Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day - Book Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you to all who participated and made it possible! 

 Happy Leap Day to you!  May you be leaping for joy today!

In honor of this extra bonus day, we have an extra bonus book giveaway

Recently I conducted an interview on the blog with Lindsay S Nixon, a vegan chef and cookbook author.  With the gracious support of her publisher, I gave away a copy of her most recent book to a lucky winner.

The giveaway was so popular, the publisher emailed me and asked if I'd like another copy to give away again!  Of course I said yes!

So if you didn't take Lindsay's excellent vegan cookbook home last time, here is your second chance to win a copy.  Go back to the original giveaway to view a sample recipe with her interview, and test out another recipe below!

**I have not sampled this recipe yet.  It comes from a selection of recipes approved by the author for publication on this blog.  It is for you to get a taste of her book!**

Skillet Refried Beans
Skillet Refried Beans from Everyday Happy Herbivore
Serves 2
Sure, canned refried beans are easy, but you just can't top the taste of homemade.  The little effort required here is so worth it - these beans are fantastic! 

1 small onion, finely diced
1 15-oz can pinto beans (undrained)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder

Line a skillet with a thin layer of water and saute onion over high heat until translucent and most of the water has cooked off.  Add cumin, chili powder and a few dashes of paprika, stirring to coat the onions.  Add the beans with their juices and stir to combine.

Reduce heat to low and mash beans well using a fork or potato masher.  It will look very soupy, don't be alarmed.  Crank the heat up to high and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce to medium and simmer 10 minutes.  If the beans start popping and splashing, cover for a few minutes, then uncover.  Stir every minute or so, scraping along the bottom to lift the beans.  After 10 minutes the liquid should have significantly reduced.  It make still be a little soupy, that is alright, it will thicken as it cools.  However, if it is really soupy, cook longer.  Add salt and pepper to taste, then serve.

Per Serving: 216 Calories, 0.4g Fat, 41.7 Carbohydrates, 15.7g Fiber, 4.8g Sugar, 13.7g Protein

To Enter the Giveaway

Enter the giveaway now to win the cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore!

1. Enter once: Post a note below and tell us - are you vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, or something in between?

2. Enter twice to double your chance to win!  Share this giveaway with a friend on Facebook (don't keep the leap-year goodness to yourself, now!) and post a comment here to let us know you did so!

The winner will be contacted by e-mail.  Contest ends March 10, 2012 at midnight Eastern Standard Time!

May your leap-day be full of wonder and extra joy,

Mrs H



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