100 flavor-packed, no-stress recipes for busy families, by Melissa King.
Nice paperback book with colorful, drool worthy photographs by Heather Poire for almost every recipe.
When I first received this book I read “our story”. Even though our families went through different things- we share similar stories. Both our kids were admitted to hospital. Both were underweight. We both have 2 kids, we’re busy and we don’t always have a lot of time to be messing around trying to get dinner on the table. Similar to your lifestyle right? Not a lot of time to be messing around with everything else that you need to get done.
Melissa uses a few different methods of cooking. Stove top, oven, slow cooker, and dehydrator. I don’t have a dehydrator so I would use the oven on the lowest heat possible and go from there. Those recipes I would cook when I’m home, cleaning and don’t have to worry about going anywhere. Like on Sunday’s when I like to batch cook.
Melissa has the vegan pantry- just what you should have stocked in your pantry, bean cooking chart, how to make the perfect quinoa, egg substitutes. Kitchen equipment to make life easier. Tips to save time and money- don’t we all want to do that? How to handle picky eaters. Remember she has two kids, so she kinda is in the know about this area.
The recipes are grouped so you know if it’s a make ahead meal, slow cooker or 30 minutes or less.
Quick: 30 minutes or less
Spinach & mushroom tofu scramble, Maple vanilla baked oatmeal squares, sweet corn salad with arugula, cheesy garlic popcorn.
Easy: Effortless slow cooker dishes
Apple cinnamon quinoa, veggie enchilada soup, chili mac & cheese, chickpea cauliflower curry
Make Ahead: Refrigerator-friendly meals
Black bean & sweet potato hash, simple cucumber & dill salad, lentil Shepard’s pie, oatmeal snack bars, cinnamon banana chips.
Entertain: Favorites for a crowd
Cinnamon roll muffins, black bean and corn breakfast burrito, healthy coleslaw, lemon garlic zucchini, salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas
Make It Yummy: Sauces, dressing and other accompaniments
Hidden veggies tomato sauce, lemon poppy seed dressing, strawberry salsa, salted caramel sauce
Pick-Me-Up’s: Juices and smoothies
Fruity lemonade, almond joy smoothie, sunshine smoothie, energizing green juice.
If your are still not convinced that the recipes will be tasteful, healthful and easy; please make this recipe and let me know 🙂 Seriously the best book out there for busy families.
Chickpea Cauliflower Coconut Curry
Curry powder is a great spice mix to work with. Although the exact ingredients may vary slightly, the mix typically features several superfoods. A yellow curry powder’s main ingredients usually include turmeric, coriander, cumin, mustard seed, and either cardamom or cinnamon, if not both. I love curry for its health benefits and its deep, rich flavor. This dish is quite easy to make in a slow cooker, plus it tastes wonderful and is a great introduction for someone who doesn’t quite yet have a palate for curry or Indian food in general.
Makes 5 to 6 servings
Prep and cook time: 5 hours 35 minutes
4 cups (650 g) cooked chickpeas (or two 15-ounce [425 g] cans chickpeas, drained)
3 cups (300 g) chopped cauliflower (about 1 head cauliflower)
1½ cups (240 g) diced yellow onions
1 cup (100 g) snow peas
1¾ cups (420 ml) coconut milk (preferably full-fat)
1 cup (240 ml) vegetable broth
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon garam masala
Salt to taste
4 or 5 kale leaves, chopped and massaged
1 Put all the ingredients except the kale in a slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 5 hours.
2 Turn the heat off and add the kale. Stir, then cover for 20 minutes to cook the kale.
3 Uncover and serve. This will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week.
For a bit of heat, you can add some red pepper flakes.
This dish will be a little soupy, which is intended. It can be served by itself or on a bed
of rice or quinoa. Use a slotted spoon if you don’t want to get too much liquid on the
plate while serving.
To reheat this in the microwave, I suggest adding some extra water (about 1 tablespoon)
so it doesn’t dry out.
Credit line: Recipe from Easy. Whole. Vegan.: 100 Flavor-Packed, No-Stress Recipes for Busy Families © Melissa King, 2016. Image credit goes to Heather Poire. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.
I received a copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.