Vegan Raw (& Cooked) Giveaway

Around the end of August, I was contacted regarding doing a review of the recipe book, Eat Vegan on $4 a Day. I agreed to do it but not until the second week of October. It’s a little past that but not much. In the resulting emails, I received a wealth of information about the book as well as the author. When the book came, I leafed through it and found that it would be a good fit for my readers. Even the carnivores need to have a Meatless Monday once in awhile. The hardcore vegans will find recipe after recipe that can be used to their advantage. The publicist sent me a long list of raw recipes that reinforced the idea that raw foodists can benefit, too.

Note: I heard from the publicist Monday, 10/17, and now I have TWO books to give away! Your chances of winning have doubled!!

First, a little about the author, Ellen Jaffe Jones:

Ellen Jaffe Jones, an award-winning reporter and journalist and former financial consultant at Smith Barney, teaches cooking classes affiliated with The Cancer Project, part of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, coaches adult running groups, and is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a personal trainer. Visit Ellen’s website at

(She is aka the “Broccoli Rep”.)

There was a time when Ellen wasn’t following a healthy lifestyle and it showed. She was still a very attractive lady. However, surgery was in her future and her favorite sport, running, was jeopardized by a diagnosis of osteopenia.

She took her health in her own hands and decided to get in shape. What happened was, she no longer needed surgery and her bones became stronger. She ate her way to wellness. The conclusion is, “We are what we eat.”

Food won’t help us if it doesn’t taste good, no matter how nutritious it is. People object to vegan cooking with the argument that it is more expensive (and less tasty) than other regimens. I’ll have to admit that it can be. That’s where Ellen’s book comes into play. She has the experience to back up her claim that you can eat vegan (deliciously) on $4 a day.

For the raw foodists among us, the following either are already raw or can be adapted to raw.

  • Simple blender soup, p 40
  • Out of the red beet soup, adaptable if using fresh-made almond milk, the entire chapter on salads, p 41
  • 5 Ingredients Salad p 50
  • Community Garden Salad P 53
  • Strawberries and citrus salad p 56
  • Tropical salad p 57
  • Tabouli p 58
  • Note from me: Bulghur wheat is not raw—substitute?

  • Salad dressings garlic-lime dressing p 67
  • Fat-free Russian dressing p 68
  • Easy miso dressing p 69
  • Note from me: Miso is cooked though some say it’s a living food because of the fermentation process.

  • Supersweet dressing p 70
  • Also raw are cabbage wraps, 96
  • Veggies in a blanket using sprouted tortillas or lettuce leaves p 97 (and without hummus unless made raw)
  • Note from me: There’s a recipe for raw hummus here.

  • No fry spring rolls p 104
  • Apple crisp (uncooked) p 114
  • Note from me: Omit oats which shouldn’t be eaten raw.

  • Apricot has a date p 119
  • Coconut ice cream p 122
  • Note from me: I have a simpler recipe here.

  • 4 ingredient smoothie p 124
  • Heavenly mango smoothie p 125 (last 2 using water instead of alternative milks)
  • Berries, bananas, and more smoothie p 125
  • Chocolate almond smoothie p 129
  • In the red smoothie p 128
  • Popeye’s secret smoothie p 130
  • Protein rich smoothie p 132
  • With some tweaking, I believe there are other recipes that could be raw, too.

    You know I’m not a recipe book person. I’m not one to sit down and study something to eat. I’m more the “a lot of this, a little bit of that, mix it up, smell it then eat it.” More often than not, my creations turn out to be pretty good if not excellent. Well, today, I sat down with $4 a Day and decided I would reverse that trend—for one day, at least. Going through the pages, I’d think, “Nope, not that one. Don’t have all the ingredients.” That happened time after time until I got to—RATATOUILLE! (I love that movie!) My neighbor had given me two eggplant yesterday and I had all the other ingredients, to a point. I believed I could substitute what I didn’t have (like not enough tomatoes and garlic cloves) with something else (like dehydrated tomatoes and garlic granules).

    I got to work. I did my mise en place, not quite to the standard of a professional chef but close. The eggplant was soaking in the salt water, I sauteed the onion, celery and garlic granules in water. I went as much by the recipe as my limited ingredients allowed. Except for one thing. I’m not into black pepper. I have some to try to keep the ant invasion at bay but it’s not something I routinely put into my body. The recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon. Now, that seems excessive to me. I hesitantly sprinkled some in and tasted the broth. It was quite good. I put the other ingredients in, following the prescribed order.

    At the end of the cooking time, the mushrooms weren’t even close to being done. I cooked and stirred and stirred and cooked until everything else was just about mush. I’d cooked some quinoa (pronounce that KEEN-wa) to go with it. I loaded up my plate and it didn’t look very appetizing. I canceled the idea of taking a picture. Tasting it, it was plain that the yummy flavor it had had before had been cooked away. I picked up the black pepper and doused it well to give myself something to taste.

    Moral of the story is, don’t try to make something unless you have all the ingredients. I don’t think it was the fault of the recipe. It cries out for fresh garlic cloves. One thing I think I would do differently, I’d either slice the mushrooms more thinly or put them in sooner.

    And now for the details of the giveaway. Beginning tonight and running through October 30 at midnight EDT, a comment telling how you save on buying food will earn you an entry. Only one entry per person! To get things rolling, I’ll start. I’m not one to skimp on my grocery budget but I’m not allergic to good deals, either. Amazon has a program that is right up my alley—Subscribe and Save. For instance, I get organic raisins for 15% less than the regular price with subscribe and save. PLUS, the subscriptions come with free shipping. Right now, I have 26 items on subscribe and save. The ordering is flexible. If I need something soon, I can click on Extra Delivery and it will be on its way. If something comes due and I don’t need it, I can skip the order. Or, if I’ve tried it and don’t want any more, I can cancel. It’s totally flexible.

    Now, give me YOUR idea!

    Remember to fill in a VALID email address. If your name is drawn on and I can’t get in touch with you, the book will go to an alternate winner. The winners will be announced on Monday, October 31.

    23 Responses to Vegan Raw (& Cooked) Giveaway

    1. domestic diva October 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      We buy foods in bulk (that way we get only how much we need — and there’s no packaging), and stock up when things go on sale.

    2. Lila October 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      I save by shopping at discount stores and watching for sales, such as buy one, get one free. Also clip and use coupons!

    3. Melissa October 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

      I buy field run apples and then make my own, natural, no sweetener added applesauce. I also buy a lot of bulk food.

    4. Halley October 17, 2011 at 12:51 am #

      We buy foods in bulk (that way we get only how much we need — and there’s no packaging), and stock up when things go on sale.

    5. Mary Jane October 17, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      I check the weekly specials in the grocery flyers and make a list of the items I need and where they are on sale, but I shop first at SavMor (an outlet for a grocery chain) where I “dumpster dive.” Not quite, but they have bins and carts of discounted items and sometimes have wonderful deals. We also have GO (Grocery Outlet) where great buys can often be found. I finish by going where I buy the remaining things on my list. Another important point: I try to limit my trips to grocery stores to once a week.

    6. Andrea M October 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      we buy foods in bulk or sometimes I will go to a few stores in order to save a few dollars…we are newlyweds, what can i say? 🙂 great giveaway ps!

    7. Elizabeth R October 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

      We buy in bulk and use some coupons. Also we ask around and glean apples when we can find them.

    8. Genese October 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

      When I found a good deal on ingredients for my favorite casserole I would buy enough to make two — one to serve and one to freeze for later. Not only did that save on my grocery bill but it also saved on the time and energy to prepare the second meal.

      Food, Time and Energy are always a premium when there were teens in the house. I looked for shortcuts and savings everywhere.

    9. Roberta Neels October 19, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      I try to make as much of our food from scrachas I can,also grow what I can

    10. Danielle G. October 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      Hmmm, how do I save on buying food? : D well, I don’t (anymore!) buy foods that I don’t eat. Sounds like common sense however, in the past I’ve wasted way too much food from Brussels sprouts to Daikon. Now, I try to buy only fresh produce that I plan on eating that day or the next. No more calculating the lost grocery bill as I clean out the back (or forgotten part) of my fridge. If you’re a food enthusiast such as myself, you end up going to the grocery store quite a bit, so this works perfectly into my existing schedule. Also, I note the foods on sale (to buy after I have done my homework and am sure they will incorporate well into a meal).

    11. leslie October 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      Our favorite grocery store has a clearance produce section. I shop that, and plan meals around whatever’s there. It pays to be flexible!

    12. Margaret October 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

      My family and I shop at places like Aldi’s (which has vegan/vegetarian options such as soy and rice milk) and avoid buying name-brand foods while still eating healthy.

    13. Joanne October 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      I have many money saving tricks that work for me. My favorite way to save is having MANY friends with gardens. They all know that I will take any of their unwanted produce that otherwise will just go to waste. I lucked out with tons and tons of completely FREE organic tomatoes and peppers this year. =)

    14. angela October 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      I shop from my cupboards. Many times I can put off a trip to the store for several days when originally I really felt I had to go. If you don’t go shopping you can’t spend!

    15. sara October 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      one way I save is save by making my own raw fruit and nut bars each week. just finished making some apple, walnut and cinnamon bars

    16. Aimee October 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

      I shop at a local salvage grocery. They tend to carry a fair amount of organic produce as well as some gems (every now and then) like vegan almond yogurt. I can even get a bulk discount there if I buy a whole flat of something.

    17. Monique October 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

      I am an avid couponer and sales watcher. It is a myth that you can’t save money if you are not eating processed foods. Increasingly, grocery stores will have produce coupons for example. I also only buy produce that is in season on on sale. Buy first and plan your menu from that, instead of the other way round!

    18. Shari October 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      Make friends with your local farmers. I have a couple that allow me to pay them a flat fee to get as much produce into a box and be able to carry it to the car! One of them lets us glean his fields as well.

      We never have used coupons or shopped at discount stores. I try to only buy organic, fresh, whole produce because I believe if I scrimp on my food I’ll pay for it in health care costs in the long run. What sort of savings is that?!

      Sorry I’ll climb off my soapbox. I just read a GMO article and I’m all riled up!

    19. ara lyman October 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      I try to make it simple by shopping in mostly one place so I am not running all over town. I buy in bulk, nothing processed, and I try to buy only what I know we will eat.

    20. Heidi Vanderheiden October 24, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      I save on organic foods by buying what I can buy organic in bulk at a warehouse store in my area–quinoa, etc.

    21. Ann October 25, 2011 at 12:41 am #

      Buying in bulk is a great idea. Farmers markets are the way to go. And eat the food before it goes bad!

    22. Stephanie October 26, 2011 at 12:44 am #

      I use the bulk bins at my local co-op and also shop at a great little organic discount store.

    23. Denise October 28, 2011 at 12:11 am #

      We buy cases of apples from a local orchard that are “seconds.” They don’t look pretty, but they are great for juicing and making applesauce, they taste wonderful, and they are really inexpensive!

      Thanks for the giveaway!

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