Book Review: Vegan Everyday, 500 Delicious Recipes

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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.

 

Disclaimer – This cookbook was provided to me free of charge to review for this blog. All opinions and photos are my own. 

Book Review: The Complete Leaky Gut Health & Diet Guide

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I was fortunately enough to be able to do another book review!  This time the book is about a topic that has interested me quite a bit in the past two years…Leaky Gut Syndrome.

The Complete Leaky Gut Health & Diet Guide: Improve everything from autoimmune conditions to eczema by healing your gut.  

By Dr. Makoto Trotter, BSc (Hons), ND

with Dough Cook, RD, MHSc.

Did you know that an estimated 80% of your immune system is located in your gut?  If your gut is unhealthy, the rest of your body is going to be affected.

I’ve really found reading this book quite stimulating and interesting.  I wish that we had this guide while trying to sort through the healing process for what we suspected was celiac disease related leaky gut for my husband a year ago.  This book confirmed everything that I have read up on leaky gut in the past year.

The main issue with this book comes down to the subject itself.  Leaky gut is a a syndrome not a disease so it cannot be diagnosed only suspected.  Meaning you can’t really know if you HAVE leaky gut and you don’t know if you have improved it other than by monitoring your symptoms.

“A disease can be defined as a health condition with predictable symptoms that can be related to a specific organ or system, whereas a syndrome is a health condition with a variety of symptoms that can be related to several body systems. In a disease, the cause is discernible.  In a syndrome, such as leaky gut syndrome, the cause is a mystery or a puzzle.”

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Leaky gut syndrome is, however, is becoming more of a well recognized condition among health care professionals.  Personally journeying though the healing process in our family, I have seen first hand how healing your gut can significantly improve health.

The basis of the treatment plan is all encompassing and focuses on a whole body approach. No part of this treatment plan would be harmful to undertake in attempting to improve your health.  Eliminate processed foods?  Focus on managing your stress?  Becoming in tune with your body?  All good things.

This treatment plan outlined in the book recommends aspects of treatment such as:

  • Finding a good health-care professional (very important)
  • Focusing on whole, unprocessed foods that eliminate irritating and inflammatory ingredients
  • HOW to eat
  • Managing stress, exercise and lifestyle management
  • Supplements and complementary therapies

Half of the book includes a comprehensive diet plan and recipes.  Figuring out what food to make is half the battle.  Having a resource guide is extremely useful and important for the maintenance of the plan for potential patients.

I really loved the inter-disciplinary approach to the book.  A naturopathic doctor compiled the information and described the treatment plan where a registered dietitian completed the food section of the book.  That’s what made me so interested in this book.  Consequently all the recipes contain nutritional information, look simple, delicious and use only a few ingredients so they aren’t intimidating.

Overall I feel this is an excellent resource book for those wishing to improve health at the source of the problem, not just treating the symptoms. Taking time to focus on your health can only improve your life.