Tasty Naughty Healthy Nice - Susan Jane White

Susan Jane White is pure fun. How can I make that statement when I've never met the woman? If you take into consideration the names of her cookbooks (The Virtuous Tart: Sinful but Saintly Recipes for Sweets, Treats, and Snacks and Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice.: Whole Food Made Sinfully Delicious), her cheeky narrative in those books, and the joy she radiates in her author photo - it is a no brainer. 

We featured Susan's first book, The Virtuous Tart, earlier this year and today I am thrilled to bring you a promotion on Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice which shares over 135 recipes for wheat-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free eating. 

With recipes that range from a 90-second barley miso soup to Wasabi pea carbonara, or a Rye-banana bread with Homemade chocolate hazelnut spread to Roasted garlic and wild nettle soup, there is something here for everyone. Whether you need to incorporate changes in your diet for allergy or health reasons, or just want to add more whole foods into your repertoire, this is the cookbook for you. Susan's knowledge and expertise all delivered with a dose of humor along with beautiful photographs and good-for-you, yet tasty, recipes make this title a keeper. 

Special thanks to Roost Books for sharing the Pumpkin falafel recipe with our members and for providing five copies of this title in our contest below open to US and Canada members. 

Pumpkin falafel
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It's a shame Halloween has monopolized the pumpkin. They're far too fabulous to be dismissed for eleven months of the year.

This vegetable's buttery flesh is stuffed with goodness. There's potassium for hangovers, vitamins A and C to slay superbugs (think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill), and extra carotenoids for those who can't afford to keep up their Botox installments. That's a lot of ammunition for a supposedly ghoulish vegetable.

On the antioxidant radar, pumpkins are almost up there with blueberries and spinach. We like antioxidants because they help prevent the bad LDL cholesterol in our bloodstream from oxidizing. Once oxidation occurs, we're told the likelihood of cholesterol depositing onto blood vessel walls significantly increases. Not sure I like the sound of that.

Heart surgeon Dr. Oz Mehmet has even devised a recipe for pumpkin brownies to entice his clients into eating more of this useful vegetable. According to Dr. Oz, pumpkins are probably one of the best foods we ain't eatin'.

Here's my recipe, based on Allegra McEvedy's (one of my favorite chefs). Deep-frying falafel may taste delish, but isn't recommended for our waistlines or arteries. Shame. More alarmingly, deep-frying food can make your mouth feel like a camel's armpit. Luckily, Allegra designed hers to be baked.

  • 1 small field pumpkin, acorn squash, or red kurl squash, cut in pieces and roasted (500 g)
  • Just over 1 cup (125 g) chickpea flour (aka gram flour) or chestnut flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spring onions
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Black sesame seeds, to garnish

Makes 8-12 falafel

Preheat the oven to 340°F (170°C).

This recipe isn't a science. You're aiming for the falafel to be one-quarter chickpea or chestnut flour. It's really that simple, so use whatever amount of pumpkin you have and adjust the recipe as appropriate.

Roasting pumpkin is a cinch too-no peeling necessary. Just make sure to avoid the monstrous Cinderella ones. Start by cautiously hacking the side of the pumpkin. Chop this flesh into matchbox-size pieces and continue to work your way around the pumpkin. The hardest part is that first slice. Tumble the pieces into a roasting tray with a good splash of coconut or olive oil. Cover with foil. Roast for 45-60 minutes, until sweet and tender. Pumpkin is better overcooked rather than undercooked.

Remove the tray of pumpkin and let the pieces cool completely before handling. If you've roasted more than you need, count yourself lucky. Whiz any leftover pieces with coconut milk, sautéed onions, and a pinch of curry powder to make soup. Or freeze a batch for your next falafel craving.

Raise the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper or grease with a lick of olive oil.

Using clean hands, mash together all the falafel ingre¬dients except the black sesame seeds. Put the falafel mix in the freezer for 15-30 minutes to firm up. Mould the chilled mixture into falafels and place on the lined baking tray. I find an ice cream scoop is the best way to shape falafel. If you use teaspoons and patience, you'll double the portions and halve the baking time. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and cook in the oven for 20-45 minutes, depending on their size.

Try serving alongside thick natural or coconut yogurt, smooth hummus, Maple Mustard Lentils (page 158), or a big bowl of peas. The messier, the better.

From Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice. by Susan Jane White, © 2016 by Susan Jane White. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO.

The publisher is offering five copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • AnnaZed  on  12/30/2017 at 1:24 AM

    Metro muesli with chia jam

  • t.t  on  12/30/2017 at 1:28 AM

    90-second barley miso soup

  • Dannausc  on  12/30/2017 at 6:26 AM

    Maple and cardamom peaches

  • vickster  on  12/30/2017 at 8:24 AM

    Badass Breakfast Bars

  • lauriesk  on  12/30/2017 at 9:59 AM

    I would try the granola recipe.

  • lpatterson412  on  12/30/2017 at 11:13 AM

    The only granola recipe you'll ever need!! I've been looking for a good one!

  • Angryyew  on  12/30/2017 at 11:56 AM

    I'm going to try that pumpkin falafel recipe.

  • contest718  on  12/30/2017 at 1:50 PM

    Double decker amaranth and banana pud

  • kmn4  on  12/30/2017 at 7:14 PM

    Maple mustard lentils

  • lgroom  on  12/30/2017 at 9:09 PM

    I love pumpkin and I'll do the pumpkin falafel.

  • janv  on  12/31/2017 at 2:14 PM

    Maple and Cardamom Peaches for the yum

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  12/31/2017 at 4:43 PM

    I would like to make the Mango, blackberry, and buckwheat porridge.

  • tennyogirl  on  12/31/2017 at 9:26 PM

    Double Decker Amaranth and Banana Pod

  • mpdeb98  on  1/1/2018 at 8:59 AM

    Chia bonbons

  • EmilyR  on  1/1/2018 at 10:47 AM

    Badass breakfast bars

  • trudys_person  on  1/1/2018 at 12:42 PM

    Smoked Salmon Blini with Healthier Hollandaise! Sounds delicious!

  • Shelley.b  on  1/1/2018 at 3:39 PM

    Badass breakfast bars

  • jkmfrog  on  1/1/2018 at 4:05 PM

    Definitely the F%*k Me Salad. LOL. This is one of my favorite curses and the southeast Asian influences in the ingredients speak to me on a deep level. Yum.

  • ravensfan  on  1/1/2018 at 4:44 PM

    Badass breakfast bars

  • Karen.2018  on  1/1/2018 at 4:52 PM

    I would like to try Maple mustard lentils!

  • Rosesrpink50  on  1/1/2018 at 11:39 PM

    Anti-inflammatory aloo! Very interesting. Love that it is a natural way to lower inflammation.

  • sgump  on  1/2/2018 at 3:13 PM

    Green eggs: I love the idea of coloring with powdered green tea!

  • sarahawker  on  1/3/2018 at 9:48 AM

    Miso eggs and soy sauce

  • jr0717  on  1/3/2018 at 11:06 PM

    The sea salt probiotic chocolates. Tasty, complex, and packing healthy benefits? I'm in!

  •  on  1/4/2018 at 4:58 PM

    Any salad that starts with an invective gets my vote!

  • infotrop  on  1/5/2018 at 1:18 PM

    Flash-fried plaice with pink peppercorn salt and lemon dust That last ingredient sounds like fun

  • sunfish  on  1/6/2018 at 10:54 AM


  • Steben  on  1/6/2018 at 11:25 AM

    The Chocolate chili con carne with coconut yogurt. Sounds like awesome comfort food!

  • eggplantolive  on  1/6/2018 at 1:55 PM

    Banana Toffee Ice Cream!

  • Julia  on  1/6/2018 at 3:08 PM

    Maple and cardamom peaches.

  • InAHealthyKitchen  on  1/6/2018 at 3:34 PM

    Sea Salt Probiotic Chocolates

  • Scotsman61  on  1/6/2018 at 8:43 PM

    Mango, blackberry, and buckwheat porridge

  • Whyvette  on  1/6/2018 at 9:19 PM

    Hot and smoky seeds sound like an awesome snack option.

  • celestin  on  1/7/2018 at 12:08 AM

    Green eggs. Sounds interesting and I love matcha

  • clairew137  on  1/7/2018 at 5:32 AM

    pumpkin falafel

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  1/7/2018 at 6:16 AM

    can't go wrong with maple so would like to try the maple and cardamom peaches found on page 36

  • JaCampbell  on  1/7/2018 at 6:25 AM

    The pumpkin falafel recipe is on my list to cook this week.

  • artmarcia  on  1/7/2018 at 10:36 AM

    Maple and cardamom peaches Sounds simple and good!

  • RSW  on  1/7/2018 at 12:41 PM

    Badass breakfast bars

  • jmay42066  on  1/7/2018 at 6:41 PM

    Badass breakfast bars

  • ladybrooke  on  1/7/2018 at 7:21 PM

    I'd make chia and chai breakfast pudding first.

  • VeryVigario  on  1/7/2018 at 8:47 PM

    Badass breakfast bars

  • RickPearson54  on  1/8/2018 at 6:47 AM

    Pumpkin falafel

  • jezpurr  on  1/8/2018 at 5:33 PM

    The pumpkin falafel!!!^_^

  • Karla123  on  1/8/2018 at 7:57 PM

    I received a new food processor for Christmas, and this delicious recipe for Blackberry tart with almond pastry would be a perfect dessert to make with it.

  • motherofpearl81  on  1/9/2018 at 12:38 PM

    Rye banana bread with homemade chocolate hazelnut spread

  • tararr  on  1/10/2018 at 8:30 AM

    Maple and cardamom peaches

  • artthecat  on  1/10/2018 at 2:22 PM

    Granola, maple and cardamom peaches, and rye banana bread with chocolate hazelnut spread.

  • orchidlady01  on  1/11/2018 at 2:04 AM

    Rye banana bread with homemade chocolate hazelnut spread

  • Sfgordon  on  1/11/2018 at 8:48 AM

    Millet and chestnut crêpes with passion fruit syrup sounds fascinating.

  • LaurenE  on  1/13/2018 at 5:55 PM

    Green eggs

  • LaurenE  on  1/13/2018 at 5:55 PM

    Green eggs

  • robynsanyal  on  1/13/2018 at 9:01 PM

    Miso eggs and soy sauce

  • Laura1  on  1/14/2018 at 7:02 AM

    maple mustard lentils

  • PennyG  on  1/14/2018 at 5:10 PM

    Yum ... Miso eggs and soy sauce!

  • SnarkyLarane  on  1/14/2018 at 5:36 PM

    Superfood spreads - sweet and salty chili sauce sounds like a pretty good recipe.

  • LMS209  on  1/16/2018 at 6:55 PM

    raw cacao nib toffee

  • ljsimmons  on  1/17/2018 at 2:47 AM

    Boozy cherry cupcakes

  • AlisonL  on  1/23/2018 at 10:22 AM

    The Snazzy broccoli and soba noodles sounds tasty!

  • KarenDel  on  1/23/2018 at 12:23 PM

    I'd make Scrambled tofu with caramelized onion and shiitake mushrooms

  • jc214a  on  1/24/2018 at 5:37 PM

    I'm still looking for a good black bean soup recipe so I would try Smokey Black Bean Soup.

  • shines5  on  1/26/2018 at 1:00 AM

    Double decker amaranth and banana pudding

  • boulder42  on  1/26/2018 at 1:25 AM

    Smokey black bean soup!

  • PacaMama  on  1/26/2018 at 6:22 AM

    Umami Beef Stew

  • SheenaSharp  on  1/27/2018 at 9:22 PM

    i think Smoked salmon blini with healthier Hollandaise

  • Jenamarie  on  1/27/2018 at 10:01 PM

    Badass breakfast bars or pumpkin falafel - yum!

  • Sueskitchen  on  2/1/2018 at 9:12 AM

    broccoli and soba noodles!

  • antpantsii  on  2/2/2018 at 9:32 PM

    Banana toffee ice cream

  • abihamm  on  2/3/2018 at 4:37 PM

    Praline cupcakes

  • HelenB  on  2/3/2018 at 10:27 PM

    Badass breakfast bars

  • jigglesfrog  on  2/7/2018 at 4:21 PM

    Maple and cardamom peaches

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