Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
Who says kids won’t eat veggies?
I know, I know, it can be really hard to get kids to eat veggies. Yet, when you can get your hands on a great cookbook like the Plant-Powered Families, they’ll be eating the rainbow of veggies and loving it!
I have been a follower of Dreena Burton for some time now on Instagram and her blog, and have always loved her beautiful pictures and delicious plant-based, whole food recipes.
In her newest cookbook, Plant-Powered Families, Dreanna guides you through the challenges that arise when trying to get your famlies to eat a more healthy, whole foods diet. She shares solutions to problems that have come up in her own family, like picky eaters and how to send plant based lunches with your kids to school. Dreanna also includes a lot of great nutritional information for any dietary concerns that you may have when transitioning your family to being a more plant-powered family.
Plant-Powered Famlies isn’t just for kids though. It’s packed with delicious recipes everyone will enjoy!
Which Recipe Did I Try?
Well, I decided to take a step of cooking faith, so to speak, and try something I’ve never had and wasn’t to sure about if I would like it or not. I’m getting more and more courageous when trying new recipes, so when I saw the Saucy BBQ Chickpeas and Green Beans.. I thought.. why not.
WOW! This dish was AMAZING!
The flavors of the sauce were delicious, but the combination of the green beans and chickpeas are what surprised me. The dish was a great change of pace and even got a big Thumbs Up from the hubster!
Saucy BBQ Chickpeas and Green Beans
1 ½ cups green beans, cut into bite-size pieces
¼ cup natural ketchup
2 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 medium cloves garlic, grated
3 tablespoons coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon tamari or coconut aminos
2 teaspoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon chipotle hot sauce (optional; see note)
1/3 cup water
¼ cup minced shallot or onion
2 ½ cups chickpeas (see note)
First, blanch the green beans. Bring 2–3 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the beans, let cook for just a minute or two until vibrant green, then strain and run under cold water. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°F. In a bowl, whisk together the ketchup, tahini, Dijon mustard, garlic, vinegar, tamari, Worcestershire sauce, and chipotle hot sauce, and then whisk in the water. Once well incorporated, stir in the shallots.
Transfer the mixture to a baking dish (I use an 8” x 11” dish, but a similar size will work). Add the chickpeas and stir through. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes.
Add the green beans, stir through, re-cover, and bake for another 4–5 minutes (not much longer, or the beans will turn a gray color). Remove and serve.
Hot Sauce Note: Chipotle hot sauce adds more smoky heat than spicy heat, but if you think the kiddos will be sensitive to it, feel free to omit.
Beans Note: If you are a little short on green beans, you can sub extra chickpeas—for example, you can use 1 cup of green beans and 3 cups of chickpeas. Or, if you prefer more green beans, you can do that too, and use less chickpeas! It’s a flexible recipe.
Serving Suggestions: Serve over a cooked grain like basmati brown rice, quinoa, or millet. A little chopped avocado on top is especially delicious!
More information from the publisher..
Get your whole family excited about eating healthy!
Veteran cookbook author Dreena Burton shows a whole foods, plant-based diet can be easy, delicious, and healthy for your entire family. In Plant-Powered Families, Burton shares over 100 whole-food, vegan recipes—tested and approved by her own three children. Your family will love the variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and snacks, including:
Cinnamon French Toast
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Sneaky Chickpea Burgers
Apple Pie Chia Pudding
Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies
No-Bake Granola Bars
And more! Including a variety of salad dressings, sauces, and sprinkles that will dress up any dish
With tips for handling challenges that come with every age and stage—from toddler to teen years —Plant-Powered Families is a perfect reference for parents raising “weegans” or families looking to transition to a vegan diet.
Burton shares advice and solutions from her own experience for everything from pleasing picky eaters and stocking a vegan pantry to packing school lunches and dealing with challenging social situations.Plant-Powered Families also includes nutritionist-approved references for dietary concerns that will ensure a smooth and successful transition for your own plant-powered family!
Plant Powered Families Cookbook Review
* I received a copy of this cookbook in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% all mine.*