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Giveaway Winner + Winning Q & A

Wow, this was such a fascinating giveaway!  There were so many great questions posted.  I wish there was the time and space to answer them all, but there would literally be enough material to fill a book!
The good news is that ONE of the questions has been answered and it’s the question from the winner who was chosen at random to win a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever. 
The lucky winner is #24: Katie!  Congratulations, Katie.  Send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I’ll get the book right out to you. (If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.)
Now here’s Katie’s question:
“My fiance and I have recently started a veg. protein based diet and are wondering why fish should be avoided? All we’ve ever heard is that the omegas and lean protein are good for us?!”

and here’ Julieanna’s response:
Fish is one of the most polluted foods you could put into your body. Because our oceans have become giant dumping grounds for most of our environmental pollutants, fish contain toxins such as DDT, dioxin, mercury, and PCB’s. You are essentially consuming the lifetime’s worth of exposure to these harmful chemicals being collected in its flesh. Further, fish is high in animal protein, which may contribute to chronic disease. Finally, fish do not contain antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber which you can find in plant proteins. Omega-3 fatty acids, the type that aggrandizes fish as a health food, can easily be found in plant foods such as walnuts, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and soybeans.
Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T., The Plant-BasedDietitian 

Thanks to Julieanna for her guest post on dietary oil last week, and also for her response to the winning question.  And thank you all for participating in this giveaway!

Pizza Cookbook Giveaway Winner!

There’s no doubt about it — there are LOTS of pizza lovers out there!  Wow, what an amazing turn-out for this giveaway.  And so many great ideas for pizza toppings, too.
I want to thank everyone who participated, but as you know there can only be one winner.  The always reliable has chosen lucky # 85: Mandy, who lists “green olives or sun-dried tomatoes” as her favorite toppings.  
Congratulations Mandy! — Please e-mail me with your mailing address so you can receive your copy of Heart Healthy Pizza by Mark Sutton.  (If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.)

COMING UP:  For those of you who didn’t win, there will soon be another chance to try your luck because I’m hosting ANOTHER GIVEAWAY this week when you can enter to win a copy of  the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever.  To add to the fun, this giveaway will be in conjunction with a special Guest Post by the Plant Dietician herself.  Check back on Wednesday (Leap Day!) for Julieanna’s post and a chance to win her fabulous book.

Super Bowl + Hummus Giveaway Winner

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I’m not a fan of football and I don’t watch the Super Bowl.  But I love any opportunity to show how delicious vegan food can be and Super Bowl food is especially fun because it’s basically a feeding frenzy. 

For my take on a Super Bowl party, check out this post that includes the Super Bowl menu from Party Vegan AND the recipe for the Man-Size Chocolate Chip Cookies shown above (photo by Tamasin Noyes).

But now it’s time to announce the winner of the Tribe Hummus Giveaway!!  And the winner (chosen at random via is: #8 – SweetKaroline.

Congrats, SweetKaroline — e-mail me with your address and I’ll send you coupons for two (8 or 16-ounce) containers of Tribe Hummus.  Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway.  Watch for more giveaways coming soon.

Summer Pasta — and Cookbook Giveaway Winner!

Do you ever come home from the Farmer’s Market with so many wonderful vegetables you can’t decide what to make first? That’s what happened to me the other day. Rather than face a tough decision, I decided to use a little bit of everything, including tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, carrots, scallions, garlic, basil, and oregano. Because the dish included the best that summer has to offer, I call it Summer Pasta, but it could just as easily be named Farmer’s Market Pasta.

I start with sautéing lots of garlic in a little olive oil, and then it’s all about combining colorful vegetables with fragrant herbs from the garden. The pasta is almost incidental to the dish and recedes to the background as the vegetables and herbs come together to work their magic.

The beauty of a dish like this one is that it requires no recipe, you can add what you like or have on hand (I added some cannellini beans and kalamata olives). The leftovers taste even better, which is good because it makes a lot. It can be enjoyed hot, cold, or at room temperature. Quite simply a perfect summer meal. (To make it even more “summery” I used farfalle (butterfly) pasta and carved the carrots into little flower shapes!)

And now to the Cookbook Giveaway Winner…First, thanks so much to everyone who shared their favorite “cheap” ingredient for a chance to win a copy of Vegan on the Cheap. So many great ideas! You are all winners, of course, but the one randomly chosen to win the book is: Vegyogini! (Vegyogini: Congratulations! Please e-mail me with your address and I’ll get a book right out to you!)
To everyone else: Stay tuned for another Vegan on the Cheap giveaway real soon!

I’ll close this post with a “quote of note”:

Here’s what Howard Lyman had to say about Vegan on the Cheap in his latest Mad Cowboy newsletter:
“Robin has exploded the myth that eating healthy is too expensive. Vegan on the Cheap is the perfect book for an economical approach to healthy eating. Perfect book at the perfect time.” — Howard F. Lyman LL.D., “The Mad Cowboy”

Thanks, Howard!