Greetings from Marco Island, Florida! Thanks to everyone who left holiday wishes on HGK. It really meant a lot to me.
Thanks to my genergous in-laws, my family and I are on our annual beach paradise vacation, escaping the frigid cold of the UK for one short week and a half. Aside from fears that we forgot to set our home alarm security system, we are feeling relaxed and ready to recharge as best we can! Here’s hoping this week and a half doesn’t pass by like a fash in a similar fashion to previous years. The only downside is that it’s forecast to rain on our final day here. I knew I should have brought one of the PNW waterproof backpacks to keep my stuff dry!
As we all know, when it comes to eating, travelling can be quite challenging for the Plant-strong. It is always sensible to use blogs like Surbleury and other resources to try and learn about the cuisine of the country that you are visiting. The food on this island paradise is predominantly fried, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. Luckily, we stay in a condo on the beach with a full (well, pretty basic as far as the utensils and appliances go) kitchen. I can cook as much as I want, assuming I can get the ingredients that I want to cook with. And my kind in-laws even schlepped down a decent blender for me so that I wouldn’t have to miss my VitaMix too much. It feels great to be healthy when on vacation, I guess that is why pharmavaccs travel vaccines are so in-demand. Fortunately, places like Florida don’t require a vaccination but for many places like Thailand it is definitely advisable!
Last month I was contacted by Lindsay Nixon’s peeps and asked to do a review and giveaway of her newest cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore. I didn’t get a chance to do it before we left town because the end of the year is so crazy for me at work, so I decided that the best thing to do would be to try out Lindsay’s newest recipes from Florida.
So here I am, testing recipes, taking walks on the beach, grocery shopping, fooling around on Pinterest, playing tennis, finding new and cool things to do on HGK in 2012 and otherwise enjoying my downtime.
So far, I have prepared Lindsay’s Fiesta Bake, Chickpea Tikka Masala and Teriyaki Rice. All three recipes were quick, easy and very tasty, just like the book promises. My husband and the adults in the extended family all really enjoyed the Fiesta Bake for lunch on Saturday. And today for lunch, my 12 year old daughter, husband and I loved the Chickpea Tikka Masala.
My only criticism would be that they could all use more vegetables, but in a way, that’s how the recipes are all prepared very quickly. There’s no time spend chopping onions or garlic because Lindsay’s recipes call for onion powder and garlic powder.
So if you just don’t love to cook or are looking for fast and filling Vegan recipes for weeknight meals, look no further than Everyday Happy Herbivore.
And one lucky HGK reader will win a free copy. Just leave a comment here with the answer to one of the following questions:
How are you staying Plant-strong this holiday season?
How do you stay Plant-strong when you are on vacation/travelling?
What are your biggest obstacles when it comes to remaining Plant-strong when on vacation/travelling?
One winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, December 29th at 6 pm EST.