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Super (bowl) Dips + Tribe Hummus Giveaway!

There’s usually more than one Super Bowl in the room when watching the big game on TV. Namely, all those super bowls of great food.  Whether you chow down with a big bowl of chili or graze the night away with bowls of dips and chips, food and football are like… [fill in your favorite football analogy here – I don’t know any!]
Now about those dips.  Some favorites to serve with chips and other dippers include a spicy queso, a zesty salsa, or a creamy (or chunky) guacamole. (The guacamole above is actually Guacamame (made with avocado and edamame).  You might enjoy veggies dipped in this Ranch Dressing (photo by Tamasin Noyes) from Party Vegan:
 And then there’s hummus. Beyond the basic chickpea and tahini hummus, you can enjoy a world of hummus flavors made with different beans, spices, and other ingredients, such as this Moroccan Spiced Hummus from Quick Fix Vegan (photo by Andrea Weaver):
Or this guacamole-hummus combo called Hummamole from Quick-Fix Vegan:
Or… you could simply open a container (or two) of delicious Tribe Hummus and get the Super Bowl party started!  Even better, if you get the hummus for free, right? 
That’s why I’m having a Tribe Hummus giveaway just in time for the Super Bowl. To one lucky winner I will send two (2) coupons for any flavor of Tribe Hummus (either the 8-ounce or 16-ounce size!).  The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, January 30.
To enter: Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what you’re planning to make for Super Bowl Sunday (even if it’s nothing special cuz you’re not into the Super Bowl). That’s it!   For additional chances to win, you can do any or all of the following:
  1. Link to this giveaway on Facebook.
  2. Link to this giveaway on Twitter.
  3. Subscribe to my blog, friend me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter.
  4. “Like” Vegan Heritage Press” (my hubby’s company) on Facebook.
  5. “Like” Gary World” (my cat’s page) on Facebook.
…then come back here and post a comment telling me what you did – one comment for each action.  
Good luck!

Quick Carrot Cupcakes + Giveaway

Living in the middle of nowhere, (which to me translates to: no Thai restaurants, no Trader Joe’s, no Whole Foods, no Asian market, and no natural food store) I remain grateful that my local grocery store at least carries almond milk, two kinds of tofu, decent (if not fancy) produce, and carrot juice — which is where this story begins….
When I went shopping last week, I had this sudden craving for carrot juice. Sure, I could juice my own from whole carrots, but I was in “instant gratification mode” and that large bottle of bright orange elixir looked mighty good.  My carrot juice craving then morphed into a carrot cake craving, and that’s when inspiration struck.  You know those recipes that combine a box of cake mix with a can of soda and — presto — you have a cake with no oil or other things the box instructions call for, like eggs?  Of course, the down side is, you’re still using soda.  So I thought, why not see if I can make a carrot cake using the same method, but with carrot juice instead of soda.

As you can see by the photos, it worked!  I combined about 1 1/2 cups of carrot juice with a box of carrot cake mix and made these adorable cupcakes.  The flavor was extremely delicious and carrot-y, the texture was tender and moist, and the color, as you can see, was vibrant orange. And best of all, they’re vegan with no oil added.  I made a quick cream cheese frosting using vegan cream cheese, sugar, and a little vanilla extract.

Now I’m not one to shy away from scratch cake recipes — I’ve even grown my own carrots to use in my carrot cakes!  But I must admit that this shortcut method turned out a cake that tasted every bit as good as the best scratch cake I’ve had. I garnished the cupcakes with little carrot coins that I made by simmering some carrot slices in a little simple syrup until the carrots were softened and glazed.
As for the mix, as you may know many boxed cake mixes are vegan (as long as you don’t add the eggs, etc.) but read the label to make sure.  If you have access to healthier boxed mixes from a natural food store, even better.  In addition to making the cupcakes, I had enough batter left to make this adorable little cake in a 5-inch springform pan.  I cooled the cake and froze it to use later on.

When you don’t have time to bake a cake or cupcakes from scratch, you might want to keep this 2-ingredient carrot cake trick in mind!
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and now… A Giveaway:

 As I mentioned above, my local supermarket isn’t exactly “super.”  One of the items it doesn’t carry is Tribe brand hummus, which is a shame because the nice people at Tribe Hummus sent me two coupons for free containers of their product.  But my loss can be your gain: 
I’ll give both of these coupons for Tribe Hummus to one lucky winner chosen at random.  All you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this blog post. How easy is that?  Enter now to win!