Let Them Eat Vegan! Cookbook review

Dreena Burton’s newest cookbook Let Them Eat Vegan: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family is loaded with healthy and tasty recipes.  This is Dreena’s fourth vegan (plant-based) cookbook.  She focuses on using fresh, whole ingredients rather than processed vegan substitutes or white flour.  Dreena is the mother of 3 young girls and keeps their taste buds in mind when developing recipes.let them eat vegan cook book Dreena Burton vegan recipes

Let Them Eat Vegan: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family begins with a section titled Plant Power:Your time has come.  This section explains all the ingredients and tools used in the recipes.  It is written in easy to understand terms and she tells you where you can find all the ingredients.  Then she moves on to  Breakfast Bites and Smoothies.  This chapter includes her very popular Monsta Cookies.  Yes, cookies for breakfast!  She has the recipe up on her site, here.  Once you are there, check out her How-To videos, Going Vegan section and all of her helpful links.

I made a few recipes from Let Them Eat Vegan and they were all a hit.  The “Mac-oh-geez!” recipe was a favorite with the two adults and the one 7 year old in my house.  That recipe is bookmarked so I can return to it easily.  The final result is a rich, creamy sauce that is so delicious, it was hard to control my portion sizes!

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Let Them Eat Vegan is a great all around vegan cookbook and is a great place to start if you are transitioning or just trying to eat less dairy and meats.  It also would make a wonderful gift.  You can purchase Let Them Eat Vegan online and I have found it at all the local bookstores.

I have posted other vegan/plant-based cookbook reviews.  Check them out!

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http://mamalovesherbargains.com/2012/02/veggiyana-the-dharma-of-cooking/

http://mamalovesherbargains.com/2012/06/main-street-vegan-book-review/

 

What is your favorite meal that you would love to see get veganized?

 I received a sample of this product for review.  Opinions are my own.

Main Street Vegan book review

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Everything You Need To Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World is a complete guide to all things vegan.  Victoria Moran is the author of 11 books.  She co-wrote Main Street Vegan with her daughter Adair Moran.  What I really like about this book is  that it explains veganism in a easy to understand and not preachy manner.  It is a great book for people that are vegan, that are curious about being vegan, or people that just want better knowledge about what it means to be vegan.  The mother and daughter team want to get the word out that eating vegan does not have to be difficult or expensive.  Most people eat some form of vegan food everyday so you are already eating some vegan dishes that you love.  In addition to great information, each chapter ends with a tasty vegan recipe.

The first recipe I tried was the 3-Bean and Quinoa Salad recipe that can be found at the end of the Propel Yourself with Plant Protein chapter.  This recipe was easy to make and full of flavor and protein.  Yes, plants have protein too!  One of the first questions usually asked of vegans is, “How do you get your protein?”    The first night we had this salad as a side to our tofu dogs, the next day I had some as lunch and that evening I added the 3-Bean Quinoa Salad to a veggie wrap and it was pretty awesome.

Main Street Vegan Three bean quinoa salad Hot Dog PicklesMain Street Vegan has 40 short chapters in all.  Throughout the book Victoria reminds the readers to not be too hard on themselves.  Some people make an effort to eat and use less animal products, others just quit it all at once.  Either way you are doing something good for yourself and for the planet.  There is a chapter for men titled Rethink Macho, that explains that a plant based diet can be manly.  There are websites dedicated to vegan body builders and the famous biker rider, Lance Armstrong, has been venturing into the plant-strong world.  There are also chapters to help people navigate dining out and traveling.

Topics covered  include:

  • Figuring out what works for you as an individual, even if that means taking baby steps
  • Saving money: being plant-based doesn’t have to mean spending your whole paycheck on Tofutti and Tofurky
  • How a vegan diet changes the world for animals, and for people
  • Leaving diets behind and making peace with your body for keeps
  • Fashion and beauty from a chic-ly vegan point of view
  • Ways of identifying hidden non-vegan ingredients in everything from pasta to cocktails
  • How to meet other vegans in your area—they do exist, no matter where you live!
  • Making this work in real life: dating, raising kids, traveling, eating out, and getting along with the people who just wish you’d eat some meat

I could go on and on about this book.  It is a quick read filled with great information and tasty recipes.  My husband is now reading it and I am hoping my mom will read it too.  We have all gone plant-based and we have all lost over 30 lbs while feeling more energetic and happy.  You can find out more about Main Street Vegan at http://mainstreetvegan.net/

A copy of Main Street Vegan was provided for my review.  All opinions are my own.

Everyday Happy Herbivore Cookbook Giveaway

Everyday Happy Herbivore is Lindsay Nixon’s 2nd wildly popular vegan AKA plant based cookbook.  I began following and chatting with Lindsay on Twitter about 2 years ago.  I have been making recipes from her website, happyherbivore.com,   all along and I was actually a tester for many of the recipes in this new cookbook. And, much to my great pleasure and surprise my name is listed in the acknowledgements.   So, I can tell you these recipes are easy to make and taste great.  I can also tell you that since following a plant based diet I have lost 20 pounds.  I have tried at least half of the recipes in this book and they are recipes I go back to time and time again.  The book is loaded with colorful photos and each recipe comes with nutritional information.  Check out the Sweet Potato Dal recipe in this post.

About Lindsay

Lindsay S. Nixon is a rising star in the culinary world, praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to create healthy, low fat recipes that taste just as delicious as they are nutritious. Lindsay’s recipes have been featured in Vegetarian Times, Women’s Health Magazine and on The Huffington Post. Lindsay is also a consulting chef at La Samanna, a luxury resort and four-star restaurant in the French West Indies.

After vegan chef Lindsay S. Nixon wrapped up her popular cookbook The Happy Herbivore Cookbook last year, she went back to her kitchen in her new home of St. Maarten. Island living encouraged Nixon to come up with simpler fare, which led to a follow-up cookbook focusing on recipes that bring tasty back to quick-and-easy.
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The Tipsy Vegan cookbook review

The Tipsy Vegan came to me at just the right time of the year.he book starts with some Plastered Party Starters such as Flaming Hot Peanuts and Brusc  The week between Christmas and New Year is always the best time to sneak in a couple extra happy hours.  I might as well have some fun adding some cheer to my recipes.  Thetta on a Bender.  The recipes are all easy to make, fun and vegan.  So, yes vegans drink and yes they actually like food.  There are 8 sections in all including Boozy Soups, Brunch Buzz, The Lush’s Lunch and Drunken Desserts.  The recipe titles are all cute and silly but the recipes are tasty and well thought out.  This book would be a great gift for a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore.

I have several recipes bookmarked, Wild Rice Under the Influence, Spicy Sesame Noodles Tie One on with Peanuts + Basil and The Tippler’s Hot + Sour soup.  These will all be washed down with a Hoochie-Coochie Margarita.

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