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.

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