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! 😉 
by Kathy Hester

gluten-free, soy-free

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



Chop veggies and store in the fridge.


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.)


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


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)
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

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!



Juice + Nourish 100 Refreshing Juices and Smoothies to Promote Health, Energy, and Beauty Book Review


Juice + Nourish is written by Rosemary Ferguson.


After a very stressful week, I’m turning to this book to gain energy and nourish myself. I was kind of on a junk food bender, so it’s really nice to touch base with my roots. Mary takes about chronic conditions such as inflammation, IBS, bad skin can all be signs of that a digestive system can be in trouble. Juices can be tailored to help heal the gut.

Juices VS Smoothies; Some say that juices and smoothies are high in sugar, but Rosemary uses a lot of fruits and veggies that balance the blood sugar and help any insulin intolerance issues. When you juice, you are removing insoluble fibre, what you are keeping is the soluble fibre. Soluble fibre slows down any sugars that may be absorbed and therefore avoids a sugar spike.

She has photographs for almost every recipe. The only thing I would’ve liked to see the page number they are on, instead of the recipe number, but it’s a minor detail and the recipes are easy enough to find.

There’s 7 chapters in this hard covered book.

Chapter 1: Detox and Heal which deals with Rehydration Recovery, Liver juices, and Gut Health.

Chapter 2: Rest and De-Stress which deals with Stress Relivers, mood boosters and Sleep aids.

Chapter 3: Energize which deals with Energy Boosters, Blood sugar balancing and Heart Health.

Chapter 4: Protect and Strenthen which deals with immunity Boosters, Cold & Cough Soothers, Anti- Inflammatories.

Chapter 5: Calm and Balance which deals with Hormone Balancing for Women, Hormone Balancing for Men

Chapter 6: Care and Preserve which deals with Anti-Aging, Healthy Skin & Hair, Weight Loss Aids and Work Out Recovery.

Chapter 7 is all about the Detox Plans.

I’m excited to share a recipe with you. It’s in the Energize section. Normally, I don’t like beets in my juice as they tend to be earthy, but with the pineapple mixed in it’s a real nice treat.

Crystal Clear

Rosemary is well known for helping your memory and concentration. The sage will help balance your hormones, especially if you are at the start of menopause, as it can really help with hot flashes. The combination of these herbs will help the brain fog clear, and leave you feeling like you can take on the world!


  • ¼ pineapple, rind removed
  • 2 beets
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 6 radishes
  • 1 tsp rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 6 sage leaves

Pass all the ingredients through the juicer, wrapping the rosemary and thyme into the sage leaves, otherwise they will get lost in the juicer.


Credit line: Recipe from  Juice + Nourish: 100 Refreshing Juices and Smoothies to Promote Health, Energy, and Beauty © Rosemary Ferguson, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

Sorry- there’s no photo, a sip turned into gulping down the juice. 

Queso Burger Fries

Fries loaded with Queso and burger crumbles and it’s 100% vegan! Yes I did and I have no regrets! This recipe can be made using your stove, you would need to modify the recipes. 

For the Queso you’ll need to visit Kathy Hester’s blog Healthy Slow Cooking. If you don’t have a instant pot, boil the nuts and carrots for about 5 mins, add cauliflower and cook for about 5 more mins. You want them on the softer but not mushy side. Note* I have not tried this method so I’m guess here. As you know the bigger the pieces the longer it takes to cook. 

Serves 2 

For the fries:

4-5 potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges. 

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp garlic powder 

1/2 tsp ancho powder or any chili powder you like. 

1 tablespoon of oil or omit for oil free cooking. 

Toss the wedges with the oil and seasonings. Place in air fryer, cook at 180 for 15 mins, flip and cook for 10 more mins. 

For oven method, pre-heat oven to 350 and cook for 40-45 mins. 

For the beef crumbles:

1 cup of Beyond Meat Fiesta Crumbles

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ancho powder or any chili powder you like. 

1 tsp oil or omit for oil free cooking. 

Toss the crumbles with the oil and seasoning right in your frying pan. 

Cook on medium heat until heated through about 5-8 mins (I didn’t time it). 

Grab a big plate- place fries on it, then put on your Queso, add your crumbles and top with green onion, diced tomatoes, diced  jalapeño. Anything you like or just omit the additional toppings as I did because I couldn’t wait to eat it 😀 

Let me know what you think. I hope you like it!

Vegan Mock Taco Bell Crunch Wrap

The challenge? Make and post a vegan Taco Bell crunch wrap for vegan snack down. This was one fun challenge. I only had the small flour tortillas- BUT next time I will buy both the large and small ones. This is so easy to make. Of course you can double or triple this recipe.

Makes 1 Lg or 2 small crunch wrap(s).

1/4 of an onion diced

2-3 minced garlic cloves

1/4- 1/2 cup  Beyond Meat feisty crumbles

1/2 tsp basil

1/4 chili powder

A pinch red chili flakes, optional

A few Que Pasa chips

3 tablespoons (or more) leftover rice

2 large, or 4 small flour tortillas

Shredded Lettuce

Diced Tomatoes

Cheese sauce

Daiya Homestyle Ranch


1. Heat oil/water or veggie broth in the pan. Add onions. Sauté until soft.  Toss in the garlic, stir cook for about 20 seconds before adding the feisty crumbles and rice. Cook until heated through.

2. Take the large wrap place the filling in it.

3. Place the chips on top of the cooked mixture to cover it up. Kinda flatten them. But make sure to leave big pieces.

4. Take your shredded lettuce, and diced tomatoes place on top of chips. Drizzle tons of cheese sauce on it.

5. Take the small wrap (or cut a large one to make it smaller. Place on top of the cheese mixture.

6. Take the edges of the larger wrap and fold it over the smaller one to all the yummy goodness is covered. Place seam side down in the heated pan pan. (I just used the same one I cooked the mixture in).

7. On medium to medium low heat, cook each side for about 4 mins until you get a nice golden brown colour.

8. Enjoy it with some daiya ranch and/or more cheese sauce.

I can not put the cheese sauce recipe on my site as it’s in Jl’s new book: The Vegan Airfyer, however,Julie and Kittee had permission to post the cheesy fries recipe (They are hosting a giveaway for the book which closes Wed July 26 2017).  Make sure to prepare the fries as well for a complete meal (I didn’t have potatoes so I missed out. But Jl spices the fries the same way I usually season mine- so I know they’re good!

For another review and a chance to win The Vegan Airfryer, check out Mary Ellen’s blog V Nutrition. (Her contest closes Sat July 22 I think it is).

Amy from Veggies Save The Day tweeted about this magical dish that immediately had me drooling and knew this is the sauce I needed to make for my crunch wrap. It would be good over broccoli, or nacho’s well- everything!!

Try this recipe and let me know what you think of it. Just don’t blame me for the crunch wrap addiction 😀 Make sure to bookmark this page for those 3 am cravings and Taco Bell isn’t open. Is Taco Bell open at 3 am? Let’s just say no. Besides with this easy recipe you know that there will be no mistakes or cross-contamination so there’s no reason to leave the comfort of your home.