Black Bean Sliders with Mango Sundried Tomato Sauce

Last weekend I took advantage of meeting some incredible people via Have you used before?

I’m in love with it. For those who are not familiar with, I like explain it like this: is for friends.

If you’re new to an area, or just don’t know all that many people where you live, can be an amazing tool in finding like-minded people and different activities to do. There are literally thousands of meetup groups to belong to and to join in on. And most are all free! Hiking, biking, walking, boot camps, book clubs, Paleo-eaters, vegan, raw, vegetarian, restaurant-goers, knitting clubs, blogging informants, networking groups, beer drinkers, wine lovers, the list goes on and on.

It’s a cool site, trust me.

Anyway, I joined a few different groups in my area and one just met up for a vegan potluck for some delicious food with great company. And I’m telling you, I have never, ever in my life had the most incredible, rich, chocolate cake, like the one I had at this vegan potluck.

For my potluck contribution, I made the original version of the Enjoy Life Mega Chips recipe for Blondies (found on the back of the package), which were a serious hit. I was going to make my Brunette’s version of Blondies but I decided just to stick with the classic. I think I liked my remake better, although the package recipe was pretty great.

There was a lot of food being shared that day.

Kidney Bean & Corn Salad

Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese made with Cashew Cheese

Sprouted Beans with Braggs Aminos and Apple Cider Vinegar (best dish ever!)

Juicy fresh figs

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Rich, chocolaty, moist, decadent, sugary chocolate cake. Vegan and incredible.

My plate


There was way more food but these were the highlights of the sharing table. I brought some black bean burgers for myself and my mom, who accompanied me.

As a taste-test, I had a few people try my mango sundried tomato sauce. They were quite surprised how tasty it was. Honestly, I was surprised. And even more honestly, I’d like to bottle it and sell it in every grocery store. It’s that good. But I can’t take all the credit… just some, because I recreated it. 😉


The thing I love most about is that it gives you a (hopefully safe) way to interact with other people who may share the same values or energy or likes. You can meet some pretty cool people and increase your circle of friends. Did I mention it’s a great way to network and grow your little blog? Side perk, chocolate cake…

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