The Sweet Life! with Christine Kropp; Oh She Glows Vegan Cookbook Review

Oh She Glows Recipes

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Christine Kropp

Author Angela Lidden made the switch to a whole food vegan diet after years struggling with a food disorder. Starting with writing a blog about her journey to health and the transformation food was making in her life. Within months her readership grew with readers from all over the world. Motivated to stay on a healthy path, Angela spent hours in her kitchen transforming favourite recipes to share with her blog followers.

Five years later, Angela’s dream of writing a cookbook has come true. Filled with recipes that will have you glowing from the inside out! Oh She Glows is a vegan cookbook which uses as many wholesome, unprocessed foods as possible. The book begins with a chapter on filling your “natural” pantry. Whole Grains, Flours, non-dairy milk, cheese, sweeteners, fats/oils, salts, herbs/spices, vegetable broths, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes, soy productions, and of course chocolate. Starting with a few recipes a week, you can stock your pantry quickly with these wholesome items.

The recipe chapters begin with breakfast and smoothies, moving to appetizers and salads, soup, into entrees, side dishes, finishing with snacks and finally desserts. Each recipe is divided into a list of ingredients, a brief description, then directions on making the recipe, along with helpful tips and a photo. Most of the recipes also note various ways to accommodate food allergies.

Although a vegan cookbook, I love that the recipes in this book use whole foods and not typical vegan products. One of my favourite recipes is the cream of tomato soup with roasted chickpea croutons, instead of bread croutons, and so easy to make using canned chickpeas. A close second is a recipe for a warm nacho dip made with cashews or a great way to use a cashew cheese from Lettie’s cheese, available at our local food coop.

We were excited to feature this cookbook at February’s cookbook club. Our host cook Collette, of Letties Cheese, demonstrated a few of her favourite recipes. Mighty Chia Pudding with Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters, Chakra Caesar Salad, On the Mend Spiced Red Lentil-Kale Soup, finishing with a Crispy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie. The highlight of the evening was learning how to make almond milk from scratch, so easy!

February 19 is I READ CANADIAN DAY! And I’m thrilled that this cookbook is by a Canadian author living here in Toronto. Have you made a recipe from this cookbook? Do you have a favourite that your family loves? Let us know in the comments, we would love your feedback!

CHRISTINE KROPP .. I use my experience as a hotelier, a baker, a hospitality expert, and a world traveller to help curate a life you don’t need a vacation from. My lifestyle blog “The Sweet Life” includes food, fun and festive living. 📷

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