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Fresh Strawberry Pie & The China Study Cookbook Giveaway

This giveaway has now ended, and the winner is… Sarah! She says she makes a mean tofu bacon, and I for one would like to try it 🙂 Thanks to everyone who entered, and I have another cookbook giveaway coming soon! 🙂

Who wanst to win a copy of The China Study Cookbook?

Fresh Strawberry Pie and The China Study Cookbook Giveaway

That’s a silly question, EVERYONE does! Seriously though, if you’re looking to add more healthy, low-fat and oil free meals to your repertoire, this is the book for you.

If you want to eat Plant Strong, but still want to enjoy dishes like French Toast, Pumpkin Gnocchi, and Vegetable Dumpling Stew, this is the book for you.

If you’re determined to consume delicious yet healthy desserts, this is the book for you! (And if that strawberry pie picture speaks to you, the recipe is below!)

This is a great book with a wide variety of recipes, many of which are super simple to make. There are tons of pictures as well, which can help you narrow down the choices.

So far I’ve made a couple of things and loved them all!

I made the Ceviche Beans:

ceviche beans

And I made the Tasty Tostadas (which were so tasty I had to instagram them):

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And I also made the Coconut Oatmeal Cookies(to which I added cranberries):cookies

I don’t always eat the healthiest (I’m known to add too much salt to my dishes from time to time, haha), but I love having a cookbook on my shelf that I can turn to when I really want to cook as healthy as possible, yet still enjoy the meals.

So, don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom for the recipe, and now…. <drumroll>

The Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a copy of The China Study Cookbook!

This contest is open until Midnight (Mountain time), Sunday November 10th. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day. To Enter: Leave a comment below sharing one of your favorite plant strong dishes… Oatmeal with fresh berries? Pasta with a cashew cream sauce? A good ol’ fashioned salad?

Contest is limited to the US and Canada only. Good luck!!

*The sponsors provided me with free product to review, but the opinions are 100% mine!

Fresh Strawberry Pie  Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes | Chilling time: 2–3 hours

Makes 8 servings


1 recipe G-Mom’s Nutty Pie Crust (below)

1 ½ cups sliced fresh strawberries

¾ cup water

1 cup frozen (or fresh) whole strawberries

4 tablespoons (organic) cornstarch

⅓ cup Sucanat


  1. Layer fresh, sliced strawberries on top of the graham cracker crust. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, boil 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries in ¾ cup water until they start to dissolve. Mix cornstarch and Sucanat, and add to boiling strawberries. Boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 3–4 minutes, until mixture thickens.
  3. Once mixture is thick, pour into pie dish over sliced strawberries.
  4. Refrigerate 2–3 hours before serving.


G-Mom’s Nutty Pie Crust  Preparation time: 10 minutes | Baking time: 12 – 15 minutes

 Makes 1 pie crust



1 cup ground low-fat graham crackers

¼ cup ground pecans

¼ cup unsweetened, low-fat coconut

6 tablespoons applesauce



  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Blend graham crackers and pecans in a food processor.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and add coconut and applesauce. If mixture does not form into a ball, add additional applesauce. Press into a 9-inch nonstick pie pan and bake for 12–15 minutes.
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  • Shannon November 5, 2013, 9:46 am

    Oh how I would love to win this cookbook! I’ve been eyeing it at the library lately. One of my favorite plant strong dishes is pizza – homemade dough with tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, and spinach on top.

  • Tracy November 5, 2013, 10:12 am

    Lentil taco’s (with vegan cheese and sour cream of course!) are my favourite plant strong food! Would love a copy of this cookebook to have more inspiration to continue eating plant strong!

  • Michelle November 5, 2013, 10:15 am

    I love to make a veggie bowl with roasted veggies, red onion, mug sprouts and make a tahini sauce to drizzle on top.

  • Stacy November 5, 2013, 10:30 am

    I love all plant based items!! Currently, I am making stuffed acorn squash in my slow cooker since it is a little snowy out today. This pie would be great for afterwards!!

  • Barbara November 5, 2013, 10:59 am

    I absolutely love to make, and eat, sweet potato and black bean burritos!! Yum!

  • Laura November 5, 2013, 11:08 am

    Quinoa with spinach, chopped apple and walnuts!

  • Jennifer P. November 5, 2013, 11:18 am

    Especially during this time of year my favorite is sweet potato and black bean chili!

  • Amy November 5, 2013, 1:00 pm

    vegan eggplant parmesan!

  • Julie November 5, 2013, 1:44 pm

    My grandkids love when I make vegan sloppy joes (quinoa, pinto beans, mashed, tomato sauce & seasonings)! I would love a copy of that book! 🙂

  • Michelle November 5, 2013, 2:22 pm

    A meal I crave ALL THE TIME is bean and rice burritos. I use whole wheat tortillas, and then I bake the burritos in the toaster oven until the tortillas are crunchy and the filling is hot. Finally, I serve the burritos with a tomato, onion, and avocado salad. YUM.

  • Ashley November 5, 2013, 3:10 pm

    I love roasted chickpea tacos that have been marinated in a spice blend, water and lime juice. Served with crunchy greens and loads of home made guacamole, peppers, red onion, whatever veggies you have. YUM!

  • Erica C November 5, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Tomato basil pasta is one of my fave dishes. 🙂

  • Rachel November 6, 2013, 2:26 am

    I have just started eating a plant-based diet, so I am new to the whole vegan/plant-based cooking thing. A cookbook would definitely come in handy!! : )

  • Angie November 6, 2013, 9:50 am

    The cookbook sounds great!
    I am a huge fan of homemade vegan pizza!

  • Terri Cole November 6, 2013, 6:28 pm

    I’m vegan, so I have a lot of plant-based favorites. Soups and stews are at the top of the list right now, tonight we had split pea & barley soup with beer bread.

  • Gita November 7, 2013, 8:37 am

    As it turns out, one of my favourite recipes of all time is your very own Best Fall Casserole. Not going to bother listing the ingredients, but it’s fantastic. And it smells soooooooooo good while it’s cooking, too. Would love the cookbook – lucky is the soul who wins it!

  • Valerie November 7, 2013, 3:01 pm

    My favourite, very easy meal, is foul moddames, which is basically fava beans & chickpeas with garlic, olive oil, and cut up tomatoes. Sometimes I serve it over rice, but I like it by itself.

    Read the China Study and it was the most influential book in my becoming Vegan, after being vegetarian since 1973.

  • Frugal Vegan Mom November 7, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Love that book, would love the cookbook! One of my favorites is a salad, with whatever toppings, and a tahini dressing with just a little cayenne.

  • Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview November 7, 2013, 8:22 pm

    My favorite plant strong meal is so simple but one I could eat every day–a big honkin salad. Baby greens, lots of fresh chopped veg, chickpeas for protein, raisins for a touch of sweetness, sunflower seeds for crunch, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon. It’s making my mouth water right now!
    I am about 1/3 of the way through reading The China Study and I am amazed at the findings. Working in the medical field I am bombarded with lots of information about how to live healthy and eat better and not all of it is evidence-based. I love that I can reference this book and actually show the statistics and scientific results when someone questions why eating plant-based is the best way to live.

  • Sarah November 8, 2013, 8:13 am

    I think my favorite vegan, plant-based meal is good, old fashioned falafel döner and some hummus. It’s just so delicious and filling, and good! I also love pancakes and tofu bacon. Tofu bacon sounds so sketchy, but I have created the perfect recipe, and cooking them up with a batch of vegan pancakes makes the weekend feel so much more weekend-ey!

  • Carolsue November 9, 2013, 2:15 am

    I like a simple cucumber, tomato, red onion and green pepper salad with an oil and vinegar dressing.
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  • Joanne November 10, 2013, 8:23 am

    Our 2 married daughters are wonderfully adventurous when it comes to plant-strong dishes. I’m definitely a rookie when it comes to vegan cooking. This cookbook sounds great!! Thanks for letting us know about it!

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