*Scroll to end for instructions on how to win a copy of this book!*
I know you’re wondering so let me clarify…no, this is NOT a Chinese food cookbook. If you’re confused by the name of this book, let me give you some brief context. (Scroll down if you’re already familiar with The China Study.)
The China Study? What is that?
–The China Study is a book that was published about 10 years ago by a number of physicians. It presents overwhelming scientific evidence showing how consuming animal products causes a long list of unpleasant diseases. In conclusion, the writers recommend a “whole foods plant based diet” for optimal health.
-“Whole foods plant based” is vegan, but healthy vegan. It focuses on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and very little oil or processed food. (So eating potato chips, candy, and soda doesn’t count.)
-Afterwards, The China Study Cookbook was published, giving people some more guidance (read: recipes) as to how to make this diet a reality.
-And NOW, The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook is making this diet accessible to those who are busy, lazy, or kitchen-confused.
And what about this book?
Chef Del Sroufe is the author here, and he does a a knock out job of making healthy vegan eating something that anyone can manage. Here’s how:
-Most of the recipes are short and concise. And as you’ve seen on my own recipes, that is one of my primary concerns when it comes to cooking.
-Most are also simple. As in, I can understand the entire process before I start and don’t get lost in fancy French words halfway through.
-Chef Del advocates weekly meal-planning. This might sound foreign to some, but it actually works really well. You decide what you want to eat in advance, allowing for leftovers, then shop and cook only once. ONCE. Then you can go watch Netflix. Or sleep.
-He does a lot of the work for you with meal plans detailing how you can combine these recipes all week long as well as what you need to buy to make it happen.
-These recipes also build on one one other. Some recipes can be multi-purposed as building blocks for different dishes. For example, you might throw together a bowl of “Almost Instant Peanut Sauce” and then use it to make both “Chilled Peanut Noodles” and a “Quinoa-Black Bean Buddha Bowl” later in the week.
So what kind of recipes are included?
Here are the three that I took a crack at.
This dish is basically pasta and almond butter, with a few other magical ingredients tossed in to make it just right. I subbed scallions for cilantro, and we had a ready-made lunch for days. Almonds are so healthy, and the fat from the almond butter is a nice substitute for the oil that usually dresses pasta dishes.
Slice eggplant. Mix sauce. Pour sauce over eggplant. Cook eggplant.
That is all, and that is my kind of recipe! These were flavorful without being deep-fried (as eggplant often is.) A little sweet and a little zingy. They were great over rice for leftovers.
German Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
I’d be lying if I said we hadn’t eaten half the batch in about 24 hours. Held together with dates and nuts, these are very differnt from your traditional soft-baked cookie. It’s actually more like eating cookie dough given its gooey consistency. They are SUPER addictive, so proceed with caution.
Overall, The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook is a great way to immerse yourself in a whole foods, plant based diet. With pantry lists, menu plans, and Chef Del’s candid guidance, you couldn’t ask for a better way to get started.
Great! How can I win a copy?
–follow @simplyveganlicious and @chefdelsroufe on Instagram
–regram the Instagram photo I posted with the cookbook and recipes (Monday June 22)
One winner will be chosen at random by June 27th and will receive a copy directly from BenBella Vegan Publishers. If you don’t win, fear not. The book is still available at Amazon and other major book retailers.