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‘Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simple Satisfying Plant-based Recipes’ by Angela Liddon

When Oh She Glows came onto my kitchen table, I was thrilled to have a cookbook which I could feel confident using if I had vegan guests coming over, but I could also use these simple and wholesome recipes everyday, as is, or by adding a bit of meat, cheese, or milk. I loved this cookbook immediately and have gotten quite clever about locating things in my grocery store like almond flour and sorghum and nutritional yeast. Grocery stores have caught on and are making Bob’s Red Mill products widely available and offer handy ‘health food sections’ where the ingredients can be found. I didn’t know how much I would use this cookbook when I got it, but it has become my ‘go-to’ right alongside Looneyspoons!

I was excited to learn that Angela Liddon has another cookbook out with an ‘everyday’ focus, and thanks to my children and Mother’s Day, I have been able to start enjoying this book as well, though I find everyday things in both of these books. It’s just more of her recipes and there are some really good ones in it. Love the salads, the Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies recipe, interesting things for breakfast like Apple Pie Overnight Oats and a vast selection of smoothies. There is a large section featuring ‘Homemade Staples’ like 9-Spice Mix and Lemon Tahini Dressing that might be handy to keep on hand. Healthy eating couldn’t be easier!

If you are a fan of Angela Liddon you probably already subscribe to her blog, but did you know she has an iPad and iPhone app? Cook from Oh She Glows using your favourite device! Check your meal ideas on the train on the way home before you stop off at the store!!  Special search options and features of the app include the same elegant photography as in the books, listing capabilities, an anti-lock feature keeping your screen from going dark while cooking, and the ability to cross off ingredients from the list as you include them in the recipe!!

‘The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out’ by Angela Liddon

Oh She GlowsstarstarstarstarIt’s always good to know if your dinner guests have any dietary restrictions. I think we have become quite comfortable dealing with the gluten free and vegetarian diets, whether those are health related choices or medical restrictions. But the word “vegan” still strikes fear in my heart, and maybe yours too, wondering what on earth I could cook with a no-animal-products-whatsoever consideration!

Blogger, self-trained chef, and food photographer Angela Liddon comes to the rescue with a creative and lovely cookbook brimming with great ideas and recipes using wholesome plant-based foods. Click on her name to see her blog. In addition to being meat and dairy free, Liddon’s recipes are also mostly free of gluten, soy, and processed foods. What’s left you might ask? Well, how do these recipe names grab you:

Spa Day Bircher Muesli
Out-the-Door Chia Power Doughnuts
Cheerful Chocolate Smoothie
Mushroom-Walnut Pesto Tart
Glowing Strawberry-Mango Guacamole
Festive Kale Salad with Sweet Apple-Cinnamon Vinaigrette & Pecan Parmesan
Crowd-Pleasing Tex-Mex Casserole
Lentil-Walnut Loaf
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado-Cilantro Cream Sauce
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Easy Mushroom Gravy
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust
Chilled Chocolate-Espresso Torte with Toasted Hazelnut Crust
Homemade Yolos

This cookbook begins with a helpful introduction and discussion about  non-dairy milk, sweeteners, fats/oils, salt, herbs and spices, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes, vegetable broth, soy products, acids, and chocolate. I think this section is important to take the mystery out of whole foods and encourage the cook to shop well and take advice on how to stock the pantry in order to tackle vegan dishes without much fuss. I think we have been bamboozled by the fast food industry into thinking that only unhealthy foods are quick and easy.  There is also a helpful section on tools and equipment.

There is nothing fancy or unpronounceable in the things Liddon mentions for use. The ingredients are simple and available, especially in whole food stores. And if you are not actually vegan yourself, you could use non-vegan ingredients to make the same recipes. You can substitute cheese for nutritional yeast (an inactive, dead form of yeast not to be confused with brewer’s yeast which lends a cheesy, nutty flavour to vegan recipes), or throw in some meat if you want.

What I love about this book is the creative food combinations and gorgeous photographs. My daughter gave the book to me (Thanks Kristin!) and she says the recipes that she tried were simple, wholesome, and accessible. I am excited to road-test and experiment with them myself!