Meatless Monday: Cookbook Review, Free Recipe & Giveaway

10.27.13 UPDATE: 
Congratulations to the five lucky winners of the free cookbook giveaway:
Janice Crespo
Bree Stegman
Ionut Leonard Taranu
C. Daisy Hollett
Kim Propp
Thank you all for participating! Many blessings to you. :-) 
- Belinda

On this Meatless Monday, I’m proud to announce that Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2: Lacto Ovo Vegetarian Recipes is finally published.  In honor of the new release, I’m posting cookbook reviews, a free vegetarian recipe and a cookbook giveaway! But first, a little about the new ebook.

About the Cookbook

It features three wonderful new Meatless Monday recipes, including Dreamy Jambalaya, which you’ll find below. Most of the recipes have a fun hint as to their ingredients’ nutritional value under their title. There’s also a Resources page, with links to my favorite vegetarian foods. Some of these companies have vegetarian coupons and more products on their sites, so they’re worth a peek.

Confessions of a RedHot Veggie Lover 2: Lacto Ovo Vegetarian Recipes is available as an ebook only at Amazon for $2.99. Borrow it FREE on Kindles with Amazon Prime!

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The healthy recipes cover biscuits, omelettes, oatmeal, beans, pasta, potatoes, rice, sandwiches and desserts/snacks. Some are ideal for empowering your kids to eat healthier and become more self sufficient in the kitchen. For instance, Fruity Patooty Burrito is a quick and easy after-school snack your kids can assemble themselves from pre-chopped ingredients and seasonings kept within easy reach. Many recipes are suitable for women experiencing the ups and downs of menopause. The very first recipe, Kiss Your Brain Biscuits, features soy flour. According to WebMD, soy, which contains phytoestrogens, has been shown to ease the discomfort of hot flashes and restore cognitive functions in many menopausal women under the age of 65.

Last, but not at all least, this vegetarian cookbook holds within its pages valuable vegetarian nutrition tips and vegan quotes from my team of international experts: Rebecca Subbiah, RDN (UK & USA), EmmaCarder, RD (UK), Lauren O’Connor, RD (USA), Cynthia Strawson, MSc, Nutrition & Metabolism (Canada), Dan Hanley of The Gay Vegans blog (USA) and Andrea Zeichner of Cook Easy Vegan blog (USA).

Cookbook Reviews

You do not have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these easy to make recipes. In fact, the meals taste so good that you forget you're eating totally healthy! My favorite dish that I can't get enough of is the 'One Bowl Fritatta,’ an awesome omelet like you've never eaten before. – Lori Bourgeois, La-La’s Home Daycare

My hubby loved the omelettes and usually he only wants an omelet with sausage or bacon in it! With these recipes, you really don't know there isn't any meat in them unless you prepared the meal or unless you were told.  There are great recipes for your children to help you prepare, and I promise it will help you get your little ones eating more veggies!  I have 7- and 3-year-olds. Sometimes it is difficult getting them to try new things, but I didn't have trouble with these! – Jenni Blizzard Moye, Southern Mom of 4

Free Recipe

“Eating more vegetables and less meat is a life saver - the science is irrefutable.” – Cynthia Strawson, MSc, Nutrition & Metabolism

Dreamy Jambalaya
Balance your blood sugar and smooth your skin.
1 box Zatarain’s® Jambalaya with Cheese® mix
1 can Trappey’s® Okra with Tomatoes, do NOT drain

Pour jambalaya mix rice and seasoning into large bowl.  Add water and follow microwave directions.  Stir well to break up any caked seasoning mix.  Add okra and tomatoes.  Stir and microwave 1 minute on HIGH or until desired consistency. 

TIP: If you're concerned about salt, simply substitute the Zatarain’s® Jambalaya with Reduced Sodium, vegan cheese and Reduced Sodium Cajun Seasoning.


Don't you just love cookbook giveaways? This is my first time to host one. Five lucky readers will each win a free copy of Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2: Lacto Ovo Recipes in PDF format. Just follow the directions in the Rafflecopter box. Winners will be chosen Sunday, 10/27/2013 and announced here. Good luck, y’all!

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  1. Hi, You put this in my giveaway linky at momndaughtersavings. It's a great giveaway. I posted it on my blog. Thanks for commenting on mine!

  2. Here's the link to your giveaway on my blog! Good luck! http://momndaughtersavings.com/confessions-red-hot-veggie-lover-2-vegetarian-cookbook-giveaway/

  3. Agreed. However, there are some people who have a sensitivity to soy which can reverse the estrogen effects and create inflammation, instead. It is important to know what works within each individual from a dietary stand-point ESPECIALLY when the great parting of the hormonal sea starts happening. There are a variety of sensitivity tests that can be done from a scientific stand-point with a good nutritionist or naturopathic physician. If one is so inclined, an energetic approach can be taken with "applied kinesiology." Hope this helps! :)