Vegan Recipes

Do You Have to be a Professional Chef to Eat a Plant-Based Diet?

Do You Have to be a Professional Chef to Eat a Plant-Based Diet?

If you have spent any amount of time researching the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet and lifestyle, you have probably come face-to-face with an abundance of recipe guides catering to every niche of the plant-based lifestyle. Not to mention, thousands of free recipes available online. Plant-Smart Living even provides both a recipe guide and free recipes online as well.

But, being so exposed to recipes constantly in this lifestyle can have adverse effects too.

How to Replace Fatty Oils in Your Baking Recipes

How to Replace Fatty Oils in Your Baking Recipes

If you are looking to reduce or completely rid your cooking of fatty oils – like coconut, olive, and vegetable oil – it can sometimes be difficult to think of a good replacement. A whole foods, plant-based diet with no oil has been advocated by many plant-based doctors, and I even attribute much of my successful weight loss to this diet and lifestyle change.

Chickpeas and Garlic for Hummus Instant Pot - Recipe from Vegan Under Pressure!

Chickpeas and Garlic for Hummus Instant Pot - Recipe from Vegan Under Pressure!

It can sometimes be difficult to tell if the food advertised in cookbooks is all it is made out to be. Food can be made to look good in pictures, but in real life might not taste so good. I thought it would be a neat idea to try putting the unique cookbook Vegan Under Pressure to the test, as I was so nicely provided with a free copy to send to one lucky winner of our Plant-Smart Living Giveaway. I am pleased to say that the end result of this hummus recipe is great!

Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow - Book Review

Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow - Book Review

There are many vegan cookbooks on the market, but Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow (AKA: The Veggie Queen) stands out in my mind with its niche focus on making plant-based recipes in a pressure cooker. Immediately, the book title is gripping as this was not the expected implication; but rather the social aspects of veganism can sometimes make one feel, quite literally, “under pressure.” I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book to provide to the Plant-Smart Living audience (if you join in on our Plant-Smart Living Giveaway running until the end of June, 2016!). I quite enjoyed many of these recipes, which I make in my Instant Pot cooker.

V is for Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers - Book Review

V is for Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers - Book Review

V is For Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers (not to be confused with V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind) provides 150 vegan recipes with the intention of making veganism attractive to newcomers to a plant-based diet and healthier lifestyle. From the first glance at the included, high quality photographs (by photographer Jan Baldwin), one can tell that much of this food is meant to be the “comfort food” of the vegan world. The vegan recipes included in this cookbook is a great starting point for new vegans and non-vegans alike. It provides some easy starting points to expand your palette wherever you may be on your personal journey.

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 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.

Why You Should Use Plant Based Diet Recipes to be a Better Vegan

Why You Should Use Plant Based Diet Recipes to be a Better Vegan

One of the most intimidating aspects of switching to a vegan diet is learning how to make the food more interesting and desirable. This is especially true if you are used to eating food that is particularly unhealthy. Not just meat, but rather food that has been highly processed, and coated in salt, sugar, and grease. These taste sensations can be replicated to certain degrees within a healthy vegan diet, but they are properties that make the Standard American Diet (SAD) so addictive.

Dining at The Ravens by Jeff and Joan Stanford - Book Review

Dining at The Ravens by Jeff and Joan Stanford  - Book Review

Dining at the Ravens is a unique vegan recipe book. The reason I can say this is because these recipes originated within the walls of the only vegan resort in the United States: The Ravens Restaurant at Stanford Inn by the Sea. The self-described goal of the establishment is to bring mindful, compassionate, and a sustainable sustainable dining experience in an enchanting and unforgettable setting. Like a fairy tale come to life, Dining at the Ravens provides exposure to plant-based meals that most of us will likely not be able to try ourselves, unless we run into the opportunity to visit this unique restaurant.

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