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Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less [Kindle Edition]

Robin Robertson
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"Robertson cuts to the chase and puts together good food simply. If you were thinking of slapping together a sandwich, you may as well make one of hers, full of vibrant veggies and flavors, instead of the same old pb and j. It doesn't really take much more time... "It was a real pleasure making dishes from the book. Like everyone else, I don't have a ton of time, so quick is always good. Reading and cooking from Robertson's recipes, I admire the way her mind works. As a fellow recipe developer, I can appreciate a well-crafted recipe. These recipes are simplified, but still interesting, and follow the shortest path from point A to point B. Simple looks easy, but it takes skill to make it that way. I also appreciate the use of whole foods, like beans, nuts and seeds, and the near absence of mock meats. Just because you are in a hurry doesn't mean you have to go in for vegan bologna or burgers every night, in Robertson's kitchen." --Robin Asbell's The New Vegetarian

Following on the success of Quick-Fix Vegetarian, Robin Robertson's Quick-Fix Vegan provides 150 new vegan recipes ranging from starters, snacks, salads, sauces, and sandwiches to stovetop suppers, pastas, soups, and desserts that can all be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Quick-Fix Vegan also features "Make-Ahead Bakes," convenient recipes that are assembled ahead of time (in less than 30 minutes) and then baked before serving.

Quick-Fix Vegan draws upon a myriad of ethnic influences including French, Mexican, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Greek, Cajun, East Asian, Italian, and Middle Eastern, and features recipes such as Spicy Black Bean Hummus with Orange, Korean Hotpot, Rotini with Creamy Avocado-Herb Sauce, Moroccan-Spiced Pumpkin Soup, BBQ Pinto-Portobello Sandwiches, Burmese Ginger Salad, Autumn Harvest Gratin, and Catalan-Style Creme Brulee.

An introductory chapter provides the reader with basic information on how to maintain a "quick-fix" vegan kitchen including pantry suggestions and kitchen tips, as well as basic recipes for ingredients such as homemade vegetable stock and seitan. Cooks of all skill levels will find that the recipes inside Quick-Fix Vegan are just as delectable and adaptable to the omnivore, as they are essential to the vegan lifestyle.

Quick-Fix Vegan is a companion volume of Robin Robertson's Quick-Fix Vegetarian.



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About the Author

An experienced chef and consultant, Robin Robertson is a 25-year veteran restaurant chef, caterer, columnist, cooking teacher, food writer, and author of 19 vegan and vegetarian cookbooks. She writes "The Global Vegan" column for VegNews Magazine and was a contributing editor and columnist for Vegetarian Times. She has also written for Cooking Light, Natural Health, Better Nutrition, Health, Restaurant Business, and other magazines. She lives in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

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  • File Size: 10553 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XXT0AK
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196 of 199 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, fast recipes February 29, 2012
By LFL
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm deducting only half a star so this is actually a four and a half star review.

I have this as an ebook and I really love it because I'm a slow cook (always have to double the prep time on recipes because I can never get them made in the amount of time they supposedly take) and this cookbook makes getting dinner on the table in a reasonable amount of time doable.

My two caveats is that I would love for there to be less fat in the recipes (I don't need them to be fat free, but healthier would be nice) and also, for them to use fewer expensive ingredients (like puff pastry or sun dried tomatoes in oil). I have Robertson's Vegan on the Cheap as well and it is a good cookbook but far more time consuming.

At this point, I would give my left arm (well, almost) for a book of quick, tasty, healthy and cheap vegan recipes. But until one comes along, I will continue endangering my Kindle by bringing it into the kitchen so I can use this book. The recipes are quick, tasty and vegan, which is the best I've been able to find.

So far I've made the following:

Ginger Sesame Seitan with Spicy Basil Snow Peas -- I made a variation of this this substituting super firm tofu for the seitan and broccoli for the snow peas as she suggests could be done. It was very good.

Coconut-Curry Cauliflower and Chickpeas -- just so so. I thought this recipe relied too much on the curry powder for flavor which is fine if you have superb curry powder but mine was not enough by itself. It tasted curry like but didn't pop.

Tofu Skillet Scramble -- Also good and to save time I just threw in fresh red pepper without roasting it first.

Spicy Smoked Portobello Tacos -- Very good. I made it with chopped crimini mushrooms.
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247 of 254 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC for the vegan and supportive non-vegan alike! October 18, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When my boyfriend went vegetarian last year I wanted to show my support for his healthy lifestyle change so I picked up Robin Robertson's Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less. We're just out of college and we live on a pretty strict budget so we were able to quickly and affordably make the recipes out of that cookbook with very little fuss! Not only that, but as a non-vegetarian I was absolutely loving the meals we were making!

So when he told me he was going vegan, I knew I had to pick this up for him for his birthday! And, much like with Quick-Fix Vegetarian, I'm glad I did!

Robin Robertson never fails to deliver on really scrumptious recipes that are easy to make and affordable. We're usually able to pick up 90% of the ingredients listed within at our local Trader Joe's and only occasionally do we have to go to Whole Foods to find a rare item. This makes making dinner very budget-friendly.

Here are some of the recipes we've tried so far and have adored:

The Jerk Seitan and Vegetable Skillet - Even though I still eat meat, I think seitan is a great and very tasty substitute. And, as a bonus, you don't end up feeling all bloated and heavy after mealtime.
Black Bean Sunburgers - We were always spending a pretty penny buying black bean burgers in bulk at Costco, but this recipe showed us how to save money making our own! They freeze really well so it's great being able to make a bunch at a time and saving them for later. Super tasty!
The Tiramisu Parfaits - These are TO DIE FOR tasty! One of the things my boyfriend has struggled with is how a lot of vegan deserts end up tasting dry or brittle.
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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite cookbook December 6, 2011
Format:Paperback
I was so excited that Robin Robertson came out with a new cookbook. Roberson's books have long been a staple at my house, but with her new book, Quick-Fix Vegan, I think she's outdone herself.

According to the book cover, Quick-Fix Vegan contains 150 "healthy, homestyle meals" that can be prepared in "30 minutes or less." Unlike other "quick" cookbooks that rely heavily on jarred sauces and prepared foods, the recipes in this book are made largely from whole, unprocessed foods . . . foods I have on hand and feel good about serving my family.

The chapter of Starters and Snacks includes Moroccan Pumpkin Hummus, Super Nachos, and Easy Artichoke Puffs. I made the vegetable fritters--a mixture of shredded onions, potatoes and vegetables, held together with flour and nondairy milk--for my family and they were a huge hit. In fact, I've made them several times since, varying the vegetables, herbs, and flours with excellent results. The leftovers, if there are any, go great in the kids' lunchboxes. It was a bit challenging to get the fritters all cooked in under 30 minutes, but getting several skillets cooking at once does decrease the cooking time (though adds to the cleanup time).

I'm a big soup fan--especially this time of year--and Robertson includes some great ones. We loved the Creamy Greens Soup made with kale and coconut milk; and the Cream of Mushroom Soup was sublime. I haven't had a chance to try any of the Speedy Sandwiches or Snappy Salads, but am looking forward to making the Sloppy Portobellos, Seitan and Slaw Wraps, Freeburgers, and Burmese Ginger Salad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some are easy and some are complicated .... too complicated for me. Good book for a knowledgeable Vegan cook.
Published 16 hours ago by amberpep
3.0 out of 5 stars OK book but no pictures!
I agree with many of the other reviews, while this book offers some good recipes, there are no pictures (which is a bummer when you buy the book…if I had known that, I would have... Read more
Published 29 days ago by CKH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Ordered this for my vegan daughter and ...
Great book. Ordered this for my vegan daughter and she is enjoying it.
Published 1 month ago by Connie Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little vegan cookbook. Super easy to make recipes!
We've been incredibly happy with this cookbook. After I broke my leg I purchsed the kindle version of this book so that my husband would have easy access to quick and easy recipes... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea Abshire
5.0 out of 5 stars A meat-eater's favorite veggie recipe book
I love this book. Everything I've made from it has been delectable--and I'm a meat-loving gourmand. I got it to learn how to cook vegetables more flavorfully. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kismet
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUPS ARE GREAT!
Literally use this cook book daily. Soups are AMAZING! BUT no way it takes a normal person 30 minutes to prepare and cook this stuff. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brandie R
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such easy recipes in here. Everything has been great so far.
Published 2 months ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars These are VERY delicious recipes, but NOT "On the ...
These are VERY delicious recipes, but NOT "On the table" in 30 minutes or less. A lot of them are cooking longer than that.
Published 2 months ago by Hadassa
5.0 out of 5 stars NO time, get this book, I use it at LEAST once a week. Wonderful book
What a GREAT book for weekday meals. When you are in a hurry this book if for you.
Published 2 months ago by SP Bisbee
2.0 out of 5 stars It seems like it is written for someone who just wants to ...
This book is underwhelming. As a long time vegetarian, I was hoping for something that would inspire me to eat vegan for a few more meals each week, but this book didn't do it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by cassandra
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More About the Author

A longtime vegan, Robin Robertson has more than twenty cookbooks, including Vegan on the Cheap, 1,000 Vegan Recipes, Vegan Planet, Vegan Fire and Spice, Quick-Fix Vegan, and Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker. For more information about her books and for sample recipes, visit her website at www.robinrobertson.com.

Before she began writing cookbooks, Robin was a restaurant chef and cooking teacher. When she left the restaurant business in the late 1980s, Robin became vegan for ethical reasons. Over the years, she has fine-tuned her vegan diet into an eclectic and healthful cooking style which she thinks of as a creative adventure with an emphasis on the vibrant flavors of global cuisines and fresh ingredients. In addition to writing cookbooks, Robin writes 'The Global Vegan' column for VegNews Magazine.


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