Colleen’s Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

by on October 11, 2011
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Colleen's Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

I was a vegetarian for six years before I became a vegan, and before I made the change, I thought that being vegan was just more than I was able to do. I had been inspired by Diet for a New America when I first became vegetarian, and though I agreed with the ethics of veganism, I made excuses for years before I decided to give it a real try. Finally, I made a deal with myself to eat a vegan diet for a month just to see if I could do it. I stocked up on soymilk, only available in the “big city” 60 miles away, and cooked all of my meals at home because there were no vegan-friendly restaurants in my small town. At the end of the month, I had lost weight and I felt better than I had in years. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, as it turns out) I decided to celebrate making it through the month by ordering a veggie pizza with cheese. My stomach revolted. Cramps, frequent dashes to the bathroom, and an embarrassing churning in my gut spoke to me in a way my month of good health had not, and I realized, finally, that my body was better off on a vegan diet. I made the change and never looked back.

If Colleen Patrick-Goudreau‘s new book, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, had been around in the early 1990′s, maybe it wouldn’t have taken me so long to give veganism a chance, and maybe I would have been equipped with enough delicious recipes that I wouldn’t have wanted to “reward” myself with that pizza. Colleen believes that many people give up on veganism because that same perception that I had–that it’s too hard–holds them back. But with the right support, information, and guidance, they’d find that changing their diet is not as difficult as they feared. The 30-Day Vegan Challenge provides that support, answering every question a new vegan is likely to have and addressing every possible challenge, from how to eat when traveling to how to deal with social situations.

Because The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is meant to be a guidebook for future vegans, the recipes are easy and are perfect for those who are new to vegan cooking. Colleen hand-picked favorites from her previous cookbooks, and they include everything from scrambled tofu (and a great primer on how to use the different types of tofu) to chocolate mousse. Most recipes do use some oil, but Colleen points out that you can reduce it by sauteing in water instead. The photographs are gorgeously shot and styled, and if you were in any doubt as to the deliciousness of vegan cooking, you will be convinced by the beauty of the photos alone. The book is divided into 30 days’ worth of subjects so that you can read each one as you go or jump ahead to to a chapter like “Celebrating the Holidays” or “Packing Lunches for School and Work” as you need it.

If you’ve been thinking of going vegan but just haven’t felt ready to make the change, I truly believe that this book contains everything you need to get started. Because I’m so convinced that The 30-Day Vegan Challenge can make all the difference to those of you want to go vegan but just aren’t sure how to start, I’m going to personally give copies to two of my readers. So, if you are considering veganism and are ready to take the 30-day challenge, please leave a comment below letting me know by Thursday at noon Central. I’m afraid I have to limit this contest to people in the continental U.S. and to non-vegans. I’ll randomly draw two winners and announce them on my Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who entered to win a copy of this life-changing book. I chose 2 people at random and 1 extra just because. They are #42 Trish, #143 Jamie, and #178 Dawna. Wish I could afford a book for everyone!

I chose to make Colleen’s Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce for our weekend “Sandwich Night,” and they were a big hit. My husband and daughter enjoyed the burgers on hamburger buns while I ate mine in pita bread. They were very flavorful and the tahini sauce gave them a great tang. If you’re gluten-free, try replacing the bread crumbs with gluten-free crumbs, oatmeal, or quinoa flakes.

Colleen's Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce

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1 Ellie October 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I’m a vegan “newbie,” but I’ve always loved chick peas! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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2 Naomi October 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

i’ve read your blog for years – its been really great for making our diet healthier, & more varied. The only trouble i have is that i can’t get plain non-dairy yoghurt. what would you recommend instead? i’ve made sour cream/ mayo from blended silken tofu, but it still has a bit of that tofu taste in the background. thanks

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3 SusanV October 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I would probably try 1/3 cup of silken tofu and 1/3 cup of non-dairy milk and just increase the lemon juice and, possibly, the tahini. I know what you mean about the tofu taste, but I’ve found that adding tahini or cashew butter really cuts down on it.

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4 Carry October 12, 2011 at 9:25 am

Have you tried boiling your tofu before making it into sour cream / mayo? Sometimes that helps take away the tofu taste.

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5 Mia J October 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I loooove vegetarian/vegan burgers, can’t wait to try this. I’d also love a copy of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge! I’m definitely intimidated by the idea of going vegan, but definitely want to make the transition eventually. Of course, your site has already helped guide me in the right direction!

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6 Renata October 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Hi there,

What type of breadcrumbs did you use?

Thanks!
Renata

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7 SusanV October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I used plain soft breadcrumbs made by processing two slices of whole-grain bread.

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8 Ginger October 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I wonder if this recipe would make yummy neat balls? Anyway it looks great. I’ve been on an all plant diet for a couple years and love it. Your blog always has great recipes and pictures I can smell.

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9 Emily Harrison October 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

” though I agreed with the ethics of veganism, I made excuses for years before I decided to give it a real try.” Pretty much sums up where I’m at. Maybe this book can push me over the edge? These burgers look great!

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10 Claire October 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Hi Susan,
I have been vegetarian since June of this year and it is going great.. but I am having trouble switching to a vegan diet. Like you said, I know that based on the reasons I am vegetarian I really should be vegan, but I am having a hard time making the leap. All of this to say, I would love to be entered into your drawing – I have been thinking that a one month committment might be the way to get started!
Thanks!!
Claire

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11 Stephanie October 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Exciting! I’ve had this cookbook on my Amazon wishlist for awhile. I am a vegetarian and have been doing a lot of vegan cooking (thanks to you and other healthy vegan websites/bloggers) but there are just some things I find “too hard” to work around. I would be really interested to see what she has to say in this book.

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12 Chelsea October 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I’d love a copy of the 30 day vegan challenge. I have been toying with this idea for years, but haven’t yet … Will it be too hard? Will my family revolt? Anything to help this transition would be appreciated! Can’t wait to try the “burgers” this week! Thank you!

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13 Tara October 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm

This is just what I need! My story totally aligns with yours… I’ve been vegetarian for 6 years, but I’m REALLY good at making excuses for why I can’t just transition to veganism. I want to, and I’ve tried, but I’ve always gone back to my dairy-eating ways. This book would be awesome!

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14 Christy October 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I have been vegetarian for awhile, and am trying to implement vegan changes, but it’s been tricky! I would love to win a copy of this book.

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15 susan mandio October 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm

i would love to check out colleen’s book…we are going vegan after a summer of bbq, parties and company….after just 3 days i already feel the difference…love your site

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16 Tara D. October 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I have been trying to go vegan for a long time. I think a book like the 30 day vegan challenge would be very helpful!

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17 Amy October 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I would love to win the book! I try hard to be vegan but haven’t been so successful yet- I could use the support and the “challenge”–for me it is challenging!

Thanks, Susan :)

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18 Tricia October 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm

This couldn’t have come at a better time for me! I’ve been reading The China Study and am wanting to make a major change in my diet. I also learned a lot about the raw food lifestyle. I just started a raw challenge and am on Day 2. Broke down at dinner and had some homemade tomato basil soup and homemade bread. My husband won’t go this route with me, but I think he’ll go vegan.

I hope I win!

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19 Renata October 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Thanks so much, I want to stay in accordance with the recipe so I’m on target with my calories… I only have ezekial bread in the house so I should go get some different bread, do you have a favorite?

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20 SusanV October 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I think Ezekial would work fine. I just use generic whole-grain bread–the only vegan bread I can find in my local grocery store.

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21 Cheryl October 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book. I’m not 100% veggie yet but I would like to go vegan one day. My biggest ‘excuse’ right now is that my friends and family already think I’m weird enough. I’d love to have some really delicious recipes to serve them (and me, of course)!

Those burgers look so good! I’m putting them on the menu for this week.

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22 Barbara October 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I am very inspired to try vegan completely…. cutting out animal meat, dairy, and eggs last April has turned my body and mind around to a more balanced being! However, I can’t seem to give up fish and a bit of fowl now and then. I would like to try vegan for 30 days!

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23 Pricilla October 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I’d SO love a copy of this book! I’ve been vacillating over making the commitment to a vegan diet but I keep making excuses. Gotta try those chickpea burgers though!

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24 Brenda W. October 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’ve been vegan for over 30 years now, but my last experience with cheese was similar to yours, Susan!! I’m not sure how it had been since I’d last had any dairy … not that long, and I was still in the vegetarian to vegan stage, taking my time getting to vegan.

But friends at work ordered a pizza, including a veggie one (with lots of cheese of course), and I had two pieces. I’m sure they tasted good, but all I remember was the 3 days of the worst sore throat and congestion I’ve ever had in my whole life!! I’ve been 100% vegan from then on (since dairy was my only animal product that I was still eating by then).

Sometimes the worst experiences are the ones that keep us on track!

Thanks for this review … looks like I’m putting another cookbook on my wish list!!

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25 Alexandria Lewis October 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Still trying to commit to being vegan but I still lapse from time to time :-( this is a great recipe and I cannot wait to try it!!

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26 Heidi October 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

So, I’ve definitely been contemplating a vegan diet due to recent health problems. I religiously read your blog and utilize your recipes, but I haven’t been able to make the switch, in full, yet. The book would be a great motivator!

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27 anastasia gentles October 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

ok. i am going to try some of the recipes on your sight, have been looking at them for the last few days and want to give veganism a try. thankful for your website because as you pointed out above support is a big deal! i am single and live with my mother who has decided she is going to watch how i do then join if i do well…no pressure! i would love that as she is tied to cholesterol lowering meds and has a family history of heart disease that i think this lifestyle change would help. i am also a physician and would love to be able to tell my patients, “you can do it and there is help out there for you!” thanks for the support ! i’ll keep reading and trying your recipes!

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28 Anne October 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Thanks so much for all of your wonderful recipes! I haven’t made the jump to veganism yet for the very reasons you mention, but I’m trying to incorporate as many vegan recipes into my diet as possible and this burger looks amazing. Keep up the good work!

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29 Stephanie Winsor October 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I would like to be in the drawing – we try to be mostly vegetarian, and follow Dean Ornish’s Heart Reversal plan……but I would like to try vegan. Especially after trying your delicious recipes!

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30 Ally October 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Sounds like an interesting book. I’d love to see if it could give me the final push I need. I’ve been a vegetarian for half of my life, don’t eat eggs or drink cow milk… I’d surely be a vegan already if it weren’t for cheese. Do all vegetarians say that? Kinda like omnis and bacon? I took a peek on Amazon, lots of rave reviews. I’m adding it to my wishlist.

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31 Sheila October 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I have been following the eat to live plan for about 2 weeks and have really enjoyed your site. Would this recipe be something that could fit in with the eat to live program? I was thinking I could wrap the burger in a large lettuce leaf instead of bread. Also, I would love a copy of the 30 day vegan book. I have really enjoyed the change in my diet and have been surprised that I don’t miss eating meat at all. I need all the vegan cookbooks I can find because I don’t currently have any in my house.

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32 SusanV October 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

If you’re avoiding bread, replace the bread crumbs with quick oatmeal. I ate one on top of a salad and it was a great addition.

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33 Carolyn at Eat. Live. Be Well October 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Hi Susan. Thanks for sharing. Do the burgers stay together?
Thanks! Carolyn

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34 SusanV October 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Mine were a little crumbly but the canned chickpeas I used were very dr. I had to put the mixture in the food processor with a couple tablespoons of water and blend them a little to get them to hold together. I didn’t need the full cup of breadcrumbs.

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35 T_Bun October 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Hi Susan,
I’ve been reading and have been inspired by your blog for years now. As a vegetarian, I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegan recipes in our meals. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas with us!

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36 Nikki October 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I’ve been a fan of your website for a few months now after doing a Google search to look for healthy and low fat vegan recipes. I’ve been dabbling with the idea of going vegan for quite some time now and go through days/weeks when I’ll be all into it and then get back into some type of dairy or something. I rarely, if ever, eat any type of meat anymore, but on occasion will have dairy mostly because many of the dairy substitutes seem very low in nutritional value and high in fat. I’m drawn to your blog because you post recipes like I would make them – healthy, whole foods with minimal processed ingredients and low fat/fat free! Thank you so much for sharing everything you’ve learned with us! And thank you for being so generous to share a copy of the 30 Day Vegan Challenge with a few of us lucky readers!!

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37 whitney October 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I’d love to win this!

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38 Sandi Hemming, RD LD October 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Would love to have a copy of Colleen’s new book. I so enjoy her podcasts. Have eaten vegetarian for many years, time to take the plunge!

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39 Melissa October 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I would love a copy of this book. I’m not sure if you would consider me a vegan or not as I stopped eating meat and dairy in March to address a medical issue and I am not sure whether this is a permanent change for me or not. I’ve been doing tons of research but have been unable to get this book out of the library due to the demand. I promise that if you give me this book, it will benefit lots of people as I will share it with all of the people who ask my husband and I what we are doing to lose weight and are seriously interested in learning how they can eat this way, too!

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40 Rebecca October 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

This recipie looks great! A copy of 30 day vegan challnge would be an awsome help to getting over those first difficult obsticales. Love your site :)

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41 Jayne October 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I have been married to a vegetarian for the past 32 years. Me eating meat and he not. This past year may husband had numerous health issues and it was suggested that he start a vegan diet. It has been two weeks and since I do want him to remain healthy I am trying to follow the diet also. Your website has been a blessing since he was also told to use no added oils to his diet. The 30 vegan challenge book would be a positive step in the right direction for my family’s overall health and well-being.

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42 Trish B. October 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I would love to have the30 Day Vegan Challenge. I need to lose weight alot of weight and have been toying with the idea of going vegan. I am not sure what to eat or what I need to make sure I eat. there are so many mixed messages out there about what to eat but I have been watching some videos and the food industry is scary and definitely not telling the public the truth about whats in our food. I am going to try the chickpea burger recipe. I am glad I have your website Thank You Trish

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43 Alex October 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I would love to win a copy of the 30-Day Vegan Challenge!

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44 Renee Greene October 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Thanks for sharing this…I can’t wait to try the recipe…I have been a vegetarian since 1979 and would like to “try” going vegan. My 24 year old son became vegan a year ago and I always seek out vegan recipes and enjoy making, and eating them.. If I had just a bit more direction and more recipes, I might be ready to make the change. I have recently tried to make some vegan changes over the past few weeks and have enjoyed the days that I have done so… Thanks for giving me an opportunity to take a 30 day challenge.

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45 Jess October 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I just past my 6 year mark as a vegetarian and have been trying to slowly make the move to veganism. My only problems are eggs! Tofu scrambles are delicious, but I really love fried eggs. And I can never resist trying a homemade baked good that someone offers me, even if I know it’s probably loaded with butter and eggs and that I could easily make my own vegan version.

If I were able to get through a month, I’m sure the change to being vegan would hold. After all, after only two weeks of being vegetarian I just knew that I would stick with it.

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46 Haylie October 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

These burgers look awesome!
I follow your blog, and other Vegan blogs, and I do occasionally cook vegan, my biggest problem is getting it to stick. Since our son was born my husband isn’t convinced my vegetarianism is ok, so in honesty I havent been very faithful, and my health is the one suffering, this book looks exactly like something that may convince him otherwise. Any and all recipes I have tried of hers have been amazing! Thanks for the great giveaway and the awesome blog!

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47 Carriethecutie October 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

This is just what I’ve been looking for: a sort of guidebook to push me into veganland. I know what I want to do, but have been stuck and at a loss for inspiration to change mine and my family’s diet. This would be a real boon. By the way, I first discovered your site when searching for healthy okra recipes and found your roasted okra recipe.

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48 Tina October 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I hate to admit this, but I’ve been trying to go vegan for 3 years! I have trouble even staying on the vegetarian bandwagon. I hope the recipes in this book are tasty and hearty enough that I can pass them off on my family without mentioning the “v” word, which they thoroughly rebel against. If so, I would buy the book. Thanks.

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49 Claire October 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I’m a vegetarian who has thrown the idea of going vegan around…but it definitely seems inconvenient. Also, I love cheese :) That would be painful to give up. But I guess it’s probably more plausible than I think it is. Put me in that drawing:)

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50 Heather Bolestridge October 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm

My husband and I have eating a mostly vegetarian diet for a couple of months now… we have been heading toward the vegan route, but find ourselves head first in a bowl of queso once a week because we our just unable to fully commit for some reason. We know the benefits, we know the importance – we just haven’t yet gotten over that last hump to do it completely once and for all.
The other issue we find ourselves dealing with is that we are both athletes (don’t let the queso fool you! we train hard and really try to eat well) and we find it difficult to get the protein we feel we need. Can athletes truly be vegan? We follow a couple who are (Scott Jurick etc…) but we just aren’t sure how to do it ourselves.
Thank you for the post – these burgers look awesome!

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51 celyn October 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I’m vegan already so don’t count this as an entry (and I met you at VVC!), but I wanted to comment on how beautiful and delicious that chickpea burger looks.

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52 Jessie October 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm

This book looks delightful, and like the perfect introduction to veganism. I’ve been vegetarian for years, but always thought being vegan would just be too hard. Maybe this would change my mind!

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53 Shannon O. October 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I’m going to enter for my boyfriend. I’ve been vegan for a year and he went vegetarian when I went vegan but he just can’t seem to stay off cheese. Also he never cooks anymore because he says he doesn’t know how to cook vegan even though he’s watched me cook vegan many times. So I think this book could really help him out and I love Colleen’s podcast and her “The Joy of Vegan Baking” cookbook.

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54 Cathy Tippin October 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Hi Susan…your recipes have been an enormous help in my transitioning first from meat to vegetarian, and now from veg to vegan. I startled my doctor by reversing my diabetes in 3 months; and now my dear husband has joined me in this journey. I am 58 and he is 61, so it was no small feat after a lifetime of the S.A.D. diet. I would love to have the “30 day vegan challenge”, so, am throwing my hat in the ring. Thank you for all your efforts!

Cathy

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55 Kristy October 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

My husband has been vegan for 10 years, and I have been vegetarian for 5. I’d love to give the full vegan a chance for 30 days, so please count me in in your contest! Thanks!

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56 Daisy McFadden October 11, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Hi,

My name is Daisy and I want to take the 30 day challenge. Problem is I don’t like to cook and fuss in the kitchen and I am wheat and gluten intolerant. The amount of research and time is overwelming and I don’t know where to start. Please help.

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57 Diane October 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I am definitely ready for the 30 day challenge! I have been vegetarian for 11 years and considering going vegan recently. These look scrumptious!

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58 Braidy October 12, 2011 at 12:26 am

Hi Susan! I have been reading your blog since May since I decided to become a vegetarian. Most of my family thought I was crazy to cut meat out of my diet, but the longer I live without meat, the more reasons I find to not ever eat it again. I’m a 20-something and have been living in Vienna, Austria for the past few months as an au pair, but will come home for the holidays and am nervous to tell my parents and the rest of my family that I am seriously considering becoming vegan! The more I read about nutrition, the more I am convinced it is really the way humans should be eating (this from a girl who used to think even vegetarians were strange)! I am getting better at finding ‘exotic’ products like tofu and tahini, etc. which make my efforts at living vegan easier, but it is frustrating to find all of the vegan friendly American products in my online searches like Earthbalance butter and non dairy yogurt which, as far as I can tell, don’t exist over here! Luckily, I can deal with a little frustration in the kitchen, but I feel like I have to consistently deal with ‘vegan failure’ in social settings. I just can’t say no to cheese!!! Maybe one day I’ll succeed at a 30 day challange of my own and have an experience like yours to give up dairy for good!
I’d love to be entered into the drawing (and potentially recieve the book at my Chicago address) and gain what sounds like a valuable source of knowledge and support. Even if I don’t win the book, I really appreciated hearing your history. If you were able to make the switch while living in a town that didn’t even have soy milk, maybe there is hope for me after all!
Thanks!

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59 Angela October 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

We lived outside Valencia, Spain for three months during the Fall of 2005. We had access to an amazing soymilk that was an orange/mango? mix. I believe it was from a German company. You may have better luck finding health foods at Bogenhofen (sp) Adventist School outside Vienna or contacting one of the Seventh-day Adventist Churches or schools (not sure how many there are in Vienna). Just a thought… Good luck!

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60 Darryll Johnson October 12, 2011 at 2:05 am

I would love to win a copy of the 30 day Vegan Challenge. I have tried a few different online vegetarian and vegan boot camps and etc. with no luck. Then I ran across the The 30 day Vegan Challenge online and have been thinking if it would be the key to me making the final change. I am so happy to hear your raving review. When it comes from someone I trust and admire its a pleasant confirmation that it may be just what I’m looking for. Keeping my fingers & toes crossed. Thank you. Darryll

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61 Arielle (Your Vegan Girlfriend) October 12, 2011 at 3:19 am

DO you think this would work with gluten-free bread crumbs like brown rice ones? LOVE this recipe, thanks Susan!!

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62 SusanV October 12, 2011 at 7:32 am

I think gluten-free crumbs would work fine. Hope you enjoy it!

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63 Cindy October 12, 2011 at 3:56 am

Hi Susan,

I am a new reader of yours and was excited about this post and offer! Would love a copy of Colleen’s book. I am making a huge effort in our home to incorporate vegan cooking into our lives, but hubby isn’t quite on board yet so it’s a struggle. My two-year-old, however, loves all things veggie, fruits, beans and grains. My goal is better health for my family (my husband and I could both lose weight) and of course model the healthiest behavior for our son. I wish to establish the best eating habits for his body for life, and want him to grow up knowing nutritional excellence! Thanks for you time and for your site, what an inspiration you are! :)

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64 Delora Kraus October 12, 2011 at 3:59 am

Hi Susan:
My husband and I are new vegetarians and want to be vegan; so I would love to be one of the two people who win the 30 day challenge cookbook! Please enter my name and I so enjoy your site.
Thanks, Delora

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65 Ali October 12, 2011 at 5:17 am

The burger is mouth watering. Looks really good. Congrats for finally been a vegan, its really hard with all the foods around and I know most people won’t be able to, i been one of them :) great post.

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66 B'klynHeart October 12, 2011 at 5:38 am

Your pictures are amazing… well, so are the recipes you’ve posted. Every one a hit so far.

I’ve recently leaned into the vegan lifestyle and between your recipes and others, I have not looked back yet. I purchased this book recently for more support on the change, and I think you’ve bumped this recipe up in my queue! Thank you … for all you do!

(Thank you for the tip on the pizza btw: I started WW a couple of years ago and went months without Doritos. I made a single-serve bag last for a half hour of enjoyment; my stomach made it last a couple of hours of … the opposite of enjoyment! Not that I’m looking to look back, but it’s nice to know what I’d see if I did!)

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67 sara October 12, 2011 at 6:45 am

I would love to win a copy of the cookbook. I have been a vegetarian since January of this year, and need some helpful hints to completely switch to a vegan lifestyle. I think if I had more recipes and ideas for vegan dishes, I could educate friends and family who roll their eyes at me when I say “no thanks, I’m a vegetarian” that a meatless diet is actually really tasty – and healthy. Thank you for your website!! It has been so helpful and inspiring, and your faithful reader’s comments have helped so much too!!

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68 Andrea Boddam October 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

I’ve been a vegetarian for over 5 years now… but the thought of becoming a vegan has always been a little daunting. If it will help with the transition (as well as give me that little push to jump in with both feet) I would certainly love a copy of the book!

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69 LarkBunting October 12, 2011 at 7:37 am

Have been vegetarian for years, but still struggle with my weight. Maybe vegan is the way to go. The recipe looks great – will definitely try it.

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70 Joyce October 12, 2011 at 7:59 am

My husband and I went vegetarian 5 weeks ago and have been contemplating moving toward a vegan diet for health reasons. This burger looks delicious…. maybe it’s the first step for us. Trying it tonight!

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71 Katie October 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years and do not keep dairy or eggs in my home, but have always been afraid to take the “plunge” into veganism. I would LOVE a copy of this book to give me the push to go vegan!

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72 Dawn October 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

I am enjoying these posts of “reviews”. Most of the recipes I have made since beginning my journey have been from your website.
I don’t think I qualify for a book as I have been almost-all-the-way vegan for a few months now. I have no holdbacks in truth but I have not researched flavorings, etc to determine their origin. I am trying to eat whole, identifiable foods anyway and cut out processed ones as much as possible. I know I have felt better. Your story of the cheese pizza and your body basically rebelling against it is kind of like my story of how I finally decided to start eating a plant-based diet. I helped some friends move after their home was damaged by the storm in April here in Birmingham. We all had barbecue from a local restaurant afterwards for dinner. I had a “normal” portion plate with some chicken, some pork, slaw, beans, and relish. It was tasty, yes. But immediately after eating it I wished I hadn’t. I just felt icky. And that icky feeling persisted for three days. Three full days later I felt I had just eaten that plate of food and it was still in my stomach.
I thought –this is bad. I can’t keep doing this. I had eaten a vegetarian diet for a few weeks. Some cheese. No milk. And then that plate of food was the push I needed. I also thought it would stretch and grow my cooking skills. Has it? most definitely.
I made soy yogurt again per the method here on your blog. I will post a comment on that page to as it may help others that try it for the first time.
But it turned out very well. Thanks again for your inspiration!!

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73 Phoenix Ostermann October 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

This recipe looks terrific and very kid-friendly which is always a pre-requisite in our house! I have done a 6 week vegan challenge before and felt so good inside and out while doing it – I need new inspiration to try again and this book would do it!

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74 Emily October 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

i’ve been thinking about it for ages and following and cooking from your blog for awhile now! i dream of vegan oat bars… :-)

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75 Maryp October 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

We are brand new “trying to be” vegans after reading Esselstyn’s book and the engine 2 book. I found you b/c as as a new orleanian, rb&r was the first thing I thought of, and your blog popped right up with a search. I hope I win! Could use all the help we can get!

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76 Tiffany October 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

I would love to win a copy of the 30 day vegan challenge. I am always looking for healthy recipes for my family.

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77 Danielle Baurer October 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years and this year I started doing vegan Mondays. I’m a bit weary of making the full transition because I love cheese so much. Doing a 30 day challenge would be useful to me I think!

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78 kim amstutz October 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

I love trying new clean recipes and totally love your site. I am considering vegan and would love to know more. I have several friends who are on gluten free for health reasons and like being able to make and share recipes with them. Chickpeas are an amazing versatile veg, cant wait to try this recipe! Thanks for all you do!

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79 Theresa October 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I love chickpeas – and I can’t wait to try out this recipe. I’d love a chance to win Colleen’s book – thanks for the opportunity!!! :)

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80 Julee October 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

The Chickpea Burger looks amazing! I’m trying a vegan diet and would like to find more recipes that my family will eat…

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81 Jennifer October 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

I want to go vegan, I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. It’s intimidating to cut so much out at once. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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82 Bridget Mikolajczak October 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

Hello! I have dabbled with vegetarianism and eat meat fairly sparingly now. I’d love to take on a 30 day vegan challenge with a book of guidelines. Thanks for offering this!!

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83 Julia October 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

I too have been thinking of going vegan – I have given up dairy as a separate food (cheese, milk) but still eat it “in” things – this is just what I need! (plus I love a good book!) This recipe is just up my alley too! Thanks!

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84 Jennifer October 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

I have been flirting with the idea a veganism for awhile now. This book could be a great kickstart.

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85 Nicole October 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

I’m a vegetarian/vegan sometimer. Before we moved into our new home, we cleared out all of processed foods and started eating a vegetarian lifestyle. We (my boyfriend, son and I) felt better and were on the path to losing weight. Then I found this page (thanks to my “sister in law” who is vegan) and gave a few items a try. LOVED THEM! Now fast forward 2 years…..we live in our “new” home, out in the country and we’re back to eating meat and total processed food. We jump back and forth TRYING to eat healthy. Really we do. Our latest failure (haha) was the RAWgust. Trying to eat only raw fruits and veggies for the month of august. We lost 10 lbs in 6 days!!!! Unfortunetly, thats also how long the healthy kick lasted. I couldn’t believe how expensive it was to eat like that! (We live off of one income.) ANYWAY! Susan I love your blogs and when I get into a “kick” I try a lot of your recipes. And I’d LOVE to win this book and give Vegan cooking a 30 day try!!
(see you soon on FB!!!)

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86 Katie Martin October 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

I would love to go vegan but definitely need some recipes to help!!!

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87 Missi Timcoe October 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

Hi, my daughter & I have been vegetarians for about 3yrs now, I have thought several times about switching to vegan but thought it would be very difficult. I never realised how many recipes there are out there! I would love to have a copy of that book :)

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88 Alex October 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

Haha…I’m glad to see I’m not the only would-be-vegan-if-it-weren’t-for-cheese! I don’t really eat cheese by itself, but it’s such a fabulous addition to many things. I would love a copy of this book to help me kick my cheese addiction and truly do what’s best for my body.

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89 kira October 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

I have always wanted to become vegan, but always get tempted by dairy around breakfast time, and pizza time. This challenge might be just the kick I need to get going!!

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90 Jennifer Meyer October 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

Chick peas are my FAVE. I can’t wait to make this!
I’m in a family of complete carnivores but I’ve been dabbling in the vegetarian/vegan recipe world for a long time. I’m totally in to taking this challenge!!

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91 Kristina Buentello October 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’m an occassional vegan. I have found that many recipes are so labor intensive, but this sounds so easy! I’m definitely going to try it tonight! Thanks!

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92 Natalie October 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

I have been trying to become vegan for a year now. Like you, my stomach revolts with cheese.

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93 Katie October 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

I’m always looking for a good burger recipe! Thanks.

I would also love a copy of this book. I’ve been trying to go vegan for about a year, but with no luck. I keep slipping and eating dairy. Mainly in the forms of cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese. I feel I’m vegan at heart, and need some help making the full switch.

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94 Carol October 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

This recipe and the book sound fantastic!! I have been loving your site!!

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95 Kim Carmody October 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

I have been a vegetarian for 1 1/2 years now and I have considered going Vegan but have not pursued because I feel it is going to be very time consuming. Plus I am not sure how to be Vegan when my family is not. The other reason I have resisted is that I am always on the go and stopping to grab a quick meal somewhere is difficult. I think this book could help!

I love your blog and have made several of the meals. I cannot wait to try the chick pea burger! Also I am in love with the VitaMix! It is awesome!!

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96 Danielle October 12, 2011 at 9:22 am

Wow, those sound delicious. I’d love to win the book to find more vegan alternatives; I would love to go fully vegan but sometimes feel at a loss for new recipes.

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97 Kelly October 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

Hello! I am a former vegetarian who went back to meat after marrying a good ol’ Southern boy. I thought that a lifestyle without meat wouldn’t really be an option anymore.

However, I have spoken to my husband about a healthier lifestyle, and we are currently doing a one-week vegan “detox” together. I love the idea of being so concientious about my diet, and I love how I feel. But I am nervous about the idea of continuing on the vegan path. Can I get enough protein? Calcium? Can I be social without appearing pretentious?

Your blog and recipes are great, and I can’t wait to read more!

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98 Cynthia October 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’ve been a vegetarian since Nov of last year for health purposes after reading Eat to Live. I stumbled across your blog then, as I was frantically searching for recipes online (love your blog!). In the last year, I’ve attempted to live a vegan lifestyle, but it tends to be short-lived as I find it challenging when things get busy and with social pressures. I need help! I would be so grateful for the 30-day Vegan book. :)

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99 Susan Ellis October 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

I have thought about going vegan myself and I am in the same boat being miles away from a decent grocery store. If you can do it, I can do it! Thanks!

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100 Vail October 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

Looking forward to trying the ‘burgers’; I’m so grateful for your site Susan, and having a safe place to come for ideas :) Since I have fallen off the wagon of late, I am also glad to take the 30 day challenge and get back on, so please Consider me in!

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101 Cristie Bolt October 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

I have been waffling on going vegan for a long time – I am buying Colleen’s book today on my Kindle thanks to your suggestion. It’s time!

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102 Cristie Bolt October 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

forgot that the point is to win the book, how’s that for enthusiastic?

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103 tabitha October 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

i am new to being vegetarian but am wanting to go vegan , your recipe looks soo good

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104 Elizabeth Moore October 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

I have been considering/trying/working up to veganism from vegetarianism for a while now but haven’t been able to make the leap. This book looks great! And so do these burgers. Will have to try.

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105 Padma October 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

Wow. I so want to become a total vegan. Not very successful so far. But I will.

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106 Jackie October 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

I’m also a newbie, following a vegan diet since March and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I no longer crave sweets. I’m not foraging for more food after meals because I’m still hungry. I’m re-energized to try new foods and new recipes (I couldn’t live without your blog, Susan!). I would love to be part of the 30-Day Challenge drawing. I feel I still have so much to learn!

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107 Faith October 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

I recently “liked” your page and have been reading for a week or so now. My fiance and I are looking to become vegan after watching “Forks over Knives” and also for health reasons as well. We are having a hard time starting as well as sticking to it completely and would love the opportunity to learn more from you!

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108 Angela October 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

Hi,

I too feel much better when eating vegan, but I’m having trouble making the transition, and can use all the help I can get.

Thanks for all the wonderful recipes – they are the part that makes it easier!

Blessings,
Angela

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109 Dave R October 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

Sounds great. Now let me win the book lol

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110 Toni October 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

I would love to win this book! I’ve been experimenting with vegan diet for months but just can’t seem to make the total jump.

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111 Jessica October 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

I have been a vegetarian since 1986, and I would love to take the 30 day vegan challenge! I recently had a baby, and this is a perfect time for me to learn how to eat healthier. A lot of people think that all vegetarians are healthy, and that’s not the case. I welcome a challenge to eat healthier and vegan!

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112 Holly Drummond October 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

Love chickpeas..hope’n my famy will enjoy this recipe. We are really trying to eat more healthy and get back to basic natural foods.

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113 Elizabeth October 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

I’ve been veggie for almost four years and toying with going vegan for almost as long, but I just can’t seem to stay away from dairy – that’s where I get almost all of my protein, even though I know I shouldn’t! I would love a copy of the book to help me finally go vegan for good – thanks so much for your generosity.

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114 Sarah October 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

I’m READY, READY, READY to try the 30 day challenge!!! Thanks for your commitment to sharing with others, Fantastic!!!

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115 Emily October 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

I think the recipe looks delicious (as are the others you have posted and I have made) and I love the idea of the 30 day challenge. I’ve been experimenting with being a vegan, but resistance from my children and husband keep setting me back. I keep thinking if I can get the right recipes (but probably really just the right mindset), it will all come together. Great blog and great recipes!

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116 Jamie October 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hi!! I’m pretty new to this site, as I’m slowly starting to look at vegan recipes and wondering a bit about them. My wife and I are from a very heavy meat and potatoes type of background and have recently reached our breaking point and decided to change our lives with diet and exercise. I’ve been dabbling with vegetarian recipes and a few vegan ones as well, and we are enjoying the changeover so far, but I still feel a little lost with it. I’m a professional chef and was trained in the classics, but even our healthy recipes in school were animal based. I feel like your book would really help me (and my wife) to get where we want to be and open the floodgates to the lifestyle we want. Thanks for listening to me ramble. I really enjoy reading your recipes and posts, thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience.

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117 Diane Heimsoth October 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hi! I would love to get in on a chance to win your 30-day Vegan Challenge book! I made the switch to vegetarianism a few years ago and never looked back. Now I’m dabbling in the idea of making the switch to becoming Vegan. I’m doing all my homework and getting my ingredients and meal plans ready so I don’t just rely upon pasta and junk, but true veggies, greens and healthy foods. I run a large gym in my area and people are always inquiring about vegetarianism….now I wonder if I can get myself to Vegan, maybe they’d take that next step with me…together! Thanks for your time.

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118 Elana October 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

My sister, roommate and I (all vegetarians) have already been trying to do one-day-a-week vegan. Part of what makes it hard is not being able to find easy, yummy recipes! I would love to do the challenge if I had a great cookbook to help me out.

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119 Rebecca October 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

Your story is strangely similar to mine. Just change the 6 vegetarian years to 13, the month of trial to 5 weeks. My two slices of pizza gave me an instant gut-ache, fatigue, headache and gurgling for 2 days. The “pizza incident” happened just last week, so I am a newbie vegan and loving it!!! I feel better then I have felt in years!!! Can’t believe I thought this would be hard and not worth the change…I was so wrong and glad to admit it!

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120 Nikki Weldon October 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

I have been a vegetarian for 20 years and have in the past year been thinking about being vegan. Intellectually, I know the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits. But I can’t seem to free myself from cheese pizza, Breyer’s ice cream, and Grandma’s mac and cheese. I also find it hard to find purely vegan grocery items. Even the “veggie” cheese I bought contains milk. I definitely need to find easy, kid friendly vegan recipes so my family can take the next step.

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121 Stacy October 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

I’ve been vegetarian now for 20 years! I’ve tried and tried to make the switch to vegan now for about a year and a half. Having a hard time finding enough recipes that I love, are easy to make and affordable.

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122 Tanya October 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

I am vegetarian, but not vegan. Would love to have a reason to try it out for a month! Those burgers looks amazing! Thanks!

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123 Jessica October 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

This looks delicious! I’m slowly transitioning into eating more like a vegan…would love to be entered into the contest! :)

Jessica

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124 Sandra Murphy October 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

I have been a vegetarian/ vegan on & off for several years along with sharing these methods of eating with my two youngest grown children. The biggest difficulty we have come up against is the convenience factor. It is hard to take the time to cook from scratch when you can so readily pick up fast food. Also being a diabetic has been a bit of a challenge as well as boredom when it comes to vegan fake hamburger patties and such. Helpful hints and strategies would be more than welcome. Thank you.

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125 260Oakley October 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’ve been a vegetarian for years, though lately I’ve been trying more vegan recipes (like yours). Maybe this book would help me get past the “gray, gritty, non-dairy yogurt” stumbling block that keeps me from totally committing to a vegan diet!

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126 Tressa Mann October 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

I became vegetarian about 1 1/2 years ago, and have been making excuses since then as to why I haven’t yet been able to completely go vegan. I desperately want to make the total transition, but like you, I am in an area of the country that has absolutely no vegan support so I am forced to cook for myself or not eat vegan (I’m in West Texas). I’ve never been much of a cook but have already learned a lot from your blog and recipes. I would love to have a copy of this book! Please enter me in your drawing.

Thanks for all that you do :)
Tressa

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127 mickey October 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

i am very interested in the book, and your recipes are great, thanks!

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128 Autumn October 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

The book looks fabulous, and the chickpea burger looks absolutely delicious. I grew up a vegetarian and somewhere in my teens ventured into becoming an omnivore. After I hit 30, my health started hitting many bumps along the way. I was diagnosed with an auoto-immune disorder and experienced many shortcomings because of it. I tried Dr. McDougal’s 7 day plan and stuck to a vegan based diet for nearly a year, and felt great the entire time – I lost weight, I had more energy, and most importantly, I felt healthy. Unfortunately, I started a job where I work long hours and order food in a lot, I fell back on planning meals, and slipped back into my bad eating habits. I so want this book for the motivation to return me to the way of eating which promotes health and well-being. Thanks for your review and intriduction of this book to your followers.

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129 Erika F. October 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

Hello!

I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and “like” you on Facebook and that’s how I came across your 30-Day Vegan Challenge Giveaway. :)

I think it’s funny that you posted this entry when you did because I have been going back and forth about becoming vegan for a few weeks now. I’ve been vegetarian for 10 years and just can’t seem to commit myself to being a full-fledged vegan. I know that I am blessed now because of all the great information out there (as opposed to, say, even 10 years ago), but I still feel intimidated by the pressures of being vegan (I’m a single girl in her late 20′s and don’t have the luxuries or the budget to prepare homemade foods all the time), how hard I feel it may be (I don’t really have a veggie support group) – and the fact that I DO love my cheese (aww)!

Anyway, I would really love to get my hands on a copy of the 30-Day Vegan Challenge and give it a go. But no matter what happens, I’ll continue to be a follower! :)

Thanks for all the great recipes and insight!

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130 Claudia Sandoval October 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

I have been vegan for about four years now. It really isnt as hard as it seems. It’s just a matter of learning how to find the right foods and re train your body. I couldnt be happier or feel healthier The challenge for me is that my family still eat non vegan. I would love a recipe book I can make some appetizing meals from that would change their minds. My recipes are mostly trial and error. Slowly and little by little I have tried to exclude the meat from their diet. I have tried other black bean burger recipes but I absolutely love chickpeas. So when I saw this I was super excited! Love, love, loved it. Thank you soo much for sharing. Great with Ezequiel bread.

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131 Katie October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

I am a new low-fat-vegan convert, and would LOVE to win “The 30-Day Vegan Challenge”.

Watching Food, Inc. and Forks Over Knives provided the inspiration to give this way of eating a try. It’s the positive change in the way I “feel” that is the true motivation to continue. I am looking for ideas and recipes to make meals tasty and interesting, and feel blessed to have found your blog and website. Thank you, Susan!

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132 Kim in NashVegas October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hi Susan! I’m currently reading Dr. Barnard’s book on reversing diabetes utilizing a vegan diet. My husband is diabetic and is somewhat open to doing a vegan diet “test run”. I think Colleen book would be the perfect tool for navigating this trial period! I currently eat a primarily plant based diet but have not made the transition to veganism. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for doing this!

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133 Iris Miller October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

Yes please! I would love to win the recipe book and take the 30 day challenge.
I think I can!
thanks again for posting so many delicious recipes!
Iris

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134 Heather Nicole October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

I have been eating about 85% meat free since January 1st, and have gone through a few week to ten days vegan stints. I have a hard time with it, I live in a small town with no vegetarian friendly let alone vegan places, and have failed when I get tired of cooking all the time. My partner is on board for meatless maybe 2 days a week, but it’s hard cooking two separate meals most days, and many epic fails. I would love the inspiration for a 30 day challenge, which I would love to do, and a cookbook would make it soooo much easier. I have a “vegan recipes to try” favorites folder on my laptop, but when it comes time to throw together something to eat when I don’t have a meal plan for the day, I still pick up my file folder which is less animal friendly. I’d love to win the book, and am definitely interested in the challenge, just need a little push in the right direction. The only dairy I eat currently is cheese, if I could get over that hump, life would be grand!

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135 Inna Strelchik October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

Please enter me in the contest to win the 30-Day Vegan Challenge book! Thank you!!

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136 Bonnie October 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

Hello – our family is vegetarian. We have tried a vegan diet, but only for a month or so. Our difficulties are with cheese, eggs and yogurt (especially cheese) – we already drink soy milk. I believe that a low-fat, low sugar vegan diet is the healthiest way to eat. My husband and I quit sugar a few weeks ago and I can’t believe how much more energy I have. I would like to enter the drawing for the cookbook as it may help us move more toward a vegan diet.

I love this website and many of our favorite dishes come from your website – thanks for your wonderful recipes and stories.

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137 Jody October 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

I am a vegetarian but have been thinking of going vegan for quite some time. It seems overwhelming to me because I have 2 small children who are not big veggie eaters. I could use some inspiration and it seems like this book might do the trick! Thanks so much. I am a huge fan of your blog!

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138 Caroline Foley October 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

How inspirational! I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time, but I’ve also always thought veganism would be too difficult for me. Please enter me in the drawing for the free book! I’d love to give it a try!

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139 Nicole October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

Hi,

I would love this book! I’ve been a vegetarian for years and my sister recently became a vegan. I’ve been reading your site for a few months now and I’m seriously contemplating becoming vegan. (In face, I’m trying it out for a week!)

Thank you!

Nicole

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140 Phoebe Figalilly October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

I’ve been trying to embrace veganism for some time now. Your blog is a great help, but I’m sure Colleen’s book would help me overcome some of my biggest obstacles: cheese and buying lunch at work! Thanks for all you do.

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141 J October 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

I’d love to learn about dealing with social situations and family who aren’t vegan.

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142 Alisha Sauer October 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

I’d love to win a copy of the book! I have been cooking vegan dishes for years, but haven’t made the leap to completely cut out dairy, meat, and eggs from my diet.

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143 Jamie S. October 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

This book sounds so appealing, particularly to someone like me who got lost along the way of veganism. I’ve been vegetarian for about 20 years now, and *was* vegan for half that time. I’ve been longing to return to veganism, particularly since I was at my healthiest (both fitness/weight and how I looked/felt) while vegan. These days, I’ve developed type 2 diabetes and heart issues, and have gained about 100 lbs since my time as a vegan…and I’m only 35! A kick in the pants is definitely needed here, obviously, and though I’ve heard my body loud and clear, I don’t do what I need to do to get myself healthy (going vegan again). This book would certainly help guide me back to the path of being vegan.

And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say how much I love your blog, website, and recipes! Thanks so much for existing. :)

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144 Sara October 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’m vegetarian, but do eat most of my meals vegan. It would be great to win this book and extend my repertoire!

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145 Linda Meziere October 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

I was a vegan for a few years and it was so hard in the small farming town where I live so I slipped into vegetarianism. It’s easier but I felt much better when I was eating vegan. I think it’s time to try again.

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146 Cathy October 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

Hi, I would LOVE to win a copy of this cookbook.
I began my gluten free, sugar free, vegan way of life early this September, and love reading your blog.
I have several health issues, from autoimmune to severe stomach/colon disorders. The last procedure I had my doctor told me that he is wanting to remove my colon to see if that would help with the colonic inertia and gastroparesis. I am NOT wanting to have my colon removed, and I am really wanting to see if the gf vegan diet can improve my health, and keep me from this surgery. I would be so excited and put the cookbook to good use if you picked me :)

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147 neca October 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

Sounds like a great recipe. I’ve been trying to go 100% for quite some time, but haven’t quite made it yet. Sounds like an awesome book!

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148 Kym Kleinsmith October 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

I’m grateful to have found your blog and Facebook page. Thanks very much for all the great information and beautiful photos. BTW, I’m sticking my toe into the Vegan pond, so winning a copy of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge may be the push I need to jump in. Either way, I’m glad I found you. Thanks!

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149 Nancy Goodman October 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

Would love a copy! Took it out of the library and enjoyed it!

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150 Gina Jackson October 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

That chickpea burger looks heavenly! I will be making this. I’m a vegetarian who eats mostly vegan but need help totally evolving. I would love to win that book!

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151 Nicky S. October 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

I am not vegan or vegetarian – but am always intrigued by the concept. I’m always up for a new challenge though – so I’m in! 30 days of vegan eating here I come!

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152 Maria Stuart October 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I have been toying with the idea of going Vegan for a few months. A couple of my close friends have made the switch and feel great and have lost weight. I usually make it for a day and then cave in to my old habits! I keep thinking next week will be the one where I make it. Even for a week or a month, like you.
The chickpea burgers look amazing! Thank you for posting!

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153 dot October 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

been a vegetarian for 20 years now. if you have a way to make vegan food easy, i’ll give it a try

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154 Sandra Manley October 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Chickpea burgers are so wonderful!

I have been a vegetarian for 3 years, and I have been talking with my very friendly vegan buddies to try to think about starting in November. I have always loved our vegan Fakesgiving, which my friends and I always made 100% Vegan with a capital V for our vegan friends. This time, I want to give all of November a go.

Thank you for the opportunity to enter! I will be checkin’ out the blog :)

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155 Heather October 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Would love this book! Always struggling to stay with this new Vegan lifestyle… so a 30 day challange might just put me on the straigh and narrow!!!
Thanks!

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156 Rita Rogers October 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Have been trying veganism and thriving. Love your site. Interested in recipes without soy products which seem to be the vegan staple.
Thanks for all your work.
Rita

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157 Christina Walldren October 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for the beautiful blog! I often feel “held back” as well, though I know I feel better when I do eliminate animal products from my diet. I’d love to read Colleen’s book!

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158 Lauren Farquhar October 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’ve enjoyed being a vegetarian for 6 years. I’ve always felt that the vegan diet aligns better with my ethical reasons for giving up meat, but have struggled to commit. Primarily because of the extra effort and a few things I think I would miss eating. I found your blog when I was participating in a dinner co-op with two vegans and really enjoy the recipes I’ve found here. I’d love to check out Colleen’s book!

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159 taylor October 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I would love this vegan cookbook! Hopefully it could motivate me to eat healthier!

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160 Marissa T. October 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi, I’m brand new to vegetarianism & am considering veganism, but am stuck on what to cook for my family (they still eat meat/dairy). It’s a constant challenge! Would love a copy of the book!

Thanks,
Marissa T.

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161 Laina October 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I’m sitting on the fence between vegetarianism and veganism. I would love to get a copy of this book to explore veganism more, I have been toying with veganism for awhile and would like more insight on making the switch.

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162 Heidi October 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

We’ve compromised, somewhat, at “vegan during the week, relax on the weekends when at friends’ house/out of the house.” This is of course light-years better than we used to eat, but I wish we were 100%. I’d love to see how she could push us over that hump!

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163 Cheryl R October 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I’d love to win a copy of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. I know I feel better when I stay away from dairy, but haven’t made the effort to become vegan yet.

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164 Niki October 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I would love to win this and try out new vegan recipes!

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165 Amalia October 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Looks like a great burger! I was vegetarian for a while & try not to eat much meat now. However I have been giving into temptation a lot lately. This book seems like just what I need to get me back on track! Thanks for sharing!

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166 Jordan October 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

These burgers look absolutely delicious! I love any and all things with chickpeas. Anywho, I can relate to alot of the other commenters who are struggling to transition into the vegan lifestyle. I have been dipping my toe in it for awhile but never made the full plunge. I have a horrible digestive system (inherited from my dad. thanks dad.) and am lactose intolerant. I can really tell a difference when I am eating mostly vegan meals vs when I don’t. It’s especially difficult considering that my family is the furthest thing from vegan. Seriously, they have the worst. eating. habits. ever. I would love for them to be able to see the difference that a change in their diet would make in their overall health and energy, buuut I just havent been able to get my butt in gear. I guess this is my (very long) way of saying that I would l-o-v-e to try this thirty day challenge book and I (and my tummy) would be very grateful. :)

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167 Kim B. October 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Hi Susan,

I would love to be entered into your drawing for Colleen’s book. I’ve been vegetarian for several years, and have really wanted to take the next step to veganism. I know that with an extensive family history of breast cancer and cardiac disease it’s the best thing for me, but have been daunted by eliminating dairy. I’m ready to take the 30 day challenge.

Thanks, Kim

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168 debbie wenzel October 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thank you for helping me stay on track. I’ve fallen of the wagon a time or two when I first became a vegitarian. When I found your site I adored the way you spoke to your readers. I felt as if a girlfriend was guiding me along. I’m 51 years YOUNG and feel so much better than I did in my 30″s. I am very interested in becomming a vegan and would like to receive a copy of Colleen’s book. I even have my husband enjoying your wonderful dishes. Though he is still a meat eater. Not as much. I’m working on him. :0) Enjoy your day, Debbie Wenzel

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169 Jenn October 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I had a very similar experience! I decided I would try going vegan for one month at my five year vegetarian anniversary. The week before my vegan month began, I ate all my favorite cheese and dairy laden foods as a kind of “last hurrah” (I had a feeling the change would be permanent). I tried to be very aware of how those foods made me feel, and I realized I didn’t feel good at all after eating such heavy meals. It made it a lot easier to stick with the new vegan diet for good. Now I have been vegan for a year and I feel great!

P.S. The burgers look great!

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170 sara October 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm

omg– this looks so good. i need easy meals to make. need to get back to healthy eating.

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171 Angela October 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I’m wanting to move my family into an even more vegan diet (we eat a little bit of cheese and other dairy) and would love a new cookbook. Does anyone know of a “hard cheese” substitute that I can make at home? The store bought ones are so expensive….

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172 lisa October 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I’m a new vegetarian and am currently looking into being a vegan. I am looking for some inspiration and I think the giveaway book is a great start. I am so glad I found your blog!

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173 Julie October 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I also have been a vegetarian for several years and have just recently started reading about veganism and I really want to transition! Like you, I always thought I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I know now that I can. Thanks for entering me in the contest and for sharing the recipe! :)

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174 Rachel October 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Hi, I enjoy your website and have tried several recipes. I am vegetarian but cook a lot of vegan dishes. I would love to have a basic vegan cookbook.
Thank you!

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175 Shannon October 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I have been inspired to go vegan because of your blog. Making this recipe for dinner tonight! Can’t wait and would love the cookbook!

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176 Toby October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I’m ready to take the vegan challenge! I’ve been headed that direction for the last year and just need to make the commitment. If it was just me it’d be easy – the issue is I have to get my husband to play nice. Wish he’d do the challenge too!

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177 Lianne95519 October 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I have really enjoyed your blog and my introduction to vegan eating. I have cooked many meals and see improvement in my sleep and weight. I would love a copy of the 30 day vegan challenge. I hope I am a lucky winner. thanks Susan for all you share.

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178 Dawna Hill October 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I am a desperate vegatarian. I am also a dialysis patient waiting for a kidney transplant. At one time I was a vegan for 3 months. My health actually improved dramatically as a dialysis patient and a vegan. But, three months was the end of my veganism. I know it’s defitnately possible to improve one’s health as a vegan and a dialysis patient. But the problem that exists is my inability to stay on the diet permanently. I don’t know if I lack will-power or information. I am desperate to improve myself to ready myself for a successful transplant. I am fairly young and so desire that transplant. I want to do anything I can to make that transplant successful. I do remember just how miraculous those changes were in the improvement of my health when I was a Vegan for those three months. I am confused just how to make the changes permanent. If Colleen’s book has the information I need to become a successful transplant patient, I would hope to be one of the winners. What I am experiencing is of upmost urgency and importance in my life. Thank you, Susan, from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for people interested in Veganism. You are absolutely the best.

Dawna

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179 Jenn October 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I started eating vegan 10 days ago but I’m in search of some great beginner recipes. This book sounds like the perfect solution!

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180 Colleen October 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I SO remember that book “Diet for a New America”. I became a vegetarian
due to that book. For many years I was a vegetarian and I think I got burned out from family, friends all hassling me to eat meat. I couldn’t eat at anyones house, restaurants in the 70′s, 80′s and even 90′s is was hard. So I gave in and started eating meat about 10 yrs ago. I always have vegetarism on my mind and so far this month I’m pretty much completely vegetarian. I’d LOVE to be Vegan cause I think that’s where it’s at but I honestly don’t know where to start. It’s hard enough trying to remember recipes for no meat meals. I use alot of your recipes and I appreciate it. I’ve joined yahoo groups to get ideas. Nice thing is now days it’s so much easier to be a vegan and I’m excited about it.
Colleen

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181 Jonianne October 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Love your website. Am newly vegetarian….would love to try the 30 day vegan challenge! Would love to review that book.

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182 astrid morgan October 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I am trying very VERY hard to make the switch. It is not easy after years of mainstream cooking, so a helping hand in this book would be very welcome : ) GO PLANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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183 Karen N. October 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I would love to try veganism with the 30 day challenge, especially since I can’t afford to buy the book right now :)

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184 Amy October 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This sounds like a GREAT book – the more I read about vegan eating, the more I push myself in that direction. I am still somewhat omni, but largely cook vegan for myself (I find it easier, in general). There are specific facets of my diet that keep me from going totally veg/vegan, so would love to get my hands on it to get even more ideas as I head down that path.

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185 Kim October 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Sounds great. I’ve been vegetarian for just over 6 months but haven’t been able to make that leap to vegan.

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186 Thane Thiele October 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I would love a chance at winning this book!! It sounds wonderful!!

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187 Lee Anne October 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

On my 3rd Day!!! Still trying to find my way around ….Thank you for sharing!!!

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188 Pamela October 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

The chickpea burger looks yummy! I just finished reading The China Study and would love to have a copy of Colleen’s book to help me get started. I just recently found your website and am having fun exploring!

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189 Rick Fairbanks October 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

This looks great. Can’t wait to try it!!

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190 Eliz Staeheli October 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Thank you so much for your website! Vegan or vegetarian, or just good food, it’s all important in the steps we take to taking care of ourselves!
I’m holding back on veganism–a little afraid of the B12 thing. But, I guess I can take a supplement :).

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191 Jordana October 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Hi,
I have been talking about going vegan for a few months now. I am down to eating meat only once a month or so if I am out to eat and starved. I would love a copy of this book. Hopefully it would help me bridge the gap to cruelty free eating.

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192 Cheryl October 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Can’t wait to this.

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193 Lisa Gould October 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I already follow a near vegan diet… once in a great while I eat honey… but I want to eat better and go 100%!

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194 Kate October 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I love colleen 30 day vegan challenge is the only book I dont have!

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195 Jessica Silva October 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi,

These burgers look so good! I simply love beans of all kinds. I eat vegetarian and have gone vegan from time to time, however baking with eggs seems to be the hardest to give up.

_Jessica

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196 Deanna October 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I’m attempting to be vegan. A program to follow and show you how to do things right would make things easier.

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197 Michele Combest October 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm

This recipe sounds delicious.

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198 Lisa October 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I am preparing to change to a vegan diet. Not only do I have a love for animals, but am also battling Rhuematoid Arthritis. Through research I have learned that a vegan diet may help reduce RA symptoms. I think Colleen’s new book will help me with my new chapter in life.

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199 Alysha swan October 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

I’m wanting riverine journey of being vegan and I feel this book would be a great kick off tool. Like you I have cut dairy out of my system in the past and the way my body reacted when i incorporates it back into my diet my body went crazy. I really hope I win!!!!!

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200 Jennifer DeSimone October 13, 2011 at 1:46 am

I could really relate to your story about “celebrating” 30 days of veganism by eating a pizza! I decided to try going completely vegan and gluten free after advice from a friend who asked me to watch “Forks Over Knives”. I went “cold turkey” (no pun intended!) for a week. I have Crohn’s disease so I have an unfortunate relationship with the toilet anyway. However, during that vegan week, I felt amazingly great! I wasn’t convinced that it was the vegan diet, so I tested it after only a week by eating non-vegan foods and I was immediately running for nearest toilet! So, started over again. Feeling great and WILL NOT be testing it again!! Can’t wait to try yummy new recipes!! Thanks!

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201 Emily B. October 13, 2011 at 5:02 am

I’ve been a vegetarian for 12 years and just recently became a vegan. I am a volunteer of The Gentle Barn where Ellen and Portia DeGeneres help out. I was bottlefeeding their two cows, Holy and Madonna, and I looked into their eyes and I thought about what they would have endured if they were forced into the dairy industry. I decided that was it! Now, I’m a vegan and am very proud to be one! This site is such a wonderful discovery. I can’t wait to explore recipes. It’s quite exciting! Thank you so much for all you do! :o)

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202 Theresa October 13, 2011 at 5:55 am

I’ve been vegetarian for two years and I don’t miss eating meat. I do miss the simplicity of it but not enough to go back. I’d love a copy of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge! I’m definitely intimidated by the idea of going vegan, dairy (cheese) is such a staple in my diet…

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203 Linda Cronin October 13, 2011 at 7:21 am

I am ready! The tahini sauce won me over to give it a try ( and your encouragement !)

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204 Lorrie October 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

These look so very good!!! Love alternative burgers!!! Thanks!

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205 Samantha October 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

These look delicious! I have recently fallen off the vegan train and my insides are not happy with the decision. Will try these to put me back on track :) Thanks!

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206 Renata October 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

Hi! I would love to be entered into the drawing for Colleen’s book. It looks like it is such a nice way to be introduced to the Vegan Lifestyle! Thanks!

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207 daphne jones October 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

Yum!! I will def. try this :)

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208 Karen October 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

The recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for the discussion about the book. Have been meaning to move from vegetarian to vegan for some time, but have some of the exact concerns listed above.

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209 Chris T. October 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

I cannot wait to try out this recipe -looks delish! I am also a “newbie”, but love learining all there is to know about being a vegan. The health benefits alone are so worth it! thanks & someday maybe I’ll have my own recipe on this site “-)

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210 Melissa October 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

I would love the challenge!!!!!!!! I was vegan for awhile, then went back to vegetarian, now trying to go back to vegan!!

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211 Holly October 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

To Naomi below: I had the same issue before I decided to ferment my own yogurt. I bought a yogurt maker for about $30 at Target Online. I buy unsweetened soy milk and found a local wholesale dairy supply distributor that sells non-dairy yogurt starter. So I can make my own yogurt, it saves about 50% of the cost AND you don’t throw away a yogurt cup every day!

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212 Erika October 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

I just found your blog and it s AMAZING! I’d love a copy of the 30 day vegan challenge! I would ultimately like to become 100% vegan.

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213 Kimberly October 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

I really love making my own veggie burgers and this is perfect! I never thought about adding tahini into the mix…can’t wait to try this out. :)

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214 Denise Stillwell October 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

I just found your site and am intrigued- I make my own version of chick pea fritters but this recipe looks much more substantial and satisfying. Just have to tweak it for gluten, soy, and dairy intolerances, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I can’t wait to try this and to make it for my doubting, non-veg friends. I’m also toying with the idea of veganism but am a bit afraid. The Challenge looks like a great way to dip a toe in! Thank you!

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215 Amber Mortensen October 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

I went vegan after Rip’s Engine 2 Diet in July. Your recipes are perfect for the Engine 2! I have already enjoyed the black bean burgers and can’t wait to mix it up with garbanzo beans! Yay

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216 Kerri October 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to read the book.

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217 Tanya Neumann October 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

This looks so yummy!! Cant wait to try it! I would love to have this book…looks very informative. I am def a wannabe vegan.. cheese always gets me..grrrrrrrrr

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218 Zarinah Washington October 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

Id love to win this book! Any support on this new journey is lovely. Cant wait to try this recipe!

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219 Robin October 13, 2011 at 9:21 am

I would love to try this book. I am always looking for simple recipes to understand vegan cooking more and would love to try the challenge.

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220 jennifer October 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

Yum!!!!!!!

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221 Caitlin Falls October 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

These look amazing! I am planning to make them this week :)

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222 Lori October 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

I can’t wait to try this! My 4 year old son might even eat this! we shall see. thanks for all the great recipes.

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223 Kelly Little October 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

I have been a vegan for almost 3 years. If I were to win this book, it would be a gift for my mom and my aunt who are both widows and are really struggling with their weight. They also struggle with health problems which I have tried time and time again to tell them that veganism might help with! If I were to win this book (because I never win anything), maybe they would take it as a sign that this truly is the way to go or at least TRY for 30 days!!! I have made strides in getting them to eat healthier and more organic but I believe in my heart that they won’t be the best that they can be until they jump in the vegan pool 100%. Colleen has such a way with words that I know she can be the motivation that they need to give it a try for 30 days.

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224 Jacki October 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’m def trying these burgers! they look delicious!
My biggest challenge with vegan cooking is the huge (to me) amounts the recipes make. Altho we have a family of four, only two of us have substantial appetites (I’m a runner), and one of those two is only 3 years old. So, that’s one and half adults actually eating more than two bites of anything. ;) I do like to have **some** leftovers but I don’t want to eat the same thing everyday for a whole week (and, I only have the tiniest of freezer space)! I wish recipes said not just how many people it served, but how much actual volume so I would know how to accurately divide the recipe.

In any case, I hope I win! We’ve been vegetarian for a while and are just starting out on our vegan journey….so exciting! Hopefully, I’ll also lose weight!

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225 carol October 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

This burger looks amazing ! So fresh and innovative, love the colors ! Its a must have in my recipe collection as I will be making these later on tonight just like your blog reads”Sinfully Delicious ” indeed !! Thanks for sharing Colleen’s recipe :) !

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226 Liz October 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years and now want to go vegan. I would LOVE to win this book because I am a terrible cook!

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227 Jennifer Carnes October 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

Sounds delicious!

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228 Sharon October 13, 2011 at 9:31 am

Those burgers look amazing!!!

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229 charles October 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

Nice recipe, I am always looking for a good veggie burger recipe. I am not a huge fan of the store bought ones.

Great blog, and I would be happy to win the 30-day deal.

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230 Stefania October 13, 2011 at 9:34 am

Vegetarian for 13 years, I’m now on my way to become vegan. Love this recipe!

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231 Maroulio Klironomos October 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

wow! i love this recipe…ty. i love burgers

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232 Nicole October 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

I am pretty new to your blog but I’ve already made a couple recipes and loved them! I do admit I’ve added cheese to a few of them to please everyone in my house. I’ve been vegetarian for about 1 1/2 years and have a number of friends that have gone vegan, but I feel te same way about it possibly being too much for me. This book sounds great! :)

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233 Teal October 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

Once I realized that I was intolerant of wheat and dairy, the vegan way began to beckon. It is a difficult path to think about journeying down. My life is already so restricted… This recipe, like all with chickpeas, made me smile. When I told a good friend that I wouldn’t eat garbanzo beans because they look funny, he told me not to worry as hummus is made of chickpeas. ;D

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234 Ann T October 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

Susan,

You have totally inspired me as we moved from meat eaters > vegetarianism > to vegan. Our family originally started down this path for health reasons and your site was a wealth of knowledge that showed us making a change was not hard and even wonderfully delicious.

I have done the 21 day kickstart twice and am slowly bringing the family along with me.

Please accept my submission for receiving the 30-day vegan challenge!

Have a great day!!
Ann

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235 Suzanne October 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

I’ve used several recipes from this website. Hummus is a staple at our house. I will give this Chickpea burger a shot. Thanks.

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236 Korine October 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

I’ve been a vegetarian since 2000, and after discovering your website, I’ve slowly been incorporating more and more vegan recipes. I would love to try the 30 Day Vegan Challenge! Thank you for the wonderful recipe ideas! I can’t wait to try these chickpea burgers.

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237 Cathy October 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

YUM!!! These look (and sound) delish! I’m new to being a vegan – forced by increasingly severe allergies to animal products. Always looking for something quick and easy. Need that book! :)

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238 Teal October 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

Once I realized that I was intolerant of wheat and dairy, the vegan way began to beckon. It is a difficult path to think about journeying down. My life is already so restricted…
This recipe, like all with chickpeas, made me smile. When I told a good friend that I wouldn’t eat garbanzo beans because they look funny, he told me not to worry as hummus is made of chickpeas. ;D

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239 Jennifer Guillory October 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

My daughter has a rare genetic disorder that only allows 20% of fat a day or less so we are looking for recipes like this for her to eat!! Thanks so much for your site.

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240 Cindy Ford October 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

Looks super yummy!

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241 Maggie October 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

I’ve been lacto-ovo veg for many years, with frequent vegan meals, but I’ve never been able to make the full transition to veganism. Living in the South makes it especially hard, as eating out becomes nearly impossible. I would love to read this book and take the 30-day challenge. I hope I win, but if I don’t, I think I’ll buy it on your recommendation.

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242 Sue Bair October 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, dinner!

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243 Suzanne October 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

My husband was diagnosed with diabetes in January. We have adapted a life change diet of practically no animal products, low vegetable source fat, and low glycemic index foods. He is off any diabetic medication and has great blood glucose readings. The doctor and dietician marvel at his stats. A1c was 5.9! I would love this vegan challeng cook book! ! ! !

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244 heather October 13, 2011 at 9:54 am

I am in the middle of a 10 day bikram challenge, this is going to be a tasty pick me upof protein!!!!

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245 Lauren Suarez October 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

Please register me to win a copy of the “30 day vegan challenge”! I’m a cheese addict and need help. : ). I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years (when I was 8 I decided meat was gross) but it’s always been a struggle for me to cut out all the dairy. Thanks for all of your great recipes! I am def happier and healthier when I have a big pot of gold rush chili in my fridge.

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246 MsSprat October 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

Photo looks fabulous!

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247 Dawn October 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

I would love to win the cookbook. We have been wanting to vegan and need a way to get us started on this path. It has been too hard to come up with ideas everyday and not have to run out for fast food and junk that is bad for us. Thank you for your recipe. I plan to make it this weekend!

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248 Christy Batterson October 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

I’m very interested in vegan/vegetarian recipes and making the shift over. Having a plan laid out would be wonderful!

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249 m harshman October 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

this looks really yummy!

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250 Valerie October 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

I Love Colleen’s books. 30 Day Vegan Challenge is the only one I don’t have. It would be great to win it from a favorite blog. :)

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251 Elle October 13, 2011 at 10:07 am

After dining at a raw vegan restaurant on a business trip (it was wonderful!), I am interested in learning more about vegan eating.

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252 Kathryn October 13, 2011 at 10:07 am

Love the suggestion for quinoa flakes (which I bought a case of at Amazon and am not sure what to do with, as they’re too mushy for cereal for my tastes!). I’m not gluten sensitive, but prefer to limit grains, and that’s a great idea for other recipes as well.

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253 tj October 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

I am slowly going Vegan from vegetarian but could really use some help. I did the same thing, ate pizza and my stomach revolted. Not enough health food stores and healthy restaurants where I live, even in no. California.

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254 GetSkinnyGoVegan October 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

Would love this book to pass along to a vegan flirt friend!

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255 Mandy October 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

Would love a copy of the book. I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years, but only unsuccessfully attempted to be a vegan once, when I was 15. I lasted three days – cheese was my downfall. Could use some more prodding to move to a vegan diet. Thanks!

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256 Beth October 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

Thank you so much for this opportunity. My family has been vegetarian almost 4 years and trying to be vegan. I’m pregnant now with our third child and having lots of trouble giving up cheese!! These chickpea burgers sound like a perfect craving-fix though… And I think this book will be a big help in our transition. Even if I don’t win a copy, I’ll probably buy one :) Love your website – you are so inspiring!!!

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257 Laura Rayfield October 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

I would love to win the challenge book…I am trying really hard to stay healthy because of osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia caused by a bad car accident.
It is so much easyer to follow an actual paper book because I dont always have internet. I totolly love seeing the facebook updates for ideas on dishes to make when I have a chance to get on facebook.

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258 katehopeeden October 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

That looks fantastic! I’ve tried being vegan and I always miss cheeeeese!!! Having additional (preferably kid friendly) recipes would help a ton!

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259 Desina October 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

These look delicious. I love, sometimes even crave, chickpeas, so this recipe is a must. There’s always a can or more in the cupboard, and since my favourite salad dressing and pasta sauce contain tahini, that’s always available here, too.

Guess what I’m having for dinner tonight?

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260 Laurie g October 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

Would love to win this book as my 3 year old granddaughter very rarely eats meat and I’m trying very hard not to, love your recipes.

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261 Susan G October 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

As my blog profile states, “working on veganism.” Never been able to make the switch completely. A plan would be very helpful!

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262 Keidi October 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

I recently started following your blog and even before you mentioned a giveaway for the book I was intrigued as I also think being vegan will be difficult.
Would love a copy :)

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263 Anne October 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

Hi there! This burger looks amazing. I have been a vegetarian for 20 years, and have been thinking increasingly of going vegan. I would love a copy of that book, just like everyone else here! :)

On another note – thank you so much for your many, many delicious recipes. I’ve been reading you for years and I think this is my first comment!

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264 Adam Francis-Verbeelen October 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

Definitely a recipe to try. Thanks for creating and posting great recipes that my family loves.

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265 Katherine Berlendy October 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

I have been struggling to maintain a vegan diet and typically “fall off the wagon”. It takes a while to beck to eating healthy but having your recipes helps me to get back to what is important. I love all your recipes and am also using them to find new and exciting ways to get my son to eat healthier versions of the foods most kids love to eat. Thanks for such wonderful and delicious recipes. Keep up the great work.
P.S. The 30-Day Vegan Challenge! sounds like it would be a good fit for my family… <3

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266 Vernita October 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

Through the years I have made many recipes from this site and have passed it on to many friends. I think this is the first time I’ve left a comment. Thank you for all the fun, the wonderful pictures, and the great recipes!

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267 Marge October 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

you photos are so great! everything always looks yum, yum, yum good.

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268 Krys Simmons October 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

Can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds so flavorful! Thanks for the contest opportunity :)

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269 Suenell October 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

My life is being changed by going vegan! Back in June I weighed 196-198 . I’d just had my 2nd set of bypasses adding up to a total of 9 along with 3 stents & a few angioplasties! My doctor was wanting to set me up with elective surgery for more but I was both afraid & weary of being opened again & each time taking longer to recover. For over 30 years I’ve eaten very little red meat, a little poultry & fish along with oils, sugars & salts. Now, going vegan, it’s October & I’m down to 174 – the lowest I’ve been in decades! I’m feeling better & with God’s help, my arteries & heart can start healing. My husband is joining me in this venture & he will benefit from the wonderful info that you have provided for us to enjoy. Thank you!

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270 Teresa Buelna October 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

I want to win a copy of the book! Please oh Please pick me! We recently switched over to vegan about a month ago but so many recipes have oil, it’s hard! My husband will help cook if he has recipes where I can wing it a bit more. I need some rescue in the kitchen so this book would really help me out. He’s was 39 when he had a stent placed in a major artery and I have lost 2 aunts to heart disease. We finally feel like we WILL be able to remain healthy eating like this.

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271 Brigitte October 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

This sounds amazing. Better and healthier than ready frozen ‘burgers’. I have so many of your recipes saved to ‘my favorites’. I also have Vegan Holiday Kitchen and 30 Day Vegan Challenge on my wish list on Amazon. Thanks for making becoming vegan not look so hard. I’m still in transition but nearly there.

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272 Heather October 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

I love your ideas .. I have only been vegetarian for two years my boyfriend his whole life.. I am trying to get him away from all the processed foods and cheese it noticably effects him. This will be a great weekend treat for our family! we love all the flavors in the receipe.

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273 jamie October 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

I am about 80% vegan now for ethical and health reasons, (I haven’t been able to kick a serious bacon habit, but I’m trying). I tried once long ago in the 80′s but got kind of turned by all of the “hippie” type food that my wife was feeding me. I’ve found many more 5 star recipes since then and feel much better about my vegan choices. I like your blog a great deal and have tried several of the rceipes with great success. I’d love a copy of the book to help me make the 100% change over easier for me.

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274 connie October 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love your blog and this recipe sounds amazing!! Definitely will try making it :) The vegan cookbook also sounds amazing!

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275 Krista October 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

I would love that book! It sounds so helpful for making the change :)

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276 Shannon Crawley October 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

Hi Susan! I love your blog and I think that a 30 day Vegan challenge is just what I need to do. I currently follow a vegetarian diet, but similar to your posting, I agree with the Vegan philosophy, I just need to make the jump right into it!

Thanks for all of your great recipes and I love reading your blog!

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277 Tammy B October 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

Really like your website and can’t wait to try this recipe …. Would love to have a copy of the cookbook!

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278 Ariana October 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

I have tried to be vegan but all of my recipes and concoctions are terrible. My food also is unappetizing to my carnivore husband. My in-laws have never even heard about veganism before they met me and they all think that I am strange and crazy to even try being vegan. The book would be great to help my family experience veganism and try some yummy and easy recipes that I make.

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279 Tanya October 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Cari,
How long do you boil the tofu to get rid of the tofu taste? I have been a veg. forever but still dont’ like it when it is strong, it can be overpowering… Thanks!

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280 Tanya October 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I meant vegetarian for years….(27 and counting) :)

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281 Gena October 14, 2011 at 7:40 am

Just reviewed the book myself. Colleen is *such* a star in our community, and I can’t wait to try those burgers!

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282 Agnes October 16, 2011 at 4:57 am

Hello,

these look lovely – though I’m not sure how four burgers can yield eight servings?

Thank you for a very inspiring blog!

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283 SusanV October 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

Hmmm. I’m not sure why it says 4 buns, but it actually made 8 burgers/patties. :-)

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284 JessE October 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Thanks Susan and Colleen! These were great. Just ate them as patties with bbq sauce on them, and my non-veg dad really liked them too! KEEPER!

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285 Corinne October 17, 2011 at 8:16 am

This looks absolutely delicious! I will trying it

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286 lea October 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

I made these burger last night and they are delicious! I had to add a few tablespoons of water for them to stick together, but in the end they held their shape very well. Next time I will up the spices to give them more kick. Great recipe- super easy to make with ingredients I always have on hand. Thanks for sharing Susan!

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287 Christina October 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

This looks delicious!! I love falafel’s but I don’t get them often (try once a year!) because they’r fried and I really try to stick to healthy eating habits. I may have to try this one out!

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288 Alan October 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

This recipe is somewhat similar to one I make with white kidney beans. the patty contains white kidney beans, onions, fresh rosemary, and salt. Mash and mix together, bake and put it on a slice of ciabatta bread with some veganaise mixed with chipotle tabasco.

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289 Meredith October 31, 2011 at 10:14 am

Do you think these would freeze well. We’re not vegans (or even vegetarian) but try to eat vegetarian/vegan several times a week. The whole family, including my 15 month old, loved them. I’d love to make a double or triple batch so they’re in the freezer ready to go.

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290 SusanV October 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

I think they would freeze just fine and make a great quick meal. I’m so glad your family loved them!

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291 Michelle November 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

Finally made these tonight for dinner and they were a big hit!

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292 Drew Carpenter November 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

Hey! I was wondering if I could use this recipe in my food studies project? I have chosen to study veganism and need to cook a few dishes. This one looks lush! :D

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293 Susan Voisin November 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’m sure that would be fine!

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294 Vanessa December 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Thanks! I made this last night and it was awesome. Found an organic foods store across from our new apartment so it was organic, low/no fat, and vegan….and, in DB words “Mighty tasty” so, a win. The sauce was a bit drippy but I suspect I used too much yogurt.

For extra fun and because there simply wasn’t enough room in my tiny, tiny chopping device, I sauteed the onion and garlic mince before adding it, it added a nice flavor to it. Also, I ‘fried’ the patties with no oil since they seemed to do fine with the breadcrumbs keeping them from sticking.

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295 islandmommy December 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Excellent recipe! I used natural peanut butter instead of tahini, and left out the cayenne pepper. I had panko bread crumbs on hand so used those. Otherwise I followed the burger recipe exactly– I broke them up as “meatballs” in veggie soup. Delicious!

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296 paresh December 30, 2011 at 2:21 am

many thanks!you have great creative ideas!!!

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297 Shirley January 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Loved these burgers made them last night. I had to add more breadcrumbs as the mixture was a little wet maybe I should have drained the chickpeas better. I didn’t have any parsley but had cilantro so used that instead. Anyway they were really tasty. Thank you.

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298 Jen January 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I am finishing up my raw vegan detox and that maybe the first cooked thing i’m gonna try…:)

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299 Vanessa February 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

Haha – love it, carnivore husband just specifically requested we have these for dinner – you know you have a winning recipe when this happens :)

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300 Allison holms February 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Accidentally grabbed and used almond butter instead of tahini in the burgers and they still ended up great! Even my picky husband who never eats anything I make gobbled them up.

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301 Allison holms February 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

oh and used So delicious coconut yogurt for the sauce and cooked the beans myself in not chicken bouillon. Both added a lot of flavor!

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302 Mehl February 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Made these burgers tonight (for the second time since discovering earlier this month)… Love. LoveLoveLove! Thank you!

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303 Kristen @ junkyardwhimsy.com February 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

YUM YUM YUM! These were great and my meat-eating husband had TWO servings!! Vegan success at my house!

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304 Megan March 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Soooo good!!! I just made these for dinner and wow they were great and the sauce is so yummy too!!! I didnt have breadcrumbs so i ground up some whole grain crackers and used that instead, worked like a charm :) thanks for this! Will be making it again!

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305 Kelsi March 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Looks awesome!

I’ve personally never tried to make a Tahini sauce, but this might be my inspiration for tomorrow night.

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306 MaryNell March 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Just curious if this is eight servings or four. The recipe makes eight patties, but calls for only four buns or pita pockets.

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307 Susan Voisin March 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Good question! The nutrition facts are based on one patty, or 1/8 of the recipe. I could see using 4 pita breads–you could put 1 burger into each half pita–but I don’t quite get the 4 buns part.

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308 nicole May 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hi Susan..Just curious if there is anything I could use to substitute for the tahini aside from a different nut butter? I don’t eat nuts or seeds but I’d love to try out these burgers if possible without that addition. Thanks!

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309 Susan Voisin May 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

You can just leave it out of the burgers, but I’m afraid I can’t thing of any substitute in the sauce.

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310 Susanne May 22, 2012 at 2:30 am

This is a great recipe and I like that the burgers are baked and not fried.

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311 Jessica May 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

These sound great, but we are trying to avoid all oil due to my husband’s high cholesterol. Any suggestions for leaving the tahini out of the burgers and sauce?

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312 Susan Voisin May 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

You can just leave it out of the burgers. For the sauce, you could probably change it to a chipotle sauce by leaving out the tahini and using chopped chipotle pepper or chipotle powder to taste. Or just use your favorite fat-free dressing.

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313 alison May 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

if you’re on the fence about being vegan, definitely do the 30 day challenge and watch forks over knives. definitely opens your eyes. i went to a plant based diet after watching it and so far so good!!!

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314 Nicole June 21, 2012 at 7:54 am

Hi Susan, could I replace the onion for a green pepper or other vegetable? I’m not partial to onions so much. Thanks :)

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315 Susan Voisin June 21, 2012 at 8:02 am

I think that would be fine, Nicole. Hope you enjoy them!

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316 Manuela July 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Oh my these are Uh-MAZING!!!! Our meat lover friends even loved them at our 4th of July meatless BBQ!! This will be a regular staple in our meals! Thank you for such an amazing recipe!!

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317 Lisa July 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I’m not vegan (although i always like to imagine i could be).. i’m not even really a vegetarian since i sometimes eat meat on the weekends.. but what i always try to be is a healthy and informed eater. I just made these and they’re awesome. I had it in a homemade pita with some baby spinach and homemade made tzatziki. I only used half a cup of bread crumbs, left out the coriander since i don’t have any, substituted fresh parsley for dry basil (all i had) and was only able to shape seven 2-2.5 inch diameter patties. Still very good. So much flavor. Mine came out really mushy but i think i added too much water to shape. Oh well. Now i have lunch/dinner for a few days. THANK YOU!

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318 Rayca July 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Looks fabulous but what about the bun! That looks so wholesome and yummy. What kind of bun is that?

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319 Susan Voisin July 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Sorry–it’s just a whole-grain roll that I bought from a store. I wish I had a recipe for it that I could give you.

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320 Teresa August 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I just made a batch of these — OMG. They are awesome! But I have 8 left….is it okay to freeze these, or should I just keep them in the fridge and try to eat one a day over the next week?? Will they keep that long in the fridge? (I’d prefer to freeze them, if possible.) Also – FYI – I didn’t have any soy yogurt to make the tahini sauce, so instead, I mixed into a small bowl about a teaspoon of tahini, 2-3 tablespoons of your prepared Hidden Cashew Ranch Dressing, and a little bit of lemon juice. Was fantastic!

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321 Susan Voisin August 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I’m so glad you liked them! I don’t think you’ll have any trouble freezing them, but I also think they should keep for a week.

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322 megplant August 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Just tried this recipe out tonight and it was super yummy! I ended up mixing all the chopped ingredients, chick peas, and seasoning (minus the breadcrumbs) up in my Vitamix and it actually turned out quite well. It was a good thing I pre-chopped the parsley and onion, because as I expected, the mixture was too thick for the blades to actually turn much of it over though it did manage to break up the chickpeas into a good consistency. It actually came out quite a bit like hummus, but a little bit chunkier. I ended up not adding any of the breadcrumbs at all.

I also used plain coconut milk yogurt in place of soy yogurt in the sauce, and it came out fine.

I served it like falafel in a pita with cucumbers, tomato and onion. I’ll definitely be doing it again.

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323 Esther J September 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Very good, Mrs. V.!

I, living in the rural area I do, haven’t had falafel in a few years (can’t believe it’s been that long. When I lived in the city, they were a staple).

Sub’d natural peanut butter for the tahini and quick oats for the bread crumbs and they turned out just fine.

Thanks so very much for all you do! :)

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324 Wendy October 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Just wondering why non vegan ingredients like yogurt (Animal product) are on a vegan recipe site?

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325 Susan Voisin October 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Soy yogurt is not an animal product.

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326 puraG October 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I am new to vegan diet. Thank you for these recipes. I will try some this week. Hope this would inspire to continue.

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327 Susan Voisin October 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Welcome to the vegan way of eating! I hope you love the recipes.

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328 Alyssa December 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I love your food, but this recipe just will not behave for me!! I followed every step except for the salt, and the patties seemed to be forming better this time, so I didn’t add any water. After 10 minutes in the oven, they fell apart! So that was frustrating. I’m sure they will taste good, but it’s not really a burger if it can’t hold its shape.

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329 jason March 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I just tried these, and i must say , they were beyond delicous…… i did make a few alterations,… nothing major… i boiled my canned(already cooked ) chickpeas for a good 15 minutes so i could get the skins off(do this when making hummus too) the skins float to the top and u skim them out with a slotted spoon(discard in trash..or eat..)…I used garlic powder instead of fresh(i actually had the clove skinned and forgot to put it in haha)…. and i may have added a bit extra salt and cumin… also for my topping i omitted the sour cream and just used lemon juice and tahini ( i was tempted to chuck in some minced onion or a dash of cumin, but didnt)…oh also i finely chopped and added sugarsnap peas into the mix.. and i didnt have pitas so i used tortilla wraps(was gonna use bread.. but i think the wrap would be much better…).topped mine with the sauce i made(which i love, it was kinda runny about 3 tsp lemon juice , one tbsp of tahinni..was tangy..) and some finely chopped onion , slices of tomato and lettuce… SO SO SO dang good!!
And i fried mine in about a tsp of olive oil and a bit of Pam type spray..
I have to say.. i dont know if i will be buying veggie burgers again ,when i can make these and hopefully freeze them too.. i froze one tonite (leftover) hope it freezes okay.. .. ty very much. !!

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330 jason March 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

making them again.. have a few fans of them already i would love to be on your mailign list !!!i joined the fb page too !! pls share more recipes like this !!!

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331 Esther J April 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm

These hit the spot today. Just right, perfect.

I’ve made them before but this time, something just seemed magical about them (maybe the flavor and fat in the tahini was what I needed).

:)

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332 Annie July 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

WOW! These things are HUGE! I measured 1 1/2 cups of the chickpeas and after it was all mixed together, I realized I could have made 3. Instead I made two huge ones and skipped the side dish….also melted some Daiya Cheddar “cheese” on top. So excellent! Thanks so much for a fantastic recipe! I’m new to veganism and I’m always on the lookout to try something new. This one is a winner!

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333 Susan Voisin July 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

You made 2 burgers out of the whole recipe? They must have been enormous! I’m surprised they cooked all the way through. The recipe is supposed to make 8!

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334 Esther J August 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I’ve made these time and again, and next time–this idea just occurred to me–I’ll try making them into falafel balls instead of the burgers.

(Why it took me so long to think of that, I don’t know.)

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335 Dritan October 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Could I use a blender in place of a food processer?

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336 Susan Voisin October 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

A blender would have a hard time blending chickpeas without any liquid. It would be easier to mash them with a potato masher.

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337 Teresa February 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

So, I made these w/the tahini sauce. (I’m the only vegan in the family, but when I cook they eat what I make (my rule!)) I also made the “best vegan green bean casserole” as a side dish. Well, my youngest who hates vegetables (especially mushrooms) asked for 3 helpings of the green beans (eating the mushrooms, too), and the two older teenagers put the beans on top of the burgers, and then topped that with the tahini sauce.

So, these two recipes were a big hit with the non-vegan family! Thank you, Susan!!

I actually made extra and have put them in the freezer (uncooked.) I’m anxious to find out how they turn out when I cook them at a later date.

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