We just wrapped up part 2 of “The Chef and the Dietitian” One Year Anniversary Giveaway, featuring Julieanna Hever, the Plant-Based Dietitian. What a FUN giveaway. Congrats to Dalores Lounds on winning a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Julieanna, LIVE on our PBJ Internet Talk Radio Show. OMG…what a FANTASTIC time we had! Julieanna was so much fun, and shared a wealth of knowledge, and wisdom with us. Thank you Julieanna for taking time out of your busy schedule for the PBJ family! YOU ROCK
We had so much fun with the last giveaway, we thought it would be AWESOME to have ANOTHER giveaway, to celebrate my one year anniversary of being plant-based! We titled this one: “Plantiversary” Giveaway!! The word “Plantiversary”, was phrased by ANOTHER one of my favorite cookbook authors, Dreena Burton. I know…I know…I have TOO MANY cookbooks, lol! But can you blame me, with all of these amazing recipes? Dreena is being kind, and generous enough to give one of our lucky readers, an opportunity to win a copy of her book, Let Them Eat Vegan, which we will refer to as LTEV, in this blog.
Dreena’s newest book LTEV, has been another fantastic staple in my kitchen. There are many delicious, healthy, and FUN recipes included in her cookbook. Who is Dreena Burton, you ask? She is the author of four vegan cookbooks, and mom to three plant-powered girls! Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “plant-based basics” (beans, nuts, seeds, whole-grains, fruits and vegetables) to create dishes that are healthy -but also very satisfying and delicious! For more on her plant-powered recipes and newest cookbook, Let Them Eat Vegan, visit PlantPoweredKitchen.com
Dreena has been vegan since ’95, when little was known about eating and cooking vegan. Not long after graduating with her business degree and working in the marketing field, Dreena followed her true passion of creating recipes.
The Everyday Vegan was her first project, following her father-in-law’s heart attack. Dreena knew there was information needing to be shared – most importantly, how and what to eat as a vegan. After having her first child, she wrote Vive le Vegan!, which represented her journey as a mom, and more wholesome, easy recipes. Then came eat, drink & be vegan, a celebratory vegan cookbook, which became very popular for its entire chapter on hummus, as well as inventive flavor combinations and a mix of wheat-free and gluten-free recipes.
Dreena has written for VegNews and alive magazines, True/Slant, and has been featured in other publications including First magazine. She has won several blog awards including VegNews VegBloggy and Vancouver’s Ultimate Mom Blog. Her “Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies” has become a signature recipe, and its YouTube cooking video has received over 200,000 views. More recently, Dreena’s “Frosted B-raw-nies” recipe won the Everyday Health Gluten-Free Recipe Contest (February 2011).
Dreena’s newest book, Let Them Eat Vegan: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family (2012) represents an evolution in vegan cooking. Dreena utilizes her experience cooking with the ‘vegan basics’ – beans, nuts, seeds, whole-grains and whole-grain products, vegetables and fruits – to bring delicious, wholesome vegan meals, snacks, and treats to the table for everyday plant-powered eating. No white flour, no white sugar, and also no vegan substitutes like vegan cream cheese, sour cream, or vegan meat. And, these recipes are wheat-free and largely gluten-free, and a sprinkling of raw delights for good measure.
One of my favorite quotes from the book (pg xvi):
Eating vegan is about so much more than not eating animal foods. We know the importance of choosing whole plant foods, and largely organic and local foods, over highly processed foods. That’s the health power of a plant-based diet. Eating a whole-foods vegan diet -with respect for lower-fat recipes featuring colorful, nutrient-dense vegetables and fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds -is where it’s at. These foods are the basics for delicious, nourishing, and, satisfying meals for everyone at the table -from the pickiest toddler (trust me on this one) to the green smoothie-drinking spouse (trust me on this one, too). When we focus our diet on plant-power, we feel better, look better, and want to do better. Before long, we find ourselves getting hooked on healthy foods. And why wouldn’t we? When they taste delicious, make us feel good, improve our overall health and are cruelty free -what’s not to love?
Dreena is telling it exactly like it is, trust her!! Take me for example. I used to eat fast food at least three times a day (note: fast-food junkie). NOW, I crave all of these unbelievably tasty, healthy foods (note: plant-based junkie). I have learned that by living a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle (17 months, now), my body literally thanks me everyday. I enjoy no longer getting headaches on a daily basis, no longer having tummy issues, and no longer getting sick and having to go to my doctor for antibiotics. I am thrilled to finally have energy, healthy skin, hair, and nails, to eat until I am full and satisfied, and be able to maintain my ideal weight. I could be here all day shouting to the world ALL OF THE AMAZING BENEFITS of living this lifestyle. Speaking of benefits, CLICK HERE to check out my recent blood work results! “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates. It is not just about the health benefits, but also about having compassion for the animals that are no longer on my plate.
I also used to plop my butt on the couch every night and shovel potato chips and cottage cheese down my throat while watching TV. Since I began my plant-based journey, I cannot even remember the last time I watched TV, because I actually have the energy now to go for runs when I get home (note: training for my first half marathon). YOU CAN DO IT! Trust ME, once you get sick and tired, of being sick and tired….YOU WILL WANT TO DO IT! I have no regrets, and will NEVER go back to being a fast-food junkie. I am a PROUD Plant-Based Junkie, and I am never looking back. Dreena’s book gives you tips, techniques, notes, along with food preparations for packed lunches, baking tips, how to select, prep, and include more greens in your meals, I could go on and on. This book is jammed packed with delicious recipes, as well as a wealth of information to answer all of your questions.
Speaking of delicious recipes. Two of my favorite recipes from this amazing book, is the No-Fu Love Loaf (pg 112-113), and the VegVeeta Dip (pg 67). Many vegan versions of meatloaf are made with tofu, veggie ground round, tvp, or even seitan. Those tofu-averse will be happy to know there is no tofu or veggie meats in this loaf. This savory version uses only lentils, cracked wheat, oats, and chia seed, along with a mix of seasonings to make it all magically come together! This loaf can be made wheat and gluten-free. CLICK HERE to witness this life-changing recipe. We made No-Fu Love Loaf for Thanksgiving, if that tells you how much we love this recipe. I also made it again this week! (see pics below)
The VegVeeta Dip (pg 67) is another favorite of ours! It is wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free (for those that have issues with those). This warm ‘cheesy’ dip has a mild flavor that can be used to accompany many foods… and also combines very well with salsa to mimic the velveeta/salsa dip from years ago. Frank and I love to pour this over our taco salads, burritos, nachos, potatoes, well…pretty much anything, lol! CLICK HERE to give it a try! Your taste buds will not regret it
And for dessert (I haven’t tried this one yet, but looks scrumptious), there is the Award-Winning Frosted B-raw-nies (pg. 204-205)
Not only was Dreena nice enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer some of our questions, which we are sharing with you today, she will also be chatting with the PBJ family LIVE on our PBJ show, Sunday March 3rd. CLICK HERE for details. The PBJ family is honored to feature Dreena on our blog, as well as have her as a guest on our show.
PBJ: What would you like to share with those thinking about starting a plant-based diet, but are frightened or unsure if they will be able to succeed?
Dreena: First, don’t doubt your ability to make these changes. If it is important to you, you can do it! We all prioritize things in our lives, make this one of your priorities. And, second, I often tell people “start with what you know”. Rather than be overwhelmed by trying all kinds of new foods and recipes, start with the vegan foods you already love, for example brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, bean stews and chilis, avocado… and build from there. If you really love sweet potatoes, build a meal around them, maybe try a new stew that features them as the main ingredients but adds some new spices, flavors, or ingredients to you. Work with the building blocks that are already familiar and comfortable for you, and gradually push out of that comfort zone with new recipes and foods. (And, generally, you will be more successful giving new vegan recipes a go rather than trying to ‘veganize‘ all of your old favorites!) There are SO many resources available now to help you, truly you can do it.
PBJ: Was there an event in your life that persuaded you to make the transition to a plant-based lifestyle?
Dreena: I first became vegetarian, then moved into eating vegan. My ‘trigger’ to becoming vegetarian was when my sister read an article about how red meat can remain in your intestines for years. I was a teenager, and that got me thinking and reading – and eventually changing. It was a process for sure, and I talk more about that on my blog here.
PBJ: What is one of your favorite recipes from your book, Let them Eat Vegan?
Dreena: Oooh. I have so many! Some of my favorites savory items are (in no particular order!): Kale-Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing, Wonder Bean Puree, Jerk Chickpeas, Mac Oh-Geez, Mediterranean Bean Burgers, Nutty Veggie Burgers, Vegveeta Dip, Moroccan Bean Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Mexican Bean Stew with Chipotle Avocado Cream, and Artichoke and White Bean Dip. For baked goods and sweets (again, so many!): Whole-Grain Chia Pancakes, Berry Patch Brownies, Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls, Raw Chocolate Dream Mousse Pies, Pumpkin Pie Custards, Award-Winning Frosted B-raw-nies, Gingery Cookies, Gluten-Free Apple Pie, Banana Butter Pie (using nut butter, not margarine!), and Chai Peanut Butter Ice Cream. See, told you it’s tough to answer! Many of these recipes are on my site if you want to take a looky-loo!
PBJ: What is your response to those folks that say they could never give up their meat, dairy, or processed foods? I used to be one of those people. My response used to be, “No cheese…are you crazy?” Also, any suggestions for those that say they are not big fruit or veggie lovers?
Dreena: We aren’t ‘giving up‘ foods, we are gaining better, healthier – and yes, even tastier – foods! And, once I learned the health problems associated with meat and dairy consumption, it became important to me to make changes for me, and also later for my family. Again, that goes back to priorities. Preparing healthy food for my children is as much a priority as their schooling and activities. Indeed, it fuels their bodies for optimal performance in athletics and also academic pursuits.
PBJ: What has been your most rewarding benefit from living this lifestyle?
Dreena: Twofold. First, seeing the abundant health that my children enjoy. They have bright, vibrant eyes and glowing skin and strong immune systems. Their energy is steady and full, but not spiked as with sugar rushes. And, then, hearing from others that write to tell me that one or more recipes helped change their lives, that it actually helped them on their path to eating a healthier, more compassionate diet permanently. That is a big deal, and I am always so appreciative to hear that kind of thing from a reader – it motivates me to continue with my work.
PBJ: What has been your biggest kitchen mishap/blooper?
Dreena: Oh dear, I’ve had quite a few. I’ve burned a cookbook (not my own, I guess that would be bad luck)! I placed it on one of the elements on the stove not realizing the element was heated on low, and I scorched the cover – thankfully no fire. And, I have burned out many motors on immersion blenders, have blown out a blender with green smoothie firing through the kitchen… and more. All in a day’s work.
Thank you Dreena for your generosity of the book giveaway, in addition to spending time with us for the interview. Speaking of giveaway…are you READY to win a copy of Let Them Eat Vegan??
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