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Cookbook Countdown: 9 Days to Go: Frittata

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Shortly after my MIL arrived in St. Maarten, she peeked into our fridge and remarked at how much tofu we have. "Yeah, it's kind of a necessity around here... your son is a glutton for tofu." I explained.

"Well, what do you do with it?" she asked. She told me she'd had it deep fried with peanut sauce at a restaurant, and it was alright, but obviously not very healthy.

"OMG! Tofu is the most universal ingredient ever!" I squealed. "I use it to make so many healthy things!" 

"Like what?" my MIL asked. 

Thats when I realized I was just going to have to make her the Dill Frittata from my cookbook. Although I think Tofu Scramble is perhaps the best starting place for tofu newbies, this frittata isn't a bad place to start either.

I also made these maple-cornbread biscuits to go with it since I like to eat more than just protein at breakfast.

What I really love about this frittata (besides how easy it is to make and how beautiful it presents) is that its the perfect blank canvas for leftovers. You can throw in any thing you have on hand -- even leftover pasta -- and it's divine.  

By the way, I think you can sample this recipe now, using the Amazon "look insides" feature!

Cookbook Countdown: 10 Days to Go: French Toast

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I have a fat-free vegan French toast recipe here on HH that I just love (--and it made it into the cookbook!) but I decided to shake things up a little bit and add some "variations" to the original.... like "egg nog" and "gingerbread" for the cookbook.

I served this up to my MIL her first morning visiting us in St. Maarten and although she's generally not a sweets person, especially in the morning -- she really loved this recipe! So much, in fact, that she asked me to show her how to do it so she could make it while I was away (she's babysitting the pugs while we're snowboarding in Canada).

She couldn't believe how easy it was... or that it didn't need eggs. I keep showing her how easy, filing and most importantly -- delicious vegan food can be! 

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!