Monthly Archives: January 2014

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!


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

30-Day Vegan Challenge


Color Me Vegan (our February 2013 VegCookbook)


The Joy of Vegan Baking


On Being Vegan


The Vegan Table (our February 2012 VegCookbook)


Vegan’s Daily Companion


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.

Harvest Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Creole Black-Eyed Peas + Carrot Soup

“I never knew that Instagram could be a community. But what I discovered last week was a group of people all cooking out of one vegan cookbook author’s recipes, sharing their photos, tips and reviews on Instagram.”
~ Healthy Girl’s Kitchen
Healthy Girl's Kitchen

Happy New Year and a big welcome to all of the new VegCookbook Club members.  Seems like a lot of new folks have joined us this month, in part because of a blog post by Wendy of Healthy Girl’s Kitchen (Thanks for the post, Wendy, and thanks, Eve, for introducing Wendy to the VCBC!).

If you’re here for the first time, you can learn more about how to participate on our About page. This month, we’re cooking together from Lindsay Nixon’s VegCookbooks.

Let’s jump right into the VegCookbook Club Story Swap! Feel free to let me know if you see any boo-boos in recipe names, which VegCoobook they come from, etc.  It’s fun to have everyone cooking from so many cookbooks, but it’s hard to track it all!

Happy Herbivore

Everyday Happy Herbivore

Happy Herbivore Abroad

Happy Herbivore Light and Lean

Recipes from Lindsay’s website

December review of our 2013 VegCookbooks

So far I’ve made three Happy Herbivore recipes:

1. The Harvest Salad with Maple Vinaigrette from Happy Herbivore Light and Lean.  I liked this, but it’s a lot for a single serving. I would have liked more dressing, but I know that the small amount of dressing is what keeps it low calorie. I ate half for lunch and half for dinner. It was actually yummier for dinner ’cause all of the goodies fell to the bottom ( :

harvest salad

2. Creole Black-Eyed Peas from Lindsay Nixon’s January 30th eNews. These were fine on their own, but were kicked up a notch to yumminess by eating them with a side of Field Roast Sausage!

Creole Black-Eyed Peas

3. Carrot Soup. What I really like about the Happy Herbivore recipes are that they are simple, quick and use accessible, whole ingredients. This a very simple, quick and nutritious soup that, because of the minimal ingredients, was a bit plain for my tastes. Pretty though!

Carrot Soup

What have you been VegCooking?