What is a vegan? It’s a person who has decided to eat consciously. We ethically abstain from animal products of all kinds. It’s a way of life that I completely embrace! Is it hard to be a vegan? Not at all, there are copious vegan books on the market that range from quick meals to exquisite gourmet meals. There are vegan books for kids, teens, just desserts, smoothies, etc. Many of them have their own unique personalities and/or themes like my newest vegan book.
The Inspired Vegan was created by Chef Bryant Terry. This book has lots of soul and reflects his deep appreciation for food and his desire to help us create delicious vegan meals. It is also inspired by fond childhood memories and growing up in Memphis.
This mouth-watering book is divided into three sections, basic, interlude, and menus. The basic includes the backbone of cooking: preparation, techniques and some simple recipes that are very useful like making your own vegetable stock and caramelized onion relish. Yum!
The interlude includes recipes divided into drinks, bites, salads, mains, sides, and sweets. It’s a great quick reference if you instantly want to see which side dish or drink recipe you could entice your family’s palette with.
The menu section is the foundation. Here you will find a plethora of scrumptious meals that will expand your taste buds.
With summer coming I’m always trying out new salad dressings and I found a d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s one in the book. The Creamy Herb Dressing is rich in flavor and ambrosial on your salad. It has the creamy texture of silken tofu, the spark from garlic and the zing from lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. I love this dressing and have made it many times already. Just through all the ingredients in a blender and it whips up in no time. It’s great on mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, pasta and as a sandwich spread.
I love making biscuits as well. The Sweet Potato – Cornmeal Drop Biscuits with Maple Syrup will make you crave them all the time. The sweet potatoes and cornmeal are a wonderful combination. I love both of these ingredients but have never used them together. They really taste so gratifying and go great with a hot bowl of soup, salad or as a snack. My group of little kids loved these with organic peanut butter and/or jam. I make them small enough to fit in a little kid’s palm so they don’t get too stuffed before dinner.
The recipes in this book are easy to make and you will have most of the ingredients already in your home. Variety is good and it’s important to introduce your family to different tastes. Your family will love these recipes and who knows you just may create a loving family memory.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.