Better Than Vegan Cookbook Giveaway

Disclosure: The publisher sent me a copy of the book to review. This post contains affiliate links, indicated by a *.

atovegan_better-than-vegan_bookWhat could be Better Than Vegan* you may ask. Chef Del Sroufe’s answer would be, being a healthy vegan. When Chef Del became vegan, he didn’t concern himself with what types of food he was eating, as long as they were 100% plant-based. But as the years went by and he started getting heavier and heavier, reaching 475 pounds, it was obvious to him that he needed to make a big change in his life. He started eating a low-fat vegan diet, made with lots fresh fruit and vegetables, and has lost over 200 pounds so far.
I love hearing stories about people who make big positive changes in their lives. Chef Del’s story is so inspiring and encouraging to read.

In the book, Chef Del tells us his story, talks about nutrition and what not to eat, gives us tips on substitutions and gives us 101 low-fat vegan recipes that look hearty and tasty. Being on a diet is hard enough, so Chef Del shows us that you don’t have to go hungry, eat bland food or skip dessert (mind you, the dessert section is the smallest in the book and understandably so).

Don’t miss our Q&A with Che Del, his Breakfast Burritos recipe and the book giveaway below.

Q&A with Chef Del Sroufe

FA2V: Once you decided to switch to a healthy lifestyle, what was your biggest challenge?
DS: I think the biggest problems I had, and have, are the same as a lot of people who try to make a major change in their life. The rest of the world treats you as they always have and you have to educate them about the changes you are making in your life. Food is a very emotional issue for people. So when I tell my mother that I don’t want to eat her food anymore (though in much nicer terms), it hurts her feelings, and I don’t want to hurt her. When friends want to go for pizza and beer, and I want a salad and water, it brings up questions, and makes people uncomfortable, and I don’t want to make people uncomfortable. I used to give in more to the pressures to make other people happy, to make other people feel comfortable—I do that less now.

FA2V: What was/were your biggest breakthrough and motivators to continue on a healthy path?
DS: Feeling good physically is one of the biggest motivators I have. Having the energy to do the things I want to do, not being in pain because of the amount of weight I carry, and not being embarrassed to be in public because of my size, all motivate me to continue on my path.

FA2V: What’s the best advice you have for someone seeking to lose a substantial amount of weight as you did?
DS: You have to work at this every day. You have to stay focused and have goals for yourself. Losing weight to lose weight is not good enough. Lose weight for your health, lose weight so you can live the life you want to live. And when you fall, get back up and get back on track.

 FA2V Didn’t I say he was so inspiring?!

Breakfast Burrito Recipe


atovegan_better-than-vegan_breakfast-burritosServes 4

This tofu scramble is made with lite firm tofu and then baked instead of fried, so the fat content is greatly reduced.

2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
1 medium red bell pepper, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
11/2 cups shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
Black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 pound lite firm tofu, pressed and mashed to the consistency of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
4 10- or 12-inch whole-wheat tortillas
1 cup salsa (store-bought or your favorite homemade)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sauté the leeks, red bell pepper, and mushrooms over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until the leeks are translucent and tender. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper, turmeric, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast, and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add the tofu and mix well. Spread the mixture on a large parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the scramble from the oven and stir in the cilantro. To make the burritos, divide the scramble between the four tortillas and spoon some salsa over the filling. Fold the ends of each tortilla over the filling and roll it up.

From Better Than Vegan by Del Sroufe. Used by permission from BenBella Books, Inc.

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Better Than Vegan Cookbook Giveaway – Ended

atovegan_better-than-vegan_bookWe’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win Del Sroufe’s Vegan Cookbook. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below with the answer to the following question:
“What will you do in 2014 to better yourself?”

US and Canada residents only, please.

I’ll randomly select one of the comments on Thursday, January 9th at 8:00 pm EST.

Happy commenting and good luck!


I really love everyone’s determination and plans to better themselves in 2014. You’ve all given me some great ideas and inspired me to improve myself as well.

And the lucky winner for this giveaway is…


Comment number 2. That’s Peggy’s comment.

Thanks for commenting, everyone! Good luck with your improvement plans for 2014!

43 Responses to “Better Than Vegan Cookbook Giveaway”
  1. I want to try eating healthier (lately it’s been all cookies and cheesy fries!), so this book might help in that regard. 😉

  2. Peggy says:

    Eat less processed foods

  3. Katherine says:

    This looks so great! I’m defnintely going to start eating more raw foods this year 🙂

  4. Keith Paridy says:

    After being vegan for now 2 years and 3 months I have gone from 300 pounds to 175 and no longer take 12 different prescriptions for diabetes and high blood pressure. Besides exercise and portion control I feel not eating anything processed and no meat or dairy has added years to my life…
    Thanks to all the great recipes and online support as society really makes it hard…although I’m finding it easier every year as more people are seeing the positives

  5. Amy says:

    I am going to reduce/eliminate sugar. It is the one area I have yet to improve on. Last year was the oil and exercise. I have those- now onto the sugar!

  6. Tiffany Vaughn says:

    I am going to eat out A LOT less and work out A LOT more!

  7. Skye Watco says:

    I plan to be a more health conscious vegan. Its important that I care about myself as much as those I refuse to exploit. This past year I learned how to be a vegan. This year, I want to learn how to be a vegan that eats healthy! I can’t wait to try these recipes!!

  8. Priya says:

    I’m going to get moving! I’ll get outside and be more active, and also start a home yoga practice.

  9. Mary Allen Lynch says:

    I will work on not succumbing to social pressure when dining with others, instead, affirming what I need to feel healthy. I will not eat foods out of fear of making a fuss and I will try to persevere in asking for what I want in restaurants even when I grow weary!

  10. Angela says:

    I want to drink a lot more water and add exercise to my new lifestyle.

  11. Susan Temple says:

    Adopting a plant-based diet (and continuing cardio/strengthening exercises) –

  12. Julia Brubaker says:

    To continue on the path I started in 2011 when I quit smoking: to eat healthfully more consistently, exercise and meditate more frequently, and take the steps needed to potentially go back to school.

  13. renee G says:

    I want to eat less refined foods, and more fresh fruits and vegetables.

  14. Tracey Mudd says:

    I love this book and made the yummy Spinach and Artichoke dip for Christmas Eve. Delicious.
    Thanks Chef Del!

  15. Karen says:

    I am going to continue the path I’m on, plant-based nutritarian eating and adding more exercise into my days. Last year I began standing at my work desk instead of sitting and it made such a difference in my physical strength.

  16. Sarah says:

    I’m going to make sure to take the time to enjoy what I am doing- not rush through it

  17. I plan to see projects through to completion…less procrastinating!

  18. Natalie says:

    I will finish my online course I am working on!

  19. Lisa says:

    Ahhhhh what a shame it’s only open to US and Canada, us Brits miss out on so much lol…If I was answering I would say…In 2014 I will be saving my life by what I put in my body, what better way than by eating plants!…additional note, I was morbidly obese due to illness and painful joints etc, created a viscious cycle…and I am now losing weight and feeling so much better, I still have a ways to go but I didn’t get this way overnight.
    Good luck to all you guys in US and Canada :o)

  20. Susan says:

    Eat more whole foods and less processed foods.

  21. Shelah says:

    I am going to work on building lean healthy muscle. Having great recipes will help me to give my body all the plant fuel it needs!!

  22. Linda Stein says:

    I could definitely use this cookbook of healthy recipes!

  23. Sharon Stratton says:

    I am inspired by my 21 year old daughter becoming Vegan, while she works in a juice bar at college… This year is my time to follow in her footsteps and become a healthy Vegan! We can learn so much from our children… I know I have!!!

  24. greg linsenbigler says:

    I’m going to finally kick the sugar habit!

  25. Nicole Louise says:

    I am planning on volunteering and eating less processed food.

  26. KathyD says:

    I will work on being my authentic self and be true to myself even though I sometimes am afraid.

  27. Mishia says:

    I will exercise more!

  28. Teslaca says:

    I’m working on exercising more consistently.

  29. susanddh says:

    I want to start eating a greater variety of vegetables.

  30. leslie richman says:

    I’m working on adding yoga into my life on a daily basis. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. HilLesha says:

    I’m hoping to incorporate yoga into my daily exercise regimen. 🙂

  32. Donna C says:

    I am trying to go for more walks and to limit my carbohydrates.

  33. Evelyn B says:

    I am currently vegan but have been known to cheat a little – i want to stand much more solid in my beliefs and not cheat for convenience! Also, I would like to eat less wheat.

  34. Amelia says:

    Exercise on a daily basis and continue my vegan diet outside of my own kitchen.

  35. wina says:

    exercise more and stress less !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Win this cookbook and stop eating processed foods.

  37. Scotty says:

    I plan on cutting back on my sugar intake and up my biking milage per week. Already got rid of my car in 2013 so I am oon my way!!!

  38. Joshua P. says:

    Less soda, more movement.

  39. Sue says:

    I will be working on a whole new me. This involves continuing to eat more responsibly; less alcohol, more greens. I will be also working on cleaning my mental state; the way I treat others and the way others treat me, how I allow them to affect me. And I will be working on being more and more active, joining a kickboxing class and walking more.

  40. Susan O'Bryant says:

    I’m giving up ALL fast food. It shall not pass my lips in 2014!

  41. erika says:

    This year, I decided to go vegan. I also cut out soda, aspartame, and caffeine and I feel great!

  42. Taylor Keller says:

    I am transitioning to veganism as we speak and my main goal for 2014 is to stay away from animal products for the better of the animals, environment as well as myself. I am also wanting to be able to compete for Bodybuilding’s Spokesmodel at the end of the year and be able to educate my friends and family.

  43. Terri Cole says:

    My goal is to continue my healthy plant-based diet and lose 50-60 more pounds (I have already lost 60). Chef Del’s story is so inspirational. I would love to have this book. thanks for the chance to win!