My vegan pals Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman have a new cookbook out called "Vegans Go Nuts" and it is totally awesome! (full disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review) I have - and love - several books from this dynamic duo. One of the things I really appreciate about these two is that their recipes are always creative and unique -- and this book is no exception. I've already made several great dishes from this book and have lots more that I am looking forward to making.
Vegans Go Nuts!
Every recipe in "Vegans Go Nuts" has at least one nut or seed in it, and many recipes have several -- whole nuts and seeds, nut and seed butters or oils, nut flour, nut milks, and so on! So many creative and delicious and ways to include these nutritious and yummy goodies in our vegan meals! The book has chapters on Breakfasts, Soups Salads & Sides, Main Dishes, Desserts, and more.
Left: Citrusy Cashew Baba Ghanoush
Middle: Pepita Pepper Hummus
Right: Pistachio Dukkah
I am usually quite a hummus traditionalist and I don't usually appreciate anyone messing with my beloved hummus. And yet, something attracted me to this recipe for Pepita Pepper Hummus -- and I'm so glad I made it. This hummus has roasted poblano, jalepeno and green bell pepper in it, along with roasted pepitas, herbs and spices... and it all adds up to a totally new and magical combo. We both loved this recipe a lot!
The Citrusy Cashew Baba Ghanoush was also a delicious and creative spin on a classic. Charred and smoky eggplant, bright lemon juice, spicy harissa, and fresh herbs... all add up to a very satisfying spread.
Of course I also had to make some Pistachio Dukkah, because I love Dukkah so much -- it's a nutty, salty, spicy mixture that is a lovely addition to hummus and baba ghanoush, but is also great on avocado toast, with olive oil & bread, and also just by the spoonful!
I had a little Baba G., Pepita Hummus, and roasted veggies left over after our dinner, so I used it all together in one glorious and delicious summer sandwhich - which I am eager to repeat and re-eat again!!
This Pea Scramble with Peanut Miso Dressing was unlike like anything I've ever made before -- it's so refreshing and exciting to find recipes that are so wholly new. Tofu and peas are scrambled together with seasoning, served over shredded cabbage, and drizzled with a lovely Peanut Miso dressing. As you can see, I also made the optional Carrot Pickles ... which I highly recommend. In fact, I made a half batch, and I liked them so much that then I made a whole batch and I have just been eating them out of the container in my fridge! They are spicey and briney and seasoned with vaguely Asian-inspired spices, and they pack a serious yum punch!
Boom! Pow! Yum!
Vietnamese Peanut Tacos
drizzled with almond-lime sauce and sriracha
Here are those magnificent carrot pickles again! This recipe for Vietnamese Peanut Tacos is one of my favorites so far from this book : I loved this dinner!!!! On the left is my taco with the sauces drizzled on top, and on the right is a still-bare taco so you can see more what's going on. This recipe takes some time because the pickles and the tempeh both need to marinate - but it's inactive time. After all the marinating is done, the whole thing comes together pretty quickly. These tacos are just bursting with flavors and textures -- some highly seasoned elements (like the carrots and tempeh) along with some very fresh and raw elements (like the cabbage, cukes, and garnishes). I can't wait to eat these again!
Sesame Za'atar Pepper Soup with Roasted Pepitas
Do you know about za'atar? It's a super delicious spice mix from the Middle East. One year I gave all my family members bottles of za'atar because I really wanted them all to love it as much as I do. So, when I saw this recipe for Sesame Za'atar Pepper Soup, I knew I was going to make it! It's a great recipe: spicy and rich with flavor. I added a can of drained chickpeas and a generous splash of almond milk too. Mmm. Mr. VE&T isn't a vegan, but he did actually go nuts for this soup, just like the book titled promises!
perfect late summer bowl of soup
Next I made the Cream of Pumpkin and Corn with Cashews and Lime Soup -- a thick, pureed soup topped with roasted corn kernels and chopped scallions. Such a nice combo of a rich, creamy puree with the crunch and crisp of the garnishes. I also loved how this recipe combined perfect late summer season ingredients: corn and limes which are still available at the end of summer, and winter squash which are just starting to show up.
Glorious creation that I cannot stop eating
Now. One last recipe that I must tell you about: Cashew Butter and Sesame Tomato Jam on Toast. Gentle readers, I love this delicious concoction so much. We had a lot of tomatoes in our garden, and so this recipe caught my eye. But I was a little unsure, because who's ever heard of tomato jam... so I just made a half batch. Holy bananas!! I loved it so much that I ate it all and had to make a full batch. This recipe is totally amazing -- avocado, tomato sesame jam, cashews, cilantro... It all adds up to something so special. The tomato jam is just magical -- so much umami and such unexpected and harmonious flavors. I am IN LOVE with it. I haven't actually made the toasts yet with the suggested cashew butter, but I've made them with just the avo + fixin's, and with Kite Hill Cream Cheese + avocado and all the fixin's. This is officially one of my favorite new things to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I have literally eaten it everyday for the last week.
please feed these toasts to me on a conveyor belt!
In addition to all the great recipes I made so far,
I also have several more recipes marked to make soon:
Cheesy Almond Gravy
Tangy Almond Herb Cheese Log
Lemon Tahini Scones
Peanut Butter French Toast with Maple Pecan Sauce
Cajun Roasted Chestnuts and Potatoes
Zhoug Cashew Thin Omelets
Loaded Potatoes with Pepita Guacamole
Sweet Potato Salad with Tahini Sumac Dressing
Roasted Cabbage with Almond Lime Sauce
Nut Butter Magic Candy Ice Cream Topping
Great news! Joni has offered to send a copy of "Vegans Go Nuts" to a lucky VE&T reader - WORLDWIDE!!! Because she is awesome and generous! So, to enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me about your favorite nut, your favorite nutty friend, a good recipe with nuts that you love, or anything. Be sure to leave your email address or a blogger contact so that I can track you down if you win!