Nava Atlas PLANT POWER Cookbook Contest!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for entering!

This week you have the chance to win a copy of PLANT POWER - the brand new book by NAVA ATLAS. The book is chock full of comprehensive nutrition facts, shopping tips, meal planning, stunning food photos by Hannah Kaminsky and (of course) healthy and innovative recipes from one of the world’s most loved vegan cookbook authors. (Enter the contest at the bottom of this blog).


Recently, on Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, Nava was kind enough to share great cooking tips and her Pinto Bean and Quinoa Sloppy Joes recipe from the book. Listen here. Today she is sharing her Veggie Lo Mein recipe with us! Get the recipe and enter the contest below.


Veggie Lo Mein, By Nava Atlas

It’s so easy to make vegetable lo mein, a Chinese take-out favorite, at home—and it’s lighter and less heavy on the oil than its restaurant counterpart. Serve this with a simple combo of corn and edamame as shown in the photo; or with a tofu dish. Either way, round out the meal a simple crisp salad.  Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 8 ounces udon or soba, preferably whole-grain
  • 1 tablespoon safflower or other high-heat oil, or 3 tablespoons vegetable broth or water
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1/2 small head green or napa cabbage, cut into long, narrow ribbons (see Note)
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half (see Note)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 3 to 4 scallions, white and green parts cut into 1-inch-long segments
  • Vegetable broth or water for moistening
  • Reduced-sodium natural soy sauce or tamari to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook the noodles according to package directions in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain.

Meanwhile, heat the safflower oil, broth, or water and 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil (if desired) in a stir-fry pan. Add the cabbage, broccoli, and green beans. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms, if desired, and scallions and stir-fry over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender-crisp. Add a small amount of vegetable broth or water, just enough to keep the pan moist. (Enter the contest at the bottom of this blog).


So how to enter the contest?

To enter and to be eligible to win, simply fill out the form below by answering the following question in 140 words or less: What is your favorite fall veggie?

RULES: One entry per person. The contest is open to those with a US mailing address. Entries must be submitted by MONDAY, September 29th, 2014 at 8PM EST. The winner will be announced at 1PM EST on JAZZY VEGETARIAN RADIO on Wednesday October 1st, 2014. Now that is Jazzylicious!


After you post your comment, it may take up to 24 hours for your comment to appear on the blog page. 

Thank you so much!


Barbara September 29, 2014 @04:23 pm
Love cauliflower any time of the year and get withdrawal symptoms if it's not available. Butternut squash is tops, too!
Laura Smith September 29, 2014 @03:05 pm
Butternut squash, especially butternut squash soup, warm and sweet and yummy.
Shannon Sheena September 29, 2014 @02:38 pm
I love Brussels Sprouts! I drizzle olive oil and season with Creole spices and then roast them. So yummy!!
Heather B. September 29, 2014 @02:34 pm
A tough question, but I'd have to say butternut squash! It's such a versatile vegetable!
Lori September 29, 2014 @01:59 pm
Cauliflower, cauliflower, and more cauliflower. Steam it, roast it, grill it, soup it, dip it, fry it, mash it; just eat it! If only I could grow it.
Amy September 29, 2014 @01:43 pm
I love butternut squash and beets and can't really decide between the two!
Matthew Smith September 29, 2014 @01:35 pm
Late tomatoes and peppers. It's always gratifying to make one more bowl of salsa!
Mary Kay von Brendel September 29, 2014 @01:34 pm
Anything Squash!!
Kim September 29, 2014 @01:19 pm
squash,squash, squash! Especially butternut and spaghetti squash! They mix well with everything!
Karen Delaney September 29, 2014 @01:18 pm
Favorite fall vegetable? Brussels sprouts
Karen Delaney September 29, 2014 @01:14 pm
My favorite is Brussels sprouts!
Delene F Hanson September 29, 2014 @01:03 pm
My husband and I love all the root vegetables roasted with garlic and olive oil. Delicious and filled with nutrition!
Pete September 29, 2014 @04:37 am
Would have to say brussel sprouts..sauteed!!
Pat Antaya September 28, 2014 @03:37 pm
Just love butternut squash w shallots, onions, carrots & Garlic - oh how good is that! To me that is a Jazzy fabulous meal~Food to make you Be happy, Be healthy & Be Well;) ~
Deborah Fitzpatrick September 28, 2014 @03:00 pm
hi I hope and pray I win .
Patricia Woolfork September 28, 2014 @12:22 pm
Pumpkin as it is versitile as a vegetable or used as a dessert. It is great roasted or boiled and pureed. Excellent as pie, bread, muffins -- used in smoothies or served with butter, cinnamon, and dried dried cranberries and brown sugar.
Patricia Woolfork September 28, 2014 @12:19 pm
My favorite fall vegetable is pumpkin because it can be prepared so many ways. It can be used to make bread, cake, muffins, soup and pureed and candied. Love the flavoring for coffee and smoothies. Great with butter and cinnamon with dried cranberries.
Jan Udlock September 28, 2014 @09:49 am
I love acorn squash - and it was fun to everybody's answers.
Kristine September 28, 2014 @12:36 am
I love having all the pumpkin goodies in the fall!
Michelle Beckham September 27, 2014 @02:55 pm
Love pumpkin! Love to make pumpkin bread!
Tanessa September 27, 2014 @08:59 am
Acorn squash, roasted with brown sugar.
Amy September 26, 2014 @07:56 pm
Sweet potatoes.
Denise Mitchell September 26, 2014 @05:07 pm
Small roasted potatoes in olive oil (cut in half)... crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, with roasted garlic. So-o-o-o-o good! In fact, I can eat them any time!
Marie C September 26, 2014 @11:42 am
Love roasted brussel sprouts
Fern Reed September 26, 2014 @10:33 am
Butternut squash would have to be my favorite vegetable in the fall... I could eat it everyday!
Ela Pikul September 26, 2014 @10:24 am
I love all veggies, but if I would have to choose one, or 2, I would choose Roasted beets and sautéed cabbage. Both simple to make but delicious and nutritious...
Terri Cole September 26, 2014 @10:15 am
I love ALL the winter squashes! Thanks for the giveaway.
Celeste September 26, 2014 @10:03 am
Sweet potatoes
Evelyn Norwood September 26, 2014 @09:27 am
My favorite fall vegetable is butternut squash. It is delicious and versatile.
Judi Ciccone September 26, 2014 @08:12 am
I love making sweet potato fries for my grandson!
Agi Csollany September 26, 2014 @06:59 am
Where I live garlic is only available in early fall, so I would have to select garlic as my favourite. I use it daily in cooking and in my homemade salad dressings. I love everything about it, the smell,the taste and the health benefits. My Father's circulation in his legs improved when he started eating a clove a day.
Rhonda Mc September 26, 2014 @06:34 am
Love roasted brussel sprouts, with sweet potatoes in a tight second!
Dottie Culbertson September 26, 2014 @06:01 am
My favorite fall veggie is all yellow veggies especially Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash.
Karen NBvW September 26, 2014 @05:17 am
I LOVE the variety of a meal based on Plants, a meal is never repeated and always a variety of tastes and textures. At this time of year I like Roasted Root Vegs w'a "gravy" of wilted greens and lots of garlic and a bit of GOOD EVOO along side a bean and whole grain flake burger which I make by the dozen and freeze to heat up quick. Every batch I make is seasoned differently, last time cooked beans in Mushroom Broth and added them, grated carrots, lots of parsley and chopped walnuts to burgers.
Heather G. September 26, 2014 @05:10 am
This would be a great addition to my vegan kitchen!
Kim Nebel September 26, 2014 @03:46 am
Hard squash! I love it when the vast variety appear with the wonderful array of autumn colors! They are beautiful to look at as well as eat! I love looking at them sitting in baskets about the kitchen. Squash soup, baked squash, they add a richness and additional layer to fall, that brightens each and every autumn for me!
Pat Lee September 26, 2014 @01:09 am
Tomatoes,,,what a wonderful versatile fall veggie (i know it is a fruit) my favorite..
Robert greenre September 25, 2014 @10:01 pm
This is the first time I got this it was good to get some thing to reed keep it coming.
Fran September 25, 2014 @09:08 pm
Carrots and parsnips!
Elizabeth Gilkey September 25, 2014 @08:48 pm
Butternut squash!
Linda Wood September 25, 2014 @07:48 pm
I do love pumpkin and winter squash but I have to say my favorite Fall veggies are chilies. I crave them. I put them in all kinds of soups and casseroles, roasted, sautéed and of course hot sauce. They just make everything taste better.
Bobbie noyd September 25, 2014 @07:29 pm
I love all of the fall vegetables, Especially roasted
Gail Buckley September 25, 2014 @05:48 pm
sweet potatoes - which were my mother's favorite also. She could eat them 3 times a day! I love them baked with lots of butter!
Nicola L. Bowman September 25, 2014 @05:23 pm
Spaghetti squash with my fresh homemade mushroom marinara homemade roasted garlic French bread & a nice mixed green salad with orange vinaigrette dressing! Wine optional!
James Bourque September 25, 2014 @05:12 pm
would love to learn how to cook great vegan recepies
Michele W September 25, 2014 @05:07 pm
It's so hard to pick just one but pumpkin would have to be my favorite followed closely by sweet potatoes and all the lovely squashes. They are all good in soups and stews or roasted and pumpkin is also great in oatmeal, cookies, bread, you name it. And I'm anxious to try Laura's paella made with butternut squash.
Natalie September 25, 2014 @04:57 pm
My fave fall veggies are corn,eggplant and sweet potatoes.
Ann McNeal September 25, 2014 @04:46 pm
Broccoli in any form--from soups, salads, and main dishes. If I can't get fresh, I use from the freezer.
Jayma Temple September 25, 2014 @04:36 pm
I love brussels sprout any time any way. My most favorite way to cook them is roasted with potatoes and garlic.
connie morgan September 25, 2014 @04:30 pm
thanks for the opportunity
Robyn September 25, 2014 @03:59 pm
Sweet potatoes for baked fries. Kobacha squash for a wheat berry stuffing. And Brussels sprouts for roasting
Jermisha September 25, 2014 @03:46 pm
My favorite fall vegetable is pumpkins. I like to make pumpkin spice bread, pumpkin pie, and various types of soups that contain pumpkins.
Laurie September 25, 2014 @03:40 pm
sweet potatoes, in so many ways
Char September 25, 2014 @03:39 pm
I LOVE any winter squash, but sweet potatoes are right up there too....maybe it's the orange color I like so much! Either one can be used in so many dishes or eaten alone for a delectable dish!!
Lynne Roberts September 25, 2014 @03:39 pm
butternut squash!!
George B September 25, 2014 @03:37 pm
Carla Locarno September 25, 2014 @03:25 pm
Any squash especially roasted butternut squash and I love spaghetti squash anytime of year made with lots of rich garlicky tomato sauce
Trish September 25, 2014 @02:47 pm
It is a toss up love sweet potatoes baked or in stew with black beans. Love butternut squash also in stews or as a pie.
Mel Delger September 25, 2014 @02:36 pm
I have a collection of Nava's prior cookbooks and they are all amongst my favorite cookbooks. Her recipes are always delicious and healthy.
Diane Lewandowski September 25, 2014 @02:33 pm
Sweet pumpkin is my favorite. Today, I made Pumpkin-Bulgur Chili from TOTALLY VEGETARIAN on P124. Love it. Pumpkin Soup is great, too.
Jill Russell September 25, 2014 @02:31 pm
My fave fall veggie are all the root vegetables. I love making roasted root vegetable confetti...into a food processor I put carrots, turnips, rutabagas, beets, potatoes, celeriac, and parsnip or any combination but make sure to include the beets because when its all shredded it really does look like confetti!
Bonita O'Neill September 25, 2014 @02:25 pm
My favourite fall veggie is parsnips. Mix them with potatoes or carrots - yum.
evelyn van Twuyver September 25, 2014 @07:34 am
Mine is butternut squash, I can make a million things with it. But now that I've read Sarah's comment, I'm definitely going to try delicata squash.
Barbara Johansen September 25, 2014 @07:25 am
squash just love it in stew, soup or just baked
kimmi lee September 25, 2014 @07:09 am
the veggie lo mein looks scrumptious~~~oh...sweet potatoes!!!
Carolyn September 24, 2014 @06:39 pm
Like so many others, I love sweet potatoes. I often pop one or two in the microwave for a quick side for lunch or dinner. And they are delicious in a fall stew with black beans or lentils.
pat bucy September 24, 2014 @05:49 pm
Butternut squash
Sheila September 24, 2014 @01:29 pm
My favorite is sweet potatoes. They are so versatile!
Margaret J September 24, 2014 @12:00 pm
It's a toss-up between sweet potatoes and corn. Thank you for the giveaway!
Christine B September 24, 2014 @11:27 am
Delicata and Kabocha squashes. I just roast them with a little maple and cinnamon.
Linda Hildebrand September 24, 2014 @10:05 am
Sweet Potato. I love to make sweet potato hash with them! So many yummy ways to cook them!!
Tasha September 24, 2014 @09:30 am
Sarah Weiss September 24, 2014 @09:16 am
My favorite fall veggie is delicata squash. I love most squash, but this one has a special sweetness and even a slight chestnut flavor. Nothing like it and can only be found for a short time.