Veggie Quickflip Review and Giveaway

Years ago when I was first starting to delve into cooking whole foods, I came across a web site offering something called The Produce Partner. I can’t even remember what led me to find it in the first place.  But I decided to give it a try and ordered one back in 2005, I think.  I’ve used it quite a bit over the years and thought it would be helpful to share it with you.  Be sure to keep reading and see how you can enter to win your own at the bottom of this post!

Since I purchased it, it has been updated and is now called the Veggie Quickflip.  I love using this little vegetable guide!  The way it works is that it opens like a fan.  There is some general information in the beginning and then a separate page for each vegetable. On the front side of each vegetable card, it tells you when it’s in season, how to select the vegetable, what seasoning is best with it, and how to store it.  On the back side, it describes how to prep the vegetable and then provides a “Simple Side” that you can easily make.  There is also a slightly more involved recipe listed below.

The information provided for each vegetable is so helpful, especially if you’re someone who is new to incorporating a larger variety of whole vegetables into their diet.  There have been lots of times when I’ve come home with a new vegetable from the farmer’s market without any idea of how to actually prepare it. I’ve been able to pull out my Veggie Quickflip and see how to prep it and find an easy way to serve it quickly.  I have to say I use the “Simple Side” much more than the recipes that are listed.  The suggested seasonings are usually something I always have on hand so it makes it easy to quickly make the side dish.  I have never been disappointed with the suggestions from the Simple Sides. Once you have success preparing a new vegetable, it makes you want to try some more!

I had the opportunity to chat with Eileen Faughey, creator of the Veggie Quickflip, via email recently to find out a little bit more about this product and why she made it.  It was also fun to learn that she is local here to Boulder.  I had no idea until I contacted her!

Me:  Why did you decide to create the Veggie Quickflip guide?
Eileen:  In my nutrition consulting practice, Nutrition Connections, I repeatedly heard from clients that they needed practical tools for putting nutrition knowledge into action.  They wanted to learn how to eat healthier foods without spending a lot of extra time and without compromising flavor.  I wanted to address these obstacles and make it easy and tasty to consume fresh foods.  I hope the Veggie Quickflip will give people the confidence to purchase and prepare less familiar vegetables as well as prepare long-time favorites in new and flavorful ways.

Me:  What suggestion would you give to those who feel they don’t have time to make meals from whole foods?
Eileen:  Basically, I think the secret to making healthy meals is to keep it simple.  That is what I tried to accomplish with the Quickflip guides.  For quick everyday meals, start with fresh, flavorful ingredients and use uncomplicated recipes.  Herbs and spices are an easy way to add variety and flavor.

I asked Eileen for permission to share one of the Simple Sides that changed my liking for a vegetable.  Green beans were never one of my favorite vegetables and I generally avoided making them.  Yet, they looked so appealing at the farmer’s market.  One day I came home with a big bag of them and followed the directions on the Simple Side.  Delicious!  My friends and family love when I make green beans this way now.  Here’s the recipe:

Veggie Quickflip Green Bean Simple Side
Steam 1 lb. of trimmed beans for 3-7 minutes, until tender.  Saute 2 Tbsp minced shallots (or onions) and 2 Tbsp slivered almonds in 1 Tbsp olive oil for 1 minute.  Add the steamed beans, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, and black pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes.
A seasoning idea:   Add sliced mushrooms or tomatoes and cook for 3-5 minutes before adding the steamed beans.

A quick note on the recipe, if you are following the GAPS diet, you’ll want to use coconut oil or another fat, such as lard or tallow, for sautéing.  You will also want to use almonds which have been soaked and dehydrated.  I usually make it without the almonds and add more lemon juice and sea salt to it.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Eileen was kind enough to offer a Veggie Quickflip to one lucky reader.  To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment below letting me know why you would like to win it.  (Please leave only one comment per person.)  You have until Thursday, December 22nd, to enter.  I will randomly select a winner on Friday, the 23rd.

UPDATE: This drawing is now closed.  Click here to see who won!

She is also offering a 10% discount to my readers who would like to order their own Veggie Quickflip.  Just mention my name, “Mindy” in the notes section on the website Order Form.  It won’t show up on the order form, but will be subtracted when she processes the order.  This discount will be good through December 31, 2011.

I use my Veggie Quickflip all the time and hope you will find it just as useful.  Be sure to enter to win today!

This post is part of Fight Back FridaySunday SchoolMonday ManiaFat Tuesday, and Real Food Wednesday.

Comments

  1. Justina says:

    Id love to have a quick, simple way to find ways to make veggies delicious.

  2. Susan Jonell Roragen says:

    I love this comment about the veggie cards: It helps busy people add more fresh foods to their meals. My 69 y.o. husband tries to help out with meals, but never remembers to do veggies…I think these would help. :)

  3. Meghan says:

    This sounds awesome! We eat a lot of veggies but I am definitely stuck in the rut of eating the same few options all the time. I think this would really help me to branch out.

  4. Kelly says:

    Looks awesome! Maybe I can get both kiddos to eat their veggies if I prepare them a new way.

  5. Larisa Netterlund says:

    My husband and I have been trying to try new veggies since moving to Boulder, something like this would be great!

  6. Stephanie says:

    All four of us love vegetables and I’m always looking for new, creative ways to prepare them. This guide looks like a simple solution for accomplishing that.

  7. Barry says:

    The quickflip sounds useful. Thanks for letting us know more about it. I’ll look for it to share with others.

  8. Andy says:

    Hi Mindy! This is my first time ever writing on a blog. Yay. I’m a senior and my child went to college. So what I unfortunately do a lot is buy a lot of vegetables and look at them a lot in the fridge. Can’t seem to eat them maybe b/c of touchy stomach, lazy food preparer, and no appetite a lot. Then the frequently-bought vegetables join the intricate compost project at the base of my well-loved, growing trees. I talk extensively about vegetables and buy them carefully and look at them adoringly and yet they are not eaten. This needs a solution and I well realize, more self-discipline, as in ‘Andy, Take responsibility!’ I’d say the flip would contribute to inspiration.

  9. Elisabeth says:

    We recently started buying prepackaged produce boxes. The good side is that we’re exposed to a wider variety of produce. However, we never know what we’re getting until it shows up. This would be helpful for those veggies that I’ve never prepared before.

  10. Blair says:

    What a great blog! Loved the comments too. Thanks to Mindy for forwarding. I think I need this quickflip guide!!!
    -Blair

  11. Jenny says:

    What a helpful resource! I’d love to put it to use in my kitchen!

  12. Carol Miller says:

    Sounds like a great resource, what an awesome give away!

  13. Erin says:

    I love veggies! But I seem to get stuck in a rut of how to prepare them. This little booklet sounds like it would be a real help to me and my family. Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Jennifer says:

    I too love vegetables, but after getting home from work I often don’t have much imagination for dinner. This would be a great tool to use. It would also be great for my recently graduated son.

  15. Allison St. Claire says:

    Great idea. Would love to win one and write about it in my monthly newspaper column.

  16. carolyn boyd says:

    What an awesome idea! I love that it is such a quick handy resource, and I could use some help branching out from our normal veggies!

  17. Hayley says:

    Wow, I never knew something like this existed! I was just thinking that I’d like to broaden our vegetable intake…I get tired of eating the same thing prepared the same way so I just stop eating vegetables for a while, lol. Definitely would like to win!

  18. Kirstie Benke says:

    That sounds like a great item to have! I have a hard time eating veggies raw, because let’s just face it: it’s nasty. It’d be nice to have a lot of ideas of how to cook them and make them taste yummy.

  19. Khanh says:

    Being a vegetarian and having a young daughter I want to be able to provide lots of veggie options…this is also great though because of the flip-book fanning nature of the structure- SO much easier than trying to keep a book open I would think. Pretty cool!

  20. Shay says:

    I would love this! Thanks!