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:
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.