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Monday, June 27, 2011

Oatmeal and Salad Plus a Cookbook Giveaway

Nothing special today, really. I was busy and it's too hot to be very hungry.
Breakfast was soaked overnight oats and chia topped with dried mango, kiwi, and banana.


I did some cleaning, some laundry, got some reading and writing done, cleaned for my friend, and got some groceries. The trip to and from the store was longer than the time I was in there. I didn't get much but there were a few things we did need, so oh well. Notably, I got salsa, which really made my (late!) lunch (like 4:30) really delicious:



Salad of romaine, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, red cabbage, broccoli, hakurei turnips, and avocado. Topped with salsa and cilantro. I also had an illicit afternoon beer (Goose Island 312) with it to fuel a bit more cleaning, and, well, cuz I was hot. I had some chips and more salsa, too.

Now about that giveaway, to make up for the boring eats of today! I had mentioned I would be doing one soon, but that was a long time ago. Well, cleaning up today re-invigorated me for it. I'm giving away a copy of Alicia C. Simpson's Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations. If you click on that link, you can see the Table of Contents, which is probably more helpful than me trying to describe what's in it.
I haven't made anything from it, but a lot of it looks interesting. There is a small middle section of some really beautiful photos of the recipes. I can't say if it's gluten-free friendly or not because I'm not too sure on what that entails. Maybe substitutions will be simple enough.
To enter the giveaway, tell me your favorite holiday to cook for/eat on! The deadline for entering is Friday, July 1, so that I can potentially mail the book out and get it to you in time for the next upcoming holiday, the 4th of July (She's got a BBQ Tempeh Hoagie recipe for that one!) Good luck, stay cool.

14 comments:

  1. First, look at you getting all creative with your oats!! Looks so good! And your salad is beautiful and colorful as always :)

    I'm always game for a giveaway! My favorite holiday to cook for and eat is without a doubt Thanksgiving! My favorite holiday to bake for is Halloween, I love making fun treats for everyone! Obviously I'm a fall girl ;)

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  2. Sounds like a busy day! I really like the idea of dried mango with the oatmeal. Hakurei turnips are a new type of veggie for me...I'll have to look those up.

    I guess my favorite holiday to cook for is Christmas...I love to make homemade ravioli and other things...special dinners abound at that time of year it seems.

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  3. My favorite holiday for cooking is Valentine's Day. Restaurants are packed and dinners are expensive. So I like to take the opportunity to cook up something romantic for me and my sweetie. Unlike most other holidays, I only have to cook for two. Plus, since we're both vegan and adventurous-eaters, it leaves it open to make something exciting and unusual.

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  5. My favorite holiday is birthdays! I love to whip up a cake and sampler cupcakes!

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  6. This is going to sound kind of strange, but my favorite holiday to cook for is Mother's day. I have several siblings, but I'm the oldest and the only girl, and Mother's Day is a day where I have complete control of my mom's kitchen. This means I get to whip up a delicious, 100% vegan meal for my entire family to eat. No one is allowed to help, and everyone always ends up asking for recipes and methods.

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  7. This is so hard. I've sat here for like 3 minutes, going over every holiday in my head...and I don't know if I can pick a favorite!!! I definitely make the most food at Thanksgiving, and that's my husband's favorite type of food so that's good. I like making cutesy things on Halloween and Christmas. If pressed, maybe I would choose Cinco de Mayo, not because it's my favorite holiday but because I really love big Mexican meals.

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  8. My favorite holiday to cook for is people's birthdays! I usually eat and cook healthy food, so I love an occasion to bake something super decadent! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  9. It's a boring answer, but my favorite food-centric holiday is Christmas/Hannukah/Winter Solstice. It's just a festive time, and everyone's in an indulgent, joyous mood... Everything goes! :)

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  10. I was just looking at the fresh tomato salsa dressing in Appetite for Reduction and thinking that sounded great for a hot day, but this post makes me think I just need to buy some salsa! Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite holiday to cook and bake for is Halloween! Last year I made ghost and pumpkin cupcakes and a spiderweb dip. There are so many creative things to make for Halloween!

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  11. To cook for someone birthday is great because you can focus on the taste of that person.

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  12. Oh, I must have been reading the wrong blogs because I can't remember the last time I've seen overnight oats! Now that it's hot, I think it's time for me start doing that again.

    My favorite holiday to cook for is probably something like the World Series or Superbowl. No pressure, fun snacky food, and beer!

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  13. Thanksgiving is always my favorite holiday, but we love any excuse to celebrate with family and friends (Happy Thursday!)

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. My favorite holiday is Valentine's Day, because it's all about the cookies in our house! I also like Thanksgiving, because it's fun coming up with meatless meal ideas that will appeal to family members. Cee
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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