Saturday, November 21, 2015

Recipe Round-Up: Eat, Drink and Be Vegan

I've rounded up quite a bit from this book before, and it is definitely my favourite book from Dreena Burton.

Zucchini Chickpea Tomato Curry with Cucumber Mint Raita: This curry is full of vegetables (sweet potato, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans) and gives four hefty servings over baby spinach and rice. The recipe calls for whole seeds for some of the spices, but I subbed powdered for fenugreek and coriander because I didn't have the seeds and the flavour was still good. For the raita I used the Kingland Soy Yoghurt, which is the only natural unsweetened yoghurt I can find that isn't coconut based. It is strained overnight and then has stuff mixed into it and was a pleasant addition.
Rating: Curry :), Raita :)

Zucchini Chickpea Tomato Curry; Cucumber Mint Raita


Black Bean and Orange Hummus: Dreena is the master of hummus (or other bean based hummus-inspired dips, as in this case), there is a whole hummus chapter in the book! This is great, fresh dip based on black beans entirely (no chickpeas) and with a fresh orange kick.
Rating: :)

Black Bean and Orange Hummus


Rawsome Nut Dip: Almonds, pistachios, walnuts and pine nuts are in this tasty dip, that is great with veggies or in sandwiches. It does call for 1/2 cup of fresh capsicum, I used under 1/4 cup of roast capsicum that was kicking around and it did not have an overpowering flavour.
Rating: :)

Rawsome Nut Dip


Tamari-Roasted Chickpeas: This is one of my favourite recipes ever from any book in the history of all time. So simple, but so amazingly tasty. Have it with a meal (great with mac and cheese) or as a snack (take it to the movies instead of popcorn!), have it all the time.
Rating: :D :D :D (yes, three!)

Tamari-Roasted Chickpeas


Warm & Cheesy White Bean Dip: White beans and cashews are the base of this cozy dip. I found the end result to be quite lemony, which was fine, but I wanted a bit more cheesy so next time I would increase the nooch.
Rating: :)

Warm & Cheese White Bean Dip


Monkey Minestrone: This comes together quickly, is tasty and will give you five big bowls worth. I had some leftover tiny assorted pasta shapes, which were fun. The book suggests serving with polenta croutons, which I have made before and are amazing, but I served with some sourdough toast.
Rating: :)

Monkey Minestrone


Thai Coconut Corn Stew: Corn-based stews often look a little less than appealing, but generally make up for it in taste. This has a host of different herbs and spices, and I used light coconut milk so as not to over-coconut-fat myself. Served over brown rice.
Rating: :)

Thai Coconut Corn Stew


Nice Krispie Squares: Faced with a slightly stale bag of Dandies (hot tip, they never go off even if they get hard!), this was the obvious choice. it took a bit of stirring to get them to all melt together, but then I was blessed with these beautiful, sweet, sticky squares that were a big hit at the party I made them for.
Rating: :)

Nice Krispie Squares


"You Got Peanut Butter in my Chocolate" Cookies: Dreena is also a cookie queen. These tasty morsels have barley flour and raw sugar in them, so they are practically a health food... right? Hee. The baking time was spot on, and I got 12 yummy cookies (the recipe says it will make 10 to 14).
Rating: :)

'You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate' Cookies


Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Clinic kitty Eve


Eve is a girl who lives at the clinic now after her person developed health issues. She isn't a clinic cat that hangs around the front counter talking to people, she is shy and most clients will never ever know we have her, but she is happy hanging out up the back in the kitchen.

14 comments:

  1. Awww Eve is so sweet! I agree Dreena is the master of hummus. And I love those tamari chickpeas too!

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    1. She has a magic way with chickpeas.

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  2. This is also my favorite book!

    If you haven't already tried them, I also highly recommend the red pepper Almond hummus, tomato basil Quesadilla, Polenta casserole, and the bean and corn tortilla lasagna :-)

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    1. I've made the polenta and the lasagna, but not the others. Thanks for the suggestions. :)

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  3. Wow, I need to check out this book. The Thai corn chowder looks amazing. Eve is so pretty. I bet she misses her human!

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    1. Definitely check out the book, it is great!
      Eve is gorgeous, she was so stand-offish at first, but is very slowly coming out of her shell and feeling more comfortable around us.

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  4. Great review! The minestrone looks amazing, as do the cookies. I've heard a lot about Dreena, but never seen any of her books.

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    1. I highly recommend searching them out, especially this one. :)

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  5. I have a couple of Dreena books but not this one. Some great stuff there.

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    1. This is the one Dreena book I recommend everyone has. :) I don't have her newest one yet.

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  6. I recently won Plant Powered Families in a blog giveaway. It looks fantastic. I've only made one thing so far - a chocolate sweet potato cake. The frosting was AMAZING!

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    1. I recently saw something about the sweet potato cake on the internet, it looked great! I am thinking about getting that book.

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  7. Oooh the tamari-roasted chickpeas sound so good!
    "take it to the movies instead of popcorn!" Yes!
    I definitely want to try the Nice Krispie Squares too.

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    1. Flavoured chickpeas >>>>> popcorn as a movie snack.

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