Ever thought about going plant-based for better nutrition, to manage your weight, or heal your body? No matter what your reasons for incorporating more plant-centric meals into your diet, the premiere cookbook, The Abundance Diet, by Somer McCowan of the popular vegan food blog Vedged Out will help set you on a course for success.
Complete with a variety of meals — juices, smoothies, breakfasts, salads, entrees, desserts — as well as an awesome meal plan and exercise tips, Somer’s many recipes are perfect for a novice cook and vegan newbie. Many of her recipes are gluten-free and soy-free. She even shows you how to make your own soy-free tofu by using chickpea flour, aka “burmese tofu”. (See photos below!)
Somer’s personal story in her cookbook is truly inspiring. She took control of her own health by switching to a plant-based diet to heal her body from an autoimmune disease. Her passion for helping others get healthy through nutritious meals and a more active lifestyle really shine in both her cookbook and food blog. And she can tell you as a busy wife and blogger that it IS possible to make lifelong positive changes no matter how many ways life is pulling you.
In her cookbook she provides a 28-day meal plan (for one, two or four people) and activity guide to help you get started. If you want to see the success of following this plan from regular ol’ folks like you and me, check out Nick and Jack’s results from following Somer’s plan on their blog, Happy to Be a Table of Two. (I love these guys! 🙂 )
I, myself, did not follow the meal plan and I already lead an active lifestyle. Instead, I had fun picking and choosing which meals and recipes I wanted to make (and still have yet to make!). If you know anything about me, then you know I’m going to look for the chocolate recipes first, tee hee! So of course I chose to make several of the recipes that use this delectable ingredient, but I also chose several more savory recipes as well. I made the:
- Burmese Tofu (see photos below)
- Tofu feta
- Somer’s all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
- Annie’s Da Cherry Bomb Smoothie (see photos below)
- Vegan Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes (see photos below)
- Roasted Red Pepper Dressing (see photos below)
- Oil-Free Goddess Dressing
- BBQ Roasted Chickpea Snack (see photos below)
- Cheesy Cauliflower and Potato Bake
- Happiness in a Cookie Bite
- No Bake, No Stovetop Cookie Bites
Overall, this cookbook uses simple ingredients and simple instructions to create meals that are whole foods-based and will help you renew your relationship with food for the better while nourishing your body with the nutrition it needs. Just as the title of this cookbook implies, if you are new to eating plant-based, you will soon learn it’s not about what you are giving up, but all that you, your body, and your health have to gain by making abundant plant foods the focus of your meals.
P.S. Check out what other bloggers had to say about The Abundance Diet and the recipes they shared!
- Vegan Richa: Moroccan Lentil Soup
- Olives for Dinner: Rawkin’ Rainbow Kale Salad and Creamy Chili Lime Dressing
- Spabettie: No Bake, No Stovetop Cookie Bites
- An Unrefined Vegan: Raw Cashew Horchata
- Zsu’s Vegan Pantry: BBQ Roasted Chickpea Snack
- Chic Vegan: Tomato Basil Bisque
- Ricki Heller: Cheesy Cauliflower and Potato Bake