Feb 15, 2013

"nut butter universe" + giveaway

Robin Robertson's new cookbook, Nut Butter Universe, is now available!

I tested for this book last year and am excited that it is finally out. Robin has sent me a copy and now it is time that I pass it on to some lucky person. I always like to support our vegan cookbook authors by getting my own copy of the books I test for, so this is up for grabs. Simply leave your nuttiest comment and check back on the first day of March to see if you are the winner. You will have until March 3rd to respond with your mailing address otherwise I'll have to move on to the second winner.

Only US residents, please.

Here are some of the delectable recipes I enjoyed during testing:

Peanut Butter Cups

Robin makes the popular cups vegan and even better than the original. 

Handcrafted Granola Bars

These granola bars were a huge hit during our camping trips. They are incredibly good!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Who doesn't like cheesecake? This one has two delightful layers of flavors.

Spinach Walnut Crostini

We loved this crostini! Creamy spinach on crispy bread. Mmm.

Walnut Butter Waldorf Wrap

This sandwich shames the original waldorf salad. I never thought anything that had components of the dated salad could ever be this wonderful.

Linguine with Thai Pesto
This is amazing! Pesto is a natural using nuts, and twisting the traditional pesto into a Thai pesto is nothing short of sheer genius.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Be sure to enter the contest and check back if you are the winner on March 1st as determined by Random.org. 

Feb 12, 2013

lentils and cauliflower with gremolata salad

Above is a Lentil and Cauliflower Stew topped with a Gremolata Salad. Gremolata is a traditional Italian condiment of chopped parsley, minced fresh garlic and lemon zest. It is a great punch of flavor. I decided to create a cooling salad using cucumber, roasted peppers and toss it with gremolata.

The salad adds a different dimension to the old stand-by of lentil stew, which, in this case, also contains cauliflower that has been steamed with the stew. 

This was a great variation on a favorite legume dish.

Cost Breakdown

gremolata: $1
cucumber, pepper: $2
lentil: $.50
broth: $1
cauliflower: $2
onion, oil: $.25 

Total to make 5 servings: