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. marissa says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book. And, thank you for sharing these recipes. The bisque looks spectacular. My family will dig it as well, I’m sure.

  2. Denise says:

    Oh yum! Yes please!

  3. Allie says:

    I would LOVE to win your book and/or the Yonanas machine! Thank you for providing gluten-free vegans with great recipes! :)

  4. Lauren says:

    I would love the chance to win your book or the ice cream maker!! I’m a new vegan and want to explore as many new recipes as I can! Thanks for having the contest :)

  5. Jenna says:

    I would love to be entered! I can’t wait to either win ;) or buy your book.

  6. Lauren says:

    I’d love to be entered! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  7. Chris says:

    Looks like a great book. Would love to win

  8. Sue says:

    Thank you for the contest chance. Thank you for the cookbook.

  9. Hannah says:

    Oh, I would love to be entered! Particularly if the recipes are as wonderful as that soup, which I’ve no doubt they are :)

  10. nik says:

    Yes please, I’d like to be entered into the giveaway. Many thanks!

  11. Sierra says:

    I’d love to be entered:-) Recipes look great!

  12. Emily says:

    Congrats on the book! I would love to win a copy as I have just recently realized that gluten makes me feel yucky and I’ve been a vegetarian for a while- trying to switch to full time vegan, so this book would be so very helpful! Thanks for the opportunity:)

  13. Lori Wade says:

    I would love to win. My daughter is a vegan and we just started the gluten free diet.

  14. Ashley says:

    Definitely want to be entered!! Thank you!

  15. Rebecca says:

    That soup sound amazing I can’t wait to try it. I would love to try the other recipes in your book, too :)

  16. Taylor says:

    Hello! Congratulations on your new book!
    Since making the change to being gluten-free (in addition to veganism), it’s been somewhat more challenging finding recipes – but your book looks wonderful!
    The pea soup looks pretty darn delicious as well :)

    • Taylor says:

      And on an unrelated note: you’re the first person I’ve come across who spells ‘Allyson’ the same way my sister does.

  17. Pat Caufield says:

    Your recipes are great! Please enter me too!

  18. Erin says:

    I would love to win these prizes. Your book looks amazing.

  19. Kim says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of your cookbook! I’m always looking for great new vegan ideas!!

  20. ERICA C says:

    OOO OO pick me pick me!

  21. Chrystyna Murphy says:

    I just recently found your blog and its a real blessing! I have been vegan for about 6 months, and have been trying to go gluten free as well, but finding recipes for both is hard. I also occasionally cook for a friend with cancer and really hope to hook her onto this way of cooking as well. I have small boys and would that ice cream maker ever make my life easier! Please consider me for your contest! Have a good weekend!

  22. Annie says:

    Your book looks fantastic! Congrats!

  23. I’d *love* to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Maddy C says:

    Congratulations on the book! I would love to be entered, those mediterranean croquettes definitely caught my eye!

  25. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I’d love to try this cookbook out!

  26. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations! And thanks for keeping the ingredients simple enough to just pick up at the grocer:)

  27. Blanca says:

    The ice cream maker sounds amazing! I wanted to try some simple ice cream recipes like banana/strawberries!

  28. Blanca says:

    I’d love a copy of your book! I would love a great resource with delicious recipes for gluten/vegan recipes. I’ve been looking for gluten free recipes to see what a difference it makes on the body.

  29. Erin says:

    Your cookbook looks gorgeous and I’d love to win a copy! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this one. :)

  30. Adi says:

    This looks delicious! Congrats on the book!

    PS–that ice cream maker looks mighty sweet….

  31. You don’t need to include me in the contest since I’m already getting a copy of your book (can’t wait!!). I just wanted to say congrats! Plus I’m so glad you posted the pea soup recipe, I absolutely loved it when I made it and was sad when I couldn’t access it anymore.

  32. teepee says:

    Wow! Would love to enter your contest, thanks for the opportunity. That pea soup looks yummy.

  33. Nancy says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win your new book!

  34. Rob says:

    Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes.

  35. simone says:

    Congratulations on your cookbook!! I recently discovered your site in my quest for new meal ideas & I would loove one of your books! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!!

  36. Hillary says:

    Huge congrats to you on the book! I can’t wait to try that beautiful soup and maybe I’ll get lucky and win the cookbook lottery. :)

  37. Chris Shows says:

    Pea soup looks like just the ticket. Always enjoy the website, will have to try out the cookbook.

  38. francis says:

    wow this contest is “yonanas” ;p
    cant wait for the drawing Fun!!!!
    Good luck with your new book!

  39. Lauren Frymus says:

    Oh, I would love a copy of your book! As a 19 year old college student still living with my family (when not at school), I’m the only vegan and the only one with a gluten allergy! I have a hard time thinking of things to cook that everyone will like that aren’t exclusively some sort of salad or “side dish” type thing. I would love to win a copy! (I would buy one anyway… but did I mention that I’m a poor college student?)

  40. Patricia Crowley says:

    I’d love to be entered to win!! Thanks so much!

  41. Kelly says:

    Me too! Me too! Me too!

  42. Anna says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  43. Barbara Palermo says:

    I would love to be entered in this contest! Thank you!

  44. Gretchen says:

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to win. Thanks!

  45. sal says:

    that book looks awesome! would love a copy.

  46. Antoinette says:

    Congratulations on your book! I would love to win a copy ;) it looks amazing

  47. Raychel says:

    I would love to be entered in this contest! Thank you!

  48. lea says:

    Congrats on the book~ I would love to win a copy! If not I’ll have to order from Amazon but winning would be cool.

  49. Jamie says:

    I would love to be entered in the book give away!!!

  50. Marisa says:

    Ooh, ooh! I want to be entered too!!!