Friday, August 7, 2009

Dreena's amazing recipes and a cookbook giveaway!

Do you wish you owned this book?

How about this one?
Or may be this one?

If you're interested...keep reading to find out how to get a FREE copy of one of Dreena's books.

I hope that you have all had the chance to listen to my chat with Dreena on the TVP.

Since John, Colleen and I are all official members of the Dreena fan club (we haven't printed the business cards yet), I was pretty excited to exchange thoughts with her on recipes, nutrition and living compassionately. She has been a fantastic source of inspiration in my life and I will continue to turn to her whenever I need a trustworthy recipe that is sure to impress.

Following the interview, Dreena was kind enough to suggest that we post one of the recipes that we discussed on the podcast and offer a free copy of one of her cookbooks (Everday Vegan, Vive le Vegan or Eat, Drink and Be Vegan) to a lucky listener.

For all of you who listened to the interview and thought "a recipe that makes adults lick their bowls in public places is just what I need", here is the infamous dish.

Rawesome Nut Dip (from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan)
Makes 1 3/4 cups

1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw pistachios
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup raw pine nuts
1/2 cup red or orange bell pepper, chopped
3- 3 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 very small clove garlic, sliced
1/2 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 1/2 - 6 tbsp water (or more to thin as desired)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1- 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves

In a food processor, combine nuts, bell pepper, lemon juice (starting with 3 tbsp), garlic, salt, and pepper, and water (starting with 4 1/2 tbsp), and puree until fairly smooth, scraping down sides of bowl several times. Add basil and thyme, and puree again until well combined and to desired smoothness. Add more lemon juice to taste and/or water to thin dip if desired.

This dip is incredible!

I would also suggest that you check out the video of Dreena whipping up a batch of her Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies on the Everyday dish.

For more recipes visit Dreena's blog or win your own copy of one of her cookbooks (your choice) by adding a comment with your favourite vegan or vegetarian dish to share with children. We will randomly select a number and email the winner. This contest will close just before the Food Fair on September 10th!
This contest is open to residents of Canada and the continental United States!


  1. Kids love hummus (especially if not too garlic-ey). Dreena makes some interesting variations too in eat drink and be vegan.

  2. Thanks Shawn, I definitely agree, the entire on chapter devoted to hummus provides many creative variations.

  3. The perennial fave-apples with peanut butter!

  4. A sandwich made with natural, sugar- and salt-free almond butter and jam is always a crowd pleaser with the kiddies!

  5. I've yet to find a kid who doesn't like those "pigs in a blanket" but made with tofu dogs!

  6. At the moment, being that it is in the heat of summer, the thing my kids are loving the most is homemade vegan icecream. They tend to like simple flavours like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, but the youngest is partial to MInt Chocolate Chip as well.

    If I'm lucky enough to win, may I request Vive le Vegan as I have the others!

  7. Vegan baked goods! No one will ever know they are vegan (unless you tell) and you are helping the world! :)

  8. Vegan blueberry pancakes for sure! They love them, and can't even tell they are vegan!

  9. Probably my favorite vegan dish to share with children is Dreena's own banana cashew butter "ice cream". It's something everyone can enjoy and I don't think children (or anyone else) realizes that it's not actually ice cream until you tell them!

  10. Carla,
    Yes, if you win you can choose which one of vegan books you will receive.

  11. Granola, hands-down. When I was a kid, and still to this day, granola was the penultimate snack. So delicious!

  12. My daughter loves the vegan baking, smoothies & dips - I also made Dreena's warm potato salad (from E,D,BV) & EVERYone loved that. If you pick me - I don't have her 1st book - I love the other 2 - I would also like a card for the Dreena fan club! Can we have hats with ears on them like the mouseketeers - the dreenamaters or such??

  13. Kids love baked goods...anything baked and sweet will win 'em over! I made vegan chocolate graham crackers (with whole wheat flour!) and kids love them!

    I would be THRILLED to win one of Dreena's cookbooks! My library system does not carry them, and money is tight right now...


  14. Sorry, I was writing fast before.
    If you win, you can select which one of Dreena's fantastic cookbooks you would like to receive.

  15. Mac n'chreese. A total favorite of adults and children. :)

  16. Children love "vegan ants on a log" and they have fun making the treats themselves ... raisins, favorite nut butter, and celery. Voila!

  17. Mmm I love the Maple Banana Loaf and strawberries dipped in the Creamy Cashew Dip! Both I believe would be loved by kids :)

  18. Home style chocolate chip cookies. I make them gluten free and add raisins or cranberries. Children love them, men love them, grandpas too. It doesn't matter. I even freeze some for me and eat them that way. Dreena Burton is a godsend!

  19. My son loves the way nuts go "crunch!" in homemade trail mix!

  20. cookies! Dreena's homestyle chocolate chip cookies are the best and my favorites to bake.

  21. mac and cheese and dippable/finger foods!

  22. Oat bars! With things like PB, coconut, dried fruit, and maybe some chocolate chips! Yummm.

  23. I think that kids like just about anything if you don't make them feel like it's "strange" that it's vegan. I like to make baked goods, though, because who doesn't want a cookie or muffin?

  24. Definitely the chocolate chip cookies!

  25. After seeing that delicious dip, my thoughts immediately turned to one of Dreena's delicious hummus recipes - but you can't go wrong trying to please kidlets and adults alike with Dreena's Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.

  26. 3 vegan faves i find i can't go wrong with:
    1.) chocolate chip banana bread
    2.) chocolate chip cookies
    3.) potato filled samosa's
    this list of course doesn't seem to be limited to kids only either

  27. My favorite recipe to share with kids would probably be Dreena's Super Charge Me Cookies. And it you don't have any kids to share it with that's okay because they're good for adults too. :)

  28. Green smoothies!
    Great for getting kids (and grown-ups!) to not just eat their leafy greens, but really enjoy them.

  29. green smoothies with plenty of banana and fruit, make it sweet.

  30. Kids love frozen fruits like bananas and blueberries blended together in a blender!