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From My Closet Giveaway: Summer Dress & Necklace

Congratulations Sydney! You are the receipient of this week’s giveaway.

Thank you to all who participated! So many great summer dishes.


 

This dress is super cute and so comfy. It’s made by Alternative Apparel from soft 100% Linen Jersey. It is chic to wear out but also extremely soft to wear lounging at home. It is a size S.

Tree Pendant Necklace

I think this tree pendant necklace is so simple and cute. The beige stone that sits behind it is subtle and pretty!

In order to win this ultra comfy fun dress and necklace, please leave me a comment telling me about a favorite summer meal you’ve enjoyed so far.

I will announce the winner on Friday August 8th.

With Love,

Alicia

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  • Lucero Herrera

    I want it, because I´m your number 1 fan. <3

  • Kat Kerley

    Vegan scalloped potatoes with eggplant bacon! Can not get enough of that delicious sauce and smoky “bacon” Yummm!!

  • http://cafeaubride.blogspot.com/ Catherine

    Ohhhhh I love that dress. My favorite meal so far this summer had to be the vegan dinner at my wedding in June! a summer salad with peaches and almonds and poppyseed dressing to start, followed by the entree of vegan BBQ seitan, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, cashew-creamed corn (I wanted Southern influenced food!) – the BEST meal ever. Followed by the best cake ever: vegan funfetti strawberry champagne cake! I dream about that meal daily… PS- my *wife* and I met you at your book signing in Santa Monica, we weren’t married yet then…

  • Tara Lynne

    Hmmmm favorite summer meal… well I just completed a 3 day cleanse with green juices and green smoothies. Honestly, the bowl of fruit at the end with mangos, strawberries and cherries was delicious :)

  • Brianna Ehrenberg

    I love making a lot of cold dishes in the summer. Veganomicon has a really good corn and edamame sesame salad that I like to make different versions of. I also like to make a chickpea “chicken” type salad things as well.
    Oh and that necklace is beautiful!

  • Erica Pasquale

    Hello! This summer the kids and I did our garden as usual but this was the first year my two kiddos really got into helping out. Zucchini fries with a side of mango salsa, was the first(and favorite) dish we made from our garden.

  • Holly Granger

    Happy Summer! In Florida, local strawberries are a favorite of ours, we use them in everything, salads, drinks and desserts! Nothing says summer like a strawberry, spinach salad topped with pine nuts, with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, yum!

  • Kaity Harrison

    Vegan gazpacho! Normally I don’t even enjoy gazpacho, but this was delish. Tomato, cucumber, peppers, lots of herbs and spices. Nom nom.

  • Cheryl Barton

    my raw garden salad is always a favorite in our home! heirloom black, yellow and red tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, red and yellow carrots, red radishes, fresh avocados, baby lettuce and spinach, basil, chives, and spearmint. as the summer passes we get even more vegetables! I love growing my own food! my 4 year old is anxious about his 2nd batch of radishes!

  • Sharon Xiao

    My favorite meal this summer has been the vegan hotdog market sided with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil from Westville East! Highly recommended!!

  • April B

    My favourite summer meal has by far been the Toasted Nori Burritos from The Kind Life recipe section! I’ve found that putting my leftover grains and veggies from the night before into some Nori makes for a great lunch to enjoy on the deck with some cold tea!

  • Eliana Flores

    my favorite meal this summer was the aleezas matzo ball soup! it was realllllyyyyy good

  • Michelle Burgroff

    Quinoa with Toasted Almonds & Dried Cranberries has been a yummy addition to our summer meals. :)’

  • Jenn Austin

    Hi! This summer for dinner I made a arugula, romain, and spinach salad with walnuts, diced apples, and a honey vinegarette to drizzle over it.. The kids loved this cool dinner on a hot 99 degree S. Florida day

  • Sarah Woods

    I have been making these delicious cookies for my kids and they LOVE them! The ingredients are organic almond butter, various nuts, dried fruits (I use cherries and raisins), dark chocolate chips, 1 egg, vanilla, and cinnamon. So yummy!

  • Megan

    Hi Alicia! My favorite summer meal I have enjoyed so far this summer has to be the vegan beer battered tofu with vegan ranch dressing! When I was making it, I didn’t have any vegan sour cream so I made my own for the vegan ranch dressing. It was the most delicious vegan meal I’ve had this summer – and my non-vegan husband loved it too!! Thank you for all you do, you have been very influential in my life :)

  • Ella Belton-Archer

    The best part of Summer is being outside and having picnics. My children (5 yr old Daughter and 2 yr old Son) love being out and about. Our favorite summer picnics are nuts, seeds and lots of fresh local fruit and veg :) x

  • Rana Jeree

    My favorite summer meal so far was my grilled veggie pizza with pepperoni, grilled blueberry pie with fresh caesar sald and nice all berry spritzer!

  • Crystal Pierre

    Love this! My favorite summer meal so far was just the other night with my mom visiting from New Mexico… veggie kabobs on the grill, fried zucchini, sweet corn on the cob and a big salad with tons of in season veggies!

  • Alayne Langford

    Hi Alicia! I am a Gluten Free mom and I have converted my family as well! We all feel better. I am loving my hubs cooking as he shops at our local fresh produce market for organic fruits and vegetables! He chops up veggies and makes a potato, tomato and other fresh veggie bake and it is satisfying as a meal! I don’t know what to call it but its delish!! I wish you all the best and your family! And would be honoured to wear something from your closet!! Sincerely..Alayne <3

  • Esther Gibaldi

    My favorite summer meal has to be a grilled veggie gyro with a cashew cream cucumber and dill sauce. I love being vegan, but one of my favorite pre-vegan foods was Greek gyros. When I found this recipe on ohmyveggie.com I made it the same night. It hit every craving I’ve had for a Greek gyro and then some.

  • Rachel Carbary

    My favorite meal this summer was our first bbq of the season which was on July 4th. Apple sage veggie dogs, sweet potatoes, and veggie kabobs. All were perfectly seasoned and grilled to perfection on our new ‘veggies only’ grill. There was of course a kale salad on the side. Enjoying a compassionate dinner on the patio with my husband and fur kids made for a perfect summer night.

  • GK Okuma

    The meals made with love and concern… at the end of a very emotionally trying day, my sweet boyfriend prepared some comforting and light vegan tacos with yummy spiced lentils and fresh avocado. In an effort to not perpetuate the venom that had been passed on to me by a fearful, angry person, I distracted myself by making some Vegetables Provençal with summer squash from the local gardens. When my boyfriend took a whiff of what I had created, he smiled, took my hand and said, “I’m so grateful we eat such great meals with no animals products at all.” It helped melt my distress into mindful thankfulness.

  • Maria Wilkes

    Azuki Bean Falafels! Over quinoa and brown rice with long-cooked carrots and onions, topped with tahini sauce.

  • Heidi

    Last week I spent a week in the mountains of North Carolina with my husband’s family for our annual summer vacation. Being the only vegan in the family (my husband is vegetarian) I was excited to make a wholly plant-based meal for the 10 of us. I made an enchilada casserole (layers of tortillas separated by black beans, white beans, tofu, spinach, and topped with vegan cheddar cheese), which everyone adored. My favorite part of the meal was at the end – after everyone thanked me and said how delicious it was – I announced, “You all ate tofu and LOVED it!!” Also, my nephew told me that vegan cheese is his new favorite cheese!

    • Sharon Gjertsen

      Heidi, sounds like you dazzled the family!

  • Brittany Moore

    My favorite meal I’ve had this summer is a big bowl of freekah with grilled red cabbage, baked tofu, and cold green peas mixed in and a side of beach salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions marinated in evoo, balsamic, white wine vinegar). The best part was the fact that we used the tomatoes and cucumbers from our organic home garden.

    • Sharon Gjertsen

      Garden veggies are the BEST!

  • Samantha Boswell

    LOVE the dress & pendant! So perfect for summer :) I’ve been enjoying a gluten & dairy free macaroni & cheese! I make the cheese from cashews & add my special ingredient, butternut squash! It’s great when you’re craving that comfort food from your childhood but with wholesome & vegan ingredients instead! Xo

  • Jessica Potter

    My favorite summer meal so far has been our families 4th of July bbq. I snacked on homemade guacamole (which is one of my all time favorite foods), salsa, tons of fresh fruit, gardein “chicken” strips, and potato salad. It was delicious!

  • http://aniqadreams.blogspot.com Aniqa

    My favorite summer meal so far was probably cooked millet with raw cacao, raisins and plums, homemade jam and a bit of maple syrup (the millet was cooked in a mixture of water and coconut milk). It was AMAZING!

    http://aniqadreams.blogspot.com

  • Debi Cole

    My son and his wife recently gifted my husband and I with a gift cerificate to Addama Vegan Comfort Food in Santa Barbara!!! You would enjoy it there too!! Really cute old building!!
    Lovely staff too! Anyways ….we scarfed on the nachos!!! Yummy and Fun!!

  • Tracy Snyder

    I have really enjoyed hummus and veggies. I also found that I
    absolutely love putting salsa on top of my salads. I’ve noticed that is
    a major issue when it comes to dressings, I’m just like, meh, whatever,
    I’ll make mine more festive. Yummy, healthy, and vegan. Ole!

  • Cassie Pflug

    It’s very hot down here in south Florida so we’ve been on a light soup and salad for dinner kick. I recently made a simple roasted butternut squash soup with an apple and an onion I sautéed in Croatian pumpkin oil along with some homemade french bread and a simple radish salad. Two year old vegan baby approved!

  • Chelsea Brookes

    My favourite meal by far was a vegan chilli that I had made with quinoa (made with organic vegetable broth), black beans, sautéed onions, sweet potatoes, garlic, and then any added spices to your liking. It was so delicious and it was paired perfectly with a fresh garden salad from veggies that I purchased at my local farmer’s market. Thanks for your inspirations everyday, Alicia! You have taught me so much about the earth and about eating kindly, I am grateful that there are people like you to help share this wonderful lifestyle.

  • lian price

    Enjoyed as a picnic, Corn-on-the cob, Samphire, Pasta salad with mushrooms, green leaf and avocado salad and re-fried beans. Fresh Blueberries and Melon for afterwards.

  • lena

    I go home every year in July to visit my family and I am known for cooking up a storm in the kitchen and preparing a meal for my loved ones to enjoy. In the past, that included turkey lasagna, beef stuffed shells, cheese enchiladas and crab stuffed mushrooms. But this year, I have been researching nutrition and the body’s relationship to food. My diet has been changing. So I switched up the meal and my mom and I prepared black beans topped with green onions, brown rice, portabella mushrooms, a super fresh, colorful salad, and your Miso soup. It was such a wonderful meal to share with my parents and aunt. My aunt had just gotten over an illness, so the nutrition could only do great things for her immune system. Plus, I got to spend special time with my mother in the kitchen. Thank you!

  • http://compassionatetummies.com Mama Tummy

    Gosh, I’ve eaten so many great things this summer it’s hard to choose. I cook 99% of our meals, but we did get to go out and try the new vegan menu at WaterCourse. I had buffalo cauliflower wings, the BBQ plate with jackfruit, black-eyed pea cassoulet, sauteed greens, and hush puppies. I finished the meal with their key lime pie. It was all wonderful and I was stuffed!

  • Lisa-Marie

    I have just signed up for and received my first recurring delivery from a local organic produce market so I decided to incorporate the goodies into a summer pasta dish. I used angel hair pasta, olive oil, garlic, broccoli, capers, lemon juice and lemon zest. Added a lovely baguette (from the same market delivery) and it was a wonderful, fresh, summery meal. :)

  • Syndi Steinrad Sim

    Hello Alicia, as a mom to a 3-year son who lives the Kind Life and eats delicious and healthy meals, we have tried the simple garbanzo bean, avocado and lentil dish with flax seed tortillas. Thank you for all you do!! Love your blog and appreciate the life lessons and examples you provide!

  • Amber May

    My favorite summer meal is grilled marinated tofu and veggies. I’ve fallen in love with grilled Bok Choy this summer! Also a side of quinoa and tomatoes… so good! I try to do most of my cooking outside in the summer. Living in the Pacific NW with no AC makes the grill my lifeline for home cooked goodness in the summer months!

  • Cat Johnson

    My family is loving meals served in a large grilled portobello mushroom. Clean out the inside and drizzle with olive oil before grilling. Perfect for serving pasta, salad etc.

  • Andrea Lamont

    Mine is this salad made up:
    • 2 ears of corn (boil or pop in the oven then cut off the cob)
    • 2 cucumbers (cut up into small pieces)
    • 1 Container cherub grape tomatoes (cut in half)
    • 1 bunch of green onion (diced)
    • 2 cups chickpeas (I cook a dry bag for 3 hours, usually do it the night before)
    • 5 heads broccoli (cut into florets and then steam for 15 minutes)
    • 1 bag of vegan cheddar cheese shreds of your choice
    • 1/2—3/4 cup of a Campaign Vinegarette (depends on your taste buds and how strong you want it).
    • 1/2—3/4 cups vegan mayo of your choice.
    • Toss and refrigerate!

  • Sarah D.

    Tacos! I make all sorts of vegan tacos on warm corn tortillas– buffalo tofu, portabello mushrooms with salsa verde, black bean and avocado, Thai tofu/tempeh/veg with peanut sauce, BBQ tempeh and slaw, lentil & cauliflower, falafel tacos… the list and options are endless! I’m obsessed.

  • Suzy

    My friends veggie pad thai and frozen mango/ banana ice cream

  • Andrea Lamont

    This was a recipe I threw together:
    •1 bag of dry chickpeas (cook in 8 cups of water for 3 hours). You can
    get 2-3 cans to save time.
    • 5 heads of medium sized broccoli (steam for 10 min.)
    • 1 bunch of green onions chopped
    • 1 container of the cherub grape tomatoes (cut in half)
    • I used one bag of vegan cheddar cheese
    • 2 corn on the cobs (I cooked them at 400° for 15 min while I steamed
    the broccoli). Use knife to cut off the Cobb
    • 2 Cucumbers diced.
    • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
    • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of light campaign vinaigrette. Depends on your taste buds and how strong you want it.
    • Toss and refrigerate

  • Andrea Lamont

    This was a recipe I threw together:
    This is a wonderful cold summer salad that has chickpeas, steamed broccoli, corn “off” the cob, tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, vegan cheese, champagne vinaigrette, and vegan mayonnaise. Absolutely delish and what’s even greater is that it completely satisfies my husband who is a dairy and meat eater still. I would have to say it’s a SUCCESS!

  • Rachel Mireles Santilli

    My favorite meal this summer has heen roasted cinnamon butternut squash. I have countless food intolerances so I keep it simple.

  • Andrea Lamont

    This was a recipe I threw together:
    This is a wonderful cold summer
    salad that has chickpeas, steamed broccoli, corn “off” the cob,
    tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, vegan cheese, champagne vinaigrette,
    and vegan mayonnaise. Absolutely delish and what’s even greater is that
    it completely satisfies my husband who is a dairy and meat eater still. I
    would have to say it’s a SUCCESS!

  • Cara Olson

    When it’s to hot to cook, my favorite summer meal is a giant bowl of greens with any veggies I have laying around, with whipped avocado as dressing, and some quinoa for added protein.C

  • Clara

    The master cleanse lemonade drink. I know it’s not a “meal” in the normal sense of the word, but it was my only meal for ten days. Although the drink itself tastes good, I picked it as my favorite meal due to the affect it had on my body. The first couple of days were awful, but as my body started to be cleaned out, I felt so light and energetic. It was better than a cup of coffee when it comes to giving energy and better than quinoa when it comes to filling you up. I’m definitely going to do it again before school starts.

  • Sydney Delvers

    My boyfriend and I have been living at his family’s farm this summer and growing a garden full of yummy vegetables and herbs (with no fertilizers or pesticides!). The best meal I’ve had was from our garden: green beans with sesame seeds and garlic, steamed okra, corn on the cob smeared with umeboshi plums, with a tomato, onion, and squash salad seasoned with lemon thyme, parsley, basil, and lavender. The meal was incredible, but more importantly it was with the love of my life in a healthy and kind environment. Alicia, you inspire me each day and I thank you for everything you’ve taught me!

    • TheKindLife

      Congratulations Sydney! Check your email for further instructions.

  • Andrea Lamont

    Sorry for the multiple posts. I thought maybe things weren’t posting due to it being too long. Again, my apologies.

  • Jen Cline

    My fave summer meal is a 4th of July vegan blueberry, strawberry, & jicama salsa I made for a party, it was made with mostly all organic ingredients (farmer’s market didn’t have organic jalepenos or jicama), & it was a hit! I served it with red & blue organic tortilla chips colored naturally & it was refreshingly sweet & spicy, yum! I rarely make anything fancy or super delicious but this was! :D

  • Hannah Kaye

    My favorite meal this summer is a Self Mag. Recipe that I made vegan. It’s stuffed blueberry french toast with vegan cream cheese & yogurt. Delicious.

  • Moya

    I have been trying to get healthier So this summer I started juicing and eating more organic produce I even found The Kind vit. Thank you Alicia

  • Mandy

    My favorite meal I made this summer was raw vegan tacos! I made walnut meat which was absolutely amazing! The salsa was made from peppers, tomatoes and cilantro. The sour cream was made from cashews. I put everything on top of my organic greens growing in the garden! It was so good!! I’m making it again tomorrow. :)

  • http://www.melodychong.com/ Melody Chong

    That would be my home-made Quinoa Salad with Figs, Purslane & Goji!

    This is a Super Salad I created when purslane and figs are in season at the local farmers market.

    It’s vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free!

    Purslane is a lesser known plant that is actually a weed, rich in nutrients and full of omega-3s. Complemented with super foods quinoa and goji berries, fresh figs for natural sweetness, walnuts and seeds for crunch, the plethora of tastes and textures makes this salad gojilicious and figging good!

    For the full self-inspired recipe, visit
    http://www.melodychong.com/blog/2013/08/quinoa-salad-with-figs-purslane-goji

  • Chelsea

    My favorite summer meal was tonight’s. I began working at my new job today as a supervisor for a dog hotel that solely sells local, holistic, humane products. I have never known what it feels like to be in love with a job and I have never allowed myself to work somewhere so aligned with me. I treated myself to a meal from scratch: sliced, oil fried yukon potatoes simmered in a red curry medley of fresh sundried tomatoes, basil, coconut, garlic, urad dal lentils, onion, and turmeric, all over a cushion of jasmine rice with a side of capers for abundance.

  • Shivani Sharma

    My favourite summer meal so far has been from a vegan restaurant in Toronto called the “Live Organic Food Bar”. I had their manicotti, which was delicious! I switched to a vegan diet to overcome a digestive disorder. This meal made me feel like I wasn’t missing out – the cashew nut based cheese and plant-based sauces were delicious! I ended with their lemon zinger cake, which had no refined sugar and a very smooth, creamy texture (despite the fact that there was no cream!) Their food made me realize that being healthy or vegan doesn’t mean having to give up on taste. I am now much more confident and optimistic regarding my recovery. :)

  • Briana K. Arteaga

    My favorite meal has been homemade cauliflower pizza. I recently bought a pizza stone, and have been using it quite a bit, it was a great investment. I had some friends over and made this pizza for dinner. I piled on all kinds of fresh veggies that I had recently purchased at my farmer’s market and it turned out fabulous. They were begging for the recipe afterwards…needless to say it was a big hit!

  • Dom

    my kids and I are addicted to a garbanzo bean stew over buckwheat and fresh spinach.
    And smoothies made with local, organic, seasonal fruit and veggies.

  • Cara Little

    Today I made something called a Veggie Delight Sandwich for myself and my mother. It’s sliced avocado, sprouts, olives, vegan mayo, and vegan cream cheese, all on sourdough bread. It is amazing, and really helps keep my ice cream cravings at bay! I served it with sliced strawberries and melons on the side; Perfect summer meal!

  • Rachel Brenard

    Best summer meal so far this year – has to be my basil, tomato and mixed leaves salad with tofu and cup of camomile tea. After a hectic week – getting ready for my driving test (it’s today) and getting ready for college results I needed something good, natural and calming.
    By far my best summer meal :)

    Rachel Brenard

  • Claudia

    A summer favorite of mine is a really fresh salad with greens straight from the farmer’s market that morning, cherry tomatoes, pears, strawberries, and lots and lots of avocado!

  • A Lamb

    Last night we grilled some homemade sourdough potato bread and topped it with artichokes, hot peppers, and fresh cherry tomatoes and served it alongside a mixed green salad. The greens were from our garden and are so delicious served fresh. This meal is something I will have once a week at least from now on! My husband has planted an amazing garden that we have been eating out of for several months now. Kale, collards, lettuces are ready now and squashes, tomatoes, and eggplant will be ready soon! I am very proud of him and happy to eat the reward!

  • Maria Velasco

    Really cold gazpacho followed by amazing cold watermelon. Summer is, by far, my favorite season. Not only because it means longer days, bright daylight, beach days, lazy Sundays on the lawn, but because the orchard by my house is open and full with amazing local fruits and veggies. They carry all sort of vegetables, and August is tomato harvest month! Since I am from Spain, I try to follow my mother’s steps by making gazpacho almost every day. The cold and bright soup is the perfect blend of vegetables and vitamins, and its taste transfer me to my mom’s kitchen in the south of Spain.

  • Jess Violette

    The favorite summer meal is anything fresh from the garden. Taking tomatoes straight from the vine to the cutting board with some salt and pepper and perhaps a drizzle of balsamic vinegar- voila!

  • Linda

    A wonderful Zucchini Ribbon Salad with toasted walnuts and a splash of balsamic! Love this time of the year and the bounty of fresh zucchini!!

  • http://www.featherhart.com/ Heather Hart

    I was finally able to pick a bunch of veggies from my porch garden (yay!) and I decided to make fried rice with my veggies and some others from the farmer’s market. I made brown rice in my rice cooker, then added a little sesame oil and tamari to a pan with the brown rice, asparagus, carrots, broccoli, daikon, red and green bell pepper, red onion, and garlic cloves. It was so delicious, really easy, and super healthy!

  • Natalie McMonagle

    My 16 month-old and I pick herbs early in the morning to use all day… Our go-to summer meal is black+garbanzo bean burgers with lime zest, sriracha, nut butter, and green onion, oregano, mint and cilantro from our garden!

  • Danielle Wyeth

    This summer I’m loving fresh veggie pizza with all local, organic vegetables from the farmers market. Yum! If it’s too hot to bake the pizzas, I mix all the veggies with some quinoa for a
    Yum Bowl :)

  • Melia

    Today at work we are having a Farmers Market Potluck (we’re so used to having potlucks loaded with unhealthy junk that we decided to host a healthy one!) So today I’m going to be sharing a garlicky summer salad with my coworkers.

    – shaved summer squash noodles
    – grated carrot
    – grape tomatoes
    – basil
    – green onion
    – garlic
    – lemon juice
    – toasted pine nuts

    The summer squash is straight from our garden, and I was amazed at how sweet it tasted just after sautéing it for a couple minutes (with nothing else added to the pan)! I’m excited to dig in to this potluck and see what everyone else brought!

  • Rox Anne

    i just bought an ice cream machine and i make delicious vegan dessert with it! My favorite its a rasberry, blueberry, strawberry kiwi banana sorbet, so fresh and healthy!

  • Carrie D.

    My favorite summer meal has the been the one my daughter and I put together from yummy fresh veggies from the Farmer’s Market – heirloom tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, corn, and cantaloupe for dessert.

  • Yvette

    “Eggplant salad” (fake chicken salad)
    1 cup of lightly roasted eggplant – you want it still firm, I cut it in small strips
    1/4 of an onion
    1/2 small tomato
    2 avocados
    Cilantro
    1/2 a lime
    Let eggplant cool before mixing with all other ingredients.
    I usually eat this on fresh tortillas.
    It’s super simple and yummy.

  • Jessa Lytle

    My favorite meal this summer has been the Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash from the Kind Mama book! When I am craving fatty, naughty foods after a long bike ride, this is my go-to meal. It’s so deliciously satisfying, and I get to use the lacinto kale (among other tasty greens!) from my garden. Yummy!

  • Allison Litten

    I made an amazing pistachio, basil and lime pesto that I had over zoodles last night. With red Russian kale massaged with Persian lime EVOO, it was the perfect summer meal!

  • Veggiegirl

    My favorite summer meal so far was when my mom came to visit me for my birthday. We went to a new vegan restaurant in the city and since it was late, had the whole place to ourselves! The owner took our order, prepared our food, and brought it out to us. It was such a cozy, personal experience. Not to mention it was so fun to get stuffed on food that we don’t eat on a regular basis! Nachos, panini, BBQ “chickn” sandwich. We also couldn’t resist trying one of his giant chocolate chip cookies, and coffee cake. We really went for it! :) The atmosphere was awesome, the company was perfect, and it was fun to indulge in some yummy treats! It was definitely one of my favorite Birthdays, and the best meal of the summer.

  • Diane

    Well for some odd reason I must be missing a good ole BBQ, lol, because my favorite meal lately has been simply a Sesame Seed bun with Veganaisse Horseradish sauce, lettuce, tomato and a slice of red onion plus a scoop of vegetarian baked beans. So simple yet so good!

  • Amanda

    One of our favorite summer meals is a big salad with arugula, corn, tomatoes, onion, red pepper and feta cheese! Topped with a homemade red wine vinagrette, it’s become one of our absolute favorite salads to make!

  • Shawnah Flyte

    Wow! That’s a gorgeous dress! My favorite meal of the summer was one I had at our local vegetarian cafe that just opened in our small town. They had a vegan cooking class and made millet burgers with pesto. It was perfection… I learned a lot and met a few new friends. A few were new vegans who successful won their battle with cancer after adapting a vegan lifestyle. One lady improved her type 2 diabetes greatly. It was very powerful. I will never forget it. Thanks for the chance to win these great items! <3

  • Apryl

    Lovely dress and necklace! We have been enjoying trips to the garden for dinner and snacks. My favorite though? Munching raspberries from a bush in the backyard with my 15-month old son. Hearing him smack his lips and ask for more saying, “Num! Num!” is a precious memory.

  • Lisa

    I recently made a kale and cabbage pad Thai with chickpeas that was so lovely. Lots of fresh flavors, and so summery. Yum!

  • http://raincityveganchick.blogspot.com/ Charmaine

    My favourite summer meal this year has been under a giant cedar tree in my back yard :) I bbq’d a full vegan spread for my carnivorous mom and her wife and my kids and they LOVED it!
    Vegan Burger patties with the works! Marinated tofu skewers (peanut soy marinated tofu with pineapple, green peppers and lime)! Field Roast Apple Sage Sausages with relish, ketchup and mustard (just like being at the fair!) and rosemary olive oil brushed fingerling potatoes.

    The best thing about dinner was the phrase “who thought vegan bbq’s could be this good!”

    It’s nice to showcase the variety of foods that vegans eat …I was super proud :)

  • saniel

    Eggplant hotdog with roasted potatoes and peach sangria.

  • Tricia Baldwin

    There is nothing better than a grilled portabello mushroom with grilled onions & tomato on a fresh dairy free/gluten free toasted bun with a touch of veganaise, honey mustard and fresh basil.

  • Jessica Seidel

    My favorite summer meal is grilled eggplant and an heirloom tomato salad. Both dishes simply seasoned with olive oil and salt/pepper. Living in Boston, I unfortunately can not pick my tomatoes straight from my garden like I used to, but we always try to pick some up at a local farmer’s market each weekend.

  • Heather

    I am a fairly new vegan (only 5 1/2 weeks!) and my favorite meal so far is the first one I made. It was a couscous salad with carrots, red bell pepper, purple cabbage, green onions, parsley, and a curry vinaigrette. I’ve made it three times so far! The last time I made it with quinoa and it was even better.

  • http://batman-news.com Erica

    My favorite meal this summer by far has been rice, black beans, homemade salsa verde, and fresh avocado. My boyfriend is Mexican and loves to make this meal. But since I have recently become vegan, we have had to rework it together, like most of the meals we make. It has been a really fun, creative process for us. I’m so glad I have such a supportive boyfriend, who is not a vegan himself, but is so supportive of my choice. :)

  • Brandi Young

    Adorable simple outfit, Alicia! My favorite meal this summer was a lunch buffet of roasted vegetables, black bean salad and strawberry shortcake for dessert. mm delightful!

  • Krystyna Meade

    I just got my braces off at the beginning of summer and couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into corn on the cob. My hubby and I grilled some corn with vegan butter, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and salt and pepper. It was delicious!!

  • Mandi

    A few weeks ago for 2 different BBQ’s I wanted to make something. I knew because I don’t eat meat I had to prepare something for myself that I could eat (for that just in case moment) along with everyone else. One of the recipes I made was a Summer Couscous Salad that has apples and currants in it. Not only was it a hit for me but the entire tray was gone because everyone LOVED it! The other recipe I made was your Peach & Blueberry Cobbler from The Kind Diet and OMG that was a hit as well.

    For both I was worried there would be a ton left and I was happy that every last drop was gone.

  • tammy

    Love the dress – beautiful. AND thank you Alicia for being an inspiration to my 18 yr old niece, she is now a vegan.

  • Meria

    Hello everyone,

    My sister moved to Barcelona in June and I was very fortunate to be able to visit her for a few days in July. Apart from having a lovely time with my sister, I enjoyed the city, the sun and the surrounding nature very much. I was very surprised that there are so many vegan and vegan friendly restaurants there. I did not expect this because Spain is well known for its ham and seafood. We went to this place called Veggie Garden and this is where I had a very special (at least for me) and really tasty summer meal. Everything on the menu sounded so delicious that we ordered way too much, but it was worth it. I had a vegan burger with hummus sauce a nice garden salad with avocado. The bread was homemade (so good!) and the burger was made of seitan (they had three choices). As appatizers my sister and I shared grilled tofu with a delicous sauce, typical local bread with tomato and momos (very light, steamed vegetable ravioli) again with a yammy sauce. As drinks we ordered fresh juices which were really fresh and so good. I wish we had such a nice restaurant here in Germany.

    Now, I am sitting in front of a rice-cucumber salad with a sesame-ume dressing which is also very nice and cooling. Grilled fresh corn is also one of my favourite summer dishes.

    Have a great day!

  • Courtney Balles

    We live in the city but I went to Connecticut to house sit for a week. They had lettuce growing and I picked two different kinds and topped it with all the fresh veggies I could find in the fridge. So delicious!

  • Brittany

    Hello Alicia! My favorite meal that I’ve made for my family this summer was romaine lettuce cup tacos with walnut meat and poblano cashew crema. I love your blog Alicia and I LOVE this dress and necklace. It’s my perfect idea of a comfy summer outfit!

  • Katrina Schoettmer

    My favorite meal this summer was veggie quinoa chili. I used all organic veggies and all three of my kids ate it without complaint! It was my first homemade meal in my new house in rural Oklahoma!!

  • Lorraine Miller

    Whenever I’m feeling bad, no matter the season, I make your Sexy Inspired Salad from the book and instantly feel better!

  • Julianne

    My favourite summertime meal is grilled veggies! Especially corn! So delicious! A quinoa salad is an amazing side dish!

  • AKM

    Last night I steamed organic baby broccoli and zucchini with garlic, dressed it with EVOO and Bragg’s, and that was it! Simple, delicious, and healthy. I’m the girl who can’t get enough summer zucchini, and luckily I know lots of people with gardens who are begging me to take it off their hands!

  • Kate Benton

    I made my husband an amazing birthday breakfast last week! My own kombucha (I know you don’t rate it for health benefits Alicia but we both love the taste) and home made sourdough bread using my starter, Phyllis (who has been in the family since March). Then we had red currant buckwheat pancakes with fruit from our local CSA and a splash of agave nectar. Eaten outside under a still blue sky :) Kate

  • Lisa P.

    I really enjoyed a restaurant meal (with fellow food bloggers) of zucchini noodles with fresh parmesean and tomatoes on top.

  • Jenee

    I have recently (in the last month or so) discovered cooking with Sesame Oil. I don’t know how I was living without it! My favorite veggie recipe right now is super simple and delicious!

    How to: Put 1-2 tbsp in sauce pan. Grind some himalayan pink salt.
    Add some chopped onion (as much as you like – I use about 1/4 onion because I love it), Chopped handfuls of greens (today I used Organic Girl super greens),
    peppers,
    thinly sliced squash and zucchini,
    some broccoli (I like to use frozen because it helps the veggies to ‘steam’
    sweet peppers when we have them
    small red potatoes thinly sliced (only if my husband is sharing).
    Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for a few minutes. The greens soak up the flavor of the oil and salt and the flavors of the veggies are enhanced. It’s so… yummy!

    Seriously, if you are reading this, please try it. I ‘accidentally’ found something I love and I just cannot get enough. Besides making my taste buds cheer, it only takes a few minutes, so when I’m starving after a workout it’s awesome, it is easy to do and customizable, AND it’s super filling.

  • Cherie

    Tomato and basil, both from my own garden, on top of homemade toast. Basil whispers a sweet, herbal summer to my taste buds. <3

  • E MaHo

    Sweet potato curry burger, organic brown rice, Thai Kitchen chili sauce, white girl salsa and organic kale cooked in pressure cooker with organic balsamic vinegar sprinkled on top. So good! All homemade except the sauces.

  • Margot Thistle

    I’ve been overloaded with zukes and squash from my garden in vermont so my favorite meal has been gazpacho, with any combination of fresh veggies from the garden. It’s so easy to tweak- scallions and avocado for a spicy gazpacho or basil, garlic for italian take on the cold spanish soup.

  • Arisa

    I just made the hijuki with green beans and rice with carmelized onions from the kind diet. Served it with gardines crispy tenders and sauteed purple cabbage. My family loved it! Babycakes nyc banana bread for desert;)

  • Lauren D

    The weather has been beautiful this summer in England and I have been working away from home for months in a different part of the country. I went home to visit my boyfriend at the weekend and he surprised me by cooking me a lovely meal (a rare treat I can tell you!) he surprised me with jack fruit as I have never tried it before and made spicy fajitas. He cooked the jackfruit with peppers, mushrooms, onions and spices. He served it with corn tortillas, avocado, salsa and a spicy BBQ sauce that he made from scratch. I was super impressed and my tummy was happy!

  • Megan Buck

    My favorite summer meal so far has been fresh local corn on the cob with grilled vegan stuffed portabella mushrooms and serving them to meat eaters who LOVED it. Of course, there is always dessert, and whats better than a homemade vegan ice cream cake on a hot n humid Minnesota day! :-)

  • etirv

    Wild salmon salad has been enjoyable and beneficial!

  • Cheryl Capoocia

    I set out to make a “pasta free” veggie lasagna using vegetables from my garden. I used slices of eggplant and zucchini to replace the noodles and added layers of lowfat ricotta and Pecorino Romano, fresh Italian herbs, garlic, mushrooms, onions, shredded carrots and slices of garden tomatoes. It turned out even better than I had imagined it would. My “meat loving” teenage sons devoured it!

  • Melissa

    My favorite summer meal so far was probably the simple salad my boyfriend and I made today. We tore up some fresh lettuce, chopped some carrots and avocado, and added sliced tofurkey. Then we topped it with Organicville French dressing. So easy, but so good!

  • Tabitha

    I have been loving raw collard gree tacos with walnut meat! Its simple and something my kids ask for!

  • Lauren Maher

    I visited my brother and sister-in-law in Oregon a few weeks ago and they took me to their favorite restaurant where I had the most delicious dish of roasted beets and carrots ever. So yummy!

  • Renae Fréson

    I recently upped being vegan and have become raw vegan!! I am loving experimenting with flavors and preparation of LIVE FOOD!!! I have a recipe that tastes just like egg salad!!!!! and not one chicken was harmed!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ;); spread this delightful treat on sprouted (NO BAKED) onion bread and I am a happy camper! Namaste’, Blessings and Love!

  • Kristina Fukuda

    I’m enjoying it right now – a salad with romaine, radicchio, chickpeas, tomatoes, cukes and green onions. Yummy :-)

  • Casey Sexton

    I work as a kindergarten teacher assistant, so summer time is BUDGET TIME! A couple of days ago I decided to have fun with what I had in the pantry. I was SO excited with the result. It ended up being a quinoa/tofu “salad”. I marinated the tofu in soy sauce and ginger, then lightly fried it in coconut oil. Cooked the quinoa in with my favorite “no chicken” bouillon and added in some red onion, roasted red pepper, broccoli, then a splash of balsamic. My husband and 5 year old even woofed it down!

  • Jennifer Ham

    My favorite thing from this summer is meant to be a snack but I can’t help but keep eating them. They’re raw energy balls. They have oatmeal, peanut butter, agave, flax, sesame, chia, carob chips, coconut, and vanilla. I turn them into a meal by pairing them with fruit (this week was mangos) and calling it breakfast :D

  • Megan

    My favorite meal so far has been squash from a friends garden. I love it so much that its a meal in itself to me!

  • Julie Anthony

    My favorite meal this summer is the Moroccan Couscous with Saffron from the Kind Diet. Except I’ve been making it with Quinoa instead of couscous. Delicious!

  • Erin Lewis

    Tonight I supervised my 11 year old daughter and my 10 year old son cook us a dinner of roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed broccoli and corn pancakes. I love my kitchen helpers!!

  • Michele Somerson

    It’s been oven hot here in Tucson, so sometimes I just take a brown rice tortilla from Trader Joe’s and heat it briefly so i can use it for a burrito – I’ve filled it with avocado, black beans, salsa and spinach, rolled it up and had a nice meal in minutes. Not bad when you just don’t feel like cooking :-)

  • Teresa

    I am just starting my journeoy of starting the kind diet/vegan diet I grew up having a mother and grandmother who grew their own gardens;so having fresh vegetables and fruits from my grandmas trees was common in the summer Especially tomatoes and zuchini.
    This being said i recently made my first vegan meal by myself. I made summer squash pasta ( you use lemon juice to ‘cook’it. Its an ancient italian trick for cooking), roasted tomatoes ( small tomatoes, seasoning grape seed oil), farafel corn and green pepper stuffed tomaotes and roasted asparagus. Such a feast and so in heaven!!!

  • Laura

    My favorite meal this summer was on July 4th. I spent the day with my cousin and her family, non-vegans, but we had a big vegan cookout! It was so yummy. We had veggie dogs and burgers and lots of sides. I also bought a vegan cherry pie and some ice cream at a Whole Foods. What a fantastic meal!

  • Sharon Gjertsen

    My version of the classic Spiral Diner Mitch sandwich. Grilled toast, greens, tofu (with nutritional yeast flakes, S&P), fakin’ bacon bits, a Boca chik patty, and vegannaise with chili powder. To Die For (no animals were harmed or eaten in this delicious dish).

  • Rebekah Gene

    I had the most delicious quinoa salad for lunch this afternoon: Cucumbers and grape tomatoes with just a touch of lemon and salt and pepper, watermelon wedges on the side. Yum! I could’ve eaten it for days!

  • Jenna

    I recently had a steamed green (and yellow) bean + almond salad with a light sherry dressing and beet carpaccio. So delicious!

  • Teresa

    As a new vegan i find that i love cooking fresh from the garden right now.
    My fave meal so far has been summer squash ‘pasta’ ( the lemon added cooks the zuchini and summer squash) roasted tomatos with basil and oregeno (;you can mash the;tomatoes and eat over squash) faragel stuffed tomatoes with green pepper and corn and roasted asparagus ( again with the lemon! ) it was so yummy!!!

    • teresa

      I would just like to note that im a new use and i didnt think i had posted a comment ao i re posted thinking i said something wrong checked it today and realized i had two posts. I understand how this works better now.

  • kristie

    Bulgur salad with chickpeas and lots of summer veg from the garden!

  • Jennifer

    My most memorable meal this summer was at a greek restaurant in Queens. They are very vegan and vegetarian friendly :) I had almond skordalia (whipped potato, garlic, and almonds) and vegan soutzoukakia (chickpea croquets with hot tomato sauce over a bed of chopped cauliflower).

    My other favorite meals are basically anytime my boyfriend cooks. He’s turkish and makes amazing cold mezzes like stuffed green peppers (stuffed with rice, black currents, spices and walnuts), and delicious green beans, and bulgar salad!

    As you might have guessed, I’m a big fan of mediterranean cuisine!

  • jtlittlelong

    Mine so far has been baked tomatos and baked eggplant stuffex with farafel (chickeas) quinoa and red pepper. I steam kale and drizzle it with lemon and add some flax seed. I had homemade almond pistachio ‘ice cream’. We used almond milk. Loved it!

  • Raine Dawson

    I like to keep it simple since I’m not a great cook. I make my own garlic and lemon hummus and use it as a veggie dip. I’ve also enjoyed making grilled portobello mushroom burgers with sprouts and seasoned with lime and cilantro. I always have good intentions of making something from the fresh strawberries we pick but they get eaten too quick :).

  • Alice

    I had a really wonderful dinner with a good friend last night: an organic white and a salad of tomatoes, plums, basil, oil, and vinegar. I love long, warm nights in LA!

  • Alexandra D’archangelo

    I’ve brought the Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips to several gatherings & BBQs. They work for dessert, breakfast, treats for the road… They’re always a hit and I enjoy them, too.

  • Summer

    Hi , Alicia,
    I would like to share the simplest, fleshiest and healthiest Desert-snack for my summertime. This was my favorite thing when I was a child. I grow up overseas and my mom did this healthy snack this way. It’s awesome ! Try it please: fresh sliced cucumbers dip in to organic honey. Simple :)
    Please let me know what do you think.
    Hope your family will like it !
    Thank you!
    Love,
    Summer

  • Summer

    Hi , Alicia,
    I would like to share the simplest, fleshiest and healthiest Desert-snack for my summertime. This was my favorite thing when I was a child. I grow up overseas and my mom did this healthy snack this way. It’s awesome ! Try it please: fresh sliced cucumbers dip in to organic honey. Simple :)
    Please let me know what do you think.
    Hope your family will like it !
    Thank you!
    Love,
    Summer

  • Stacy Elizabeth

    I’ve been loving roasted beets in dijon basalmic vinaigrette and tossed with arugula and raw walnuts. Yum!

  • jtlittlelong

    My fave would have to be stuffed tomatos or stuffed eggplant with with quinoa and rep peppers almond pistachio ‘ice cream’ ( made with almond milk) and grilled veggies. Yummy

  • Jessica

    I made a Vietnamese rice noodle salad with baked tofu and peanuts with cilantro lime dressing. It was really delicious!

  • tamara

    i had so many delicious meals this summer including some veggie burgers and a 100% vegan mac and cheese but my favorite meal would probably have to be a homemade tomato basil soup we made with some ravioli! cant wait to make it again!

  • Candace

    Pumpkin oatmeal with coconut milk- the weather seemed so much like Fall in the mornings in VA I just couldn’t wait!

  • Camilla MacLeod

    From The Kind Mama page 305- Arame, sun dried tomato, and zucchini stirfry served on soba noodles was so easy to make while camping, and delicious for breakfast the next day! “Kind Camping”

  • Kellie

    My favorite summer meal has been the Sweet Carrot Salad I got from your blog back in June! Love it!

  • Jennifer Contessa

    I wanted to surprise my husband’s employees with a nutritious breakfast instead of bagels and donuts. I went to the local farmers market and picked up fresh blueberries. I made vegan, gluten free muffins with a wonderful oatmeal topping with maple sugar and cinnamon. Yum! I also brought fresh watermelon and mixed berries with fruit dip. The dip was made with almond and coconut yogurt, honey and cinnamon. Everyone was singing my praises. Needless to say the food was gone in a matter of minutes. I love showing my love with healthy meals! Happy employees; happy hubby!

  • Carrie

    My favorite meal for summers is raw noodles mixed with hummus, olives, and preserved lemon. The best single meal I had this summer was the burger at Pure Food in NYC!

  • https://vegan8korean.wordpress.com/ Sunnie Lee Watson

    Alicia’s Nori Burritos. Alicia – thanks to you and your team providing inspiration to us, our son – Tevyn – has been vegan since birth. He is two years old now! Our favorite summer dish is actually one of yours – the nori taco. We put brown rice and whatever fruit and veggies we have in the fridge along with some peanut sauce or something like that. Tevyn loves nori so much and he loves the Nori Burrito dish we make as well.

  • Lisa Welch-Sweeney

    Hey Alicia! My favorite summertime meal I’ve had recently was at the wonderful vegan Great Sage restaurant, in Clarksville, MD, just last Thursday. It was my pre-birthday celebration with my dear friend, Becky,and her dad, Wayne. I had their B.A.L.T. sandwich-coconut bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato, with a side of kale. Delicious! We shared a piece of chocolate lava cake with coconut ice cream for dessert. It was a great birthday celebration! BTW-Becky and I met on the Kind Life the summer of 2010,when we both lived in NJ, and have been friends ever since!

  • Rachel Forbes

    My favorite meal thus far was a little “taco salad” I made. Black beans, wilted baby kale, cumin roasted sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green chilies with quinoa, all topped with a fresh watermelon/corn/red onion salsa. Oh my gosh. Now I think I have to make it again. .. My toddler loved it!

  • Jade

    This summer I’ve enjoyed roasted spaghetti squash with spinach, chicken, and delicious tomato sauce made from scratch. :)

  • Jeannie

    Zuccinoa!
    My neighbor Mary grows the bombest zucchinis and my husband is as crazy for them as I am. Being 38 weeks pregnant and craving protein, I am leaning into quinoa a lot these days. I make this dish 3 or 4 times a week and it can be eaten hot or cold, thrown over a bed of greens or on its own:
    My husband grills the zucchini which are rubbed in olive oil and sea salt and sliced 1/2 inch thick. I stir olive oil, Herbs de Provence, sea salt, and chopped onions into a simmering pot of quinoa.
    When the zucchini are grilled to melt-in-your-mouth perfection, hubby chops them up and into the quinoa they go!
    It tastes so gourmet but takes only 10 mins to make if you team up. On a rainy day just do the zucchini on a pan next to your quinoa, it’s still quick and amazing.
    Blessings to all the healthy Mamas out there! Xo, Jeanniebeanie

  • Sandy

    I made black bean burgers with guacamole, and it was SO fabulous!

  • Lisa Welch-Sweeney

    Hey Alicia! My favorite summertime meal was just last Thursday, when I met my dear friend, Becky, and her dad, Wayne, at the wonderful vegan restaurant, Great Sage, in Clarksville, MD. I had their B.A.L.T. sandwich-coconut bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato, with a side of seasoned kale. It was delicious! For dessert we split a chocolate lava cake with coconut ice cream-YUMMY! It was a terrific pre-birthday celebration for me! Becky and I met in 2010 on the Kind
    Life, and have been friends ever since!

  • Moon Cat

    Vegetables picked fresh from my garden (eggplant and squash) cooked on the grill with tomatoes and cucumbers, also from my garden. Corn and melon from my neighbor.

  • Carrie Banks Hockman

    Vegan basil pasta with avocado, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, tofu, grilled squash, and spinach tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. Yummie!!!!

  • Jade

    This summer I’ve enjoyed roasted spaghetti squash with spinach and a delicious tomato sauce made from scratch. :)

  • Jade

    This summer I’ve enjoyed roasted spaghetti squash with spinach and delicious tomato sauce made from scratch. :)

  • Celeste Hoang

    My favorite summer meal so far has been trying vegan Ethiopian food at Azla Ethiopian in DTLA! I love their injera, curried potatoes and carrots, and lentils. They also serve Clara Cakes, so I got a peanut butter and chocolate cupcake for dessert. It was all delicious! :)

  • Sarah Labrum Speier

    I’m currently 372 and think you should pick me to win this so I have a “goal outfit” as I learn this vegan journey and reclaim my health. Thank you for being so inspirational. With your great recipes, it makes it much easier! This summer I’ve been enjoying mango, cucumber, avocado salads. SO good!

  • Amanda Williams

    I had a Tupelo Honey Vegetable Plate consisting of: Marinated Grilled Tofu, New South Sautéed Greens, and Salsa Verde Black-Eyed Peas.

  • Lainey

    I love this question because I have a super fun meal story to share! I decided to try to have a little summer romance, and started seriously dating again for the first time in 3 or so years. It’s kinda hard and scary putting yourself out there! But I met an adventurous and sweet non-vegan man who is extremely open to veganism and actually made me a gourmet vegan dinner for our second date! He made a beautiful mixed greens salad as an opening course with shaved fennel and orange pieces in a balsamic vinaigrette with rosemary. Then for the main course, a turnip and carrot mash with miso caramel reduction sauce (!) and grilled baby bella mushrooms, done just right! Then he actually made chocolate coconut ice cream with real coconut bits!!! It wasn’t exactly superhero fare, but it was so, so sweet and such an amazing and impressive effort at gourmet-quality vegan food. And it’s got to be my favorite meal I’ve had all summer!

  • Jennifer Ann Hayden

    I just had a wonderful meal of grouper in the Cayman Islands. I’m sure that the view made it taste even better!

  • Beth

    I’ve been making lots of great salads this summer — the veggies vary based on what looks best at the Farmer’s Market, but coconut oil-roasted sweet corn is my favorite topping so far! And I always have to have avocado on my salad. :) Thanks for doing the giveaway!!

  • Sarah Cotter

    zuchinni noodles!

  • Julie Sosa

    Every Thursday I am part of a meditation group that meets at a friends flower garden. We follow it with a vegan lunch. Recently we had an amazing kale, warm barley, and pine nut salad. It was also served with a quinoa, edamame, and corn dish complemented with a chia and flax bread topped with Earth Balance butter. Just beautiful and so were the flowers and friends! I am a vegan and “The Kind Diet” really helped me on my journey in veganism and took me to a whole new level. I just got “The Kind Mama” today and already can’t put it down. Thank you for all you do Alicia, I feel like you are a cosmic sister! Julie Sosa

  • Kimberly Hastings

    My favorite meal this summer has been coconut curried veggie chunks, Jamaican Ital style! My children and husband love them. Its easy to make. I season the water that I cook the chunks in and let them sit for a few hours to soak in the flavor of thyme, curry onion and scallion. Then drain them leaving some of the stock for cooking. Saute’ onion, scallion, scotch bonnet pepper carrots sweet peppers potatoes then add the chunks and curry with black pepper and lastly add the coconut milk to simmer lightly. Any veggies are great with this dish, even add Chayote/ChoCho. Very delicious with brown rice or mashed ripe plantain. I think I will make this tomorrow :)

  • JoAnn

    I made the best summer salad last night! Spinach, carrots and cucumbers topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, mango and toasted coconut. I then used Bragg’s Organic Hawaiin dressing & marinade. I usually make my own dressing, but I found this dressing at the store and it was calling me! It was so simple, fresh and delicious. Tasted like a tropical vacation!

  • Julie Sosa

    I am part of a meditation group that meets every Thursday at a friend’s flower garden. We follow it with a vegan lunch. Recently we had an amazing kale dish with warm barley, pine nuts and raisins. We also enjoyed a quinoa, edamame, and cherry tomato salad complemented with a chia/flax bread topped with Earth Balance butter. I am a vegan and “The Kind Diet” really helped me take my veganism to the next level. I just got “The Kind Mama” today and can’t put it down. Thank you Alicia for all you do, I feel like you are a cosmic sister! Julie Sosa

  • Bethanee C.

    I recently tried my hand at simple fried tofu. I made it into small 1/2″ squares, added some sesame oil for flavor. The main dish was udon noodle in a dashi and soy broth. I had mixed in vegetables from my garden such as spinach, arugula, peas and carrots. It came out pretty decent for my first time making it, I was quite proud of my efforts.

  • Kiley Simmons

    The most magnificent and wonderful thing I was lucky to enjoy so far this summer was: mixed baby lettuce with “fresh juiced” curry & roasted peanut vinaigrette, topped with a coconut cutlet from Field Roast and finished with some napa cabbage, grapefruit and mint. So fresh and lovely. I love the dress & necklace, thanks for being so kind!

  • melissa jones

    A summer meal I’ve made several times is Marinated Portabella with Sauteed Kale. Marinate 2 portabellas in a mixture of honey, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and sliced garlic. Leave on counter all day and then in the toaster oven or a grill roast the portabella with the marinade. The marinade will caramelize a little bit. While roasting, saute thin slice kale in coconut oil or olive, organic herbs and red chili flakes. Serve kale atop the portabella. very delish and satisfying. And i chop any leftover mushroom to have over quinoa the next day for lunch! Love your kind life website! =) Melissa

  • Marina

    Recently this month I made a dinner for my mom, dad, little sister, and two little brothers who are 5 and 9. We had black bean and quinoa veggie burgers on sprouted grain buns, with fresh cucumber slices and yellow and orange bell peppers! Dinner was great and my little brothers really liked them which is a good this as my mom and I are trying to incorporate good vegan meals for them. God bless!

  • Michelle

    I had the best big salad a few nights ago with lettuce, broccoli, black beans, fresh corn, red peppers and an olive oil, lemon and mustard vinegarette! It was amazing!

  • Liovani Nazario

    I just went to Crestone, Colorado (you should go, you will love it!) and everybody was so environmentally aware and so health conscious that it was an amazing experience. My best friend and I went to the Crestone Music festival and instead of eating whatever we prepared quinoa and massaged kale (with olive oil, lemon, and garlic) and ate that the whole weekend, it was so uplifting and energizing. I am back at work right now and eating the same thing again I love it so much!