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Cookbook Countdown: 11 Days to Go: Potato Salad

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

A friend of mine tried to convince me that "potato salad is like meatloaf.... you only like your moms" (and thus, I shouldn't bother trying to make a recipe for my cookbook). I frowned. "That's not really true, is it?" I asked. "Well, have you ever been really happy with any potato salad you ate out? at a deli, I mean?" 

He had a point. Sure I'd had some here and there that were alright... but if you asked me, I'd have said my mom's was better (and she used her mom's recipe.) 

"I really want to do a healthy fat-free vegan potato salad though" I explained. He shrugged "good luck with that!" 

I started first with my grandma's recipe, which as it turns out, didn't translate the way I wanted it to when I made it fat-free and vegan... so I decided to revamp it altogether and just do what made sense to me. The result was a delicious, healthy and highly addictive potato salad.

It's so good that I was convinced I could prove my pal wrong...and what better way to do that then serve it up at my annual family reunion -- where my late grandma's potato salad has reigned supreme longer than I've been alive and my kin are of the "vegan food? eww...." persuasion?

This potato salad vanished within minutes and everyone couldn't get over how "good" the "new potato salad" was -- and everyone was flat out shocked to learn it was vegan. "Lindsay made this?" *gasp*

Even my mother and her two siblings were amazed. Grandma would be proud.

Anyway, the other day I was testing out a vegan "ham" recipe (that's what the sandwich is in the photo) and Scott asked if I could serve my potato salad with it. I thought that was such a bizarre request...seeing as it's January... but considering it feels like June year-round in St. Maarten; I guess it wasn't totally crazy.

Mmm.. the potato salad complimented the "ham" sandwich perfectly and I remembered why it is this salad is so amazing. It's a lesson about how fresh, simple ingredients added up together can equal something divine.

By the way, ecorazzi (one of my favorite websites) is giving away three copies of my cookbook. Go here for details how to enter their contest. 

I also heard a delicious rumor that Amazon is shipping all pre-orders, so everyone should have their copy on 1/21---a few days before the actual nationwide release on 1/25. Squee!

Cookbook Countdown: 12 Days to Go: BBQ Chop Wrap...err Salad

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I didn't include a single salad recipe in my cookbook for two reasons. First, there is this awful stereotype that vegans and vegetarians live on salads. Any time someone says something along the lines of "so what do you eat, salads?" I die a little inside. Or even worse, "Of course you can eat here, we have a salad on the menu" because a bowl of iceburg lettuce is so delicious and filling!

So... with a little attitude, I intentionally wrote an entire vegan cookbook -- with some 200 recipes -- without a single one being a salad. I had something to prove I guess.

Which brings me to point number 2. There is an equally bad stereotype around low fat and fat-free recipes... people think low-fat and fat-free has to mean deprivation or is limited to "dieter foods" like salads, soups and stews -- and well, I wanted to disprove all that. It's totally possible to eat a healthy low fat diet and never have to eat a salad... Remember my friends, you can have your low fat cake and eat it too! 

(For the record, I LOVE salads. I eat them almost every day because I think they're an easy way to get in servings of vegetables, antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins, etc. but my point is, is that a salad is not the only choice when you want to eat healthy, low fat food.)

Which brings me to today's teaser recipe. This salad is actually a wrap in my cookbook, but you can forgo the tortilla and have a salad, which I did here. 

It's the called BBQ Chop Wrap. It's easily one of my favorite warm weather meals and it comes together in a flash. Many of my student testers remarked this was their new go-to choice for a school lunch because it was so easy to make and they felt better about eating something with so many vegetables, than just sticking to PB&J everyday.

By the way, I am leaving today for a week-long trip to Whistler (in Vancouver, Canada). If you live near there, or in Atlanta (I have an 8-hr layover this evening there) email me!

Cookbook Countdown: 13 Days to Go: Enchilada Casserole

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Remember when I featured the Quick Queso from the cookbook (on day 18) and mentioned we were slightly addicted to it? Well, the addiction continues.

On Tuesday, my MIL flew here to SXM and I needed a quick & easy no-fuss dinner ready when she arrived... the solution, of course, was a casserole.

This Enchilada Casserole comes together in a snap and even though it uses two other recipes: Quick Queso and authentic Enchilada Sauce, you still can have the entire thing together and in the oven in about 8 minutes. And like pretty much every other recipe in the cookbook, it uses common, everyday ingredients you probably always have on hand like black beans and tortillas. 

After 30 minutes baking in the oven it's ready and well worth your patience. It reminds me what it is I love about casseroles... they're a complete, hardy meal. This one has veggies, protein and complex carbohydrates all in one pan and with so much nutritional value too! It's really hard not to love such a  delicious carefree meal.

I have also had a lot of luck taking this casserole to parties and serving it up to omni's who are otherwise terrified to try vegan food (Mexican food, I find, is the neutral cuisine!) Gosh, I just love this casserole...especially because it gives me an excuse to make more queso! 

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p.s. if you're wondering where a day went and why everything is suddenly renumbered... I had a bit of an oops. When I started counting back for this cookbook countdown, I treated the cookbook's release date (1/25) as day 1, rather than day 0... so we're actually only 13 days away from the cookbook's big release date!

If you're still hungry for another featured recipe, check out these past countdown post where I feature more than 1 cookbook recipe: