Color Me Red: Color Me Vegan Giveaway Series

Posted on August 6, 2011

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Welcome to the Color Me Red day in my (Color Me Vegan) Series!  Remember, if you would like to add this book to your repertoire, too, be sure to enter the Giveaway!

I am having a blast working my way through this cookbook. I get excited every time I sit down to read it.  The nutritional information that Colleen has put into the book is very enlightening.

I mentioned to you guys before that she explains why particular ingredients in each of the color groups are healthy.  I have learned so much.  Did you know that………Quercetin, found in the skins of apples and red onions, have anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and anticancer properties?

As promised, here are some of the RED recipes that caught my eye that I wanted to share with you!…


Seared Tempeh with Cherry Balsamic Reduction Sauce:

I served this over a bed of steamed greens.  It was delicious.  For my family of five I will double it next time.  The tempeh, which usually is not that popular with the kids, was rationed out!

Watermelon Granita:

This was the perfect summertime treat.  In fact, I managed to hide a dish of it in the freezer for late-night indulgences!

Cajun Red Beans and Rice:

I ad-libbed a little with this one.  My big guy asked if he could try a yellow bell pepper this time instead of me buying a green one.  So, of course, I obliged.  (I love when they want to try something new)!  I also forgot to soak my bag of dried kidney beans, so I popped open the one can of kidney beans I had and a can of pintos.  The kids asked if I could make this EVERY day.  Hubby liked it, too.  Reminded me of my earlier days in the Dirty South.  🙂

Served up with corn-on-the-cob and a side salad:

Six-Shades-of-Red Soup:

You guys know I am not a huge beet fan, but this soup revealed to me I CAN, in fact, eat them.  I could probably eat my other nemesis, pickles, if they were served with lentils, too.  A couple variations I made to my pot of soup was brown lentils (the store did not carry red), dark brown/almost red miso ($6 and half the price of the dark red variety at the health food store) and I omitted the dill (since I’m not a big fan).

“Rule of life #100: Red is the very best color for absolutely positively everything.” – Olivia

And just for fun, here’s a few pics of some of my fave red things:

                            Sunsets at the beach                                                                    fall leaves

                                            Long-stem roses                                                   a single rose in the garden