Enrich your life with Color me Vegan

December 16th, 2010 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

Right now my city is full of vibrant colours. Light displays, shiny ornaments, and boughs of greens play off the blanket of white covering my world.

Colour is very attractive. Human beings are drawn to vibrant pigments for very good reason – they signal nutrients. The food industry has created bright coloured packages and intensified the hues of processed food in order to use our natural inclination to eat things that are colourful (remember purple ketchup?).

When you turn your attention to whole foods, the rich, varied colours of plants create a beautiful rainbow – representing the range of nutrients and phytochemicals they contain. Colleen Patrick Goudreau used this premise to develop an incredible collection of recipes that are nutrient-dense, flavourful and beautiful to behold. Her newest release, Color Me Vegan, is organized into colour-themed chapters. Each chapter contains nutritional information about the phyotchemicals denoted by the particular pigment, ideas for boosting the consumption of the chapter’s colour, and a collection of delicious recipes.

I have been playing with the recipes from Color Me Vegan for the past couple of weeks – so far, I have been very impressed with the results. Many of you are probably familiar with Colleen’s previous titles: The Joy of Vegan Baking and The Vegan Table. Both books provide a comprehensive collection of recipes to create the foundation for a very delicious vegan diet. But, Color Me Vegan has quickly become my favourite. I really love the nutrient-dense recipes, the simple techniques and the unique flavour combinations that Colleen has created for this book. Plus, when you create meals with colour in mind – the presentation is always impressive.

So far I have tried:

Grapefruit, Yellow Pepper and Avocado Salad
Carrot and Avocado Salad
Carrot Fries
Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Pecans
Banana Oat Date Cookies

Each recipe left me feeling really satisfied. That’s the best part about eating healthful, delicious food. It leaves you feeling full and happy. If these five recipes are any indication of the incredible flavours contained in the other 150 recipes in this book then I look forward to filling my plates with all of Colleen’s beautiful creations. I can’t wait to try the Mango Saffron Mousse, Apricot Red Lentil Stew and Blueberry Soup.

If you’re looking for ways to mix up your usual meals, expand the variety of vegetables you consume and ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need then this is a great book to add to your collection.
Although we’re all, just now, delighting in the release of this book, Colleen continues to work full-speed ahead on her next two titles: The Vegan’s Daily Companion and The 30-day Vegan Challenge. She is an incredible gift to the vegan community – and all the lives she has touched in this world. I can’t wait to see what she takes on next.
Check out 7 Sample Recipes from Color Me Vegan.


  1. Posted December 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Love the carrot avocado salad – yum

    Looks like a great book, everything is so bright and lovely! Being full and happy is a great feeling!!!

    Pure2raw Twins

  2. Posted December 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I'm intrigued by this book. Anything to incorporate more fruits and veggies is my style.

  3. Posted December 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Those salads look absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Posted December 17, 2010 at 5:56 am

    The carrot fries look intriguing and I love grapefruit on a salad and haven't done that in awhile. Thanks for the link to the sample recipes!

  5. Posted December 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I hope I get this for Christmas, because the recipes are so tempting. Glad to hear you enjoyed the ones you tried. In the meantime, I should try the recipes she's posted online. 🙂

  6. Posted December 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

    This book looks great, thanks for the review!

  7. Posted December 17, 2010 at 10:56 am

    The Apricot Red Lentil Stew was the first thing I made from this book, and it was great! That recipe is a good example of one of my favorite aspects of this book: very few specialty ingredients, just a lot of fresh, colorful produce combined in simple, tasty ways. Last week was Hot Tamale Pie, this week it's Red Cabbage Slaw (rotkohl). What will it be next week?? I can't wait to decide.

  8. Posted December 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I definitely want to check this book out. One of my many 'cookbook ideas' was to do a color-themed one: I love that appeal to the visual without lots of elaborate geometrical work! Now she's done it already, I should go check it out.

    Thanks for sharing the link to the sample recipes – I'll go take a look.

  9. Posted December 20, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I'm a big fan of Colleen's recipes and enjoy her podcasts, too. These are beautiful dishes you've prepared – I would love to get my hands on a copy of that one!

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