I’m so excited to usher in 2018! This is the first year where I can truly say, that I love myself enough to buckle down and work hard to accomplish my health related goals. One of my biggest goals is to transition into a plant-based diet. That means different things to everybody, but for me, that means allowing meat, cheese and other delicious animal products be an occasional treat. I’ve been transitioning into using less dairy for the last couple of months, and trying many meatless dishes, and I’m ready to embark on the 30 Day Vegan Challenge!
I feel confident about this journey, since I now have all the ingredients for a successful challenge. One, I have the support of my carnivorous husband, who’s agreed to eat vegan dinners for the next 30 days. Second, I have tasty recipes from a few different sources, one being Oh She Glows: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon. I’ve been cooking out of this book for a couple months now, and it’s time for a proper review! Spoiler Alert: I’ve completely fallen in love!
For those who aren’t familiar with Angela Liddon, she runs a blog called Oh She Glows and has come out with a couple of cookbooks in the last few years. Liddon’s first book, Oh She Glows: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out is a New York Times Bestseller, and with good reason! This is what I like to call, “vegan for beginners”. This is exactly the kind of book I wish I had when I was vegetarian back in college. The food isn’t to “vegany”, which I really like. The recipes are made with good, wholesome plant-based recipes, and not too many weird ingredients. Here’s a recap of the dishes I made from this book.
Maple-Cinnamon Apple & Pear Baked Oatmeal
I made this on Christmas morning, and was so delicious. I was excited to use pears in this as well as apples and it turned out delicious. 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a staple recipe and a great one to have on hand. This recipe did make a lot, so I made a note in the book to only make a half recipe next time. 4 out of 5 stars.
This cheese alternative really surprised me by how good it was! And it really taste like cheese! I mixed this into a quinoa dish and mixed the rest into some pasta. This most certainly satisfies the mac and cheese cravings. 5 out of 5 stars.
This is another winner for a cheese lover like me! Now, this doesn’t taste exactly like Parmesan cheese, but it has all the elements that makes Parmesan cheese so delicious. It’s nutty, salty and oily. And the crunch from the pecans makes for a very nice topping to casseroles and veggie dishes. I put this over the Brussels sprouts and took it to my moms house for Christmas. 5 out of 5 stars.
Peanut butter cooking dough balls
These taste just like cookie dough! I didn’t have any chocolate chips that the recipe called for, but that didn’t matter. They were sweet and delicious! I give this, 5 out of 5 stars.
In summery, this is a prefect book for vegans and non-vegans alike. If you have a goal to eat more veggies this year, meet you new best friend! This book as a whole get 5 out of 5 starts from me.