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Our July 2014 VegCookbook: Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero

Salad Samurai

Yay! It’s summer!  And what better way to celebrate than by making salads from Terry Hope Romero’s new VegCookbook, Salad Samurai in July.

Here are a few recipes from Salad Samurai floating around the Interwebs:

You can learn more about Terry on:

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.

Pesto + Marinated Tomato Sauce from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Pesto from Moosewood Cookbook

My senior year of college, I lived with four other women in a house with a kitchen (previously I’d lived in the dorm and eaten at the campus cafeteria). Sunday-Thursday, each of us would cook one dinner. Two of the women were vegetarians, and I was somewhat veggie, so most of our joint dinners were vegetarian. We cooked a lot from The New Basics Cookbook, The (original) Moosewood Cookbook, and The (original) Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

I think we ate the Pesto and Marinated Tomato Sauce from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest at least twice a month, if not more, so I’m rather sentimental about these recipes ( :

When I made them this month, they were just as tasty as they were 25 years ago, especially at this time of year, when tomatoes and basil are in season.

Marinated Tomato Sauce from Enchanted Broccoli Forest

The Pesto recipe was the first homemade pesto I’d ever made (it was the early 90′s and pesto was just becoming popular in the United States). I’ve made the Marinated Tomato Sauce more times than I can count. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like this recipe, so it’s the perfect vegetarian dish to bring to potlucks and have at parties. Plus, it’s crazy simple to make and double.

You could veganize the Marinated Tomato Sauce recipe by replacing the mozzarella with vegan mozzarella, or tofu, and veganize the Pesto recipe by replacing the parmesan cheese with vegan parm, or nutritional yeast (although, you might need to change the proportions for the pesto because vegan parm and nutritional yeast are such different textures than parmesan cheese).

VegCookbook Club Story Swap:

Mollie Katzen’s VegCookbooks

More Quick-Fix Vegan (our May VegCookbook)

What have you been VegCooking?

Our June 2014 Featured VegCookbook Author: Mollie Katzen

Mollie Katzen's VegCookbooks

Hello VegCooks!

This morning, while pulling out the hummus recipe from the original edition of the Moosewood Cookbook, I got inspired for us to go back to some of the roots of VegCookbooks by having Mollie Katzen be our Featured VegCookbook author in June.

She has 12 VegCookbooks we can cook from together, including a new one (published in 2013) and three for kids:

You can learn more about Mollie 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.

More Quick-Fix Vegan Round-Up

Hello VegCooks!

How have you liked our May VegCookbook, More Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson? I’ve tried five recipes so far:

Farfalle with Madeira Mushrooms

Very yummy sauce!

Farfalle with Madeira Mushrooms
Rotini with Broccoli and Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

OK, but I probably wouldn’t make it again.

Rotini with Broccoli and Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Moroccan Couscous Bowl

Tasty!  I loved all of the different colors and textures.

Moroccan Couscous Bowl

Fiery “Korean” Stir-Fry

My favorite recipe of the five. Really delicious.

Fiery "Korean" Stir-Fry

Sushi Bowl

This was good too. Robertson has a real knack for creating original and delicious flavors.  The only drawback was that it didn’t make great leftovers.

Sushi Bowl

VegCookbook Club Story Swap:

What have you been VegCooking?

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

mayimsvegantable

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