In the world of vegan blogging, it’s possible to “meet” and become friends with other blogging, without actually ever seeing the other person face-to-face. That’s what has happened with Vedged Out’s Somer McCowan. I think we first “met” a few years ago via email, and I now consider her a friend, but we’ve never actually met in person. I know Somer had been hard at work on her first book The Abundance Diet for a while, and beyond thrilled that it’s finally here! I’m also very excited to be hosting her on her blog tour today!
I “met” Somer after she had gone vegan, so I only knew her story through what I had read on her blog, but she tells the full version here in here book. The short version is that at age 28 she was diagnosed with pre-cancer in her colon as well as ulcerative colitis, which is extremely painful. She was put on an arsenal of medications, which caused her to gain weight very quickly. After watching Forks of Knives with her brother, she decided to give the diet a try for a month. After just a couple of weeks, she was able to stop taking all of her medications, and her ulcerative colitis has been in full remission for the past three years. How inspiring is that? Since then, Somer has helped many others improve their health through their diets, and the plan that she has put together can now be found in The Abundance Diet.
The word “diet” has a few different meanings. Many take it to have something to do with deprivation, but that’s not what Somer had in mind when writing this book, which is why this is the abundance diet. This book isn’t about deprivation at all. It’s about living a healthful life full of delicious plant-powered foods. There’s an abundant world vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts, and spices out there, and Somer will show you how to turn them into amazing meals.
The Abundance Diet can be used two ways. If you’re hoping to improve your health and maybe lose a few pounds, you can follow Somer’s 28-day plan. In the book, she provides meal plans, grocery shopping lists, and tons of tips on things like how to save money at the store, what essentials to keep in your kitchen, and what to do if you have food allergies. She also provides recipes for all of the meals and snacks you’ll be eating in those 28 days. If you don’t want to follow the plan, you can simply use The Abundance Diet as a cookbook, as it’s packed with a plethora of incredibly delicious meals. There’s recipes everything from breakfasts, snacks, and salads to main dishes and desserts, as well as Somer’s famous Moxarella. The book’s gorgeous photos were taken by another blogger friend that I’ve never met in person, Annie Oliverio from An Unrefined Vegan.
Somer is sharing a recipe for a delicious salad with us today, and she also has a chance for you to win a copy of the book at the bottom of the post.
Rawkin’ Rainbow Kale Salad
Creamy Chili Lime Dressing:
- 1 large red bell pepper cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 large clove garlic minced
- 1/4 cup raw cashew pieces (soaked for 4 to 6 hours
- 1 tablespoon tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos
- Juice of 1 large lime
- 1 teaspoon chili powder or more (depending on your heat preference)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Dash of cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Rainbow Kale Salad:
- 1 large bunch 16 ounces lacinato or dinosaur kale, tough stems removed, then cut into 1/4-inch shreds
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1/4 head small purple cabbage cut into 1/4-inch ribbons
- 1/2 cup red onion cut into 1/4-inch dice or thinly sliced rings
- 1 large carrot cut into thin 2-inch long matchsticks
- 1 large ripe Hass avocado peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 small jicama cut into 2-inch long matchsticks
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Lime wedges for serving (optional)
In a high-speed blender or a food processor, combine the red bell pepper, garlic, cashews, tamari, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Blend until completely smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
Transfer the kale and the cilantro to a large salad bowl and pour on the dressing. Toss until all the kale is thoroughly coated, then massage the kale with your hands for 1 to 2 minutes. (Massaging kale makes it taste better!) Divide the kale salad among four large plates and top with the purple cabbage, red onion, carrot, avocado, and jicama. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Recipe from The Abundance Diet, © 2015 by Somer McCowan. Photos by Ann Oliverio. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press LLC.
I have a copy of The Abundance Diet for one lucky winner. Follow the instructions below to enter. US residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight eastern time on July 5th. Good luck!