta shells! Using different types of vegan cheese and sauces (including a chipotle vegenaise!) these sound and look like great comfort food.

@onewindowsarah

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The first of this month’s sweet potato recipes comes from Sarah, who made a simple but tasty looking lunch, stuffing potatoes with arugula, olives, tahini, lemon, and hot sauce. Mmm!

Vegan Yack Attack

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Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack also used sweet potatoes this month! She made burrito-stuffed sweet potatoes, filled with beans and rice, salsa, and guacamole. What a great idea!

Herbivore’s Heaven

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Jenny wrote about her visit to a pasta restaurant! That’s right, a restaurant dedicated to pasta – and it has vegan options. She had a mushroom ravioli for a main, followed by chocolate ravioli. Yes, chocolate ravioli!

Walks, Talks & Eats

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Emma did some baking for this month’s prompt and made Bourbon Biscuit Brownies. Brownies stuffed with filled chocolatey biscuits – chocolate galore!

@thehale_vegan

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The Hale Vegan made stuffed bell peppers – filled with red quinoa, beans, taco seasoning, and topped with salsa, avocado, vegan cheese and cilantro. Some great flavours here!

@veganinbrighton

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Jojo made this amazing mac-and-cheese toastie! What could make vegan mac and cheese better, but putting it in a sandwich? And toasting it? Heavenly!

@diannewenz

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Dianne shared her recipe for lentil stuffed eggplant. Don’t they look so cute and tasty?

@piesforpdx

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Vegan bakers Pies for PDX made cheezy broccoli potato hand pies to sell at a charity bake sale – I bet they went down a treat!

Living the Dream

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Jen never misses a MiniMoFo prompt, and this month she delivered with these cheezy bacon pierogi and some sweet little hand pies.  You can check out the recipes on her blog.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s challenge – and keep an eye out for April’s prompt, coming soon!

First Week Round Up of 2016

First Week Round Up of 2016

Week one of VeganMoFo 2016 is over! Hasn’t that gone quickly? We’ve seen some wonderful food this week and the rest of the month promises to be just as great.

The first weekly theme, for those who are following along, was Treat yourself (and others) and it’s certainly been a treat reading everyone’s posts this week. Below is a selection of our favourite posts from this first week of VeganMoFo 2016.  Make sure you’re following us on social media to see the posts we share and promote on a daily basis too.

Remember you can check out the weekly themes or daily prompts here – although you’re welcome to follow your own theme too! This week’s theme is International Week and we’re fascinated to see all the food from around the world. We’ll be back with a round up at thesame time next week!

Day 1:  What’s your favourite food?

@tofuhead_

Finnish contributor Heini shared this cabbage casserole, which is just perfect for the cold weather some of us are experiencing now.  If you’ve never tried Finnish cuisine, please note that it’s traditionally served with lingonberry jam.

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Vegan Nom Noms

There were a lot of nachos to drool over at Vegan Nom Noms.  Have you heard of magical potato carrot cheese?  If not, get yourself over there, stat!  Just look how good these are.

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The Offbeat Herbivore

Unsurprisingly, mac and cheese is a big hit in the vegan community and popped up quite a bit on day one.  Shout out to OBH who gave it a fun autumnal twist with her cute pasta shapes.

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Day 2:  What’s your go-go ‘impress me’ meal?

KZ Cakes

KZ does not mess around when it comes to feeding her nearest and dearest.  When you see the Ethiopian feasts, empanadas and red wine seitan dishes she produces, you’ll be desperately hoping to get an invite!  Gazing lovingly at this cake will have to suffice though…

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Allotment2Kitchen

Shaheen over at A2K likes to get back to her roots with a sensational Welsh menu when she’s out to impress.  She’s got laverbread, puddings, pies, and even a big tower of Welshcakes all ready to wow her dinner guests – not to mention some ferocious Welsh dragons!

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Vegans Need Sauce

Homemade gnocchi is always going to impress us.  Over at VNS, this is just a regular weeknight meal – that’s perhaps the most impressive thing of all!

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Day 3:  What’s your easy cook meal?

Dalia Kinsey

On her youtube channel, Dalia treated to this quick, easy and healthy lemongrass basil tofu stir-fry.  Stir fries were very popular on this day, unsurprisingly!

 

Rock My Vegan Socks

We can always count on Kimmy for something healthy and delicious, and here is a quick and easy lentil bruschetta…but using baked sweet potatoes instead of toasty bread!  What a great twist!

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The Divine Ms. K

An easy breakfast is essential for those of us who struggle to get going in the morning.  Here’s a tasty bowl of granola from The Divine Ms. K.  Why not try her seasonal tip and use some pumpkin puree instead of peanut butter in your next batch?

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Day 4:  Where do you eat when you want someone else to cook for you?

@betsykatemullins

Every vegan probably suffers from falafel fatigue at some point, but this is enough to restore anyone’s faith in that vegan staple!  Betsy shows us all how it’s done by getting this Middle Eastern feast delivered and enjoying it at home in her PJs.

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Living The Dream

Jen at LTD is one of our busiest MoFo participants:  she’s participating on youtube, Facebook and on her blog, all while running a B&B!  She enjoys the raw vegan special at Food For Thought.  Anyone for lasagna roll-ups?

 

Vegan Knyquol

North American MoFo’ers may be familiar with the ‘How to order Vegan’ advice from Taco Bell, but if not, Vegan Knyquol has you covered.  This looks quick, convenient and tasty!

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Day 5:  Tell us what you’re midnight-snacking on!

@inradtaste

Over on Instagram, Loz introduced us to this brilliant idea:  a spoonful of peanut butter and a healthy (?) dose of Choc Shot.  As she says, you don’t need to limit this to midnight snacking!

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Flicking the Vs

Joey at FtVs is balancing her MoFo duties with student life, so her recipes this month all have a student-friendly, quick and easy theme.  That doesn’t make them any less impressive though, as demonstrated by this sandwich to fuel her late night cramming sessions.

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@garrickstegner

Here’s an indulgent late night snack from Garrick on Instagram.  We truly live in a magical time with so many vegan ice cream options.  Anyone for cherry choc chip?

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Day 6:  Comfort food

Blueberry Blossoms

Blueberry Blossoms knows that convenience is key, so she’s relying on some good supermarket finds to feed her:  a tin of soup, a packet of veggie fingers and a toastie filled with smoky cheese.  Quick, easy and comforting!

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Green Gourmet Giraffe

Carbs are always comforting.  Johanna from GGG showcases her homemade sourdough fruit bread with poppy seeds.  Imagine a slice of this slathered with chocolate and macadamia spread!

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@oohsarracuda

Sarra found a way to elevate the good old comforting sandwich with these sausage, biscuit and gravy sandwiches.  Good Texan style comfort food!

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Vegan MoFo 2014: Wondrous Wednesday Round-Up

Vegan MoFo 2014: Wondrous Wednesday Round-Up

Hello, MoFo Land! It’s Cadry here from Cadry’s Kitchen.

I have been popping all over the blogosphere, and I can’t believe the mouthwatering stuff on offer. Here are just a few things that caught my eye:

Upton's Seitan Bacon Breakfast SandwichIf you started your day with a boring slice of toast or a banana, you may not want to look… Jenna at Good Good Things got her morning off to a rockin’ start with this heavenly tomato and seitan bacon sandwich. So jealous.

Chia jamI’ve been eagerly following along at Veganopolous, where Faye is giving a play-by-play account on whether or not her kids will eat various meals, often to hilarious results. (They don’t mince words when it comes to their preferences.) On the menu today – Magical Chia Seed Jam from The Oh She Glows Cookbook. Will they eat it? You’ll have to go find out for yourself.

Pumpkin Pie SmoothieThe official beginning of fall is mere days away. Are you ready for the impending barrage of non-stop pumpkin mania? Well, here’s where you need to start – the pumpkin pie smoothie from Allyson Kramer.

Butternut Squash AlfredoHow pretty are these tripoline noodles? Even better, they are topped with a butternut squash alfredo sauce made extra creamy by way of cashews. Read all about it at Iheartcrapkitchen.

Black Bean Salsa BurgerJenn at Veggie Inspired Journey spilled the beans on how to make these Black Bean Salsa Burgers & Crispy Potato Rounds.  Yes, please.

Roasted Garlic and White Bean Soup with KaleFinally, if you feel like you’re doing dishes non-stop in the middle of MoFo madness, perhaps it’s time to dig in to dishes you can eat. Ashley at A. Cook In the Making has you covered with this Roasted Garlic and White Bean Soup with Kale.

Happy cooking, and I’ll see you next time!

Round ‘Em Up Panda Style

Round ‘Em Up Panda Style

Panda here to do up a quick and easy Monday night MoFo round up. Comfort food! We are in the middle of the Great Deluge and so I am looking at some soups and sweets for a chilly night at home.

Tahini Too has a sweet potato curry recipe up to cure what ails you.

Tami over at Vegan Appetite has a big bowl of chili. You say chili, I say yes.

There’s a big bowl of bulgur bean bake with a pile o’ lima beans from too cheap for pinenuts. Limas and bulgur are two of my underrated favourites.

Did you say chili? Because yes, Joyful Girl has a pile of Mom’s chili on her blog today. And you know there will be a cat photo if you click on over there.

Awesome Vegan Rad has a cup of oyster mushroom chowder to keep you going through the fall and winter.

And the amazing Tofu Mom has a pumpkin cheesecake recipe up today that will finish off your evening of pure comfort food bliss.