Simply Vibrant: All-Day Vegetarian Recipes for Colorful Plant-Based Cooking by Anya Kassoff

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  • Cranberry pear crumble bars

    • Kattancock on October 18, 2020

      Really nice bars! Definitely on the healthier side - if you like things to be sweeter you could add more sugar to the filling.

  • Naked taco bowl

    • Nancith on July 22, 2020

      This was remarkably yummy. With no tomatoes on hand, red peppers were subbed in & added a nice crunch. Rather than keep the roasted sweet potatoes a separate element, they were just added to the black bean salsa. Since green cabbage was on hand, that's what I used, although red cabbage looks more striking in the book's photo. Thawed frozen corn worked just as well as fresh, & I made the chipotle cream from dairy sour cream & yogurt instead of cashew cream. Very satisfying & filling. A great dish for a summer meal.

  • Warm salad of roasted cauliflower, grapes, and forbidden black rice

    • Nancith on May 18, 2019

      This was utterly delicious--even hubby thought so, although the cilantro was not his favorite. Really interesting combo of flavors enhanced by the miso-lemon-tahini dressing. Visually appealing as well, although not as vibrantly colored as the book photo; the sauce & the black rice muddy the look somewhat. The grapes provide a nice pop of sweetness in contrast to the overall savory-ness.

  • Creamy coconut lentils with broccoli

    • Nancith on May 29, 2020

      Nice recipe, great flavors--even my husband, who is not fond of broccoli, gave it a thumbs up largely due to the coconut lentils. The lime-coconut-tamari-ginger is a winning combo, & has mellow & bright notes. The only drawback is that the appearance is not as vibrant as in the book photo; all components are ultimately cooked together (it IS a stew), but the photo is more like a composed dish, which could be an alternative way of serving it.

  • Spaghetti squash ramen with marinated tempeh

    • Nancith on April 08, 2019

      This recipe required quite a few steps & more dirty vessels than I like on a weeknight. The result was visually appealing, but seemed to lacking depth of flavor, & was rather bland. Can't find kombu around here which the broth needed & just used kelp seasoning sprinkles & seaweed snacks which was probably part of the flavor issue. The marinated tempeh was the star, flavor-wise--very tasty!. This dish has potential, but needs some punching up.

  • Curried bean and Brussels sprouts stew with roasted kabocha squash

    • Nancith on September 26, 2019

      Very appealing visually, very tasty as well, leaning towards a Thai curry flavor. Didn't have adzuki, so used canned cannellini beans, which were fine, but resulted in a thinner broth. I think it would be worth the extra effort to prepare your own beans as recipe says, to get a thicker & more flavorful broth. Didn't have cilantro either, which would be a great addition. Makes a large potful!

  • Cauliflower riceless risotto with spinach and corn

    • Nancith on April 02, 2019

      Very yummy! Nice textures & meld of flavors--even my meat-loving hubby enjoyed this with no meat on the side! I did add a few tiny potatoes that needed using, diced small, and forgot about the lemon zest, but the flavor was still bright & enticing. Added a little Parmesan as per the option, but I think the other option of feta might be even better. Easy to prepare, except that my food processor had konked out, so had to use a hand chopper for the cauliflower. Great way to use up partial amounts of veggies.

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  • Eat Your Books

    Anya makes plant-based cooking crave-worthy and easy in her second cookbook, Simply Vibrant.

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  • ISBN 10 1611803845
  • ISBN 13 9781611803846
  • Published Feb 06 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 352
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Roost Books

Publishers Text

A colorful take on whole foods cooking--everyday dishes that are seasonal, clean, and nourishing, from the author of The Vibrant Table.

Cooking vibrant, healthy vegetarian dishes doesn't need to be time-consuming. These simple, everyday recipes are in the same signature style of cooking that Anya Kasoff shares in The Vibrant Table and on her popular blog, but with an emphasis on easy-to-find ingredients and simple preparations. With practicality in mind, discover ways to make cooking easier and go farther: focus on using in-season produce, learn how to use the parts of produce often thrown in the compost, and discover ways to give new life to leftovers.

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