Jan 28, 2015

Chickpea, beet and peanut butter patties and an international cookbook giveaway!

You can the recipe in the end of this post

It seems like it was just a couple of days ago, when I received an e-mail from the publisher in New York, that they would like to publish my cookbook. Now, Vegan Dinner Party has been out for a couple of months. When I received my copy, I was really happy with this beautiful book. Full color photos for every recipe and lots of amazing dishes you can prepare with ease. No fancy and long ingredient lists. No slaving in the kitchen for hours. All these recipes are comforting, super tasty and affordable. Foods, that are actually doable and not just pretty to look at. 

When I first started writing this cookbook, I swear I had some hard time with all these cups and ounces. In Europe, we only use grams, milliliters and so on. But I mastered it pretty soon and now, it sometimes seems even more logical. I can't believe I just said that, but it does. Now I always create my recipes in both European and US measurement units.

When the publisher offered me a contract, they said they liked my "comforting dishes and vibrant photos". I was glad to hear they liked my style, since I have always made my dishes more home-style and not too extravagant. 

I really want to give away a signed copy of my cookbook! Did I mention I will ship ANYWHERE in the world? Yup, you can live in the tundra, in Luxembourg or in Hawaii, I don't care. As long as you have a shipping address, the book will come to you. If you want to enter the giveaway, there are three steps you should make. First, you have to visit the VeganSandra Facebook page. And hell, if you like it, why not push the "Like" button too? Second, you should leave a comment in this blog post, writing what kind vegan of dish would you like to offer to your guests at a vegan dinner party. Third step is not mandatory, but recommended to up your chances to win. You can share this giveaway in Twitter.

Enter the giveaway here:

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Hurray! The winner is MONA MENETS! I just sent her a joyful e-mail. THANK you all for taking part of this giveaway and leaving wonderful comments! Until the next time ;)

Peek inside my cookbook in this mini-video: 

But now, let's get back to this recipe. You can pan-fry, bake or grill these patties. They are pretty versatile. Delicious from Spring to Winter. From Monday to Sunday. Protein rich chickpeas give them a great texture. Baked beets add a super nice subtle sweet taste. And peanut butter gives a rich and nutty flavor. And just look at that bright pink color! You can serve these fellas on a bread with some arugula. Or as a burger. Or with rice or mashed potatoes. Whatever you feel like. In winter, it is definitely easier to pan-fry them or bake them. But in the barbecue season, grill away! Just make sure the grill tray is really hot and properly greased, before you put the patties on it.

Serves: 8-10 people


·         2 cups / 400 g dry chickpeas
·         3 cups / 400 g uncooked beet cubes
·         2 Tbsp oil
·         ½ tsp salt
·         pinch of ground black pepper
·         4 tsp peanut butter (I made it myself, just blend the salted and roasted peanuts until smooth)
·         1 cup / 235 ml hot water
·         ¾ tsp salt
·         6 Tbsp your favorite smoky vegan barbecue sauce
·         ¾ cups / 100 g breadcrumbs


Soak the chickpeas for 10-12 hours. Boil until completely soft. In the meantime, mix the beet cubes with oil, salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 400 F / 200 C for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes. Drain and rinse the cooked chickpeas. In a large bowl, mix drained chickpeas with peanut butter, hot water, salt and barbecue sauce. Blend with a hand blender until smooth. Add breadcrumbs and baked beet cubes. Mix with your hands. Form patties and grill on both sides.


  1. I would choose to serve the patties. This blog post caught my interest and it was even better that I had a chance to win a vegan cookbook!

  2. mõni hõrk püreesupp ja maitsva määrdega leivaviil sinna kõrvale oleks igati paslik nii dinee eelroaks kui hilisemat sorti brunchil serveerimiseks :-) mm!

  3. Mina pakuks lillkapsa-läätsepada, hea, lihtne ja läheb ka lihasööjatele hästi peale!!:))

  4. Minu vegan dinner party peastaar oleks kindlasti hoopis magustoit! Midagi hästi luksuslikku, šokolaadi ja rohke kookosega. Soovitavalt ilma suhkruta ja nii hea, et keegi ei usuks, et see absoluutselt patuvaba on :D

  5. Pakuksin vegan burgereid :) kellele siis burgerid ei meeldiks :)

  6. At a vegan dinner party I would like to share a main dish, such as a casserole. Usually I bring desserts because I can make those all right, but I am not very good with main dishes! I hope to get more confident with them by trying recipes on your blog.
    I don't have Twitter, but I did share your cookbook flip video on my page on Facebook!

  7. I think a casserole would be a great place to start. =)

  8. I don't see my comment here - maybe it's on Facebook! I will write it again.
    I would like to bring a casserole type dish, some kind of main course, like your Creamy Cabbage and Tomato Pie. I hope to get better at cooking from trying your recipes. I usually bring desserts or muffins to potlucks, because that's what I can make! It's time for me to learn to make the main course!

  9. At a vegan dinner party, I'd definitely serve up tried-and-tested recipes. I like food that people can serve themselves, so I like grain salads, stews, curries and casseroles. My favourite thing to make is enchiladas, but they take a long time so are definitely only for special occasions!

  10. Ketlīna KļaviņaJanuary 28, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    What I do like to serve my friends usually - some home baked hand pies, like, perhaps, with eggplant/onions/carrots. But most of your recipes look very serveable as well, and since I'm from Latvia, most of the ingriedients are available here also. So thanks for the good work! 😊

  11. I would choose to serve different types of vegan salad.

  12. a vegan lasagna is always good. tho i make some meat pumpkin wontons

  13. I would have mole and guacamole

  14. Kartulisalatit ja falafele

  15. Roasted veggies. Easy and delicious!

  16. It's pretty cold right now so soup/stews and who can resist stuffed peppers or tomatoes?

  17. Soba noodles with veggies and or mushroom pho

  18. Danielle Orrenmaa BermudezFebruary 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Vegan chili is a fav of mine to serve

  19. adore bean and zucchini cutlets!

  20. def finger food! No yeast blinis with your peanut sauce maybe?

  21. I make a black bean guacamole for parties! It works for any time of the year because the beans and tomatoes make it hearty and rustic! Yum!

  22. Romanova AlexandraFebruary 4, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Italian noodle salad! Super easy and everyone loves it.

  23. Pasta bolognese with beans and lentils.


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