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It's here! – swell

It's here!

I have to be honest and disclose that I ate four of these Sweet Potato-Cranberry Scones after taking this picture.

I'm like a happy mother with her newborn child... (And I have to be honest and disclose that I ate four of these mini Sweet Potato-Cranberry Scones shortly after taking this picture.)

The long wait is over, and my first cookzine swell is now available!  Each zine is handmade in quarter-size (4.25″ x 5.5″), which means it’s cute and it won’t take up too much room on your counter.  The covers are printed in gold (fancy!) on recycled paper and sent to you in an envelope which is also made from recycled paper.*  The pear/avocado cover was drawn by me and printed with the help of my awesome friend Dan in his very own attic.

Three colors, one zine.

Three colors, one zine.

What you really want to know is what’s inside though, right?  swell has 15 vegan recipes for savory and sweet delights, plus a mini-primer on preparing tofu and tempeh.  While I definitely have a couple “naughtier” recipes included, the zine has a primarily healthy, whole foods focus, and there are several soy-free and gluten- and/or wheat-free options, too!  Want to know specifically what’s included?  Here’s the table of contents:

-a little♥word about the recipes-

Chipotle Black Bean Tahini Dip

Mandarin-Sesame Green Beans

Mole-Roasted Cauliflower

Coconut Red Bean Quinoa -and-

Coconut Quinoa with Greens and Almonds

Spicy Tahini Stew

Lentil Bolognese

-a little♥word about tofu and tempeh-

Maple-Mustard-Chili Tofu (or Tempeh)

Sarah’s Savory Baked Tofu

Orange-Glazed Tempeh

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers with Millet and Leeks

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Scones

Great Aunt Betty’s Oatmeal Bundt Cake

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Let’s face it, though… words don’t mean as much as pictures do when it comes to food!  For your eye-feasting glory, here are photographs of some most of the dishes you can make once you’ve got this baby in your hands:

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers with Millet and Leeks

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers with Millet and Leeks on a homemade spelt bun with guacamole, lettuce, and tomato.

Chipotle Black Bean Tahini Dip

Chipotle Black Bean Tahini Dip - great with veggies and chips!

Coconut Quinoa with Greens and Almonds

Coconut Quinoa with Greens and Almonds - a variation on another recipe for Coconut Red Bean Quinoa

Mandarin-Sesame Green Beans

Mandarin-Sesame Green Beans

Mole-Roasted Cauliflower

Mole-Roasted Cauliflower

Lentil Bolognese over spaghetti squash

Lentil Bolognese over spaghetti squash

The Soy Trio:

Grilled Maple-Mustard Chili Tofu

Grilled Maple-Mustard Chili Tofu

Sarahs Savory Baked Tofu over a tasty veggie salad.

Sarah's Savory Baked Tofu over a tasty veggie salad.

Orange-Glazed Tempeh

Orange-Glazed Tempeh topped with cilantro and scallions and served with raw baby bok choy.

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Scones

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Scones

Lemon Zucchini Bread: muffinized!

Lemon Zucchini Bread: muffinized!

Great Aunt Bettys Oatmeal Bundt Cake

Great Aunt Betty's Oatmeal Bundt Cake

(There are more photos, old and new, here.)

The cost is $3USD in the US of A, $4USD in Canada, and $5USD elsewhere (all prices include shipping).

If you’d like a copy, please e-mail me at mplsnightheron AT gmail DOT com with your (snail mail) address.  I will give you Paypal contact information in return, and we’ll get the ball rolling on getting swell into your happy little hands ASAP.  Hooray!

In the spirit of giving, here’s a recipe from the zine to tantalize your tastebuds… One of my testers, John P, has been a particularly big fan of it, and this particular recipe is soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free, too.  (And easy!)

Coconut Red Bean Quinoa, with a salad

Coconut Red Bean Quinoa, with a salad

Coconut Red Bean Quinoa (makes 4 servings)

This is a quick, tasty, protein-packed dish with warming ginger and creamy coconut milk.  Serve it with a side of steamed greens or a fresh salad, or use it as a hearty base and add onions and garlic and veggies to it for a one-pot meal.  This is the simplest version – if you like it spicy, add a minced hot pepper or some crushed red chili pepper in with the ginger, or dress it up with whatever other spices suit your mood (I like coriander myself).

1 1/2 tbsp oil

1 tbsp ginger, minced

1 c quinoa, rinsed

2 c vegetable stock (or water)

1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup coconut milk (lite is fine)

salt to taste

3 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Heat the oil in a pot and sauté the ginger until fragrant.  Add the quinoa and stir to coat, cooking for another minute or two.  Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until most of the water is absorbed (about 10-15 minutes).  Add the beans and coconut milk and heat gently.  Salt to taste and stir in chopped cilantro.

*Larger orders will be sent in different (larger) envelopes.

**Depending on the success of this zine launch-thing, I may not be blogging regular food/recipe posts for a little while.  From here on out though, I hope the blog will be better than ever!

48 Responses to “It's here!”

  1. Congrats! I can’t wait to get my copy.

  2. Mandee says:

    Yay! Will email you about a copy :)

  3. Shelby says:

    HOLY YUM!!!

    I would devour those SweetP scones!

  4. Ricki says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! It looks beautiful–can’t wait! And those sweet potato scones are the best scones I have ever tasted in my whole life (no, seriously!). I feel so lucky to have been a tester. :)

  5. Lexi says:

    “Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers with Millet and Leeks”

    You are AFTER my heart my dear. I want one. WANT ONE. I will arrange it next time I see you.


  6. lazysmurf says:

    that is so cool! Your pictures look terrific!

  7. t says:

    Aw, congrats! It looks great, and the recipes look mouthwatering!

  8. Kiersten says:

    Yay, congrats on finishing the zine! The pictures look great!

  9. jd says:

    This is super-cool! I can’t wait to purchase a copy…

    And I love your photos – wow, wow, wow!

  10. jd says:

    Oops! I forgot to tell you how adorable that pic of YOU is :)

  11. Courtney says:

    Yay! Great post and great photos…that roasted cauliflower is calling my name… :o )


  12. johnp says:

    happy happy happy!!!!!!!

  13. Just emailed you to get my copy! Congrats and ADORABLE picture of you – you are beaming like a proud mama!

  14. Melisser says:

    Congratulations! I love the cute photo of you & the scones!

  15. MDF says:

    SWELL makes me want to become a vegan.

    I just made the Coconut Red Bean Quinoa and am swooning with delight.

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  16. liz says:

    mama and freshly-printed baby are adorable!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and make that orange tempeh!

  17. shellyfish says:

    You are so freaking cute! That is the best picture ever, and I’m sure you’re just thrilled to be all zine-a-fied! I am loving all the beautiful food porn and trying not to drool!

    I also wanted to thank you for the most excellent package for my mother – she loved it! She was just gushing about the dehydrated crackers – she’s never had them before, and how yummy the raw cookies were. You’re a rock star!

  18. trina says:

    So pretty! It must me so exciting to see all that work in print!

  19. Now I can understand why you wouldn’t PDF this beauty. :-D

    I am totally salivating over these recipes. And they show that vegan doesn’t have to be boring. I am particularly ruminating over the chipotle bean dip and mole cauliflower.

    Although I’m in S.A., I’m going to try to get my hands on this book. Congratulations on such a precious masterpiece!

  20. Alyssa says:

    Congrats, a-k! It looks totally awesome.

  21. Congratulations! Your zine looks beautiful! so exciting!

  22. veganhomemade says:

    Congrats! All the pictures look great, especially the one of you! Super cute. This is going on my to-buy-when-I-have-spare-money list.

  23. debbie says:

    Love your blog!

    I want your recipe book.

    I can send funds via paypal.


  24. sarah says:

    So cute, emailed you!!

  25. DJ says:

    Congrats – this looks absolutely adorable and I can’t wait to get my copy!

  26. Allison says:

    Yum! I just stumbled upon your blog, and what a post to see! All those foods look excellent, I’m in a gorgeous food-induced awe :)

  27. [...] cranberry scones, Swell Vegan, vegan First, I want to publicly announce my love for A-K from Swell Vegan! I’ll tell you why: I received my much anticipated copy of Swell Vegan’s  zine over [...]

  28. Congrats! – everything looks awesome!! YUM!

  29. mangojello says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to get my hands on this! Congratulations!

  30. [...] First of all, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has given words of support and to everyone who has ordered a zine so far.  (An extra special thanks to Kittee, without whom I would be far less organized in my tracking and shipping of orders.)  The response has been really flattering and I feel I’ve “met” so many mystery blog readers who have never commented.  AND excited lil ‘ol me has got her first review over on wannabeavegan’s blog (thanks again!).  I still have zines for sale, and you can get all your info here. [...]

  31. [...] tastes just as good as it looks!  This was our dinner for tonight, the Spicy Tahini Stew from the Swell zine.  I ordered this cute little zine recently and just had to make the stew, it has all of my [...]

  32. Kala says:

    I love your zine, I made the Spicy Tahini Stew tonight for dinner and it was delicious!!!

  33. Stella says:

    Wow, I am so ordering this on pay day!!!

  34. Melissa says:

    I just got my cookzine today and I am so excited to get to making the recipes! I want to make them all right now!!! (but I think it’s best to make one or two at a time so I don’t waste anything…)

    Thanks for creating the zine and sharing your recipes!!

  35. [...] have zines available for sale if you haven’t ordered one yet!  The info is still located here.  Thanks again to everyone who has already [...]

  36. elli says:

    help help i’m being oppressed!

    i’ve tried to send a request for 3 ‘zines twice this morning and the emails aren’t going thru for some reason.

    maybe you could email me for my info (and then gmail will chill the hell out)

    please, please please :-)

  37. Sarah says:

    id love to buy one of these, but is there anyway to do it without paypal?

  38. [...] some tempeh and wild rice too. After flipping through some recipes, it was decided that I would try Swell Vegan’s  Savory Baked Tofu recipe but with tempeh instead. Savory Baked Tempeh This marinade is delicious [...]

  39. Melissa says:

    Hi, looks delicious! How can I order one?!

  40. [...] Once this second batch of 150 is sold, I’m not sure I’ll be doing any more printings, as I’m hard at work trying to come up with recipes for Zine no. 2 (zomg!) amidst testing for two cookbooks, working full-time, and (hopefully) soon taking on a second weekly volunteering shift.  So, even if you don’t win the giveaway, please feel free to contact me about ordering a zine (or more) before they’re gone for good.  (The procedure is the same as indicated at the end of this post.) [...]

  41. [...] you didn’t win and are still interested in ordering a copy of swell, please feel free to email me your current snail mail address to mplsnightheron AT gmail DOT com in [...]

  42. niki says:

    Hi, it looks great!! Are you delivering to Australia?

  43. [...] so I admit it. I have been holding on to my copy of swell vegan’s zine forever. I frequently paw through the pages, but I never know where to begin. Since I had leftover [...]

  44. [...] knew it was the time to make some Mole-Roasted Cauliflower from my zine*, only using brussels sprouts instead!  My friend Jackie just sent me a message saying she loves [...]

  45. [...] pear and peanut butter, coconut quinoa with red beans and greens (combination of two recipes from swell), salad (not today’s picture, but similar) with chickpeas and peppers, chocolate milkshake [...]

  46. [...] recipe is based on the cookbook I ordered from Swell Vegan.  All of the recipes I’ve tried so far are delicious!  It has Quinoa, coconut milk, kidney [...]

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