A Cookbook Giveaway + Black Bean Soup with Lime

It’s always about this time of year that I start to dream of travel. Especially tropical travel. Something about the daily bundling up in scarves, mittens and heavy winter jackets combined with the shorter days and frosty temps makes me ready to jet asap to warmer climates. Preferably with an ocean near by.

Thing is, that when you’re trying to eat as healthy as possible, travelling can become more tricky. It’s why this little (well, it’s actually pretty big time) cruise I’m about to let you in on looks so darn appealing. It’s called The Holistic Holiday at Sea, and not only do you get to eat delicious vegan and macro food, but you can also take part in all sorts of inspiring classes, lectures, cooking demonstrations, and of course, there’s the whole cruise bit too. In the Caribbean. If we hadn’t already made travel plans this year hubs and I would be there in a flash… and we’re already saving our pennies so we can go next year. To travel and eat delicious food without any worries? Sublime.

Speaking of delicious food… we thought it would be fun to do a little give away here on the site {scroll down to the bottom of the post for details}. You see, not only is there an amazing cruise, but there IS ALSO A COOKBOOK!! Grains and Greens on the Deep Blue Sea is “… a titanic collection of the most popular vegetarian dishes served aboard the Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruises.” So even though the weather outside might be cold, you can still enjoy a little taste of the deliciousness you can eat on board. Heck, turn on those sun lamps, crank the heat, throw a towel down on the floor, download some soothing ocean wave tracks, don your swimsuit and sunglasses and you can have a little tropical party right there in your own living room. If you really want to go totally hard core, rub on some eco sunblock- nothing says holiday like the smell of sunblock… um, not like I have tropical parties here on a regular basis… er… really….) Anyhoo…. Regardless of your decision to throw a living room beach party, if you make some of the recipes we’re featuring this week you can totally eat like you’re on the cruise- which is to say, deliciously. I love this book.

Each day this week (today until Saturday!) we’ll be featuring a different recipe from the book. Today we’re kicking the giveaway off with a super yummy soup, ’cause it’s December, and well, I’ve been wearing a scarf around the house all day.

Here’s the deets.

You can enter more than once!!! Just leave ONE comment on each individual post this week. That’s up to five chances you have to win! You have until December 19th at 11:59 PM to leave an eligible comment.

I’ll mail the cookbook anywhere in the world, so even if you’re reading from Russia, Alaska, China or Japan, you too can have a taste of the tropics!

The winner will be picked by random and announced here on the blog on December 20th. You likely won’t receive the cookbook until after the holidays, but you should get it in time to start cooking up some delicious recipes in the New Year.

Good Luck, and be sure to check out The Holistic Holiday at Sea for all of the cruise details and information. This year is their 10th anniversary and the line up of presenters and classes looks incredible. Special thanks to Sandy Pukel, who graciously said “yes” and donated the cookbook when I approached him about this giveaway. Thank you!


Hubs - December 11, 2012 - 12:28 pm

I’m eating this soup right now. Soup-er Yummy!

Kathi w - December 11, 2012 - 1:06 pm

I would love to win the cookbook. Love your blog and I often make the recipes you post! Stay warm up there!

Karm - December 11, 2012 - 1:50 pm

This looks DELISH! I’ll have to make it this weekend!

Karin - December 11, 2012 - 2:32 pm

I’ve been looking for a healthier version of my current black bean soup and this sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to try it out this weekend!

Suzanne @ RollWithIt - December 11, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Ahhhhhhh, now I’m dying to go on vacation! Thanks Shauna! 😉

Vivian - December 11, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Mm, this looks amazing!

Rhona - December 11, 2012 - 9:25 pm

That soup looks amazing. Perfect for this cold weather.

Barbara - December 12, 2012 - 8:33 am

Looks delicious. I’m off to buy black beans.

Jana - December 12, 2012 - 9:47 am

Can’t wait to try this yummy recipe during this weekend.

Kuwanna - December 12, 2012 - 10:12 am

I’m back to work after a year of maternity leave and every Sunday I cook my lunch for most of the week. I am so excited, I just picked up some black beans last weekend and always have the other items on hand… This will be part of my lunch next week! Thank you for sharing another great recipe. xoxo

grace - December 12, 2012 - 10:21 am

Great recipes – would love to win the cookbook.
Thank you.

The Dainty Pig - December 12, 2012 - 10:30 am

oooh! New cookbooks are THE BEST, and so is your photography! This soup sounds wonderful :)

Cari - December 12, 2012 - 10:31 am

This looks and sounds amazing! Thank you for posting!

Amanda Ottogalli - December 12, 2012 - 10:40 am

Yum – the perfect soup to warm me up on a cold day!

Christine - December 12, 2012 - 10:59 am

I print out your beautiful recipes-and make them-all the time. Thanks so much.

sandra - December 12, 2012 - 11:31 am

That cruise seems amazing! Would love to know what deliciousness its on that cookbook! :)

Ting - December 12, 2012 - 5:16 pm

As a fellow KI-er, I feel so guilty for commenting to get the cookbook! So count me out of the draw (ahh, I almost didn’t want to write that! Haha!) Everything looks too delish.

Nathalie - December 13, 2012 - 3:36 pm

I can live on soup ! Bring it on.

macromagician - December 14, 2012 - 2:23 am

This cookbook is totally awesome, I remember flipping through it and wishing I would have enough finances one day to buy it without feeling a bit guilty 😀 well maybe now´s the chance!

Chuck Lowery - December 14, 2012 - 10:45 am

What a perfect flavor combination. My farmer friend gave me some little limes and I see a good use for one or two of them.

Maureen - December 14, 2012 - 12:34 pm

This soup sounds wonderful – just the right balance of spice and citrus. I’ve never used kombu but will make this recipe this weekend, for sure!

Mandy - December 17, 2012 - 12:36 pm

It’s cold here in Alberta!! this soup was not only easy, satisfying, warm and comforting… the hit of lime was refreshing and filled us with daydreams of a warmer, sunnier time!

Adele - December 18, 2012 - 11:13 am

Thank you for the recipe! Love the addition of lime.

Sonya Langedijk - December 19, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Great! I was searching for a new blackbean recipe…this works for sure!

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