Thursday, June 24, 2010

first trip to the organic csa and a spectacular summer giveaway!

keeping with the theme of eating fresh and local, this week was the first of my organic csa share at muth family farm. every wednesday ('til the end of september) i get to fill this basket with local organically-grown goodies. veggie heaven!


week one's loot: kale, rainbow chard, arugula, endive, mizuna, purslane, basil, green onions, romaine, zucchini, yellow squash, sunburst squash, cucumber pickles, bok choy, and savoy cabbage. ALL ORGANIC - WOOHOO!!!=)


the kale will mostly likely be dehydrated into chippies... the chard and purslane used in my smoothies... the greens and cukes will make beautiful salads... the zucchini and squash possibilities are endless... but what was i to do with the savoy cabbage and bok choy? philip's the raw food salad bar had the answer.=)


herb cole slaw


this slaw was so simple, so quick, and so yummy! chop up some cabbage and herbs (i used my favorites - cilantro and basil) and add seasonings - that's it! it was so tasty, i kept going back to the fridge to sample more. the slaw didn't last a day (though i had intended to let it marinate overnight). i'll surely be making this simple slaw again and again! thanks, philip!


mixed bok choy

spicy, sweet, and crunchy - a divine trinity in my book. made and devoured in less then twenty minutes - who knew bok choy was so delicious?=)



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as i mentioned in my previous post, philip and i are both offering a copy of the raw food salad bar ebook. that means two lucky readers will be equipped with the best un-cookbook around for utilizing the summer's bounty!

have a lookie at philip's ideas for those heirloom tomatoes...

  • heirloom tomato salad
  • sungolds and green beans tossed with herbs
  • bloody mary soup (can't wait to try this one!)
  • gazpacho with cumin and avocado
  • summer minestrone (mmm...)
  • tomato basil soup 
  • august sunset

but this book is not limited to summer dishes - it's 115 pages FULL of amazing creations, including sections labeled autumn and winter salads and creamy comfort soups, featuring southern belles in london soup.


heathy from sweetly raw and i agree this red pepper soup is comforting any day of the year!

so are you ready to win a copy?


here's how to enter:

in the comments section, tell me why you would like to win a copy of the raw food salad bar ebook

extra entries:
  1. become a follower of animal-friendly eating
  2. blog about this giveaway (5 entries - leave a separate comment for each entry and a link to the post, please).
  3. eat an animal-friendly meal and tell me about it.
  4. tell me one benefit of eating raw or animal-friendly foods. you can go here for some ideas. 
  5. tell me one fruit or veggie in season in your area. visit here if you're not sure. (thank you for the link, meredith!)

    this giveaway will be closed sunday, july 11th at midnight. the two winners will be chosen randomly through a number generator and announced shortly after. be sure to check back to see if you won!

    best of luck to you all!

      57 comments:

      1. i just ate a huge green bowl..everything came from the farmers mkt. All vegan, raw, local, yum :)

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      2. benefit is that i feel HAPPY and clean and nourished and the animals are saved too :)

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      3. what's not in season, i live in san diego :) just scored on stone fruit this weekend.

        loved your comment to me today too...MUAH!! xo

        GREAT GIVE AWaY Kelli!!!

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      4. I would love to win this book, because I really need some more good recipe ideas. I ate pesto veggie pizza with daiya cheese for dinner last night and it was amazing! One benefit of eating vegan is to help fight against the suffering of all God's precious creatures. Let's see...what is in season here...avocado and lychee are in season here! Two of my favorites! I hope I win! Thanks!

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      5. i'm a follower and i love you (that should be a separate entry...hehe)...

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      6. benefits of raw vegan and vegan...i'm happy...i am so healthy, i feel so alive...saving animals...and our environment...i'm proud of my food and very conscientious of where it comes from...and because of this i find that i am learning so much...so knowledge...so many benefits...

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      7. today i had raw vegan pizza and live hummus with carrots and raw crackers...so amazingly yummy...

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      8. local in season goodies...ontario strawberries...cherries...sweet peas...asparagus...zucchini...rhubarb...green onions...cukes...sweet peppers...

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      9. thanks for entering ladies!

        i should have been more specific with how to enter: since each comment counts as a chance to win, leave a comment for each entry. leave a comment if you already follow my blog or have become a follower. hope that clears things up!

        so this comment will count for you carissa, for your animal-friendly meal entry!=)

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      10. and for carissa's benefit of eating vegan entry...

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      11. for carissa's what's in season entry...

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      12. oh, and one more for carissa because she follows my blog. =)

        if she blogs about the giveaway, she can come back and leave 5 more comments for a total of 10 entries. she just needs to leave the link to the post.

        i would just edit the post but blogger's being funny with me right now... grrr...

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      13. Coucou Kelli♥ Is this giveaway open to international??!! anyway I am going to enter..It's fun ;0)

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      14. I would love to win this fab giveaway because I am a salad freak.

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      15. I just had a super animal friendly meal ;-): Sprinkeled Zaatar over cucumbers, green onion, mint and tomatoe. MIAM!MIAM!

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      16. The one major benefit of eating raw (which changed my life!!) is the RAW ENERGY! needed to handle all the boys in the HippieHouse!!

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      17. There are so many Local Summer produce in Riyadh right now!! I don't know what to pick??!! But I ll go with the Sweety Watermelon♥

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      18. I just started the adventure of eating raw, and can use all the help I can get ;D

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      19. Oh, so yummy tomatoes, fresh from the garden... yum, yum!

        http://hearts-in-training.blogspot.com/2010/06/from-garden.html

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      20. How about a Raw Mango Pie, with Maple Almond Crust?
        http://hearts-in-training.blogspot.com/2010/05/raw-mango-pie-with-maple-almond-crust.html

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      21. For me, eating raw, I have noticed a decrees in chronic pain... I am new to eating raw, so I am in high hopes that it will continue to be a natural pain killer! =o)

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      22. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

        I would love this book because I adore finding new raw recipes:)

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      23. For starters, yummy score on the CSA load! Looks so great!

        To enter the contest - I would love the book because i'm looking for variety with my salads. I tend to do the same thing over and over (I'm not very creative in the kitchen sometimes) so this book would no doubt help me LOTS! :) Thanks kelli for an awesome giveaway!

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      29. an animal-friendly meal: well, I just had a super smoothie with lots of cacao! Mmm! Lots o'energy. ;)

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      30. a benefit of eating raw and/or vegan: lighter, healthier, energizing, eco-friendly, healing, etc...

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      31. right now I'm snacking on fresh organic strawberries at the garden...not our garden just yet but a neighbor's whose plots we're taking care of while she's on vacation. She said we can help ourselves so strawberries it is! Yummy!

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      32. I simply love salads! I eat them everyday, and when eating out I like to go to a salad bar restaurant or smiliar. So simple and so delicious!! Thanks!!!

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      33. Now, in Spain, summer fruits are in season: peaches, cherries, watermelon, strawberries... and I love to prepare fruit salads or to mix chopped fruits with vegetables (tomatoes, red peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots... all in season too) to make refreshing and yummy salads.

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      34. I would love to win a copy of this book! Because... it's summer, it's hot and thus the perftect opportunity for me to ramp up by raw intake. Plus, if his food tastes as good as heathy's desserts then I'm in for a treat!

        Animal friendly meal- please see my blog for loads of examples (www.glutenfreetriesvegan.com)

        Just had one of averie's raw peanut butter balls, for breakfast. I always have raw dessert for breakfast :)

        benefit of eating raw/animal friendly- it's good for everyone and everything! Your health, animals and the environment.

        fruit in season over here- strawberries!!!! So good.

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      35. I'm not following your blog too :)

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      36. oops, that's meant to be NOW rather than NOT!!!

        Do i get an extra entry for my ironic mistake?

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      37. Hi Kelli! Just found your blog through Nelly's and love it. I would like to win a copy of the e-book because I'm a gluten free vegan and I eat the same thing every day..I don't have a lot of time for complicated recipes these days but I do want to start switching things up for some variety, so simple sounds great to me. And I love salad and soup!

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      38. An animal friendly meal from today: mixed greens with carrots, white beans, hemp seeds, sesame ginger dressing.

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      39. Benefits of eating raw and/or vegan foods:
        -cruelty free (animal friendly), ie not supporting factory farms, animal slaughter, etc.
        -health and vibrancy
        -for me, eating raw and vegan helps me control my digestive illness
        -Less environmental impact
        -There's more...but I'll stop there!

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      40. I just ate an animal-friendly meal: a big kale/romaine salad with pumpkin seed oil, herbs, and pine nut parmesan (raw vegan, of course).

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      41. There are countless benefits to a plant-based diet! My faves include the lower environmental impact, increased energy, protection against disease and illness, and most importantly, doing no harm to other animals.

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      42. And in my area, cherries are now in season. One of my all-time fave fruits :)

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      43. Eating a plant based diet has countless benefits! I have noticed changes in my body & skin and have never felt better. I also love how it is better for our environment. And of course, our precious animals are kept alive!

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      44. Animal friendly meal I had yesterday was a salad of beets & zucchini with a tahini mustard dressing.

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      45. I'd love to win a copy of this because while I enjoy my green smoothies and green juices, sometimes I struggle to really get into making salads at home. It would be nice to have some recipes to get my creative juices flowing.

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      46. I ate a fabulous animal friendly meal of raw veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and zucchini) with an easy peanut sauce. Amazing how you make such yummy veggie food even in cramped quarters on a military base! :-)

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      47. Just ONE benefit of an animal friendly meal/diet? There are tons, but one that I'm not sure has been mentioned is economics. It's significantly cheaper to buy a couple heads of broccoli than sirloin.

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      48. Raspberries are in season here. YUM!

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      49. Forgot this one earlier, but cabbage is in season right now in my area and I can't get enough! Instead of spinach for my salads I've been using cabbage and it's a nice change :)

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