Cookbook Contests and Almost Instant Apple Pies!

Woohoo! Probably like many of you, this week got away from me. But it’s time to announce the winner of One Dish Vegan. Congratulations to #17, Rachel! Her fave one dish meal is chili. This book is going to expand your one dish horizons in wonderful ways! I will try to contact you for your address,but if you see this first, please email it to me.

As promised, one contest is leading right into another here for the next few weeks. This time, you get a chance to win Grills Gone Vegan!. I’ll also share one of my favorite recipes from the book: Almost Instant Apple Pies. These take only minutes and hit that homey feeling. To enter,  just tell me one of the things you like to grill in the comments below. US and Canada shipping only, please.

Let me remind you that this book is the key to getting smoky grilled flavors both in your kitchen and on the grill! Every recipe has indoor options. Even if the snow is falling where you are,  you won’t miss out on  favorite foods. Bring a bit of summer into your gray days!

I’ve got a huge Thanksgiving post coming soon, so check back. And don’t forget there will be more contests, too!


Almost Instant Apple Pie (photo by CelineSteen)

 Almost Instant Apple Pies (photo courtesy of Celine Steen)

Almost Instant Apple Pies with Dark Caramel Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Incredibly easy but so delicious, these miniature pies with a tortilla crust satisfy dessert cravings any time of day or night. Although lemon juice may be an unusual ingredient for caramel sauce, the acidity discourages sugar crystals from forming.  For instant satisfaction, just make the caramel sauce and dip apple slices into it.

Caramel Sauce
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons plain soy milk
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch salt

Apple Pies
1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Four (8-inch) tortillas

To make the sauce, melt the margarine in a small sauce pan over low heat. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, soy milk,lemon juice, and salt and whisk to combine. Increase the heat to medium-low. Heat, whisking constantly, until just barely bubbling, be careful not to overheat the sauce as it can burn easily. Decrease the heat to low if necessary. Cook, whisking almost constantly, until the sauce is smooth and not at all grainy, 4 to 5 minutes. The sauce can be used immediately or may be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  If chilled, gently warm the sauce over low heat before serving.

To make and serve the pies, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Fit an electric grill with the smooth plates and preheat to medium heat.

Put the apple, lemon juice and cinnamon in a small bowl and gently toss to combine. Spread the mixture evenly over two of the tortillas. Cover with the remaining tortillas.

Put on of the pies on the grill and close the lid. Cook until lightly browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm in the oven while cooking the second pie.

Cut each pie into quarters. Put 2 quarters on each plate and drizzle with the warm caramel sauce.

Per serving: 268 calories, 3 g protein, 9 g fat (4 g sat), 46 carbs, 432 mg sodium, 35 mg calcium, 2 g fiber

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  1. Sandy Zimmer
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    My favorite food to grill is eggplant, yellow squash, mushrooms and peaches for dessert and in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, I still grill. Thanks

  2. Rusty M
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    My sister has a HUGE grill but I’m not allowed to use it! It’s for her catering business. But she has grilled me veggies before and they were great.

  3. Posted November 30, 2013 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing to grill is pizza!

  4. charj
    Posted November 30, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Mushrooms are my favorite grilled food.

  5. Posted December 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I love a good grilled veggie burger. Thanks for doing a contest!

  6. Lori Trublood
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Endive! Grilled with olive oil, and a little agave when it’s done.

  7. Melissa
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Portobello mushrooms are a favorite in our house!

  8. Lydia Claire
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Veggies of all types and portobello mushrooms!

  9. Posted December 3, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I like to grill barbeque tempeh..with that smoky flavour.

  10. Jacqui Pappas
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Veggie kabobs are the best on the grill!

  11. Beth
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Grilled portobello mushrooms! :)

  12. Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Stuffed Bananas—yumza!

  13. Peggy
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    BBQ Tofu

  14. Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I like to grill eggplants and make baba ganoush :)

  15. Gabrielle
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Oooh! I will pick up your book soon if I don’t win because I am hoping my husband comes through on my wish for a good indoor grill for xmas! My favourite grilled foods are well marinated mushrooms, seitan, flatbreads, artichokes, and kale.

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