Monday, January 7, 2013

VegCookbook for January

January's VegCookbook Club is Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution by Kris Carr with Chad Sarno. What a beautiful book to behold!  It's filled with glossy, "food porn" photos and has a colorful, attractive design. I'm just starting to cook from it and am totally pleased. It's the perfect volume for January detoxing. Here's what I've made so far:
My new favorite smoothie
Crazy Sexy Goddess Smoothie
So refreshing! It looks dark purple and viscous but it tastes summery and airy, like a fruity gazpacho. I've fallen in love with this blend of cucumber, coconut water, greens, blue berries, and banana. I left out the main ingredient: avocado, opting for some nut milk instead. I also didn't add any stevia, as I'm not a fan of extra sweeteners. I did add raw cacao, the suggested superfood. It gives the smoothie a chocolaty under taste.
Green Colada
This smoothie is a tropical pick-me-up. It calls for vegan milk (I used unsweetened almond), pineapple, orange, banana, and spinach. The results are a nice color, unlike many of my usual brownish "green" smoothies. I think I was in a smoothie rut but this cookbook is a revelation.
Warm Kale and Quinoa Salad
This warm salad is a breeze to prepare. (My boyfriend said it smelled like green peas while it was cooking.) I think it might be more of a quinoa kale salad in terms of its ratio. When I make it again, I'll triple the kale. I used almonds and dried cranberries here. I'm sure you could swap all types of nuts and fruits. You could also play with the dressing for more variety. However sometimes it's nice to have a simple and straightforward grain. It'd work well as a subtle side dish.

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