Polish Summer Soba Salad // Salad Samurai Cookbook Giveaway

Polish Summer Soba Salad by Terry Hope Romero Salad Samurai

One of the best things about being a food blogger has got to be the free books and food I occasionally receive for review. The yummiest thing I’ve received this summer has been Terry Hope Romero‘s new cookbook, Salad Samurai (which you can sign up to win below). She truly is a salad samurai, and this book will make you one too. The recipes are unique, colorful, and varied. There are super healthy recipes like the Green Papaya Salad with Lemongrass Tofu, and more comfort food salads like the BBQ Tempeh N’ Dilly Slaw Bowl. The book is divided into sections for each season, and it has me looking forward to winter so I can try the Beet Ball N’ Fries Salad. Okay, I’m exaggerating, it’s impossible to make me look forward for winter. Still, like all of Terry’s cookbooks this one rocks!

Remember that Samosa Cauliflower Salad recipe I shared a couple of weeks ago? That was adapted from the Coconut Samosa Potato Salad in this book.

Have you gotten your hands on Salad Samurai yet? What recipes have you tried?

If you’d like a copy of the book, you should totally enter into the Salad Samurai giveaway below!

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Pay It Forward Friday: Born Free USA

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Since its beginnings in 2002, Born Free USA has been led by a simple yet powerful mission “to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, and protect wildlife in their natural habitats.” For their unwavering commitment to protect animals, I have chosen to Pay It Forward to Born Free USA this Friday. 20% of all Friday proceeds of my online program, the 21-Day Vegan Blueprint, will be donated to support the work of saving animals.

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Q&A with Jenné: Vegan Weight Loss

A great body starts in the kitchen! If you want to lose weight, tone up, and find your ideal healthy figure then you need to make sure your food is serving you. A great way to achieve optimal health, and weight loss is on a whole food vegan diet. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms are all you need to live a healthy and fit life. As you start eating healthier you naturally have more energy––even exercising becomes more enjoyable. Funny enough, the more nutrient dense your meals, the less you will want to eat. Your body will be receiving the nourishment and fuel it needs to function at a high level.

By eating a whole foods vegan diet I have seen my  body change in wonderful ways. I have more definition than ever, and carry my weight in just the right places ;) So when people ask me what I do to get my strong arms or abs, I tell them I eat a fabulously delicious and healthy vegan diet. That’s the secret!

Mango Guacamole Salad

Mango Guacamole Salad

Here are my tips for things to keep in mind when pursuing weight loss on a vegan diet:

1. Make non-starchy vegetables the core of your diet. Build your plate around foods like massaged kale, roasted cauliflower, sauteed collards, and steamed broccoli. I love to make big green salads with dark leafy greens, shredded cabbage, carrots, legumes, and avocado. Click on the photos in this post for recipes :)

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Pay It Forward Friday: Best Friends

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Friends are so important. Good ones are there for you when times are good, and bad. They are kind, and funny, and good listeners. Life surely isn’t complete without good friends.

Growing up, some of my closest friends were my pets, and my human friends all knew it. There was NZ, a wise yellow lab who hadn’t been neutered (my mom spays and neuters her dogs now—she learned her lesson!) and one day got the neighbor’s dog pregnant. She gave birth to a litter of gorgeous puppies. The runt of the litter was Jewel, and she was the one I had to take home. Then one day my mom found a pit bull puppy locked in someone’s hot car behind an office building. Thankfully the window was slightly ajar, and she was able to pry it open to rescue the little guy, our sweet Spikey. Since I can remember, these dogs added joy to my world. NZ was the first to come along when I was very young, but Jewel, Spikey, and later Bertucci (who just turned 15!), Sisqo, Sidney, and Peaches quickly became my best friends. I live with a sweet kitty cat now, QZ, and she’s a great bestie.

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This week’s Pay It Forward Friday organization is dedicated to saving all of the dogs and cats in this country who are homeless, and on death row. Best Friends began in Los Angeles 30 years ago, with the mission of ending the killing of homeless dogs and cats. Now a national organization, Best Friends continues to educate people, and find loving homes for pets. Since beginning in the 80s, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters by 17%. Every day there are over 9,000 pets killed in America’s shelters. We still have a lot of work to do to reduce that to zero.

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Dandelion Pepita + Basil Walnut Pestos {VIDEO}

Vegan Basil and Dandelion Pesto

Next to green juice, and big ol’ kale salads, my favorite way to get raw greens into my hungry body is blended up into a tasty garlicy pesto. Mmmmmmm!! Despite the offensive amounts of garlic I sometimes use, I can really get down on some vegan pesto. I love it with any green or herb, and any nut or seed. Pesto is so fabulous because it’s easy to make, and by changing the herb or nut/seed you use, you have a whole different unique treat.

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