Monday, February 29, 2016

#MeatlessMonday: Coconut Lime Curry Chickpea Stir Fry & a THRIVE Fitness Book #GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday friends!  I had a freaking awesome weekend!  I went for an amazing hike with my favorites Alexis and Jenn.  It was great fun!

And then, Saturday night, we celebrated a friend's 50th birthday party and SD Dad and I enjoyed a night out!  Adults only!  Thanks Mom!

But what you are all here for is this!  I had the honor of reviewing the second edition of Brendan Brazier's book - THRIVE Fitness: The Program for Peak Mental & Physical Strength fueled by clean plant-based whole food recipes!  And I am giving away a copy!

So who is Brendan Brazier and why do we care?  Most important to me, he is the co-founder of my favorite protein brand - Vega!  He’s also a former professional Ironman triathlete and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Brendan is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition, and therefore works with several NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, and Olympic athletes. 

As an introduction to the book, I decided to make one of the plant-based recipes he has in his book for #MeatlessMonday!  I love cauliflower, chickpeas and coconut so my selection of the Coconut Lime Curry Chickpea Stir Fry was easy!

It was super easy, super delicious and TASTY!  I modified the above recipe slightly based on ingredients I had at home.

1TBS coconut oil
1 TBS ground ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 a white onion cut into strips
2 cups sliced cauliflower
2 cups torn baby spinach
1/2 tsp each curry powder and turmeric
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1 whole can (15 oz) of chickpeas / garbanzo beans
1 cup coconut milk (full fat)
1 TBS fresh lime juice
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Heat a frying pan to medium-high.  Add the ginger, garlic and coconut oil.  Stir until fragrant but not smoking.  

Turn heat to medium-low and add the vegetables, spices, salt, chickpeas and coconut milk.

Cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Then stir in the lime juice and cilantro.  And serve over rice or quinoa.  

I don't even need to tell you how good this was!  It was spicy and hearty!  By the way, the recipe says 4 small servings.  I liked to call it 2 LARGE servings instead!  

So, now you can win a copy of the book too!  Just follow the easy entry options in the Rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Contest runs 2/29/2016 to 3/6/2016 at 11:59 P.M. PST
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. 1 winner will be selected via the Giveaway widget.  Open to Residents of the US & Canada 18 years of age or older.  Must have a non P.O. Box mailing address.  Winner must have a valid email address.  
Winner will be notified via email (if available) and/or blog post and/or Rafflecopter display, and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Giveaway widget in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.  Winner will be provided the prize directly from Vega.

For the first time ever, I am linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday!  Exciting!

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I am also linking up with the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.  And also with Megan!  

I am back to running and Runching starting on the Leap Year!  I love that today is the 29th of February!  Makes it feel special somehow!  So, do you do Meatless Mondays in your house?  Have you ever heard of Brendan Brazier?  Why do you want to win this book?

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom


  1. I do try to go meatless at least once a week, but not neccessarily on Mondays, lol

  2. We don't have a set meatless day at our house, but I do try to make sure we have at least one a week. My family doesn't mind, which is nice!

  3. I usually eat meatless twice a week, often times more since I hate cooking meat!

  4. Your recipe picture got me! I am going to try it this week. Have been working on plant based recipes and the book looks amazing.

  5. OOh yum I love cauliflower and curry together! So glad that you joined us for Meatless Monday today

  6. Vegetarian here. Super interested in that book!

  7. I have not tried meatless Mondays but I would like to. I don't know where to start. I would like to try something high in protein.

  8. I incorporate plant based foods all the time! That curry looks good. I'd love to get more recipes.

  9. I do try every now and then to go meatless and sometimes on Monday :) The longest I have every gone meatless was, I think, 3 or 4 months. I did enjoy finding all sorts of new recipes, at that time, and I do still enjoy them. The recipe you made above looks good!

  10. I don't do a specific "meatless" day of the week, but I do try to make 2-3 vegetarian dinners per week. My leftovers, especially lunches, are 90% of the time vegetarian. Loving your recipe - it might have to be on our menu this week.

  11. sometimes... I don't have a specific day of the week for it

  12. I don't do meatless monday because I have meatless dishes often

  13. I love my Vega breakfast shakes, especially for the protein!

  14. My husband is such a meat lover that going meatless proves difficult !

  15. Absolutely! I am plant based everyday, but my little fam is not. However, they too have lots of meatless days & the kiddos are great to try mom's meatless creations! :) This new recipe will be on my list! Looks delicious! Thanks for the chance! (& Hey from Nova Scotia!)

  16. I don't do meatless Mondays, but we do eat vegetarian a couple nights a week. Tonight it was a strawberry rhubarb soup.

  17. Two triathlete household - we eat 100% plant-based. Recovery is quick, we are stronger and fitter than we ever were.

  18. Yes, I am a vegetarian so I eat lots of veggies and enjoy vegan protein shakes #MeatlessMonday.

  19. What a very pretty picture on your hike! I have never done a Meatless Monday. I'm pretty sure the men in my house would not be happy. I do love chickpeas and this recipe looks delicious. Thanks for linking with us SD.

  20. Honestly we hardly ever have meatless days! You know my family is like where's the beef??? Yay for date night! I love them and hey I don't believe I've seen SD Dad! Thanks Smitha for linking up with us. As soon as I have something to giveaway I'm gonna be back with your linkup! :)

  21. I like to go meatless two or three times a week or more.

  22. I love cauliflower and spinach! Joining in for the link up this week thanks for hosting

  23. I generally dislike cooking meat. So for that reason we do a lot of plant based meals.