Today is a big day. It’s the last day of Vegan MoFo. It’s time to announce the winner of Quick-Fix Vegan in my latest giveaway. And it’s Halloween~and you know what that means: another edible Jack O’Lantern!
This time, the Jack O’ Lantern was made by topping a bowl of black bean chili with some mashed sweet potatoes. Easy to do and so much fun to eat. If you’ve never had sweet potatoes with a spicy-hot chili, you won’t believe how good it is. I put extra chipotles in this chili so it is super-spicy. And the creamy sweet potatoes are the perfect way to tame that heat.
When I was making the chili, I reserved about a half cup of the cooked black beans so I’d have them to make Jack’s face. After placing the beans for the facial features, I had some beans left, so I arranged them on top of the chili, around the edge of the sweet potatoes to help the Jack O’Lantern pop a bit. Jack’s little green stem is a piece of Italian pole bean. Almost too cute to eat, huh?
Okay, so here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of a copy of my new cookbook Quick-Fix Vegan — chosen at random via Random.org — is comment # 41 by Panda With Cookie!! Congrats, Panda with Cookie! Please e-mail me with your mailing address and I’ll get Quick-Fix Vegan in the mail to you.
As another Vegan MoFo comes to a close, I’m happy to know that some new subscribers found their way to my blog. From what I hear, some people read the MoFo posts in alphabetical order, so maybe next year I’ll change my blog name from “Vegan Planet” to “AA Aardvark.” What do you think?
Have a safe Halloween everyone, and please, if you have any outdoor kitties, please bring them inside.
Here’s a closing shot of my favorite baby cardinal that lives in our butterfly bush. Her name is Wallflower:
I’m taking a break from my frenzy of Jack O’Lantern food today. Well, not really, because I’m actually making another Jack O’Lantern-ized dish for tonight’s dinner, but it won’t be ready to show you until tomorrow.
Since today is Slow Cooker Sunday, today’s post includes three more tester photos from my upcoming slow cooker book. Jill Pascal has been testing recipes and took these photos that look so good, I wish I had them all cooking in my slow cookers right now. Above is the tutti-fruiti cobbler (served with Jill’s homemade ice cream). Next is some yummy-looking colcannon (what’s not to love about mashed potatoes and kale?):
And finally, a loaf of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread — perfect for this time of year!
Is it slow cooker Sunday at your house?
It’s Sweet Tooth Saturday and just two days ’til Halloween, so how could I not make a Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin cheesecake?? This is my basic pumpkin cheesecake recipe, with the addition of the happy Jack face that I made by combining melted chocolate with some chocolate cookie crumbs that I spread out and chilled before cutting into shapes.
Here’s another pic of Jack from another angle — I used a chocolate cookie crumb crust to give more of an “orange and black” appearance to the cheesecake.
I’ll keep this post short today because it’s snowing (in October!!) and the power keeps flickering on and off. It’s a heavy wet snow and the leaves are still on the trees, so limbs are snapping everywhere. I don’t know how long we’ll have power today, but I couldn’t let Sweet Tooth Saturday go by without sharing Mr. Jack o’Cheesecake!
And I couldn’t let Caturday slip by without a photo of Gary “Long-legs”! Gary is a very tall boy, and this photo gives you an idea of just how long his legs are.
In my continuing obsession with Halloween themed food, today’s post features pizza! The top photo shows a Jack o’ Lantern pizza. It may not be the prettiest Jack o’ Lantern, but he sure was tasty. I blended the pizza sauce and spices with some vegan cream cheese to lighten the color from red to orange. I then “brushed” some red pizza sauce on each side of the face (hard to see in the photo) to add some depth. The facial features are made out of kalamata olives and the pumpkin stem is a piece of artichoke heart. I put this together quickly with on-hand ingredients, but if I were to to it for guests, I might use slices of eggplant (peel side up) for some or all of the features to be larger and more dramatic.
This next pizza is my attempt at making a spider and his web. Again, it’s not the most artistic pizza in the world, but you get the idea. (Kalamata spiders are my favorite!)
And if yesterday’s baked pumpkin oatmeal wasn’t enough pumpkin for you, try this Moroccan-Spiced Pumpkin Hummus from Quick-Fix Vegan — the recipe is posted on GoDairyFree.org.
In the days leading up to Halloween, I’ll be posting some fun ways to celebrate the holiday with food, beginning with breakfast. Who wouldn’t get into the Halloween spirit when they see this cute little Jack o’ Lantern greeting them at the breakfast table?
There are lots of ways to make baked pumpkin oatmeal, but I made these little guys using a short-cut method. To already cooked oatmeal, I swirled in just enough canned solid-pack pumpkin to turn the oatmeal a lovely orange color. I then added some brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger to make it taste like a cross between pumpkin pie and oatmeal cookies!
I then scraped the oatmeal into various baking pans and dishes, notable mini-springform pans and single-serve souffle dishes. I then baked them until they got nice and firm and puffed up a bit. To make the Jack o’ Lantern faces, I just cut up some dried blueberries because they were nice and dark. I used pieces of pitted date for the pumpkin stem.
The winner of this week’s “Make My Monday” cookbook giveaway, chosen randomly is #12, VeggieAmanda, whose favorite pantry ingredient is nutritional yeast. Congratulations!!! Send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I’ll get a copy of Vegan Unplugged right out to you.
For my final cookbook giveaway during VeganMoFo, I am giving away a copy of my brand new cookbook: Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve seen loads of amazing tester photos from this book, as well as a few sample recipes. I’ve also posted a list of many of the recipe titles here.
Okay, so how do you win a copy? Simple: just leave a comment at the end of this post that answers this question: “Why would you like to win a copy of Quick-Fix Vegan?”
That’s it! One lucky winner will be selected at random. And if you want to increase your chances, you can do any or all of the following, and leave a comment for each that you do:
1. Follow me on Twitter: @GlobalVegan
2. Link to this giveaway on Twitter