Peas and Thank You: Cookbook Giveaway & Recipe

by Sally on August 29, 2011

One of my goals this year was to cook more meatless meals. Sure, I may have a quarter of a grass-fed cow in my freezer, but I also believe that a largely plant-based diet is better for your health (not to mention the planet).

So when I received a copy of Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love, I started tearing through it. The author, mom-of-two Sarah Matheny, was eating Chex Mix and drinking her third Diet Coke of the day when she realized that she had to do better for herself and her kids. She traded her family’s diet of processed and animal foods for whole and organic ingredients and began writing a blog about it.

If (like me) you don’t plan to give up milk, cheese, and eggs anytime soon and don’t spring for organic sugar, you can still make these recipes and use the staples you have.

The Thai Veggie Burgers were good, especially dunked into the Lime Tahini Sauce. Though my kids didn’t try those, they did gobble up the Chewy Energy Bars.

But my favorite recipe so far is the Pumpkin Spice-Roasted Chickpeas, which I put on top of greens with dried cranberries and drizzled with the (crazy yummy) Cinnamon Vinaigrette.

I highly recommend finishing off your meal with the Peanut Butter Cooke Dough Balls, a recipe that garnered Sarah multiple marriage proposals, and with good reason.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Peas and Thank You, leave a comment after this post and tell me your favorite meatless meal to make. I’ll select two winners at random, who will receive a copy of the book from the publisher. The contest will be open until Tuesday September 6th at noon ET.

Pumpkin Spice-Roasted Chickpeas
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Ingredients
  • 1 14-ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained & patted dry
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. giner
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until evenly coated. Spread chickpeas on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring chickpeas every 10 minutes to ensure even crisping.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 153 Fat: 2 Saturated fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 29 Sodium: 439 Fiber: 4 Protein: 5 Cholesterol: 0

Disclaimer: The publisher sent me a free copy of Peas and Thank You. This post contains an affiliate link. If you purchase a product through this link, your cost will be the same but I will receive a small commission to help with operating costs of this blog. Thanks for your support!

 

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michael shapiro August 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm

i may be torn on the book title, but i have no doubts about my interest in peanut butter cookie dough balls. my favorite meatless dish? first, cook up a pot of white alubia beans to start the week, which can populate a variety of dishes. with those at the ready, saute some soy chorizo with garlic, onions and red peppers, then add the beans (with some of their broth) and fresh spinach, and cook just until the spinach is ready. flavor with salt (if necessary, depending on the chorizo saltiness), white pepper and a touch of paprika. buenisimo.

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Kat August 30, 2011 at 6:51 am

Love the new design! Very fresh.

I’d love a copy of this cookbook; I’m always looking for new meat-free recipes & will definitely make the pumpkin-spice-roasted chickpeas. One of my favorite simple meals is a spinach, black-bean, guacamole, salsa & carrot salad, and I recently make a tomato, spinach, ricotta tart that was very tasty.

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Bobbi August 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

The cookbook sounds inspirational!

Mexican food is my downfall! Black beans & rice in place of meat on a warm tortilla with all of the usual taco goodies….ahhhh! This is the good life!

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Donna C August 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

My favorite meatless meal is black bean burgers!

This book looks fantastic! It’s about time vegetarians got a great cookbook!

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erica August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

My favorite meatless meal is courtesy of cooking light, Quick-Roated Cherry tomato sauce with spaghetti. It’s so delicious~ Even my husband doesn’t mind that it’s meatless (which is a pretty big deal).

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Erin August 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

My family loves black bean burgers. Fast, healthy, and cheap!

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Kelly August 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I need this book. I am one of this horrible old-school cooks who builds a meal around meat. Fortunately, it’s mostly poultry, but still . . . I should try to do better.

After that confession, is it any surprise that my favorite meatless meal is mac ‘n cheese?

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domestic diva August 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

We love simple vegetable soup (whatever veggies are in the refrigerator all cooked together). We add some soaked and pureed cashews for thickening and protein.

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Janelle August 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hey Sally – love the new look of your site! These recipes look great and I’m excited to finally have more time to cook real meals for the family – can’t wait to try them!

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Blakely August 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Our favorite meatless meal is veggie staute (stewed tomato, squash, kale, onions was the most recent blend thanks to our CSA) with black beans and brown rice.

Seasonings are just salt, pepper and garlic. I cook the rice in chicken broth for more flavor and we always have plenty for lunches the next day and it usually tastes better since all the flavors have had time to hang out together. We even added scrambled eggs once when we were both feeling the need for more protein and it was a great addition!

This meal is our favorite because we can usually use any combination of vegetables on hand and it’s a GREAT way to use up seasonal greens from our CSA (bok choy, Kale, collards, etc)

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Becky O'Hara August 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Hi Sally!
I’d love to win this. My favorite meatless recipe is a great summer recipe. It’s shell pasta (or whatever shape you’d like) with a variety of red, yellow, orange and purple colored cherry tomato varieties (check your local farmer’s market), diced red/yellow/orange peppers and ricotta. You marinate the tomatoes and peppers in red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt & pepper to taste. Cook the pasta. Add pasta to veggies, mix in some chopped fresh basil and top with a big dollop of ricotta. Delicious!

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Kate Kelley August 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Hi! I love your new look!
My favorite summertime meatless meal is ratatouille. I make it with any combination of tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant that I can get from my garden (or my neighbor’s!). Tonight is was short on tomatoes but fresh basil and flat leaf parsley more than made up for it in flavor. Warm sourdough flat bread is great with it!

Favorite winter meatless meal is polenta with roasted tomatoes and peppers on top!

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Amy August 31, 2011 at 1:36 am

For a quick, easy lunch we do Trader Joes frozen stir-fry rice and we add scrambled egg. I also make white chili without the chicken. Def lots of black bean burritos and spinach ravioli.

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ann August 31, 2011 at 9:59 am

spaghetti squash with chickpeas, feta, and carmalized onions. Yummy!

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karen dalton August 31, 2011 at 10:24 am

I love black bean burgers with baked sweet potato fries and salad

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Courtney August 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Red lentil butternut stew in the slow cooker

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Loucile August 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Our favorite meatless meal is a meal of garden fresh veggies. Yellow squash, salad, fresh tomatoes, green beans, stewed okra, homemade bread/cornbread, melons. It is a family tradition going back four generations to Tahoka, Texas. (But great grandma usually made a brisket too. Later generations have cut the brisket and focused on the garden bounty.)

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Steph August 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

OOOOH!!! Pick me, pick me!!! That chickpea recipe sounds amazing! One of my favorite meatfree meal to make is black bean casserole…it is like a Mexican lasagna with layers of yummy black beans, corn, tomatoes, onion, garlic, corn tortillas and whatever else I feel like tossing in.

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Erin @ vie balance September 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I love Peas and Thank You – the blog and the cookbook!

I’ve made the Tempeh Tacos, Banana Bread (AMAZING – even though I don’t usually like banana bread), and the chocolate chip cookies.

I – like you – am not a vegetarian because I just can’t seem to part with the occasional burger, seafood, and Thanksgiving turkey; but I am all for incorporating more meatless meals for my family. Not only is it better for you but also it is a little kinder on the wallet :)

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Michelle Montgomery September 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm

The kids & I are vegetarians (except for the odd hormone & antibiodic-free meat meals I throw in for variety for them!). I’m always looking for new & exciting (and kid-palatable) veggie meals! This book looks right up our alley – going to check it out!! The 2 biggest hits around here: “Salad plate” I pull out my big, beautiful serving dish and put piles and piles of chopped & shredded veggies, fruits, cheeses, seeds, etc and give each kid a pair of tongs to help themselves! They LOVE the independence of picking their own lunch and it really does look beautiful seeing all sorts of colorful options on a big plate… The next biggest hit is greens & other random veggies cooked in veggie stock on top of brown rice. The kids can then adorn with toasted pumpkin seeds and feta cheese as they’d like…. There are some great ideas in these responses – thanks!!

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Carleen September 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

My favorite meatless meal would have to be either Baked Ziti or Lasagna. Easy to punch up the veggies, add some egg whites to the ricotta cheese for extra protein, whole wheat noodles to help with satiety afterwards and “Yum!” everyones happy! My hubby and son gobble both down without noticing the lack of meat at all!

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Catharine September 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

We’re striving for more veg meals too! One of our current meals is a simple roasted tomato sauce with chickpeas and pasta. The kids gobble it up!
Off to check out the blog for some more new ideas! Thanks.

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Carlene September 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Oh my gosh. I love pumpkin spice anything!! Thanks for posting this recipe.

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Christy September 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I, too, love the fresh look of the site. One of my favorite recipes is an indian eggplant dish. Roast eggplants, skin and chop. Meanwhile, saute onions and cumin. Once the onions are cooked, add garlic and ginger. Then add tomatoes, chili powder, garam masala and salt. Once the tomatoes start to soften, add the eggplant. Serve with basmati rice and naan or roti.

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Veronica September 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Hello! My favorite meatless meal has to be Russian borscht!! Traditionally, this beet soup is made with beef and beef broth, but it actually tasted sooo much better the vegetarian way. We like to add some kidney beans for a protein boost.
Thank you for doing this wonderful giveaway! Fingers crossed!

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Mary September 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Our favorite meatless meal is spaghetti! It may not be original but it’s a staple in our house that we all love!

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Kirstie Marx September 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm

My favorite meatless meal is a new one I tried this week. It is called avocado pesto. No dairy, no meat and so delicious. Easy and takes 10 minutes to make.

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Valerie September 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

My favorite meatless meal is stir fried tofu with veggies. Our children like pasta with red sauce.

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Sally September 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

A HUGE thanks to everyone for your fantastic meatless meal ideas!

Kelly & Mary: Random.org chose you as the winners of the Peas and Thank You cookbook, so the publisher will be sending out copies to you soon! Again, thanks to all for participating and for reading my blog.

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