Mar 13, 2014

roasted corn and lime tortilla soup

Ever had the feeling that your head is running in a thousand different directions and your body is needed in a thousand more? We all have! Especially in this day and age, we find ourselves being pulled hither and thither. When your kids are hungry and lunch or dinner needs to be on the table in less than half an hour, what can you do - besides literally phoning it in?

With the writing of my cookbook, Everyday Vegan Eats (available for pre-order ;) complete, life is just beginning to get back to normal at the Dever house. While writing I was able to foist off driving the kids to their activities and making snacks, quite comfortably onto the shoulders of my husband, but now I've no more excuses to get back to cooking. As my family would remind me, it is actually my job, since I am a cook and cookbook author.

Be that as it may, there are times when I can spend luxuriating in the kitchen, there are times when I can spend making comfort foods that everyone enjoys and then there are times that food just needs to be ready in a hurry!

This is a soup I came up with for lunch today, knowing that it had to be ready in under 30 minutes. It has roasted corn, black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, is thickened with baked tortilla chips and is enhanced with a splash of fresh lime juice. As fast as it came together, it was just as delightful.

Remember how I said I 'd keep posting more pics from the cookbook? Here is a sandwich that would have been quite wonderful with the soup above, and just as quick to throw together.


And if you haven't entered the giveaway for Robin Robertson's revised edition of Vegan Planet, do so right HERE. Unless you already have the book, why not? It's an amazing volume that has stood the test of time, now with revised recipes as well as 50 new ones. Contest ends April 11.

Also, be sure to let your friends and family know that the great Meatout is March 20th (tomorrow!). Eat vegan for one day and help the animals and the planet. Pledge HERE.

I am also linking to these recipe parties! The blogs hosting Healthy Vegan Fridays are Suzanne at Hello Veggie, Anna at Herbivore Triathlete, and Kimmy at Rock My Vegan Socks.  

The blog hosting Gluten-Free Fridays is Vegetarian Mamma.

I’ve also decided to submit this dish to What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Peas and Crayons since, well, it will be Wednesday soon enough!

Mar 12, 2014

"everyday vegan eats" announcement

I have been delaying the actual announcement of my cookbook since I still can't believe it is real (pinch me!) coupled with the tons of work I was still doing for it up until yesterday. I think I'm done with the publishing side of it, so I can freely announce that it is coming to a store or web near you on May 6th.


Everyday Vegan Eats, published by Vegan Heritage Press, is full of recipes for everyday meals for everyday people just like you. The recipes have been developed from meals that my family has loved (not just liked, mind you!) and requested over and over again. Many recipes on this blog were the first step in my sharing the love with everyone, but having them published takes them to a whole new level.

It means that the recipes were tested, fixed and perfected. It means that the recipes were improved, rewritten and reworked. It means that I had to learn HOW to write a recipe. I THOUGHT I had a pretty good grasp on it, but you will notice if you head to the RECIPES tab, that I am now going through the hundreds of recipes on this blog and rewriting them so that they too are up to par!

Things go smoothly in my kitchen, I suppose because I know how the recipes should taste and how they work, but they also had to work equally well in someone else's kitchen with someone else's hands. That is how we approached the dishes: everyday success in every kitchen.

Some of my family's favorite meals featured in EVE are:

... because ALL teenagers need their mac n' cheese fix...

... from a can you can STILL get smooth and silky hummus. The secret is in the book!


The book is literally full of photos so there will be a lot more to come in the future! I will also be hosting more giveaways (look for Robin's new books Vegan Planet and More Quick Fix Vegan as well as Tami and Celine's Vegan Finger Foods).

Follow along! The many ways are on the right side of the blog!