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Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less Paperback – October 4, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My boyfriend and I are new to being vegans. The recipes I've tried making have all been good and usually take me about an hour - this is a minor miracle because I'm an extremely... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Anonymous
Lots of good stuff in here. Easy to make and understand. Recommend to anyone looking for recipe ideas.Published 27 days ago by Nic
Bought this due to need to expand our vegan repertoire. There are lots of yummy ideas in here, and I have made several on multiple occasions. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Ann Hewitt
This book is fantastic! As a relatively new vegan and slow cook, these recipes have already been a game-changer for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sullrich
I've tried just two recipes so far but I have to say they are awesome. I'm 65 and diabetic and am trying to eat healthier. My son is vegan and like the food too.Published 3 months ago by Linda S. Hayes
There are some tasty recipes in here, but I found a lot of them pretty bland. I just added more spices to most recipes and then they would be pretty good! Read morePublished 4 months ago by S&K Reviews
I work and study, so finding the time to cook a ig complicated meal is hard to do. This book has really helped me make sure I am eating enough quality food efficiently while... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alex
These recipes are great ideas for healthy cooking on busy weeknights.Published 5 months ago by Emily