Love Your Heart Beet Soup + Coconut Bliss Granola

Last week I made two dee-lish-us recipes from our April VegCookbook, Blissful Bites!

Inspired by Debra’s rave review, I made the Love Your Heart Beet Soup (p. 63).  It was earthy and comforting, and such a beautiful color.  If you’re going to make it, definitely use red lentils (the recipe calls for them) so that you get the best color.

I also made the Coconut Bliss Granola (p. 35), which is freaky good and full of yummy things: brown rice crispies, rolled oats, raisins, almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, cinnamon, sunflower seeds, dried coconut, and more!

It makes a lot, but given how much the hubs and I like it, I don’t think it’s going to be around for long. I’ll definitely be making it again.

What VegCooking did you do this week?

Full disclosure: The link to Blissful Bites is attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you make a purchase after you click on it, I receive a small percentage of the sale.

2 responses to “Love Your Heart Beet Soup + Coconut Bliss Granola

  1. I have struggled a little bit with this book, not because the recipes aren’t great, though! I haven’t had a lot of planning time and I’m also trying to use the ingredients in my weekly farm produce box. I’ve just found my combinations of ingredients haven’t been as useful!

    But I did make one specific dish. I made the “green spring casserole.” It was tasty! I took pictures, but it isn’t a very pretty dish. It just looks ike a lot of green on a plate. Ha. It was fine…not great. However, I didn’t have cumin seeds. Every time I have gone to make a recipe I have found one or two ingredients out of reach. I added ground cumin, but that’s not the same.

    I would make this again for me, but not for others. I like kale so much this had a nice tang and provided a change from steamed! And it was easy. It just wasn’t great and I also found the directions vague. Nothing was said about cutting the I steamed it first, but didn’t cut it into small pieces. So when the casserole is cut, the kale comes out in big pieces, making it kind of a glob on the plate.

    I went to Penzey’s Spices this week and stocked up on some of the requirements for these recipes–fennel seed, cumin seed…and I can see that my problem is I need to take our next book and do one good shopping to at least have some of the staples on hand. In other words, I need to plan! That’s been my obstacle. This is a great challenge. Debra

    • Hi Debra,

      Finding time to cook and shop is definitely a challenge!

      Maybe for Veganomicon, you can flip through and put post-its on all the recipes that look fun to try this month. Then, see if any of them have similar ingredients (e.g. cumin seeds) that are worth stocking up on at the beginning of the month.

      Also, can you find out what veggies will be coming in your box in May? If you can, then when you are putting post-its on possible May recipes in Veganomicon, you can keep an eye out for ones that could use those veggies.

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