Where do I get my inspiration for the healthy meals that I make? By trying out lots of different cookbooks such as The Oh She Glows Cookbook, a feast of vegan deliciousness.
I’m certainly no trained chef but I do love to cook and experiment with new flavours. Cookbooks are obviously a great way of trying out ingredients that you’ve never used before and building up your repertoire of new dishes. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of rolling out the same five meals.
I am lucky enough to be part of a Facebook group which tests out different healthy cookbooks each month and we share the recipes and thoughts on these with each other. This month is the turn of Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Cookbook. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy a vegan cookbook! I love vegan food because I love my vegetables and I don’t eat much dairy or eggs so it’s wonderful to get some flavour inspiration for purely plant sources.
There is lots of garlic (as my lovely exercise partner pointed out to me this morning as I panted on her!), herbs and spices, tahini and nut butters to add protein and deliciousness to meals.
Angela turned to whole foods and veganism following a battle with eating disorders. She started to document her recipes on her blog which grew in popularity and she now shares 100 of her vegan recipes in her New York Times bestselling cookbook. I do love a wholefoods blog, but there is nothing like flicking through the pages of a beautifully shot cookbook, and turning down the corners of the recipes you want to try to recreate.
This is a very accessible cookbook, there’s nothing too complex, nor too many weird ingredients. If you keep a healthy store cupboard and purchase real whole foods (as opposed to processed), this has plenty of easy recipes to get you trying out more vegan dishes, as well as proof that there is plenty of protein available beyond animal sources.
This week I have made the following dishes from The Oh She Glows Cookbook:
‘Protein Power Goddess Bowl’ – a hearty mix of lentils and spelt berries with a garlicky tahini dressing. A really tasty and filling supper, that even passed the carnivorous husband test.
Walnut, Avocado and Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps and Red Onion (cookbook only) – that’s all your ingredients there, although I did have to make a couple of substitutions. The salad had a sweet balsamic dressing that took less than a minute to prepare. A lovely light lunch that made a change from the usual salads.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado-Coriander Cream Sauce – I didn’t have any tortilla wraps so this was more of a vegan chilli than an enchilada dish but the sauce was so easy and really tasty. I also did not add any coriander to the guacamole because I am one of the special people on this planet that believes coriander is an evil food and ruins a good meal. But, hey, we can’t all be the same, can we?
The lovely thing about reviewing a cookbook is that is forces you out of your comfort zone and expands your cookery skills and collection of meals. Once you’ve made a great dish once or twice, it becomes easy to whip it up again.