I have quite a few cookbooks. Almost all of which are vegan. But I tend to get stuck on cookbooks, only cooking from one or two books for a time which is a shame because there are a lot of really great vegan cookbook authors out there and I feel that I don’t give them all an equal chance. I recently checked out a new book from the library, by a an author that’s brand new to the vegan cookbook scene-Get it Ripe by jae steele and I’d thought I’d give it a little review for Vegan Mofo and to get me out of this cookbook rut.
Get it Ripe is a book that focuses on the benefits of holistic living and whole foods. Why should you take her advice to heart? Because a) She doesn’t judge! Her methods of explanation are accessible and don’t make you feel guilty for what you eat (or don’t eat). and b) She’s a registered holistic nutritionist! and finally c) She runs a pretty awesome blog too.
The book is divided into a few sections, chapters that give you guides for a healthy diet and lifestyle, cooking and recipes. The recipes are diverse and many and for this review, I’ll be trying out a some recipes from a few of these chapters.
Now this may not come as a shock to you but I have a little bit of a sweet tooth so I was really interested in trying jae’s desserts which are much healthier than the ones I usually make. First up were the Date Squares. I love date squares, maybe that makes me sound like an old lady but whatever, I really like them. And these did not disappoint, I love my date squares to have a lot of crust and crumbles and these had just that. I shared these with my mom (the only other person in the family who likes date squares!) and these had us returning to the pan to sneak more. Note my super cute cupcake mug.
Next up is something I whipped up for lunch one day: jae’s Sesame Kale Soba. I knew I would love it because it featured many of my favourite ingredients that make up a meal (kale, sesame and tamari) and loved it I did! Not only was it delicious but it took all of ten minutes to prepare. This will definitely be a mainstay for suppers to make when I just get in the door and am famished.
For lunch, I made the Chickpea Salad. I ate this while studying for a test and it made the perfect study food, satisfying and nourishing. And another meal that was quick to make, excellent when you’re short on time!
Other recipes I tried and loved but I neglected to take a photo of:
- Barbecue Baked Tofu (Really easy, I just made the sauce, marinated the tofu, went to work and when I went home popped the two in the oven and I had a delicious and satisfying supper!)
- Crispy Fried Tofu: SO easy and quick. SO good.
I really hope that you give Get it Ripe a chance, it’s becoming one of my favourite coobooks. So much for getting out of my cookbook rut, ha ha.