Giveaway: New Vegan Cookbook!

A while back, I wrote about my favorite vegan cookbooks. This post was at the request of a reader, and I was happy to oblige.

One of the books, the 30 Minute Vegan, has been a savior of sorts for my busy life. I was thrilled to learn, recently, that the author came out with a new book, the 30 Minute Vegan Taste of Europe.


My parents gave this book to Tony and myself this Christmas, and it has been the best gift! Since we got it, I’ve made so many GREAT recipes!

The book includes recipes like, French Onion Soup, Baked Vegan Schnitzel, Roasted Butternut Squash with Truffle Cream Sauce and MORE!

Schnitzel and Brussels Sprouts with Red Cabbage

Schnitzel and Brussels Sprouts with Red Cabbage


French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup


Asparagus Hollandaise and Butternut Squash

Asparagus Hollandaise and Butternut Squash


Here’s the best part of all this: because this is such a great cookbook, I want to give one of my awesome readers a copy of the book!!!

So here’s how to enter:

1. Like the Fresh Spinach Facebook Page and Follow Fresh Spinach on Twitter. Tweet or post on the Facebook page your favorite French recipe you can’t wait to veganize!

2. Leave a comment here and tell me which recipe you can’t wait to try. Don’t know which one? Check out the book on Amazon, here!

You can enter a max of three times. All entries must be in by Sunday, January 6 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific time.


Good luck!




Christmas Eve Tamale Factory

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, another holiday, or just a normal Monday, I hope you spend today with the ones you love most.

Today is a day to be thankful for your family and your fur babies. It’s also a day for fun, so dive headfirst into all of your gifts!



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It’s a Vegan World

It’s always so cool to meet fellow vegans. One thing that I’ve learned is that the population of vegans is growing, and there really isn’t any one stereotype that you can classify them all as.

We come from every walk of life, but the one thing we have in common is our diet. Whether we choose the diet out of compassion, environmental friendliness, or health, we all are working toward the same cause.

I have a work friend who is a vegan–she works in the building for another company. We chat about food finds, restaurants, and recipes. The other night, I ran into a neighbor in our building and we got to talking. I learned that he is a vegan too! VEGANS TAKING OVER THE WORLD!

Some recent eats:

Pasta with TONS of garlic, veggies, and nutritional yeast. Glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Our Anniversary Trip Part I

Election Day is upon us! Finally!

This means it will be an end to those horribly annoying television and radio ads. I know that living in California (obviously not a swing state) has buffered me from most of the ads, but the last week was brutal! If you’re living in Ohio, you can turn your TV on again tomorrow.

Truthfully, I’m only closely watching the Presidential election and the California Prop. 37 race.

So,  while we in the U.S. await the results of our Presidential election, here is a recap of the trip that Tony and I took for our very first wedding anniversary.

We traveled up to San Francisco, stayed downtown, and had a blast. (I’m inserting some smaller pictures to make this easier to load.)

On Thursday I flew into SFO and went to a Flamenco show for dinner at Pena Pachamama.

The view from our hotel room

The show at Pena Pachamama on Thursday night.

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A Lotta Ricotta

After the vegan cheese class we went to last week, I decided that I HAD to try one of the recipes. I originally wanted to make the buffalo mozzarella, but Whole Foods was sold out of the ingredients. I have an order from Amazon set to arrive soon with carrageenan, rejuvalac, and a camera case. Eclectic order, no?


Anyway, I decided to skip the mozzarella and delve right into almond ricotta, both sweet and savory, and make some manicotti for lunch!

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