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May 2014 VegCookbook: More Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson

more quick fix veganI know that many of you get your VegCookbooks at the library, so I wanted to announce our May VegCookbook early, to give you time to get your copies, especially if there is a waiting list.

Our May VegCookbook will be Robin Robertson’s newest VegCookbook, More Quick-Fix Vegan: Simple, Delicious Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less. I don’t know about you, but that is about all the time I have to cook dinner these days, so I’m hoping that this cookbook will help the hubs and I have more home-cooked meals!

She has four recipes from More Quick-Fix Vegan on her website:

You can learn more about Robin here:

If you’re a newbie here, you can read about how to participate in the VegCookbook Club on our About and Love Notes pages. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com.

Huge VegCookbook Club Round-Up: Oh She Glows and Mayim’s Vegan Table

Hello VegCooks!

I’m so sorry that the round-up of all of your beautiful VegCooking has been delayed.  Here’s a big ‘ole list of what we’ve been cooking together from our March VegCookbook, Oh She Glows, and our April VegCookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Kitchen, since our last round-up on March 7th.

For some reason, not all of the photos tagged with #vegcookbookclub are visible on statigr.am (the site I link to so you all can click through and see the VegCooking photos on Instagram). You’ll have to search for #vegcookbookclub on Instagram on your phone to see all of the photos.

I’ve posted photos of what I’ve been VegCooking at the bottom of the post.

VegCookbook Club Story Swap

March VegCookbook: Oh She Glows

April VegCookbook: Mayim’s Vegan Table

What I’ve Been VegCooking:

April VegCookbook: Oh She Glows

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

I LOVED this recipe. I must have made it 5 or 6 times last month. I didn’t include the shredded coconut or hemp seeds ’cause I didn’t have them, and they were kinda pricey. Now that the weather is warming up, it doesn’t appeal to me as much, but I’ll definitely start making it again in the fall.

Loaded Savory Oatmeal and Lentil Bowl

Loaded Savory Oatmeal and Lentil Bowl
This was also extremely delicious.  I wish I had doubled the recipe. YUM!

Maple-Cinnamon Apple and Pear Baked Oatmeal

Maple-Cinnamon Apple and Pear Baked Oatmeal

I liked this too, but nothing could compare to my beloved Apple Pie Oatmeal!

Crispy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These were also *very* good (basically, everything in this cookbook is yummy). I’ve never made gluten-free cookies before, so it was great to have a delicious vegan and gluten-free cookie option for potlucks. Everyone at the gathering I brought them to had a variety of dietary needs and likes, and they all liked them.

Beet Salad with Hazelnuts, Thyme and Balsamic Reduction

Beet Salad with Hazelnuts, Thyme and Balsamic Reduction

Another winner, although it took me much longer to make it than I expected after roasted, peeling and slicing the beets, toasting the hazelnuts, and making the balsamic reduction (so fancy!). This is definitely a weekend dish, at least for me.

Creamy Vegetable Curry

Creamy Vegetable Curry

This was good, but the “Creamy Curried Vegetables” in How It All Vegan is still my favorite curry recipe.

Classic Green Monster Smoothie

Classic Green Monster Smoothie
I liked that this recipe made a lot.  I put some in a jar, thinking I would finish it the next day, but it was too delish. I drank it all at once!

Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta

Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta
Yum! If I make this again, I’ll definitely double the recipe because it went to fast.

May VegCookbook: Mayim’s Vegan Table

Mac N Cheez

Mac N Cheez

This was a fine recipe, but I’m just not a “fake” cheese fan.  I keep trying recipes that use things like Daiya Cheese, but I just don’t like it. I prefer nut, or nutritional yeast cheese alternatives.

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

This was a perfectly good green smoothie, and I liked that it made a lot.

Almond Butter Smoothie

Almond Butter Smoothie
This was very yummy because it was sweeeeet!

What have you been VegCooking?

Our April 2014 VegCookbook: Mayim’s Vegan Table

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A big thanks to everyone who voted in our poll. You chose Mayim’s Vegan Table by Mayim Bialik for us to cook from together in April.

You can learn more about Mayim on her website, www.mayimbialik.net and follow her on Twitter at @missmayim. You can download the first chapter of her cookbook for free here.

She doesn’t seem to have recipes on her website, but here are some articles about her cookbook that include recipes:

If you’re a newbie here, you can read about how to participate in the VegCookbook Club on our About and Love Notes pages. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com.

P.S. Sorry I’m so behind on the weekly round-ups for our March VegCookbook, Oh She Glows!

What Should our April VegCookbook Be?

Hello VegCooks!

I thought we’d do a poll this time to choose our April VegCookbook. Please vote by March 25th in the poll below. I’ve put links to the books on Amazon below the poll if you want to read more about them.



mayimsvegantableMayim’s Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours
by Mayim Bialik

morequickfixvegan

More Quick-Fix Vegan: Simple, Delicious Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less by Robin Robertson

new vegetarian cooking for everyone

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Straight-from-the-Earth

Straight from the Earth: Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone by Myra Goodman

March 2014 VegCookbook: The Oh She Glows Cookbook

oh she glows cookbook

One of the new VegCookbooks people seem the most excited about cooking together from is The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon, so I thought it could be our March VegCookbook!

According to Amazon, the paperback and Kindle versions of the book release on March 4th in the States (it might already be out in Canada). Luckily, the Oh She Glows blog has tons of recipes on it, so we can cook from the blog until the cookbook is available. It even has a popular recipes page.

To learn more about Angela, here’s her 411:

If you’re a newbie here, you can read about how to participate in the VegCookbook Club on our About and Love Notes pages. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com.

Better-Than-Tuna Salad + “African” Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

Hello VegCooks!

How are you liking Collen Patrick-Goudreau’s VegCookbooks? Do you have a favorite?

I tried two more recipes last week from The Vegan Table: the Better-Than-Tuna-Salad and the “African” Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup. I loved the Better-Than-Tuna Salad, but honestly, I like anything with Vegenaise in it (why is Vegenaise so good?). The addition of walnuts gave it extra crunch and made it quite filling.

Better-Than Tuna Salad

The “African” Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup was pretty good, but it makes a lot, so be prepared to feed a crowd, or eat it for daaaaaaays.

"African" Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

What have you been VegCooking?

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 VegCookbook Club Story Swap

Color Me Vegan

The Joy of Vegan Baking

The Vegan Table

Vegan’s Daily Companion

Penne Arrabbiata + “Cuban” Black Bean Soup

Hello VegCooks!

First off, I want to say thank you for all of the thoughtful comments in response to my request for feedback about how useful the VegCookbook Club Story Swaps are to you, and if I should continue to do them. I’m going to mull over all of your great suggestions and figure out what would be best for the Club and fun for me ( :

Last week, I made two dishes from The Vegan Table by our February VegCookbook Club author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

The Penne Arrabbiata was very yummy and quick to make.  I added a ton of  extra garlic and served it with a side of Nate’s Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs. This was my first time trying Nate’s Meatballs and they were delish.

pasta arrabiata

I also made the “Cuban” Black Bean soup. It has a strong banana flavor (the recipe calls for three bananas) that I simultaneously liked and didn’t like, if that makes any sense. I liked the “Caribbean” flavor of the soup, but sometimes the banana flavor was too weird. I served it with slices of Italian Field Roast Sausage and avocado to give it a little more savory flavor.

"Cuban" Black Bean Soup

What have you been VegCooking?

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 VegCookbook Club Story Swap

30 Day Vegan Challenge

Color Me Vegan

The Joy of Vegan Baking

The Vegan Table

Vegan’s Daily Companion

Kale Chips, Penne with Veggies, Three-Bean Chili, Warm Spinach Salad + Garlic and Greens Soup

Hello VegCooks!

Sorry it’s been so long since I did a round-up/VegCookbook Club Story Swap. I think I’ve mentioned that I have a new, almost full-time job, and I’m having trouble finding time to blog here regularly.

Plus, y’all been cooking up a storm. It’s hard to keep up! Over the three weeks, 25 of us have made and shared almost 120 recipes from our January and February VegCookbooks!

Just out of curiosity, how useful/interesting are the VegCookbook Club Story Swaps to you? Should I continue them, or do you follow along with people’s VegCooking on your own?

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Since I last posted a round-up a few weeks ago, I’ve made a bunch of stuff from The Vegan Table by our February VegCookbook author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau:

I made the Three-Bean Chili last weekend for the Super Bowl. Very yummy and so colorful. I didn’t include the suggested cayenne powder ’cause I’m a spiciness wimp. I’ll definitely make this again.

Three Bean Chili

This is the second time I’ve made the Warm Spinach Salad, but this time I used 3/4  of a cup of balsamic vinegar rather than the suggested 1 cup because my notes said, “Good, but less vinegar, or more oil.”  It was just as good the second time, but still too vinegar-y. I’ll use even less vinegar next time.

Warm Spinach Salad

I also made the Garlic and Greens Soup last night. It’s raining like crazy this weekend in the Bay Area, and lots of people at work have been sick, so it seemed like a good time to eat a head of garlic.  The soup has a surprising sweetness that I really like, but it’s not very filling. If I make it again, I will add white beans, so that it can more of an entree soup.

Garlic and Greens Soup

Last weekend I also made the Penne Pasta with Fresh Vegetables, which was delicious, but it doesn’t make great leftovers. Because the vegetables are fresh, they get increasingly soggy and limp with each day. I would only make this again if I knew it could all be eaten the day it was made. I would also sauté the Field Roast Sausages in a separate pan before I added them to the the dish to give them some crispiness.

Penne Pasta with Fresh Vegetables

Last month, I tried two more recipes from Happy Herbivore Light and Lean by our January VegCookbook author, Lindsay Nixon. I liked Scott’s Burrito fine, but decided that I prefer for my burritos to be a little warm.

Scott's Burrito

The last thing I made from Happy Herbivore Light and Lean was the Kale Chips. I made a mistake that I’ve done before when making kale chips: I wash the kale and then put it in the oven without drying it off first. Don’t do it! It take for-ev-ah for them to crisp.

Kale Chips

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 VegCookbook Club Story Swap

February: The VegCookbooks of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Color Me Vegan

The Joy of Vegan Baking

The Vegan Table

Vegan’s Daily Companion

January: The VegCookbooks of Lindsay Nixon

Happy Herbivore

Everyday Happy Herbivore

Happy Herbivore Abroad

Happy Herbivore Light and Lean

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What have you been VegCooking?

Our February 2014 VegCookbook Author: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Everyone seemed to enjoy cooking from one VegCookbook author’s collection last month, so I thought we’d do it again in February!

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Our February 2014 VegCookbook author will be Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen is the author of six books:

30-Day Vegan Challenge

30dayveganchallenge

Color Me Vegan (our February 2013 VegCookbook)

ColorMeVegan

The Joy of Vegan Baking

joyofveganbaking

On Being Vegan

onbeingvegan

The Vegan Table (our February 2012 VegCookbook)

thevegantable

Vegan’s Daily Companion

vegansdailycompanion

To learn more about Colleen, check out some of her social media channels:

If you’re a newbie here, you can read about how to participate in the VegCookbook Club on our About and Love Notes pages. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com.

Salad in a Jar, Smashed White Bean Wrap + Hot Chocolate

Lunch is my least favorite meal. If we lived in a culture where we all went home for a big mid-day meal, then I might like it, but most lunches are sandwiches in baggies, soggy salads, or leftovers in Tupperware. Not my idea of fuel for the middle of the work day, so last week I tried a couple recipes as possible lunch options:

Lindsay's Fave Salad in a Jar
Lindsay’s Fave Salad in a Jar

I went a little crazy with the ingredients, so it didn’t all fit in one jar. I actually really liked this and love the construction. You put the dressing and less porous ingredients on the bottom of the jar, so that when you flip it over, the dressing goes all the way through. The inclusion of a sweet potato and garbanzos beans made it pretty filling, although I still had to bring more snacks to eat throughout the day. I made it twice and will make it again.

Smashed White Bean Wrap
Smashed White Bean Wrap

This was also tasty, but not enough for my lunch appetite. I made it twice and the second time I brought it to work with Lindsay’s Fave Salad in a Jar, which filled me up.

Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate

After all that healthiness, it was time for a treat! I was too lazy to blend the ingredients in a blender (as suggested), so I just melted them in a pot and used my IKEA milk frother to blend them together right in the pot. I’ll make this again too.

VegCookbook Club Story Swap

Happy Herbivore

Everyday Happy Herbivore

Happy Herbivore Abroad

Happy Herbivore Light and Lean

Happy Herbivore Meal Plans, blog and/or website

What did you VegCook last week?

P.S. We got a nice shout out in the Omar Niode Foundation blog post, Let’s join Online Food Book Clubs.