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Straight from the Earth Cookbook Giveaway

Straight from the Earth Cover

Happy April Fools’ Day! Today, I’ve got a cookbook giveaway for the latest cookbook from Myra Goodman. Myra co-founded Earthbound Farm Organic with her husband, Drew, and wrote the cookbook titled, “Straight from the Earth,” with her daughter, Marea Goodman. It’s a vegan cookbook with gorgeous photography and tasty, easy to make dishes.

This *meat*loaf recipe from “[amazon_link id=”145211269X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Straight from the Earth[/amazon_link]” tastes excellent and that’s no April Fools’ joke! It’s so good even my meat lovers said, “Hey – this is actually pretty good.” Can’t ask for more than that from a meat-loving family!

Reprinted with permission from Chronicle Books.

Barley, Quinoa and White Bean Loaf

White beans ready to be cooked!
Skip the can on beans – soak, cook and freeze these for your recipes. That’s what I did for this recipe.


  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup pearled barley
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans (here’s how to cook white beans and freeze)
  • 2/3 cup dried whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. In sauce pan, bring 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock to a boil. Add pearled barely, quinoa and salt. Cook covered for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Prepare loaf pan and set aside.
  4. Mix chia seeds with remaining 1/2 cup vegetable stock and let them sit.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet (I used my cast iron pan) over medium heat, add the onion and stir occasionally. Add the carrots, celery, and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add the oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pinch of pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetables are tender ~ 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the beans to the large skillet with grains. Mash mixture with a potato masher until beans are partially broken up. Add the bread crumbs, pine nuts, chia seed mixture, parsley, and mustard. Stir until well combined. The mixture will be thick and challenging to stir.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Press down and smooth out mixture. Bake until top is firm and golden brown, 45-55 minutes. Allow loaf to rest for 15 minutes before cutting it into slices and serving.
Straight from the Earth recipe
This was our dinner. It was delicious!

My notes for the recipe:

  • Use red quinoa if you can – it looks more like *meat* – just sayin’!
  • Look for barely, quinoa and chia seeds in the bulk food section – if you don’t have them on hand. That way, you only have to buy what you need.
  • I added Tabasco to the mix before putting it into the loaf pan.
  • We served it with a sauce – Best Ever Garlicky Tangy BBQ Sauce

And now the cookbook giveaway…

To win the cookbook, you may enter up to 4 times and I hope you do! Each “comment” left below is an entry. You have to leave separate comments answering the question or doing the “task.”

  1. Answer the following question: What is your favorite meat-free meal?
  2. Sign up to receive email updates from Organic Bound – Earthbound Farm’s online community. (PS I’m on this email list, too, and they send coupons for their products! Yes!!)
  3. “Like” Earthbound Farm’s Facebook Page.
  4. “Like” Go Gingham’s Facebook Page. (if you do already – thank you! tell me below in a comment.)

Details, details…

  • Giveaway ends on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 12 noon (PST) and will be announced via email.
  • Winner to be chosen using random number generator.
  • Cookbook will be mailed to winner by Earthbound Farm.
  • If you’re reading this post in your email in-box, you have to click over to Go Gingham to leave a comment. You can’t hit the “reply button” and have it count.
  • Open to residents of the U.S. only. Sorry international readers.
  • Your privacy matters to me. Your email address will not be shared.

Want to check out more recipes from this beautiful book? This month, Organic Bound (Earthbound’s program for delivery of healthy food and lifestyle tips) will be featuring several recipes. Check them out!

Disclosure: Thank you to Earthbound Farm Organic for giving me this cookbook and giving one to a reader. Thank you for supporting brands that help support Go Gingham. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link.

47 thoughts on “Straight from the Earth Cookbook Giveaway

  1. I’ve gotten so many good ideas from Go Gingham and have it posted as one of my Likes on facebook. My favorite meatless meal is a robust and hearty vegetarian chili that is so filling and satisfying on a cold, windy night.


  2. Hard to decide which meat-free meal is my favorite ~ there are so many to choose from! I guess that if I have to pick just one, I would say homemade vegetarian pizza for a cold weather dish and Killer Noodles for a warm weather dish.


  3. I never go on FB but did today and liked your page and Earthbound too. Fingers crossed I win! Thanks Sara!


  4. Favorite meat free meal? I love the black bean burger at a restaurant in Lake Oswego, OR. I’d love to find the recipe and make them at home. So far nothing comes close.


  5. Over the last couple of years, we’ve really tried to convert to a “meat sometimes” rather than a “meat most nights” household. We’ve both really liked it! Our favorite meals tend to be simple grain and veggie salads.


  6. Good morning. Happy April! Longtime fan of EB Farms and use the coupons at every opportunity. Favorite meatless meal: I join the chili and cornbread fan club I see here! Already love EB’s FB page and I just liked Go Gingham. Looking forward to your take on a healthy life. Be well everyone!


  7. I eat mainly vegan so it’s really hard to pick just one meatless meal. I have a fabulous recipe for vegan mac and cheese. Also I love bean salad, black bean tacos, grilled avocado tacos, etc….. I just love food! And I have “liked” your blog for a long time. I “liked” Earthbound Farm” also! Thanks for the chance to win!


  8. This is a tough one. If I’ve the time, eggplant lasagna. If I’m on the run, spinach and artichoke quiche–good for lunch or dinner (or breakfast in a pinch!)


  9. My favorite meat-free meal would be to make a frittata with vegetables I have on hand. Our family’s favorite vegan meal would be taco soup without meat, just a variety of beans and corn–sort of like chili, with crumbled tortilla chips on top, yum!


  10. This cookbook looks great! My favorite meat-free meal has to be a soyrizo (chorizo made from soy) meal my fiance perfected. It is so good and spicy, even meat lovers like it.


  11. I’d already “liked” your Facebook page, Sara, and now I “liked” Earthbound’s and I also signed up for their e-mails. Thanks for hosting the contest!


  12. My favorite meat-free meal is a veggie loaded pizza. If it needs to be vegan, I add a garlicky olive oil drizzle and red chili pepper flakes as a topper in place of cheese.


  13. My favorite meatless meal would be pinto beans, rice and homemade flour tortillas, I think. There are so many to choose from! I also liked your facebook page. I didn’t know you had one so I think I need to pay better attention ;).


  14. My favorite meat-free meal is veggie tacos! Especially adding some portobello mushrooms for a “meaty” texture!


  15. Try as I might, I can’t figure out how to sign up to get email updates. I did make a valiant effort, clicking through many links 😦


  16. One of my fave meat free meals is quinoa bowls – like rice bowls but with quinoa and with Annie’s Goddess dressing on top. Salivating just thining about it.


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