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YumUniverse: Cookbook Review & Giveaway, PLUS Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque

Happy Friday, I hope you’re ready for another giveaway! A copy of the new YumUniverse Cookbook (print or e-book, it’s up to you), and the YumUniverse Holiday Survival Guide (e-book). I’m also sharing the recipe for this delicious Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque!

YumUniverse: Cookbook Review & Giveaway, PLUS Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque


Okay, so you’re all probably already familiar with YumUniverse the blog, but now there’s a book, too! And the thing this, YumUniverse: Infinite possibilities for a gluten-free, plant-powerful, whole-food lifestyle is more than just a cookbook.  Heather Crosby provides tons of background information on food science, nutritionism, and even a whole section of fruits and veggie storage! Basically, this book could be the perfect go-to for a new vegan. Perhaps there’s someone on your Christmas list who would appreciate a copy…?

There are tons of recipes too. I made the Creamy Broccoli and Red Pepper Macaroni (p. 236) and loved it:

YumUniverse: Cookbook Review & Giveaway, PLUS Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque

It has a creamy cashew-based sauce and tons of fresh veggies. Plus it’s a pasta, which is perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having here. The funny thing is that back when I reviewed The China Study All Star Cookbook, one of the recipes I chose to try was… Creamy Broccoli and Red Pepper Macaroni! I didn’t realize it was the same one until I had already started making it, so I grabbed a copy of TCSAS cookbook off the shelf and there it was, contributed by Heather Crosby. Clearly that recipe speaks to me, haha. 

For breakfast one morning (before work, which tells you how quick and easy this was) I made the Strawberry-Banana Crunch Snack Wraps (p. 260), which Heather describes as a healthier version of a PB&J:

YumUniverse: Cookbook Review & Giveaway, PLUS Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque

What you’re seeing there are leaves of Boston bibb lettuce stacked with fresh strawberries, seeds and nuts. I had to improvise a little (chia seeds instead of hemp, and I skipped the sliced almonds) but ohmygoodness were these delicious! So light and fresh and I felt really good after eating them, satisfied but not weighed down. A very healthy breakfast or snack!

Now what? Well, enter the contest below, print out the recipe for the delicious Bisque (also below) and then click here to check out the rest of the #YUHealthyHolidays Blog Tour!


As promised, the recipe for the Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque is below, but first, here’s the super awesome giveaway! 

 The Giveaway

One lucky reader, to be chosen by random, is going to win the new YumUniverse Cookbook (print or e-book, it’s up to you), and the YumUniverse Holiday Survival Guide (e-book).

The contest is open until Midnight (Mountain time), Friday 11/28. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day. To Enter: All you gotta do is leave a comment below telling us about your cookbook collection then log it into the rafflecopter widget. How many do you have? Are they mostly print or ebook? Or have you gone completely paper-free and only use Pinterest? Tell us!

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*I was provided free product to review but the opinions are 100% mine! 

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Bisque
Serves 2
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  1. 2 red bell peppers, seeds and ribs removed, quartered
  2. 2 large tomatoes, quartered
  3. ½ cup onion, quartered
  4. 1–1 ½ teaspoons sea salt or more to taste
  5. Pinch of black pepper, plus more to taste
  6. 2 teaspoons rosemary leaves, chopped
  7. 4 cloves garlic, sliced in half
  8. 1 ¼ cups veggie stock
  9. 1⁄3 cup cashews, soaked
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and grease a large baking dish with oil, or line with parchment paper. Place red bell peppers and tomatoes face down in baking dish with onion, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, and roast for 25 minutes.
  2. Remove baking dish and add rosemary and garlic and roast another 7 minutes.
  3. Transfer all ingredients to the blender and purée until smooth. Season with salt and additional pepper to taste. Serve warm, so heat up on the range if you need to.
  1. psst! This also makes a nice cold soup.
  2. Serve with Cashew Sauce (in the book) and Basil & Pepper Pine Nut Crisps (in the book) to take it all to the next level of tastiness
  3. Add cooked quinoa, buckwheat, lentils, brown or Forbidden rice for more texture..
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  • Stacy November 21, 2014, 8:46 am

    I am a bit obsessed with vegan cookbooks and have about 30! I love to just sit and look at all of the yummy looking photos!

  • Kristina November 21, 2014, 8:48 am

    I’m cooking more and more from blogs and internet cooking sites these days, but I still love flipping through cookbooks. I check out interesting-looking ones from the library to decide if I want to purchase them. I’ve only been plant-based for a couple of years, so I just recently passed the point where I have more vegan cookbooks than non-vegan ones.

  • Meredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent November 21, 2014, 8:56 am

    Oh my goodness, the bisque looks amaaaaazing! I’m not a big soup fan but I could definitely eat several bowls of that stuff. Yum!

  • Abby November 21, 2014, 9:19 am

    I don’t actually have many cookbooks. Most recipes I get from blogs on the Internet. But I just got Thug Kitchen’s new book last month and love it.

  • BenBella Vegan November 21, 2014, 9:29 am

    Great post, Barb! Thanks for sharing “YumUniverse.”

  • Michelle November 21, 2014, 9:30 am

    I have a HUGE Cookbook collection! I had a book case made just to store them all. I love holding a cookbook and browsing through it. I don’t like cookbooks in e-book form

  • Simona November 21, 2014, 10:03 am

    I think i have about 20 vegan cookbooks sofar but hope to keep my collection growing! I love cookbooks, love the photos and love having it in my hands (paper all the way!). My goal is to make a recipe from my cookbooks at least once a week, to make sure I do try new things and get the most out of them 🙂

  • Ron Williams November 21, 2014, 10:12 am

    I have a huge cook book collection ranging from older ones passed down by family to one’s I’ve acquired during my travels abroad. I find the best way to learn a new culture is to eat what they eat. I have 2 vegan cookbooks but I’m always looking for more.

  • Terri Cole November 21, 2014, 11:17 am

    I am more than a little obsessed with books in general, and cookbooks in particular! I probably have 25-30 vegan & vegetarian cookbooks and twice that number in cookbooks that I acquired before going veg. I also have amassed quite the Pinterest recipe collection! My current fave is “Isa Does It”. Thanks for the chance to add a new book to my collection!

  • Antoinette November 21, 2014, 11:30 am

    Sadly I have 0 vegan cookbooks but I made my own by printing a lot of recipes and putting them in a binder in protective sheets.

  • Aimee B. November 21, 2014, 12:00 pm

    I absolutely LOVE cookbooks! I especially love vegan holiday ones. My latest is, Happy Herbivore Holiday Gatherings. It still have quite a few non-vegan cookbooks as well. I use them for inspiration and just veganize my favorite recipes from them.

  • Melissa K. November 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I have 1 1/2 6 foot tall bookcases FULL of cookbooks! Most are vegetarian, but the vegan cookbooks are beginning to catch up, as my diet changes. This one looks like a real winner!

  • Becca f November 21, 2014, 3:02 pm

    I collect vegan cookbooks. I have no idea how many I have since they are all over my house… I’d say I have probably 3/4 dozen

  • Sara November 21, 2014, 5:16 pm

    I try to make myself actually cook all the yummy stuff I find on Pinterest, but I’m mostly a cookbook traditionalist. I love to get new ones, I read them like novels.

  • Raia November 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

    Sounds delicious and simple, my favourite kind of recipe!

  • Hanna November 21, 2014, 8:09 pm

    I have probably 20 vegan cookbooks, plus 6 or 7 Pinterest boards full of recipes! I cook every night and am always looking for new recipes!

  • Egle S November 22, 2014, 5:22 am

    Mine’s growing continuously mostly through scrounging the charity shops! I love the feel and smell of the book, ebooks can never achieve that..

  • Maureen November 22, 2014, 6:42 am

    I’m fairly new to plant-based eating–15 months and never felt better inmjy entire life–ad have a collection of 10 cookbooks, most recently purchased “Thug Kitchen.” I am learning new techniques and experimenting fueled by blogs like your own! And surprise! Had never heard of Yum Universe until the morning. Keep those recipes coming! Thank you!!

  • Nicollette D November 22, 2014, 12:21 pm

    Mine’s paltry: 2 books. But there are so many amazing blogs out there to supplement my collection!

  • Shannon November 22, 2014, 2:50 pm

    I probably use about 75% Pinterest, 25% cookbooks at this point. Although sometimes it’s the reverse. I have about 10-12 vegan cookbooks…love them all.

  • Natalie November 22, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Most of my cookbooks are on my Kindle,the others are paperback. I have about 50 or more cookbooks.

  • Jennifer November 23, 2014, 8:13 am

    This cookbook looks awesome, and you joke about getting it as a Christmas gift, but reading the description I thought “My Mom might like this book…” XD

  • Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview November 23, 2014, 5:04 pm

    All my cookbooks are vegetarian/vegan, except for two. I have about 15, and have a hard time not buying every new book that comes out! I also have specific vegan boards on Pinterest that I am always adding to.

  • Michelle November 23, 2014, 7:06 pm

    I have so many cookbooks and I am always looking for new ones!

  • Sherry Wilson November 24, 2014, 6:08 am

    I currently have around 500 cookbooks and have given away hundreds throughout the years. My oldest is a 1915 Knox Gelatin cookbook. Very interesting to see how homemaking and cooking have evolved.

  • Saniel November 24, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Just got Vegan for Her and Happy Cow Veggie Restaurant guide cookbook. Would like to add to collection.Thanks

  • Tina November 27, 2014, 2:51 pm

    Love my Colleen Patrick-Goudreau books and Cupcakes Take Over the World. YumUniverse looks great too!

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