Blissful Bites Cookbook Review & Giveaway

Hey guys!

Hope you all had a FANTASTIC weekend. Mine was full of holiday dinners and mucho time spent with family and friends…gotta love this time of year! :)

So I’ve got a little something that’s guaranteed to perk up your Monday, but first things first…let me tell you about a cookbook that I’ve been enjoying for the last couple of months.

Toward the end of summer, I was contacted to review a “hot off the press” vegan cookbook written by Christy Morgan, a vegan¬†macrobiotic chef and cooking instructor. If you want to learn more about Christy, check out her blog The Blissful Chef.

I’ll be honest, when I first received the cookbook, I was a bit overwhelmed…but in a good way. Out of the 175 recipes in the book, I wanted to make, oh…about 100 of them!¬†There were SO many fantastic recipes to try covering many different cooking aspects that I was curious about…gluten-free, raw, and ethnic flavors…all made into nourishing vegan meals.

I loved the way the recipes were organized too.

Each section was divided seasonally to help make the most of the freshest ingredients.

When I finally narrowed down the recipes, I decided on about 5-6 to try first. One of them being the Millet-Black Bean Burgers

I’ve always loved playing around with different combos for homemade veggie burgers and I knew millet made a good filler from making my Edamame-Millet Burgers, so I was excited to try a version incorporating so many more veggies and textures.

The recipe is a large one, but they freeze really well…perfect for making lunches during the week!

Mine came out a little crumbly…I think I should’ve added a bit more of the liquid from the beans…but after adding a little oil and sqooshing (that is totally a word btw) them a bit, the fried up well in my skillet.

The texture and flavor of these vegan burgers is incredible…sure to satisfy any lover of burgers…vegan or not!

And of course, since I tried a savory recipe, I had to have a little balance and dabble with the sweet stuff!

I’m not a huge dessert person (I find that the more sweets I eat, the more sweets I want…and since I can’t say no, I usually end up with quite the tummy ache) so I figured this pumpkin hot chocolate would be perfect for me…

Plus, it has pumpkin in it…how could you go wrong there?

Well, the answer is…you can’t!

Unbelievable! Pumpkin spicy and perfectly chocolately!

I swear you guys, it was just like a decadent dessert…only in liquid form. Mmm!

So back to perking up your Monday…

How would you like to receive your very own copy of Christy’s wonderful cookbook chocked full of tasty vegan dishes full of flavor in the mail?

Just call it an early Christy Christmas present! ;)

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, December 15 @ 11:59pm CST and is open to residents of the US and Canada.

Here are the ways to enter:

MANDATORY:
1. Tell me your favorite vegan or vegetarian meal (feel free to drop a link)

EXTRA ENTRIES:
2. Like Kiss My Broccoli on Facebook

3. Like The Blissful Chef on Facebook

4. Follow The Blissful Chef on Twitter

5. Follow Kiss My Broccoli on Twitter AND tweet the following:
“Christmas is coming early! Check out Kiss My Broccoli’s giveaway for one of the newest vegan cookbooks to hit the shelves! http://goo.gl/wupOb”

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115 Responses to Blissful Bites Cookbook Review & Giveaway

  1. Robyn :) says:

    My favorite vegetarian meal is a portobello mushroom sandwich (or burger, but it uses a portobello mushroom instead of meat).

    • Tiffany says:

      This probably sounds lame (my husband and I are recently transitioning into a vegan lifestyle so a lot of this is new to me, which is why I would love this cookbook!) but my favorite thing these days is just a veggie sandwich piled with hot peppers. I haven’t gotten too elaborate in the kitchen yet but I will get more comfortable with it as we complete the transition and experiment more with cooking!

  2. Oh my gosh that sounds like the perfect dessert. The pumpkin probably makes it a little less sweet and sugary, which is great for avoiding that sugar coma and the continuous desire to eat more sweets.

  3. Gina Topley says:

    I love vegetarian pumpkin chili, especially during the holidays!

  4. dana says:

    I love my mom’s vegan split pea soup. so warming and filling and delicious with homemade bread!

  5. My current favorite vegan meal is my vegan broccoli/carrot cheeze soup… I’m out but definitely want to make it again soon! http://www.purplebirdblog.com/2011/12/06/vegan-broccoli-carrot-cheeze-soup/

  6. Following you on Twitter already and tweeted (omitted the word “early” though as it was a bit too long! ;) )

  7. Emily says:

    My favorite vegetarian meal? Well, being a vegetarian, I have SO many to choose from, but I really love a good cornbread and chili, especially now that it’s so cold outside. :)

  8. Emily says:

    Ahh so many to choose from! I suppose ’tis the season for soup. My favorite is Vegan Cheezy Broccoli!

  9. my favorite vegan meal is mama pea’s black bean burgers! i love them and make them all the time! :)

  10. i like kiss my broccoli on facebook!

  11. Rebecca says:

    My favorite vegan meal has to be chili or thai peanut noodles!

  12. Rebecca says:

    I just “liked” Kiss My Broccoli on facebook!

  13. Rebecca says:

    I “liked” The Blissful Chef on facebook!

  14. Rebecca says:

    I’m following The Blissful Chef on twitter!

  15. Rebecca says:

    I just followed you on twitter & i tweeted about this giveaway! @rebeccaablock

  16. Kate says:

    definitely black bean & sweet potato burgers!!

  17. Kate says:

    like u on facebook

  18. I love a good tofu stir fry with sunflower seed butter sauce!

  19. I follow the Blissful Chef on twitter now!

  20. Celina says:

    I love ohsheglows pumpkin cheese sauce over veggies!

  21. katie says:

    i love butternut squash pasta!!

  22. my samosa stuffed potatoes are my fav vegan dish… but then i slather them in tzatziki so thats cheating. hmm… fried rice! =)

  23. katie says:

    follow them on twitter!

  24. Alison says:

    My answer is so boring but I love eating a large veggie salad. I love seeing all the colors. I also like to add lots of fruit and nuts to the salad :) Thank you for the chance to win.

  25. Lindsay says:

    I don’t know if I could pick one favorite vegan meal, but have you heard of Terry Walters (http://terrywalters.net/)? I have her Clean Start cookbook, and my most memorable vegan meal was her polenta pizza with kale and maitake topping. It was more work than I usually put into my meals (hello, college kid), but so fun to show my family how creative vegan cooking can be! I would LOVE the chance to try some of theses recipes as well — thanks for the chance!

  26. Veggie chili is one of my favorite veg meals for sure!!! This cookbook sounds delightful, love the pumpkin hot chocolate!

  27. Lorraine says:

    My favorite these days is a vegan French onion soup.
    4 large onions
    12 cups of veg stock (I often freeze)
    soy sauce (or tamari)
    ground mustard seeds (or powder)
    salt + gound pepper
    thyme
    and a few pieces of hard/stale bread or toast for the bottom

    and voila!

  28. Cheryl Oney says:

    My favorite vegetarian meal so far has been the Beans and Greens in Complete Idiots Guide to Plant Based Nutrition. I am a new vegetarian, and looking for good easy meals all the time!!! This cookbook sounds great!!!

  29. Cindy Rackow says:

    LOVE portabella mushroom burgers..about to tweet and and like this website ( :
    I can never get my fill of healthy new vegan recipes..I am addicted to blogs and cookbooks! Thanks for the chance to win Christy’s book as I REALLY want it!

  30. Terri says:

    Vegan chili & cheese nachos with lots of pickled jalapenos

  31. Terri says:

    Like Blissful Chef on facebook

  32. Gina says:

    So many favourites to choose from, but lately I keep making Black Bean Pumpkin Burritos and Vegan Lasagna. And my omni friends love them, too!

  33. i made a version of these tempeh tacos that were amazing. i LOVE tempeh (have you made tempeh bacon? because you should) so tacos. tempeh? yes please.

    here is the link to the recipe i based mine off of. the awesome thing about taco’s is you can kind of put whatever you feel like in them!

    http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/02/tempeh-taco-night-with-pickled-radish.html

  34. Terri says:

    Like Kiss My Broccoli on facebook

  35. already like you on facebook. duh <3

  36. Rachel says:

    My favorite vegetarian meal is a black beam burger recipe I found on allrecipes, it is delicious!!

  37. i now like blissful chef on facebook!

  38. andd i follow them on twitter now.

    great giveaway doll <333

  39. i already follow you on twitter. and i tweeted!

  40. Rachel says:

    I liked the blissful chef on facebook

  41. Erin Skuce says:

    My favorite meal is vegan “meatloaf” with mashed potatoes!

  42. Andreea says:

    I love vegan pad thai. It’s one of the best things to make for a student like me, especially during exam time!! I’ve seen this cookbook reviewed on a few other sites with nothing but positive things said about it, and I hope I can use it for the Holidays!! :)

  43. Donna says:

    African sweet potato and peanut butter soup from the glutenfreegoddess. this is soooooooo yummy!

  44. Awesome!! I love anything with quinoa, veggies, and sweet potatoes!

  45. Lori says:

    My favorite soup is Black Bean Soup with Kale and Rice from the “Vegan on the Cheap” cookbook by Robin Robertson. It is made in a crockpot so super easy and yummy!

  46. Stephanie says:

    My fav vegan meal is Isa Chandra’s Chickpeas Romesco (from veganomicon) served with green quinoa – yum!

  47. Um, that pumpkin hot chocolate looks amazingly thick and amazing. I follow you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

  48. Following blissful chef on twitter!

  49. I think I already like you on facebook. :D

  50. My favorite vegan/vegetarian meal is Chelsey’s “Creamy” Rotini. I’ve made it 3 times so far and I even made it for my Grandma when she came down. She loved it! I used skim milk instead of almond and parmesan instead of nutritional yeast but it is still soso good! Here’s the link: http://cleaneatingchelsey.com/2011/03/30/creamy-rotini/

  51. I follow blissful chef on twitter

  52. This one is my favorite vegan dish Incredibly, Hubby loves it too! http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/01/ultimate-vegan-lentil-walnut-loaf/ Angela is freaking awesome.

  53. I liked blissful chef’s FB

  54. I already follow you on twitter + tweeted

  55. Carolyn says:

    My favorite vegan meal is a new one….vegetable pot pie! Never having found a recipe that was tasty or satisfying, I set out creating my own. A little of this, a bit of that, plus lots of colorful veggies. I will say that nutritional yeast seems to be the secret to all things vegan! Now I don’t know how to top myself! Ha!

    I don’t have a twitter account, so I can’t follow anyone on there; I prefer facebook.

    Happy Holidays!

  56. Heather says:

    My favorite vegan meal is one I made up – black bean quinoa and yams in a brown rice wrap, baked and served with Daiya and guac! YUMMMMM

  57. Renee says:

    One favorite vegan meal is a veggie and hummus wrap. So simple and tasty.

  58. Renee says:

    I “liked” you!

  59. My favorite vegan meal is butternut squash mac and cheeze from Oh She Glows!

  60. Mmm, everything looks awesome. I seriously could never choose just one. Although right now I’m loving chili. Even made vegan it’s always perfect :D

  61. I love how her recipe book is broken up into Seasons! What a great concept! Living in the Northeast, I definitely eat/crave different foods based on the weather. My current favorite dish is Sweet Potato Enchiladas (http://allamericanvegetarian.blogspot.com/2011/10/sweet-potato-enchiladas.html). Surprisingly delicious combination of ingredients. I already “Like” you on FB and now I like The Blissful Chef. Thank you for this giveaway!

  62. Dorothy says:

    My favourite vegan dish at the moment – white bean and black bean soup from Vegetarian Magic by John Nowakowski. You make each soup seperately then put some of each soup on each side of a wide bowl and it is visually very nice and it is very tasty and healthy.

  63. Kim says:

    my favorite vegan thing to have right now is the whole foods vegan curry chicken salad, i put it in wraps or make sandwiches with jalapeno, daiya, tomato, and sprouts. sooo yummy!

  64. Love veggie hash(es?) and chili! Oh,and a well made veg burger!

  65. Nicole G says:

    I’m a plain and boring eater BUT I really just like plain baked tofu, trader joe’s original hummus, spinach, and tomato on arnold’s healthy multigrain bread –I’m pretty sure it isn’t considered vegan because I don’t think the bread is, but it is vegetarian =)

  66. Lauren says:

    That hot chocolate looks AMAZING! I’m pretty in love with OSG’s falafel burgers! Best veg burger ever!

  67. Lauren says:

    My favorite veggie meal is probably a stir fry with soy sauce and brown rice. Mmm!

  68. Lauren says:

    Follow The Blissful Chef on Twitter!

  69. Carly Clark says:

    I really enjoy a big ole’ veggie burger salad with tons of veg, nooch and honey mustard.

  70. Sharon says:

    My favorite vegan meal would be soup! Split pea soup is delightful. Or even vegetarian chili! :o)

  71. Jessica says:

    http://www.fannetasticfood.com/recipes/cheesy-vegan-mushroom-quinoa/

    I usually sub in broccoli or asparagus for bok choy and use spinach instead of kale!

  72. Jessica says:

    i like KMB on facebook!

  73. I tweeted your tweet. Although I had to take out the first sentence. Said it was -3 too long. ;) Its gonna be mine anyway!

  74. OatmealBowl is now following The Blissful Chef on FB.

    I am already following you on FB and Twitter.

  75. Here is from my old blog, Burt Wolf’s Black Bean Patties and Southwest Pinto Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise . The first being my favorite. The second still needing work in sqooshing but very tasty. BTW, those vegan burgers up there look Ah-mah-zing! ;)

  76. I’d have to say my favorite vegetarian meal is and omelet with mushrooms, spinach & green onions. Just made it the other day, and fell in love!

  77. My favourite vegetarian recipe at the moment is my lentil taco meat tacos – I love Mexican food! (Link here: http://theguiltlesslife.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/its-taco-time/)

  78. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted a link to the giveaway!

  79. I followed The Blissful Chef on Twitter!

  80. I liked you on Facebook (as The Guiltless Life)

  81. I Like The Blissful Chef on Facebook (as The Guiltless Life)!

  82. I Liked your page on Facebook (as The Guiltless Life)

  83. I like Blissful Chef on Facebook!

  84. I follow her on twitter now, too. :)

  85. Mb says:

    veggie quesadillas!

  86. Jodie says:

    I “like” you!

  87. Jodie says:

    butternut squash soup!!!

  88. Jodie says:

    I “like” The Blissful Chef.

  89. Lauren says:

    I love vegan mac n cheese!

  90. Lauren says:

    I like Kiss My Broccoli on facebook!

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  92. Caroline Lunger says:

    i lOVE huge salads with tons of veggies!! plus sea veggies on it too :)

  93. Caroline Lunger says:

    i like you on fb

  94. Caroline Lunger says:

    i liked blissflchef on fb

  95. Caroline Lunger says:

    i am following you on twitter

  96. Caroline Lunger says:

    i am following the blissful chef on twitter

  97. lizzie says:

    fav vegan meal is vegan chiliiiiii! yumyumyumm

  98. Karina says:

    i’m so glad i found this hot coco recipe to keep we warm the rest of winter! it was so creamy and comforting!

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