Friday, November 5, 2010

Chipotle Hominy Stew from The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life, and a Giveaway from Skyhorse Publishing!


I'm doing a giveaway for Melisser Elliott's brand new book today, so I asked her to recommend a recipe. I present to you a bowl of chipotle hominy stew. Let me tell you how delicious this is. It's also dead easy and comes together in a flash. Highly recommended, and I highly recommend using all of the suggested garnishes.

The giveaway details are down below, and please note that Melisser is currently undertaking a book tour in the eastern US, France, and England, so you may be able to buy a copy directly from her! Dates, times, and locations follow.

Chipotle Hominy Stew
from The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life,
with permission from Melisser Elliott

This warmly spiced Mexican stew gets a bit of zip from the chipotle peppers, and is full of chewy hominy and beans with a kick of lime. It’s a great dish to feed to anyone, vegan or not, and can be dressed up with an array of delicious toppings!

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 medium red onion, diced
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1 tablespoon epazote or oregano
* 1 to 3 teaspoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles, based on your spice preference
* 1 chipotle chili, finely diced
* 1 (29 ounce) can of prepared hominy, drained and rinsed
* 1 (14 ounce) can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, preferably in juice
* 28 ounces of water
* Juice of 1 lime, 3 to 4 tablespoons

Garnish options:

* Chopped cilantro
* Radishes, thinly sliced
* Diced avocado
* Shredded lettuce
* Crushed tortilla chips
* Non-dairy sour cream

In a 5-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic, cook for 2 minutes, then add salt, pepper, cumin, epazote, chipotle in adobo, and diced chipotle. Stir to combine. Add the pinto beans and hominy, and then add the can of diced tomatoes. Fill the can with water, add it to the pot, and stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, partially covered. After 10 minutes, add the lime juice. Allow the stew to sit for 5 to 10 minutes to combine the flavors. Taste for seasoning, then divide among soup bowls and garnish as desired.

Tour dates! The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life! Go say hi to Melisser and buy some books!
  • November 6th Jacksonville, FL Northeast Florida VegFest, talk at 1:30pm
  • November 7th Washington DC at Cafe Green, 4pm to 6pm
  • November 10th Philadelphia, PA at Grindcore House, 6pm to 8pm
  • November 12th Manhattan, NY at MooShoes, 7pm to 9pm
  • November 16th Syracuse, NY at Strong Hearts Cafe, 7pm to 9pm
  • November 17th Boston, MA at Peace O' Pie, 7pm to 9pm
  • November 20th Brooklyn, NY at Champs Bakery, 7pm to 9pm
  • November 21st Montclair, NJ at Go Lightly Eco Store 1pm to 3pm
  • November 28th Paris, FR at Paris Vegan Day, book signing and talk
  • November 30th Manchester, UK at The Thirsty Scholar, 6pm to 8pm
  • December 2nd Brighton, UK TBA
  • December 4th London, UK at Vx, book signing and talk 2pm to 6pm - 5% off all Vx purchases at the event!
  • December 5th London, UK at the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre, talk at 3:15pm, signing to follow

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And now, the giveaway itself! Your very own copy of The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life from the generous people over at Skyhorse Publishing. I want this and am having a hard time giving this book up. I'm trying not to stick my nose in your book, but it is seriously fabulous, and if you are on the PPK, you know a bunch of contributors, bonus! To enter, please leave a comment below. Tell me a vegan tip of your own, or something you love about Melisser, or anything you like. This giveaway is open to everybody, everywhere, from Baton Rouge to Brighton to Seoul and all points in between!

The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and posted tomorrow below tomorrow's giveaway. If you have won a bigger giveaway from this blog already, please consider being kind and not entering further bigger giveaways--I'd love as many people to win something as possible! However, if you enter, please do check back. Michelle, email me regarding the Tofurky pizza coupon--your profile is private so I can't contact you! If I don't hear back from you, I'll add it to a later giveaway.

The winners of yesterday's Amy's giveaway are VeggieAmanda, Luciana, and Laura S. Noll! Nine, seven, eight, weird, right? Please send your name and address to me at Congratulations to you three!


  1. What a yummy stew! My grandmother used to always put hominy in her chilis & stews, but I haven't had any since I was little!

  2. I love Melisser!! I have been reading her blog for a couple years and always hope each day to see a new post from her.

  3. I love how bloggers like Melisser have really raised the profile of veganism and I think it's really encouraging to see people participating in MOFo who are not necessarily vegan but who are interested in exploring and trying it out for the month

  4. Ooh a give away open for me! And for such a lovely book too. I just found Melissers blog the other day, but I do love it already.

  5. Yum, I was lucky enough to het a look at the book when I was visiting Vienna a few weeks ago & all the recipes look amazing. I always use Melisser's travel guides when I'm researching a trip!

  6. She's amazing! I've been reading Melisser's blog for some time now, about 2 years I think? Trying out local foods is a big part of travelling, but I always worry about the availability of vegan food, so her travel guides are a great source of information and comfort to me.

  7. Melisser is too cute! Her book looks awesome! I want it!

  8. That looks really delish and I think I have all of the ingredients at home. You just saved my saturday dinner! Thanks.

  9. That book looks great. A vegan tip: always bring a snack with you! Always. Yum, yum, yum.

  10. You've just made me very hungry. ;)
    Another vegan tip (something I finally realized myself after about two years of veganism, high time): Making seitan travel sausages on weekends really helps those who have to bring their own lunch to work!
    Thanks for the great giveaway, and MoFo on. I'm looking forward to your posts every day.

  11. Melisser is awesome. I've been wanting to get my hands on this book! My tip: always have oreos on hand for last minute chocolate cravings.

  12. I love how Melisser and other bloggers are making it easier for vegans and people interested in becoming vegan to find information that will help them on their journey.

  13. When I moved to San Francisco a couplefew years ago (I live in Brooklyn now), I read about a pizza potluck on The PPK forum. I hadn't met any of those kids, but I figured I'd give it a shot. The potluck was at Melisser and Ryan's house, and Melisser invited me in like I'd been going to those things for years. Nice lady. A week or so later, a bunch of us went on the Seward Street Slides, and Ryan ripped a hole in the space-time continuum.

  14. I will buy a copy anyways but I want to take part and say that the stew looks really good! Need to look for hominy though

  15. I am planning on buying my own copy of Melisser's book (no need to enter me in the contest) but inquiring minds want to know: does Strummer make an apearence? (SuzyHB)

  16. Gosh, that looks good.

    The book sounds fun, too!

  17. A vegan tip: freeze tofu before cooking it to make it hold together better.

  18. Always have soaked beans on hand and ready for cooking.

    I am so excited for this book!

  19. My vegan tip is: LOVE YOUR PRESSURE COOKER. I know a lot of people like slow cookers, but pressure cookers are awesome for cooking things like dried beans faster, or squash, or risotto!

  20. I love love love Melisser's top on the cover of her book! lol. I also love how personable she always seems on her blog; it's very relatable to me. That's one of the things that finally pushed me to go vegan -- how friendly and open vegan bloggers always seem. It's so rare to read a vegan blog and think "wow, this person just comes off badly"

  21. I am really in the mood for some hominy stew now! Thanks for posting, this sounds like an awesome book. And I agree with almiragoesvegan, snacks are key!

  22. The thing I've learnt over the last 3 months of being vegan is to read labels BEFORE I get home, not after!

  23. I never heard of Melisser before a couple of days ago, but that new book looks very interesting.

  24. oh fun! Melisser is really awesome. I'm stoked to see her book and check it out for myself. I love that also included other gals from the world of vegan blogging to contribute to it. I guess my vegan tip is: have a good attitude. It's always helpful!

  25. Looks delicious! Here's a vegan tip: ALWAYS have extra food, whatever it may be, to share. People will see it what you are eating and they'll want it, too :)

  26. I would love to get a hold of that book. I am a guy, but could still find uses for it.

    awesome recipe by the way. Hope to make it this week!

  27. The book looks pretty sweet. I'd love to check it out. Vegan tip: don't tell your friends that the food you make for parties and pot lucks is vegan until after they try it. (but only if it tastes good :D )

  28. Would love to win this book, but if I don't it's in my Christmas list! Love Melisser's blog!

  29. The book looks awesome and so does that stew!

  30. I've been following Melisser on the PPK, and it is so exciting to see the book! And this stew looks amazing

  31. Melisser is awesome. I love her blog. Especially the posts where she went to Japan!

  32. mmm that picture is making me hungry! looks too good!

  33. My vegan tip, especially for new vegans is to read vegan cookbooks and blogs. They are filled with so much handy information and food-inspiration!

  34. I am super excited for this book! And let's see, a favorite vegan tip. Indian and Chinese markets are amazing sources of inexpensive spices, beans, rice, tofu, interesting condiments..I go there where more often than I go to my local grocery store!

  35. My tip: Don't be afraid to try new things. The thing that most frightens you may end up being your favorite!

  36. I love Melisser's face and her dog's face and the fact that she's awesome, I'll even say slightly more awesome than a BR shout out but it's a really close call.

  37. I love how nice melliser seems, and that she's great.

    I also love the picture of the Chipotle Hominy Stew, that looks soooo delicious.

    My tip to vegans just starting out is to join in on the PPK forums! and read blogs! and start a blog! And add vegan tweeters to your twitter. It makes things so much nicer when you have a vegan community around (locally or on the intertubes)

  38. I think my best vegan tip is to move to Portland, OR. That just about takes care of everything else!

  39. What a wonderful giveaway! My biggest tip is to make good vegan friends. It makes all the difference in the world!

    PS-I've been wanting to comment on other posts, but didn't want to take away from others' chances of winning. These posts are so great, celyn!

  40. Melisser is awesome!! That stew looks good!

  41. I think my best vegan tip is to not assume: you might think that something is vegan and it is not BUT you also might think that something isn't vegan and it is!

  42. I am just catching up on blog reading! I am so glad to know that I won! Thank you! I sent you my contact information. :-)

  43. Fantastic giveaway! I heart Melisser.

    My tip would be if you're dining out, ask the waitstaff if they can not only hold the meat/chicken/fish, but replace it with something like beans, hummus, etc. I used to eat some pretty decent salads and then I realized I could switch things out instead of subtract, and dining has been awesome ever since!