Giveaway: The Kind Diet

I’ve been a huge fan of Alicia Silverstone since I first saw her in the teen flick Clueless many years ago. So I was tickled last fall when she featured my Vegan Herb Crackers recipe on her food blog The Kind Life.

Although Silverstone and I do food differently (she is a devoted vegan, I follow a modified Paleo eating plan); I am quite an admirer of how she has used her celebrity to promote social causes. When her publisher sent me a copy of her book last fall, I was eager to both see it and review it. The Kind Diet is not just a cookbook, it is a manual for treading lightly on this planet, something to which Silverstone has devoted her life.

While Silverstone does use gluten in this book, there are many recipes that are naturally gluten free. My favorite recipes are those for a vegan Caesar Salad, yummy Artichoke Dip, a refreshing Pomegranate Lime Iced Tea, Gomasio (a Japanese condiment that I also have a recipe for on this site), and Alicia’s Magical Healing Soup. I also love Silverstone’s recipe for Ume-Sesame Dressing (perfect for those that are not only gluten free, but also on the candida diet).

Even though it is not a gluten free cookbook, there is much goodness in this tome of recipes and I am happy to be giving a copy away today to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment below (by Friday 5/20/2011 at 12 noon MST) telling me what your favorite vegan dish is. This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere.

If you need some inspiration here are some of my favorite vegan recipes from this website:

Stay tuned tomorrow for my “veganalicious” nettles pesto recipe made from wild edibles.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. The winner of The Kind Diet giveaway was Katie. Thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. Michelle Millburn says

    This is my favorite! It’s a recipe a came up with for my vegan daughter! So yummy!

    Sweet Black Beans and Rice
    (Michelle Millburn)
    2 c cooked brown or Jasmine rice
    1 can black beans – drained and rinsed well (or 2 cups cooked from dry)
    1 medium sweet Vidalia onion, chopped
    3 small, tart apples, chopped
    1 can light coconut milk
    2 T canola oil
    1 – 3 t red curry (to taste)

    Cook onion on medium low heat in canola oil until caramelized (sweet and translucent). Add apples and cook until just tender (I like a little bit of crunch ) Turn to low and add beans and rice. Mix curry into milk and pour over rice and beans mix, mixing gently.  Cook until bubbly and warm through.  Serve in a bowl with spiral slices of fresh apple on top and garlic pita chips and a mixed green salad on
    the side.

  2. Melissa says

    Lately, my favorite thing to enjoy has been quinoa tabbouleh. I’m going to go and make some right now!

  3. Deborah says

    My favorite vegan food is a tofu pumpkin pie. I found a great recipe ona vegan website and it is delicious.

  4. Heather L. says

    I’ve been vegan for quite a while (and it sure helped make my transition easier after the CD diagnosis). I have so many favorite vegan meals, it’s difficult to choose just one, but if I had to choose one that would satisfy the pickiest of eaters, it would be iri dofu. I could probably eat it every day of my life and still think it was tasty.

  5. nicole says

    I am a huge cheese fan, but unfortunately lactose intolerent. Just recently I discoved a vegan nacho cheese recipe that is actually GOOD! Cashews, red pepper, nutritional yeast, etc. Yum! I used it on kale chips (dehyrated).

  6. stephanie says

    Lately my favorite vegan recipe is chocolate kale chips!!! Also love banana nut kale chips! MMM!!!

  7. Erica S. says

    loving fudge babies right now… so awesome!! the taste reminds me of licking the batter bowl after helping my mom make brownies when i was a kid.

  8. says

    I’ve been on a bean kick lately. I really like anything with white beans lately. So I would say a white bean salad, or a white bean with basil hummus. Yum!

  9. Lindsay Cowley says

    I love sunflower seed dip. It’s raw and vegan and saved me when I went on a restricted diet… I also love raw cashew cream.

    Both are awesomely delicious!!!

  10. Elizabeth Mullen says

    I have considered going vegan for quite some time now. I have fibromyalgia and a lot of stomach problems. I probably would have switched earlier but my husband is a true carnivore and has to have his meat! Unfortunately he is very overweight and has diabetes. I would like to cook good vegan recipes so that we could both work our way back to better health. I started cooking with “Recipes For A Small Planet” back in high school, so have always leaned towards vegetarian. Hmmm…favorite recipes? So many…Thai peanut sauce over udon noodles, Butternut and sweet potatoe soup, Green soup, Salad greens with craisins, walnuts and raspberry vinegrette. Thanks for sharing all you do.

  11. RebeccaUtah says

    I’m not vegan, but would LOVE this book! I’m on a black bean and sweet potato kick right now. Can’t wait to try some new recipes. Thank you!

  12. sophie says

    My favourite vegan item is salad made up of arugula, spinach, boston lettuce, fennel with hemp seeds and or/chia seeds with a lovely vinaigrette: grapeseed oil + toasted sesame seeds oil + apple cider vinegar + smoked paprika + sea salt + turmeric. Very good! AND…your pumpkin custard – using agar agar instead of gelatin!
    Alicia Silverstone’s book looks great!!!!! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  13. Beth says

    My favourite vegan dish is rice paper wraps filled with veggies, with a peanut dipping sauce. Yum!

  14. Becka says

    Although not a vegan, I try to incorporate vegan meals into my menus – quinoa and black bean salad is one of my favorites. Would love to have Alicia’s cookbook!

  15. Cindy Cundiff says

    Come Mother’s Day or Birthday, my family always have a hard time making dinner because I don’t have a favorite. This M. Day they made – Portobella Mushrooms stuffed with Quinoa. I also make a lasagna with zucchini as noodles with cashew cream sauce and various veges in between the layers. And being of Puerto Rican decend, I love my rice and beans. Thanks Elana!

  16. Jen P says

    Any kind of vegetable oven roasted or grilled, maybe with a little olive oil or salt.

  17. says

    My husband and I made grilled chickpea sandwiches (to replace grilled cheese) with tomato soup last night and LOVED IT. Since we’re new to the diet we’re slowly adding new and tasty recipes. We make an asparagus quiche that we really love and the best black bean burgers! I’m a follower of Alicia’s blog and rented her book from the library when we were first transition! I’d love to have it on my bookshelf.

  18. Kassia says

    I have so many favorite vegan foods- any roasted veggie,green smoothies, chai icecream made with cocnut milk and maple syrup… yum!! I woul love to win this book!

  19. Christie says

    Love this book and recipes… Just Wonderful, my 19 yr.old daughter, has even given as gift for some of her closest friends…

  20. Carla W. says

    My sister just started to eat Vegan and I must say she made the best homemade S’mores from the Babycakes cookbook.

  21. Jennifer says

    Spinach salad with toasted almonds, vinegarette dressing, and cranberries. YUM!!!

  22. Stephanie says

    My favorite Food: Deborah Madison’s Greens & Potatoes. I make my own version now–boil potatoes in a pot, steaming Kale above. Then saute onion/garlic/leek (whatever allium came in the CSA box for the week except red onion) in olive oil, add the Kale and potatoes. If the potatoes are starchy, mush them up like a hash. If they are fresh-dug, leave them in bite-sized pieces. Somehow it tastes different every time!

  23. Jill says

    our families favorite vegan food is green smoothies! We all had them yesterday for breakfast. Feels good that my 4 children had spinach, kale, collard greens, banana, strawberries, peaches, raspberies and blueberries to fill up their tummies….and they all drank them down without complaint!

  24. MandaRae says

    My favorite recipe is for carrot fries. I have been Gluten-free for 5 years now but just recently have been put on a corn and potato-free diet in addition to GF. French fries were one of my favorite foods so this a a great (and a much healthier) substitution!

  25. says

    My favorite vegan recipe is Beet Burgers from Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. All of her recipes/vegan info. from The Vegan Table, The Joy of Vegan Baking and Color Me Vegan are loaded with absolutely delicious vegan fare. Officially a vegan for just over a year, this has been the BEST time of my “cooking life” exploring new ingredients,seasoning, textures and freedom to look at food preparation and planning in a brand new way. That says a lot because I am 57 years old and have always considered cooking an art form: whether it was for my family, entertaining friends, or trying new recipes. This lifestyle change was influenced and informed by my four adult children; three vegans and one vegetarian… great is that!! Even my carivore husband has become”veganist”; when he is with me, at any rate.

  26. Jenn Mendyk says

    I have to say that the Fudge Babies are a new recent favourite of mine. I made them last weekend and they have helped me get through the work week not snacking on unhealthy stuff. I will definitely put them on the regular recipe list and share it with friends!

  27. chrissy ciaccio says

    My first alternative introduction to vegan principles and recipes began fifteen years ago when a friend accidentally left a book at my house after an afternoon visit. John Robbins ‘Diet for A New America’ changed my life…. one of my favorite cruelty and gluten free recipes is his peanut sauce, which I serve over broccoli and or Tinkyada brown rice spaghetti. I substitute almond or cashew butter, and I use this as a “treat” meal since I can’t eat nuts very often. More recently I have discovered ‘The Body Ecology Diet’ by Donna Gates, helping me tremendously with the lifestyle changes I needed to overcome reoccurring candidiasis. Her Creamy Cauliflower Soup is a staple in my diet- it’s alkaline, nutritious and an incredibly satisfying addition to a meal or as a stand alone soup year round. The “creamy” part just means pureed -no need for milk!

  28. says

    My favorite vegan dish is definitely a Middle Eastern platter of falafel, baba ganoush, hummus, Israeli salad.

  29. says

    I’ve wanted to buy this book for a while! I love to have veggie rolls wrapped in collard greens leaves, dipped in soy sauce mixed with sesame oil. Yum!

  30. Cecelle says

    Favourite vegan recipe? Has to be Greek lentil soup — lentils, carrots, tomatoes, veggie broth, onions, spinach, peppercorns and a huge handful of parsley, simmered and topped off right before serving with some lemon juice or red wine vinegar. I always feel healthier after eating it.

  31. Lori L. says

    A great spinach salad with strawberries, pine nuts, oil and vinegar is on my everyday lunch menu. So simple, but so fresh and delicious! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  32. shani says

    I am loving experimenting and making my own version of larabars. I just made a salty, walnut, cranberry. The perfect balance of sweetness from dates and a bit of salt roasted seeds.

  33. Wendy Bussell says

    I just love roasted ratatouille from a Moosewood cookbook. The vegies all hot and sweet, the basil fresh and raw, create a wonderful texture of tastes!

  34. concetta27 says

    A very large salad of spinach & romaine topped with salsa, nutritional yeast, calamata olives and walnuts. Delicious.

  35. kelly says

    i am always happy to see when celebs are out there promoting healhty living and eating. kudos to alicia silverstone! and i always look forward to your emials with new recipes! i have tried so many and am always impressed! thanks!!

  36. Jessie says

    Rosemary truffles and coconut/mint truffles… tee hee, pretty much anything involving coconut oil or coconut butter!! I also love to make and eat tabbouleh ;)

  37. says

    My favorite vegan recipe is miso soup. It is my absolute go-to comfort food with soft tofu and fresh spinach and some rice noodles, yum! Best of all my two year old loves it too!

  38. Tuuli says

    I try to eat vegan food much/most of the time, so my list of favourites gets long. Right now perhaps maki rolls, with avocado.

  39. Daphne says

    I have all the ingredients now to make the Spicy Power Bars. I’m excited about trying these as the picture and the recipe looks so tempting and “good for you”. Thanks, Elana for another wonderful yet simple and wholesome recipe.

  40. Diana Drue says

    My favorite vegan dish is Julia Child’s ratatouille recipe. All the different vegetables have their own lovely tastes and textures. My mother never liked eggplant until she had this dish. Cooking the vegetables separately is key as the vegetables cook at different rates. The beauty is the culmination of when they are combined. The only changes I make are to use red bell pepper instead of green and to include herbs de provence. It definitely is a labor of love.
    Thanks Elena for your generosity in offering a copy of Alicia’s book.

  41. says

    My family’s favorite vegan food is raw borsht. We use a recipe from Gabrielle Chavez and Victoria Boutenko’s The Raw Food Gourmet. We substitute homemade raw craut [made from body ecology starter] for the plain cabbage. If you are really short on time it’s the perfect thing to whip up.

  42. says

    Being a vegan, there are too many to list, but top 3 are
    1. Raw Key Lime Pie. It’s full of healthy fats, vitamin C and lots of nuts and fiber.
    2. Gluten-free, vegan lemon coconut cookies. Lots of fiber, healthy fats, and good enough for my meat-eating, conventional friends.
    3. ANY roasted vegetable.

  43. Suzette says

    What can be more delicious than unadulterated, roasted vegetables? Nutty, crisp, roasted deliciousness! On the sweet side, fudge babies and vegan coconut milk icecream top my list, but I am hot to trot to try my hand at vegan cheesecake. Yummy!

  44. Jenna says

    I love to make quinoa salad with my favorite veggies and yummy dressing. I am not vegan, but my 6 year old is a self proclaimed vegetarian so I have been having lots of fun learning about healthy plant protein.

  45. says

    I love to make tacos! I’m vegan, gluten free, soy free and organic. Last night I made “fish” tacos with hearts of palm dredged in Cajun spices topped with spicey pastachio salsa and micro greens! I love being a gluten free vegan!!!

  46. Leslie says

    My favorite vegan dish is cilantro pesto. Uses no cheese & very little oil. The toasted pine nuts take care of the oil & the nuttiness eliminates the need for cheese. Yum!

  47. Sara says

    I’m calling this my favorite vegan dish because it’s the vegan dish my whole family of 7 enjoys: Texas Caviar on home fried corn tortillas or fresh baked bread.
    PS – I’ve got almond butter blondies in the oven right now for my daughter’s 14th birthday!

  48. Kelli says

    I don’t buy convience foods, so I am lovin’ making a double batch of Fudge Babies and having them in the fridge for when I am “hungry right now”. I borrowed The Kind Diet from the library, and it has an amazing veriation on rice crispy treats that I believe are gluten-free.

  49. Naama says

    My favourite vegan dish is fresh vegetables salad. The best is one that made by a man (they just do it slowly and good. women are practical).
    My grandfather can’t deliver from underground, my brother and father are far away. My husband does it great but normally I cook around here… :-)

  50. Nichole says

    I love all things fresh, and am eagerly awaiting the season of the farmer’s market in my area…if I am feeling indulgent, I whip up a batch of gluten-free carrot pumpkin muffins sprinkled with turbinado sugar, which remind me the carrot cake my mother used to make for special occasions.

  51. Laura says

    Hi Elana.. I love your site and seeing all your new recipes! I found this site through a customer who came through my line in the grocery store, and have been a follower ever since. Also, I am a fresh new vegan, since about October 2010! I love it alot and have learned to cook much more for myself and my favorite dish so far has been a coconut curry with basmati rice, tofu, and veggies!

  52. Alanda says

    My favorites are coconut milk, coconut ice cream and yam fries with garlic. yummy!!

  53. Linda says

    it is IMPRESSIVE what Alicia does to bring awareness to important issues, that we all could actively support :-)
    it is easy to shy away, but put herself out-there, and I admire that
    My favorite vegan dish must be FRESH (or frozen) artichoke cooked al dente with coconut cream, with a pinch of all spice and cinnamon and twist of lemon juice. UHM!

  54. Anisa says

    My favorite vegan recipe is a marinated bean salad. It’s so versatile. It can be eaten by itself. You can grind it in the food processor and make it a dip. You can add Veganaise to it and serve it warm over GF pasta. Serve it over baked potatoes. Endless possibilities and yummy!

  55. Kelly says

    My favourite vegan dish is green salad with homemade sprouts and homemade balsamic vinegar. Variety of lettuces, cos, kale, spinach, butter lettuce, mixed green leaves. Then I sprout mung beans, dulse, sesame seeds, chickpeas, lentils. Balsmic vinegarette: balsamic vinegar, olive oil, flaxseed oil, then I grab a leaf of all different heabs finely chop and sprinkle. The sprouts give it density, and the different herbs make is aromatic!! Yum!

  56. Sara says

    I have been wanting her book for a while! Right now I am loving a dish that I learned from one of my favorite herbalists. Wild rice with arame.

  57. Shawna says

    My favorite vegan dish is actually just a beautiful green veggie salad with roasted hazelnuts and fresh herbs.

  58. mickey says

    I love the power bars made with pecans, cranberries & dates. They are a great treat after work!

  59. lajuana says

    I am not vegan, but do know the health benefits from eating that way..I would say my favorite vegan dish so far would be the pineapple popsicles I make for my kids..yeah, I’m just a kid at heart :)

  60. says

    I LOVE your Vegan Vanilla Icecream! I made some the other day for my mom for her birthday… it was a total hit (again!) Yum….

  61. robin says

    My husband & I were vegan for about 6 months & really enjoyed living that way, but it was very difficult & something we just couldn’t maintain during such a busy point in our lives. We still make a handful of vegan dishes though & I’d say my favorite is the vegan “sour cream” enchiladas: a ton of roasted veggies, some roasted chiles, a ton of cilantro & green enchilada sauce. So yummy!!! We’ve made it for all our meat-eating friends & family & it gets praise from just about everyone.

  62. Maria says

    In our house, there are many. Tostadas (without the cheese, it’s vegan) with Spanish rice and refried beans – and my own homemade salsa – makes everyone the happiest. I’m personally quite fond of falafel and hummus, and I love using tofu in our meals. And I can eat loads of kale.

    Basically, any dish that is made using whole, healthful foods would get my vote these days.

  63. Nanny M says

    I love quinoa (especially with peanut sauce), as well as these rosemary sweet potato fries my sister makes (super addicting!). For a dessert it would be a coconut milk chocolate ice cream I make.

  64. Damselfly says

    I can’t be a vegan because of my soy (and wheat) allergy but to me there was nothing better than a soy (Boca) burger on a bum with lots of ketsup! I would love to win alicia’s book to get some ideas on how to be a better vegetarian.

  65. Lauren says

    I’ve heard great things about her book! My favorite vegan dish is steamed kale over any type of grain. And your gluten-free, chocolate chip vegan cookies are to die for

  66. Shannon says

    While I am not a vegan, I am working on eating more whole foods since being diagnosed with celiac about six months ago. I am enjoying many naturally vegan dishes, but one that I frequently crave- veggie kabobs on the grill. Great, now I’m hungry… :)

  67. jess says

    every meal is a vegan meal in my kitchen and i love food so much that generally, the last thing i ate becomes my favourite meal! tonight it was oven-roasted sweet potatoes with daiya & a miso gravy, topped with fresh cilantro… as close to poutine as i get up here in northern ontario!

  68. KellyBelly says

    I have checked The Kind Life out of the library a number of times. I like how she has the book broken into easy to follow sections of just starting out to superhero status. My favortie is her peanut butter cups for a treat. I’m not at the superhero status ;)

  69. says

    I was a vegan for a LONG time, but now I too eat meat and fish. Just found out that I have celiacs disease and I’m always looking new recipes to cook and inspire me.

  70. Tori says

    Fudge Babies! Made these recently and took a couple to work. I didn’t know it but a parent was treating the teachers to goodies that morning. She didn’t have anything vegan though and my co-teacher was so sad! I pulled these out of my bag and brought a big smile to her face. It felt good!

  71. Joan says

    My favorite vegan recipe is the Vegan Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream. My whole family l-o-o-oves it!

  72. Anita says

    My favourite vegan dip is No-Bean Hummus. Seriously tastes like Hummus but has no chickpeas,just zuchinni, tahini, lemon juice,olive oil, garlic, sea salt, cumin. From my fave book RAWvolution!

  73. Judie Witney says

    I jokingly refer to myself as a gluten free, bean and zucchini free,egg free, meat eating vegan! An oxymoron I know, but that is what is available and safe for me to eat.

    I eat lots of naturally vegan dishes, but my favorite vegan treat is Coconut icecream, chocolate hazelnut………..mmmmmmm

  74. Noel says

    lentil soup — and your vegan chocolate chip cookies —
    and avacadoes — and artichokes.


    : )

  75. says

    Carrot frys and a must in my home with picky kids. If it weren’t for those and kale chips, my girls would go days with eating veggies.

  76. Michelle says

    I love tempeh marinated with fresh ginger, chillies and sauteed in coconut oil with a dandelion salad.

  77. Natalie says

    One of the first vegan dishes I made was brown rice with baked tofu marinated in Bragg’s and garlic,very tasty!

  78. Abby says

    I LOVE the brown rice crispie treats from this cookbook. I would love to have it so I could try more!

  79. says

    I am not a vegan – I eat fish and eggs – but I try to buy local, organic, and sustainable food and plants make up the majority of my diet. Pretty much all of my favorite foods are vegan: Roasted sweet potatoes with toasted pecans, granola sweetened with carob and served with almond milk, and this time of year grilled vegetables (onions, asparagus, zucchnini, artichokes, eggplant, etc). Of course, nothing beats fresh baby greens tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar!

  80. ClaireroseC says

    I love anything with veggies,nut butter,and cocoa.hehe…I’m starting to crave those fudge babies.hehe…

  81. Danielle says

    I’ve lived a vegan lifestyle for over four years. I also love foods from all cultures, especially Indian and Ethiopian. My favorite recipes tend to be spicy vegetable curries. I also make a mean lemon cake layered with lemon curd and buttercream frosting. It’s definitely a sometimes food, but soooo good!

  82. Kayla says

    My favorite vegan dish would have to be vegan cheesecake made with tofu that I make every year on Thanksgiving as well as for special family events because both my brother and I can’t eat animal products.

  83. Debra Soderman says

    Although I’m not vegan, I’d like to eat more vegan (healthy) dishes. Right now I’m addicted to good homemade hummus eaten with cucumber slices. Yum!

  84. Holly C. says

    I’m really struggling to put balanced meals out for my family. I’m in a funk I think. Could use some inspiration. My favorite vegan dish is Kale Salad…YUM!

  85. says

    I’m not a Vegan but I’m working on incorporating more raw foods into my diet…I’m a total dessert junkie and I love the fact that I can make desserts that do contain health benefits for me. Love Love Love all the nuts I’m learning to use in different ways. I mean who knew you could make icecream out of cashews and it would be DELICIOUS!!

  86. says

    My favourite vegan dish is a hearty veggie chili with chunky vegetables. I pair it with a (dairy-free) cornbread. It helps that my toddler daughter is allergic to milk, as it forces me to be creative with recipes and I often turn to vegan recipes for help.

  87. Barbara says

    I’ve been interested in this book for quite some time and would really love to get it. Sounds like it has lots of fantastic meal ideas and recipes. Thanks for the opportunity.

  88. Mary Harris says

    I would like to try vegan. Don’t think I could eat that way all the time but should more often

  89. Catherine DeLoach says

    Thanks for this opportunity! I would love to win her book! I love vegan foods including hummus, guacamole, and tofu stir fry dishes. I also love your chia seed pudding. :)

  90. Olivia says

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m not vegan but I love vegetarian dishes like garlic spinach pasta!

  91. Melanie Tapp says

    A few years ago I had a miscarraige from an unplanned pregnancy. My husband and I were not trying for children, so then after we lost one I was devestated. From there I lost motivation to keep myself up. I haven’t been depressed, I just didn’t care about keeping my body in shape. I finally came to a breaking point recently and realized I had to get myself back into shape. Part of this has involved a (partially) vegan and gluten free lifestyle. My husband and I are entertainers, so when I look for new recipes it is important for me to find recipes that I can convince my friends to eat as well. I refuse to make healthy food for just myself, everyone else needs it to! I may just have to hide the ingredient list! My favorite vegan recipe is for Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins. You use vegan chocolate chips, rice milk, ener-g egg replacer. They are scrumptious! And perfect for my weekly sunday morning brunch after church!!

  92. Faye says

    My favorite vegan item has to be the Spicy Tahini Sauce available at the Cafe Gratitude here in the SF bay area. Made with fresh coconut milk, raw tahini, almond butter, white miso, and jalapeno and cayenne pepper for a little kick. Yum! Great on quinoa and black beans.

  93. Dolores says

    I´ve being fighting candida for the last 3 years and I need more inspiration, motivation and ideas… I would love to win the book!


    • Dolores says

      oops, I forgot to name my favorite vegan dish… it happens to be hummus.. I make my own and I love it, specially on celery sticks…

  94. Christine says

    I LOVE vegan soups or chili. Oh and vegan sweets are always a nice treat as well : ).

  95. says

    I followed a vegan diet for about 8 years and although I now eat a more moderate diet I still regularly cook and eat vegan dishes. One of my favorite vegan recipes is an extremely easy to make banana bread which I modified into a vegan and gluten free recipe many years back. My fiance absolutely loves when I bake this bread and because it is so super easy and delicious I want to share it with you here.

    3 very ripe bananas
    1/3 cup of honey or agave
    1 2/3 cups flour – Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
    3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
    1/2 cup chopped vegan chocolate chips (optional)

    Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Puree bananas in a food processor or mash with a fork and then add the honey or agave and continue to blend. Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda together in one bowl. Add the flour to the banana mixture and stir. Then add the coconut oil and nuts/chocolate if using.

    Use coconut oil to grease a round 9 inch pan and bake for about 40 minutes. Check to see if bread is finished by inserting a toothpick. Keep the middle slightly moist.


  96. says

    Actually, I have a hard time picking just one vegan thing, but I think my favorite would have to be stuffed grape leaves. Love them! Also the Parade magazine featured her recipe for peanut butter cups. I made them with gluten free graham crackers, and they are so yummy!

  97. April Asher says

    I love vegan fries…I use carrots, yams and potatoes to create a medley. The kids use a little natural ketchup and I eat mine plain. Just plain Yummo! =)

  98. says

    I would love to win a copy of her book. I love her blog as well. My favorite vegan dish is my lentil loaf, similar to meatloaf but oh so much better and tastier!!! Making it tonight for my family, they love it, too! Thanks!

  99. Linda says

    I love the sounds of that book. My favorite vegan recipe is pumpkin ice cream…yum! :)

  100. Rebekah says

    I am not vegan, but I love almost any type of vegetable dish, especially those cooked with Indian spices like cumin, fenugreek, mustard seed, turmeric, and ground red pepper.

  101. Laura says

    I’m not a vegan but I think my gluten free pasta with marinara sauce is my favorite “vegan” dish.

  102. says

    favorite vegan dish is hummus and also chocolate avocado pudding…i try to stay animal free at least 2 meals a day if possible…just for health and environmental reasons…i don’t feel eating ALL animal products is wrong for the planet or humans…depends on what they are- where the come from- how they are produced….i would love to read her book tho as i am sure there is always something to learn ;-)

  103. Kim says

    I love my quinoa with mango salsa in the summer made with fresh picked tomatoes and cilantro. Yum! I’ve wanted to own this for some time as I love the idea of living ‘kindly’!

  104. Tavia says

    My favorite vegan foods are fruits, hummus, nooch-o cheeze & coconut milk ice cream. :-)

  105. stephanie says

    I’m trying to eat a diet that includes more raw and unprocessed foods and this book looks very adaptable to that!

  106. Cassie says

    Okay, so I love fruits and veggies and just eating those in season makes me happy to be a mostly vegan so I have an excuse to eat lots of them, but the first actual recipe that came to mind was your ice cream recipe that uses coconut milk and rasberries and strawberries and almond flavoring, which btw makes it so super amazing!

  107. says

    One of my current favorite vegan recipes is a raw green food smoothie, made with kale and hemp seeds and a bunch of other delicious ingredients. Thanks for the chance to receive what sounds like a fabulous book!

  108. Sabrina says

    I am not vegan, but definitely enjoy many vegan dishes. I can easily an entire bunch of roasted broccoli in one sitting all by myself. It can be quite addicting.

  109. Judy H says

    I would love to add your fabulous book to my small library of healthy eating books. As I change my diet to healthier eating it is most helpful to have other recipes to use. Please pick me for your free book giveaway!

  110. Hopegirl says

    Have looked at her book in the bookstore before. Would love to have a copy!!

  111. Davemac says

    Gluten-Free Mocha Tofu Apricot Teff Pie

    This is a recipe from organic chef, Leslie Cerier. I like it because it has Teff grain and I have always loved Apricots.

  112. Jody says

    I love that book! I checked it out at the library last year. Would love to have it for the recipes.
    My favorite vegan dish is probably zucchini noodles with marinara. I have a lot though, and I”m not even a vegan! ;)

  113. Kate says

    Carrots, celery sticks, and red peppers with hummus. Vegan, easy, and delicious!

  114. says

    Kale CHips…my kids LOVE them. We also love the pumpkin muffins, my mom who has cancer and a hard time eating anything, loves the pumpkin muffins a lot!!!

  115. Allyson says

    I’ve recently begun having a spinach smoothing every morning for breakfast. Throw in a little fruit, some coconut milk and chia seeds and they are wonderfully delicious!!

  116. Cara says

    My favorite vegan recipe is the VegNews Mac & Cheese recipe…. excellent!!!! :)

  117. Angela Gutierrez says

    Fave vegan meal: Adzuki beans and brown rice slow cooked in a crock pot with local New Mexico Hatch roasted green chile.

  118. Carolina says

    I am not vegan, but I do enjoy vegan foods and I am all for minimizing the impact of human consumption. I would have to say that my favorite vegan foods are vegetarian sushi, and the gluten free vegan cupcakes at a local bakery here in Portland.

  119. Bridget Madsen says

    I wouldn’t quite call it a dish, but I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Yum!

  120. Brandi says

    I love carrot fries, coconut carob haystacks, and cashew, pineapple fried rice!! So many delicious vegan dishes.

  121. Arielle says

    Lovely! I adore Alicia as well, she is just so adorable and sweet. I used to be a vegetarian but luckily – for my health and my sanity – have since reverted to a whole foods diet. However, I love chickpea dishes that are naturally vegan: smokey, baked chickpeas come to mind, or anything with chickpea flour.

  122. Tracy W says

    I’m going to have to say your chocolate chip cookies. I like to also add almond slices, cranberries, and coconut! You can’t just eat one!

  123. KS says

    Although I am not vegan (I am a vegetarian), one of my best friends is and she’s a wonderful cook. I think my favorite of her many dishes is her vegan chili. So yummy and it’s different every time she makes it.

  124. says

    I am not vegan myself, but since my boyfriend decided to start eating vegan a few months ago, I have been cooking mostly vegan meals. My favorite one so far is one that I posted on my blog. It is gluten free, vegan 5 layer dip (which I used as taco filling in sprouted corn tortillas. It uses almond cheese, walnut and mushroom “vegan ground meat”, and all the usual naturally vegan ingredients of a 5 or 7 layer dip. Here is the recipe:
    I would love to get more ideas for Brian’s vegan lifestyle by reading Alicia’s book – I too love clueless ;)

  125. Jennifer Larkin says

    I saw Alicia on Oprah last year or so, and was impressed with both her passion for healthy eating and her knowledge on the subject. She was joyful and energetic, and that’s as good a testament to healthy eating as you can find.

  126. Christina says

    I’d love this book. I am trying to make the switch to vegan, and I don’t follow a gluten free diet. I am trying to lower my gluten, but I am vegetarian. I am trying to give up the last of the animal products.

  127. says

    My kids & I LOVE a great stir-fry with Thai Rice Noodles. All the veggies & beans, spiced just right makes for a quick & healthy dinner. Which, of course, is always paired with a green garden salad.

  128. Sarah says

    I regularly make a healthy rice crispy treat substitute with puffed millet, nut butters, almonds, sesame seeds, raisins and chocolate chips. The kids love it, it fuels playground hours, and its easy to prepare. We are not vegan but we eat about half our meals vegan in a given week.

  129. Kelly says

    Vegan red velvet cake! I believe I found the recipe in Eating Well a few years ago, and it has become a huge favorite with my girl friends, too.

  130. rachel says

    I’ve recently gotten really into the green monster smoothie….best way to start the day! And my eyelashes are getting longer from them, I swear!

  131. Holly Ellerton says

    My latest favorite meal is Quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted almonds. I will add various spices, or nuts depending on my mood… curry powder, cardamon, and cinnamon were in my last one. I have used balsamic vinegar dressings, cayenne pepper, cumin… whatever you like works well.

    Crunchy and filling…

    This new books sounds very interesting and I’d love to win it. Thanks for the offer.

  132. Tracy says

    I was vegetarian for a couple of years. I did a competition that required I eat meat, veggies and a little fruit to lean out. I thought the meat was going to kill me coupled with a minimal amount of fruit. Was shocked at how much younger I looked and felt. Amazing how we can find a new way and thrive despite our belief systems. Guacamole and veggies are a definite favorite.

  133. Jennifer says

    I love making vegan cookies because you get to eat the batter! I have a great recipe for vegan coconut cashew cookies.

  134. Christy says

    My favorite vegan dish is a simple combo of sauted mushrooms, onion, and red bell pepper with a little extra virgin olive oil. Yummmmmm….

  135. Colleen Gagnon says

    I would love to read this book. Have been vegan for many years, trying to add the gluten free twist. Absolutely love your recipes, books and site. Thank you so much!!

  136. Pam says

    My favorite vegan dish (seriously) is Elana’s chocolate chip cookies! They are a hit with everyone!!! Can’t keep them in the house for more than a day… two days max!

  137. Maggie says

    I would say that I love a lot of vegan dishes since I LOVE veggies, fruits, & nuts… but one of my favorite vegan dish is homemade lentil soup with naan bread. :)

  138. Christine says

    Green smoothie (veggies, water, fruit) or coconut milk ice cream – carob almond butter .

  139. says

    I’m not vegan, but any dish that’s made completely of fresh, all natural ingredients is always a favorite of mine!

  140. Becca says

    I am not a vegan, but I love a sweet potatoe! This is summer I just recently discovered I really enjoy.

    • Becca says

      I meant something NOT summer. Today is the last day of school (I’m a teacher). I think I am thinking about summer way too much! :)

  141. Darkhorse says

    Would have to be a fruit smoothie or sweet potato oven fries. Thanks Elana!

  142. Kris says

    My favorite vegan recipe is from you, Elana, but I couldn’t find it on your site just now. At least I’m pretty sure I got it from your site. Its a mixture of almond flour, coconut, pepitas, sunflower seeds, coconut oil, a little salt and a little vanilla. Mine doen’t stick together in a bar too well, so I eat it by the handful. It reminds me of granola.

  143. Robbie says

    I have heard about Alicias book but not had the opportunity to read it. I imagine it must be filled with wonderful information.
    My favorite vegan recipe is sweet potato/apple soup. It is wonderful comfort food and so filling!
    It is cooked in a veggie broth base and add sweet potatos,fuji or braeburn apples,carrots,onions and at the end add cinnamon(i use quite a bit!)
    Ahhhh, heaven and it makes your whole house smell amazing!!!!
    Then IF you have room for dessert, baked peaches with brown sugar and topped with almond flour…mmmmmm…I’m hungry! ;)
    Thanks for the awesome give away ;)

  144. Sara Jean says

    Not a vegan, but I eat a LOT of vegan food. Recently I made a Tuscan white bean soup that was TO DIE FOR. It includes the usual: carrots, celery, onions, fennel, white beans and fresh rosemary. It is just amazingly good each time I make it. You can puree the beans, or keep them whole (I like to do a combo so it has texture). It is so delicious. Alicia’s book looks awesome!

  145. Sarah says

    I have many favorite vegan dishes, but my favorite vegan, refined sugar free, gf dessert is a creamy vegan fruit tart on a toasted pecan crust. So delicious. And one of these days I’ll write down the recipe and be able to share it.

  146. Mel-Beth says

    I am not a vegan but do love vegetarian dishes. My favorite would have to be guacamole!

  147. Marcy Buchanan says

    Would love to have this cookbook… I enjoyed seeing her on Oprah and hearing about how her diet has really impacted her life. I love trying new recipes. Right now I’m obsessed with making different types of raw nut bars.

  148. says

    Elana, both you and Alicia are fantastic inspirations! My favorite vegan dish…probably raw pecan power bars. Although that really is a snack/dessert. t

  149. Amie says

    Although we have not tried any recipes from The Kind Diet book our family loves so many recipes in your book and one of our favorite vegan ones would be any of the spiced or candied nuts and vanilla almond butter. My mom has been diagnosed celiacs for over 38 years and your book has provide by far the best recipes we’ve ever found! Thank you for putting all your creative recipes on paper for the rest of us.

  150. Kathy says

    I would love to Have Alicia Silverstone’s book. She has some very healthy recipes in her book that would be fun to try. We try to eat Vegan several times a week. I like changing my routine, and trying new recipes. Thank you, Elana.

  151. Andrina says

    i am not Vegan but I am addicted to vegetables and fruits, these combined with grains (especially quinoa, yams, sweet (or regular) potatoes. I love to make up creative dishes and unique combination. I have looked at AS’s cookbook before I would love to add it to my collection.

  152. Sandy Austin says

    My favorite vegan lunch sandwich is my S&P sandwich (I’m s stock market trader). Try spinach and peanut butter for your S & P. It’s a wonderful combination. I alternate that sandwich with a garbonza bean wrap. Rinsed garbonza beans, carrot, broccoli, celery in a processor pulsed for a couple of times give a chunky mix that can beput in a lettuce leaf or a pita pocket for a great vegan lunch.

  153. Laurel Holler says

    My favorite vegan recipe is a Butternut Squash Soup that you top with bananas. Great winter dish.

  154. Gretchen says

    My absolute favorite vegan recipe is simple as pie, but oh so good (and much better for you than pie!). It’s Elana’s lemon kale chips:
    They are the absolute best! Ever since my husband had a heart procedure for clogged arteries, he’s been eating a vegan diet. I’ve pretty much joined him, but am gluten free, too, and sometimes eat meat. Regardless, I make lemon kale chips almost every night. They’re our treat! So delicious!

  155. says

    Oh it would have to be a toss up between the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream and the Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream. Two of my absolute favorite things. I wonder if I can combine them. Hmmmmm…. That book of Alicia’s sounds wonderful!

  156. Ruth says

    I read here because I have a slight intolerance to wheat, and a dairy allergy. Many many of Elena’s recipes work with this. Since I don’t eat meat at night, as it causes me to awake at 2am, I would LOVE a vegan recipe book :-)

  157. says

    I have many, many favorite vegan dishes, but perhaps the one I cannot live without (on a daily basis) is hummus!!! I love hummus. Sometimes I buy it and sometimes I make my own — usually with chickpeas but I’ve also made white bean and black bean hummus. Delicious! I eat it every day!

  158. Heather says

    My favorite vegan dish right now is tahini-tella from the Sketch-Free Vegan on your gluten free bread 2.0 toasted. So tasty!

  159. says

    I like vegan food that is naturally vegan. Things that are nut based, or veggie based. I do like your recipe for spicy power bars as well.

  160. Mrs. Whatsit says

    I have always liked Alicia Silverstone, and am curious about her book — would love to win a copy!

    My favorite vegan recipes are those that are natural/by definition vegan. Grilled broccoli and kale with carmelized onions have been family favorites for awhile now. Even my youngest (6yo) LOVES kale. How cool is that?!

  161. Eeva says

    Fudge babies are definitely my favorite vegan recipe. They are really easy to make and so good!

  162. Kelly says

    My favorite dish period is anything with chocolate, so I’ll go with Chocolate Tofu Mousse. I use Tosca Reno’s recipe, with my own tweaks.

  163. says

    I’m so excited about this book! I was vegan for two years and I adored it, but when I was diagnosed with Late Stage Lyme Disease, my doctor asked me to incorporate animal protein back into my diet for a while. I’m currently happy to report though that I’ve gotten the green light to head back toward veganism again, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. My vegan dishes are my all-time favorites!

    My favorite dish is roasted beet chips. It’s simple but so delightfully tasty. Beets sliced paper thin and drizzled in grapeseed oil. So yummy! I learned my roasting ways from you, Elana. :)

  164. Elizabeth Richardson says

    I like her too!! Always interested to find new recipes even tho I do have to watch for gluten and yeast – me two worst enemies!

    Great give away – Elizabeth

  165. Meredith Chamorro says

    Well, I am a vegan, so there are so many dishes from which to choose! Lately I’ve been drinking lots of green smoothies and quinoa pilafs, varying them depending on what is in the fridge!

  166. Susan says

    I read this book about 6 months ago (from the library) would really enjoy owning this book – the recipes are great (I have prepared many of them)- the information is really good – we lean heavily towards vegan.

  167. Theresa Donohue says

    I am not a vegan also but loooove some of the dishes. One of my favorite vegan dishes is a mock creamy broccoli soup made with homemade chicken stock, frozen broccoli pieces and onion. Boil all until tender, put in a blender, bammm, you have a creamy broccoli soup…awesome!

  168. Diane M. says

    The pumpkin pie ice cream recipe sounds amazing! I love all things pumpkin and will have to try this recipe soon.

  169. Judy Freeman says

    Judy 5/19/2011
    Hi Elana, I love recieving your e-mails and also your book The Gluten Free with Almond Flour. It is fabulous! I found this receipe Kiwi Fruit Tart with Almond Crust. It becomes vegan if you substitute th 1/4 cup butter for cold pressed oil. I have wanted this book for sometime and could not believe this opportunity to win it. The Kiwi Tart got a ton of compliments and it is a beautiful presentation.

  170. says

    While my husband and I are not vegan, we do eat vegan at least half the week just because many of our favorite recipes are. One of my favorites is a tomato soup with brown rice, roasted garlic and greens. So tasty!

  171. Naomi says

    My absolute favorite is so simple. Ice cream. Frozen bananas blended in food processor plus flavor. I love it with strawberries (fresh or frozen) put in at the last minute or peanut or almond butter. Perhaps a sprinkle of cinnamon.

  172. Julie says

    My favorite vegan snack is edamame. I remember first trying it, while living in Hawaii. I don’t recall what the kamaainas (locals) called it.. I have been thrilled to find it back here on the mainland. Our son, is gfcf, no soy, no egg. We are constantly trying new recipes. It would be fun to win Alicia’s cookbook!

  173. Leslie says

    I know this is so ordinary and every now, but I love hummus. I love it anyway you make it!

  174. ANNE IOCCO says

    My favorite vegan dish is my version of a Brazilian stew, featuring dark orange sweet potatoes (unpeeled), black beans and fresh mango. Everyone I’ve ever made it for just loves it. Easy one-pot meal and extremely nutritious.

  175. says

    My favorite involves thai flavors! In fact, Elana’s thai soup wins my vote! I make a thai vegan soup that doesn’t have the coconut milk in it but uses coconut water and I add the chopped coconut meat for the “noodles” in the soup. Anything with cilantro, ginger, garlic and a bit of spice is my fave!

  176. says

    My favorite vegan dish is spicy quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, and roasted tomatillo dressing. It’s sweet and spicy and creamy all at the same time.

  177. Rhea says

    We love zucchini walnut crackers made in the dehydrator! So good, and they taste like they have butter in them when they don’t.

  178. Laura says

    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is divine! My three year old loves it! I would love to get Alicia’s book as I am always looking for inspiration to feed my family of four.

  179. says

    My favourite vegan dish would have to be kitchari, with extra veggies. It’s the dish I always go to when I’m feeling unwell from other foods (such as dairy) and if I’m battling a virus. It’s light, the mung beans provide protein and I always feel better after eating it.

  180. Melissa says

    Made your Fudge Babies recipe last week, loved them. Also, I love any Raw Truffles recipes, I think they are the perfect snack. Thanks for all your delicious recipes, I love that they are quick, easy, and delicious.

  181. Regina says

    I am certainly not a vegan. I’m a Paleo girl through and through, but I always find myself attracted to the simple, wholesome bars and such that are labeled “vegan”. The ingredients are far more pure and simple than anything else; no nasty additives.
    And as for my favorite vegan recipe, it would actually have to be my own Paleo chocolate chip recipe, which just happens to be vegan and has been a total lifesaver since I gave up grains and just needed a cookie!

  182. Fran Danner says

    Forgot my favorite vegan dish: bean burritos on rice flour tortillas w/gracomole & vegan sour cream.

  183. Rhonda says

    My favorite vegan recipe(so far) was made last night at my cooking class. It was a nut sauce made from hazelnuts, lemon zest and juice, water, pear saki and finished with mint. It was served with steeped carrots and asparagus. Yummy!
    I would love to have a copy of The Kind Diet. Its on my wish list on Ammazon.
    many Blessings,

  184. Rachel says

    I am not vegan, but many in my family are allergic to dairy, including myself, so I am always looking for yummy foods that don’t include dairy. I love highly flavorful ethnic foods such as quinoa tabbouleh and hummus. Especially in the summertime, it’s a very refreshing meal. It’s really yummy with Nut-Thins almond crackers too. Mmm-mmm!

  185. Fran Danner says

    I’ve been living Alicia’s kind diet for 6 months now and love it. I modified it with egg in any baked items. But that’s it. I’m about 95% gluten free since my DH is 100% gluten free. I have a piece of bread once in a while.

    Would love to have the book for my own. Mine is borrowed.

    Thanks for sharing.

  186. Jan Magness says

    This book looks yummy. My niece is vegan and I look forward to learning more about it.

  187. Annamaria says

    I had the chance to quickly browse this book at a friend’s place. It looked inspiring and I’d love to get to know her food and life philosophy closer.

    My favorite vegan dish is my go-to dish for unexpected dinner guests (everyone loves it!) or when I want to cook for the next day at work.

    I get bored easily by eating the same dish too often, but I never get tired of: stir fried tofu with garlic/sesame/ginger/chili, veggies of choice and brown rice noodles. Yum!

  188. Deborah says

    I’m very new to this, changing my whole way of eating. I made a raw Jumble Berry upside down cake the other day and was in heaven.

  189. Diane says

    With today’s cold Boulder weather, I’m eating Thai curry I made with coconut oil, coconut milk, curry paste (yep! shortcut!), fish sauce, coconut sugar, onions, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots and tofu.

  190. says

    My favorite vegan dishes to cook are Indian Dahl and Pasta Puttanesca (made without anchovies… just extra olives and capers).

  191. Jennifer says

    My favorite vegan dish is braised kale with adzuki bean miso over brown basmati rice, Yum!

  192. Michelle says

    I would love to get this book. I have eyed it up in my favorite bookstore many times. I love vegan Indian food!

  193. Angie says

    Our family LOVES sweet potato enchiladas! We skip the turkey and add whole black beans. The recipe comes from Gluten Free Godess. Karina’s blog has a wealth of vegan and gluten free recipes our family loves, but this one is the top favorite!

  194. Melissa says

    I have slowly been incorporating vegan dishes in our household, but mostly everyone in our family has been addicted to homemade guacamole with lots of tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and peppers! (And anything else I can hide in there, like spinach and peas :)

  195. Danielle says

    My favorite vegan dish is probably chocolate avocado “ice cream”. I would love a copy of her book, thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  196. Ashley B. says

    I could eat homemade sweet potatoe fries…just a drizzle of oil and a dash of seasoning…morning, noon, and night!

  197. Donna C says

    Well, I haven’t tried it yet, but your Thai Vegetable soup looks great. I think I will have to try that very soon.

  198. Janis says

    I’ve been getting into green smoothies for breakfast-love them! I find them very filling and so good for you.

  199. JoAnne says

    My favorite vegan dish is a spicy chickpea stew with Moroccan spices – so good and tasty.

  200. kristina antolin says

    My favorite vegan recipe is Madjur Jaffrey’s Spicy Chick Peas from her book “Indian Cooking”.

  201. Amanda says

    A Greek Salad with chickpeas for protein,tomatoes,cucumbers,olives,lettuce, lots of fresh herbs,and a bright lemony dressing.

  202. ashlee macdonald says

    My favorite vegan recipe is Barefoot Contessa’s Butternut Squash Salad it is DELSIH!!!

  203. Stacey says

    My favorite vegan dish is Bobby’s black bean hummus. I also love stir fry veggies with brown rice pasta.

  204. says

    My favorite vegan dish is taking frozen bananas and giving them a whirl in the food processor. The best and quickest dessert ever!

  205. Terry says

    My favorite vegan lunch is a whole wheat wrap with hummus and tabouli, with plenty of crunchy fresh veggies (as a short-cut I buy the broccoli slaw bag from Trader Joe’s and use that in wraps and salads – its broccoli, cabbage and carrots but all the chopping is done for you) and my favorite vegan snack are Alicia’s brown rice krispy treats – with brown rice syrup, no sugar, they are fantastic. But I’m assuming both those answers will change as I explore more vegan meals. It’s fun to explore new things, and Alicia’s book is a great way to do that.

  206. Vaneta says

    My families favorite recipe comes from a cookbook by Robin Robertson, Spicy African sweet Potato Stew; with slight modification it has even become our favorite sauce over steamed spaghetti squash!

  207. says

    I’m very into socca right now. It’s a chickpea flour ‘pancake’ that is naturally gluten-free, and chock full of yummy. Not being a purist, I tend to throw in things that traditional socca makers would probably frown at — sauteed wild leeks or sauteed tomatoes and chili powder. It’s also lovely with nothing more than some black pepper and a pinch of cumin.

  208. Vicki says

    I read the Kind Diet from the library and it really opened my eyes. I would love my own copy so that I could lend it to people to show them the horrors of the meat industry and how sugar causes chaos in your body.

    My favorite vegan (and gluten free) dish has to be Quinoa, made a million different ways depending on the influence from the rest of the plate. I can make it lean Italian, Indian, all American with a simple change of ingredients.

  209. Pat says

    My favorite vegan dishes come from Indian or Ethiopian cuisines. Love all the spices, coconut products, and brown rice.

  210. says

    My favorite vegan dish is pretty simple: fresh berries with cannned coconut milk drizzled over them. My kids were just diagnosed with several allergies/issues, so we’re on both a GFCF and candida eating plan, plus no chicken eggs. This dish is perfect when the kids are feeling glum about our new sugar/dairy/gluten-free lifestyle.

  211. says

    I LOVE green smoothies. I was low on greens yesterday and it so so strange to drink an orange colored smoothie!

  212. Janet says

    Rediscoving the warm qualities of matcha lattes made with almond milk and vanilla bean.

  213. Shari says

    I’ve been interested in checking out this book! My favorite vegan meal lately is Tofu made with Toby’s seasoning piled on top of greens and other salad fixings w/ tahini dressing.

  214. sandy says

    Although i’m not a vegan, I love all vegan foods and eat them whenever available

  215. margot says

    clueless is one of my all time favorites-ditto for alicia silverstone whio is now also a mama! i am semi-raw and gluten free and vegetarian. love your book and use it often. THANKS!

  216. mary janssen says

    My favorite dish is a homemade vegetable soup that I make with sweet potatoe, cabbage, carrots, onion, garlic, parsley and spices.

  217. says

    Hi Elana, I agree. The Kind Diet is a great book that I can share with my daughters and they know the author! That alone inspires them to all cook healthier and kinder. I hope I win! Many Blessings, Genny

  218. Elaina Harman says

    I too would like to check out her book and love her acting and am exploring the vegan lifestyle along with just trying to eat organic and make a lighter footprint on this planet as much as is possible

  219. Athena says

    I grew up loving macaroni and cheese. I thought my days of mac and cheese were over and done with, until one night experimenting, I made the sauce from coconut milk (so delicious unsweeteneed) and Daiya Mozzerella and poured over Tinkayada brown rice pasta shells and oh my goodness…..its a bowlful of yum….

  220. Mary Kay says

    One of my favorite meals is a mixed greens salad with chopped kalamata olives, walnuts and whatever raw veggies I happen to have topped with this amazing basil dressing I make. I could drink that plain and be happy. The basil in my garden can’t keep up with my demand for it.

  221. Sarah says

    Great giveaway! I’m not a vegan, but the other day for breakfast I had a bowl of “cereal” made with chia seeds, shredded coconut, nuts, chopped fruit, almond milk, and some stevia drops (thank you, blogger-world giveaways). Needless to say, delicious.

  222. Tracey Bates Mullin says

    I love your website, Elana!
    My favorite vegan recipe is a raw lasagne from the book Living Cuisine by Renée Loux. It took some time to make,but it was well worth it.

  223. Christa says

    favorite vegan dish (although I’m not entirely vegan, just enjoy good food!) is chickpea masala, and quinoa black bean stuffed red peppers. Oh, and most definitely buckwheat bakes for breakfast :)

    I’ve always wanted to read Alicia’s book!

  224. Marti Wiechman says

    I love a recipe from Moosewood Cookbook called Satyamma’s Famous Cauliflower Curry! Mmmmmmmm……

  225. says

    Raw marinated kale salad with raw garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt. Appeals to both vegans and raw foodists, and even carnivores and children gobble it up when I bring it to potlucks! I could eat an entire bunch of kale in one sitting with this recipe, and often do!

  226. says

    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway, as I already have this book and would love for someone else to enjoy it as much as I have. I just wanted to chime in and say that this is a wonderful book even though it’s not entirely gluten free.

    I loved reading Alicia’s story and getting the facts in a gentle, yet encouraging way, not boasting that this is THE diet for everyone. She even admits that it took her a few times to go completely vegan. I could totally relate to her, plus she’s Cher from Clueless!

  227. says

    My favorite recipe is not only vegan, but raw vegan – guacamole. I don’t make it often because I’ve been known in my past life to eat the whole darn thing.

  228. Jamee Sicat says

    I love Alicia Silverstone as well! Clueless is an awesome movie. I would still watch it at 99 years old!

    I’d have to say I like the vegan vanilla ice cream made with cashews. Love it!

  229. Dale Avery says

    I like the sound of the Kind Diet and look forward to trying out the recipes! :)

  230. renee says

    HI Elana- love your website and love that a lot of your recipes are vegetarian, though I am not gluten intolerant I love to try different things. Thanks for sharing!

  231. Daniela Tanner says

    I only had an opportunity to flip through this book once, and I liked what Alicia had to say about the effects sugar has on her. It was something I wanted to remember, as I try to resist my addiction. :)

  232. Liz Ferayorni says

    Favorite new recipe is Cinnamon Walnut Crackers (Mark Sisson’s Quick & Easy)
    It calls for melted butter, but I use coconut oil

  233. Briita says

    fresh garden stir fry. carrots, cabbage, broccoli, onions, peas, green beans, garlic, and ginger all tossed together with some amazing stir fry sauce! yum!!!

  234. Becky says

    Raw veggies sauteed in grapeseed oil, salt and various seasonings poured over Tinkyada Fusilli pasta!

    • Becky says

      oops, I forgot that I add a little of red wine vinegar just before pouring the veggies out of the skillet…and that I only lightly sautee the veggies… :-)~

  235. Alice says

    The best vegan side dish: roasted red bell peppers, peeled and seeded, sliced into strips, and marinated in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The smokey flavor is amazing. Really delicious on a grilled portabello mushroom burger.

  236. says

    I really like green smoothies for breakfast. I just started to do them regularly last week, and I’m about to post my smoothie breakfast recipe this evening.
    I also love vegetable soups… that is one of the things I missed the most when i was a non-cooker, and that is what brought me back to the kitchen
    I’d love to get the book!

  237. Lauren R says

    Love all things Alicia Silverstone..My fav vegan meal is veggie sushi with turnips ground up as subsitute for rice!

  238. Ahney says

    Elana thank you for all of the good information you provide for us daily. You are a lifesaver!

  239. alice says

    My favorite vegan recipe is your cherry strawberry ice cream. A great summer treat for the kids and husband!

  240. Ivana says

    My favorite dish is caramelized tofu with brussel sprouts! And a side of your carrot fries and honey mustard dressing to drizzle over them, yum!

  241. susan says

    Alicia Silverstone sounds like such an interesting person. I would love to read her book. Susan

  242. says

    Vegan diet is healthy but I like some vegan meals and some fish and poultry meals to balance.

    I would love to win this book. Cooking is my passion, healthy cooking is my mantra!

  243. Alyson says

    I’m not a vegan but I love vegetable-based recipes! My current favorite vegan dish is a tofu scramble with whatever I have in the fridge to finish up.

  244. Eve L. says

    My fave vegan dish is the Stir-Fried Eggplant and Tofu recipe on the website.

  245. arlyn says

    This book sounds great!My favorite vegan recipe is st(RAW)berry cheesecakes,they are so yummy and super healthy for me and my kids =)

  246. Kristi W. says

    I am also not vegan, but I do love eating lots of veggies. My favorite vegan dish would have to be a bunch of veggies stir fried with ginger and garlic.

  247. Ela says

    I love Greek Lentil Soup! I like hearty meals that really give me a lot of energy and pack lots of flavor.

  248. says

    We are transitioning into a Vegan diet!
    Cant point out one fave recipe.. I like all indian recipes since most of them are already vegan or can be veganised extremely easily..
    All curries, lentil soups, veggie sides, rice and bread!
    Currently i am trying to bake vegan cookies and get them right! so my current fave is my own Chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Vegan cookies!
    -Richa @ Hobby And More Blog,
    Hobby And More on Facebook

  249. Tracy says

    My favorite vegan dish is the eggplant & bean panini at Grins, the vegan restaurant in the Schulman Center on the Vanderbilt campus. Delish!!

  250. alain says

    thanks elana for holding this awesome giveaway! I am a huge fan of Alicia Silverstone (ever since Clueless!). My favorite vegan dish has to be mac n cheese by subbing in nutritional yeast and a raw cashew sauce – it is so comforting!

  251. Crysta says

    Definitely beany balls with tomato balsamic gravy or cilantro pesto artichoke pasta (made with gluten free spinach pasta)YUM!

    I hope I win, I have been wanting to try her book for awhile now…but, you can’t buy them all! I have heard that she has a peach cobbler/crisp recipe in there that is amazing!

  252. says

    I’m not a vegan, but I do eat many vegan dishes. I love finding new and creative ways to eat vegetables. One of my favorites is Quinoa Taco Salad (from the Gluten Free Goddess, I hope you understand.) I love Quinoa and love being able to find new ways to make it. My first recipe was one from the Moosewood Recipe Archives for Quinoa stuffed peppers, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

  253. Sharon says

    I would love to win this cookbook! My favorite vegan dish is tofu with peanut sauce!

  254. says

    My favorite vegan dish is a vegetable curry with quinoa. I make it once a week and I actually had it today for lunch! It is so easy to make and I would be happy to share the recipe with anyone :)

  255. Leah says

    I am definitely not vegan BUT I do love lots of vegan foods!

    Green smoothies are at the top of my list!

  256. says

    Before going gluten-free due to allergies and asthma, my favorite vegan recipes were ANY baked good from the Peas and Thank You blog!

  257. says

    Of course, I love everything I’ve eaten at this raw vegan cafe near my office – but especially their rawsagna. Zucchini, tomato slices, sundried tomatoes into a paste, pine nut cheese, lots of basil – it’s delicious. As for recipes I make at home, I love making semi-raw cheesecake – I use your pie crust recipe from your Almond Flour cookbook and a cashew cream/coconut oil filling. SO good.

  258. jen says

    i want this book! thanks for the giveaway, elana.

    my fave vegan meal is veggie stir-fry. it’s the perfect monday night dinner, when you’re trying to get back on track after the weekend and maybe haven’t gone to the store yet. empty all of your leftover veggies into the wok, slap in some grass-fed butter, olive oil, sesame oil and – voila! – a delicious and aromatic meal. with rice, without rice, sometimes with buckwheat soba noodles…it’s good times.

  259. Jessica Faltinowski says

    My favorite vegan recipe is sweet potato black bean enchiladas from Karina over at Gluten Free Goddess. I have always been a fan of Alicia Silverstone. Would love this book!

  260. Lynn says

    my favorite vegan dish is sweet potatoes, zucchini, red pepper and onions cut into roughly uniform cubes/squares, coated in olive oil, sprinkled with cajun seasoning and grilled…the combination of the sweet and spicy is outstanding and it is so simple too

  261. Doreen says

    Hello Elana,

    Our favorite vegan recipe is Seitan Marsala. I love your recipes and all the info you share to promote a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for all you do. :o)

  262. Rachel says

    My own Quinoa greek salad! Yummo! Cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, vinegar dressing, fresh basil, and more!!!

  263. Michelle Wood-Capolino says

    I’m not a vegan either, though am leaning in that direction lately for health reasons. I love the recipe you have of the Carrot Fries (I deliberately didn’t look at any of the dessert ones as I’ll start drooling, LOL. Esp. chocolate oriented ones.) I have had this book on my wish list since it came out!

  264. says

    One of more recent favourites is Avocado “Risotto”!!! Nom, nom, nom :D Very happy to share the recipe for anyone who is interested.

    Peace and Love,


    • Holly Ellerton says

      I would love to see your recipe for this. It sounds wonderful. Please share if you would.


  265. says

    since being diagnosed with celiac disease over 6 years ago, I have come to appreciate and love all kinds of gluten free and vegan foods. I have learned so much about food and nutrition since becoming gluten free. I also love to support companies and products that have a low footprint on the environment,and many gluten free companies such as Natures Path Organics have such great philosophies behind their businesses.

    one of my favorite gluten free and vegan dishes is brown rice or wild rice bowls mixed with chopped vegetables like tomato, celery, cucumber, red pepper, cilantro and avocado.

    gluten free vancouver

  266. Audrey J says

    Sounds like she is an interesting person. I too am trying to walk lightly on the planet. Like you I follow a modified Paleo diet.

    I would be interested in see her book and what she has to share.

    Audrey Jensen

  267. christianne says

    My favorite dish is any flavor chia pudding made with almond or coconut milk and chia seeds. I eat it alone or parfait style with fruit.

  268. says

    While I’m not vegan, actually we’re more paleo than anything else, I do enjoy having meatless dishes to lighten things up now and then and this cookbook looks very interesting! My favorite vegan dish I make is a vegetable soup that’s loaded with veggies. So yummy during the winter!

  269. Jenny says

    I love the tread lightly idea but am definitely paleo myself. We use solar power, buy locally, garden and reduce/reuse/recycle as well as raise chickens and turkey’s to feed us. An important concept even if veganism does not fit into your idea of healthy eating.

  270. Isabelle says

    I juts loooove my Black Beans Chili recipe! And so does my husbands and my kids, which is rare! LOL

  271. Stacy says

    I love your cauliflower “rice” recipe! When I add chickpeas it makes a delicious and satisfying meal!!

  272. Tessa says

    I am not a vegan. I eat more like you eat, but I do love raw “cheese”cake and hummus.

  273. says

    I really love Kittee’s vegan Stuffed Shells ( Delicious! I’d love to win this cookbook!

  274. Heather Haxmeier says

    We absolutely LOVE your apple crisp! It is our favorite dessert/breakfast side dish! :)

  275. Haley and Barbara Reed says

    we saw your recipe for the mexican chocolate ice cream and we were so excited we went out and bought a ice cream maker. we loved it so much!

  276. Stacey says

    Fresh garden salsa with vegan tortilla chips! Perfect for a meal if you add in some beans, or as a snack!

  277. Chelsey says

    Buckwheat breakfast bakes- favorite vegan dish for sure. I eat it every morning!

  278. Stephanie says

    The fudge babies! The simplest and easiest chocolate recipe for someone lazy like me :)

  279. mamafrey says

    my favorite vegan dish is hummus. for a treat i like the vegan crispy treats. (mock rice crispy) super delicious!!!!

  280. Jessica Jansen says

    Cilantro Smoothie
    Serves: 1
    1 whole fresh mango (peeled and pitted)
    1/2 cup pineapple
    1 bunch of fresh cilantro
    1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1 very small knob fresh ginger (peel the bark off of a 1″ piece)
    1/3 cup cold milled (ground) golden flax seed

    Toss all ingredients in a high speed blender until creamy. Drink at once.

  281. Liz N says

    While I am not vegan or vegetarian, the one vegan recipe I love to make over and over are your own Chocolate Chip cookies!

  282. says

    My favorite vegan dish is your chocolate-chip cookies! They’re the best cookies I’ve ever had, and even my parents love them! :-D

  283. Jen Blackmon says

    I’d have to go with the Thai Vegetable Soup recipe. It’s so perfect and my whole family loves it!

  284. Jane S says

    I have been enjoying beans, avocado, salsa, olives, hot sauce & a good sprouted corn tortilla. YUM! Fast, easy dinner.

  285. Teresa says

    I have been wanting a copy of this book since it came out, but I’m too frugal to go and buy it,haha.
    I am not a vegan but I do tend to eat more vegetarian than carnivorous.
    My favorite vegan dish is fried tofu nuggets!! Last time I ate the whole pound by myself!

  286. says

    I have four favorites. One for breakfast. One for lunch. One for dinner. And one for dessert. :)

    B: Oatmeal with peanut butter and glorious toppings of all kinds
    L: Hummus and daiya wrap
    D: Vegetable curry
    D: Coconut milk ice cream – chocolate chip cookie dough or mocha almond fudge!

  287. says

    I love fudge babies and I am ready to make some more. They are better than Larabars, although I’ll eat those on the run when needed!

    I also love Tabouli Salad made with Quinoa, and served with homemade hummus and raw veggies. I am a modified Paleo eater now, so this meal is a rare treat.

  288. Barbara says

    i’m not a vegan but i’m thinking about being a vegan for the next month or so – so this would be great for me to cook vegan…

  289. Kaylan says

    My favorite vegan dish has got to be a pizza with garlic oil, thinly-sliced potatoes, rosemary and onions! MMM.

  290. sam says

    i am definitely not vegan either. if your espresso power bars count as vegan then that is definitely my favourite recipe!

  291. Melie says

    As a midwest girl through and through, it’s been a revelation to discover that I don’t have to have a meat in order to call the food on my table a meal. Since that epiphany, I’ve enjoyed not only meatless meals, but meatless days. Salads with vinagrette dressings are my go-to for those times. My favorite being a simple spinach salad with strawberries and walnuts with rasberry vinagrette. Yum!

  292. says

    I love her book and her positive attitude! My fave vegan foods generally tend to be naturally vegan things…veggie sushi, or any bean-based dish. Yum!

  293. Amber says

    I am definitely not a vegan, but I do love natural foods and much of my diet consists of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Roasted Sweet Potatoes, which I learned to cook from a Cooks Illustrated recipe, are one of my absolute favorites – a nice crisp exterior and so creamy and sweet inside!