Friday, January 15, 2010

Cookbook Week: Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew

The Chef: Abby

The Menu: A light, lovely soup with lentils and sweet potatoes, as you might have assumed from the title. Sides of red quinoa and steamed broccoli continued the warm, homey trend, and a fresh spinach salad with orange sections and sunflowers added a little color to the plate. For dunking, where would we be without bread?

The Goods: The end of Cookbook Week is upon us, and we have just one more copy of Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet to give away. First, a hearty congratulations to Tanya from yesterday's comments! Tanya, send us an email, and we'll send your book right out. So now that we are at the end of the week, let's talk weekend plans. For the last copy of the book, tell us in the comments: how are you going to be kind this weekend?

77 comments:

Linda O. said...

I am going to support a local vegan cafe this weekend and on my way there and back I am going to say a blessing for every person who drives badly on the way rather than curse at them. I live in Boston so this will probably be a lot of blessings spoken.

Rebecca said...

I'm going to be taking care of my mom's limping, deaf, bed-wetting dog. She's still a puppy to me, even if she is almost 15. I plan on loving her to pieces and then loving her a little more. :)

birdfeed said...

I am pitching in extra at work to help us get our remodel done faster.
Of course, I'll also be kind to myself by taking some time to relax and read the new issue of VegNews!

StrangeDaze said...

I'm going to help out my Mom who isn't feeling well by getting us food and a movie. I am going to tell my friends how much I appreciate them. I am going to do random acts of kindness. I've noticed just one word can change someone's mood. Also, I'm going to make comforting healthy food for the family!

vanessa said...

I am going to work on my Graduate Thesis-- an animation about the environmental impact and moral predicaments of meat production. Hopefully it will make people stop and think twice about what they are eating. :D

katherine said...

I'm getting together new blankets & sheets & nutrition bars to send to FL on Monday. They are collecting for Haiti to ship out next week. I'm also going to send vegan baked goods for all of the volunteers in FL to enjoy while they work so hard to get everything organized!

J Bretzman said...

Going to be doing Local Campaigning for Animal Rights and Veganism!!!
Sounds Lame, but I have already Helped change peoples minds about food choices, and The Equality of other Species...

Healing Hearts, Minds, and Families said...

I am going to be kind to the earth this weekend. I am going to pick up any trash I see and recycle.

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Hush said...

I'm gonna sign up to volunteer for the Green Festival, which promotes everything about green environment, recycling, vegetarianism, sustainability, etc. I'm also going to volunteer to help bake vegan cupcakes and desserts in my community.

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simple moth said...

Well, gosh, I'm not doing anything remarkably kind this weekend but here goes. I suppose it could be interpreted as kind!

I'm doing my own version of recycling by going out to estate sales and thrift stores all morning. I then hope to hit the new-ish vegan pizzeria, Peace o Pie. Not only is that kind to animals, but to my belly as well. :D

Krista said...

I am going to help find a home for a sweet dog a friend rescued. She needs to find a home by Sunday.

The Marketingeek said...

I'm applying to be a spokesperson for Malaria today! On Sunday I will be going for the first time to my new church --> The Unitarian Church =) who supports gay and lesbian marriages.

Yeap that's as good as it gets :)

Cheryl said...

In the past I tried never to be kind - how sad is that!?! I overcame that terrible life over 20 years ago and am so grateful that I practice kindness daily! With that - this weekend I will donate some more money to a charity helping Haiti!! Wish I could give it all!! I am also making some vegan banana bread for the neighbors!! May all who post a comment receive a blessing for the kindness they will do this weekend!

Chrissy said...

I'm baking a vegan chocolate cake to bring to a thank-you party for the professors who wrote letters of recommendation for the graduate and PhD applications of myself and some friends.

Oske said...

I am volunteering to raise money to provide nutritious meals (including vegan meals!) to people living with HIV/AIDS. I consider myself lucky to be able to offer my time to such an amazing cause.

Robin R. said...

I am going to cook some yummy vegan food for my book club. For dinner I'm going to try the new vegan eatery that is having a grand opening. I am going to help my friend with pruning her roses.

Kari Whitney said...

I'm going to be kind by being more patient with my child and actually getting on the floor and playing with him!

nora therese said...

I'm going to throw a little welcome party for freshmen who are new to the singing group I'm in charge of at school. This way they will feel comfortable, have fun and meet all the other girls in the group! I can't wait :)

Bryn said...

I'm going to cheer on the runners at the marathon happening in my town on sunday!

Erica Hanna said...

I'm taking in a returned rabbit tomorrow then taking him and my 2 foster rabbits to an adoption day on Sunday (House Rabbit Society of MD/DC/NoVA - http://rabbitsinthehouse.org)

I also plan to spend MLK day working on a video to encourage people to only buy chocolate rabbits and not live rabbits as Easter presents. Our rescue gets so many post-Easter dumped rabbits!

In non-rescue related activities, I want to spend some quality cuddle time with each of my animals so they know how they are loved. I also want to cook some tasty meals and post about them on Facebook to get people excited to try vegan food!

Alice's Human Female said...

Tomorrow I'm donating blood, supporting my local rollergirls, and attending a dog and cat rescue group benefit. Then I'll spend the rest of the weekend sleeping, so I'll be well-rested and pleasant when I return to work on Tuesday.

radioactivegan said...

I'm planning to be kind to myself by sleeping in late, having a relaxing day, and eating some vegan cookies :)

Aleesha said...

I'm going to be kind to myself by relaxing before another long (and potentially stressful) semester of college.

Elle Yilmaz said...

I'm going to go to my local vegan pledge event tomorrow in Philly and finally get it down in writing. I've been really good with my transition to vegan so far and I'm loving it. I'm also working on converting my omni husband which is a herculean task unto itself! :-)

Christine said...

I am starting a month long raw food cleanse. Just wanting to start out 2010 with some positivity!

Amy said...

I'm going to be kind to myself, animals, and the environment by eating vegan.

Kelsey said...

i am going to be kind to myself by relaxing in between crazy design sessions at school while being kind to animals by focusing on vegan eating as opposed to my normal vegetarian-esque ways!!

Linda- 21 Day Vegan said...

This recipe looks delicious! I plan on being kind this weekend by helping out a bunch of shelters and food pantry's. Actually, the whole family is involved. We have been collecting food, clothing, animal food and kitty litter and every day essentials to drop off a the Lehigh Valley Donation Center.
I will also be kind to my body by packing my lunches for work and they will be completely vegan.

Anoella said...

I am planning to cook a vegan feast for our friends to show them how to eat delicious food and be kind to animals and the planet at the same time!

Jessi said...

I'm going to protest the circus on Saturday and volunteer at a companion animal shelter on Sunday.

CB said...

Starting out the weekend by rubbing errands with my wife & 8 month old son...picking up an old some old furniture from work to fix up & use at home...grabbing a few things at the grocery store to make for TV snacks...just enjoying each others company after being "apart" all week.

How to create peace, one meal/craft at a time said...

This weekend, I have to be kind to myself (a bit), eat raw all weekend and finish a draft of the first chapter of my dissertation. Go, me!

Carla said...

To myself - let me have a sleep in, I usually an up by 5.30 to work on my book!

Cheryl said...

My mother in law has been sick and her doctor told her no fats or diary so we are making her a big tray of veggies and fresh fruits. Hopefully when she gets all that nasty stuff out of her, she will feel better and hopefully start eating kinder.

Jamie said...

I'll be making a friend a nice birthday dinner, as well as some cupcakes or cookies.

Abigail S. Bean said...

This weekend I'm going to be kind by treating my vegetarian Mom to a vegan fest in NYC.

stephanie said...

Friends of mine have been expressing an in creasing interest in transitioning to a vegan diet, so I've offered ( and they've accepted, yay!) to come over Sunday evening and make a massive vegan feast, pulling from my fave vegan cookbooks and raiding both of our pantrys. The idea is to demonstrate how easy and fulfilling plant based eating can be- as well as fun, creative and of course, the ultimate act of kindness, for the animals,the earth and our bodies.

Sarah said...

Today, I practiced yoga with my normally non-yogi husband and ate dinner at a green cafe. Tomorrow, I am practicing yoga again and then making raw donut holes with some of the girls I mentor!

Sheilah said...

A friend of mine wants to eat healthier, so I'm going to go search the used bookstores for copies of my favorite veg cookbooks as gifts for her.

Josiane said...

As selfish as that sounds, I'm very much in need of a healthy dose of kindness to myself. So, in between working and catching up on stuff, I'll be doing yoga, meditating, journaling, going outside for a walk, and going to bed early. I'll also bake a cake (a vegan one, of course!) as a treat to share with my gentleman friend. Yum!

Anonymous said...

i'm making early valentine's plans to go to a local pizza place and order their new pizza option with Daiya nondairy cheese! AND email everyone else i know to do the same! -ToniD

Anonymous said...

i'm going to say thanks to my wife for cooking my favorite dishes this weekend since i've been out of town all week! and i'm going to make sure that i spend quality time with my kids since i'll be out of town again this week.(JasonD)

Jackie Smith (the other one) said...

I'm going to give my husband a back massage. He's had a really long work week.

Meghan said...

To be kind this weekend I am going to take my dog for a lot of long walks and, while I'm out, enjoy nature and the company of my husband.

HeyitsBeth said...

I plan on being kind by making my omni husband his favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies, and kind to myself by not having too many!

Boneyardpixie said...

Tomorrow I'm making some vegan dishes to serve at my friend's party (I've convinced most of my friends that vegan food isn't gross) Sunday, I'm going to be making aromatherapy pillows for my friends who are stressed out, then hitting up the local church's book sale to recycle my old books and get new ones. Every week, I buy a random homeless person a meal and since I haven't done it yet, I'll be accomplishing that over the weekend. As for myself, I'm in the middle of a bi-annual 30 day fast, so my carbon footprint is lower and I'm cleaning my body from the inside out.

Michelle said...

i am going to be kind to my family by lovingly cooking them up some yummy healthy food!

Candyce said...

Will consciously be aware of my words and actions to those in my home, and those I encounter.

Kim said...

Eat vegan. Be vegan.

Brittany said...

I will be kind this weekend by making a vegan treat for a friend!

TracyP said...

I am going to cook a vegan pasta dish for a group of my omni friends.

jerilee said...

I'm donating to Haiti, packing up a healthy vegan snack pack for my husband who travels a lot and is hitting the road again, smiling at every person I see on my daily travels, doing self-Reiki for kindness to myself, sending distance Reiki to the planet (daily)with a concentration on Haiti and loving the earth every way I can - energy-wise and vegan-wise.

Michelle said...

It shouldn't be a (kind!) weekend much unlike others. Lots of hugs and kisses and playing with my (kind!) vegan dogs. Probably sharing some (kind!) (vegan!) treats with them, too.

<3

Debbie said...

Visit my friend who lives in a nursing home

Danny said...

I am going to prepare a meal for a sick friend.

Jeremy said...

I am going to help my friend move to his new home

phillip said...

I'm giving the planet a break and only walking or taking public transportation this week. We are also supporting a local vegan restaurant and showing some out of town guests the joys of SF!

Mandiee said...

i am going to be kind by starting from the inside out. first, i will let myself take a break from my hectic life and just enjoy cooking and doing yoga. after that, i will be able to resume, and help my grandmother take care of my grandfather as his health is swiftly declining.

Catherine said...

I'm cooking with kindness! I'm having a bunch of non vegans over for dinner tomorrow night and I spent all day today making up a 100% vegan menu... chipotle black bean soup, corn bread and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. The easiest way to convert is by making DELICIOUS food. yum!

Anonymous said...

Be the best mommy and wife that I can be!!
Lauren

dsharp88 said...

I donated to Haiti relief efforts through the American Red Cross. Anyone else who can spare a few bucks, please help out. Thanks.

chellie_d said...

Supporting my awesome friend as she plays a solo show!

Veg-a-Nut said...

I babysit my grandson while my husband helped our daughter with some heavy moving. I so want to win this book...!!

Julia said...

After almost fifteen years of being a vegetarian, I am going to successfully complete day 6 and 7 of a vegan diet. I am making a life change to be kind to the environment, animals, and my body.

Teresa said...

I am going to be kind by helping start a garden for a friend at his house. Let's just hope that there isn't rain in the forecast for Southern California so that this is possible!

Molly said...

I'm going to be kind by treating my body right: running and eating vegan!

Teri said...

I started a vegaterian diet to help heal my body and change my life.

vegancatlady said...

I'm going to take a long bike ride (rather than driving) and then come home and bake some yummy vegan blondies!

Laviyah said...

pulling out children's clothes to donate to Haiti

Candy@YourHolisticAgent.com said...

Thanks for this contest!!! I will be kind by continuing my vegan diet (kindest to animals & planet:) and...I'll even be EXTRA nice t my husband! :):) Now can I win Alicia's sweet book? Can I Can I???
Thx!
:) Candy@YourHolisticAgent.com

[melissa] said...

I am going to go out and support a Vegan Bake Sale with proceeds going towards Haiti relief!

phrog said...

I'll be supporting a local vegan pizza option for my birthday, bringing lots of non-vegans to see just how tasty we eat ;)

Pheebs said...

i was kind this weekend by buying my doggie vegan treats, and by making Alicia's vegan peanut butter cups!

anng27 said...

The weekend is over, but I was kind by rearranging my work schedule to accompany a friend to the doctor and watch her adorable toddler. And then, more in keeping with the vegan theme, I asked my local co-op to carry my local raw, vegan ice cream.

Olivia said...

I made the sweet potato lentil stew today as well! Its so delicious...

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Sweet potato is a highly nutritious and an alternative for food for their valuable contents of carbohydrate, protein and carotene, which are necessary for normal development and even for the sexual development too, believe it or not. Sweet potato is really helpful for welfare and our body.

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