If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see some of the vegan party foods I have enjoyed recently, as well as meals from recent restaurant and bakery visits. Here on the blog today, I'm sharing a look at one particularly healthy and delicious day of vegan eating.
Angela Liddon's new cookbook, Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes, will be out soon. That news inspired me to browse my copy of her first cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out. I went grocery shopping with a few recipes from the book in mind. For breakfast, I prepared Angela's classic green monster smoothie. It's a simple recipe with yummy results. The smoothie's green colour comes from a handful of spinach or kale. With the spoonful of peanut butter and dash of cinnamon in the recipe you don't even taste the veggies though.
For my second breakfast (smoothies are never quite enough for me), I started by making the Oh She Glows classic hummus. It was to be the star topping on my bowl of Loaded Savory Oatmeal and Lentil Bowl (also from The Oh She Glows Cookbook). This was the first time I tried the recipe and it took longer to cook than was indicated in the recipe. The next time I made the lentil bowl I put the higher amount of vegetable broth suggested. It was a bit less thick in the end. Both end results tasted good though. Besides the hummus, I also put grape tomatoes, green onions and avocado slices on top. It was a very filling bowl and by the time I made it it was almost lunchtime.
I prepared a platter of watermelon, strawberries, blueberries and grapes for the family to munch on. I soon began munching on it myself.
Between the loaded bowl and the fruit platter I didn't actually need a full lunch so later in the day I made the Cheerful Chocolate Smoothie from The Oh She Glows Cookbook. It benefits from avocado and Medjool dates and, with the addition of cocoa, ends up being a delicious chocolate "treat."
I spent a lot of the day in the kitchen that day preparing healthy eats and washing dishes. By dinnertime, I decided to throw some Gardein vegan nuggets in the oven to make dinner easier. While the vegan nuggets cooked, I prepared cauliflower mashed potatoes and easy mushroom gravy (both of those also from The Oh She Glows Cookbook). My son complained a bit about the fact that I put cauliflower in the mashed potatoes, but I don't think it causes a noticeable difference in taste, and it certainly boosts the nutrition factor.
What are your fave vegan cookbooks? Do you have The Oh She Glows Cookbook?
Linking up to What I Ate Wednesday by Peas and Crayons, this week hosted at The Big Man's World.