Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Blissful Bites Review , Giveaway and Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Christy Morgan's book Blissful Bites.  I have spent the last several weeks making recipes from the book (results pictured throughout) and was even lucky enough to meet up with Christy in New York City for her book tour event  and a great meal at Candle 79. And, she was nice enough to allow me to share her recipe for Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, which were just awesome!


                                     Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Before we get to the recipe though, let's talk a little bit about the book itself. Visually stunning, it is packed with colorful, vibrant  photos.  There is lots of information, too- you will read about why Christy chooses  not cook with garlic and onions, tips on essential kitchen tools, cooking and cutting techniques and how you can find your bliss eating whole foods, simply prepared.


                               Lemon Dill Green Beans

There are over 175 recipes and they are arranged by category first (breakfast/brunch, appetizers/soups, salads/dressings,vegetable sides, whole grains/carbs, sea vegetables, proteins and desserts) and then, with the exception of the sea vegetable section, by season, making it easy to cook with what is fresh for the season you are in. There are also sample menus which are quite helpful.  I sampled recipes from different seasons, and found all of them quite flavorful and easy to prepare.


                                         Black-eyed Pea BBQ Stew

I made several of the recipes at home and tried a few at Christy's event. I enjoyed them all. I made them exactly as written, without garlic and onions,  and found them to be quite flavorful.  While I can't say I will adopt a no garlic and onion policy in my kitchen (heck, I know I won't!) it is good to know you can cook savory foods without them that still taste good!


                                             Man n' Kale Salad

As you can see from the photos the food is delicious. As someone who almost never uses a cookbook this is one I would recommend. The recipes are well written, easy to follow, not overly complicated, flavorful and healthy.  Sounds like a pretty good combination to me.


                                          Magical Raw Tacos

I am also offering one or my readers a chance to win their own copy of Blissful Bites! Simply let me know in the comments section why you would like to give the book a try and I will enter you to win. Please be sure to leave an email address where you can be contacted!


                                   Curried Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

And, if you tweet the following you will be entered to win a second time:

@VeganVersion Please enter me to win a copy of @TheBlissfulChef Blissful Bites! http://www.theveganversion.com/2012/03/blissful-bites-review-and-giveaway.html 

I will pick a winner on Saturday March 31st. Good luck!



Now, on to that pancake recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

1/2 cup whole wheat four
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch sea salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (I love the new So Delicious Original Almond Plus)
1/3 cup canned organic pumpkin
1 tbsp olive oil
Cooking oil spray for pan

Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl. In a second bowl combine the maple syrup, almond milk, pumpkin and olive oil.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry.  Mix thoroughly until no lumps remain.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat.  Once pan is nice and hot pour pancake batter in 1/4 cup measurements into the pan. Be careful not to crowd them so they do not run together.  When the sides begin to get firm and you start to see bubbles in the batter flip the cakes and cook for a few more minutes.

Move pancakes to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve with maple syrup and some vegan butter (if desired).

54 comments:

  1. I would love to win because I don't actually have a vegan cook book!

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  2. I would like to win because I'm a very new vegan and could use all the recipe ideas I can get. Thank you!

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  3. I've never heard of cooking without onions and garlic! I'm so intrigued. I'm like you--I don't really follow recipes--but I would love to give this cookbook a try!

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  4. I love these recepies! I have used the Moosewood cookbook in the past for recipes and need some fresh options!!!

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  5. I actually have her cookbook and I love it! But I would like to give my friend a copy! She is on the verge of becoming fully vegan and I know this cookbook would help :) Thank you!!

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    1. amie.nolan@gmail.com is my email!

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  6. I would love to win because I find it so difficult coming up with new things to eat on my busy schedule and this would make it so much easier :)
    e-mail: thoroughlymodernsonja@yahoo.com

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  7. I would like to win because my husband has type II diabetes and high cholesterol and by using the recipes in your book, it would make for a smoother transition to veganism. thank you!! dana

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  8. I love Christy's recipes, she is an amazing vegan cook! I do own a copy of Blissful Bites, but I've been lending it to my mom in an effort to get her to eat healthier. I haven't wanted to ask for it back since I'm so happy that she is using it and enjoying the recipes. But I really miss having this cookbook on hand!
    vegwhohatestofu (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I'd like to try a lot more healthy and raw recipes. Thanks
    thebombbalm@gmail.com

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  10. Hi, I would like to win because I would like to eat healthy, yummy alternatives to food made with animal products.

    Skulda.blackheart (at) gmail (dot) com

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  11. I love that it is arranged partially by season - I am working on eating more seasonally, and being able to flip to recipes for a particular season would be great!

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  12. I would LOVE to win this cookbook! I want to learn more about eating raw & healthy. They told me it was a slippery slope from vegan to raw, and now I have to agree! erin_pre [at] hotmail dot com.

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  13. Saw this book and the amazing photos recently and would love to be the proud owner. Eating vegetarian mostly now but exploring vegan lifestyle for many reasons. Joined a CSA last year and this would be a great help in tapping my creativity as to how to use all those goodies. Thanks. goldbug310@aol.com

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  14. Elijah Shannon SelbyMarch 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    I, too, would LOVE to win this cookbook!! I LOOOOOOOVE the Blissful Chef and have been inspired by her veganism for over a year now...I am constantly bring vegan recipes to my family--without telling them that they are "vegan" so that we are eating healthier and being kinder :) My email is ubergirlelijah@yahoo.com LOVE AND BLISS! xoxo

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  15. I would love to give this book a try because I'm always looking for new ideas and combinations of flavors-- variety is the spice of life!

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  16. I would love to win this cookbook. I have seen it at bookstores and read through it and have always wanted it. I am a 17 year old vegan and find it difficult to come up with good and interesting recipes and i know this book has that. I follow theblissfulchef on youtube and have for sometime and know what an amazing cook Christy Morgan is. Maybe I can cook up a storm using this book and my family will try it! Thanks for this oportunity! :)my email is veganteen712@yahoo.com

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  17. I am dying for this book! Christy seems to have mastered macrobiotic vegan food. canadianvegankitchen (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. I would love to win a copy of Christy's book, because the recipes all look incredibly delicious! (I've got my eye on that Man 'n Kale Salad recipe, in particular!)

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  19. I would love to win a copy of Christy's book because as a relatively new vegan I'm still searching for healthy and tasty recipes I can also serve to my omnivore husband and judging by the pictures, this book would be great!

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  20. I've been hearing a lot of great buzz about the book and would love to have a copy to dive into. I think the photos you have up make the recipes look delish! Also, pretty much everything I cook starts with garlic and onions... with the exception of desert. So it sounds interesting to try to make savory, yummy food without those items.

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  21. can never have too many vegan cookbooks. :-)

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  22. I would like to win the book because I can always use more recipes to try!

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  23. I would love to win Christy's book as I'm currently on the hunt for simple vegan recipes. With twins on the way I need to uncomplicate my life as much as possible!

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    1. What she writes is that it helps her to feel lighter and more energetic- she feels that the plants in the allium family are medicinal and that too much can be like taking antibiotics when you don't need it. It is in an interesting perspective, not one I have heard before. She also goes on to say that you should feel free to add garlic and onion if you want to but encourages you to try going without for a while to see how you feel. I know that, for one, would not be able to go without :)

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  25. I love the fact that I heard it is divided seasonally, I have a hard time keeping up with what should be in season and will get excited about a recipe only to find I can't make it because the ingredients aren't in season.

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  26. I'd love to win this book because I'm always looking for great new vegan recipes! Plus, those pancakes sound fabulous. This is Meg @chikpeaz

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  27. I would like to win, always looking for new recipes and ideas. It feels so good to eat healthy,good for the planet and of course the animals. Thanks

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  28. I would love this cookbook, because I love vegan cooking. I find it relaxing, and a great way to share the joy of veganism with non-vegans (or, as I call them, potential future vegans).

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  29. I am in the boat of cooking with onions and garlic on a regular basis, I'd love to learn why and learn how to make savory recipes sing without them. This book has also been all over the blogosphere and I'd love to receive a copy!

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  30. These recipes all look and sound delicious! I'm working on my collection of vegan cookbooks and thinning out the non-vegan ones. :)

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    1. Oops, contact info! joy.upenn06 at gmail dot com

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  31. I would love to win this book! I had a chance to look at it once, and it is full of healthy, wholesome recipes. I am just beginning to work meat out of our diet, and want to replace it with wonderful recipes like these, not just store bought meat substitutes! :)

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  32. this book would make an awesome addition to my cookbook collection, I need some vegan recipes! :) (contact info ErinNLowe at aol dot com

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  33. Initially I didn’t think this would be a book I would want, but recently I’ve heard so many good things about it and I had no idea she cooked without garlic and onions! I have a family member who’s allergic to garlic and onion and I also host a brunch with some people who are allergic, so this book would be perfect!
    cookbookaficionado (at) yahoo (dot) ca

    I also Twittered it!

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  34. I would LOVE to win this book because i meal plan every week using recipes and it'd be very helpful :)

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  35. I like quick and easy meals that are still mouthwatering. Those raw tacos are right up my alley! I'll have to check out this cookbook.

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  36. all the recipes look so good!
    bittofraw@gmail.com

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  37. I've heard so many great things about this book! As a vegetarian trying to go vegan, the more awesome vegan recipes I have in my arsenal, the more easily I'll succeed!

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  38. I have been eyeing this book for so long...I have heard so many good things about the all-natural recipes she has! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  39. I tweeted! ammauceri@gmail.com

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  40. I would love to win this cookbook because I am newly becoming vegan and love the seasonal organization kookaburah at hotmail dot com

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  41. I tweeted (@amethystjean) kookaburah at hotmail dot com

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  42. I would love to win this cookbook because I am so incredibly intrigued by the cooking with no onions/garlic rule she has. I am a straight up garlic addict, so I'm wary, but intrigued nonetheless. Fingers crossed! erica.r.phillips at gmail dot com

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  43. I would love to win this cookbook! I am just starting the vegan life and no one in my family likes onions so this would be very interesting to me - I can't imagine making food without these items. Mimi
    mimiladybug at verizon dot net

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  44. I'd love to win the cookbook. I like to cook seasonally and this book seems like it would help tremendously! amanda.ethridge@gmail.com

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  45. I'd love to win because I desperately need some variety in my diet! I new cookbook should do the trick!

    Sadie
    sadiezeuner@gmail.com

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  46. i'm a cookbook junkie and have had this on my amazon wishlist for some time now! would love to add it to my library. meridithryan@gmail.com

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  47. I'd love to get my Bliss on with Christy's new cookbook. Thanks! kaitmoss@yahoo.com

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  48. I absolutely love vegan food, but I struggle to make it appetizing enough for my boyfriend to give it a try. I would love to learn new and exciting recipes he won't be able to resist! Thanks!

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  49. I would love to gift this cookbook to a friend who just went vegan and hates onions.

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