Something I really enjoy doing in my spare time is reading recipes, but more specifically plant-based, whole-foods and ideally kid friendly. I only keep a small amount of recipe books, really the ones that I like to return to over and over again. Two of the recipe books I have on my shelf are Plant-powered Families by Dreena Burton and Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon.
If you are new to plant-based, whole food cooking, some of the ingredients in both of these cook books may be new to you. In both recipe books in their pantry primers they use many alternative flours, some gluten-free such as (potato flour, oat flour, spelt flour and coconut flour), grains, legumes and beans (lentils, kidney beans, white beans, chickpeas) nut butter and seed butters (almond, cashew, hazelnut, sesame seed) dairy-milk alternatives (almond, coconut milk) and alternative sweeteners (blackstrap molasses, brown rice syrup or substituting with sweet potato) for example.
There are four parts to Dreena’s book.
- Part One is an Introduction to plant-based eating and includes a pantry-primer.
- Part Two is the recipes which includes breakfast, smoothies and nut milk recipes, muffins, breads and bars, lunch ideas, dips and spreads, salad dressings, sauces and toppings, dinner time meals such as soups and stews, pizza and pasta, burgers, casseroles, stir-fries and then there’s the sweet treat section which includes puddings, cookies, frozen treats, cakes and frostings.
- Part Three is all about plant-based challenges and solutions.
- Part Four is all about support. DIY staples and cooking guides and some sample meal plans.
Oh She Glows has a section in this book on kitchen tools and appliances, lots of recipes including home-made staples and a pantry primer.
Angela’s recipes are a combination of smoothies and smoothie bowls, breakfast, snacks, salads, sides and soups, entrees and cookies and bars, desserts. I found the Home-made staples (home-made flours/meals, vegan parmesan cheese, dressings, nut butters, sauces and more) section really interesting. I like to cook from scratch wherever possible so DIY recipes appeal to me. I am not big into sweet food recipes (only on occasion), so I tend to focus more on sides or snacks, mains and DIY staples, dips recipes etc.
Other online recipe websites, aside from looking at recipes on Pinterest, I spend a bit of time browsing on;