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04/07/2014

CLOSED: The Oh She Glows Cookbook giveaway! With a sneak peek recipe!  »

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I got to make and review The Eat Your Greens Detox soup from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, now it’s your turn! Not only that, but we are hosting a giveaway for you to own a physical copy of this gorgeous, full-color cookbook! 

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup:

1 1/2 tsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 sweet onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups sliced cremini or button mushrooms
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cups chopped broccoli florets
Fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
11/2 to 3 tsp grated and peeled fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp cinnamon
5 cups vegetable broth 
2 large nori sheets, cut into 1 inch strips (optional)
2 cups torn kale leaves
Fresh lemon juice, for serving (optional)

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.

Add the mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes more.

Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant. 

Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes. 

Just before serving, stir in the nori (if using) and kale and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired. 

I can’t stress enough how great this soup is if, like me, you sometimes put your body through the ringer. It’s both warming and so healthy; really great for all seasons. 

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That’s not all though! We are giving away Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Cookbook to one lucky Vegansaurus reader! To enter, please link to your favorite Oh She Glows blog recipe in a comment on this Vegansaurus post! It’s okay if you haven’t tried it yet, link one that looks especially scrumptious to you (I want to know what the people think is scrumptious!). Facebook comments don’t count! The winner will be picked Monday, April 14th, around 5pm Pacific. Please, only one entry per reader. 

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup reprinted with permission. Reprinted by arrangement, with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright @ GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.

Cookbook Review: Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon!   »

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Another day, another fantastic cookbook for review! Today we are featuring The Oh She Glows Cookbook, by Angela Liddon. This cookbook is based off  the popular vegan cooking blog of the same name, which you may have visited and even cooked from yourself!

First of all, this cookbook is gorgeous! There are 100 recipes featured, with each recipe given it’s own page of text and full-page, color photograph! I love this, as sometimes I find myself making recipes that aren’t turning out, and I have no idea how they’re supposed to look, which can lead to confusion and frustration in the kitchen. That’s why I love making recipes from blog posts so much! 75 of the recipes in Angela’s cookbook are new, while 25 of them are from her most popular blog posts, just updated. Her recipes are made with “real, whole-foods ingredients,” packed with vegetables and few processed foods. Each recipe is also classified regarding food sensitivities and allergies, so gluten-free, soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free and nut-free labels abound! 

Before we get to the food, I want to add that everything I made turned out as beautiful as the pictures featured*, which the author deserves credit for, for creating easy-to-follow recipes with vibrant ingredients. This is definitely a book for those looking to add some “cleaner” recipes to their repertoire! 

The first two recipes I made were the Eat Your Greens Detox Soup and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fingerling Potatoes and Rosemary. imageIt was a lot of green in one sitting, but my bod needed it! The soup was maybe not something I would serve guests, but make for myself when I’ve had a long weekend or late night out. It just felt good to eat it. And how can one go wrong with roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes with fresh rosemary? The answer: you can’t! The potatoes were approved by my 18 month old niece, Audrey, which is one of the highest forms of praise in this household. She is demanding more as I type! 

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Next up I made the Marinated Italian Mushrooms because Bradleys love marinated mushrooms. I have always bought them at the store, not realizing how easy they are to make! The homemade version is delicious, and will be a staple now in my home for years to come! 

When I was flipping through Oh She Glows, deciding what to make, I came across the Perfected Chickpea Salad Sandwich, and it was a done deal. I am a huge fan of adding Vegenaise to anything and calling it a salad. Liddon’s version did not disappoint; I was blown away by how flavorful and colorful it was! Disclaimer: I did not add the pickles it called for because I do not swing that way. imageI slathered this salad on sliced sourdough bread, because any respectable sandwich comes on sourdough when you grow up in the Bay Area. 

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Last but very certainly not least, I made the Glowing Strawberry-Mango Guacamole. Talk about a sight and taste sensation! This guacamole is beautiful. There is a bit of prep involved, to chop all the fruits, but it is SO WORTH IT. One doesn’t even need chips for this, it’s great by the spoonful! 

I recommend this cookbook because it stays true to it’s word: “Vegan Recipes to Glow From the Inside Out.” The recipes I made, at least, made me feel good. They weren’t particularly tricky to make, they were just a little time consuming, as anything chock full of vegetables will be. There are so many more recipes within these pages I can’t wait to make, including her Summertime Cherry-Basil Bruschetta (Megan Rascal told me she loves bruschetta! Maybe I can finally lure her back to California for a visit by making it [Megan Rascal note: YEP SOUNDS PROBABLE BRUSCHETTA FOR LIFE]) and the Roasted Beet Salad with Hazelnuts, Thyme and Balsamic Reduction! 

Full Disclosure: I was sent this cookbook free from the publishing company for review, however, all of the opinions stated above are my own. 

*Well, my food may have turned out beautifully in real life, but I’m no food photographer! Angela Liddon not only created all of her recipes, she also shot all the food within the pages herself! 

08/16/2012

Fancy vegan ice cream desserts for your hot summer nights!  »


Peaches n cream with a balsamic reduction! Angela Liddon, you and your gorgeous, fancypants desserts! It’s culinary art!

Late summer (and early fall, and early summer, and late spring) is HOT HOT HOT in my part of Northern California, and all I want are cold foods. Just giant salads and oceans of vegan ice cream.


That’s why I recommend you make this cashew-milk salted caramel ice cream as soon as possible. The author, Jennifer Barckley, took two years to perfect her recipe, which probably means it is amazing. What was the last thing you spent two years on? 

I admit, both desserts seem a bit more labor-intensive than I like (I am a lazy, sweaty lump), but if you want to impress people and cool them off, serve them one of these beautiful dishes. They will be offering to have your babies by bite three, guaranteed. BRILLIANT IDEA: What if you made cashew-milk salted caramel ice cream and served it with fresh peaches and a balsamic reduction? Serve it to your neighborhood and watch them worship you as a kitchen deity!

If you want to go the easy route, though, vegan Miriam Krule and some of her family members did a six-brand taste-test of grocery store vegan ice creams over at Slate. Unsurprisingly, So Delicious was their favorite, and nobody liked weird old Tempt. 

[top photo by Angela Liddon; bottom photo by Jennifer Barckley]

04/03/2012

How do Canadian superstar vegans celebrate Easter? With mini peanut butter cups in jars! Angela Liddon, you crazy diamond, never stop shining!
[photo by Angela Liddon; recipe and a million more delectable photos at Oh She Glows]

How do Canadian superstar vegans celebrate Easter? With mini peanut butter cups in jars! Angela Liddon, you crazy diamond, never stop shining!

[photo by Angela Liddon; recipe and a million more delectable photos at Oh She Glows]

03/07/2012

You guys, I am feeling unwell. Will someone please make me this clementine creamsicle smoothie by beautiful genius Angela Liddon? I will be your best friend, I swear. Not that that’ll get you much (I am a terrible friend!), but baby Jesus wants you to heal me, so how’s about throwing some fruit and nut milks in a blender? Do it for Him.

You guys, I am feeling unwell. Will someone please make me this clementine creamsicle smoothie by beautiful genius Angela Liddon? I will be your best friend, I swear. Not that that’ll get you much (I am a terrible friend!), but baby Jesus wants you to heal me, so how’s about throwing some fruit and nut milks in a blender? Do it for Him.

04/07/2011

Oh She Glows has an entire feature up on Vegan Overnight Oat Parfaits. Now, the only words that really appeal to me there are vegan and PARFAIT (ooh la la) but you know, new year, new me. Healthy can be delicious! No more cookies for breakfast, it’s time to step up my game and move on to shit that just LOOKS like dessert, but tastes like NUTRITION. I can do this, I believe in me.
Please note: if in two weeks you might find me huddled in a corner repeating “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” to a cookie, just know I tried.

Oh She Glows has an entire feature up on Vegan Overnight Oat Parfaits. Now, the only words that really appeal to me there are vegan and PARFAIT (ooh la la) but you know, new year, new me. Healthy can be delicious! No more cookies for breakfast, it’s time to step up my game and move on to shit that just LOOKS like dessert, but tastes like NUTRITION. I can do this, I believe in me.

Please note: if in two weeks you might find me huddled in a corner repeating “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” to a cookie, just know I tried.

10/14/2010

Pumpkin Pie Brownie Cupcakes from Oh She Glows. Hello, gorgeous! They’re gluten-free, too! Holler at our Celiac Disease buddies! We know you fight the good fight every single day with your brown rice pasta and quinoa bread. THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!!

Pumpkin Pie Brownie Cupcakes from Oh She Glows. Hello, gorgeous! They’re gluten-free, too! Holler at our Celiac Disease buddies! We know you fight the good fight every single day with your brown rice pasta and quinoa bread. THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!!

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