Fiery Vegan Valentine Cooking Contest!
Between now and Thursday February 10, 2011 post a recipe on your blog for a dish suitable for a romantic Valentine’s dinner. It should be vegan and and it should be fiery (yes take that anyway you’d like) and should include a photo.
There will be 3 categories (you can enter ONE recipe per catagory):
Mention in your post that you are participating in “Fiery Vegan Valentine Contest” and link back to this post. Then, send me an email (lindsay at cookingforaveganlover dot com) with your name, the name of your blog, and the permalink and name of your recipe. (If you don’t have a blog, feel free to email me your recipe and photo and I will feature it on my blog.)
On Friday February 11, 2011 I will do a round-up of all the posts in each category and there will be a poll for readers to vote for their favorite Appetizer, Entree and Dessert. Voting will be open until February 13, 2011 at 9pm EST.
1. There will be one winner from each category based on the votes by fellow readers; if there is a tie the Hubz will be brought in to decide the winner. The prize for each will be a surprise but I guarantee it will be good and feature a vegan item(s) from our NYC trip.
2. For the person who creates the most inventive fiery recipe overall will receive their own special surprise goodie box. This winner will be decided by me.
Note you do not need to be vegan to participate in this contest, however your recipe entry must be vegan. Have fun and be creative!
adjective ( fierier , fieriest )
- consisting of fire or burning strongly and brightly : the sun was a fiery ball low on the hills | [as submodifier ] figurative a fiery hot chili sauce.
- having the bright color of fire : the car was painted a fiery red.
- (of a person) having a passionate, quick-tempered nature : a fiery, imaginative Aries.
- (of behavior or words) passionately angry and deeply felt : a fiery speech. hmmmm maybe a narrative of some sort?
Lisa of Vegan Culinary Crusade has also been taking part in testing a number of recipes for the upcoming e-book. Check out what she thinks and her beautiful photos sure are something to talk about!
Completely off the topic of the e-book; the Hubz and I will be in NYC for the day on February 12th and would like to plan a blogger/tweep meet-up we were thinking for happy hour (location TBD) come enjoy a beverage and appetizers-interested? email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
For the last few months I have been blogging and tweeting about my newest e-book which will feature recipes for the whole family. The testing has been going really well and much faster than anticipated so I am hoping to have the e-book ready for release by February 7, 2011(update- the hubz says he hopes to have it all worked out by then but no guarantees it may be more like the 1oth or 14th). Until then check out what the testers have been saying:
Check out more from Ricki on her blog Diet, Dessert and Dogs.
Whole grains are an excellent source of nutrition, as they contain iron, dietary fiber and vitamin E and B Vitamins. They are also absorbed slowly providing sustained and high-quality energy. To aid in digestion it is best to soak grains prior to cooking*; soaking helps to eliminate phytic acid which is what causes gas.
Beans can be a great source of fiber, protein and folic acid. For more information on beans and how to make them more digestible you can refer to this post – Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit…
Greens are a great source of calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K; as well as fiber and folic acid. Some of the benefits of eating dark leafy greens are:
-Strengthened immune system
The best choices for greens are bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe and dandelion. Other good options are green cabbage, arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, mesclun and wild greens. Spinach, Swiss chard and beet greens are good as well but should be eaten in moderation because they are high in oxalic acid, which depletes calcium from the bones and teeth; best eaten with tofu, seeds, nuts, beams, or oil to balance the effects of the oxalic acid.
*Whole Wheat Couscous is technically not a grain but rather a pasta product made from wheat and doesn’t require soaking.
Tonight I decided to try some new heirloom beans that I picked up at the health food store; I boiled them until tender and the sauteed them with garlic, shallot, olive oil and cremini mushrooms tossed with a little nutritional yeast and Braggs. I placed the beans on top of a bed of lettuce and a scoop of whole wheat couscous and topped with a little avocado.
At least once a week you can find me at New Moon Cafe blogging, working on school or enjoying a cup of coffee with the Hubz or friends. There are many coffee shops in Downtown Burlington but New Moon is by far the best for getting something healthy to eat, finding a table to work on and has the best free Wi-Fi.
The menu at New Moon includes sandwiches, salads, breakfast items, soups, quiche and baked goods. I really love their roasted veggie paninis but lately my favorite has been the create your own salad. My favorite combination is greens, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, carrots, chickpeas, cucumber and lemon dressing. There are three sizes of salad; the small is massive and they don’t skimp on the artichokes which are my favorite.
When it comes to beverages they have the best cold pressed iced coffee, wonderfully sweet and spicy chai lattes and their drip coffee is really delicious as well.
My only complaint about New Moon is that it isn’t open on Saturdays.