I’ve had this cookbook sitting around in my kitchen for a few weeks now; I think I purchased it just before Thanksgiving. With the holiday, I just hadn’t had the chance to really look through it and mark the recipes I wanted to try. This past weekend I I finally picked it back up and dog-eared several pages for this weeks’ meal plan.
About the book:
The Oh She Glows Cookbook is written by Angela Liddon. Angela is a self-trained chef and food photographer. This book contains over 100 plant-based, vegan recipes that use real, whole food ingredients. There are also over 100 photographs in the book! Each recipe has allergy information indicating whether it is gluten free, soy free, nut free, sugar free, etc. She has also provided the recipe prep and cook times. The book is split into ten separate chapters including breakfast, smoothies/juice/tea, appetizers, soup, salad, entrees, sides, power snacks, desserts, and homemade staples.
I’ve had a chance to make several recipes this week from the book, the first one being the velvety pumpkin smoothie.
The smoothie had a great flavor; it tasted just like pumpkin pie! It really felt like I was having a treat, but without all the added sugar found in real pumpkin pie. Here’s a link to a similar pumpkin smoothie on her website. I’ve also made the chocolate smoothie, coconut whipped cream, and the festive kale salad with cinnamon dressing.
This was my first time ever making whipped cream. In the past I have always used the tub stuff from the store, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, or familiar with the steps to make it. This is one recipe where I should have followed my own advice that I give to my kids – read the directions all the way through. The coconut milk must be refrigerated overnight, and the mixing bowl must be placed in the freezer for about an hour before making the whipped cream. Aside from these steps, the recipe couldn’t be easier!! I loved the flavor of it, and even my husband who hates coconut, said it tasted great. So long tub of processed junk! There’s a new whipped cream in my house! By the way, I served this with some fresh berries and almonds – so good!
I didn’t think the whipped cream could be topped but then I made the festive kale salad. I really had to show some restraint because I probably could have eaten this entire salad myself! Fresh kale, chopped apple, dried tart cherries, pomegranate arils, and a cinnamon dressing…. a perfect combination of flavors. The dressing wasn’t overly oily and I loved the sweet and tart combination from the applesauce and apple cider vinegar in it. This kale salad will be on repeat! I plan to make it for a few family gatherings in the upcoming weeks.
So far I have loved everything I’ve tried from this cookbook. Oh She Glows will not dissappoint!! Full of flavor and whole, real ingredients. The only drawback for me, is the lack of nutritional data. I realize this can vary depending on the exact products used, but when doing my meal planning for the week it would be helpful to have an approximation. Overall, this book is wonderful; I’m so glad I purchased it!
What cookbook or recipes are you loving right now?