Minted Green Pea Bisque, Eggplant & Cucumber Salad and Cookbook + Yonanas Giveaway!

UPDATE: Contest now closed! Thanks so much, everyone!


Hey lovely, loyal, and amazing readers!

Today is a very special day for me. I am happy to announce that my book Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats is available now on Amazon. No more pre-sale; this is the real deal, guys.

So, first! Huzzah!!! I’m so excited to launch this book off, and even more excited for all of the support I’ve been getting lately: the emails, the tweets, the posts on facebook. I am incredibly grateful for it all. Thank you. So so so much.

I’m really pumped about it finally being available, and hope a few people find it helpful in expanding their idea of vegan and gluten-free cuisine. It includes a really great comprehensive set of recipes, with accompanying full page photos to each recipe. Chapters include: Basics, Main Courses, Sides & Appetizers, Soups & Salads, and Desserts & Beverages. There’s even nutritional info, plus a section up front laying down the basics of a gluten-free vegan diet.

the cover

and a peek inside (pardon the glare; the book has a really nice matte finish)

Second, I’m giving away 5 signed copies of GGFVE right here on this blog. Plus! one of the 5 lucky winners will also receive a Yonanas Ice Cream Treat Maker. Never heard of Yonanas? I first heard about it from Samantha who did a guest post about it on The Blissful Chef’s blog. And, I thought it looked like a fun gadget for gifting. Check it out.

I’m going to open it up to everyone who leaves a comment below, and then I’ll choose 5 winners next Friday. Be sure to leave a valid email address so I can get in touch if you win. The first lucky person chosen will win 2 prizes: a signed copy of my book, plus the Yonanas.

Third, I’m sharing two recipes from GGFVE:

The first one is not only one of my favorites, but a fave of many of my amazing cookbook testers as well. I decided to go with a soup, given the popularity of the soups listed on my blog; they all get so many hits! More than the desserts even. So, I figure you guys must like soup. A lot. Plus, this recipe has only a handful of ingredients and is pretty good for you; so eat up!

Minted Green Pea Bisque

  • 1 small sweet onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 3 cups (450 g) frozen or fresh green peas
  • 2 tablespoons (12 g) minced fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup (235 ml) nondairy milk, plus more if needed
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Yield: 2 servings
In a small frying pan over medium-high heat, sauté the onion and garlic in the water until translucent. Season with 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the onions are caramelized, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Bring a medium-size pot of water to a boil, and then add the peas and cook until tender, about 5 minutes if frozen or 2 to 3 minutes if fresh. Drain well and then rinse under cold water until the peas are cool to the touch.
Transfer the peas to a blender and add the sautéed onions and garlic, mint leaves, nondairy milk, and remaining 3⁄4 teaspoon salt. Blend for 5 minutes or until super smooth. Add more nondairy milk if the soup seems too thick for your taste.
Warm gently over medium heat, sprinkle with fresh cracked black pepper, and serve.


The second recipe has been a favorite comfort dish of mine for a while now. I was inspired by the Korean cucumber Banchan I used to gobble up frequently as a kid and young adult. When developing this recipe, and I added a hefty twist of my own culinary voice into the mix to create this salad. The combination of the two makes an unexpectedly tasty dish!

Eggplant & Cucumber Salad (photo up top)

For Eggplant Mix:

  • 3 Japanese eggplants (about 1.3 pounds, or 600 g), peeled, halved, and cut into large bite-size pieces
  • 1⁄4 cup (25 g) chopped scallion
  • 1 tablespoon (10 g) minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (4 g) minced fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) horseradish (freshly grated or jarred, not powdered)

For Cucumber Mix:

  • 1 large English (or thin-skinned) cucumber, diced
  • 2 tablespoons (8 g) chopped fresh oregano
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil 1 tablespoon (15 ml) agave nectar

Yield: 4 servings
To prepare the eggplant mix: Combine the eggplant, scallion, garlic, oregano, and olive oil in a medium-size saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until soft, about 8 minutes.
Add the water, salt, and horseradish and cover with a tight- fitting lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook about 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally so that the eggplant doesn’t stick to the pan. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
To prepare the cucumber mix: In a large bowl, combine the diced cucumber, oregano, lemon juice and zest, salt, olive oil, and agave. Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, allowing the eggplant to come to room temperature as you wait.
Drain the excess liquid from the cucumber mix and toss with the eggplant. Serve at room temperature or chill before serving.

For the giveaway: just leave a comment below letting me know you’d like to be entered and I’ll pick 5 random winners Friday, May 11th. I’ll announce them in the following post. Again, the first winner chosen will get 2 prizes!

For another chance to win a signed copy of GGFVE, I’m hosting another giveaway on its facebook page until this Friday, May 4th.



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178 Responses to Minted Green Pea Bisque, Eggplant & Cucumber Salad and Cookbook + Yonanas Giveaway!

  1. Olena says:

    Really excited about these recipes!!! Hope I could win something!

  2. Liliana says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I hope I win! :)

  3. Caitlin says:

    oh..that minted pea bisque was one of my very favorite recipes i tested. i will have to make it again soon ;) (along with the cinnamon cauliflower) i would love to win one of those ice cream treat makers! i’ve heard so many rave reviews about them!

  4. Malena Hansen says:

    Oh my goodness, I would love to be one of the winners! Homemade ice cream…yum…my 5.5 year old triplets would flip out! :)

  5. valerie s. says:

    Big congrats, Allyson! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book. So great that someone has created wonderful recipes for my two new paths in life, a gluten free life AND a vegan life. Hats off to you, be proud!

  6. Amy says:

    Your book looks so beautiful! I love the matte paper and the huge photo. Congrats! (And I’d love to win one). :)

  7. Chelsea D. says:

    Oh I’d love to be entered!
    So excited for your book. My friends recently made your Lavender Vanilla Bean Scones for my bridal shower and they were a BIG hit with everyone in attendance!

  8. I’d love to be entered! I followed your blog long before I went gluten-free, and then when I was making the transition your blog helped show me how delicious gluten-free could be. I would love to have your cookbook as well and that ice cream maker would be lovely. I have an entire cookbook devoted to vegan ice creams but, alas, no ice cream maker!

  9. Keri says:

    please enter me! love your recipes!

  10. Jamie Hunter says:

    Congrats! Can I pleased be entered! I’d love to win a copy. :)

  11. Mojdeh says:

    First of all congrats on publishing your beautiful book! Also thanks for all the inspiring recipes on this blog. I’ve just started going gluten free and almost daily yours and a couple of other gluten free blogs to get ideas to what to cook and entertain with.
    Please add me to the draw as well, would love to have a copy your cookbook :)

  12. Romi Nicole says:

    wow looks so yummy! there are so many layers to being vegan, obviously less cruelty to animals and avoiding being a part of those horrible industries, but also you get to experiment and try new things, and then be really proud of yourself when you achieve something this good!
    would love to win and get one step closer to achieve that :)

  13. Erica Gilbert says:

    I would love to win a signed copy. My daughter and I both have celiac so we have to eat gluten free but are also vegan so this book is perfect for us!

  14. Alison says:

    Oooh! Yonanas! Sounds perfect for this summer!

  15. Cintia Bock says:

    I would love, love, love to get the copy and the yonana!! Can’t wait to try these 2 recipes!

  16. amilyn says:

    thank you for all you do! im new at this and need lots of help! and i need lots of cookbooks! especially signed ones..

  17. Jody Haller says:

    How exciting! I would love to be entered for the giveaway. Also, I am SO making that salad for dinner tonight. Thanks for all you do to make our bellies happy!

  18. christina says:

    Thank you for the recipes! I have been a vegan for going on 8 years and a vegetarian before that. I am thankful for new recipes when I find them and would love an opportunity to win a copy of your new cookbook as well as a yonana (My two teenaged daughters, who are also vegan, would love it, too :)
    May your book be a success and guide more people to a healthy and animal friendly lifestyle :)

  19. Gloria says:

    I’d like to be entered to win!!

  20. Jon-Michael Huber says:

    Yonanas, Yonanas, Yonanas. I like saying that word too. I’d like to be entered…. Yonanas.

  21. Kimberly Louis-Jean says:

    This is so exciting!!!! I’m fairly new to Gluten Free cooking and would love to be entered to win one of the prizes!! I’ve tried some of your recipes before from this blog and from them I just know this book will be a huge hit. :) Thank you!

  22. Laurel says:

    Bisque, Salad, Dessert Machine and signed copies of the amazing Allyson’s spectacular book. Wowee! I want, no need, mint leaves only these hard headed Texans around here are so, so Texan! Grrr. On another note the book cover looks amazing – much better and brighter than the stand in. Yonanas. It’s like the perfect college dorm accessory.

  23. nicky says:

    enter me, please! :) your blog is so awesome and has inspired me to try out a bunch of my childhood and pregan favorites that i never thought i could make vegan or gluten-free!

  24. Jenifer Hoffman says:

    Please enter me in the cookbook giveaway. I am so excited about the cookbook!!!

  25. Carrie says:

    You are my inspiration!! can’t wait to try the recipes!!

  26. jessica says:

    although i ordered a copy of your book yesterday, i would LOVE to win a signed copy… and pass along the copy i ordered to my mother for mother’s day! i think if there is any cookbook that would “turn her on” to gluten free, vegan cooking, it would be yours! not to mention, i would LOVE for her to make something jess-friendly next time i go over to dinner! BUT… if i don’t win, she is getting a copy anyway :)

    and… thank you for inspiring me to use the bag of peas that have been sitting in my freezer for a few too many weeks, anxiously awaiting a venture to my stomach. i will be making this recipe this week! i will let you know how it goes.

  27. Elna Clark says:

    I would love a copy and an ice cream maker. Recently gluten free and over a year vegan!

  28. Chandra Knudsen says:

    So excited for you and for the release of your book! It is surely going to be a great addition to the life of any gluten free Vegan.
    Best wishes!

  29. yummy soup!!! Oh and that yonanas machine would be great in our household. We’ve been doing no sweets and desserts so this would come in handy. Great looking book!

  30. Aimee Miklovic says:

    I love eggplant! And gluten free recipes. And saying yonanas.

  31. Tuuli says:

    Congrats, and count me in – I need this book!

  32. Beth says:

    What a cool giveaway- enter me, please… and thanks for the recipes!

  33. Amanda says:

    Congrats on your new book – it’s beautiful! What a great idea to combine eggplant and cucumber.

  34. Jennifer Sikes says:

    I think this would be the perfect book to read and tag recipes while snuggling up with my pups. Fingers Crossed! :)

  35. andrea says:

    Yay! Just ordered the book and am excited to see all the new recipes. thanks!

  36. Michelle C. says:

    That’s an awesome giveaway! Thanks for hosting it.

  37. Linda Lane Sheridan says:

    I ordered the book and will get it Saturday, and I can’t be more excited! I have been following your blog for quite awhile. A vegan for the animals for the past 9 years, but I gave up gluten a year ago on the advice of my gastroenterologist. Your blog has been a gift, and I thank you! If I win, I will give it to my 82 year old mom. She is still learning and growing, and I am so proud of her. Thank you, Allyson!

  38. gail joyce says:

    I wish I would have seen this before I ate lunch because I would have made me some of that pea bisque! Luckily there is always dinner to look forward to. Good luck with the book Allyson!

  39. Christie Norris says:

    These recipes look great!! Thank you for your work!! Keep doing what you’re doing to better people’s health and the planet.
    I would love to enter your giveaway :)

  40. Gil says:

    please be includ me in your Yonanas Giveaway.
    love your blog!

  41. I can’t WAIT to get my copy!
    I had no idea you included nutritional info – I love you even more now (if that’s possible).

    The soup looks gorgeous! Could be the perfect use for my new orange mint plant :D

    Matt is OBSESSED with banana soft-serve. Truth be told, I’m tired of the food-processor method – I’d love to try the Yonanas machine!

  42. tenya says:

    I’d like to be entered!

    Also, the eggplant and cucumber salad recipe looks delicious and refreshing!

  43. Tara says:

    Congrats on your beautiful book getting published! I’d love to be entered into your giveaway, and I’d also love to make that soup!

  44. Andrea Maria says:

    I’d love to be entered, thanks! Looks like an awesome book, congrats!!

  45. I would love to be entered in this contest! I am a vegan yet I don’t know too much about gluten-free cooking. I would love the opportunity to learn more an try some great recipes!

  46. Congrats on the new book, it looks amazing. I’m new to the gluten-free lifestyle, so I would love to win a copy! Plus, I think I’d go bananas for a Yonanas (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). :)

  47. Roz Allensen says:

    Awesome recipes today!!! May I please be included in your Yonanas Giveaway! Thank you very much!!!!

  48. Taylor says:

    I would love to win!! You have amazing recipes and I love trying them out!

  49. Cassey Glentzer says:

    I can’t wait to try out all these recipes…!!
    Being vegan and having a gluten intolerance makes it extremely hard to think of meals of the fly… It’s nice to know the “food bible” won’t be too far away…!!

  50. Rhonda says:

    I would love a chance to win! Your blog is one of my favorites!!