Purple Slaw with Toasted Pecans + Butter Bean and Tomato-Drenched Collards with Parsley

This week I made two AMAZING dishes from The Inspired Vegan:

1. Purple Slaw with Toasted Pecans (p. 135-136)

The combination of the garlicky slaw, toasted pecans and sweet-tart Granny Smith apples is the secret to what made each mouthful amazing.  My beet and purple cabbage were big, so I doubled the dressing. I also mixed all of the dressing in from the get-go, rather than leaving some to drizzle at the end, which would have been pretty, but I wanted all the flavor to soak into the veggies at once.

2. Butter Bean and Tomato-Drenched Collards with Parsley
(pp. 57-59)

Holy cow was this soup good, and it just gets more and more tasty the longer it sits.  I’ve definitely been resistant to soaking and cooking dried beans (who has the time?), but this soup + the Red Beans with Thick Gravy and Roasted Garlic is making me a covert. The only change I made was to leave out the serrano chile.

Because last week was such a stressful + non-cooking week, I tried to make up for it this week.  I also made:

Power Salad from Meg Worden’s Salad Alchemy

You can’t really go wrong when it comes to quinoa, in my opinion.

Bananas Foster from Vegetarian Times

Yum! I used Dark Chocolate Coconut Bliss for the “ice cream.” The recipe is from  Raven’s Restaurant at the Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino (vacation wish list!).

What did you make from The Inspired Vegan this week?

Full disclosure: I received a review copy of The Inspired Vegan, and the link from it is connected to my Amazon Associates account. If you buy something after clicking on the link, I get a small portion of the sale.

2 responses to “Purple Slaw with Toasted Pecans + Butter Bean and Tomato-Drenched Collards with Parsley

  1. I made the Coconut Quinoa you recommended from last week. It was so quick and so easy, and quite light and tasty. I still haven’t reconciled myself to the soaking and cooking brans form scratch. I need to get on that :)

  2. Elisa ~
    I just love that coconut quinoa. It’s a recipe I know I’ll make again and again. It has definitely taken some planning for the bean buying/soaking/cooking thing, but both recipes were outstanding and made a lot of leftovers.

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