Cookbook Review & Giveaway — Oh She Glows!



Oh She Glows Cookbook – Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

Author: Angela Liddon
List Price: $29
Pages: 314

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.

peanut butter cookie dough bite

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!).”

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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


cookie dough bite

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


indian stew

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.

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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.

33 Comments || Cookbook Review & Giveaway — Oh She Glows!

  1. Dawn Marie Bakrt

    I love your Salsa Chicken recipe. So flavourful and easy. I always have the ingredients on hand.

  2. My main pantry must-have is canned legumes of all kinds! Chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, black beans…the list goes on. They’re so easy to cook with and provide a convenient way to make nutritious, meatless dinners quickly.

    Also, I just checked out your homemade almond milk recipe…my husband’s been into almond milk lately (he’s not even vegetarian, just prefers it now), so I’ll definitely take a stab at making the vanilla one from scratch!

    • Upbeet,RD

      I totally agree, legumes are a must have.

      Homemade almond milk is so amazing. I’m addicted now. I hope you and your husband like it!

  3. Erica Reynolds

    Hi Melissa,

    Love the blog!

    I always try to keep plain greek yogurt on hand. Great for smoothies and as a substitute for mayo and sour cream!

  4. I always have pasta and chocolate chips on hand…not to eat together :) Great review, the recipes you shared sound amazing!

    • Upbeet,RD

      Haha no, don’t eat those together. Thanks Anna!

  5. Nuts r always in my pantry!

  6. Lillian

    I always have canned whole tomatoes in my pantry as they are so versatile And useful for all dishes.

  7. I have so many pantry staples! Cashew butter is one of them along with oats, chickpeas, and apple sauce! All so handy.

    • Upbeet,RD

      I love cashew butter! I just made my own for the first time.

  8. Island Cook

    Love your slow cooker oatmeal recipe!

    I always have beef and chicken broth on hand as it’s in so many recipes.

  9. Marty

    I’m waiting for you to come home & make Some kind of funky healthy Soup or a fabulous tasting juice (heard you got an amazing juicer

  10. Christine Mardus

    I always have coconut, olive and walnut oils at home. They are great for baking, salads and stir fries.

  11. Sarah O

    in my kitchen, spinach tends to go in EVERYTHING…it’s an easy way to sneak a little extra somethin into any soup, casserole, smoothie, eggs…..the possibilities are endless! Drives my boyfriend a little crazy though haha ;)

    • Haha he should thank you Sarah! You’re just looking out for his health ;)

  12. Shavonne Nice

    My must have item (although its a fridge item, not pantry) is eggs! Can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner :)

  13. My pantry staple is fish sauce. I’m Vietnamese and it’s used in almost every dish in my house!

    • Thanks for sharing Cindy, I bought fish sauce a while ago and have yet to even open it! I need to find some good Vietnamese recipes apparently.

  14. Joann

    My pantry always has olive oil, chick peas, capers (they add a little zing to many dishes), canned crushed tomatoes and chicken broth.

    Can’t resist your recipe for chocolate mint cupcakes!

  15. My pantry is always stocked with just about everything coconut … unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut aminos, etc

  16. Joan Uhrig

    Applesauce, canned tomatoes, (picked at the peak of perfection from my garden) I love your recipe using chicken thighs and sweet potatoes but all that I have made are good.

  17. Patricia

    I always have canned tomatoes in my pantry

  18. I’d like to try the Indian Lentil and Cauliflower Soup recipe. Lentils are always in my cupboard. The typical size (big) cauliflowers are sometimes hard for me to use up:)

  19. Stephanie

    My fav ingredient is maple syrup. It can make anything taste better, like homemade waffles, sweet potatoes with a pecan topping, et cetera! Even good from the tub.
    Liked on FB

  20. My pantry always has bacon…..does that count? If not and you are looking for a ‘true’ pantry item then strained tomatoes.

  21. Melanie

    I always have honey in my pantry. It is such a versatile ingredient. It is a natural sweetener and adds a unique flavour to any dish.

  22. Megan

    I always have sundried tomatoes and pesto! I love stuffing chicken breast and those are my go to ingredients (along with feta)

  23. ikkinlala

    One thing that’s always in my pantry is walnuts.

  24. April

    We always have low-sodium canned tomatoes, beans or lentils (canned or dried), and onions. I can’t pick between the three because they are required staples, but really we generally have a pretty well-stocked pantry (especially up here. They had canned pumpkin yesterday – we probably won’t get it again, so we bought all of it!)

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