Vegan Family Meals

March 24th, 2012 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments
Have you ever found yourself California Dreaming?I have and it often has nothing to do with the weather (although I do envy their sun:snow ratio).My dreams of California have always involved eating. I imagine the array of vendors at their farmers markets, a bike ride spotted with stops at beautiful vineyards and sharing a big table with friends at Real Food Daily.

Over the years I had done my best to bring bites for L.A. home through the recipes in the Real Food Daily Cookbook but when Ann Gentry released Vegan Family Meals I was excited to explore a whole new roster of recipes to fuel my virtual West-Coast eating adventures.

As you might expect, it is a beautiful book. Colourful, full of photos of produce and perfectly plated portions. Ann provides detailed descriptions of ingredients and helpful step-by-step photos of knife skills and tricky techniques.

The recipes cover smoothies, breakfasts, snacks, sandwiches, salads, soups, simple meals, grains and vegetables, and desserts. There is an obvious macrobiotic influence in many of the dishes which are a great introduction to interesting ingredients and healthful dishes. When I flip through the pages the word that comes to mind is comfort. The recipes are nourishing. Each one full of colour and health promoting whole-food ingredients. Gluten-free options abound and kale makes many appearances!

Here are the first five recipes I tried:

Date Bars (with coconut and maple syrup). I brought these to work and watched them disappear.
Super Vegetable Dinner Smoothie (a salad served with a straw).
Curried Red Lentil Soup – spicy, bright and packed with protein.
The same as above but plated up for my photography assignment.

My Husband’s Porridge with Super Hippie Granola – I’m obviously not married to Ann Gentry but I would consider it if this was served in my honour in the regular rotation. Yum.
Finally I made the amazing Harvest Kale Salad with Sweet Mustard Tempeh and Saffron-Orange Tahini Dressing unfortunately it was all consumed before I had enough sunlight to capture a shot. I took it my “Welcome Home” party hosted by Nicole back in February. It was a big hit.
Now that I’m reminiscing I really wish I had another bowl of it right now. That’s it, Ann has me dreaming again of kale, tempeh, sweet potatoes and beets. It is a stunning dish that can hold its own at any potluck party.
Invite me and I’ll prove it.


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