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Raw Kale & Radish Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Are you a fan of KALE?

Can’t say that I have been to date, 😉 in spite of liking almost every other kind of veggie there is!

But this post over at Girl Eats Greens grabbed my attention today, as I browsed the WP Reader.

Looks so yummy and healthy too. 🙂

Happy Eating and Week! G

Girl Eats Greens

One of my favorite things about spring turning into summer is all the deliciousness that continues to show up at my local farmer’s market. While I don’t buy all my groceries there, I do spend time every Sunday walking along with my pup and seeing what’s new to the market. What I’ve seen a lot lately? Fiddleheads. I have no idea what to do with them. But I’m dying to try them. I also stumbled upon a bunch of bright red radishes.

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Growing up, I was never a fan of radishes, I thought they were too bitter. But as I’m getting older I think a lot of it had to do with the preparation of the radishes. As in, there wasn’t any. I was handed a whole radish to pop into dill dip. Radishes can have a pretty strong flavor – but if you break them down, thinly slice or…

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Book Review: Never Too Late to Go Vegan

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Never Too Late to Go Vegan by Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman and Virginia Messina

My review from Amazon.com:

I have been a vegetarian, avid vegetarian cook and cookbook author for over 20 years. But to date, I have not taken “the plunge” to become a total vegan, YET! But it IS a topic of interest to me, and often on my mind.

Vegans come in all shapes, sizes and age groups, but it’s still often thought of as something only the “under 30” crowd would embrace willingly and gain from.

In: Never Too Late to Go Vegan, authors Adams, Breitman and Messina prove without a doubt that this definitely is not just a good choice, only for the younger crowd.

This truly is (as the cover states) “the over 50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet”.

And how I loved to see the word “thrive” included in that description. 🙂

For those of us who want to enjoy a long, healthy life, “to thrive” is something we should all be aiming for; no matter what stage we are currently at in life’s journey.

The book contains a wealth of information for the new or wannabe vegan. And although the book is focused mainly on those over 40, 50…and beyond, this certainly is worthwhile reading for anyone, at any age, who is considering making the switch in their own lives to a vegan diet and lifestyle.

Some of the chapters included:

-Why Now? Positive Aging the Vegan Way

-Relationship Dynamics: Family and Friends and Veganism

-Veganism and Caregiving

-and yes, there are a good variety of recipes included too!

Cashew Herb Pate, Southwestern Corn Salad, Sweet and Spicy Baked Tofu, Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake and lots of other easy to make choices; and certainly not just the vegans or vegetarians at your table.

I found the overall tone of this book to be upbeat, interesting and encouraging too. And unlike many vegan guides, it doesn’t contain a lot of graphic information (and no photos) about the horrors of meat-production. I think that most people over 40, who are at the point of considering veganism, are already all too aware of these troubling and disturbing facts. That for me was a bonus.

There are many real life stories shared in this book too, again something that I really enjoyed; from older vegans, sharing their own personal challenges in adopting and maintaining a vegan lifestyle. It’s never an easy choice, even in today’s supposedly more enlightened times; especially if you happen to be sharing a home with staunch meat-eaters.

The book wraps up with the recipe section (over 100 pages!) and also a number of recommendations for further books and cookbooks to check out and other suggested vegan products.

I’m still not a total vegan, but after reading “Never Too Late to Go Vegan” a couple of weeks ago,  I am contemplating taking this step even more.If you’ve also considered a vegan lifestyle and just happen to be over 40…you’ll want to check out this excellent resource book.

Highly recommended!

You can also visit the author’s website here. 

Wednesdays, Guest Post: Geraldine Helen Hartman

Thanks to my pal, Carl at: I Know I Made You Smile, for sharing this press release and contact info re:
The Groovy Green Kitchen II
Happy Cooking and Mid-Week, G 🙂

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Cookbook Countdown! ;-)

I’m type, type, typing…. away!!!

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I’ve made the end of February, my deadline for finishing my newest cookbook (print and Kindle/eBook versions):

The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups

I think I can still reach my time goal; I am on the home stretch. 😉

I don’t know why this particular book project has taken me sooooo long to complete.

But right now, I’m just focused on the fact that it IS almost complete and that’s a good thing! 🙂

In the meantime, I am having a free Kindle promo this weekend for my other GGK cookbook:

GGK COVER WITH MY PHOTO-FRONT COVER ONLY

The Groovy Green Kitchen I: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

It will be available as a free Kindle/eBook download, all this weekend (Feb. 20-22) at:

Amazon.com, .ca, UK….

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And here’s a sample soup recipe from the GGK II:

Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie and Sausage Gumbo…

….to get your taste-buds ready for the full collection. 😉

In addition to lots of great soups in this new book/eBook, there’s a variety of side dishes to go along with them. 

Wish me luck for finishing “on time” and happy weekend, G 

How Do I ♥ My Slow Cooker…

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….let me count the ways! 😉

-I ♥ how many types of recipes I can make in it.

-I ♥ how I can “set it and forget it” and free up time to do something else.

-I ♥ the oh-so-tasty and consistently good results.

-I ♥ that it’s energy efficient.

-I ♥ that foods cooked in a slow cooker are often healthier than when using other types of cooking methods.

– I love cooking once and enjoy twice. There’s usually plenty of yummy leftovers. 

the list goes on and on! 

Here’s my review of the Hamilton Beach 6 QT. slow cooker that I use all the time, pictured above. 🙂

And some of my fav slow cooker recipes for you to enjoy too!

-Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice  (from the Groovy Green Kitchen Volume I)

-Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie-Sausage Gumbo(sample recipe from the Groovy Green Kitchen II)

PS: I’m on the home stretch for the Groovy Green Kitchen II! Will be available at Amazon by the end of February. 🙂

-Slow Cooker Party Mix

-Sweet Potato Lasagna

-Slow Cooker Granola

Do you have a slow cooker? Do you ♥ yours too? Any fav recipes to share?

Happy SLOW Cooking! 😉

All About Making Hummus

I ♥♥♥ all kinds of hummus!

I thought this was a great list that I noted on my WP Reader this morning.

I’m definitely going to try the beet hummus, sounds so good. 

And you already know how much I ♥ beets, if you’re a regular reader here. 😉

Happy Cooking and Weekend, G

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On the Menu: Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (with a twist) ;-)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (page 92)

 

I made this oh, so yummy beet salad again yesterday (one of my all-time favs) 😉 this time with a slight variation.

I didn’t have any kasha, so I used black rice instead (ancient, organic variety). I’m a big fan of this type of rice, so good! 😉

I also used lots of  finely chopped fresh dill instead of parsley. It turned out great!

If you love beets, this is a recipe you won’t want to miss.

Perfect for adding to lunches, or as a side or vegetarian main dish. Would also be great for a potluck or buffet dinner.

Check out the recipe and review of the cookbook by Judith Finlayson, that this wonderful recipe is from. 

What’s on the menu at your place?

Happy Cooking! 

Amazon Book “Breakthrough” on Black Friday :-)

Did you have a good time on Black Friday? Amazon sure made me smile yesterday! 😉

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Happy Reading, Shopping and Cooking too!🙂

My Poetic Path

I was over at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca yesterday morning, browsing; along with a gazillion other shoppers and to my surprise and delight, 2 of my books/eBooks were on 3 Top 100 PAID lists! 🙂

Here’s a screenshot from around 9AM on Black Friday, over atAmazon.comfrom the:

Top 100 Paid List for Vegetarian Cookbooks:

The Groovy Green Kitchen on Black Friday 2014 at 9 AM

The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker was at #75. 

Not number 1 but heh on a Paid List, especially on Black Friday, I’ll take it. 😉

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It’s a rare honor/treat to end up on any Top 100 List at Amazon, especially the paid lists considering the millions of books that are available at Amazon. I wasn’t able to see if I moved up any further later in the day as I was out and about with a lot of errands to do, but it sure was a nice way…

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Brown Betty

This oh-so yummy photo of Apple Brown Betty stopped me in my WP tracks this morning. 😉 I want some right now.

I make a similar dessert but definitely not with that much butter or sugar. 😦 The photo did inspire me to make some soon though. 🙂 Do you have a fav Brown Betty recipe?

Have a fabulous late autumn weekend. It’s still nice and warm, here in BC. 🙂

Artsy Wanderer

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Brown Betty is a traditional American dessert made from fruit (usually apple) and sweetened bread crumbs. It is similar to a cobbler or apple crisp, and the fruit is baked.  It is an old dessert, first mentioned in print in 1864.  Apple Brown Betty was one of the favorite desserts of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House.  They served Apple Brown Betty at my elementary school cafeteria and I loved it.  They served real food back in the sixties and seventies!

Recipe for Apple Brown Betty from Pioneer Woman here!

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Got a Big Bunch of Parsley to Use Up? ;-)

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That happens to me, quite often! 

 I use a LOT of parsley in recipes. But the bunches they sell at the stores are usually still too big to get through, without throwing out/composting some of the parsley.

Can you relate? 😉

I recently found this recipe over at Country Living for Parsley Walnut Pesto and gave it a try.

It was so good! 

Such a lovely fresh taste, healthy ingredients and a nice change from the basil types of pesto, I usually make.

I served it with fettucini noodles and some fresh green beans with lemon on the side; made a delish dinner!

Here are a few “tweaks” I made in the recipe:

I omitted the salt, used curly instead of flat-leaf parsley and it worked fine, used a bit less olive oil than they called for.

DO toast the walnuts as suggested, it is worth the bit of extra time this step takes. Really enhances the flavor.

Try to make this at least an hour or two before you plan to use the pesto, to allow flavors to thoroughly blend, in the fridge.

Happy Cooking! 

PS: If you have a favorite parsley recipe, do share! I’m always on the lookout for those. 😉

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