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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Gail Lloyd April 24, 2012

I would love to have this cookbook to motivate me to try new dishes. Thanks for the chance!

Selena April 24, 2012

Those all look so amazing!! I’m just starting to look at vegan cooking and working toward a healthier lifestyle and love all of your recipes so much!

Janna April 24, 2012

I’d be lying if I said I need another cook book, lol! I barely have room for the ones I already have :) but I would love to have this book simply because the recipes sound scrumptious! This looks absolutely delish! And if I wasn’t already making your lentil loaf (or pretending to while I look at your blog, lol) I would be making this for supper tonight…. Guess it will have to wait a few days ;)
Cheers

Vega April 24, 2012

This book looks so family friendly with something for everybody. Would love to have this grace my kitchen!

Kaylee Norton April 24, 2012

OMG! That chocolate raspberry truffle tart looks decadent! I’d LOVE this cook book!!!

Angie K. April 24, 2012

Loving our new Vegan lifestyle! Discovering my love of cooking:)

Sara April 24, 2012

This book looks amazing! :) So want!

Jess p April 24, 2012

Rhise jerk chick peas look so good! I’d like to try the Mexican soup reccomended by the author too!

Jess p April 24, 2012

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Malorie April 24, 2012

I’m gonna need another bookcase for all of these cookbooks :)

Beth April 24, 2012

Ooooh jerk chickpeas! Thanks for the recipe- looks like a fabulous cookbook!

Alissa April 24, 2012

YUM! I can’t wait to buy the book. Or maybe I will get lucky and win it! :)

Zach April 24, 2012

This cookbook looks really exciting – and I’m envious of your raw flax wraps :)

Karen April 24, 2012

Would LOVE her new cookbook! My husband was diagnosed with cancer last year and we’ve moved from carnivores to eating vegetarian and now toward vegan. I have never tried one of Dreena’s recipes that was bad. She is amazing!!!

Melissa April 24, 2012

I would love to win this book! Everything sounds amazing! If I don’t win I’m pretty sure I’ll just end up buying it ;)

Ben April 24, 2012

I love books!

Andrea P April 24, 2012

Everything looks so delicious!

Jackie April 24, 2012

Although my boyfriend and I are omnivores, we often eat vegan meals, and I would love a cookbook to add to my vegan repertoire!

Chantal Nantel April 24, 2012

I am a vegetarian who wants to go vegan. I will be doing the Vegan Challenge from May 1-31 in Ottawa. This book would be a fantastic incentive! Thanks for all you wonderful recipes, tips & tricks! Much appreciated!

Chantal

Katie F April 24, 2012

I simply MUST get my hands on this gem of a cookbook!

Traci April 24, 2012

Funny thing I was just on Amazon today looking at vegan cookbooks and came across this one

Sara A. April 24, 2012

The recipes in this cookbook sound amazing!! I would love to try out the yummy recipes and learn how to cook healthy everyday! Pick me, pick me!! ;)

Katie April 24, 2012

Ohhhh I would love this!

Lisa Kelly April 24, 2012

Eat, Drink & Be Vegan by Dreena was the first book I checked out at the library once I made the switch to veganism. Very excited for this book to come out!

Ash April 24, 2012

I need this cookbook ASAP!

Amanda April 24, 2012

I am always looking for new and exciting vegan cookbooks. Although I myself am only a vegetarian I do try to adhere to a mostly vegan diet and almost always prepare vegan meals. Your Best ever veggie burgers have become a dietary staple for my husband and I. Also, I never turn down the opportunity to support fellow Canadians in their compassionate endeavours.

Brittany April 24, 2012

These recipes look delicious!

Sarah Herrewynen April 24, 2012

Oh my! Sounds like a Must-Have book!

Brooke April 24, 2012

Went Vegan 15 days ago after being a vegetarian for 14 years. I could really use a cookbook to help with recipes! Love your blog, by the way!

Allison April 24, 2012

I have just started to love chickpeas! I must try this recipe and hopefully others! Here’s to winning the giveaway!

Natalie April 24, 2012

Everything looks and sounds delicious! Especially the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart with Coconut Crust. I am new to vegan eating so having this as a guide would be awesome! :)

Mollie April 24, 2012

This book looks awesome!! I am a HUGE lover of jerk sauce-cant wait to try the recipe!!

Debbie April 24, 2012

Yes, please. I would love to win this book:)

Lora April 24, 2012

I am looking to transition to a plant based diet and this would help me with that!

Ashley April 24, 2012

Oh my gosh the chickpeas look AMAZING! I would love to try her Mediterranean Bean Burgers! YUM!

Taylor April 24, 2012

This book looks amazing! I would love to win :)

Liz April 24, 2012

These look so good!

Mary C April 24, 2012

Yeah! We’ve been waiting for this book! Have been “plant strong” for 8 mos now and loving it!

Kristin April 24, 2012

oooooo this cookbook sounds yummy! And of course your pictures make the recipes look so tasty!

Lindsay April 24, 2012

I’d love to win this book!

Jamie Phipps April 24, 2012

All this delicious, raw food is making my mouth water!

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