Foodie Friday + Last Day to Enter!

Good morning! Today is the LAST day to enter the drawing for your very own copy of Heidi Swanson’s newly released “Super Natural Every Day” Cookbook. Click the button below to enter (remember – 3 ways to enter!!)

I thought it only appropriate to choose today’s Foodie Friday recipe from the actual book. I don’t know about you but as a working woman on-the-go…all the time…I often find myself scrambling for light, healthy lunch ideas. I work at a school and am very lucky to work at a school that strives to serve a somewhat healthy variety of food. Sometimes I find a healthy lunch here, but most of the time I try to bring my lunch. Jay and I both have found ourselves eating more and more vegetarian options as of late, but as far as my recipe collection goes, it’s pretty skimpy in the delicious lunch items realm. If that makes any sense at all…

So flipping through this beautiful cookbook {not even kidding…the photography in this book is AMAZING!} I stumbled on a delicious lunch salad that I wanted to share:

Chickpea & Dandelion

Chickpeas & Dandelion Greens
w/ Red Pepper Flakes & Hot Olive Oil Dressing


2 C {10oz} cooked Chickpeas or 1 can of Chickpeas {rinsed/drained}
3 T Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic {finely chopped}
1/2 t Red Pepper Flakes
Fine-grain Sea Salt
3 or 4 Handfuls of Young Dandelion Greens {stems trimmed}
Grated Zest of 1 Lemon



– Put chickpeas in a medium bowl
– Using a large skillet – while it’s cold –  add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and 2 big pinches of salt
– Stir over medium heat until garlic starts to sizzle, it should NOT begin to brown
– Toss the dandelion greens into the skillet and stir until they begin to wilt
– Stir in the lemon zest

– Pour greens over chickpeas and toss. Taste and add salt as needed.
– Transfer to platter and serve warm or at room temperature.


My friend, Nicole, and I visited the Matthews Farmers’ Market last weekend. Farmers are required to grow or produce their goods within a 50 mile radius of the Town of Matthews in order to sell in the market, so everything is legit locally grown. There was a CUTE elderly couple with the most beautiful romaine lettuce I have seen in a long time and they had a basket full of dandelion greens, so I’ll have to go visit them again tomorrow morning so I can make this recipe next week. You should try it out too and we can compare notes.

Thank you, Heidi, for producing such a BEAUTIFUL cookbook filled with gorgeous photography and delightful recipes. I can’t wait to try them out AND I can’t wait to announce the winner of this amazing cookbook tomorrow morning. Stay tuned and enter away!

Giveaway | Super Natural Every Day Cookbook

One lucky winner could be one of the first to have a copy of
Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen

Here’s the skinny on this beautiful book via

Heidi Swanson loves to cook and it shows: her newest book, Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen, is a delight. Beautiful photos and terrific descriptions of the recipes and how to prepare them (often with stories and helpful cooking tips) reading this book will inspire you to try many of the recipes.

Most of us wear about 10% of what is in our closet…same with cooking–we make a handful of our favorites over and over again. For this book, Swanson recorded her everyday meals for a couple of years and voila–simple and delicious dishes to enjoy daily.

To Swanson, natural food cooking means an abundance of fruits and veggies–local (and organic) whenever possible. Swanson loves to cook with whole grains.

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this book–it is literally filled with healthy and interesting recipes that anyone would love! Plus, if you do eat meat and are looking for ways to cut down, this book is a terrific starting point.

3 Ways to Enter:

1. Leave a Comment – You can enter every day!

2. Tweet the Giveaway! (be sure to @uglyspots so I can track)

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Contest runs until Friday, April 15

Good luck!!