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This post kicks off a series of book giveaways to celebrate May as Celiac Awareness Month.

May is also my favorite month of the year, green is my favorite color, emeralds are my favorite gemstones, Gemini is my preferred zodiac sign, and people with quirky personalities (Geminis) are appealing to me. These are all signs and symbols of May. As green is my favorite color and plants are my “go-to” food source, I thought I’d kick off this series of book giveaways with a vegetarian cookbook. I’m technically an omnivore, but I lean heavily into herbivore territory. If you’re remotely interested in my take on the human genetics of food preferences, check here. To me, the whole “eat like a caveman” thing is up for debate. At least as far as the meat-heavy focus is concerned. Plants form the foundation of my diet, just as they form the foundation of the food web, or the nutritional ecosystem.

In a nutshell: the sun shines. Plants (grasses) grow. Animals graze, converting the green stuff into protein (meat). Predators eat the animals that ate the green stuff that the sun magically converted into food.

In most cases, and for a variety of reasons, I prefer to be part of step #3 and skip step #4 altogether. I’m a plant grazer. I’m not much of a predator.

There are several reasons I’m kicking off this book give-away with Carol Fenster’s book, 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes, plant grazing is just one of them.

May (celiac awareness month), gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and green are the most obvious reasons, but there’s more to the story. When my daughter was diagnosed in 1999 with a severe wheat allergy (which later was upgraded to celiac disease) and told to avoid all products containing wheat, one of the few resources we found to help us navigate our new wheat-free world was Carol’s book, Wheat-Free Recipes & Menus, first published in 1995. She wrote that book seventeen years ago!

Needless to say, Carol was ahead of her time, although that was more out of medical necessity than anything else. She discovered she was gluten intolerant a few years before she tackled writing her first cookbook. Ironically, her journey to internationally known, gluten-free cookbook author (10 cookbooks) started on a wheat farm in eastern Nebraska where she grew up. To add a touch more irony to the story, she married a wheat farmer. Don’t you love life’s twists and turns? But, all’s well that ends well. Carol’s family hasn’t abandoned her for making a successful career out of avoiding wheat and the gluten-free community has benefitted greatly by her efforts.

I’m especially thankful to Carol as that early cookbook of hers gave our family a place to start. So, to celebrate celiac awareness month, green veggies, and gluten-free cookbooks, I’ll be giving away a copy of Carol’s newest cookbook,  125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes. (As a disclosure: I purchased the giveaway book myself. Carol had nothing to do with this blog post.)

All you have to do to be entered to win is the following:

• Leave a comment on this post listing your top 3 favorite green vegetables. Green veggies only and you must list 3 choices.

• Make sure you include your email address when prompted to do so (it will only be visible to me) so I can notify you if you win.

• The contest closes on Friday, May 18th at 6 PM. My 5 year old neighbor next door and I will choose our favorite answer (remember 3 green veggies).

That’s it! Good luck. You’ll love this cookbook.
Peace, love, and green veggies!

64 Responses to “Celiac awareness book giveaway”

  1. Jen says:

    My top 3 green vegetables are: lettuce, zucchini and kale.

  2. Hellen Maggs says:

    This is what I have been looking for a veggie gluten free recipe book as being a veggie and gluten free i struggle to find things to eat.

    My all time fave green veggies are: –

    1 – Asparagus – they are just gorgeous and versatile
    2 – Brocolli
    3 – Green Beans

    But I love all green veggies (peas, cabbage, spinach) and yes even the brussel sprout ;)

  3. Emma Hancock says:

    1. Kale
    2. Broccoli
    3. Edamame Beans

  4. niv says:

    My top 3 veggies would be
    1. Coyote Squash
    2. Asparagus
    3. Cauliflower.

  5. Alta says:

    Kale, Asparagus, and Spinach! I love all green veggies! Great giveaway. :)

  6. Tanya johnson says:

    Cucumbers, lettuce and asparagus

  7. Kaye Corbin says:

    Spinach, edamame, zucchini. Since this is new for me. Those are staples that I can count on.

  8. Kelli Buford says:

    My three favorite green veggies are:

    Broccoli, Asparagus, and Green Beans

    I love gluten free, vegetarian, healthy meals!

  9. I already have the book, so don’t need to enter the giveaway, but I couldn’t resist sharing my favorite green veggies:

    Brussels Sprouts

    And did I mention asparagus and Brussels sprouts? Love ‘em!

    Cheers, Pete

  10. sally kenny says:

    Brilliant giveaway:) My fave green veggies are:
    Bak Choi :)

  11. Caitlin says:

    My three favorite green vegetables (really, only three? now I have to narrow it down…) are: artichokes, spinach, and peas.

    But really, I like almost all vegetables and I’m willing to try anything. Mostly it’s all about how it’s prepare.

  12. Sharon Hipp says:

    Broccoli, spinach, and green beans

  13. Kim says:

    My favorite green veggies are:
    zucchini, broccoli, avacado!

  14. Jody E says:

    Hmmm, tough to narrow it down to three!
    1. Sugar snaps peas
    2. Gai lan (stir fried in a little sesame oil with garlic and sea salt = mmmmmmmmm!)
    3. Romanesco cauliflower (Extremely good-looking and so delish!)

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! :)

  15. Valerie says:

    I LOVE all green veggies, but if I have to pick three that I can’t live without it would be broccoli, asparagus, and green peppers!!

  16. Lacey says:

    Hello Melissa! I just found your site and I’m loving it, especially the “about me” pictures :)

    3 favorite greens in my world would have to be parsley, parsley, and parsley, or parsley, kale, and spinach. It’s a tough call. I love adding these three to just about everything, parsley is a favorite to add bulk and nutrients to salads and bowls, and I like to finish warm dishes with kale and spinach. Then there’s broccoli….oh it’s hard to say.

    Anyway, best to you and thanks for the food for thought,


  17. Lisa R says:

    Ohhh goodie! but I have so many greens I LOVE!
    Swiss chard (awesome stuffed with other veggies)
    Poblanos (love these stuffed too!)

    So many more I could choose, I love all green veggies actually. :) Thank you!

  18. Jeri says:

    My top three favorite green veggies are:
    1.Kale/sauted with garlic & olive oil, added to salads & wraps & the ultimate snack>kale chips
    2.Zucchini/spiraled & used as pasta, baked in loaves, used as a noodle substitute in veggie lasagna & chopped up in or spiraled in salads
    3.Spinach/ in salads, juices, wraps, vegan dips, & last but not least, stirred into a fresh pot of hearty veggie soup
    Listing these favs has made me very hungry:)

  19. Kristin says:

    3 is not enough – buy here goes,
    swiss chard


  20. Jenne says:

    My three favorite green veggies would be asparagus, broccoli, and snow peas. Though I have to admit green veggies are generally my favorite.

  21. Toni Walker says:

    Hard choice! Zucchini, spinach and celery :) yum!

  22. Lesley says:

    My favorite green veggies are brussel sprouts, chard, and asparagus! YUM!!

  23. margene says:

    I’ve enjoyed your blog, and used many of your recipes, since I was diagnosed in 2009. Thank you!
    It’s so hard to commit to 3 greens, but I’ll narrow it down to-
    Brussels sprouts

  24. Alisa says:

    1. Broccoli
    2. Brussels sprouts
    3. Tie – Romaine & Cabbage

    Obviously I have a thing for cruciferous! Hmm, but the responses reminded me that I should pick up some artichokes, chard, and asparagus while in season!

  25. Debra Barnes says:

    Asparagus, broccoli and spinach. I love all vegetables, but these are 3 of my favs.

  26. Stacey Lyons says:

    1. Avocados
    2. Kiwi
    3. Artichokes

  27. Kale, kale and kale.
    Oh wait, 3 DIFFERENT green veggies? Hmm.
    Kale, asparagus and mache.

  28. Alana says:

    Yum! Green veggies!
    + Asparagus (because I just got some at our farmer’s market)
    + watercress (because every time I eat it I remember I should eat it more)
    + kale (because it’s a happy winter green)

    (We’re cutting out gluten for our already dairy-free toddler, and I appreciate this blog. Cheers.)

  29. Melissa Randolph says:

    I could not live without avocados. Love grilled asparagus! Not sure I can only give 3……argh….it’s a tough one. Cilantro, brussels sprouts or fresh spinach, hmmmmm. Ok the spinach. Haha!!

  30. Nicolette Goldfarb says:

    Top 3 green veggies:

    haricot verts

  31. Sandy says:

    asparagus, sugar snap and/or snow peas, peppers

  32. Catherine says:

    Hello Melissa,

    My three favourite Green Veggies are Lettuce, Brocoli, Parsley – although it’s a herb :), as well as Snow Peas, as well as Capsicums. Can’t get enough of them.

    I am loving this site thank you so much.

  33. Tosh says:

    If your neighbor is in, than so am I! ;)

    I pick avocado, arugula, and asparagus. (Alliteration to help narrow it down! )

    Cheers! Tosh

  34. My choices are Spinach, Romaine lettuce, and broccoli!

  35. Carolyn says:

    Green Beans

  36. Aimee says:

    I am so excited about this cookbook! Just this am I was comparing meal plans with my best girlfriend and COMPLAINING of my need to spice up my rotation of GF/DF plant based goodness to feed my family. Ta dah! New Book!
    Oh to narrow down just three-my pick and my reasons, just because.
    1. Kale- my little ones and I loved this cabbage long before it was the ‘it’ vege
    2. Bok Choy- raw, cooked, juiced….
    3. Dandelion- so many ways and parts to eat, I like to harvest them before the deer get to them :)

  37. Lisa Waddington says:

    spinach, asparagus, and kale. Thank you!

  38. Dennis says:


  39. julie says:

    My fav green veggies are green pepper, brocoli and asparagus

  40. Katrina says:

    green beans

  41. Cindy says:

    1 spinach
    2 broccoli
    3 kale

  42. anita says:

    Broccoli, spinach, brussles sprouts

  43. Allison says:

    Spinach, broccoli and asparagus :)

    I just found out that I have to strictly avoid gluten a week ago and need some recipes!

  44. Linda Roesch says:

    Peas, Avocado & Broccoli

  45. Maya says:

    This made me realize how many green things I like to eat.

    1. Arugula
    2. Broccoli
    3. Zucchini

  46. Deb Gowlland says:

    My top three veggies: 1.Broccoli

  47. Elizabeth says:

    Green Beans

  48. Kate says:

    Sweet Peas

  49. Amy says:


  50. gail says:

    top three: brocolli, zuchhini, lettuce

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