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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Sarah @ Serotonin for Breakfast April 24, 2012

The cookbook looks great! I adore Dreena’s recipes.

Debbie April 24, 2012

This cookbook looks amazing.

Ingrid Matatall April 24, 2012

Oh man, I would LOVE this cookbook!!!! You are such an inspiration, AngelaI

Michelle Alemi April 24, 2012

love all your recipes!

kristyn April 24, 2012

i need a cookbook i need to get some variety in my food!!!

Karen April 24, 2012

This cookbook looks great! I truly can’t wait for yours to come out, I love your recipes and plan to try many more!

Emily April 24, 2012

This book sounds absolutely wonderful! It would be a great way to start my vegan cookbook collection!

Mélanie Bernier April 24, 2012

Thanks for the great ideas! I would love one.

marissa April 24, 2012

Those pictures look amazing! Would love to get this cookbook!

Marisa Martens April 24, 2012

I would love this!!! Fingers crossed I win!!!

Jo April 24, 2012

This recipe looks incredible! I would love this book!

April April 24, 2012

This is such a great giveaway! I need a new cookbook to play with :)

Meghann B April 24, 2012

Before I beg for the book, I should say, thanks for your blog. It has made a huge difference in my eating and my cooking. Now, time to beg for the book. Please, please, pretty please. I really would like this book! I actually don’t have any cookbooks, I just look up recipes online, but it’s about time I started my collection!

Gayle P April 24, 2012

This would be a great addition to my vegan cookbook family!

Cynthia April 24, 2012

Those recipes look amazing!! :) I’d love to add that cookbook to my collection!

Emily C. April 24, 2012

I picked up her Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan from your raving reviews and it’s been awesome. Another one of her books would be super! Thanks!

jillian April 24, 2012

This cookbook looks gorgeous!

Jenn K April 24, 2012

This cookbook looks awesome! I am definitely going to try making these jerk chickpeas!

Nikki April 24, 2012

This book sounds great! The recipes look delicious!!

Jennie April 24, 2012

I’d love to own a copy of this book! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway, Angela :)

tink April 24, 2012

I am working towards becoming vegan, this book would be perfect!

Kacy April 24, 2012

I want to make the chocolate part and eat it with my hands.

Laura April 24, 2012

That cookbook looks amazing!I’ll definitely check out her blog! also I’ve converted all of my friends to kale because of your weekend glow kale salad recipe!

brooke April 24, 2012

It ALL looks divine!!! I am drooling on my keyboard for that tart!

Annie April 24, 2012

I love your blog! And this book looks fantastic!

Noelle April 24, 2012

I have been interested in a vegan cookbook for a while, and I am trying to transition to a more vegan diet. I would love this cookbook!

Kristen DD April 24, 2012

YUM! Would LOVE to get my hands on all of those delicious recipes!

Lindsay April 24, 2012

Those jerk chickpeas look fantastic

Carolina April 24, 2012

Omgosh I want it all! The book, the recipes, the food in these pictures! Lol

Jeannette April 24, 2012

i’ve been looking for ways to lessen meat in my diet. that vegan tart looks amazing!! i recently learned how difficult it is to cook/bake vegan. i would definitely love a book devoted to just that!

Jennifer Kemp April 24, 2012

I have Eat, Drink and Be Vegan and it’s a great cookbook. That chocolate raspberry truffle tart looks amazing!

Niki April 24, 2012

Those recipes look amazing! If I don’t win it I’m sure I’ll end up buying it :)

Martina April 24, 2012

I would love this book… the recipes look amazing!

Tia April 24, 2012

Love your recipes/blogs, would love to try the book too!

Heather April 24, 2012

This looks so yummy! I know what I’m having tonight! ;)

nicole April 24, 2012

I want!! :o)

Sherry April 24, 2012

Jerk chickpeas?! Sounds great! This is going on my menu/shopping list for next week. I just swore off buying any more cookbooks. It would be great to win this, since I wouldn’t be buying it ;-)

jennifer April 24, 2012

I lost my one vegan cookbook (that I never got a chance to read) and I need a new one !:)

Allison Virchow April 24, 2012

this book looks amazing!!! I think I’ll have to get it even if I don’t win. :)

Magen April 24, 2012

These recipes look so good! I just made jerk asparagus from Isa’s new cookbook Appetite for Reduction, and I’m hooked on the flavor… can’t wait to try these jerk chickpeas!

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