Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Deliciously Healthy

Over the course of this year, I've noticed us shifting to a healthier way of eating. This isn't to say that we ate badly before - in fact, we generally tried to avoid bad food. But in the last few months we've shifted to actively choosing good things, instead of just avoiding the bad. I think this comes down to a few things. One is more awareness. Another is that as I do more exercise, I am hungrier and want to eat better to stay fuller longer. And a big reason is that we are much more financially comfortable now, so buying nuts and unusual grains and flours is something we can afford to do with a bit more regularity now.

One of the things that has made it much easier to shift to healthier eating is the fantastic, delicious, but very health conscious cookbook, Let them eat Vegan! by Dreena Burton. We just love it. Here are some of our winners.

"Fit-tuccine Alfredo". We skipped the chanterelle bread crumb topping, and served it on penne pasta with zucchini, broccoli and capsicum. Based on cashews, this sauce is suuuuper creamy and really delicious.
Raw-nch Dressing! [original exclamation mark] Made with a big handful of fresh parsley, this was fresh and creamy and filling. 

Perfect on a salad with enchiladas and corn on the cob. 

White bean mashed potatoes. This was a bit of hassle to make, and Andy didn't think it was worth it, but it really is much healthier than regular mash. With eggplant parma, sauteed gai lan, and roasted radishes.

Yellow Sweet Potato Chickpea Pie with Basil. This recipe, or some variation of it, is one of our favourites from the book. It's easy to make, and easy to modify, and really delicious. We have only ever made it with orange sweet potatoes, and sometimes use white beans instead of chickpeas, but it is always delicious. Unfortunately, it may have killed my blender last week. 

The star of this pizza is Romesc-oat Sauce, a roasted capsicum-based thick spread with the nutty taste of toasted almonds and toasted oats. 

BBQ Sunflower Tofu, cooked on the BBQ instead of in the oven. Easy peasy, delicious, made with sunflower butter for a different kind of taste. With BBQ eggplant, rocket, and bok choy. 

Jerk Chickpeas, with added eggplant and rocket. 

Lemon-Infused Mediterranean Lentils - made with veggies mixed in, and a little bit saucier. 

There are lots of gems in this cookbook. It makes me want to look more into Dreena's recipes - but Andy thinks I should make more things out of the cookbooks we have before I get more new ones!


Anonymous said...

What a great post, this is one of my favourite cookbooks too :)

Cadry said...

Over the years I've found Dreena's recipes to be so consistent and delicious. It's fun to see everything that you've made from the book. I have it too, and so it gives me some ideas of what I should make next!

Hannah said...

I met Dreena at VVC; she's even lovelier than her recipes :)

Susan said...

I love this book, it is full of such great tasty recipes.
I have also been shifting towards healthier eating over the past several months. I still eat whatever I want, but I have been feeling like eating a lot more fresh vegetables and fruit.

Kari said...

This post certainly goes to show that eating well in a healthy sense is also eating well in a delicious sense!

dreaminitvegan said...

Great meals! Dreena has great recipes.

Joey said...

It's the perennial problem - wanting new cookbooks, but having a million you've still got recipes you want to cook from! Looks like a great line up - only now you've made me want to go out and buy the book!

urban vegan said...

Dreena just makes you want to eat healthier. I love all her cookbooks. Plus, she's a peach of a person <3