I’m really excited to be giving away a copy of Dreena Burton’s Plant Powered Families! I have been thoroughly enjoying this cookbook over these past few weeks, and so have the rest of my family. My 6 year old is constantly asking me, “Can we make something from the new cookbook?” – definitely a good sign :D
What I loved
You might know Dreena Burton already. I absolutely love Dreena’s recipes. I first got hooked when I borrowed “Eat, Drink & Be Vegan” from my local library a few years ago – my family and I devoured the recipes from that book, and Plant Powered Families has had the same effect. We absolutely love it!
It feels like Plant Powered Families was written just for me and my family – it ticks all of my boxes!
- Everything is vegan (obviously).
- There are no refined flours or sugars used – just wholefoods.
- All of the recipes are virtually oil-free (some require a smear of oil to stop from sticking).
- Everything is tasty and kid-friendly.
- A lot of the recipes are quick and easy, or suitable to make/prepare ahead of time.
- There are notes on all of the recipes for variation suggestions, and other tips about the ingredients. The variation notes were particularly useful!
I have been diving right into all the recipes in this book, not only so I can give an honest and well-thought review, but because EVERYTHING I have tried is so delicious! I haven’t made a single recipe which I didn’t like from Plant Powered Families. And of course, my kids have been thoroughly enjoying everything too!
Of course, a review can’t be complete without some honest opinions. Truthfully, I absolutely love every recipe in Plant Powered Families that I have tried so far! However, a lot of the recipes require some preparation in advance (like precooked potatoes or rice, or soaked nuts) – sometimes you just want to flip through a cookbook and find something that you can make NOW, you know? But let me tell you – if you go to the effort of planning in advance with this book, you will be rewarded with tasty results!
Here are just a few of the recipes we’ve tried (and LOVED) from Plant Powered Families:
- Cinnamon French toast
- Sunday morning pancakes (pictured above)
- Ultimate cashew cheese
- Cream of cauliflower soup (pictured above)
- Potato-meets-egg salad
- Spiced apple cake
- Nicer Krispie squares (pictured above)
- Tofu with cashew-ginger sauce
- Thick n’ hearty tomato sauce
- Hummus tortilla pizzas
- Red lentil hummus
One of the great things about Plant Powered Families is that it’s not JUST a cookbook! Dreena has packed the book with lots more useful information such as what to stock your pantry with, sample meal plans, nutrition information (like what supplements are needed), and how to overcome challenges like fussy eaters, school lunches, and kid’s birthday parties. As a mother (even though I’m a long-time vegan), I am finding all of these sections really helpful!
But don’t think that Plant Powered Families is just about kids food. Everything I’ve made from this book has been devoured by my husband too – and he is often fussier than our kids! Dreena’s recipes are all bursting with flavour, in a really comforting way. Even if you don’t have kids, this vegan cookbook is great for healthy, delicious meals that even omnivores will love.
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Dreena has kindly agreed to let me reprint the recipe for Nicer Krispie Squares from Plant Powered Families. These Krispie squares were mind-blowingly easy and tasty – I’ve already remade this recipe a few times now because they were just THAT GOOD. They reminded me of LCM Bars that I used to eat as a kid (did anyone else eat those? Or were they just an Aussie thing?).
(photo courtesy of Dreena Burton)
- ½ cup macadamia nut butter (see note for nutfree options)
- 1–2 tablespoons coconut sugar or other unrefined sugar (see note)
- ¼ teaspoon agar powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup brown rice syrup
- 1–1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 cups natural brown rice crisp cereal (see note)
- Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper.
- In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the macadamia nut butter, coconut sugar, agar powder, sea salt, brown rice syrup, and vanilla extract.
- Stir continually as the mixture heats, until the agar powder is fully dissolved (reduce heat if mixture starts bubbling).
- Remove from the heat and stir in the cereal, making sure to fully incorporate with the nut butter mixture.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press in evenly (use a nonstick spatula or a piece of parchment to press the mixture without sticking).
- Refrigerate to cool completely, then cut into squares.
With coconut butter: This is my suggested nut-free option; it may even rival the macadamia nut version, simply because it has a similar mellow flavor but holds together even better—and agar is not needed! Simply replace the macadamia nut butter with ⅓ packed cup coconut butter (not oil). Omit the agar. The remaining ingredients stay the same.
With sunflower seed butter: Sunflower seed butter has a stronger nutty taste, almost peanut-y. With this substitution the squares taste different than a traditional Rice Krispie square, but it’s still a nice option. Use ½ cup of sunflower seed butter, 3–4 tablespoons of coconut sugar, and add ¾ teaspoon of cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of cardamom to balance the seed butter flavor. Use the full 11/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and retain the sea salt and agar. A sprinkle of mini chocolate chips just before transferring tothe pan is also good!
Sugar Note: I don’t always add the coconut sugar to these squares. For me, the brown rice syrup adds sufficient sweetness. If you think you’d like them a little sweeter, use the added touch of sugar.
Brown Rice Crisp Cereal Note: These squares use the crisp rice cereal similar to Rice Krispies. There are a few organic and brown rice brands available; one of my favorites is by Erewhon.
Chocolate Version: To make a chocolaty version, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder while melting the ingredients. Whisk through to get out any small lumps. You may want the additional sweetener if using cocoa powder, since it will introduce some bitterness.
Have I convinced you yet that you must have a copy of Plant Powered Families in your kitchen? I hope so, because now it’s your chance to enter this WORLDWIDE giveaway. One lucky winner will win a copy of Plant Powered Families!
This competition is now over! Congratulations to the winner, Jennifer B.!
Terms & conditions: this giveaway is open to anyone in the world, excluding the promoter (Vie De La Vegan/Kyra Howearth), the sponsor (Plant Powered Kitchen/Dreena Burton), their immediate family members, and anyone else connected to running the competition. The prize is one (1) copy of Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton, including postage. This is a Game of Skill – the winner will be chosen by their answer as entered by the form on this page. By entering this giveaway, you agree to sign up to the Vie De La Vegan newsletter. This giveaway is open from 12am 16th November 2015 until 12am 30th November 2015. The winner will be drawn on 30th November 2015 and notified by email within 48 hours. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, another winner will be drawn.
Good luck everyone!