Upton’s Naturals Seitan Giveaway

Upton's Naturals Seitan GiveawayThe month of giveaways continues! While I will be having my usual variety of posts this month as well, I have a number of giveaways up my sleeve. I always love winning prizes and getting mail, and I hope that you do too!

Today’s giveaway comes from the folks at Upton’s Naturals.  It is no secret that I have it bad for Upton’s Naturals seitan. In fact, if there was some kind of weird desert island scenario, in which I could only have one kind of seitan for now and forever, you’d probably find me drinking out of a coconut, wearing a lei, and settling in to another Upton’s seitan BLT.

Upton's Naturals Seitan BaconUpton’s Naturals is a vegan-owned business based out of Chicago, Illinois. (If you’re ever in the area, they also have a small eatery called Upton’s Breakroom. I visited last year, and you can read that post here.) Their seitan line-up includes traditional, ground, chorizo, Italian, and the aforementioned bacon.  Depending on your area, they also offer a variety of pre-made sandwiches and meals.

The thing that I like about their seitan, in addition to the taste obviously, is the fact that the ingredients are the same as if I was making seitan at home. For example, the ingredients in the Italian seitan are water, vital wheat gluten, soy sauce, whole wheat flour, garlic, oregano, sea salt, onion, fennel, black pepper, and red pepper.  While I’m no stranger to making my own seitan, it’s super handy to just grab a package at the grocery store for a quick and convenient pizza topping, sandwich, or whatnot.

Upton's Naturals Seitan Bacon + a giveawayThe seitan bacon makes an excellent addition to a platter of tofu scramble and hashbrowns. Plus, my garlicky collard greens are taken up a notch by first sautéing diced bacon seitan with minced garlic and then letting the collards cook down in vegetable broth.

But the bacon isn’t the only product getting some love. The Italian seitan sausage is a tasty and toothsome layer in lasagna and makes regular appearances on pizza with red bell pepper and onions. The chorizo seitan is a wonderful addition to tacos or taco pizza.

I also use their seitan for:

Bacon Wrapped Cashew Cheese Stuffed DatesSeitan Bacon Wrapped Cashew Cheese Stuffed Dates

Breakfast Burrito with Roasted PotatoesBreakfast Burrito with Roasted Potatoes

Vegan chorizo & black bean fried puffy tacosSeitan Chorizo & Black Bean Puffy Tacos

Mashed Potato Ghosts with Seitan Bacon GravyMashed Potato Ghosts with Seitan Bacon Gravy

Upton's Naturals Seitan GiveawayI was psyched when the folks at Upton’s Naturals contacted me about doing a giveaway, and this one is crazy awesome.

It includes:

5 Free Upton’s Naturals Seitan Coupons

5 $1 off Upton’s Naturals Seitan Coupons

5 Recipe cards

1 T-shirt

& a swag bag of buttons, moustaches, and temporary tattoos

This giveaway is for U.S. residents only. A winner will be chosen at random. Please make sure I have a way to contact you by email or by blog, or I will have to pick a different winner.  Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I received the same prize package above from Upton’s Naturals at no cost in addition to the prizes for the giveaway.  The thoughts and opinions expressed are totally my own.

Vegan Jewelry + a Giveaway from Christy Robinson Designs

vgn4thm2Thank you for all of the thoughtful comments on last week’s post about When People Won’t Eat Your Food Because It’s Vegan. I have really enjoyed hearing your own experiences and tips on what you’ve done in similar circumstances. If you’re a U.S. reader, I hope that your Thanksgiving celebration went off without a hitch.

Today I have something really special in store!

I know that for many people the start of the holiday shopping season means buying large screen TV’s and laptops, but that’s never been my style. You won’t find me standing outside in the cold, waiting to break into an electronics store at midnight. I prefer handmade items and gifts that have meaning for both the recipient and the giver. I like to support small artists, because I think there’s something very special about giving a gift that was made in someone else’s own two hands.

Vegan-themed jewelry + a giveaway from Christy Robinson DesignsSo just in time for Christmas shopping and Cyber Monday, I am featuring one of my very favorite jewelry artists, Christy Robinson. In her work, she uses recycled metals such as aluminum, copper, and sterling silver. She’s also recently started making necklaces with precious metal clay, including a beautiful peace dove. Christy is vegan and an animal advocate.  A portion of her proceeds go to various charities that support animals, the earth, and the humans who live there.

Vegan-themed jewelry from Christy Robinson DesignsIf you can believe it, the first time that I ever posted about Christy’s work was way back in 2009 – almost five years ago to the day! I continue to adore the simple understated quality of her jewelry, which features compassionate sayings, animal friends, and more. Her necklaces, rings, and bracelets are the kind of jewelry that you can wear everyday, no special occasion necessary.

Over the years I have purchased several pieces from Christy for myself and for others, including a Vegan ring and a cow necklace that says, Friend Not Food. One year I contacted her about a necklace I wanted featuring one of my favorite animals, sheep. The necklace was finished with a coating that looks like sheep’s wool.

Vegan jewelry and a giveaway from Christy Robinson DesignsWhile I support any reason that a person chooses to live a more compassionate lifestyle, for me the reason that I went vegan was because I wanted to minimize harm. If I have a choice to not bring suffering to others, then that’s what I want. I think being vegan is a really healthy and joyful way to live, but the number one reason I am vegan is for the animals.  So the message that I wanted on my necklace was Vegan for Them.

Christy was such a delight to work with, listened to my requests, and then made a necklace that exceeded my hopes. Even after all of these years, all of the pieces have held up beautifully.  (When not in use, I keep the jewelry in plastic baggies, away from the air that tarnishes the silver portions.  To polish the silver, I use a polishing cloth.)

Vegan-themed jewelry & more from Cristy Robinson Designs + a giveaway!Before the holidays, I contacted Christy about doing a giveaway here at Cadry’s Kitchen. Christy generously agreed and offered that I could pick the item up for grabs. I decided on the goat necklace below. I have given a version of that necklace as a gift in the past, and I just love the sentiment. Plus, goats are very close to my heart. I love their enthusiasm for life.

The quote comes from a lyric by The Smiths, and it says, It takes strength to be gentle and kind. In our world, there are many who believe that might equals right and that power comes with a fist. I see it differently. When I see people who are brave enough to be gentle, kind, and compassionate, even when it’s unpopular or met with criticism, that’s where I find real strength.

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. A winner will be chosen randomly. Please make sure that I have a way of contacting you either by email or by blog. If I’m not able to reach you, I’ll have to pick a different winner.

Christy is also having a Cyber Monday sale on her Etsy site for today only for 15% off with the code CYBERMONDAY15.

It takes strength to be gentle & kind - necklace by Christy Robinson

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Photo credit: Goat photo by Christy Robinson, remaining photos by Cadry Nelson