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Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet Paperback – September 6, 2011

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"Blissful Bites will take you on a spiritual culinary journey. It is filled with mouth watering recipes that are healthy and easy to prepare. This cookbook should be a staple in everyone's kitchen."

--Kim Barnouin, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

"Blissful Bites will inspire you to make delicious, healthy meals you’ll enjoy feeding your family. Christy Morgan makes plant-based eating easy and addictive!"

--Rory Freedman, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

"Blissful Bites is everything you’ve wanted on your path to optimal health, all in one beautiful book! The recipes are a paradise for your taste buds and a treat for your body. Christy Morgan has devised each one to bring you to the best of health in the most delicious possible way. If you want to slim down and boost your energy, or if you have any health concern—excess weight, high cholesterol, or diabetes, for example—this book will give you the tools you need.

Christy Morgan’s wonderful book makes the journey to health wonderfully easy and delicious!"

--Neal Barnard, MD, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

"Finally—a cookbook that speaks directly to the soul! Christy Morgan’s Blissful Bites is a perfect combination of healthy and satisfying recipe ideas, both light and filling, with just the right mix of food philosophy and spiritual inspiration blended in.

Emphasizing local, organic, seasonal, plant-based cuisine, there is a solid and friendly feel to this book that inspires trust and confidence. Highly recommended!"

--Will Tuttle, PhD, author of the best-selling book, The World Peace Diet, recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award, the co-founder of Circle of Compassion, and an acclaimed pianist and composer.

"Using only healthy, whole food ingredients, Blissful Bites if packed full of simple vegan recipes to help you add a delicious twist to any meal. This book is a must have for every kitchen."

--Ani Phyo, author of Ani's Raw Food Asia

"I am constantly amazed by Christy's ability to whip up stellar dishes seemingly out of thin air; she is prolific, talented, and an inspiration. Blissful Bites is a must-have in any healthy kitchen."

--Jessica Porter, author of The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics

About the Author

Christy Morgan, also known as The Blissful Chef, is a successful vegan macrobiotic chef whose business is changing people’s lives through healthy cooking classes, lectures, in-home cooking instruction, healthy living consultations, and corporate team building. With her first cookbook Blissful Bites and various online and offline articles, she is well-published in the world of natural foods.

Training at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas strengthened Christy’s knowledge of nutrition and diet, and deepened her passion for food and the world around her. After graduating, she moved back to Los Angeles to follow her new dream of helping others to find the balance and health benefits that she was now experiencing. After four years of cooking and teaching in Los Angeles, Christy took to the online world, where her videos and blogs allow her to share her knowledge, passion, and delicious recipes with countless fans around the globe.

Christy’s on a mission to show that clean food can be delicious and easy to make—and will bring more energy and bliss into your life. Her fun and informative classes teach amateurs and seasoned veterans alike how to create simple yet delicious, sustainable, “green” meals using local organic produce and seasonal cooking techniques.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935618512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935618515
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Mo VINE VOICE on September 6, 2011
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You'd be forgiven for thinking that a diet without animal products, processed foods, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplants), alliums (onions and garlic), wheat, and oil would be a particularly cruel form of punishment. Blissful Bites proves otherwise. While it didn't convert me to author Christy Morgan's super healthy way of eating, I definitely did enjoy the colorful and, yes, tasty recipes within it.

Blissful Bites is a collection of over 175 vegan and macrobiotic recipes, including some raw and gluten-free dishes. Most are low in oil and (more importantly for me) can be made in under 45 minutes. There's an emphasis on seasonal, whole foods and hardly a stick of Earth Balance or bag of Daiya to be seen. Also good: lots of glossy, full color pictures to inspire you. Sections, which feature recipes organized by season, include breakfast, salads, soups and appetizers, sea vegetables, grains, and desserts.

To be perfectly honest, I wasn't immediately attracted to many of the recipes. The author favors very different spices and seasonings than I do -- lots of recipes call for miso, different vinegars, sea vegetables, brown rice syrup, ginger, coriander, and nutritional yeast. But I rolled up my sleeves and started cooking. Instructions were clear and easy to follow, and although everything tasted very different from what I usually eat, nothing was less than enjoyable. I faced down my tofu prejudices and surprised myself by liking the Southwest Tofu Scramble. The Un-Tuna sandwich filler, which calls for garbanzo beans, was a welcome change from my usual mock tuna recipe with green onions, and the Sweet Carrot-Ginger Bisque had a delicate, mild flavor with a definite zap at the very end.
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I am a health coach and I go through a LOT of cookbooks! Personally, I'm not much of a cook or a chef without a recipe to follow - and I don't like to spend more than 45-minutes on making a meal - so I'm always looking for recipes or cookbooks that make it EASY and doable to make something wonderful. I swear - I have yet to make a recipe from this cookbook that wasn't fantastic. Everything has turned out great! And they have been EASY and quick to put together. I am in heaven. This is my new go-to book. Christy's book is full of top-notch information and tips - and the recipes are seriously delicious. Some of my favorites are the penne with creamy red pepper sauce (my husband flipped for this), the macro mac and cheese, Mac n' Kale (my new favorite salad), soba noodles with peanut sauce, and the lemony-lime hummus. I should also add that this is the first review I have ever written for a cookbook - so you know I am serious about this one! Blissful Bites will do wonderful things for your health, your spirit, and your taste buds. I highly recommend it!
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I really love this cookbook. The recipes are fresh, healthy and delicious. It's organized efficiently and beautifully with incredible attention to detail. It is full of beautiful photos, not just a few scattered here and there. The recipes are organized as follows: Breakfast and brunch of champions; Appetizers and soups for every occasion; Not-your-average fresh salads and dressings; Delectable vegetable sides; Whole grains and carbs do a body good; Sea vegetables, huh?; Compassionate proteins; and Healthier desserts you crave. Each of these individual sections begins with a table of contents and the recipes are organized by season. So far my favorites include the fresh corn and zucchini frittata (LOVED it!), curry chicken-less salad and lemon-basil potato salad. I highly recommend this cookbook and look forward to using it often.
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Not only are Christy's recipes super healthy, but they really are delicious! There's absolutely no reason that rich, satisfying foods can't be healthy at the same time, and Christy proves that over and over with her recipes.

I made her Azuki Bean and Japanese Pumpkin (aka kabocha squash) Soup for my husband, and he thought it tasted just as rich as his mom's beef stew. And his mom is an amazing cook - the kind who would boil down her own beef broth and use a ton of butter, garlic, salt and other rich seasonings.

There are a lot of amazing flavor combinations in her recipes, but one that stands out for me is her Indian pizza with mango chutney... A polenta pizza base (which is a fantastic gluten-free pizza crust option) topped with a spicy-sweet mango chutney and curry-flavored veggies... it tastes ridiculously good, and is such a unique direction to take a pizza.

For those just learning how to cook, or learning how to cook with plant foods, Christy gives the best tips I've seen in a cookbook for how to set up your kitchen and prepare whole grains, beans and vegetables. They're spot on, and give the most important information without being overwhelming so that even the most beginner cook should feel empowered to do it.

Christy's recipes give you a gentle nudge in certain healthier directions (like using whole foods and lots of vegetables) while making incredibly flavorful and fun dishes and without being pushy.
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