Let Them Eat Vegan! Review & Giveaway

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I first came across Dreena Burton’s blog and her vegan recipes just as I was beginning to dabble with vegan recipes myself. Shortly after I started my blog in 2008, I heard all the buzz about Dreena’s vegan cookbook called Eat Drink & Be Vegan. Her Supercharge Me cookies were the talk of the town!

The focus on natural, non-processed ingredients appealed to my own dietary goals and Eat Drink & Be Vegan quickly became one of my most used cookbooks. Dreena was instrumental in my eventual quest for a plant-based diet and also one of the first to show me how fun and delicious vegan recipes can be.

Dreena writes:

“Four cookbooks, three children, one Sarabi-cat, and a few hundred recipes later, I’m still loving creating new dishes.  Now they are better than ever, with the best balance of “nutritious meets delicious”!  I’m not going to give you any recipes I wouldn’t feed my children.  They’ve got to be healthy.  And, they’ve got to taste good (I won’t give you anything my family rejects either)!  So, join me, get plant-powered!”

We ended up connecting through our blogs and I was happy to find out she’s a fellow Canadian! When she mentioned that she was working on her next cookbook – Let Them Eat Vegan! – I told her I would love to review it on my blog if the opportunity presented itself.

FYI: I’m told LTEV will be available for purchase and shipped out in MAY!

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Let Them Eat Vegan! is packed with 200 plant-powered recipes for the entire family. Dreena offers notes on how to modify her recipes for those with allergies or common substitution questions. Natural vegan ingredients are abundant in her recipes, many of which I already have in my own pantry. Dreena’s care and attention to each recipe is exactly why I find myself coming back to her recipes again and again.

The book features a chapter on pantry basics and kitchen tools, followed by breakfast bites, salads, sauces and dips, soups, sides, mains, burgers, pasta, cookies, cakes/pies/puddings, and ice cream chapters. Let Them Eat Vegan also features over 25 beautiful recipe photos.

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I’m always curious which recipes are the author’s favourites, so I asked Dreena and here’s what she shared:.

  • “I love many of the bean soups, like the Mexican Bean Soup with Chipotle Avocado Cream.  It’s lighter than a chili, and the cream just completes the soup perfectly (even without the chipotle addition).  I love having it with tortilla chips on the side, it’s like a spicy comfort food for me. 
  • The Mac Oh-Geez because it is pleases *everyone* in the family (yay)! 
  • I also love DJ’s Hummus Salad Dressing, because I love hummus and it’s like hummus for your greens, and can be made oil-free. 
  • And, I also love the Fragrant Kidney Bean Lentil Dahl, because the blend of spices are so soothing for me and the Mediterranean Bean Burgers – because I love flavor, and love my beans! 
  • Our kids adore the Vegveeta Dip, and the Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls, and they really also love the Wonder Bean Puree (over brown rice and topped with avocado).  It’s not the prettiest dish, but that doesn’t seem to bother them one bit, they love it!  Hubby loves most everything, and also a big fan of the Mexican Bean Soup and Vegveeta.”

 

Here are a few of the recipes that I made this past weekend.

First up, the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart with Coconut Crust!

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You had me at truffle tart.

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It’s made up of a coconut oat crust, lightly toasted in the oven until golden and fragrant.

Next up is a layer of raspberry jam, followed by this incredible creamy chocolate truffle layer to finish it all off.

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The tart is decadent, but not in that artificial, what-the-heck-did-I-just-eat kind of way. It’s totally worth a splurge on a special occasion! Eric’s eyes just about rolled back in his head when he tasted it.

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Next, I made the Cocoa Almond Jumbles- chewy, lightly sweet, and a fun snack cookie. They are made up of rolled oats, almond meal, nut butter, cocoa powder, among other healthy ingredients. I subbed the almond butter for sunflower seed butter and they turned out great.

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Finally, I made Dreena’s Jerk Chickpeas!

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This just might be one of the best tasting chickpea recipes I have tasted!

It’s filled with flavourful ingredients like allspice, cinnamon, thyme, maple syrup, tamari, fresh ginger, and red chili flakes. I made it extra spicy with lots of red chili flakes and it was absolutely fantastic. As Dreena says, the recipe has some bite to it and it’s not for the faint of heart. Well, sign me up. I served it on a raw flax wrap with avocado slices and freshly squeezed lime juice. I know I will make this dish again and again! I think it would also be good on baked tofu.

Thanks to Dreena and Dacapo Press, I am allowed to share this recipe with you today. I’m so excited for you guys to try this one out! Be sure to stop by Dreena’s blog and let her know what you think.

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Dreena Burton’s Jerk Chickpeas

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Printed with permission from the book Let Them Eat Vegan! by Dreena Burton. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2012. www.dacapopresscookbooks.com

Why not combine the exciting flavors of a jerk marinade with healthy chickpeas? This dish is a snap to bring together, and bakes in about a half hour, so you can have it topped over rice and on the dinner table with little fuss.

  • 3 – 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (see directions)
  • 2 tbsp tamari (can use coconut aminos for soy-free option)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional, can omit for oil-free version)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 large garlic cloves, grated
  • Few pinches red chili flakes (between 1/8 – ¼ tsp, or more if desired, I find 1/8 tsp is just right for me, but go for more if you want!)
  • 2 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • ¾ – 1 cup chopped or sliced red bell pepper (see note)
  • 3/4 cup green onions, sliced (white and green portions, see note)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (for finishing, optional, see note)

 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a baking dish (I use an 8 by 12-inch), combine all the ingredients (starting with 3 tablespoons of the lime juice) except the chickpeas, red bell peppers (see note), green onions, and cilantro. Stir until well mixed. Then add the chickpeas, red peppers, and green onions and stir again.

3. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, stir, and bake uncovered for another 5 to 8 minutes, stirring again about halfway through, until the marinade has partially absorbed into the chickpeas.

4. Taste; if you’d like more tang, add another 1⁄2 to 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and stir well, along with any reserved green onions and fresh cilantro. Serve over rice, or in pita breads or tortillas with sliced avocados and with extra squeezes of lime juice, if desired. Serves 4, with brown rice and/or other accompaniments.

If This Apron Could Talk: If you’d like to keep the texture and color of the red pepper a little firmer and vibrant, add after about the first 10 to 15 minutes of baking, and stir in. Ditto for the green onions.

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Let Them Eat Vegan Giveaway!

For a chance to win a copy of Let Them Eat Vegan! please leave a comment below by Thursday April 26th. I will draw one random winner and announce it on the blog. Note: Book will be shipped in May.

Goodluck to all!

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan April 24, 2012

I need this book! I <3 Dreena.

Elizabeth April 24, 2012

I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian…. but I LOVE all your recipes.
Thanks for sharing your kitchen adventures with us all, and never failing to make me laugh

Debbie@ Live from La Quinta April 24, 2012

This cookbook looks fantastic. I love adding to my collection.

Kristina Stefan April 24, 2012

The book looks amazing! Would be a great addition to my vegan cookbook collection!

Sarah April 24, 2012

I have relied only on blogs and cooking websites for recipes… It might be time for an actual cookbook :)

Lindsey April 24, 2012

AHH!!! If you say how great it is than I NEED THIS BOOK!! Especially if it will help bring the hubby over to “the dark side” (his words…not mine…)

Joanna April 25, 2012

We like to think of it as “the dark leafy green side”.
Can’t wait to get this cookbook!!

Cecily April 24, 2012

Wow! What a great post! I cannot wait to try these recipes!

Joanna April 24, 2012

I love her work and I would LOVE to check this book out as well!

Laura April 24, 2012

I am a vegetarian and often eat vegan recipes as well…this book looks great! I have tried several of your recipes and they are amazing. Keep up the good work!

Kelly April 24, 2012

Thank you for all you do! I heard the book is amazing from a friend of mine in New York! I would love to have my own copy! Kelly

Raegan Disharoon April 24, 2012

Wow, that food looks so amazing! I’m drooling in front of my computer…

Melissa Brown April 24, 2012

This book looks amazing!!!!!

Shiona April 24, 2012

Ahh, that book sounds fabulous!

Kristin April 24, 2012

I would really love to have this book :) The recipes look amazing!

Tamicka April 24, 2012

Oh I could so use this book. Everything sounds so good

Lisa Fogarty April 24, 2012

I think this is a terrific… giveaway.. thanks for hosting.. how helpful I just became vegan.

Robyn Okrant April 24, 2012

Love it! Looks like recipes I could actually convince my omnivorous hubby to eat!

Janna Kepley April 24, 2012

Crossing fingers, toes, and antennae! First thing I’m making is that Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart with Coconut Crust! If I win I’ll consider the book my birthday present (It was April 23!) Will you write “Happy Birthday Janna!” in it? :D

Valerie April 24, 2012

The recipes you tried look delicious. I recently “discovered” Dreena’s blog, and we love her lemon-kissed blondie bites around here. Would love to try more of her recipes.

Brooke April 24, 2012

The tart looks fabulous! Must get the book to try all those fantastic recipes!

Emily C April 24, 2012

Can’t wait to try these jerk chickpeas! Yum! Love to get my hands on a copy of the cookbook (as well as yours in the future!)

amanda April 24, 2012

would love to win a great new cookbook!

Laura Ip April 24, 2012

Oh my gosh! Since going vegan, I’ve been a sucker for vegan treats, but those Jerk Chickpeas and all their fixings have me this time.

Cheryl April 24, 2012

wow! caribbean infused dishes are just what i need during this rainy Seattle spring. i’m making this TONIGHT! i would love to try other recipes from this book, YUM!

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 24, 2012

Wow, that chocolate tart looks AMAZING! Yes please!

Trish B April 24, 2012

I have to admit, I’ve been pretty lazy about my eating habits. I have less time to thoughtfully plan out my meals and about a year ago I devoted myself to researching recipes and ingredients that my body would thank for me and my taste-buds would be happy. I hope this book will help me get crack-a-lacking on my vegan cycle again :)

-T

Karen Winter-Smith April 24, 2012

Until I came across your website I was VERY apprehensive to try anything vegan because I had this image of boring, tasteless food! Boy was I ever wrong!!! Finding your blog was like finding gold! Thank you so much for what you do, it has transformed the way I eat and cook.

Nicole April 24, 2012

Your recipes make a regular appearance in our house! I can whip up anything you post and know that it will taste great. And as a bonus, my two-year old who eats next to nothing but PB&J will devour any of your recipes I make. He especially loves his “green ice-cream” (green monsters). I would love a copy of this book to get even more ideas. If you think the book is great, it must be great! Thank you for the chance to win!

Briana Ellsworth April 24, 2012

I’m a healthy eating vegan blog/Food Network junkie, who also goes to college, interns, and works. Cooking vegan goodies is a meditative and productive activity for me in my busy life, so the more cookbooks the better!!

Nikki April 24, 2012

Oh my goodness! This is awesome! I eat a mostly vegan diet and would LOVE this! :)

Kerrie April 24, 2012

I would love to try that coconut crust.

Glenne April 24, 2012

This book looks amazing and the recipes look delicious!

Lori April 24, 2012

oooh, i want that tart TONIGHT!

Amanda April 24, 2012

Sounds like a great book! I’m always looking for new recipes to try

Diana K April 24, 2012

I’m dying to learn how to incorporate more healthy recipes into our weekly meals!

Nicolette April 24, 2012

I would love to get this to help build my cookbook collection!

Sooze April 24, 2012

These recipes look AMAZING. Definitely making the jerk chickpeas soon.

Katie April 24, 2012

I also love Dreena’s use of whole-food ingredients…and the fact that she’s Canadian! :)
Her newest recipe book sounds amazing!

Melinda @cookingalamel April 24, 2012

Oh my goodness. That chickpea recipe looks to die for. And that tart.. raspberry and chocolate is my favorite combination ever.

Caitlin Orton April 24, 2012

I’ve been vegetarian for a while, but I’m trying to make the switch to vegan! Your blog is phenomenal and so much help! This recipe book looks really great too!

Katie M April 25, 2012

I love cookbooks! I read them like romance novels!

Heather April 25, 2012

Let Them Eat Vegan would pair beautifully with my copy of Dreena’s Vive Le Vegan!

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