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Giveaway: Mastering The Art of Vegan Cooking

Giveaway: Mastering The Art of Vegan Cooking

I know you all know of Annie and Dan Shannon of Meet The Shannons fame, and if you’re like me you enjoy both their delicious recipes and their nerdy wit.  And you probably already know that their second cookbook has hit the streets: Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Tips to Save You Money and Stock Your Pantry

What you may not have known, however, is that right here, right now, you have the chance to win a copy of your very own! The publisher has also allowed me to share an amazing recipe from the book, Rosemary Chicklins and Dumplins Stew! You can scroll all the way to the bottom to print it off. 

Giveaway: Mastering The Art of Vegan Cooking

I’ll admit it, I love me some dumplins. So much in fact, that I’d be happy just eating them in a bowl of broth, no vegan chicken or veggies required. Should I be ashamed of this? I don’t think so…

This is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve gotten in a long time. It’s hardcover, which is something of a rarity, and the photos are utter perfection. I love the fact that each recipe has a per-serving cost breakdown, and I really appreciate their particular sense of humor that’s sprinkled throughout the book. I wish I had found more time to try out recipes before this giveaway, but this is a book I’ll be cooking from for a long time to come. 

Here are the two I did get to try (both of which you’ve seen if you follow me on insta!):

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce 

Giveaway: Mastering The Art of Vegan Cooking

I really liked this flavor of this sauce, although I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as an Alfredo. To me it was more like a Creamy Artichoke Sauce, or something like that. It was very reminiscent of the lemony, artichokey pasta dishes I’ve always enjoyed (like this one). I paired it with whole wheat penne because that was what I had on hand, and sweet peas because, well, sweet peas. 

Tex Mex Quinoa Casserole

Giveaway: Mastering The Art of Vegan Cooking

Well, technically this is Deconstructed Tex Mex Quinoa Casserole because I was making it for lunches during the week, so I didn’t want the chips to get soggy! It was fan-freakin’-tastic! Full of protein and fiber, tons of veggies, and really easy to make. And most importantly, delicious. A really healthy way to get those Mexican flavors without resorting to a lot of oil and fat. 

And that’s just the tip of the vegan iceberg- this book is FULL of wonderful recipes, you’re really gonna want to enter this giveaway! And speaking of which… 


The Giveaway


One lucky reader will win a copy of Mastering The Art of Vegan Cooking by Annie and Dan Shannon! To enter, leave a comment below: What’s the best dish you’ve ever “veganized”? You can also score extra points with Twitter. Contest ends June 23rd at midnight (mountain time). One winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day. Be sure and log your comment into the Rafflecopter to make it count! Open to residents of the US and Canada only. Good luck!

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Rosemary Chicklins and Dumplins Stew
Chicken and dumplings is a famous Southern dish. Maybe it’s because it’s so fun to say “dumplins” like a Sugarbaker in shoulder pads on Designing Women. But before the Great Depression, this dish was actually made famous by French-Canadian trappers, who were thought to have created this rustic version of coq au vin in the heart of the Great White North. During the Great Depression, it became all the rage in the United States because it was the perfect way to use leftovers from other meals. These days, it’s just beloved for being gosh darn delicious.
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Chicklins Stew
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 cup vegan chicken, defrosted and diced (we recommend Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips or Gardein Chick’n Scallopini)
  3. ½ cup whole wheat flour
  4. 5 cups vegan chicken broth or vegetable broth
  5. 1 cup nutritional yeast
  6. 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  7. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  8. 1½ teaspoons rubbed sage
  9. 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  10. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  11. 1 clove garlic, minced
  12. ¼ teaspoon crushed black peppercorn, plus more to sprinkle over the top
  13. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  14. ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  15. 2 bay leaves
  16. 2 carrots, chopped
  17. 3 stalks celery, chopped
  18. ½ cup frozen peas
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  4. 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
  5. 3/4 cup soy milk
  6. 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  1. Make the chicklins stew: In your favorite Dutch oven or stew pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Toss in the vegan chicken and cook until it is browned and has crispy edges. Transfer it to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up any extra oil, leaving the oil in the pan.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, stir the flour into the hot oil left in the pan. Add the vegan chicken broth and whisk in the nutritional yeast. Using a large wooden spoon, stir in the soy sauce, thyme, sage, rosemary, onion powder, garlic, peppercorns, parsley, celery seed, bay leaves, carrots, celery, and peas.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the dumplins: In a large bowl, combine all the dumplins ingredients and use an electric handheld mixer to mix the ingredients until they form a firm batter.
  5. If you like a large dumpling, roll a portion of the dough into a ball about the size of your palm—but if you want to get more servings out of one recipe, use a soup spoon to form smaller dumplings instead.
  6. Raise the heat under the pot of stew to bring it to a boil. Drop the raw dumplings into the hot stew one at a time and stir them in with a wooden spoon. Make sure the dumplings get completely covered so they cook evenly. Let the dumplings simmer in the stew for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Single out the largest dumpling for sacrifice, remove it from the stew, and break it open. If it’s firm on the inside, you’re ready to eat! Mix in the cooked vegan chicken before serving with a few pinches of pepper over the top.
  2. Excerpted from the book MASTERING THE ART OF VEGAN COOKING by Annie and Dan Shannon. © 2015 by Annie and Dan Shannon. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Life and Style. All rights reserved.
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  • Cadry June 15, 2015, 7:58 am

    This book looks terrific! My favorite dish that I’ve ever veganized? Puffy tacos.

  • Elisabeth June 15, 2015, 8:11 am

    Can’t wait to get a copy! I can’t say I have a favorite dish I’ve veganized because there have been so many over the years, but Green Bean Casserole has to be up there!

  • Stacy June 15, 2015, 8:16 am

    My boyfriend and I are currently obsessed with basil & tofu ricotta stuffed pasta shells. It is so good!

  • Maeve June 15, 2015, 8:18 am

    The best dish I’ve veganized is queso… the cashew queso version was so good I’ve had omnis ask for the recipe!

  • Debra Maslov June 15, 2015, 8:55 am

    Such a beautiful looking book! Hands down…..veganized tacos are my favorite!

  • Erin June 15, 2015, 10:04 am

    I love making vegan lasagna with tofu

  • Jacky June 15, 2015, 10:29 am

    Can’t say I’m the first person to think of this, but Reubens!

  • Adriane June 15, 2015, 10:35 am

    The best dish I’ve ever veganized is Shepherds Pie!

  • KathyD June 15, 2015, 11:58 am

    Lemon pie is the best recipe that I’ve veganized.

  • Aimee B. June 15, 2015, 1:14 pm

    That’s a real tough one to answer, but I LOVE pancakes, so I’ll go with that. 🙂

  • shelley June 15, 2015, 2:57 pm

    The best dish I’ve ever veganized has to be a pasta bake! I used GF pasta, ground tempeh “sausage”, a cashew cheeze sauce, roasted cauliflower and marinara sauce. It was absolutely delicious!

  • Terri Cole June 15, 2015, 5:08 pm

    I made a vegan version of my Grandma’s German potato salad recipe that was delicious!

  • Stephanie June 15, 2015, 5:46 pm

    I think that the best dishes I ever Veganized were vegan chicken pot pie, vegan enchiladas and vegan pizza. 🙂 They weren’t the healthiest, but they were the tastiest.

  • Michelle June 15, 2015, 6:18 pm

    I think the best dish that I veganized was my pesto pasta recipe. It is loaded with veggies and pesto sauce.

  • Raia June 15, 2015, 10:30 pm

    My favourite dish I’ve veganized is lasagna with a cashew cheese sauce. I make it for everyone and all my meat eating friends request it!

  • Jennifer June 16, 2015, 6:26 am

    My calzones. It was always my specialty so when I made my first vegan version I was so excited and I loved it. When it comes to fall I will definitely make them again for the family!

  • Sarah June 16, 2015, 7:08 am

    Probably brownies! Getting really fudgy ones without egg yolks isn’t straightforward.

  • Bianca June 16, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Super excited about this book!!! I got an early b&w galley copy, but I haven’t seen the full-color finished product! I bet it’s BEAUTIFUL!!

  • Molly June 16, 2015, 5:59 pm

    I think the best thing I’ve ever veganized is chive cream cheese. Its a go-to!

  • Kait St. June 17, 2015, 6:21 am

    Chilli! A hearty vegan chilli, spicy and savory, can suit anyone! It took a while, but I make it every Halloween as a tradition now.

  • Carole June 17, 2015, 7:28 am

    The dish I veganize most often is homemade pizza!

  • Nicollette D June 17, 2015, 7:03 pm

    I love the Shannons’ website so I can’t wait for this book!
    The best recipe I ever veganized was probably the cookie recipe on the back of a bag of chocolate chips, but hey, my friends loved them.

  • Sharron C June 17, 2015, 7:49 pm

    I am closing in on being a vegan 4 weeks now… Starting to feel better and losing weight without much effort. Constantly searching for new recipes. Excited to view this book.

  • Will June 18, 2015, 6:59 am


  • D Johnson June 18, 2015, 12:34 pm

    Hamburgers. I love my black bean burgers!

  • Kyra Brower June 19, 2015, 7:13 am

    I’m excited about this book because it looks so creative and detailed! The best recipe I’ve veganized to date has been banana cream pie. Since I’m pretty new to being vegan, I’ve practiced with a lot of baking but want more experience in vegan cooking!

  • Shannon June 19, 2015, 12:22 pm

    My favorite veganized dish is strawberry banana split cake!

  • Brendon June 21, 2015, 9:47 am


  • Gita June 21, 2015, 11:48 am

    Hubby and I make this stand-by cooperative Thai-flavoured stir-fry where he chops veggies and then I cook. The day I replaced half-and-half with coconut milk was the day we discovered a new world! 🙂

  • valerie sobus June 21, 2015, 10:28 pm

    Well, excluding vegan desserts (because trust me that list is WAY too long :p) my favorite vegan dish is actually a sauce rather than a dish. Veganized alfredo sauce made from cauliflower! I love it with pasta. with veggies. with lots of things (and so does my hubby which is a big win). I think my favorite way to use the sauce is with lemon and asparagus. yum!

  • Jen June 23, 2015, 2:00 pm

    I’m a big baker – so my biggest accomplishment is that I have veganized all of my mother’s classic x-mas cookie recipes and no one in my family can tell the difference!

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