Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mayim's Vegan Table (book review, recipe and giveaway - CLOSED)


As you may know, I'm a cookbook addict. (I think I've mentioned it one or two times!) It has been a very good time for me lately, with an abundance of vegan cookbooks coming out. It bodes well for a trend towards vegetarian eating too I think! The latest cookbook I have added to my collection is Mayim's Vegan Table by Emmy-nominated actress and trained neuroscientist Mayim Bialik.

An actor on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, Bialik is also a busy vegan mom who shares every mom's challenge of getting her kids to eat nutritional meals. Mayim's Vegan Table has over 100 easy, plant-based recipes for breakfasts, snacks, lunches, dinners and desserts. Teaming up with pediatrician Jay Gordon, the book also debunks myths about raising a vegan family and provides nutrition information, must-haves for the pantry and strategies for planning meals.

Although the recipes in Mayim's Vegan Table are meant to be kid-friendly, they are sure to please Mom too. In fact, it was me who was dying to try the recipe for vegan "Mac N Cheez!" The recipe is super simple, involves only a few ingredients and turns out to be quite tasty - a satisfying, healthy alternative for those who grew up eating regular macaroni and cheese. Baking this dish in the oven is optional. I chose to do so, but next time I would make extra sauce to ensure it stays super cheesy after baking.


I also made Mayim's "Mishmash Soup." It was on a day when we were truly lacking in available groceries. This recipe is for just those days - you basically use whatever veggies and beans you have left.


My husband was skeptical (given our lack of groceries), but we were both pleasantly surprised by the results.

I'm looking forward to trying the recipes for "Root Vegetable Latkes," "Vegetable and Tofu Curry" and "Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies." Yum!

Be sure to enter to win a copy of Mayim's Vegan Table below. If you just can't wait, buy a copy now in the U.S. or in Canada.


Mac N Cheez


by Mayim Bialik
Keywords: entree vegan
Ingredients (8 servings)
  • 1 (16-ounce) package pasta, such as farfalle, rigatoni, penne, shells, or large macaroni
  • 1 1/4 cups nondairy milk (almond milk works best)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or white or brown rice flour
  • 1 (8-ounce) bag shredded vegan cheese, preferably mozzarella or cheddar
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (optional)
Instructions

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain when al dente and place in a large bowl.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3. Heat 1 cup of the nondairy milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

4. In a cup, whisk the flour into the remaining cup of milk until dissolved. Add it slowly to the heated milk, whisking as you go. Add the shredded vegan cheese and stir constantly until the cheese is dissolved and the sauce is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Pour over the pasta mixture and stir to combine.

If desired, place the pasta in a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish and cover with the bread crumbs. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover and broil until browned on top, about 5 minutes.

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*I was provided with a book for review purposes. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

41 comments:

  1. I'm having trouble with the entry widget you have. it won't let me type anything when I press write a blog post comment -

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    1. Hmm...sorry you're having trouble. It worked for me...and now I've entered the contest...ha ha. Maybe you could try again later and see if it magically works. :)

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  2. My favorite vegetarian dish is a yummy veggie filled salad with my homemade avocado cilantro healthy dressing!

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  3. I like Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce

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  4. Hard to pick a fave since I love everything veggie, but the Indian eggplant curry baingan bharta is pretty amazing

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  5. A nice and hearty veggie loaded soup.

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  6. One of my go to favs is indian curry over quinoa... soooooo good!

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    1. Yum! I am getting hungry hearing everybody's fave foods!

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  7. Pizza with roasted red peppers, onions and artichoke. Yum!
    My rafflecopter name is Julie G.

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  8. My mom makes an amazing baked eggplant Parmesan that I love :)

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  9. Love seitan chik'n n waffles :D

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  10. I'm vegan, so everything I eat is veg. One of my favorites lately is method more than a recipe. I've been making Hippie Bowls, with greens, a grain, a protein, roasted veg and a tahini sauce. So, so GOOD!

    gaia (at) cinci (dot) rr (dot) com

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  11. I love curries, patties and empanadas made with chickpeas or beans.

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  12. I make a great Japanese noodle bowl with lots of veggies and tofu!

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  13. I love vegetarian taco casserole. :)

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  14. pasta pomodoro has to be my favorite

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  15. My fave vegetarian dish is stuffed cabbage rolls (with carrots).

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  16. I love quinoa salad!

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  17. Chickpea burgers are my fave...yumza!

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  18. I'm simple-- I adore a good pesto over gluten free pasta! (I adore Mayim too-- just fyi lol)

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  19. I stink at picking favorites - I have an awesome recipe from Food 52 that is quinoa w/butternut squash, spinach, cranberries and pumpkin seeds. A winner!

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  20. I love falafel and have been wanting to take a peak inside this book. So glad to have read your fun and thorough review :)

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  21. SO EXCITING!!

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  22. I love any kind of veggie stir fry or burritos :)

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  23. I love vegan cream sauces like alfredo and mac and cheese! Thanks :)

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  24. My favorite is a nice fresh salad full of all sorts of veggies. Nothing tastes better.

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  25. I'm currently obsessed with roasted asparagus.

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  26. I love seitan but can't seem to make it right :(

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  27. I love anything that can be served over rice :)

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  28. I LOVE ratatouille! Mmmm I'm craving some now.

    Rafflecopter name: Sarah S.
    texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

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  29. That Mac n Cheese looks delicious, definitely making my mouth water. I think I'm going to have to give that a go.

    Rosie x | www.eatreadglam.com

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  30. We have a chickpea salad with nuts and lots of vegetables and spices and lemon juice that we eat at least once a week during the warmer weather.

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  31. Mac n Cheese!

    jennybunny_(at)hotmail(dot)com

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