Monthly Archives: July 2012

Kale Salad with Dried Fruits and Nuts + Nutty Chocolate-Banana and Spinach Smoothie

One recipe I made last week that I’ll definitely make again from Wild About Greens is the Kale Salad with Dried Fruits and Nuts. Yum, yum, yum.

This was one of my first “massaged” kale salads, and it was delicious.  The combo of the kale, dried cranberries (you can use other kinds of dried fruit), nuts (I used walnuts and pecans), lemon juice, agave nectar + salt and pepper was heaven. Definitely a keeper.

The other recipe I tried and liked last week was the Nutty Chocolate-Banana and Spinach Smoothie. It’s probably not the healthiest green smoothie with the chocolate almond milk and peanut butter in it, but it sure was good. It seems like a delicious way to sneak some greens into a reluctant greens-eater’s dessert.

That’s a wrap on our July VegCookBook, Wild About Greens. On to our August VegCookBook, Let Them Eat Vegan!

What were some of your favorite recipes from Wild About Greens?

August VegCookbook: Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton

A big thanks to everyone who voted in the August VegCookbook Club poll.  You chose Dreena Burton’s third cookbook, Let Them Eat Vegan.

For more info about Dreena, go to plantpoweredkitchen.com, and follow her on Twitter (@dreenaburton),  Facebook, and Pinterest.

If you have children, you might be interested in her new Plant-Powered Kids series.

Whenever we start a new cookbook, I like to search around and see what recipes other food bloggers have already tried. Below are some reviews with mouth-watering photos:

Full disclosure: The link to Let Them Eat Vegan is attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you make a purchase after you click on the link, I receive a small percentage of the sale. which I’ll probably use to buy more books! Also, I received a review copy of Let Them Eat Vegan.

Poll: What Should Our August VegCookbook Be?

Can you believe it’ll be August next week?  It’s time to choose our August VegCookbook. Please vote in the poll ASAP. I will announce our August pick on Saturday, July 27th. I’ve included links to the proposed cookbooks below the poll so that you can learn more about them.

 

Let Them Eat Vegan!: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family by Dreena Burton

 

Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables by Cheryl Sternman Rule

 

Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson

 

Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less by  Robin Robertson

 

Full disclosure: The links to the vegcookbooks are attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you make a purchase after you click on a link, I receive a small percentage of the sale. Also, I received review copies of Ripe and Let Them Eat Vegan.

Kale and Red Quinoa Salad + Southwestern Style Greens with Pinto Beans

Hello VegCooks!

This week I had time to cook more than just smoothies from this month’s VegCookbook, Wild About Greens.  Yay! Yesterday, I made the Kale and Red Quinoa Salad. Isn’t it pretty? I ate it for lunch today with sliced avocado on top.  Yum yum yum.

Earlier in the week, I made the Southwestern-Style Greens with Pinto Beans. I’m not a big spicy food gal, so I omitted the green chiles, which was a mistake.  It was good, but mild without the chiles. If I make it again, I’ll include at least one chile.

Finally, I’m still *loving* all of the book’s smoothie recipes. The Greens, Cucumber and Pineapple Smoothie had collard greens in it! I felt very nutritionally virtuous drinking it (:

Like I mentioned last week, even thought I don’t have a Vitamix, I was able to grind up everything just fine with my blender.  I just started with chop, moved to mix, and then liquefy. I never thought I’d like cucumbers in my smoothies, but I do. They’re super refreshing.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: I received a review copy of Wild About Greens. Also, the links to Wild About Greens, the blender, and Vitamix are attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you purchase something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

VegCookBook Club is Featured on VegNews.com!

Wahoo! I’m *so* excited.  Our VegCookBook Club is included in the VegNews.com article, 3 Ways to Share Your Love of Veg Food, by Hilary Pollack.

Be sure to share it with all your peeps, and tell ‘em to come on over and cook with us!

Quinoa with Chard and Chickpeas + Spinach and Mango Smoothie

Sorry I missed Meatless Monday this week. I was out of town for the weekend, and am a bit behind on everything. I made two things from this month’s VegCookbook, Wild About Greens, since my last post.

The Quinoa with Chard and Chickpeas was warm, comforting and protein packed, but a little salty. You cook one cup of quinoa in two cups of water with two veggie bouillon cubes in it.  If I make it again, I’ll use one cube.  I used lacinto, or “dinosaur” kale instead of chard because it was on sale, and it’s my favorite leafy green (:

I’ve been loving all of the smoothie recipes in this cookbook.  The one pictured above is the Spinach and Mango Smoothie.  Even though the recipe suggested using a high speed mixer, like a Vitamix, I was able to use my regular blender.  I just started out with chop and then moved on to mix, liquefy and puree.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: I received a review copy of Wild About Greens. Also, the links to Wild About Greens and Vitamix are attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you purchase something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Spinach Pina Colada Smoothie + Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas and Olives

This week, I made another smoothie from our July VegCookbook, Wild About Greens, the Spinach Pina Colada Smoothie.  I liked the Green Velvet Smoothie I made last week, but I LOVED this smoothie.  I’ve already made it twice.

If you don’t have the cookbook, here’s the Spinach Pina Colada Smoothie recipe on VegKitchen.

I also made the Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas and Olives, which was tasty and filling.

If you don’t have the cookbook, here’s the Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas and Olives recipe on VegKitchen.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: The link to Wild About Greens is attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you purchase something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!