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04/07/2014

CLOSED: The Oh She Glows Cookbook giveaway! With a sneak peek recipe!  »

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I got to make and review The Eat Your Greens Detox soup from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, now it’s your turn! Not only that, but we are hosting a giveaway for you to own a physical copy of this gorgeous, full-color cookbook! 

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup:

1 1/2 tsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 sweet onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups sliced cremini or button mushrooms
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cups chopped broccoli florets
Fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
11/2 to 3 tsp grated and peeled fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp cinnamon
5 cups vegetable broth 
2 large nori sheets, cut into 1 inch strips (optional)
2 cups torn kale leaves
Fresh lemon juice, for serving (optional)

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.

Add the mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes more.

Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant. 

Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes. 

Just before serving, stir in the nori (if using) and kale and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired. 

I can’t stress enough how great this soup is if, like me, you sometimes put your body through the ringer. It’s both warming and so healthy; really great for all seasons. 

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That’s not all though! We are giving away Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Cookbook to one lucky Vegansaurus reader! To enter, please link to your favorite Oh She Glows blog recipe in a comment on this Vegansaurus post! It’s okay if you haven’t tried it yet, link one that looks especially scrumptious to you (I want to know what the people think is scrumptious!). Facebook comments don’t count! The winner will be picked Monday, April 14th, around 5pm Pacific. Please, only one entry per reader. 

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup reprinted with permission. Reprinted by arrangement, with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright @ GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.

04/18/2012

Guest Product Review: So Delicious No Sugar Added Coconut Milk ice creams!  »


So Delicious, the brand that has long satisfied many vegans’ ice cream cravings, has come out with a new line of no sugar added vegan frozen confections with erythritol as the primary added sweetener.

Why is this important? For one thing, after working for nearly two years at The Tree of Life, a raw vegan retreat center and holistic health facility, I learned from the vegan medical staff that erythritol is much healthier for us than processed white sugar. Since it is a sugar alcohol, and has a super-freaky-sounding name (almost as creepy as xylitol), erythritol isn’t nearly as weird or bad as it sounds, and can be derived from non-GMO, ethically sourced plants. While many companies wanting to provide “no sugar added” sweeteners to their products dump in aspartame, Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners that have been linked to a host of maladies, So Delicious made a “no sugar added” line right, and went with a safe, low-glycemic sweetener. Bravo!

The best part about this science is that it tastes so amazing. To be fair, my palate became used to all kinds of natural sweeteners while working at The Tree (Stevia is my bff), I suspect most ice cream fanatics mindful of avoiding sugar-related side effects will seriously love it. This has no weird aftertaste. (Stevia sort of does; I don’t notice it anymore, but this confection definitely has no funky aftertaste whatsoever.) The “No Sugar Added” fudge bars are by far the best vegan fudgesicles I’ve ever had. They are creamy, decadent, with strong notes of coconut and just the right amount of cacao. Perfect! I also love the No Sugar Added Vanilla Bean, which could be added to a bowl of berries or atop a slice of lovely raw vegan pie. In sum, these are indeed sooooo delicious! Get them now at local Bay Area health food stores!

Note: If you have pets, do NOT feed them xylitol or erythritol. They can’t process it in their adorable little bodies, but don’t take that as a sign we shouldn’t be ingesting it, too: remember, dogs can’t have chocolate and other things our livers are perfectly equipped to process in moderation.

This is Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown’s latest post! Read more by Sarah on Vegansaurus, and visit her personal blog, Queer Vegan Food.

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