October 5, 2009

The Vegetarian Family Cookbook - GIVEAWAY!

When I was contacted by Nava Atlas, the author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, asking if I would like to receive a copy of her book and help her celebrate the 5th anniversary of this cookbook, I was happy to say yes. I was curious to see if the recipes would be something my family would enjoy. When the book arrived, it took me a little while to settle on what to make. This cookbook is filled not only vegetarian fare, but also vegan recipes for anyone who has chosen that lifestyle. My family tends to be carnivores, so finding some vegetarian options that we would all enjoy sounded good to me.

The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow. Each recipe states if it is considered dairy or vegan so it is easy to determine if it would be suitable to serve guests who may be vegetarian or vegan. If you are trying to incorporate more vegetarain style meals into your week, this would be a great cookbook to use. Nava shares tips throughout on additional changes to recipes that you can make depending on how adventurous your family may be.

I chose to make the Cranberry-Orange Muffins. I wasn't able to find whole-wheat pastry flour at my grocery store, so I'm sure that would change the texture of the muffins. Even with using whole wheat flour, we found them to be quite tasty. I loved that the orange flavor was very pronounced and it compliments the cranberries perfectly. I ended up with 18 muffins since I made them a bit smaller. My Oldest loved them and expects I'll be sending them in with his snack for the next few days.

From Family, Friends and Food

Would you like a chance to win your very own copy of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook? Well, Nava Atlas has been kind enough to sponser a giveaway to one of my readers!

Here are the rules:

  • Leave a comment sharing your favorite healthy weeknight meal.
  • Make sure I have a way to contact you! If you don't have a blog, please leave your email address so I can let you know you won!
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • If you tweet this giveaway, you can get an extra entry. Make sure to copy @famfriendsfood on the tweet and leave an additional comment here for it to count.
  • You can enter through Thursday, October 8th at Midnight EST.

Cranberry-Orange Muffins

Courtesy of: Nava Atlas' The Vegetarian Family Cookbook

1 3/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup wheat germ or ground flaxseeds or half of each
1/2 cup natural granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup orange, lemon or vanilla low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt
1/4 cup undiluted thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
2 tablespoons safflower oil
1/4 cup reconsituted or freshly squeezed orange juice, or as needed
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds (I left these out)

Preheat ove ton 350 degrees. Place foil liners in 12 muffin cups.

Combine flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and ginger in a mixing bowl and stir together.

In another bowl, combine the yogurt, jucie concentrate, oil and reconstituted juice and whisk together until smooth. Make a well iin the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. If the batter is too stiff, add a very small amount of additional orange juice. Stir together until completely mixed, then stir the cranberries into the batter.

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Scatter a few almonds over the top of each muffin. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a small knife inserted into the center of one tests clean. Cool on a plate or rack and serve warm or at room temperature.

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Ciao Chow Linda said...

These muffins look great. One of my favorite weeknight meals when I haven't planned ahead is to take out some shrimp from the freezer. I cook it in olive oil with some chopped sauteed onions, garlic, white wine, capers, parsley and lemon juice. Comes together in fifteen minutes and is delicious.

Therese said...

This sounds like a great book! We are trying to eat less meat in our house. We have been experimenting with making rice and beans dishes with a variety of beans and different spices.

Fallon said...

Love those muffins!

One of my favorite week night healthy meals during the cooler weather is using spaghetti squash as my substitute to pasta. I like to top it with an simple marinara sauce, whole milk ricotta and fresh basil.

HoneyB said...

The muffins look yummy and I love the healthy ingredients! My favorite weeknight meal would be my mom's scrambled tofu recipe!

HoneyB said...

tweeted for you!

Sara_B said...

One on my favorite weeknight meals, especially when it gets chilly outside, is a nice pot of home-made soup.

Take a container (32 oz.) of chicken broth, add the juice of two limes, a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis (and the juice), a can of pinto beans (rinsed), a large diced onion, salt & pepper. Submerge 2 chicken breasts in the broth, cover and cook for 30 minutes, then shred the chicken into the soup. Top with tortilla strips and sour cream for a final touch to this Mexican-inspired soup!

You can find this recipe on my blog at http://suburban-spoon.blogspot.com/2009/09/chicken-soup-to-spice-up-soul.html.

~ Cee ~ said...

Thank you so much for a wonderful giveaway! I love this cookbook, and frequently check it out from our library, but it just isn't in our budget to purchase right now.

Here is my favorite healthy weeknight recipe - Chickpea, potato and spinach curry :

1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed (or 2 cups home cooked)
1 can organic diced tomatoes
2 medium potatoes, cut into small cubes, parboiled
Good handful of torn up spinach leaves (about 2 to 3 cups)
5 cloves (or one eighth teaspoon ground cloves)
1.5 teaspoon turmeric
1 can coconut milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt

Simmer all ingredients for about 30-45 minutes, and serve over rice or couscous.

In a pinch, if I haven't had the necessary spices, I've also used about 2t of curry powder. I've also subbed in frozen spinach and frozen cubed hashbrowns, and it's been just as delicious.

ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Tiff said...

My favorite healthy meal is actually a side dish or a snack. It's edamame salad! It's so easy and delicious. Did I mention healthy?!


Lisa said...

Great giveaway and great recipe!

anne said...

I love a giveaway and COOKBOOK is the best kind! We l;ove frozen shrimp for a quick healthy meal, I just add some salt and pepper in a little oil and then squeeze some lemon juice on top.


PS: I added you to my blogroll!

Anonymous said...

That looks soo good..

My favorite meal is roasted chicken, string beans and sometimes rice, or gluten free pasta.

Thank you for such a great giveaway.

Charna Scarpati

Jessie said...

great muffins and a wonderful giveaway!

My favorite healthy meal would be Havarti Pita Steak Pizza, pizza that's on the lighter side!

cheryl said...

The muffins look and sound yummy. I tell you my favorite meal on a weeknight(especially when I'm exhausted) is a stop at Sweet Tomatoes for their fresh salad bar. I've not eaten meat since 1976 and it's great to find a place that gives you as many choices as they do. Plus I usually have a couple of their blueberry muffins for dessert and they are scrumptious!

AnuSriram said...

Those muffins make me drool! Lovely recipe!
My favourite healthy meal is a bowl of hot minestrone soup (I'm 100% vegetarian)and some bread for this cold weather! Comforting!! Isn't it??

Carenrox said...

Here's my favorite healthy weeknight meal:
Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Fontina (with some sundried tomatoes and lots of extra basil!) from the Cooking Light website
Salad of mixed lettuces and anything else I feel like putting in there
Roasted butternut squash

toocoolisoms said...

I think our favorite healthy weekday meal would be pollo saltado, a peruvian stir-fry that we make using bell peppers, chicken, red onion, jalapenos, and low-sodium soy sauce served over brown rice.

Meghan said...

Fav weeknight meal....has to be my shrimp, grilled, w/ peach jam.

Lurve it!
Fam lurves it too.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Sister in AZ said...

Now I'll have to get the orange zest at Penzy's for both of us! AJ loves cranberries, so I'll have to give this one a shot (and I'll let you know what the texture is like with the ww pastry flour, as I have it).

As for the favorite meal - salmon with Penzy's lemon pepper, shallot pepper or Northwoods Fire, cooked in a little olive oil until the edges are crispy, served with a fresh salad. A little jasmine or brown rice might find its way onto the plate, depending on our mood.

beachmom25 said...

My favorite healthy meal is a vegetarian chili in the crockpot. Everyone in my family loves it.

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