We were thrilled at Delicious Dietitian Duo for the opportunity to do another book review. This time we are going totally plant based and gluten free:
Vegan Everyday – 500 Delicious Recipes
by Douglas McNish
This vegan recipe book features tons of whole food, plant-based recipes that are simple, easy and highly nourishing. This book has interesting recipes that start you off in the morning to stews and stir-fry to baking to entertaining!
The first thing that I love about this recipe book is that the author not only has a passion for plant-based cooking BUT is an actual chef with culinary training. I feel confident that the recipes will be good quality and will have great flavour. This has been true for all of the recipes that I have tried so far.
The second thing that I like about this recipe book is that recipes are vegan AND gluten free. This is particularly good for my family as we medically require a gluten free diet. This also ensures that the recipes don’t heavily rely on wheat which can be a very easy trap to fall into when trying to adopt a plant based diet.
The third thing I like about this recipe book is that the recipes are simple, easy to prepare for any home cook and don’t include any processed ingredients. Instead these recipes promote using whole foods and even include recipes for kitchen staples like condiments! Homemade BBQ sauce and vegetable stock? Yum!
My two favourite sections in this cookbook are the Vegan Gluten Free Pantry and the Vegan Basics section. This information is invaluable when attempting a diet like this as it may leave a lot of people wondering what they CAN actually eat. Focussing on foods and options are that available is empowering and encouraging. The pantry section lists staples such as grains, starches and thickeners, legumes, seasonings and oils. The vegan basics provides recipes for things you use everyday like “cheeses”, salad dressings, whipped non-dairy butter, vegan sour cream, gravy and others!
So far I have tried and enjoyed the following vegan recipes:
- Vegan pineapple upside down cake
- Lemon vanilla cashew yogurt
- Vegan sour cream
- Acai smoothie bowl
- Maple chipolte BBQ sauce
- Glazed lentil loaf
- Vegetable stock
Overall I would recommend this recipe book as a fantastic resource for anyone trying to delve into a more plant-based lifestyle.