Contest Winner...and New Contest!!

Well, thanks so much for all your participation in the contests, friends! And I have a winner....
(drumroll, anyone?)....It's...Jennifer!! Congratulations, Jennifer! Now you just need to give me your address & you'll be the proud new owner of 9 cookbooks!!


Anyway...this was SO much fun that I've decided to further clean out my cookbook shelf.
Now, I'm giving away my copies of the following books:

1. Easy Indian Cooking (not vegetarian, but it's easy to make substitutions)
2. Candle Cafe Cookbook (vegan - by the owners of the lovely Candle Cafe in NYC)
3. Vegan Vittles (best fake cheese recipe ever ("Crock Cheese")! That page is getting photocopied before I send it off...)
4. The McDougall Health-Supporting Cookbook (vegan and fat-free)
5. World Vegetarian (HUGE book, not vegan but easy to make substitutions & tons of vegan options)
6. Jordinian Cooking (not vegetarian, but lots of great Jordinian vegan/vegetarian recipes)
7. The American Vegetarian Cookbook (vegan, authored by the lovely Marilyn Diamond - she's such a sweetie & that is truly a timeless book!)

...and yet again, I cannot bring myself to give away all these books without including a signed copy of mine - the 2nd edition of Radiant Health, Inner Wealth. Can't help it. Gotta.

So, here's how to play:
1. Follow this blog (scroll down the left side where it says "followers" and click follow. Go through the 30 second rigamarole that is involved with completing that transaction.
2. "Like" my facebook fan page by clicking here.
3. Reply to this post, answering this question: "What is your favorite cookbook recipe of all time?"

Wee fun! Last day to enter is May 19th and winner will be announced on May 20th.

Veggie Crack

Not sure why, but I've been strung out on asparagus lately. I've been making it a certain way, and I tell ya - it's addictive. I can't stop eating it. I bought about 6 pounds of organic asparagus on sale the other day, thinking it might last me a while. But alas, I'm already out and jonesing for more.

But at least this addiction doesn't have any bad side effects! Asparagus, like all vegetables, is low in calories and high in fiber. It's an ideal health and weight loss food and, according to Ayurvedic medicine, is considered tridoshic. This, simply translated, means that it's great for all body types. Asparagus is high in vitamins as well, including the elusive B-vitamins.

This simple, quick preparation has become a standby in my daily dinners - it's so easy to prepare and is insanely delish! Hope you enjoy.

4 cups chopped asparagus (washed well and trimmed)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
To taste: garlic granules (or fresh pressed garlic) and seasoned salt

1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
2. On a nonstick cookie sheet, lay the asparagus out in a single layer. Drizzle the oil on top and sprinkle lightly with the garlic and salt. Shake the pan gently yet thoroughly until the asparagus pieces are evenly coated with the oil and seasonings.
3. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until very tender and well browned in parts. You may remove it once or twice while it's cooking to shake the pan a bit. Serve immediately.

Serves 1-2/GF/SF/Green (according to the guidelines in Radiant Health, Inner Wealth)

NOTE: I normally minimize the cooking of my foods in order to preserve nutrients and freshness. Like my use of fats, my use of heat is based on this philosophy: "Only use as much as you need for the desired flavor - no more." In this case, the asparagus does well with slightly more cooking. In fact, roasting vegetables (and grilling them) is the only time I cook them past the point of being crisp-tender. It seems to really bring out the flavors to cook them thoroughly when you're roasting and grilling them. However, in a stir-fry or otherwise, feel free to cook for far less time, or serve raw. Enjoy!!

Five Favorite Quick, Healthy Breakfasts!

As I was running out the door yesterday, time-crunched for a busy day at the Durango Green Living Expo, I decided to make a healthy, sustaining breakfast that I could take with me. What I ended up with was a delicious superfoods mixture of cherries, hemp, vegan yogurt, and more. It immediately perked me up and kept my energy going for way longer than I would have expected! It was many hours later before I needed to refuel.

I often hear from my readers that they are always looking for healthy, quick breakfast ideas. So, today I thought I'd share a few of my favorites as well as my new recipe for "Cherry Power Shake" (the yumminess from yesterday - that also happened to make it into my blender cup this morning too!)...

My Five Favorite Quick, Healthy Breakfasts:

1. A big fruit salad - this only takes a few minutes to prepare and is great for continuous snacking. My favorite combination is a sliced banana and a sectioned clementine gently tossed with one cup of mixed berries. This is also a big hit with kids!

2. A healthy parfait: I've been grooving on Nancy's soy yogurt lately and have been putting it in everything! At the risk of sounding like I'm trying to sell you something (and btw, I don't see a dime from them), their soy yogurt is THE best on the market. It's the only kind I eat, actually, as it's the only one that feels fresh and nourishing in my system. Many of the other vegan brands feel very denatured to me. So anyhoo...I like to put this lovely plain soy yogurt in a bowl and top it with high fiber organic cereal and a cup of fresh berries. Happiness!

3. A slice of sprouted grain bread (or a sprouted English muffin) with almond butter and organic orange marmalade will keep your body energized and your taste buds satisfied! Sprouted grains, in case you didn't know, are wonderfully nutritious. Any time you sprout a grain you exponentially increase its available nutrients. My favorite is the Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted sesame bread. Yum!

4. If you really need something hearty, a breakfast burrito can be made the healthy way. Begin with a whole grain tortilla (I'm loving the Cedarlane sprouted grain tortillas as they're soft yet still contain sprouted wheat). Next, add healthy high-fiber fillings such as roasted potatoes, sauteed vegetables, pan-fried tempeh, and salsa. I always like to shake on a little extra hot sauce too. Because that's just how I roll.

5. As promised, my "Cherry Power Shake:"

To make this yummy superfoods concoction, place the following ingredients in your blender:

1/2 cup EACH: frozen banana chunks and frozen cherries (organic)
1/2 cup EACH: nondairy milk and vegan yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (uber-high in Omega-3s, fiber, and chlorophyll)

Blend and serve immediately. So simple, so healthy, so gooooooooood!!!

This recipe is "green" (according to the guidelines in "Radiant Health, Inner Wealth"). It serves one and is gluten-free (GF).

Eating a nourishing, vitalizing breakfast is a great way to set the tone for a healthy, inspired day! It's also an important way to be pro-active with your health - which will help you to stay healthy and prevent illnesses. For other great prevention ideas, you can visit the Kathleen Show's Prevention Not Prescriptions Tuesdays. I often contribute blogs for that program, and there are also many other informative, inspiring articles on all kinds of cutting-edge health topics.

Namaste and see you next time!

Everything Nice Popcorn

This yummy, quick treat is a big hit with both kids and adults.

It's from the second edition of my book Radiant Health, Inner Wealth.
Hope you enjoy!!

Everything Nice Popcorn

Cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar. Do I really have to say anything else?

4 teaspoons oil (coconut, sunflower, or non-virgin olive)
½ cup popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons each: non-hydrogenated margarine, agave nectar, and organic sugar
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon each: ground cinnamon and vanilla extract

1. Place a heavy pot with a tight fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add the popping oil and the popcorn. To prevent it from burning, you will want to shake the pot frequently. This will distribute the oil and keep the popcorn kernels from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Be sure to hold onto the lid with hot pads while you shake it! Continue to cook until the popping slows down to 1-2 seconds in between pops. Remove from heat.

2. In a small pan, melt the margarine. Stir in the agave, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla and mix well.

3. Drizzle the sweetness over the popped corn, using a rubber spatula to mix everything together well. That’s about all you need me for! Enjoy your bowl of delightful flavors—and I hope you like your movie.

Serves about 4; 30 minutes or under! GF/Blue (according to the guidelines in Radiant Health, Inner Wealth)

New Giveaway!!!

Greetings, friends! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the start of spring. Yay, tulips and asparagus!!

So, I've finally decided what my next giveaway shall be....

As any cookbook author can attest, it's really hard to keep up with all of your other cookbooks when you're constantly testing your own recipes. So, I've decided to give 8 of my cookbooks a new home...YOUR home!

I'm going to be giving away a copy of all of the following books to the winner:

*The New Farm Vegetarian (Vegan) Cookbook
*Veggie Lovers Cook Book
*Fresh and Fast Vegan Pleasures
*Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker
*Vegetarian Sushi
*The Millenium Cookbook (from the renowned vegan restaurant in San Francisco)
*Tofu Cookery (vegan)
*Thai Vegetarian Cooking (authentic Thai dishes)

...Oh, and I'm thinking I'll have to throw in a FREE SIGNED COPY of Radiant Health, Inner Wealth as well. I can't send you all those other cookbooks and not send you mine! ;)

So how do you enter? Here be the rules:

1. Follow this blog (on the lower left side of this page you'll see "followers." Just above that, you can click on "follow" to follow this blog.
2. Become a fan on my facebook page.
3. Reply to this post, stating what your all-time favorite cook book is and WHY!

Good luck - the contest will end on April 26th and the winner will be announced on April 27th. And this time I'm hoping some sort of lunar madness will happen so you can ALL win!! ;)

Sourdough contest - Shelby K is the winner!!!

Congratulations, Shelby K! You have won a complete sourdough bread making set-up!!! I hope this provides you with years of fun and healthy, yummy bread. Please message me with your address so I can send you the goods!! :-)

p.s. Please stay tuned - a new contest will begin next week. Any suggestions for giveaways???

Drink Your Way to Radiant Health in 10 Easy Steps!

Today, I was thinking about drinking. No, I wasn't contemplating a run to the bar for a beer and a tequila shot. I was thinking about how important it is to fuel our bodies with the right liquids. We spend so much time focusing on what we eat that we often forget the utter importance of what we drink. Cutting out the less than desirable beverages and making more vitalizing choices will actually go a very long way in ensuring our wellness.

So here are my Top 10 Ways to Drink Your Way to Radiant Health!

1. Water your garden. You are your garden, by the way. And you need to water yourself good and plenty to make sure your health is blooming! Aim for about three quarts of water daily. I know many experts say to drink half your body weight in ounces daily, but that's not quite enough for some. Personally, I tend to drink my whole body weight in ounces each day, which works for me. Find the amount, however, that works for you and be sure to keep up with it. Drinking enough water will keep your digestive system happy as well as prevent dehydration-based fatigue (more common than most people think).

2. Try substituting your daily coffee with some green tea, yerba mate, or kombucha. These teas are uber-high in antioxidants and don't contain many of the health-depleting aspects of coffee.

3. Again with the kombucha...have you tried this stuff? OMG, it's good. Plus, it makes you feel good. You can read my blog for tips on making your own, or try GT Synergy's bottled kombucha - the strawberry, grape, passionberry, and guava are my favorites. And if you're new to kombucha, it's a fermented Chinese tea that's loaded with nutritional benefits. To me, it feels like an instant vitamin shot!

4. Addicted to diet sodas? I used to be, but haven't gone near that crazy junk in over ten years. Aspartame is pure evil in my opinion and should be avoided like the plague! If you must drink diet sodas, search out Zevia. It's natural and sweetened only with stevia (a healthy green plant). I don't like all their flavors, but the cola, cherry, and root beer are all great (when ice cold).

5. Lemon water is my Elvis. It rocks my mornings with its detoxifying, cleansing properties! Try squeezing the juice of 1/2 (or one whole) lemon into some water each morning. It really feels great.

6. Herbal teas are a great way to add a plethora of nutrients to your day. Try making tea with nutrient-rich nettles, alfalfa, mint, and hibiscus.

7. For a great mini-meal, try a super-powered shake or smoothie! Use a base of nondairy milk or unsweetened juice and sweeten with frozen bananas. From there, add fresh or frozen fruits as desired. You can also increase the power factor with some hemp protein powder, flax meal, or powdered greens (such as barley grass or spirulena).

8. Limit or eliminate your alcohol use. By doing so, you'll enjoy heightened clarity, better health, a trimmer waistline, and a fatter wallet!

9. Find a supergreen drink that you love. Many health food stores carry them and a local herbalist (in Pagosa Springs) also makes a great one called "Green Power." Or, wait for my next book (due out this May), which includes a recipe for "Green Radiance." No matter which way you go on this, a green drink powder is great to add to smoothies or simply to stir into water. It will help your system detoxify - plus, it contains loads of chlorophyll, iron, and minerals. This means glowing skin and better health overall for you!

10. I was having trouble coming up with this last one, and just asked my 6-yr-old what a healthy drink might be. Her quick reply was "Veggie juice!" "Good one, you crushy monkey!" I replied. She's right - and although I'm not one of those people who feels the need to whip out my juicer every day, I do feel there's occasionally a real need for fresh veggie juice in my life (especially when my immune system needs a boost). Personally, I love to make a drink from carrots, celery, lots of parsley, organic lemon, and maybe some kale. And although you don't get the benefits of the fiber when juicing, you'll get a super-concentrated vitamin shot that will keep your system smiling all day.

I hope these tips gave you some inspiration on drinking your way to better health! And for more ideas on staying healthy and preventing illnesses before they start, I recommend checking out the Kathleen Show's Prevention Not Prescriptions Tuesdays. She always features great bloggers and cutting edge holistic health topics.

Thanks so much for dropping by - have a healthy, happy day!! xoxo