The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out was one of this year’s most anticipated cookbooks, and we here at Addicted got our hands on it as soon as we could! Angela Liddon not only authored the book, but she has photographed each of her recipe creations herself.
Angela starts by touching on the subject of why she decided to adopt the vegan lifestyle and talks about her own battles with food and self-image. The tone of this personal storyline is an uplifting one; the warmth in her voice and her confidence is not only in there for herself and those she loves, but for you as well. Angela may not know you personally, but she believes that you, too, have the power to better your life in whatever way you need to.
Beyond the introduction, The Oh She Glows Cookbook is divided into 10 different chapters, from breakfast to homemade staples. But before she even allows you to dive into the tempting recipes, she includes two chapters: “…natural foods pantry,” and, “…favorite kitchen tools and equipment.” I highly recommend going over both of them before diving into the rest of the book.
I made a lot of recipes from this book. The photos are so bright and colorful that I found myself wishing I could scratch and sniff my way to the back page.
What I did make was:
- “Effortless Vegan Overnight Oats”
- “Morning Glory Smoothie”
- “Glowing Strawberry-Mango Guacamole”
- “15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta”
- “Fresh Fruit, Nut & Whipped Coconut Cream”
There is a lot more in this book that I plan to make, but how I made my decision about what to make was based around what I already had in my kitchen to show how this cookbook really is for everyone, vegan or not.
Effortless Vegan Overnight Oats
These were exactly as the title says – effortless. No, really, it takes two steps, three if you count eating them. I am glad I went over the recipe before making it because it required Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters, which you find on the next page. The clusters took me about forty-five minutes to make. So you can either make those the night before as well (or if you are really pressed for time, buy your favorite organic brand).
Morning Glory Smoothie
This smoothie is as bright in the glass as it is in your mouth. I won’t lie, I double up the recipe so I can be drinking this all day. None of the flavors overpower the others. The banana is best friends with the strawberry who is BFF with the orange. If this smoothie was a song it would be “Here Comes the Sun” By George Harrison.
Glowing Strawberry-Mango Guacamole
This might be one of my favorite things I have ever eaten, and I get to say that I made it myself. It is what summer and good times should taste like, and if you’re a good person you would share this. I, on the other hand, ate the entire thing for dinner and do not regret it. If you really love someone and you want them to know it, you will make this for them. I said I love you to my chip many, many times with this dish.
15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta
The first words out of everyone’s mouth were, “Oh, yummy,” “Wow, delicious,” and “You can make this again any time.” So I think it is pretty clear that everyone liked this one, including me, the cook. A big part of me liking it was how easy it was to make and clean up after. The brightness of the lemon is the real gold star champion of this dish. It is a creamy dish without being overly heavy.
Fresh Fruit, Nut & Whipped Coconut Cream
When I was a young thing I had a big thing for Cool Whip. I had no idea anything was bad for you and ate it by the tubful. THIS is better. Much better. The “sweetener” I used was maple syrup. I toasted almonds and pecans, added in strawberries (I had frozen from the summer) blueberries, dried cranberries, and dried cherries. This is now my go-to dessert. Because I am lazy, the only real “prep” was putting the can of coconut milk in the fridge the night before.
Since writing this post I have made Eat Your Greens Detox Soup, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado-Cilantro Cream Sauce, Lentil-Walnut Loaf, Cacao Crunch Almond Butter-Banana Bites, and Loaded Savory Oatmeal & Lentil Bowl. They are not included in the review mostly because I had to leave my house to buy ingredients. I did, however, find all the ingredients in my local food chain store without having to go somewhere outside of the box. Everything was pretty straightforward to make, and everything went over well with the non-vegan crowd. Mostly people didn’t notice until I pointed it out at the end of the meal. I would like to try to make the Lentil-Walnut Loaf again. Not the easiest of the recipes, but well worth the planning out and making. Serve it up with the Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, as suggested.
Overall I enjoyed this cookbook immensely. The photos are fantastic; they are bright and welcoming; the stories are charming and inviting. I would love nothing more than to make and try each of the recipes. I understand where Angela Liddon gets her glow from; it is from the love that is put into every detail of her life. That love is found in her food. And on top of it all, I enjoyed reading the cookbook as a whole as well. Put this book on your shelf. You will not be disappointed; you will be full.
For more check out her blog “Oh She Glows”
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes to Glow From the Inside Out is now available at the following retailers: Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, iBooks, Indie Bound, Penguin, Chapters/Indigo, and Amazon.ca!