Oh She Glows Cookbook – Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out
Author: Angela Liddon
List Price: $29
I (along with about half a million others) have always been a huge lover of Angela Liddon’s blog — so I was super excited to get her new cookbook! There is just something so great about having an actual book to look at vs a screen.
Her recipes and photography are outstanding! They are all vegan recipes but they are very easily adapted — so if you’re not vegan you will still love this book.
Angela starts her book out with the story of how she got to where she is today. Including telling readers about her 10 year struggle with an eating disorder. She talks about her shift from low-calorie diet foods (more chemicals than real food if you ask me) to a wholesome, plant-based diet. That’s when she started to GLOW!
Angela holds a Master of Social Psychology but was unfulfilled working as a researcher. After a while she quit and opened a bakery. Talk about a career change. Angela published her cookbook and had a baby this year. She certainly lives an eventful life.
Ok, so now you know a bit about the author, back to the book.
I love the way Angela writes throughout the book, it’s conversational and will make you laugh — who knew a cookbook could be funny. It’s definitely a book I keep on my coffee table so I can browse through it while enjoying my morning tea.
Angela frequently mentions her amazing, inspirational, supportive, patient (!!) husband (aka Head Taste-Tester Extraordinaire), who the book is dedicated to. I’d like a clone of him please. ;)
She also includes a section that lists her favorite kitchen tools and equipment. If you haven’t made your Christmas list yet this would make the perfect one! One of my favorite things on her list is glass canning jars. I use them for EVERYTHING … but canning. As Angela says, “just like shoes, you can never have too many glass jars (just don’t try to tell my husband that!).”
The other sections in the book include: my natural food pantry, breakfast, smoothies, juice & tea, appetizers, salad, soup, entrees, sides, power snacks, desserts (if this section doesn’t make you drool we can’t be friends), homemade staples and finally a basic cooking chart.
The book has over 100 mouthwatering recipes including over 100 stunning full-page photos (my favorite part). Many recipes are gluten-free too if that’s your thing. It was so hard to pick a few recipes to test. Ultimately I decided to make a couple due to the fact that I had all the ingredients on hand.
Simple recipes with easy-to-find ingredients is a must for me. This cookbook definitely delivers on that.
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The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out
Recipe 1: peanut butter cookie dough bites
These bites have become my all-time favourite snack. You keep them in the freezer so they are so easy to grab for a quick breakfast or snack on the go. Although… knowing they are there I usually find myself digging into them every time I’m in the kitchen…
Makes 14 bites. Prep time: 15 min. Chill time: 10 min.
- 1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup almond flour/meal
- 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 2 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (I opted for the latter)
- In a high-speed blender, blend oats until a fine flour forms. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine oil, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the almond flour, oat flour, and salt and beat again until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Roll the dough into small balls (1 tbsp of dough each). If chocolate chips fall to the bottom of the bowl press them back into the dough when rolling. Place the finished bites on a plate lined with parchment paper.
- Freeze bites for 5-10 minutes, or until firm. Store the bites in a freezer bag for quick and easy snacks.
NOTE: if the dough is a bit dry add a splash or two of milk or non-dairy alternative – I had to do this
Recipe 2: indian lentil-cauliflower soup
This soup exceeded my expectations (which where high)! The flavour is amazing. Red lentils are my favourite lentils by far, I love their peppery taste (I get my pepper obsession from my grandpa who can’t have a meal without it). I substituted my favorite curry paste for the curry powder because that’s what I had on hand. Make sure you use a good quality broth, I find that makes all the difference. I topped this soup with greek yogurt…ruining its veganism. But, it’s great without it!
Serves 4. Prep time: 30 min. Cook time: 32 – 37 min.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or other oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
- 1 – 2 tbsp curry powder, to taste
- 1.5 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium cauliflower, chopped into bite size florets
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced (leave the peel on for added fibre)
- 2 large handfuls baby spinach
- 3/4 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste (I used a salted broth and didn’t add any extra salt)
- Freshly ground black pepper (yum!)
- Chopped fresh cilantro for serving (optional)
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 5-6 min, until translucent.
- Stir in the ginger, 1 tbsp of curry powder, coriander, and cumin and saute for 2 minutes more, until fragrant.
- Add the broth and red lentils and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, the reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes more.
- Stir in the cauliflower and sweet potato. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the cauliflower and sweet potato are tender. Season with salt and pepper, and add more curry powder if desired. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cilantro, if desired.
Concluding thoughts and giveaway!
I love how you really get to know Angela through this book. She has such an inspiring story to tell! Her recipes are delicious (even for carnivores), simple and the photography will amaze you (I have much to learn!). I look forward to making every recipe in this book. Great job Angela and congrats on the new baby!
Alright, now for the giveaway.
If you would like to win a copy of this amazing cookbook for yourself comment below and tell me what ingredient is always in your pantry or your favorite recipe from my blog! For an extra entry “like” Upbeet on Facebook here.
I will choose the winner at random on November 27th at 11PM (EST) and contact you via email (so make sure you include a valid email!) OPEN TO CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this cookbook from Penguin Canada. All thoughts and photos are my own. Recipes reprinted with permission. Recipes copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.