Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Veggie Tales: A Contest for You!

Have you heard the buzz about The World's Healthiest Foods, "Essential Guide to the Healthiest Way of Eating," by George Mateljan, published by the nonprofit, non-commercial George Mateljan Foundation? Here's a chance for you to win a copy, valued at $39.95.

I'm always struggling to find new and interesting ways to prepare veggies. It's after working all day, I'm tired and don't want to spend a whole lot of time cooking. But steamed with butter gets old, and raw with dressing gets older.

So, for the next week, post a reply with your favorite quick-and-easy veggie recipe. Any veggie, any style. The only requirements are that it contain at least three ingredients (no steamed veggie with butter--even I can do that!), not be too labor-intensive and not contain ingredients that are too exotic.

Everyone who posts a recipe will be put in the running for the book. I'll draw the names on Tuesday, March 13, and will post the winner on the site here along with my e-mail address. We'll work by private e-mail to get your address so I can send you the book.

So start posting, and pass along the link to your cooking pals!

The book, by the way, is very carb-friendly. Mateljan rates 100 foods on the basis of nutrient density and gives them a score. The most nutrient-dense food, with the highest score, is spinach. Strawberries are high on the list. What you won't find are sugars or processed foods.

Each of the 100 foods gets its own chapter with history, health properties, how to pick out the best in the store, how to prepare it. It's a huge volume and a great resource!

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