In current rotation for some plant based meal inspo…
Today’s post is all about the cookbooks that I turn to when “what should we make for dinner” just seems like a daunting mission. I was inspired to type this one up after attending a meet and greet event the other night at Chaia, with some fabulous plant based cookbook authors. I finally picked up this book (responsible for these cookies) and will let you know my thoughts – so far all the pictures looks heavenly! As I’ve mentioned previously, Andrew and I like to meal plan every week in order to alleviate the number of times that we have to head to the grocery store and to help ensure that we don’t end up ordering take out every night 🙂 Typically on a Sunday we will scroll through various blogs, recipe apps, and some of the cookbooks listed below to find about 3-4 meals that look appealing or that are tried and true favorites. We then assess what we already have in the fridge/cupboards and make a list of ingredients before heading to the store. (This way, we are cutting down on some waste and hopefully not buying duplicates of items that we already have stocked). Below I have described the books that pretty much never let me down when I am in a dinner planning rut. Also, keep reading for some Memorial Day Weekend recipe ideas that I have linked and look absolutely delicious if you happen to be planning a little BBQ or summery meal for the long weekend ahead.
Oh She Glows Every Day – This one is relatively new to our collection and I don’t know what took me so long to get a hold of it. As a long time reader of the blog, I have always admired Angela’s recipes. I love this one for easy week night meal ideas – nothing is too time consuming, but so far everything I’ve tried has been delicious. We make her cast-iron tofu at least once a week to throw into salads or have as a side. In fact, last night we made her soba noodle salad with cast iron tofu. I also love her “mac and peas” – one of the best vegan versions that I have tried! (There is also the Oh She Glows recipe app, which you can download right away for even more meal inspiration).
Vedge – Created by the chefs of one of the best restaurants in Philly – this one is perfect for when you have a bit more time to spare in the kitchen and want to play around with some slightly adventurous ingredients. We love cooking out of it on the weekends and recently made their mushroom potato poutine – not a drop was left over.
Minimalist Baker’s Every Day Cooking – Possibly our most used of the bunch as many dishes can be prepared in under 30 minutes, without complicated ingredient lists. In the winter I was obsessed with making the broccoli and “cheese” soup, but the Thai peanut “meatballs” are mouthwateringly good as well. Be sure to check out the blog too, which has new recipes nearly every other day (We have made the tofu scramble countless times).
Deliciously Ella and Deliciously Ella Everyday – These are really what started it all for me. After reading through Ella’s cookbooks, I was instantly hooked and realized how simple, healthy, but also tasty vegan cooking can be. She features so many scrumptious looking curries, stews, and salads that are perfect for weeknight cooking. Many dishes can also be made in big batches and frozen for when you are short on time. Favorites of ours include her coconut thai curry with chickpeas and the classic stir fry. Also, we use her recipe app a ton!
Memorial Day Weekend Recipes
Now onto a few plant based meal ideas that I’ve come across and look especially perfect for any cookouts or get togethers you may have planned this weekend. I am so ready for summer!
A perfect veggie alternative for the grill.
Classic and healthy baked beans!
Can never go wrong with some chips and guac.
And ending with my personal favorite 🙂
I hope you all have the best day!