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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.

Heart Healthy Pizza: Review + Cookbook Giveaway!

I first mentioned Heart Healthy Pizza: Over 100 Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World on my blog last week. Now I want to tell you more about this breakthrough cookbook (and also give you the chance to win a free copy!)
Heart Healthy Pizza is the first and only cookbook dedicated to the fine art and science of making vegan pizza.  In this book, author Mark Sutton guides the reader on how to make a variety of innovative crusts, sauces, and toppings, with separate sections in the book dedicated to each component. Heart Healthy Pizza has been five years in the making – I know this because I’ve been in touch with Mark as he was developing his book, so I know firsthand how much effort he has put into it.
All of the plant-based recipes contain no added oil and many of the crusts are gluten-free.  The toppings and sauces are made with a wide variety of vegetables, grains, beans, and other plant-based ingredients and include many “cheesy” sauces in a variety of textures and flavors. Sauces include a Quinoa, Artichokes, and Dijon Mustard Sauce, shown in the top photo (photo by Valerie Wagner); as well as a Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, and Chiles Sauce shown here:
There is also a chapter devoted to innovative pizza creations made with different combinations of the crusts, sauces, and toppings.  Readers are encouraged to “mix and match” the various components, allowing for seemingly infinite variety.  The recipes are super-nutritious, cost-effective, easy to make, and delicious. 
If you like the idea of making delicious, inexpensive, no-added oil, plant-based pizza, then you’ll love Heart Healthy Pizza — Mark Sutton’s gift to vegan pizza-lovers.  You can buy the book direct at HeartHealthyPizza — where you can also see more pizza photos (there are no photos in the book) — or you can buy it through Amazon.  Below is a sample recipe from the book for the Millet, Sunflower Seeds, and Oregano Sauce shown in this photo: 
(Note: Recipe and photos ©2012 by Mark Sutton.)
Millet, Sunflower Seeds, and Oregano Sauce
For the sauce:
1 cup cooked millet
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 T. corn starch
2 T. dried crushed oregano
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup water

Pizza dough
Toppings of choice

1. Combine all the sauce ingredients except the sunflower seeds and water in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times, gradually adding the seeds and water until the mixture can be processed into a smooth and thick pancake batter-like consistency.
 2. Pour the sauce over prepared dough and pizza toppings, then bake at 425 to 450 degrees F. (depending upon your oven) for 15 to 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes:
• This recipe makes a very thick sauce. As blobs on top of the pizza, it is reminiscent of raw mozzarella slices on a Margherita-style pizza. Works well for one 12″ to 14″ pizza.
• Soaking the sunflower seeds for 2 to 4 hours, then draining, will make the sauce a bit more fluffy in texture.
And now one lucky winner will have a chance to win a copy of Heart Healthy Pizza.  Here’s what you need to do:  Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what your favorite pizza topping is.  That’s it!
For extra chances to win, do any or all of the following and then leave a separate comment for each, telling me what you’ve done:
* Mention this giveaway and link to it on Facebook.
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The contest closes Sunday night 2/26 at midnight.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced on this blog on Monday morning. Enter now: What’s YOUR favorite pizza topping?

Gifts that Keep on Giving

On a day that is overrun with chocolate, hearts, and flowers, I want to suggest a few gift ideas that are none of those things.  They are, instead, amazing (and diverse) books, two of which you can buy in e-book form for instant gratification! These gifts will keep on giving long after the flowers have wilted and the chocolate has been eaten. Happy Valentine’s Day!

The first is a young adult novel that would be a great gift for any adolescents in your life. It’s called The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe: Vegan Superhero.  Written by Marla Rose, it is a poignant and inspiring story. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it made me wish there had been a book like this available when I was that age.  Thank you Marla for bringing a vegan option to young adult fiction.


My next suggestion is for anyone you know who wants to explore a vegan lifestyle.  The Ultimate Vegan Guide by Erik Marcus is the ultimate bargain on Amazon.  At only 99 cents, it’s less expensive than the cheapest Valentine’s Day card, but packed with a king’s ransom of information about vegan living, including nutrition, food shopping, nutrition, travel, dining out, and much more.


For all the pizza lovers in your life, consider this brand new book by Mark Sutton: Heart Healthy Pizza: Over 100 Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World.  Loaded with an astonishing array of sauces, crusts (many gluten-free), and toppings, these all-vegan pizzas contain no added oil and are made with a wide variety of vegetables, grains, beans, and other plant-based ingredients. (Note: this book is not yet available in an e-book format.)