Hi there and happy Monday to you! I hope you have a nice weekend.
EZ Tofu Press Giveaway:
Wow, I think we had the most number of entrants ever for the EZ Tofu Press giveaway from last week; 133! Heather was the lucky winner who was randomly selected; her response to the question about preparing tofu was:
“I think pressed, marinated and then baked is my favorite way to eat tofu. I usually use heavy cans, but this gadget looks much easier!”
Congrats, Heather, and thank you to everyone who entered. Your responses were all so interesting and we could fill a cookbook with all of the delicious dishes you described using tofu. If you want to purchase your own EZ Tofu Press or learn more about it, you can do that here.
Healthy Vegan Travel:
I have been a busy lady starting Friday morning as I traveled to Los Angeles for the weekend. It was really, really important to me that I stuck to my goals for the Healthy Vegan Challenge, so I did as much preparation ahead of time for healthy meals. I made these salads for Alan and me to eat on the road:
I usually put the dressing on the bottom and leave the rest of the salad undressed so the lettuce doesn’t wilt. Then, when it’s time to eat, I just stir it up. These salads had greens, beans, broccoli, avocado, roasted garlic, tomatoes, onions, sweet potato and bell pepper.
I did research ahead of time to make sure there were restaurants where I could find healthy meals. I did pretty well, wouldn’t you say?
These were all 100% vegan meals made with whole food ingredients from Real Food Daily and The Green Temple. I also had food from the salad bar at Whole Foods and my breakfasts were made using fruit and oats I brought from home.
Vegan Cooking Class:
On Saturday, I attended a class through the Yummy vegan cooking series held in Pasadena, CA. The one I attended was given by Chef Ramses Bravo from the True North Health Center who cooks with no oil, salt or added sugars so this was right up my alley.
Chef Bravo has a new cookbook out called Bravo! and it was such a fun afternoon learning new skills and recipes:
I will be sharing tips from this cooking demo in a future blog post. At the class, I also finally got to meet the lovely and talented Chef AJ in person:
Chef AJ is truly extraordinary and she is the mastermind behind the “Healthy Taste” series of lectures that are sweeping California by storm.
Healthy Taste of Los Angeles:
On Sunday, I then had the opportunity to attend The Healthy Taste of LA which featured none other than this man as the lecturer:
That would be Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org fame! It was such a celebrity sighting moment for me to meet Dr. Greger and take a picture with him. I admire him so much and the incredible work he is doing to bring the scientific literature on plant-based eating to the public. Please do check out the website, Nutrition Facts.org.
I really enjoyed seeing nearly 200 people come together yesterday afternoon to hear Dr. Greger speak and I plan to attend as many of these events organized by Chef AJ in the future including The Healthy Taste of Ventura on April 7th. If you are in California, I hope you can attend!
Dr. Greger is so generous that he is offering to do a giveaway for one lucky reader who will receive his latest DVD, volume 12 of the “Latest in Clinical Nutrition”, plus a DVD of his fantastic lecture, “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.” To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me that you went to his website and watched at least one of the videos (tell me which one).
I will randomly select a winner on Friday, March 8th. This giveaway is open to anyone in the whole world. Good luck and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday!