Monday, December 12, 2016

Cookbook Review, Giveaway and Recipe-->BMFWNE!

Have you had a chance to check out Kristy Turner's latest But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!? It's brand new, and is very easy on the eyes, with lots of beautiful full-color photographs and yummy recipes. If you haven't seen it yet, I'm sharing a recipe, a mini review, and a giveaway sponsored by the publisher, The Experiment -- all in this wee post.

Kristy's recipes always score high with the Kittee Club, 'cuz they're almost always gluten-free and full of unrefined sweeteners (when sweetened). Plus they're usually comfort food group focused, which is what our home (and the world) needs more of these days.

BMFWNEV is a companion book to her first, and is uniquely organized to help you combat possible food related family meltdowns, instead of by type of meal (breakfast, lunch, etc.). You'll find chapters to help with meat and potato family members, health nuts, nostalgic food fans, sports events, hippie-food haters, crowd pleasers, romance, and more.

Here's a sampling of a few of the book's recipes I've made over the last couple of weeks:

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Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with Blue Cheese Dip
What can I serve at the big game day party that won't get pushed to the side?
Chapter: Decadent Snackage That Nobody Will Guess is Vegan
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with Blue Cheese Dip.
I'm a pretty big fan of buffalo anything, so of course I had to try these right away. I'm rather smitten with my own buffaloed cauliflower recipe, but I was intrigued by Kristy's addition of cornmeal in the wing batter and the dip array. These came out crispy, without much added fat (for those that care), and the blue cheese dip was really nice. I ended up with extra buffalo sauce and dip, so we sorta enjoyed drizzling and dipping into the sauces for several more meals (our cauliflower disappeared quickly in the form of tacos).

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Artichoke Kale Hummus
There's no way vegan food can make everyone happy at once.
Chapter: Adaptable Meals that Even the Pickiest Eaters Can Enjoy with the Rest of You.
I couldn't help but make the Artichoke Kale Hummus, because hellooOOOOo, the idea of artichokes blitzed into smooshed chickpeas was very appealing to me, and I'd never thought of this addition before. I left out the kale because I wanted the hummus to last longer in the fridge. This is very delicious hummus, is seasoned just right and made me happy. Chickpea report card = A+.

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Salted Vanilla Maple Blondies
My sister thinks vegan baking is something only hippies do.
Chapter: Vegan Baked Goods that You Don't Have to be a Hippie to Love
I'm a glutton for desserts I don't have to tweak, so I jumped at the chance to make Salted Vanilla Maple Blondies. Full disclosure: I somehow forgot to add the coconut oil to mine. They were still moist and delicious, but also more cakey than blondie. I topped mine with some vanilla infused flaked salt we had laying around. The combo of cashew butter (Kristy gives instructions for using soaked cashews, so don't fret), maple syrup and vanilla in these is ace. These will be made again and again.

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Maple Peanut Butter Pancakes (waffle variation)
My family demands bacon and eggs for breakfast.
Chapter: Vegan Dishes to get Everyone's Day Off to a Good Start
Maple Peanut Butter Waffles.
I recently inherited a Belgian waffle maker, and have been quickly making up lost time making waffles AMAP. These are decadent for breakfast, but hot damn, they were amazing topped with extra peanut butter I mixed with a bit of maple syrup. I included a money shot for y'all, so you could see how fluffy these are in the middle. Pro tip: eat with apple.

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Recipe from But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan © Kristy Turner, 2016.
Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

Serves 6 // Prep Time: 30 Minutes (not including time to make Smoky Gouda Cheese Sauce) // Active Time: 60 Minutes

I think vegan meals fall into two categories: the ones that blow people’s minds because they taste a bajillion times better than they’d expected, and the ones that blow people’s minds because they never thought one of their favorite dishes could be made using only plants and still taste just as good as, if not better than, the original. This recipe falls into the latter category. The original version tends to be overly greasy, and that oil coats your mouth, preventing you from experiencing the full flavor of every bite. This French onion soup, with its caramelized onion base, French bread, and melted cheese all over the top, has none of that. No greasiness plus maximum flavor makes for a very impressed family.

4 tablespoons (55 g) vegan butter (soy-free if necessary)
6 medium yellow onions, halved and very thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 cup (240 ml) vegan dry white wine
2 tablespoons oat flour (certified gluten-free if necessary)
2 quarts (2 L) low-sodium vegetable broth
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, optional
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 vegan baguette, sliced (gluten-free if necessary)
Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce, “Melty” Variation (page 27; see Tip)
Chopped fresh parsley, optional

1. Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every so often, until browned and caramelized. Add the garlic, thyme, and bay leaves and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, until the garlic is fragrant. Add the wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed. Add the oat flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the flour is no longer visible, about 2 minutes.

2. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until thickened. Add the nutritional yeast (if using), salt, and pepper. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaves.

3. Preheat the oven broiler. Arrange six small ovenproof bowls or ramekins on a baking sheet. Pour the soup into the bowls. Place 1 or 2 baguette slices on top of the soup. Spoon the cheese sauce over the bread. Place the baking sheet with the bowls under the broiler. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes, until the cheese is browned and bubbly. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with parsley (if using). Serve immediately. Leftover soup will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

Tip ►► Heating the cheese sauce will take 5 to 7 minutes, so I suggest preparing it while the soup is simmering.

Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce
½ cup (75 g) raw cashews, soaked in warm water for at least 1 hour and drained, water reserved
5 to 6 tablespoons reserved soaking water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
½ teaspoon white soy miso (or chickpea miso)
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Combine the cashews, ¼ cup (60 ml) of the reserved soaking water, the lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and miso in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add up to 2/3 cup (160 ml) water. Add 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch. Transfer the cheese to a small pot and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes, until it’s thickened but still drips slowly off a spoon. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 

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Do you live in the US or Canada and wanna win your own copy of But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!? To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post with your email or an easy way for me to reach you electronically. To be eligible, comments must be left on this post by 11PM, December 19th, PST.

Congratulations to Tobler! You're the winner.

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This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means if you click on a product link and purchase an item, I'll receive a very small compensation.

I received a free copy of But My Family Would Never Ear Vegan for the purpose of review. No compensation or gift was exchanged for this post, and as always, the rad opinion posted here is my own. 


  1. Wow! Looks amazing! I love simple and delicious vegan food!

  2. So necessary! Cooking vegan for non-vegan grown-ups is no problem, but feeding my friends' kids is still intimidating!

  3. Artichoke hummus!!! Want that right now.

  4. I love Blondies! ec925 'at' usa 'dot' net

  5. Those blondies, though.
    Chely C
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  6. i'd love to add this to my collection! <3
    missdo.overdawn 'AT' Gmail 'DOT' COM

  7. All the recipes sound wonderful!

  8. you have my cell too :)

  9. I've been wanting to try vegan, and this sounds like a great way to do it!
    denavassey AT gmail

  10. I've read so much great stuff about this book! And everyone has been raving about those cauliflower bites and the kale-artichoke hummus. :-) Those waffles look AMAZING. So thick and fluffy and peanutty and amazing.

    1. Oh, and I want to enter! I'm at phillipsbianca AT gmail DOT com

  11. The Smoked Gouda sauce looks absolutely aces. And the soup looks like it could be great for vegan French Dip sammies, too.

  12. All of the recipes you've tried sound so great! I have a feeling that I'd have started with the same ones, too - although I imagine that the book is full of other equally appealing recipes, so who knows? There's one thing I'm sure of: I'd get a lot of use out of that book!

  13. This is perfect. I have an entirely new family (boyfriend's) to secretly infiltrate with this delicious goodness. Can't wait to try these recipes. Thank you!

  14. Another friendly-looking vegan cookbook. Santa's goodie bag is gonna be (I hope) hard to cram down my chimney.

  15. Oh man, I've been thinking about onion soup lately. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now I don't have to reinvent the wheel trying to veganize a recipe!

    gaia at cinci dot rr dot com

  16. This cookbook has been on my wishlist for a while! I have two young kids, so finding kid-acceptable recipes is imperative. Thanks for the chance to win!
    m_miller81 at hotmail dot com

  17. The recipes you made look amazing, I'd love to try them myself as an on again/off again vegan, but I'm sure many of my meat eating friends and family would devour those as well!

  18. I would love to win this book because the recipes look so good! corrg14 @ gmail . com

  19. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! lydia dot greenfield at gmail dot com

  20. I've heard great things about this book! Thanks for the chance! jackydlt at gmail

  21. NOw that it's winter, I need to add in more hearty vegan stew in my life!

  22. This book would be awesome for my family!


  23. I've been following Kristy's blog for a long time and would love to have this book.

  24. that artichoke and hummus dip looks yummy!

    fruitcrmble AT Comcast DOT net

  25. Love your site and all your delicious recipes!! This book also looks awesome!

  26. Great cookbook for my family, thanks.

  27. I'd love to win this! Fingers crossed! Truculence [at] hotmail.

  28. Everything, but especially the cauliflower wings, looks delicious. Can't wait to try them. At not_jDub

  29. This book looks amazing! My email is theresac036@gmail

  30. I was already drooling at the French onion soup! Trying to eat Vegan, Gluten-Free and with an additional tomato allergy is difficult, especially with soup so I'm looking forward to this one!

  31. I've been hearing such great things about this cookbook and I love French Onion Soup.

  32. Yum. I have her first book and have really enjoyed the recipes I've tried from it. This would make an excellent companion!

  33. Those look really good, especially the soup. I'd really like some good recipes to convince my husband to try vegan.

  34. The recipes sounds amazing! My usually-vegan wife and I are trying to commit for good and get our veg kids to follow along, so I'd love a copy!

  35. That oniion soup looks amazing! I use Kristy's first book a lot -- this one would keep the first one company. :) thanks for the chance to win one (my family thanks you too!) gari.jalandoni at

  36. Those maple PB pancakes look amazing! Thanks for the chance!

  37. Oh my gosh those waffles look heavenly.

  38. I can't wait to get this cookbook! Her recipes are just so good!

  39. my daughter shared your first book with me - loving it. and would love to have this one too.

  40. Vegan French onion soup?!? Wow! I must try this! Those other recipes that you showed a picture of look mouthwatering as well.

  41. I love Kristy's blog. I can't wait for this book!

  42. I am SOOOO going to make that Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with Blue Cheese Dip on New Years! Yum!
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  43. I was able to check this book out from my library. Made the breakfast casserole this morning, half-sized (8x8 dish). Delicious! Veg and omni approved. Please throw my hat into the ring for the book!
    gilakai (at) yahoo dot com

  44. I have Kristy's first book "But I Could Never Go Vegan" and I love it! The pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a major hit at my house!


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