Monday, December 6, 2010

Curried Root Vegetables


Our pantry and refrigerator are brimming with root vegetables this time of year. What better way to enjoy them than with a savory curry sauce? This recipe is vegan though it could be modified to add chicken or beef if desired. Another option would be to add a few cups of cooked garbanzo beans. Mmmmm, yum!

To continue on with the spirit of the giving season I am giving away another wonderful cookbook today. Stephanie O' Dea has written a bestselling slow cooker book entitled, Make it Fast, Cook it Slow. It is the perfect book if you are looking to eat healthier, are on a gluten-free diet (yes, all recipes are gluten-free), and don't have much time to prepare home-cooked meals. I have one signed copy for one lucky winner! Just leave a comment below to enter.

If you would like to preview some of her recipes you can go to her very popular blog, A Year Of Slow Cooking, which began in 2008 as a resolution to cook everyday that year using her slow cooker! Stephanie also has a new cookbook being released later this month, More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget-Freindly, Slow-Cooker Recipes. The following curried vegetable recipe is one of mine, though Stephanie has a number of fabulous-looking curry recipes in her book.


Curried Root Vegetables

This savory root vegetable dish can be adjusted to the number of people you are serving. I have a large family and we like leftovers so I cook larger batches. If you are cooking only for one, two, or three, I suggest you cut this recipe in half. You can use canned or fresh tomatoes here. I use fresh, organic, greenhouse-grown tomatoes from BC this time of year. Also, make sure to cut all of your vegetables so they are about the same size, otherwise some will turn to mush while others may still be underdone at the end of cooking time. I imagine this recipe would also work in a slow cooker. As of now, I don't have a slow cooker that is large enough to make a meal to feed our entire family. I need to upgrade. :)

2 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds (optional)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 teaspoons mild curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
pinch or two cayenne pepper
2 to 3 teaspoons sea salt
3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 medium yams, peeled and cut into chunks
6 small yellow or red potatoes, cut into chunks
4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
2 cups water

In a cast iron dutch oven or 6-quart pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds if using and cook for about 30 to 60 seconds or until fragrant. Add the onions and saute for about 10 minutes until softened and beginning to change color. Add the spices and saute for another 60 seconds.

Next add the root vegetables and saute for a few minutes to coat with the spices and oil. Then add the tomatoes and water, partially cover pot with a lid, and simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally for 25 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cooking time will vary depending on what size you cut your vegetables.

Serve over quinoa and garnish with chopped cilantro if desired. Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com
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The winner of last week's giveaway for Kelly Brozyna's new cookbook, Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts is:  Meagan of Mutritious Muffins! Could you please send me an email with your shipping address, thanks!


Enter to win Stephanie's book, Make it Fast, Cook it SlowIn the past when I've done giveaways such as this one, sometimes the winner doesn't respond. Since your email address is not embedded in your comment it is up to you to check back to see if you've won. If you subscribe by email or RSS you will be notified in my next post.



To enter, just leave a comment with your name or initials.
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This drawing is open until 9pm PST on Thursday December 9th, 2010.

Update: the winner is Jenny Eliuk from Vail, CO.  Congrats Jenny! Could you please email me with your shipping address? Thanks!


125 comments:

  1. Slow cooking has given us some good results. Great for cooking up breakfast cereals such as millet overnight, and it's ready to go in the morning. I prefer using a pressure cooker for most things now though.

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  2. I would love to win this cook book. I have been gluten free for the past 7 months and boy it is a big change! I need some more ideas of foods to cook and would love some crock pot recipes.
    patty s.

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  3. Curry AND a crockpot....what could be any better??? Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  4. Brie with candied pecans, are you kidding me with these slow cooker recipes - YUM!

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  5. That's a very interesting recipe. I'd love to win the cookbook!

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  6. I always love your curry recipes, Ali! This one looks like another winner. :)

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  7. The Crockpot is one of my favorite tools, especially during fall/winter season. This is a great inspiration to dust it off and try some new great recipes. Thanks!

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  8. Yum, we even have parsnips in the fridge right now!
    Do you recommend a method to clean cast-iron of gluten? We haven't used our pan since avoiding gluten.

    Heidi

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  9. This cookbook sounds incredible! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  10. Slow cooking seems to be the way to go in the winter when we want warm food. It cooks on lower heat, keeping some enzymes and nutrients intact. I would love a copy of this book!

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  11. We have a slow-cooker gathering dust in the basement. I think I'll have to get it out to try this recipe!

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  12. I welcome some inspiration for recipes to use with my slow cooker! Thanks!

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  13. I checked this out from our library and just started looking through it. It looks likes it will be beneficial to our large crew.
    Thank you,
    Beth

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  14. I love curried anything and this looks delicious! Perfect for something a little different from our regular dinner fare! Thanks for a great recipe!

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  15. I go through spurts with my slow cooker - either using it every week, or not at all. This curry recipe will get me back on a kick. Thanks - ewl

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  16. I love my crock pots (one's mine, one's my husband and after marriage we became a two-crock pot household.) I'm always in search of great crock pot recipes and to make them healthy to boot? yes please. With a 13-month-old that has food sensitivities, this book would come in very handy. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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  17. The crockpot is my best friend during the winter and a gluten free cookbook would definitely help! Love the blog, by the way... it's kept me well fed all year.

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  18. Curried Root Vegetables,...will be on the menu tomorrow night. It sounds so good I could eat it right now for breakfast!

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  19. Ali, I love curry! This looks amazing! I made a red beans over quinoa just yesterday and posted to my blog- 18 Hour Kitchen. I come to your site often for inspiration!

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  20. Ali, this looks delicious! I posted a red beans over quinoa just yesterday similar to this. I'm anxious to try your recipe.

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  21. Slow cooking is imperative when you have a family. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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  22. Just shared your blog and this recipe on my Facebook network. I can't speak highly enough of all your sustaining recipes.

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  23. You are so generous with your give aways. Thank you! You inpire all of us. (If I was on Twitter or Facebook, I would post this message there also.)

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  24. You know I am always in for a cookbook! I have a terrible low-carb crockpot book, it would be great to have an improvement in the kitchen.

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  25. A beautiful recipe as always. I spoke with a lovely man in the grocery store and he educated me on bitter melon. I bought one and think this is the perfect recipe to try it with! And please enter me into your giveaway! Karen

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  26. Hi Ali,
    This recipe looks fabulous and is just what I'm in the mood for this time of year! Thanks for sharing!
    Kim C.

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  27. I love the crockpot lady's blog and could def use some more slow cooker inspiration.

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  28. I love the warmth of curried anything, especially in winter. Can not wait to try this Ali! And need to get back to that slow cooker too-so nice to have a warm dinner, prepared with all the morning's energy :)

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  29. that recipe looks fabulous! and that cookbook sounds pretty good as well.

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  30. I've been trying to go gluten-free and to use my crock pot more lately. It's so hard to find good recipes for either!

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway! Sonya B

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  32. It's funny you should post a curried vegetable crock pot recipe today. I just resurrected our crock pot from the bottom pantry shelf and put together a yummy curried lentil soup with root vegetables well represented in the ingredients.

    Your gluten-free, and sometimes egg-free and casein-free recipes are always eagerly anticipated, and the links you so generously provide add a wonderful diversity to the gluten-free repertoire. My copy of your cookbook is spattered, dog-eared and stuffed with other online gluten free recipes - - - and it's only six months old.

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  33. The cookbook sounds amazing! I am always looking for quick healthy meal ideas! I love all your recipes - you inspire me!

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  34. i love that this book is a slow cooking book first, and just happens to be gluten free second. looks delicious!

    ellen

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  35. I am constantly using my slow cooker so that dinner is ready when I get home from work. I would LOVE to win this book!!

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  36. This recipe book sounds wonderful. Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway!

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  37. Mmmmm I think I'm going to try this recipe tonight. And as for your recipes being too learge; I sometime double mine for a family of four. I have two little girls, but that way I get a break on cooking or freeze leftovers for a rainy day;if I get sick or need a day off. I would love to be the winning recipient of this book as I have often thought of how good some of your recipes would be on a crockpot but I don't have a good understanding of how the time would translate from the stove to the crock. Thanks !!! JS

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  38. Ali,

    I just finished a bowl of homemade soup with many of the same ingredients you list in this curried root veggie dish. No curry this time, but I've saved your recipe and will make your version tomorrow. My CSA share comes on Wednesdays and it's been nothing but root vegetables lately (not that I'm complaining). I love this kind of meal, especially with the temperatures dropping. I got a big kick out of your sledding photos, by the way. Beautiful family you have!

    Melissa

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  39. Fast and Slow- perfect for a working pregnant mom trying to eat more veggies!

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  40. I'm definitely going to make this one! I think I'll try softening the spuds in the pressure cooker first.

    Clarissa Palmieri
    kissadilla@gmail.com

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  41. I shared on Facebook

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  42. I would like to use my slow cooker more, but I'm always disappointed in the recipes I tried already. I would love to win this cookbook and see if it will make me use it more! It would be so convenient, especially with a toddler and a new baby requesting my arms almost non-stop! :0)

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  43. This looks delicious!I love winter veggies, and a curry is so warming when it's cold out. I will try this.

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  44. I just discovered your site last week and made two recipes for dinner yesterday. My husband and I felt nourished and happy. Thank you so much for sharing your talents in the healthy and creative cooking/eating arena! We are big fans already.

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  45. sounds delicious - I love seasonal cooking. Thank you for the giveaway offer; I follow her blog too.

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  46. This sounds like a neat cookbook. Thanks for the drawing.

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  47. Thank you for offering the contest. I love cooking with my crockpot.

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  48. I love my slow cooker - I use it at least twice a week since I work long hours and still like to serve a healthy dinner for the family dinner. Kristen
    sydsmom at aol dot com

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  49. I'd love to win a book! ~Victoria Kieburtz

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  50. That book sounds so good. I have a 4 month old and am doing my best to feed our family as healthily as I can.

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  51. Yummmmm! Ali, your recipes speak to my soul/belly.

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  52. As a mom of four kids under the age of 6--the slow cooker is my best friend. I do hope that I win!!! This cookbook would be such a blessing :-)

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  53. I'd love to learn some new ways to use my slow cooker. And I will be trying this curry soon, maybe with some chicken added. Looks great!

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  54. Mmmm, this recipe made my mought water while I was reading it! Sounds amazing. I am very interested in this book as I have been gluten free and grain free for two years now AND I have a slow cooker. I have not used my slow cooker much since I do not have any recipes for it, but I am really looking forward to changing that. Thank you for this contest! ;)

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  55. I made this tonight using turnips instead of parsnips and added the chickpeas. Delicious!

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  56. Sounds like a great book!
    Pat

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  57. I love root vegetable and curry so this recipe sound amazing! I can't wait to try it! The cook book also sounds great!

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  58. I never knew I liked curry until I got your book Ali! Thanks for posting yet another tasty recipe :)
    Michelle T.

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  59. I appreciate all your fabulous recipes that are helping me become comfortable with gluten intolerance and to be able to provide meals that my family like as well. Thanks for the opportunity to enter to receive the slow cooker cookbook!

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  60. Ooo yay! I love slow cooking and it is so easy

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  61. I've enjoyed starting a crockpot of steel-cut oats the night before and waking to an effortless breakfast for my family. I'd love some new crockpot ideas!

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  62. I am so loving your work! I'm also a mum to twin boys now aged 5yrs and I love reading about your family life and all those scrummy recipes. Tried to buy your book here in the UK but haven't been successful yet. My boys used to love eating vegetables, but now I find it hard no matter how creative I am, have you got any ideas Ali? Thanx, Sara x

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  63. I would love this cookbook! I have been looking for new recipes for the crockpot (which I think is the BEST invention ever!)....

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  64. Would love to win this cookbook, love her blog-Kelly

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  65. I love my slow cooker especially for comfort foods at this time of the year. Stephanie's book would be a nice complement to my crockpot to help plan weekly meals.

    Your website is a wealth of healthy information and recipes and I have made many flavorful and nutritious meals for my family.

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  66. Awesome recipes! Thanks!

    Laura K.

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  67. That looks wonderful Ali! Seriously, I can't get enough of the root vegetables right now.

    I actually haven't seen Stephanie's book, but have heard it is great!

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  68. sign me up to win the cookbook. My son has been gf-cf for many years and I think I could get other family members on board with these delish recipes! <3 kale chips <3 Deb G.

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  69. Deb G. shared on fb!

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  70. I love my crockpot and would happily use it daily. Various food allergies in our family make cooking a bit of a challenge so I'm always on the look out for great recipes that will avoid the use of the epi-pen! Thanks for an inspiring site.

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  71. Thanks for the inspiration and cookbook offer-Happy Holidays, Teresa

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  72. Love slow cooking, simplifies my life in soooo many ways. Look forward to reading all the recipes

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  73. I just got a slow cooker and am not exactly sure what to do with it... I have a feeling this would help :)

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  74. Sounds great! I'm eating your wasabi cabbage salad right this minute, so yummy! You guys have the best recipes, I really appreciate this site and your book. So helpful!!

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  75. Oh, fantastic! I've been looking for a reason to pull out the ole crockpot! Thank you!

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  76. I have thrown away all my old cookbooks that lead me to the unhealthy way to feed my body. The only one I use is is yours Ali. Healthy crock pot meals are the best!

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  77. Ooh, I would love to win this cookbook! Thanks for the giveaway! KR

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  78. just shared on facebook, cant wait to try this

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  79. Pick me! Pick me!
    Barb

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  80. After returning from traveling in a car on I5 for six days with three kids and having to try and find healthy food on the way I went straight to your cookbook and made your butternut squash soup. It was the medicine my family needed to start to feel healthy again. We love your cookbook. As a part time working mum, I really am excited about a slow cooker cook book out there that focuses on health and flavor, even if I don't win it I'm going to try and buy it!

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  81. I love using my crockpot and would love this cook book. Catherine B

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  82. Yummy curry recipe! I'm so glad I found your blog!

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  83. Just found your site and shared this recipe on Facebook. Awesome!

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  84. Thanks for offering a give-away! We are expecting our sixth child, just received a brand new crockpot two days ago, I've been CRAVING curries and all I eat these days are veggies (have to follow a gestational diabetic diet). Can't wait to make your curried veg recipe! Best blog EVER.

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  85. please please please let this be my lucky day. I work at the Moscow Food Co-op and am always sending customers to check out your website!

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  86. I never thought slow cooking and healthy could go together! Looking forward to it.

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  87. Yes, I really need to get to using my slow cooker. And that root veggie recipe looks delicious and perfect for this cold weather!

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  88. My niece, a young mom, has just discovered she is gluten intolerant, and with another little one on the way, needs some ideas for time saving GF cooking. This cookbook looks promising. We both need to eat GF, but also dairy free. Does this book have many recipes that would also meet this added need? If not, can you recommend any resources? My niece is really struggling with the time element as she tries to change habits of cooking for her young family. Thanks so much! I love your web site.

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  89. Love your recipes. Having a cookbook would just rock! Thank you for the time and commitment you put into your blog. PM

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  90. I've recently purchased The Wholelife Nutirition cookbook and made some recipes already. The book is great and I would like to get new ideas from the Make it Fast, Cook it Slow cookbook too.

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  91. Slow cooking is wonderful! Please enter me!

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  92. I would just love this book! Sounds perfect for our house and needing more balance with cooking! Love the recipe.

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  93. Thanks for tomorrow's dinner!

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  94. Thanks for dinner tomorrow! Love your cookbook and it has helped my family through this entire year with few complaints.

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  95. I made the curried root veg dish for dinner tonight. It was so good! Everyone enjoyed it from the baby to the adults.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a new cookbook to try!

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  96. Great recipe! Can't wait to try it! I'd love to win the book!

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  97. root vegetables & curry are two of my favorite things! perhaps this could even be adapted for a slow cooker ;)

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  98. Ali,
    Your generous heart is overflowing again. Thank you!
    Barbara

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  99. This curry looks divine!

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  100. I have been slow cooking a lot lately. This recipe sounds perfect for me. Thank you so much!!

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  101. Although I have a crockpot I rarely use it, just not sure what to make in it. I'm sure this book would kick the dust off it! - Jenny Eliuk, Vail, CO (formerly Bham)

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  102. I can't wait to try this one. Looks like great wintertime comfort food.

    -Helen

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  103. Shared on facebook by Amani (A.E.) :)

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  104. I've heard a lot about her recipes. Great giveaway!

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com (Melissa W)

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  105. shared on twitter

    http://twitter.com/matt4melis/status/13087366520508416

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  106. shared on facebook

    http://www.facebook.com/matt4melis/posts/154380984608879#!/matt4melis/posts/176206135742154

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  107. I made this today for dinner and served it on it's own with dried coconut on top - a total winner for everyone!! I substituted the potatoes for cauliflower and one of the boys who doesn't 'do' vegetables easily declared the whole lot yummy, even the cauliflower! Thank you x

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  108. Hi! Sorry I never received an email from you so wasn't aware I had won. I just emailed you and will send you another one with my shipping info. Thank you!

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  109. Love your blog... I'm trying to find blogs that will support my daughter with her new diet of wheat and sugar free and we are bother veg as well.
    This book looks like it could be most helpful for a busy family of five who is also very health conscious.

    Glad I found you.
    http://tinastinyhouse.blogspot.com/

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  110. I am in Phase I of the Elimination Diet and already feeling better. I've been telling everyone about your amazing first cookbook! This is the perfect time of year for me to be doing this, since I have a seasonal business that leaves me free in the winter. I worry about summer and think your new slow cooker book would be a great help. Hope I win!

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  111. as a mom of 5 young kids and a full time physician...I can definitely use some ideas for slow cooking whole foods...we are on a gluten free, casein free diet...well I am and am trying to convince the hubby..LOVE your site...just had a friend send it to me...thanks!

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  112. lol, root vegetables dont cook properly in a slow cooker.It would be ok in a casserole though

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  113. I made this the standard way, over the stove, and it was great! I have shared it on my site. http://itchylittleworld.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/curried-root-vegetables/

    Thanks again for all your wonderful recipes! I've enjoyed so many of them and cannot wait to try more.

    Jennifer

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  114. I always keep coming back for this recipe and your creamy zucchini soup recipe! So delicious!

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  115. Ooooo, I was SO excited to find this recipe. It was a hit at our house. AJ

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