Even though the weather is already climbing into the 80s in Ocala, chili for dinner still sounded fantastic this evening.
I’d say it’s never too hot for chili, but I’m pretty sure that’s a lie. It does get too hot for chili, but it never gets too cold for ice cream!
Tonight I prepared a big batch of vegan chili that I made by following a recipe from Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps.
The book was sent to me a few weeks ago as part of a Blogger Book Tour and, while I’m not vegan myself, I love preparing delicious, meatless meals and am always game for enjoying both vegetarian and vegan dishes.
I thought the book would include a lot more recipes detailing how to transform a traditionally meat-heavy recipes (like chili) into something delicious and vegan, but I was mistaken.
While there are a handful of vegan recipes included, the book is more of a vegan guidebook and provides a “label decoder” for vegans to break down ingredient listings on labels to make sure they’re eating 100 percent vegan. (I actually found this section really interesting, as it taught me about some of the obscure ingredients I see on many labels!)
The book also lists vegan-friendly restaurants by city, dairy swaps and brands that make great vegan food and where to find their products. A very large portion of the book is dedicated to listing vegan-friendly foods and alternatives which I would imagine would be a great resource for vegans, especially those who are new to veganism.
Unfortunately I am not vegan, so I’m not really the target market for this book and really was hoping it would be more of a recipe book that I would be able to frequently use. Luckily, the recipes that were detailed in the book that I did try, like the chili I made this evening, were very good!
The chili was hearty and packed with beans and flavor. Plus, it was incredibly easy to make which is always a great thing in my book!
Since I am not vegan, I figured that one of you out there who is vegan or would like to learn more about vegan alternatives would really enjoy this book and use it to its full potential, so I’d love to mail it to one of you!
If you’d like to receive my copy of Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps, simply comment below and let me know and I’ll randomly select someone tomorrow morning.
Enjoy your night!