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The Colorful Kitchen: Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Vibrancy, Inside and Out Paperback – December 12, 2017
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"Ilene has us covered with every color in the rainbow! These recipes are loaded with nutrition that haven't sacrificed any of the yummy flavor. From Coconut Crusted Avocado Fries and Whole Roasted Tahini Cauliflower to Cheesy Broccoli & Bacon Stuffed Potatoes and Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, every recipe is easy and delicious."
—Chloe Coscarelli, vegan chef and cookbook author of Chloe Flavor
"The Colorful Kitchen proves that plant-based cooking can be delicious, easy, and totally affordable. Ilene's beautiful recipes will leave you inspired, no matter how veggie-skeptical you are. A true feast for your belly and eyes!"
—Jessica Murnane, author of One Part Plant and host of the One Part Podcast
"If you've ever felt like eating more plants is blah or takes way too much time and effort until ‘ta-da,’ then Ilene's book is about to blow the tops off your carrots! With drool-worthy vegan dishes that truly taste as good as they look (trust me, I've been a long-time taste tester), The Colorful Kitchen should be a staple on your bookshelf that'll easily make plants a staple in your diet."
—Talia Pollock, founder of Party in My Plants and host of the Party in My Plants Podcast
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The book is practically laid out by meal but also includes a chapter on kitchen staples and sauces which I always greatly appreciate. It is far easier to reference than when it is included in an entree page. Every recipe has a gorgeous picture which is essential for a good cookbook. Even the index has pictures which is rare!
The cookbook focuses on simple and colorful and the associated recipes stay true to this focus. As a busy mom and entrepreneur, I want vegan whole food dishes that don't require 2 plus hours in the kitchen every day. Most of the recipes in this book require active time of 10-20 minutes which is perfect for weekday cooking! There are no hard to find ingredients in this cookbook nor overly expensive ones for those who have limited places to shop. I have many food allergies as well as Celiac disease and found the recipes very easy to modify to suit my dietary restrictions. For oats, I used brown rice flakes or quinoa flakes, for bread I used my own GF vegan bread, for peanut butter and nuts, I used Don't Go Nuts Soybutter and Gerbs seeds. I also used King Arthur GF flour mix and superfine brown rice flour for recipes utilizing flour.
So what did I try in the week and a half that I have had this little gem? Quite a bit! The Reubenish Bowl was a BIG hit despite leaving out the saurkraut. The thousand island dressing was fantastic and I will be using it on so many things! The Cheesy Broccoli soup was delicious and we served it with the jazzy avocado toast. I did add a bit more spices than called for as I felt it was a bit bland as is. The miso noodle soup was fantastic and hit the spot on a sub zero day. For breakfast I made the carrot cake oatmeal and Peanut Butter oatmeal using the substitutions I referenced above. I also made the coconut berry toast which has become a staple in my house. There will be plenty more recipes to try this week on my menu plan as I cook my way through this wonderful book.
If you are looking for a siimple, delicious and healthy vegan cookbook to add to your colelction this year, I highly recommend The Colorful Kitchen!
Pros: I don't normally enjoy the introduction of many cookbooks, but I really loved reading Ilene's plant-based journey and how her experience in art and textiles comes through in the food she cooks. Many of the recipes are simple to make and they call for a short list of ingredients. Did I mention they are colorful? I'm excited to make Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries with Maple PB Sauce and the Whole Roasted Tahini Cauliflower, and a few more.
Cons: If you are oil-free like me, this is not a great cookbook as many recipes call for coconut oil, but you could probably still make some of the recipes substituing oil for something else. It's just going to take more effort and perhaps trial and error. There were also a lot of toast recipes, which I found was strange as they are almost too simple to make.
*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. However, all opinions are my own.*