I must first apologize for my lateness in announcing the winner of my recent 30-Day Vegan Challenge giveaway. I should have posted on Friday but I seem to have got caught up in holiday parties, entertaining and gift-making. All excuses aside, I hope the winner enjoys her subscription to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau‘s fabulous new online program.
The winner is Shani! Congratulations. Please email me at nicole [at] adashofcompassion.com so I can get you set up.
While I’m here, I thought I’d share a quick and easy recipe that is great for holiday parties and gifts. These were included in October’s Treat of the Month Club. I hope you enjoy them as much as our club members did!
While the holidays are a fabulous time to be grateful and merry, they also stir up a lot of emotions, memories and even fears. Starting around mid-November, we engage in a flurry of parties, extra demands and financial stretching.
If you’re like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Planning for parties, big meals and gift-giving weeks in advance can feel overwhelming. But a few weeks ago I felt a sense of excitement and relief when I received a copy of the new book Vegan Food Gifts. Food gifts at the holiday are a time-honoured tradition, and while I’ve always loved creating my own, sometimes I come up short on unique ideas. Now I had a whole book of ideas!
With Vegan Food Gifts by Joni Marie Newman and Celine Steen, I’ll be able to impress family, friends, neighbours or just about anybody else with homemade gifts that I can feel good about and others will love. From mouthwatering vegan baking mixes I can create, package, and label myself, to DIY gift baskets, preserves, liquors and more, this one-stop guide offers that perfect something for everyone, no matter what their views or inclinations.
You might be curious about the concept of veganism but something is stopping you from exploring it further. Maybe you have a pet and wonder if there’s a difference between him or her and the pig that turned into the bacon on your breakfast plate. Maybe you saw an eye-opening video about society’s treatment of animals. Or maybe you have been reading about the environmental impact of industrial animal agriculture or the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Whatever the reasons might be, the fact that you’re thinking about it is the first step. But what next?
Have you ever heard of the theory that it takes only 30 days to change a habit? Because that’s what it really comes down to—changing old habits and becoming conscious of where your food comes from. This is where the 30-Day Vegan Challenge comes in. Created by my favourite activist and educator, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, the 30-day challenge is a complete multimedia online program that gives you everything you need to support you on your journey towards optimal wellness and unconditional compassion.
The idea of being vegan might seem overwhelming and difficult, but if you’re even the slightest bit curious about the benefits of a plant-based diet, this is the program for you. Check out Colleen’s 2-minute video below for an introduction to how she can help.
Our second-last month of the vegan Treat of the Month Club has come and gone.
We still can’t believe that we’ve been packing up surprise selections of different treats for the past nine months. We’ve met so many lovely people and spent many a Sunday waiting to watch their delight when they finally get to see what they’ll be taking home.
If you haven’t had a chance to join us yet, our final treat club pick up will be on December 16/17th—so that it won’t interfere too much with holiday plans. Sign up below by November 30th!
This month, Lisa and I served up:
- Nut clusters (with a vegan orange blossom honey), dipped in chocolate, topped with flaked sea salt
- Mint Nanaimo bars (recipe here)
- Superfood truffles (a test recipe for Fran Costigan‘s upcoming book)
- Spicy, chai truffles (a test recipe for Fran)
- Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies (another test for Fran)
- Hazelnut truffles (from Matthew Kenney’s Raw Chocolate book)
It was another decadent array but everyone seemed quite pleased as they picked out their sweets.
Last week I brought home my last haul of produce from my CSA, a community-supported agriculture program I very much enjoyed since May. I had visions of making something super tasty to end the season off right. Soups and stews are what I’m craving lately so what resulted was this delicious Moroccan-inspired meal.
Now, don’t be fooled by appearances. This stew may have a somewhat long list of ingredients but it is a whole lotta delicious. Sometimes combining a handful of seasonal elements together in a simple way allows each ingredient to shine without a lot of fuss—that is what I love about one-pot meals. This recipe is easy, uncomplicated and just the kind of food I eat every day.
The textures and flavours of this dish are quite varied and yet work together really well. The eggplant, with its slightly bitter taste and meaty texture, balances the surrounding flavours of the other, more pronounced ingredients like the sweet butternut squash and the vibrant tomatoes. Then you get a decisive smack from the fresh ginger that breaks through the familiar only to end in a sweet suggestion of Moroccan spices.