Veganism—the animal-free diet—is here to stay. And Dreena Burton, author of the bestselling The Everyday Vegan, is here to tell you how the decision to “go green” doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition or flavor, and in fact will make you and your family feel healthier and more alive.
Dreena and her husband became parents three years ago, and their decision to raise their daughter as a vegan from birth has made the need for an animal-free diet that is fully nutritional all the more crucial. But as Dreena demonstrates in Vive le Vegan!, there’s no need to panic: there are simple methods and delectable ingredients you can use that will allow you—whether you’re single or have a family—to become vegan without having to be a rocket scientist. And who said that vegan meals lack pizzazz? Not when you can make:
Berry Hemp Smoothies
Fresh Jicama and Cucumber Slaw
Hearty Roasted Tomato Stew
Carrot-Shitake Spring Rolls
Chipotle Veggie Bean Burritos
Morrocan Chickpea Patties
Apple Cardomom Cake with Creamy Lemon Maple Frosting
The recipes in Vive le Vegan! also don’t over-rely on the use of soy, given recent concerns about over–consumption, and many feature whole grains and hemp. They’re also disarmingly easy to prepare. So it’s time to give up your qualms about the vegan lifestyle and celebrate its vivid possibilities. Vive le vegan!
Dreena Burton is the author of The Everyday Vegan, now in its second printing. She lives in White Rock, British Columbia, with her husband, Paul, and their three year-old daughter, Charlotte.
Having just turned to the Vegan Diet, I was at a loss of what and how to prepare my meals. This is more than a “cook book”., but more of a life style with delicious recipes that are easy to prepare. Each recipe I have tried, even my non-vegan hubby, loves them, and that is saying something for a meat and potato man. I Love that she explains the terms of the unfamiliar ingredients. A person winds up with a new vocabulary, a new way to shop, a new way to cook and the instilled desire to grow your own Veggies! Trust me, take it one step at a time, no overloading yourself and you will be able to stick with this Life Style and begin to feel life returning to your body. Of the 3 books I purchased, this is my favorite!
I have been cooking from VLV since my oldest son was a baby. He’s almost 8 years old now, so I thought it was high time to finally sit down and write a review for this fabulous cookbook. What I love the most about this book is that the ingredients are healthy, the recipes are quick and easy, and the prep time is minimal. Not to mention the fact that every recipe I’ve made (and I’ve made quite a few!) has been absolutely delicious. From the breakfast chapter, the Apple Oat and Banana Bliss Pancakes are staples in our home. You may be tempted to avoid the Millet-Amaranth Porridge in the chapter because it might sound too “healthy” – but don’t! It’s SO delicious. My family of four devours it. It’s comfort in a bowl, and a nice change of pace from oatmeal. Plus, it’s a good way to introduce two grains that, if you’re like me, stare at you from your cupboard every time you open it because you don’t know what to do with them. 🙂 The Muffins and Baked Goods section of my book has lots of splatters in it from all the use it has gotten. I turn to it often when I want to make something sweet, but still good-for-you. I know the Banana Oat Bundles and Blueberry Bounty Buns recipes by heart. They are so darn tasty, and great for breakfasts on the go or to stick in a lunchbox as a treat. The Cannellini Bean Yam Hummus is so good and I often serve it to guests. I do not buy store bought hummus any more because there really is no comparison once you’ve made this. Also, the Lemon-Herb Tofu is luscious. Other dishes in constant rotation in our house are the Chipotle Corn Black Bean Soup, Chickpea Ratatouille, Chipotle Veggie-Bean Burritos (one of my absolute favorites, especially with the Creamy Avocado Cashew sauce- mmmm!), Rosemary Seasoned Tofu Balls, and Veggie Stirfry with Spicy Almond Sauce. Worth the price of the book alone are the Chocolate P-Nut Butter Squares. They are out of this world. Decadent yet healthy (odd to use those two words together, but it’s the truth!) her desserts satisfy but don’t leave you feeling weighed down. The brownies are perfect, and her Chocolate Chip Cookies are to die for. Thank you, Dreena, for all the wonderful recipes and for helping me to feed my family well.
For every mom & dad who want to raise their kids as healthy as possible, this is the family cookbook. It includes, of course, vegan & gluten-, dairy- & sugar-free recipes for the allergy prone. I hope Dreena Burton writes more books. I am waiting to pass this one on to my kids when they finally make me a grandmother 🙂
- Title: Vive le Vegan!: Simple, Delectable Recipes for the Everyday Vegan Family
- Autor: Dreena Burton
- Publisher (Publication Date): Arsenal Pulp Press; Third edition (November 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 1551521695
- ISBN-13: | 978-1551521695
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