Dreena’s Plant-Powered 15

April 29th, 2013 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

Friends are awesome.

Some friends are great at listening to your stories about that guy/girl, others are perfect partners for a long run, and a few make you wish you shared a big house – or at least a communal kitchen.

If I was to make a list of the people I wish shared my kitchen – Dreena Burton and Nicole Axworthy would be at the top. As I’ve certainly shared before, 1. They are fun. 2. They make incredible food with real ingredients. 3. Again…the food is incredible.

Dreena recently published an ebook called the Plant-Powered 15. It is a great collection of staple recipes to make it easy and delicious to eat well. Every recipe is oil-free and packed full of health promoting, plants. It didn’t take much prompting for me to dive right in and fill my fridge with more of Dreena’s amazing concoctions. She’s a genius – and has won my trust through her five previous books all treasured additions to my cookbook collection.

Each recipe in Plant-Powered 15 was beautiful photographed by Nicole. Her talent highlights the vibrant colours of Dreena’s recipes. Each one enticed me to add a few more items to my grocery list and get cooking.

I had been wanting to test out this ebook over the past couple of weeks and yesterday I finally decided to write a list and make some magic. Luckily I only needed a few extra ingredients and I made the four recipes below in a couple of hours. I’m so glad Dreena has a busy household because she creates recipes that easily fit into my frenetic (I’m trying to stay focused on the joy of abundance) lifestyle.

DSC_0375 (1)For lunch yesterday I baked up the Sneaky Chickpea Burgers. I was in the mood for a mountain of greens so I crumbled a patty over some baby kale and added a substantial drizzle of Dreena’s House Dressing.

The burgers have a fantastic, hearty texture. The house dressing is creamy, sweet and tangy. I ended up snacking on some carrots later on in the afternoon and couldn’t resist a little dipping bowl full of dressing. It was such a perfect pair.

DSC_0370 (1)Not to diminish Dreena’s prowess with savory recipe development but every time o think of that sweet lady…I think of treats. I made a quick batch of the her billowy Coconut Pillows. They have an amazing light texture and the coconut orange flavour combo is just fantastic.

DSC_0372 (1)But the recipe that called to me from the first time I scrolled through the Plant-Powered 15, was the Sticky Almond Blondies. This proves I am a very savvy consumer. The almond meal base makes for a dense, unctuous texture. The coconut sugar lends a caramel flavour. I am going to bring a batch of these work to once again demonstrate how delicious vegan, gluten-free fare can be. I just have to somehow convince myself to share.

The great thing about the Plant-Powered 15 is your copy is just a click away. Enjoy!


  1. Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I would LOVE to share a kitchen with you! And Nicole! And have lunch and tea and treats together. 🙂 You are such a bright soul, and this review truly warms my heart and gives me reason to push through this stack of recipe edits next to me! Thank you for taking the time to try out some of the PP15, and for sharing your review, delicious photos, and… your very kind words. xo

  2. Ricki
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    As you know, I already adore Dreena’s recipes–and you make them look SO good here, too! I’ve gotta try those blondies for myself some time. Great review, Lisa!

  3. Posted April 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    And then there is my Lisa, who is the perfect friend in every way (and my chest hurts a little, even now, thinking of the next few months). x

  4. Posted February 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    vegan can be a big party!

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