January Eats

January is the month for soups, slow cooking and fat free living. Who doesn’t love a good creamy potato soup? Or a cream of broccoli soup? And the slow cooker is the perfect way to make soups thats hands off. For a comprehensive list of recipes please visit Kathy over at Heathy Slow Cooking and Susan over at Fat Free Vegan.

Here’s a sampling of yummy, easy recipes to help start your January.

  1. Creamy Potato Soup will hit the spot. It’s made on the stove top, but it takes less than 30 mins to make, so you can have a healthful satisfying, effortless meal on your table before you know it, even on a night where you don’t have a lot of time to cook. Photo credit goes to Sam from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.

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2. Easy Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup. Another soup that will be on your table from prep to cooked in 30 minutes or less. She has a vegan beef soup recipe link on her chicken noodle soup page that I’m wanting to try. Photo credit goes to Marly from Namely Marly.

3. Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup. Depending on how long it takes you to chop broccoli this soup can be on your table within 40-45 mins. It will be worth the wait. Photo credit goes to Shannon from Yep it’s Vegan.

4. Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spelt Potato Rolls. Oh you read that right! Plus you need a good bun for your soup. Best part is it’s cooked in the slow cooker- brilliant. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking.

5. With only 144 calories per muffin- these Banana Date Walnut Muffins will hit the spot. Freeze some for a quick healthful grab and go breakfast. Photo credit goes to Susan from Fat Free Vegan.

If you are still wanting more recipes check out the following books:

Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons Paperback  by Nava Atlas.

Awesome Vegan Soups: 80 Easy, Affordable Whole Food Stews, Chilis and Chowders for Good Health Paperback  by Vanessa Croessmann.

Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You: More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart/Litre Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester.

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes Paperback by Robin Robertson .

Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year  by  Del Sroufe.

If you would like any more recommendations or would like to recommend a book, contact me or leave a comment.

Hope you enjoy New Year’s resolution friendly January!!

xx

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Happy Holidays

We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! We hope that your 2018 is even better than 2017. Think off the things you want to accomplish this New Year, write it down, and go for it. Dream big. Push out the negative thoughts, they will only hurt you. You are entitled to dream!

Want to lose weight? Cut out the toxic people in your life, and find a buddy to hit the gym with at least a few times a week or create a workout at home and connect with your buddy to hold each other accountable. Want to cook more meals at home? Set your kitchen up for success. Dust off your crockpot, that is going to be your BFF or invest in an InstantPot. Sit down and menu plan- or see what’s on sale and plan your meals around that. Prep your food the night before- you have this! Also, double the quantity and freeze half for later. Take a Sunday to prep veggies for the week. Don’t store them in some plastic container, invest in Mason Jars, trust me- your veggies stay fresh longer.

I have been MIA lately, but it’s all for a good cause. ME! Well, my family and I. We have moved into a larger space, now everyone has their own bedroom and bathroom!! We have less battles trying to get ready in the mornings. My kitchen is still half packed, same with my office, ok everything is still kinda packed. We’ve taken a few mini vacations in the last few months. Which was much needed.

We have BIG plans for 2018!! Not willing to share them yet- but I believe and will achieve the Year of Team Bloggins world domination! 🙂 Stay tuned to find out what the heck we’re up to!

Take care of yourself, stay safe and if you ever want to talk about recipes, or tips on how to stay on track or want advice on anything, head over to our page and contact us there. Or leave a comment here.

XOXO

Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just You by Kathy Hester Giveaway


I’ll admit, when I heard about this book, I was thinking, “Why Kathy? Why such small portions?” You have to understand that I am a lover of leftovers so it didn’t make sense to me. Feeling disappointed, I borrowed the book from the library and WOW!!!!! My feelings were way off the mark. This book is perfect, yes, you can double all the recipes if you want leftovers, but you can make more dishes, have more variety with smaller servings. I should’ve trusted my gut feeling that Kathy knows what she’s doing and doesn’t disappoint.

Like with all her books and recipes on her blog Healthy Slow Cooking, Healthy Slow Cooking for two to just you will have you making easy down to earth meals, snacks, sides, drinks and treats that are flavourful and doesn’t call for ingredients you have to turn to the google to research what it is. Don’t worry, if you are a new vegan she does explain things for you.

The book has 10 chapters.

1. The Little Slow Cooker That Can (that’s where you can find info on new to you ingredients).

2. Budget Rescuers: Easy DIY Staples. 16 DIY recipes including Italian seitan coins, a bunch of homemade spices, nut ricotta and more.

3. Morning Delights – Wake up to Breakfast. I’m making scrambled tofu breakfast burrito for tomorrow. There’s also oatmeal, French toast, polenta and tofu roasted vegetable hash to name a few. (Oh and it’s just not plain boring oatmeal or French toast either).

4. Dip Dinners: Appetizers or a Meal.  I bet the easier-than-pizza-dip is amazing!! She has a few other dips and a fondue and more.

5. Soul Satisfiers: Soups for all Seasons. Talk about comfort! 13 soups that basically make themselves. You can never go wrong with a minestrone, creamy celery soup, Autumn Harvest Veggie Soup would hit the spot after an afternoon of raking leafs.

6. International Eats: Stews, Curries and Chili. Unstuffed potatoes? Yes please!! Italian soy curls, clean-out-the-fridge curry, this chapter screams healthy comfort!

7. Tasty Fillings: Sandwiches, Tacos and More. Carolina BBQ soy curls, lentil quinoa taco filling, New England tofu rolls- they look like THE game night supper.

8. Family Favourites: One-Pot Pastas, Risotto and Pasta Sauces. Cheesy butternut squash macaroni, caulifredo, 3 different risotto recipes, AND no-more-jarred-pasta sauce!! If you read my pervious post you would know that I used my Slow Cooker only to heat up the jarred stuff many moons ago.

9. Vegan Squares: Full Meals Layered in the Slow Cooker. Tofu braised with Peas and Brussels Sprouts, all-in one Thanksgiving dinner, Italian seitan coins with mashed cauliflower and gravy. Yummy!!

10. Sweet Treats: Drinks, Syrup, Desserts. Chocolate chip cookie for 2, blueberry lemon cake, small batch of basic brownies.

Cooking for 1 or 2 people has never been easier. Just because you live solo or with a roommate or partner, and don’t have a family to feed doesn’t mean you can’t feed yourself well. (Put down those chips.)

All recipes are clearly labelled so you can easily glance to see if the recipe is gluten free, soy free or oil free.

Today, I’m not going to share a recipe with you BUT-I’m sharing a link to the blog tour that happened for her book. (A blog tour is basically a virtual book tour. People write a review, share a recipe and sometimes there’s a giveaway but not always within a month or two of the books release. Its fun!)

You can always purchase a copy for yourself or a friend here or go over to my giveaway page for full details on how you can enter for your chance to win Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just You.

What can’t you cook in your slow cooker?

 

The Vegan Slow Cooker Book Giveaway

“Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour” by Kathy Hester. 


This is the very first book I bought by Kathy. Before I came across her blog Healthy Slow Cooking, the only thing I used my crockpot for was jarred pasta sauce 😂. Sadly that’s a true story. Today I have 4 slow cookers and my Instant Pot has a slow cooking feature and I use them for everything except jarred sauce. 

There’s 8 chapters in this book. Slower cooker basics, Staples you’ll want to know: make your own bouillon, seitan, sauces and more, Simmering soups that cook while you’re away, Steamy stews and curries that save the day, Casseroles (and loaves) you wish your mother made, Easy to make pasta and grain dishes, Mouth watering meatless mains, Super easy side dishes, Sandwich, tortilla, and taco fillings, Beautiful breads NOT from your oven, Party Snacks that cook while your getting ready, Breakfast worth waking up for, Decadent desserts and delightful drinks. 

I never knew you could make bread and pizza in a slow cooker before I bought this book, I’ve been hooked on her recipes since then. One thing  you can always count on Kathy for is  easy, heathy, delicious recipes that everyone can enjoy!

All of the  recipes include the night before prep so all you have to do in the morning is put the ingredients in the crockpot and set the timer, go to work, run errands, or do chores- whatever you do in the day and come home to a house that smells wonderful and you have something  hot and healthy to eat. It takes all of 10 mins to prep nightly. One of my cheats is to figure out what I want to make for the week, chop all the veggies on a Sunday (it’s a day I don’t have to work) and store in mason jars. Boom- 1/2 hr to an hour of prep and that’s it!! 

With permission from Kathy Hester I’m able to share a recipe with you. Seriously- it doesn’t get any easier than this! I hope you enjoy. Also check out her recipes if you haven’t done so already- she’s the Master of the Slow Cooking! Don’t tell her I said that! 😉 
SLOW COOKER INDIAN SPICED CHICKPEA QUINOA STEW
by Kathy Hester

gluten-free, soy-free
INGREDIENTS

4 to 5 cups water

1 can diced tomatoes (or 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen)

1 can chickpeas, rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen)

1/2 cup red lentils

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup peeled turnip, chopped

1 cup sweet potato, chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped (about 1 stalk)

1 tablespoon not-chicken bouillon

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon turmeric

2 teaspoons garam masala

salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

THE NIGHT BEFORE:

Chop veggies and store in the fridge.

IN THE MORNING:

Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on low 6 to 9 hours.

Taste, re-season if needed (you may not even need the salt if your bouillon is salty.)

RECIPE NOTES

This is a good one to make if you are going to be away from the house a little longer than usual. If your slow cooker runs hot add a little extra water if it will be cooking longer than 9 hours.

Now time for the giveaway! This is not a sponsored post. I just really enjoy this book so I’m having a new copy of The Vegan Slow Cooker book shipped to you!! Exciting right? Click HERE for the giveaway and rules. Good luck. 

What is the 1 slow cooker dish you want to learn how to make? 

My Review on Frugal Vegan By Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee

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I’m happy to be reviewing this book right now. There’s been a lot of talk over on face book about how expensive it is to be vegan. I guess in some ways its true all the vegan processed food add up. A box of Mac N cheese is 5.00 which feeds 1-2 people. So for a family of 4-5 you’ll need at least 2 boxes. That’s 10 or more. A pizza costs about 10 dollars again it’s going to cost you about 30 dollars to feed your family that doesn’t include bread sticks or salad. So yes eating like that is expensive. Katie and Kate will show you how you can make tasteful and healthful meals that won’t break the bank. You’ll even have money leftover that if you want to splurge on processed foods you can. I don’t think you’ll be doing that too often though.

What do you think when you hear the term “frugal”? I think of inexpensive meals that lack something, read flavor. Or the image of college days come flooding back. Peanut butter and jam sandwiches, rice cakes, chips, KD (Kraft Dinner) was the blue box mac n cheese that you could buy for .50 cents. You get the idea. Very. Boring. Meals. (Although there’s nothing wrong with a good PB and jelly sandwich, but you just don’t want to eat it every day… or do you?)

Now I’m going to tell you all about Frugal Vegan. I promise Katie and Kate will have you eating well balanced meals that the old stigma will be vanished from your memory- it was all just a horrible nightmare. Plus it’ll make you wish you had this book sooner.

It starts with The Whole Enchilada. I’ve already made the Easy Vegan Enchiladas. Next I’m wanting to make BLT with sriracha mayo and Roasted Potato and Zucchini Pizza, BBQ Chickpea Sliders.

Then on to Carb Party. The spicy broccoli and White Bean Pasta was great. Next I want to try Kale Stuffed Shells with Marinara (I might sub the kale with spinach though), Lemon and Pea Risotto.

Bring On The Bowls. You have to try the Backyard BBQ Bowl, The Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bowl is up next. Actually I love bowls so I’ll be making every recipe in this chapter.

Best Dressed Salads. I’m wanting to try the Vegan Taco Salad because tacos, Rustic Market Salad, and Curried Potato Salad.

Slurp Worthy Soups. With Fall not far off- this will be my go to section. Chickpea Curry has great flavor. Up next is Minestrone Soup, Lentil Soup with Greens, Roasted Carrot Curried Soup.

Mornings. Breakfast is my favorite food group! Yes it is a food group 😉 Apple cinnamon is tasty and fills you up. Crispy Vegan Bacon, Tofu Scramble Eggs, Pineapple Scones??? Yes please!

Bite Size. I’ve been eying the Baked Oven Fries with Rosemary and Sea Salt since I received Frugal Vegan. Other worthy bite-size mentions are: Salted Peanut Butter Popcorn, Spicy Chipotle Corn and Zucchini, Pineapple Slaw.

Get Sauced. Mushroom Gravy, Curry Dressing, Sriracha Mayo, Miso Garlic Dressing. Your pasta and salads have never tasted this good!

Glazed and Infused. I don’t know about you but I always start to glance through a cookbook from the end to beginning. If the treats don’t look good or sound enticing then I lose interest. How does Watermelon Lime Granitas, Mini Key Lime Pies, Warm Apple Crisp, Chocolate Coconut Cream Puffs sound? EXACTLY!!!

Smart shopping, batch cooking and freezing with 18 recipe titles that freezes well, there’s a few charts of what you could eat and when to swap it. Such as instead of chia seeds use flax seeds in baking. They cover grains, legumes, seeds and nuts, oils and vinegar’s, fruits and veggies and miscellaneous. There’s also some tips to maximize your produce so it doesn’t go to waste.

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Pancakes with Roasted Bananas
Nut-free, soy-free
Splurge: Serve with coconut oil, peanut butter and/or pure maple syrup
Serves 4 • 30 minutes to prepare
If you haven’t made these before, you’re in for a treat. Roasted bananas take just a few extra minutes to prepare,
but are entirely worth the effort. Firm, even slightly under-ripe, bananas work great for this recipe as they
soften quite a bit as they cook. We suggest using maple/agave-blend syrup, because it’s less expensive than pure
maple syrup.
2–3 bananas, cut into ½-inch (13-mm)
pieces
3 tbsp (45 ml) maple/agave-blend syrup
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 cup (125 g) unbleached all-purpose flour (or half all-purpose and half whole wheat)
2 tbsp (23 g) baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp (12 g) sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup (240 ml) nondairy milk
2 tbsp (30 ml) vegetable oil
Coconut oil, peanut butter and pure maple syrup, for serving, optional
Preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C).
Place the sliced bananas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the maple/agave-blend syrup over
the banana pieces and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle bananas with cinnamon and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until
the pieces are soft and sticky. Set aside.
While the bananas are baking, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt in a bowl. In a separate
bowl, combine the milk and oil. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until moistened; a few lumps
are okay (don’t overmix or the pancakes will be tough).
Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat (you can add some oil, but with a nonstick pan you shouldn’t need it.) Give
the batter a quick stir and maybe another splash of nondairy milk so it’s nice and pourable before adding it to the
pan. Then pour the batter onto the pan to form circles about 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Cook the pancakes for a
couple of minutes on one side, until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip the pancakes and cook the other side until
golden brown, about 3 minutes.
Serve the pancakes topped with roasted bananas and maple/agave-blend syrup or other additional toppings if
desired.

Credit info
From Frugal Vegan by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017. Photo credit: Allie Lehman

Katie and Kate YOU have just created the most delicious Frugal Vegan book off all time!

I was given a copy of this book for review by Page Street Publishing and they are going to give one lucky winner a copy as well. Must be 18 or older and have a United States mailing address enter HERE for you chance. Good luck 🙂 To purchase a copy click here. CONTEST CLOSED!!

Let us know what your go to Frugal Vegan Meal is!