Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Crave Eat Heal--Book Tour Stop and Giveaway!


I've been quiet lately, because I'm currently visiting my family in the DC area experiencing what I've been referring to as my "Mid-life Kid-life." I pretty much have no cares to give, other than taking care of sweet ol' Vee-Bee and trying to get through four seasons of Battlestar Galactica with my mom, before it's time to head back to PDX. It's basically been a kombucha-a-day blitz for the last month.

I'm breaking my ZZzzZ-run to share some sneak peaks from Annie Oliverio's upcoming cookbook Crave Eat Heal: Plant-Based, Whole Food Recipes To Satisfy Every Appetite and to offer two giveaways, which will hopefully satisfy readers the world over. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for the freebie info).

Annie's beautiful vegan cookbook is currently available for pre-order, 
but for get-it-in-your-hands availablily, you'll have to wait until after May 4th.
Even though I've mostly been a kitchen sloth for the last few weeks, I did manage to pull myself together enough to try a couple of recipes from Crave Eat Heal.

Peanut sauce hoison-ified with homemade from CEH, plus salad rolls for my Mama.
Smoked tofu, cukes, bell peppers, ginger-beet kraut, avocado, herbs, and arugula tossed in rice vinegar.
The layout of Annie's book is unique in that each chapter represents a common food craving and is filled with healthy recipes designed to satisfy and smash each craving to the ground. I love that her recipes are made with no refined sugars, and the majority are also xgfx. 

Y'all know I'm a self proclaimed salad roll junkie, which means I need a steady supply of dipping sauces. Peanut sauce is a favorite, and my method of choice includes adding a bit of hoisin to peanut butter that's been thinned with water, and seasoned with garlic-chile paste and tamari. So easy, but annoyingly, most hoisin has wheat added as a thickener, and xgfx hoisin is a pain to find. So, ya know I was delighted to see CEH has a recipe for homemade hoisin (from the Spicy chapter) sweetened with maple syrup. I rolled up some salad rolls to test-drive the sauce, and it was great. I also love that Annie's hoisin is quick to make, and doesn't yield a lot, so you can just whip it up as needed to fulfill your daily Salad Roll Whopper needs.

I also made the Blueberry Chocolate Anti-Inflammatory Shake (from the Chocolate chapter), since I'm an inflammation making lady-machine. My entire medical team would give this recipe a happy clap, since it's full of the good stuff. And, my banana hater of a naturopath would be glad to know it's thickened with avocado.
Hey-hey, here's a recipe from CEH I haven't made yet, but it's high on my list, since I actually adore the flavor of spirulina. I think these might become part of our road trip snack bounty when we head west.

Lemon-Coconut Spirulina Balls
Makes 20

Normally one should run screaming from food that is this green - but these bite-sized treats won’t hurt you! Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is rich in iron, chlorophyll, beta carotene, and other nutrients.  If you are put off by the slight seaweed smell and taste of spirulina, just omit it - but the lemon and coconut really do mask the flavor.

What You Need:
1 cup raw pecan pieces
1 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup unsweetened raw coconut flakes
2 tablespooons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 tablespoon spirulina

What You Do:
Put the pecans and dates into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until broken down into small pieces.  Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.  You will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times.  The mixture will form a ball.

Scrape the mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or two.  Using a small spoon, scoop up about 1 heaping teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball.  Place in an air-tight container.  Continue with the rest of the mixture and store the balls in the refrigerator.
Total time: 2 hours, including chilling time

Suggestions:
If you don’t have spirulina, you could use a green protein powder (which often contain spirulina), or just make the balls without it.

Recipe used with permission from Annie Oliverio and Front Table Books.

My purple anti-inflammation smoothie trying to solve the world's problems. 
So pretty!
Now for the giveaways! 
1. Annie is offering one free copy of Crave Eat Heal to a reader in the US or Canada. All you have to do is leave a comment and lemme know that's you. As soon as the book is available in print, you'll get a copy to your door.

2. For readers outside the US or Canada, (that's all you Whovillians), Annie is offering a free copy of her e-book Crave Eat Heal Outtakes. Just leave a comment letting me know of your wordly ways.

I'll choose two readers (one of each variety) at random on May 1st! Please be sure to comment before midnight EST.

xo
kittee

P.S. The link to Annie's Crave Eat Heal is an affililiate link on Amazon, where I make a teeny sum of moolah.

39 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chance to win! (I'm in the US).

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  2. It would be great to own a copy (outside US)

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  3. That smoothie looks wonderful--I'd love to win! (In the US)

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  4. Mmmm spirulina! (Canadian)

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  5. I'd love to win a copy of Annie's book! I'm in the US.

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    1. Hi Jacky!
      You won the book! Please email me at kittee68 at gmail dot com!
      Congrats!!
      xo
      kittee

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  6. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm in Montana.

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  7. Thanks, I would love to win the ebook (I live in the Netherlands)

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  8. The food in this post looks amazing! How did you enjoy the DC Area (I'm in Baltimore)?

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  9. I would really love to win this, :) It's so intriguing. I'm a hopeful lucky Canadian!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! (from Ohio, USA)

    gaia at cinci dot rr dot com

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  11. Hi KitteeBeans, I made some salad rolls the other night and thought of you. They were very delicious, but also they were so hard to eat. I am not good at rolling the bundles up tightly. Instead they were like loose salad with a sticky piece of rice wrapper in the way. I need to work on my skillz. They were yummy though. I'm interested in this book -- you and me and our healthy new habits. I'm in the US, as you already know. I don't even have any non-US plans! What is becoming of me!?

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  12. Id love to win this! US resident. :) Ive been vegan since 2003, and before that I was vegetarian since 1993. :)

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  13. Thank for the chance to win. I'm in the U.S.

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  14. One international Australian hopeful here. :) Thanks.

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  15. I'm in the US. I'd love to add this book to my collection! Thanks.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  16. Looks like a great book! (Us here)
    BeccaMFerguson@hotmail.com

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  17. Hey Kittee!

    I'm glad to hear you're enjoying DC. The good news about catching up on Battlestar Galactica is that it's off-air: you can get some closure :) Good luck with your mission, and I hope to catch you in Portland next month!

    Katie

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  18. I would love a chance to win too (outside US). Thank you Kittee :)

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  19. Sounds awesome! I'm in Puerto Rico, so it's still the US postal service. I'm glad you hear you are enjoying your downtime!

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  20. I can't wait for this book. I'm especially excited for the salty chapter!

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  21. As always, your salad rolls look amazing! And I'm with you on the lemon-coconut spirulina balls: very curious to give it a try... (I'm in Canada.)

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  22. An e-book would be so perfect for my new nomadic life, having to part with my cookbooks was hard! I can't believe I'd never even considered making my own hoisin, I had to quit it late last year because I couldn't find any that didn't contain chilli but maybe I could modify the one from Crave Eat Heal.

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  23. I would love to win this book
    Sheena (ca, usa)

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  24. Ooh, a kombucha-a-day blitz and a new cookbook both sound perfect! US contestant here.

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  25. I really look forward to trying the recipes in this book!

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  26. This book will be the perfect addition to or vegan cookbook shelf.

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway Kittee! (Murca)

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  28. I'm going to make the spirulina balls. I think I have everything in the house. You know where I live! (US)

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  29. I live in the US
    My worldway ways? Does it count if I love ethnic food and recipes?
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  30. I am looking forward to this book. (US)

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  31. I would love to win an e-book copy. May 1st just happens to be my birthday! ;-)

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  32. Thanks for the heads-up, I am always on the look-out for good vegan cookbooks. The way she organizes hers suits my cooking style perfectly -- I'd love to win a copy! (Canada.)

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  33. And now I get to give my boyfriend the challenge of finding spirulina at the grocery store! Definitely making this recipe! Thanks for the chance to win a copy (I'm in the US, by the way)!

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  34. Going to try the Spirulina Balls! In the US.

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