One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quick & Easy Low-Calorie Vegan Comfort Food is here! (Plus it's giveaway time!!!)

IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! IT'S FINALLY HERE! As of May 15, 2012 Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food is officially in a bookstore near you (or on your favorite online store). Writing this book has been a true labor of love as I balanced work, school, blogging, pregnancy and writing - and I couldn't be more proud of how it turned out. Every recipe has complete nutritional analysis plus I give you 4-day menu plans for 1,400 to 2,000 calories. So whether you're trying to lose weight or are happy with where you are and just want to maintain your weight or heck, if you just love good food and want more of it in your life this book is for you!


Now on to the most important part - the recipes. I've got your covered for breakfast, lunch/dinner, snacks, homemade breads, jams, homemade sodas, shakes, smoothies and desserts (oh yes, there are desserts my friends).  Start your day off with Fluffy Flaxseed Waffles with Agave Cream (pictured above) with Grapefruit Brulee and Crustless Quiche Lorraine. Then move on to BBQ Popcorn (pictured below) or Spinach Artichoke Dip with Farfalle Chips as a snack.

For lunch lunch try a Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons (pictured below) or forget the rabbit food and go for a big messy Chili Dog with Eggplant Fries on the side. 
For dinner try Chik'n Fried Seitan, Andouille Gumbo, White Lasagna, Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce (pictured below) or go for the cover recipe - Seitan Cheesesteaks. 
 For dessert you have a lot of options. You can sneak over to the beverages chapter and make strawberry milkshakes, home-brewed ginger ale, or lemon grass soda OR you can head straight for the desserts section and chow down on this insanely good Lemon Cornmeal Cake with Lemon Glaze and Blueberry Sauce (pictured below), Moon Dusted Donuts, Ooey Gooeys or Butter Pecan Ice Cream. 


Needless to say this isn't your typical restrictive, bland, low-calorie cookbook. I believe in real food and bold flavors so if you haven't picked up your copy of Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food yet what are you waiting for! It's available online, in-stores and on kindle (available May 22) and nook. And for the next 7-days enter, below, to win a free signed copy of Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food! Just fill out the information below and I'll announce the winner on Friday, May 25th. 

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28 comments:

  1. My favorite comfort food is taco pizza. It reminds me of my childhood, and it has so much flavor.

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  2. My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes!

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  3. I've recently stopped eating meat...just don't have a taste for it at all. I've never thought I would head down a vegan path but I've been thoroughly impressed with every recipe of yours that I've tried! I think I'm developing a lactose intolerance now...I'm having terrible side effects everytime I'm having dairy. Everyone in the house is freaking out haha because I've just stopped cooking for them! I think I need to sneak some of your meals in and show them what they're missing :-)

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  4. I have so many, but pizza, coconut cake, and biscuits are at the top of the list.

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  5. My fave comfort food is baked mac and "cheese"!

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  6. Oh...and my favorite comfort food is mac and cheese :-)

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  7. The cover photo looks too delicious to be low-cal. I need to know how to make that!

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  8. My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese.

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  9. My favorite comfort food is Sweet Potato Lentil Chili from ED&BV...yum!

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  10. Vegan mac n cheese comforts me!

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  11. Vegan mac 'n cheese from the box! and biscuits from "Vegan comfort food". Best recipe ever!!

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  12. Favorite comfort food is definitely pizza! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. My favorite comfort food is mac and cheese.

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  14. Tortilla chips with salsa & guacamole is a go-to comfort food for me!

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  15. My favorite comfort food is Dark chocolate!

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  16. My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes!

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  17. My favorite comfort food is vegan sausage gravy and biscuits!

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  18. I love Vegan comfort food!!!

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  19. I love Vegan comfort foods!!!

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  20. chocolate chip cookies. :)

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  21. My favorite comfort food is pancakes.

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  22. My favorite comfort food in warm weather is pasta with fresh tomatoes. In cooler weather it's a mash of white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, other veggies and faux meat mixed together.

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  23. My favorite comfort food in warm weather is pasta with fresh tomatoes. In cooler weather it's a mash of white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, other veggies and faux meat mixed together.

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  24. I know I'm too late for the giveaway, but my kids' pediatrician showed me your book yesterday, and I can't wait to get it for myself! I have been following the Forks Over Knives diet, which is pretty much fat-free vegan, for about a month, and I'm trying to get my husband on board. Recipes like yours will go a long way, I think. :) Thanks for putting this together and sharing it with us!

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  25. I bought Vegan Celebrations, made the Classic Mac and Cheeze - AMAZING! It is my all time favorite meal and your version is divine! My husband and I are addicted! Since then, I have purchased Vegan Comfort Food and Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food.
    Recipes from LCVCF:
    My Husband chose the Seitan Chesesteak for his birthday meal. It was filling, light and evil good :)
    The Savory Seitan and Classic Cheese Sauce will be in regular rotation in our house!
    The Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is to die for! We can't stop making it - LOL!
    Andouille Sausage - Amazing flavor.
    Love the Kung Pao Tofu!
    Southwest Scramble and Vegetable Scramble - killer breakfast! I can't rave enough about the recipes.
    Next on the list to make, Lemon Cornmeal Cake with Lemon Glaze and Blueberry Sauce.

    Thanks Alicia!

    Cookin' in California

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  26. I just made your Classic Cheese Sauce and both my husband and I are hooked. Loved it on baked potatoes with roasted veggies. Tried it with salsa and tortilla chips too. So good. Thank you.

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