If two vegans have an argument, is it still called “a beef”? What do vegan zombies say? “Graaaaaains! Graaaaains!” How many vegans does it take to change a light bulb? Two: one to change it, and one to check for animal ingredients. Vegans may be the subject of many a punchline, but for anyone who’s avoided vegan food, well the joke’s on them. I tested a few of the recipes in Jessica Nadel’s vegan Superfoods 24/7 and I’m here to tell you, they’re plant-tastic! So go for the goji berries, stock up on the spinach and make no beans about beans! Let Jessica show you how to make them go-to’s in dishes you’ll love.
What are superfoods anyway? Jessica describes them as whole, plant-based foods that are nutrient-dense. That is to say, rich in macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs), micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, fiber) and disease-preventing antioxidants. Several of these superfoods may immediately come to mind: apples, oats, and avocados, for example, but what about lentils, lacuma, and turmeric? Jessica lists the benefits of more than 35 superfoods in a glossary at the beginning of the book and tells readers how to make almond milk, almond butter, chia eggs and other ingredients commonly found in the recipes. (This is a woman who knows her way around the kitchen: Jessica owns a bakery and a vegan taco restaurant, writes the blog Cupcakes and Kale and wrote the cookbook, Greens 24/7.) A glance at the “typical day” superfood meal plans will have you high-stepping it to the kitchen. Everything looks so appetizing!
I tried three recipes: the moist and fudgy Adzuki Bean Brownies (only I used black beans because I couldn’t find Adzuki beans at the grocery store), the fluffy and filling Fluffy Banana Chia Pancakes (my daughter Lily said they tasted like banana bread) and the Kick-start Quinoa Salad (delicious and Spring-y with the splash of lime and full of nutritious goodness).
As a calorie counter from way back, I appreciate the nutritional information included with each recipe and the prep and cook time was bang-on, which isn’t always the case with cookbooks. The prep time for most of the recipes is 10 minutes, so these are dishes you can pull together fast. I’ve got my eye on the Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal, the Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks and the Quinoa Sushi Hand Rolls, but there are so many other recipes that also look so good.
Give vegan a try with Superfoods 24/7. The recipes are easy, good for you and super delicious.
Thank you to Thomas Allen & Son, who sent me Superfoods 24/7 in exchange for an honest review. I think you’ll love it!