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Giveaway: The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook!

This giveaway is now closed… and Bridget C was the lucky winner! She focuses on the animals and that keeps her motivated- love that tip, because its the same thing I do! 

I’m sure most of you are familiar with, or have at least heard of, the Main Street Vegan Academy where vegans can take their outreach to the professional level by training as an MSVA-Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator. It’s a great program that a few of my IRL friends, including JL and Sarah, have completed. Well, the Academy also offers support to us vegans via book as well, including their newest: The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You!

Main Street Vegan Academy founder Victoria Moran and MSVA-certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, JL Fields, known for cookbooks Vegan Pressure Cooking and The Vegan Air Fryer, have joined forces with some 60 other Main Street Vegan Academy alumni and faculty members to craft two books in one: first, a superb cookbook with recipes reflective of myriad culinary styles and tradition. Some are super-easy and can make you look good in nothing flat. Others are gloriously gourmet and let you showcase your inner chef. The other book that’s part of this one is an up-to-the-minute guide for thriving as a vegan right now, whether you’re brand new or you’ve been at this awhile.

Best of all? One of you lucky readers is going to get your very own copy! Score!

They also gave me permission to share a recipe with all of you, and I chose the PB&J Sammie Smoothies which are full of fiber AND flavor – a winning combination if ever there was one. The recipe is below, along with instructions on how to enter the giveaway. Good luck all! 


PB&J Sammie Smoothie
Serves 2
Legumes—beans, dried peas, and soy products such as tofu—are important sources of fiber, protein, minerals, and B-complex vitamins. This recipe is a great way to get a “bean” for breakfast, because peanuts are in fact legumes! Sure you could have peanut butter toast, but how about drinking this protein-packed PB&J instead?
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk or other vegan milk
  2. 1 ripe banana, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  4. 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  5. 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  6. 1 cup ice
  7. 1 tablespoon agave (optional)
  8. 1 tablespoon crushed peanuts, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients except the crushed peanuts in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with crushed peanuts if desired.
Notes
  1. From The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook by Victoria Moran and JL Fields; recipe by Carmella Lanni (BenBella Books, 2017)
That Was Vegan? http://www.thatwasvegan.com/

The Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a copy of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You by Victoria Moran and JL Fields with Main Street Vegan Coaches! To enter, leave a comment below sharing your favorite tip or advice is to share with new vegans, or those interested in veganism!  Contest ends Sunday, February 18th at midnight (mountain time). One winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day. Be sure and log your comment into the Rafflecopter to make it count! Open to residents of US and Canada only, good luck!

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*I was provided free product to review, but the opinions are 100% mine!

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  • Carrie Smith February 13, 2018, 3:18 pm

    This looks delicious! I think a common misconception that people have when they are interested in going vegan is that it will cost a lot of money. My advice would be to stay away from the meat and cheese substitutes, and convenience foods, and cook from scratch as much as possible. Eating produce, beans, and greens, is not expensive!

  • Aimee B. February 13, 2018, 5:05 pm

    One of my favorite tips is looking at restaurant menus online BEFORE I go so I can scope out all my options. 🙂

  • Kayley February 14, 2018, 10:47 am

    My favorite tip is to find recipes of your favorite foods in vegan versions so you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out. For example, my favorite food is chocolate chip pancakes, and after testing a few recipes I found one that allowed me to get a full chocolate chip pancake experience using fully vegan ingredients!

  • Jillian Too February 14, 2018, 11:20 am

    My advice is to follow vegan blogs so you can learn easy recipes for beginners.

  • Gloria February 14, 2018, 3:18 pm

    This looks so good. Thank you for the recipe and an opportunity to win this cool cookbook!!

  • Bridget C February 14, 2018, 3:24 pm

    Before I went vegan many years ago it seemed like it would be so hard and that I would have to give up a lot but when I took the leap and went vegan I found it to be surprisingly easy and have found that I’ve missed nothing. I focus on how much I love animals and when that’s the motivation there’s no wiggle room, no cheating because there’s no amount of animal abuse that is acceptable; I’ve gained so much and have lost nothing.

  • KathyD February 14, 2018, 3:51 pm

    My biggest tip is to do your research and to do it using information from vegans and vegetarians. There is so much misinformation in our culture, you really have to be willing to make significant changes in order to be vegan.

  • Jennifer February 15, 2018, 6:36 am

    Take it one step at a time. Get rid of one food product, or focus on toiletries only, or maybe eat vegan just for breakfast or when eating at home.

  • Lolly Busey February 15, 2018, 12:50 pm

    I tell people to just start where you are. You don’t have to get all fancy and complicated…..just start. Once you feel better and know better you can experiment with recipes, etc. I also encourage folks to follow the blogs and instagram and read the blogger stories.

  • Jennifer M February 16, 2018, 8:44 am

    My tip is dedicate certain days to certain foods like:
    Sunday: Chinese- air fried tofu over rice with your choice of sauce, veggies and spring rolls
    Monday-Spaghetti with tomato sauce- can cook some mushrooms, squash, onions to bulk the sauce up- can throw in a package of vegan meatballs, and some garlic bread
    Tuesday- falafel
    Wednesday- leftovers
    Thursday- burrito bowl or tacos
    Friday- pizza
    Saturday- sandwiches (hot or cold) or try a new recipe

    Once I realized I you didn’t have to come up with something new every night it put my mind at ease and made the transition easier! We went vegan overnight!

  • Marsha Browne February 16, 2018, 9:10 am

    I think everyone should start very simply by researching and cooking simple meals to make sure you have your nutritional bases covered! The cookbook above gives one simple, filling recipes to help. Eliminate gradually! Expand your palate to include many diverse food cultures!! And enjoy the journey to a wonderful, caring, kindness-based lifestyle!!☺🐶🍎🍏🍑🍈🍌🍇🍒☕💝🍋🍊🐘🍍🍐🌕⛄❄🐗🌸🌿🌼🍄🌰🌳🌲🐺🐱🐭🐰🐸🐧🐫🐯🐦🐴🐑🐣🐍🐔🐦🐢

  • Sti February 18, 2018, 5:47 pm

    I think the best advice I could offer is to start slow – like have a vegan breakfast for a few weeks then add a vegan lunch and so on. For some people veganism is a radical diet switch so they need to take it slow to give their body and attitude time to adjust.

  • alice minx February 18, 2018, 6:53 pm

    Oh this looks good.. perhaps my son would actually eat some vegan foods with these recipes

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