Wild About Greens Giveaway

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125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves 

Nava Atlas serves up a comprehensive collection of scrumptious recipes, all featuring ultra-healthy, super-nutritious leafy greens.

Leafy greens are a breeze to grow and prepare, and these 125 dishes showcase the most commonly used varieties in an irresistible selection of soups, salads, stews, stir-fries, pastas, and more. Nava’s up-to-the-minute ideas range from using sturdy collard greens as wrappers for savory fillings to whirling tender arugula and watercress into incredible dips.

There’s even a section on beverages — green smoothies and juices have a growing legion of devotees.  Leafy greens, including kale, collards, spinach, arugula, mustard greens, Asian greens, and others are considered the most nutritious foods on the planet, and Wild About Greens makes it easy and delicious to incorporate them into daily fare. A detailed green-by-green introduction helps cooks find just what to make after bringing bunches of greens back to the kitchen from the market or garden.

Nava Atlas is the author and illustrator of many books on vegan and vegetarian cooking, most recently Wild About Greens and Vegan Holiday Kitchen. I had the pleasure of reviewing Vegan Holiday Kitchen here where I made the most amazing Vegan Matzo Ball Soup and instantly became a huge fan.

This soup is my go-to recipe every year for Passover – it really is that good.

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Her newest book Wild About Greens is amazing. I do a lot of my cooking/prep on Sundays so I don’t have to worry about eating healthy during the week. Having three kids is keeping me super busy nowadays and I need to make sure I have plenty of delicious sides on hand at all times. This way I can throw together quick, healthy lunches and dinners for my family.

This review is not complete without mentioning that the beautiful photographs in the book are by the lovely Susan Voisin from one of my favorite blogs Fat Free Vegan. Susan talks about the book and shares another recipe for Nava’s Three Potato Salad with Arugula. If you haven’t been to Susan blog – head on over there – it’s one of the best vegan blogs out there with tons and tons of delicious and creative recipes and information.

I have made several recipes from this book and haven’t been disappointed once. The White Bean & Greens Burgers are so hearty and tasty – great served with her Very Green Avocado-Tahini Dip and a big green salad. We really loved this recipe for Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard & Chickpeas.

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Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard & Chickpeas
 
A superb fusion of flavors permeates this nourishing harvest dish. Serve it like a stew in shallow bowls, accompanied by warm flatbreads.
Author:
Recipe type: Main/Side
Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes or 4 medium garnet yams, peeled and cut into large dice
  • 1 16- to 20-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes (such as fire roasted, a particularly flavorful variety)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons good-quality curry powder, or more, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger, more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 to 12 ounces chard, any variety, or a combination of chard and beet greens
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro or parsley, or more or less, to taste
  • ¼ cup raisins, optional (but highly recommended)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet or a stir-fry pan. Add the garlic and saute over low heat until golden.
  2. Add the sweet potato dice and about 1½ cups of water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender, adding just enough additional water, if needed, to keep the mixture moist as it cooks.
  3. Stir in the chickpeas, tomatoes, scallions, curry powder, ginger, and cumin and bring the mixture to a simmer again; cook over low heat for 10 minutes or so, until the tomatoes have been reduced to a sauce and the flavors have mingled.
  4. Meanwhile, strip or cut the chard leaves (and beet greens, if you're using them) away from the stems. Slice the stems thinly, and cut the leaves into strips.
  5. Add the chard to the skillet, in batches if necessary, and cover. Cook briefly, just until the chard wilts, and stir into the mixture. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until the chard is tender but not overdone. Stir in the cilantro and optional raisins. Season with salt and pepper, then serve.
Notes
Variation Stemmed, coarsely chopped mustard greens or spinach or whole baby spinach leaves can be used in place of chard, using the same directions as for the chard. If you'd like to try kale or collard greens in this dish, I'd suggest steaming or stir-frying these greens before adding them to the dish in the last step. You can also vary the kind of beans in this recipe. Try black beans, red beans, or pinto beans.

 

This Giveaway is now CLOSED, thanks to all for entering!

Now for the Giveaway and good luck!

To enter the contest, leave a comment telling me what’s your favorite way to eat greens. Don’t forget to leave your contact information so I can let you know if you win. =)

BONUS ENTRIES

You MUST leave each entry as a separate comment or only one comment will count.

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  • Tweet about this giveaway and tell me that you tweeted in the comments section; “I just entered to win Wild About Greens Cookbook! @virtveganmama @navaatlas2″
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All entries must be completed no later than Tuesday, July 9th 2013,  at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 10th 2013, on my blog, and the winner will also be notified via the email address they provided in the comments section.

Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada residents only. =)

Good Luck!

xoxo,

 Jen

 

 

150 comments

  1. Angie Wilson says:

    I am always looking for new ways to add greens! Loved when you introduced us to the heated cole-slaw!!!! You are truly wonderful.

  2. Dana says:

    My favorite way is every way, really, but as a clueless 17 year old living on her own, I usually have them in salads (YUM!) or smoothies (DOUBLE YUM!). This past year, I seriously wished I knew how to make soups and awesome dishes with greens, so this summer when I go home (to mummy, where all the herbs and spices are and errrthang is available) I’ll be trying out some recipes to start cooking while I’m away for college (because my lack of skill made this past year tough enough). Anyway, my point is, if I win this book, I shall try every single recipe in it and that’ll make my life much easier (since I won’t have to look for recipes and save the ones I like etc..). Awesome giveaway! :) (did I say too much? :))

  3. gaiantlc says:

    I love green smoothies and giant salads, but my favorite dish with greens is a one skillet meal with gnocchi, swiss chard, tomatoes and white beans. YUM!

    Thanks for the chance to win this book, I love Nava’s recipes.

  4. Deana says:

    I follow Nava Atlas on Twitter. Actually borrowed this cookbook from the library & loved it! Would love to win :)

  5. Mason says:

    I love to lightly saute greens in coconut oil with some scallions and garlic or enjoy them in a big salad!

  6. e.s. says:

    My favorite would be sautéed with garlic then mixed with white beans of some sort, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper… but I have come to leave greens so I toss them into pretty much anything-soups, omelets, salads, you name it.

  7. Rachel says:

    My favorite way is problably a giant salad – usually kale with avocado. I also love to get my collard greens by using them as wraps. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. ammauceri says:

    My favorite use for greens is sneaking them in smoothies as well as beefing up my salads with them! I also love a good marinated kale salad :)

  9. Stephanie Wagner says:

    My favorite way to eat greens is in a green smoothie! kale, swiss chard and spinach combined with pineapple, banana, mango, with coconut water and goji berries!

  10. Jody Haller says:

    My favorite way to eat greens is steamed with a delicious almond miso dressing that my husband makes. Or greens in chip form, of course!

  11. sophiazerg says:

    I love greens, especially sautéed with some garlic or in my morning smoothies!
    Thank you,
    Sophia
    sophia(at)cbmcorp(dot)com (sorry, prevents spam this way :) )

  12. Brenda says:

    My favorite way to eat greens is salads! I crave salads!
    Also happy to have the two facebook pages to like and follow!

  13. sharonengel says:

    I get so excited about greens…just a simple preparation of say, kale with lots of garlic, a little coconut oil, salt and pepper. Ummmm.

  14. Maya says:

    I love raw greens & other veggies with olive oil, some sort of vinegar, cumin & turmeric sprinkled atop & a splash of coconut oil if I have it.

  15. Debbie says:

    My favorite way to eat greens is everyday. My body
    now knows when I don’t eat enough and I love the way
    they make me feel.

  16. Alison says:

    I love greens sauteed using mushroom broth, sliced baby bellas, black beans or white beans, garlic and a shake or four of Jane’s Krazy Toasted Mixed-up Sesame Seasoning.

  17. Alison says:

    I liked Nava’s FB page and left a comment on her wall. Didn’t realize this book has been out a while…whoops!

  18. Alison says:

    And finally, I shared your post about the contest on my FB page. I haven’t crossed the Pinterest line…I gotta stop somewhere! (grin). Is it safe to assume that when we post you are getting the email info in the form we have to use in order to post? :-)

  19. Michon says:

    My favorite way to eat greens is if someone made them for me!!! The only way I know how to prepare them is as a raw salad or in a smoothie (both ways I LOVE, but would love to learn how to cook them myself) :)

  20. Pam Brown says:

    While I love greens in every way possible…salads, stir fry, smoothies, burgers, main dish, side dish or even munching raw while cooking…I think my most favorite would have to be Kale Chips. They fill that desire for crunchy, snacky food…I can consume an entire bunch of kale in one sitting…AND IT’S COMPLETLY HEALTHY! Veggie popcorn.

  21. Linda O. says:

    Nothing spectacular but one of my favorite ways to have my greens is to add a mixture of greens to my smoothie each evening. I pack the container FULL of a mixture of whatever I have on hand, romaine, butter lettuce, spring mix, baby spinach, baby swiss chard, baby kale, even arugula or beet greens. Delicious!!

  22. Miriam Burns says:

    My “go-to” with greens is a sheet of nori, half an avocado, and lime juice. Open the nori sheet, fill with a handfull of greens, I cut the half of the avocado into squares and sprinkle them over the greens, then I add the lime juice all over the avocado and greens. Then, I wrap it up! Delish!

  23. RubyShooZ says:

    We really like many (most of) our greens barely cooked; usually steamed a tiny bit.

    Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to everyone who enters.

  24. Margot C says:

    I like Virtually Vegan Mama on Facebook where I am Margot Core and I left a comment on your amazing looking Spanikopita recipe on your wall.

  25. Sunny Genz says:

    I love to drink my greens! Whole Foods makes a smoothie called “Drink Your Greens.” It’s kale, spirulina, frozen strawberries and a banana. Delicious! I’d really like to learn how to prepare my own healthy food at home, and make it a part of my lifestyle, especially since my breast cancer diagnosis last November.

  26. Shari Weiner says:

    My new favorite way to eat greens, especially kale, is steamed and drizzled witha fruit vinegar. My favorite vinegar is cinnamon pear balsamic. yummy!.

    • lifeatthecircle says:

      oh wow, took a second look and NOT tomato-based. But, on the flip side – I have a new recipe idea to try out :)
      still looks yummy. and i’m still making this for passover!
      do you have any passover chocolate pie recipes that you’d be willing to share? my husband loves it, but it’s filled with fat and dairy…

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