Eat Drink And Be Vegan – A Review and a Giveaway

by katerina on June 8, 2009

A few weeks ago I really wanted to make these cookies everyone in the blog world was talking about – Dreena Burton’s Super Charge Me Cookies. Despite 30 minutes worth of googling I couldn’t find the recipe anywhere on the web and instead put a request in for the book at the library. Last week I got it.

Eat, Drink & Be Vegan is a vegan cookbook. Obviously. Vegan cooking isn’t for everyone but I am very open to it. As someone who is lactose intolerant I like dishes that are dairy-free, though clearly I don’t cook that way all the time. I also really enjoy vegetables and as long as there is protein in a meal I am satisfied.

When I started flipping through Eat, Drink & Be Vegan a lot of the recipes appealed to me immediately. Sometimes when you look at a vegan cookbook half of the recipes are full of meat substitutes and fake cheese. For someone who is not vegetarian this doesn’t really do much for me as I try not to eat too much processed soy products. However, this book uses legumes, whole grains and big flavors in the recipes, rather then trying to replicate the taste of what might be missing.

The book covers the full spectrum of meals and dishes. This includes a large breakfast section, a whole chapter on hummus as well as one on appetizers, and all the way through to desserts. Some of her recipe names are a bit precious for me but I hate coming up with recipe names too. She also includes, in her introduction, suggested tools, advice and helpful tips on eating and cooking for a vegan lifestyle.

So what did I make first? Obviously the Super Charge Me! cookies.

Super Charge Me cookies
Dreena’s cookies include dried fruit(I used cranberries), coconut, nut butter (almond), coconut and chocolate chips. They took me about 40 minutes start to finish including cleanup and baking time and turned out great. I totally should have doubled the recipe as they were gone within 24 hours. The only thing that wigged me out was how light in colour they turned out? I assume it is because they have no butter in them. You can check out the recipe I attempted after reading about them, but it wasn’t as good. Plus it needed chocolate chips!

[print_this]Super-Charge Me! Cookies
(makes 11-12 cookies)

Printed with permission from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan by Dreena Burton

1 cup quick oats
2/3 cup spelt flour
1/4 (rounded)teaspoon sea salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4-1/3 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit – I used cranberries!
3-4 tablespoons carob or chocolate chips
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup flax meal
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons almond butter
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons canola oil

Preheat oven to 350F. In a mixing bowl, mix oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, coconut, raisins, and carob or chocolate chips, sift in baking powder, and stir until well combined. In a different bowl, combine flax meal, syrup, almond butter, and vanilla and combine. Stir in oil. Combine wet mixture with dry and stir until just well combined, do not overmix. Drop batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and lightly flatten with wet fingers. Bake for 13 minutes. (She is clear that more than 13 minutes will dry the cookies out.) Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack.[/print_this]

Next I wanted to make something savory. I have been experimenting with tempeh for awhile now but haven’t quite figured out its best uses, so I decided to make the Gimme Chimis. A combination of tempeh, pinto beans, veggies and spices fried up and stuffed into tortillas which are then fried and baked. They were good, but next time I would definitely make them spicier. I also didn’t fry them but rather sprayed them with olive oil and stuck them in the toaster oven. They still came out nice and crispy but were less work.

Tempeh Gimme Chimis

Because Dreena runs her own blog I shot her a quick email to ask if I coud print one of her recipes and if she could tell me some of her favorites from the book. Not only was she super quick at responding (just after having a baby no less) but she was excessively nice and more than happy to let me reprint the recipe and to suggest some of her favorites: “Tamari Roasted Chickpeas, Peanut Sesame Hummus, White Bean Hummus, Chipotle Lime Two-Bean Hummus, Cashew Ginger Tofu, Sweet Potato Lentil Chili, Mellow Lentil Soup, Raspberry Choc Chip Scones, Hemp-anola, Goddess Garbanzos, Balsamic Maple Sauce, Potato Squashers, Chickpea Sensation Patties, Broccoli Cashew Teriyaki Stir-Fry (with broccoli & cashews), Peanut Passion Sauce (served with steamed veg & rice or noodles), Lemony Cashew Basil Pesto, Thai Chick-Un Pizza, Moroccan Phyllo Rolls, Teriyaki Quinoa… and then, most of the desserts, but especially the 5-star cookie ice cream sandwiches, chocolate pumpkin pie, chocolate mint melties, lime sucker coconut pie, nicer krispie squares, and super-charge me cookies. Hmmm, that’s more than a “few” favorites, but it’s hard for cooks to choose their favorite foods and recipes!! :) “After enjoying the recipes, I decided it was a keeper and worth investing in, so I thought I would buy two and give one away!

If you would like to win a copy of Eat, Drink & Be Vegan, here is what you can do to enter:

- Leave a comment of something you would like to see on this blog. A new recipe? More pictures, cooking something in particular?
- Post a link about the contest on your blog and let me know.
- Tweet about it (include me in your tweet so I know) and link back to the post.

This contest will be open until Midnight PST on June 19th. Good Luck! - This contest is now closed. Congratulations aroma-herbals.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Courtney June 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm

i like seeing alternative flours for eating like this recipe. Its nice to try and cook with them. A lot of people thinks is hard to do but with whole food having bins I can get just what i need :)

i cant wait to try this recipe!


Deborah June 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I'm not vegan by any means, but this cookbook sounds like one I would enjoy! And, I already enjoy your blog quite a bit, so I wouldn't even know what to tell you to do differently!


Brittany June 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I'm trying to make a real effort to cook/bake with fresh, seasonal foods. You already do a good job of this, but seasonally appropriate recipes are always great to read! (Especially desserts – I sometimes have a hard time breaking out of the chocolate box to experiment with fruity desserts.)


helen June 8, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Love to see more cooking inspired by your garden!


Katerina June 9, 2009 at 3:23 am

Courtney – that is exactly what I do!

Deborah – me neither, clearly.

Brittany – great idea!

helen – thankfully summer is upon us, so that means lots of garden and grilling!


L June 9, 2009 at 5:37 am

I've had those cookies…they are A.MA.ZING. You seem to have taken my first and only comment of less cream more health to heart sooo…I vote for more making of things from scratch that you would normally buy. (Like Lesley Stowe's crackers! Ohh and maybe some homemade goat cheese to go with…)


Anonymous June 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

I'd love to see more local food recipes!

plur268 at yahoo dot com


Christie's Corner June 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I've heard great things about this book — from a woman who's written 20 cookbooks herself. Like you, I tend to avoid vegan because of all the meat substitutes. But a good recipe is a good recipe and I just might have to give the cookies a try!

We have a similar take on food, but I always struggle with interesting side dishes. I tend to focus on the main and then slap down a salad (with stellar homemade dressing, of course!)


Shannon B June 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I'm a vegetarian who wants to make the leap to vegan. I would love to see more vegan recipes tried out, especially vegan baking. I'm a little skittish about using egg replacers in baking. I would love to win a copy of Eat, Drink, and be Vegan!!


K. Horn June 11, 2009 at 10:22 am

The one thing I'd like to see a bit more of is starters and sides. They are my favorite parts of any meal, and seeing someone elses suggestions and recipies would help me to branch out some! That and I'd LOVE that cookbook since I'm 70% vegetarian, 20% vegan and only 10% omniverious (can't spell it:S)


Mel @ June 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Wonderful contest, thanks :) I'd love to see more vegan, low fat/sugar desserts. While I love desserts, I don't usually want it cloyingly sweet. This book would be wicked to have! Fingers crossed.


aroma-herbals June 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I second the notion for desserts. I'm always looking for healthy desserts or healthier versions of classic desserts. Other than that, just keep cooking–I love it all!


Catskills Cook June 19, 2009 at 10:45 am

Not vegan. But I have been adding more vegan and vegetarian options to my diet.


Nic June 19, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I'm always, always, ALWAYS looking for side dish recipes, vegan or not! :)


chris January 11, 2010 at 10:49 am

Make and review the sweet potato lentil chili. Seriously, it sounds good yet odd at the same time.


schüssler salze February 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Im Allgemeinen ist es bei dem Thema Eat Drink
And Be Vegan wie ich es sehe absolut unabdingbar, dass die zahlreichen Texte genauestens nachgeschlagen werden,
damit alles genau stimmt. Dies scheint mir in diesem Blog definitiv das Normalste der Welt zu
sein. Deshalb lese ich hier unter anderem oftmals mit Vorliebe.


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