Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton - Book Review

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes is a plant-based cooking guide geared towards families and children. This is a unique selling point given that it can be difficult to even get adults excited and interested in eating vegan, but it is crucially important that we start to raise new generations to better appreciate the bounty nature provides for us time and time again.

As a society, we often take advantage of the convenience of food we can drive down the road and buy at a grocery store. Long gone are the days in the US where we had to grow our our food in order to survive. While gardening will play a pivotal role in the days to come for "future veganism," the truth is that simply making vegan food attractive to people will also be vitally important.

In order to become more attractive to a younger audience, some of these recipes contain a higher fat content than I would typically prefer. I attempt to keep my diet very low in dietary fat. This is a fundamental attraction to starch-based diets proposed by people like Dr. McDougall. Still, sometimes ingredients can be substituted, and there are still a large number of usable recipes even for someone like myself. There is no usage of oils, white sugar, white flour, or processed foods. As a result, what we have is a generally excellent whole foods, plant-based recipe guide.

The recipes are categorized by breakfast, lunch, dinner; as well as snacks and desserts. Example recipes include the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Creamy Fettuccine, Apple Pie Chia Pudding, and No-Bake Granola Bars. These are not hugely experimental recipes by any stretch of the imagination, but they have a real practical use that cannot be overlooked. For myself, the major selling point is not just the recipes themselves, but the included photographs and knowledge that these recipes will, without a doubt, be more attractive to kids than some foods even I eat!

This is especially true for kids who grow up eating heavily processed foods. The McDonald's generations have a tendency to really like food with high fat, salt, and sugar content. The thought that we can change our diets substantially with a little help is great, and Plant-Powered Families appears to meet this need quite well.

If you are looking for a cook book that caters to a plant-smart, plant-based dietary regimen, then it is safe to say that Plant-Powered Families may just be the book for you. It is available for purchase through Amazon both for Kindle and in paperback. I have a physical copy myself, and it really does serve well as a guide for some easy and tasty vegan meals!