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Happy New Book!!

Hello!  Happy New Year!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I realize that this is my first post of 2014 and it’s already January 4th.  Let me just mention that my New Year got off to a very unexpected start involving a bizarre allergic reaction and a trip to the ER.  I’ll leave the rest of that little story to my next post.

For now though, I have news.  BIG NEWS!!  I wrote you a cookbook.  I WROTE YOU A SANE COOKBOOK!  A third SANE cookbook, and it’s all about vegetables, because when I asked you lovely, lovely people out there is Blogland and Podcastland what you wanted recipes for next you said, “Make vegetables delicious!” and, “Help us to eat more veggies!” and various other guises of those same sentiments.  So I did.  To keep life easy I titled it, “Eat Smarter! Smoothies and Sides”.  Because it’s what you’ll do when you cook from it – you’ll eat smarter, and you’ll eat smoothies and sides, because all the recipes are either one or the other.  There’s 10 smoothies and 45 scrumptious veggie sides awaiting for you within the pages.  FIFTY-FIVE ways to make veggies delicious!  Forget Happy New Year!  HAPPY NEW BOOK!!

Now last time I published a book I wrote you a whole post about why you should eat soup, but this time? Well I think you all know why you need to eat veggies, and smoothies and sides are two of the best and easiest ways to get them.  So I am just going to show you a few pictures, instead.  I hope that’s OK.

Smoky Creamed Mushrooms | Carrie Brown
Ham, Cheese, and Tomato Stuffed Eggplant | Carrie Brown
Brussels Sprouts, Pear, and Bacon Hash | Carrie Brown
Braised Celery | Carrie BrownCan I tell you how much fun I had creating all this vegetable deliciousness?  SO. MUCH. FUN!
Onion Bacon Mash | Carrie Brown
Roasted Winter Vegetables | Carrie Brown
Swiss Baked Broccoli | Carrie Brown
Creamy Baked Zucchini and Mushrooms | Carrie BrownThere were some vegetables I didn’t even like when I embarked on this little project.  Ha.  I sure like them now!
Bacon Hot Slaw | Carrie Brown
Minty Tomato and Zucchini Hash | Carrie Brown
I Can't Believe It's Not Mash | Carrie Brown
Leek, Mushroom and Cauliflower Casserole | Carrie BrownSee some veggies here that you think you don’t like?  Or some veggies you didn’t even know existed?  Just try them once.  For me.
Orange Pecan Brussels Sprouts | Carrie Brown
Cauliflower Cheese | Carrie Brown
Almond Parmesan Squash | Carrie Brown
Brussels Sprouts with Almonds and Cranberries | Carrie Brown
Roasted Beets and Onions | Carrie Brown
I think you’ll love them. I think you’ll discover that you like veggies you thought you hated. I think you’ll find you like veggies you’ve never even tried before. I just think you’ll have a lot of “YUMS!” running around your table.

Eat Smarter! Smoothies and Sides  |  Carrie BrownSo let me just say that not only would I hugely appreciate your support in helping me keep this little blog running and more cookbooks being created, but I would LOVE it if you bought this cookbook so that you can enjoy all this vegetable scrumptiousness too.  It will make me so very happy to know that you are eating more vegetables because of some ideas in this book.

Here’s what Mr. Bailor had to say,”Much like her previous two books, “Eat Smarter! Ice Creams” and “Eat Smarter! Soups”, Chef Carrie has taken whole, succulent, healing, and natural foods, mixed them with the most rigorous modern metabolic science available, and given us simple, slimming, and spectacular dishes that make healthy delicious, and therefore, slim becomes simple. Don’t let bland starchy fillers sabotage your life. Invite Carrie Brown’s “Eat Smarter! Smoothies and Sides” into your kitchen, and enjoy the metabolic magic and taste bud tantalization that will ensue.”

Truly, I can’t think of anything that could make me happier right now than your taste buds being tantalized by these recipes.

And while I am talking about happy – THANK YOU for standing by while I cranked this cookbook out over two holidays and far too may cups of coffee.  THANK YOU for all the virtual hugs and notes of support that came winging my way.  You know I really couldn’t do this nearly so well without you there, cheering me along the way.  THANK YOU.



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  • SueI cooked Brussels Sprouts last night. The first time EVER in my 62 years and I ate them all, every single one. Wow, not the same vegetable my mother used to serve up on a Sunday and expect me to eat. Thanks Carrie for this book; eggplant and leeks are next.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea M.Congratulations, Carrie, and many thanks for all your hard work! Can’t wait to try the scrumptious new recipes … though I don’t think there’s a single vegetable out there I haven’t already tried and love. :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison EThe pictures look delicious, I have your other two books looks like a third needs to be ordered. Just a query one of your recipes used gabanzo flour. I have made socca from this and is fab but would you class it as a sane recipe ?ReplyCancel

    • carrieHi Alison – using a few tsp. of garbanzo to thicken is very different to using it as a main ingredient. Soppa would not be SANE. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaMy Eat Smarter! Smoothies and Sides book is purchased and scheduled to arrive today… I can’t wait!!!ReplyCancel

  • SuzanneThanks so much for creating this for us! Can’t wait to get ours tomorrow or Wednesday :) (They said Wednesday, but I’m hoping for quicker!)ReplyCancel

  • RoseYay, Carrie is back! Sorry to hear about your ER visit :-( but glad to hear you’re much better :)

    Well two good things today to prove the wonderful influence you (and JB) provide:

    1. I’m ordering your book thus I will be eating more veg *and*

    2. I finally signed up for Costco. I was happily surprised by how many organic items were available — frozen berries, frozen veg and even coconut oil. And it’s the only place in this metropolitan area I find find butter lettuce. Yay for SANE lettuce wraps, people!

    Look forward to adding this cookbook to my growing Carrie Brown recipe collection. Thank you so much, Carrie.ReplyCancel

  • JamieOh , ive been waiting for something like this!ReplyCancel

  • KeriHi Carrie- a question about the sides. Can they all generally be frozen? I am one person, so something that makes 6-8 servings means I’ll be eating it for dinner for a week, which I’m not too keen on. Variety = good!

    A question about the smoothies that call for powdered egg whites – can I substitute vanilla whey protein instead? I presume the point of the powdered egg whites is to add protein.

    Thanks! I’m very excited to try some veg recipes. =)ReplyCancel

    • carrieHi Keri – on the smoothies, you will want to lower the amount of sweetener if you use whey protein instead otherwise they will be super-sweet. Egg whites are a fantastic source of protein, especially for folks who cannot tolerate dairy / whey. On the sides – I have not tried to freeze any of them so cannot give you a definitive answer. They do keep for several days in the ‘fridge. Your best bet would be to cut the recipes in half and then keep in the fridge if you have leftovers. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Jill JensenI’m waiting for the print copy of the book, but I did get it in Kindle edition. I’m sooo excited to find out the name of the coconut oil that has no taste. I went to Trader Joe’s and saw they had Virgin Coconut Oil. Is that the coconut oil with no taste Carrie? We’re going to try some recipes tomorrow. Baby steps. But I got to say, we bought 2 1/2 pounds of Spinach for less than the price of a pound at other stores! What a bargain. I can tell I’m slowly changing how I think — I have 5 pounds of spinach in my refrig!ReplyCancel

  • JillI have to admit, I was very apprehensive as I waited for the cauliflower with onions and bacon to finish cooking. I didn’t have to rice the cauliflower because I used a streamer and my hand mixer worked just fine. I did alot of “inner talking” because frankly I’m not one to try new things. But I’ve made a committment to this program so it was important to me to give something new a try. IT WAS FANTASTIC! One of my favorite foods in the world – mash potatoes – was no match for this cauliflower. WOW!! Thanks Carrie, you’ve done it again!!ReplyCancel