Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet

| June 19, 2012 | 3 Comments

Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet

Cooking in a way that’s good for you and for the environment—not to mention delicious—doesn’t have to be a pain; in fact, it can be sheer bliss. In Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet, Christy Morgan shows readers how to make healthy, delicious, animal-product free meals without a lot of effort. It’s been long-accepted that giving up animal products also means giving up easy and enjoyable cooking, but that’s just not true. Blissful Bites is a refreshing intr

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  1. Jennifer Mo says:
    87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Vibrant Vegan Recipes for the Health-Conscious, September 6, 2011
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    Jennifer Mo
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    This review is from: Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet (Paperback)

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that a diet without animal products, processed foods, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplants), alliums (onions and garlic), wheat, and oil would be a particularly cruel form of punishment. Blissful Bites proves otherwise. While it didn’t convert me to author Christy Morgan’s super healthy way of eating, I definitely did enjoy the colorful and, yes, tasty recipes within it.

    Blissful Bites is a collection of over 175 vegan and macrobiotic recipes, including some raw and gluten-free dishes. Most are low in oil and (more importantly for me) can be made in under 45 minutes. There’s an emphasis on seasonal, whole foods and hardly a stick of Earth Balance or bag of Daiya to be seen. Also good: lots of glossy, full color pictures to inspire you. Sections, which feature recipes organized by season, include breakfast, salads, soups and appetizers, sea vegetables, grains, and desserts.

    To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t immediately attracted to many of the recipes. The author favors very different spices and seasonings than I do — lots of recipes call for miso, different vinegars, sea vegetables, brown rice syrup, ginger, coriander, and nutritional yeast. But I rolled up my sleeves and started cooking. Instructions were clear and easy to follow, and although everything tasted very different from what I usually eat, nothing was less than enjoyable. I faced down my tofu prejudices and surprised myself by liking the Southwest Tofu Scramble. The Un-Tuna sandwich filler, which calls for garbanzo beans, was a welcome change from my usual mock tuna recipe with green onions, and the Sweet Carrot-Ginger Bisque had a delicate, mild flavor with a definite zap at the very end. The soup section is my favorite; there are quite a few that I’m looking forward to trying this fall.

    A few caveats: I didn’t find the dessert section very interesting, since 1) my kitchen is not equipped for vegan, gluten-free baking, and 2) I refuse to believe that tofu has any place in dessert. I also found that a few of the recipes sacrifice a little flavor or time to be healthier. If I make the Sage-Infused Polenta Fries again, I will probably pan-fry rather than bake them. Also, a number of the recipes in Blissful Bites will require either substitutions or trips to Whole Foods for the more obscure ingredients (palm sugar, arrowroot powder, dulse flakes, brown rice flour).

    Being neither vegan, macro, low-fat, nor gluten-free, I’m probably not quite the right type of eater to get the most out of Blissful Bites. But macrobiotic vegans and other health conscious eaters might well fall in love with its bright flavors and emphasis on healthy yet tasty meals.

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  2. Nicole Burley says:
    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Full of winners!, September 15, 2011
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    This review is from: Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet (Paperback)

    I am a health coach and I go through a LOT of cookbooks! Personally, I’m not much of a cook or a chef without a recipe to follow – and I don’t like to spend more than 45-minutes on making a meal – so I’m always looking for recipes or cookbooks that make it EASY and doable to make something wonderful. I swear – I have yet to make a recipe from this cookbook that wasn’t fantastic. Everything has turned out great! And they have been EASY and quick to put together. I am in heaven. This is my new go-to book. Christy’s book is full of top-notch information and tips – and the recipes are seriously delicious. Some of my favorites are the penne with creamy red pepper sauce (my husband flipped for this), the macro mac and cheese, Mac n’ Kale (my new favorite salad), soba noodles with peanut sauce, and the lemony-lime hummus. I should also add that this is the first review I have ever written for a cookbook – so you know I am serious about this one! Blissful Bites will do wonderful things for your health, your spirit, and your taste buds. I highly recommend it!

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  3. viaje34 says:
    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent cookbook with delicious and healthy recipes, August 27, 2011
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    viaje34

    This review is from: Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet (Paperback)

    I really love this cookbook. The recipes are fresh, healthy and delicious. It’s organized efficiently and beautifully with incredible attention to detail. It is full of beautiful photos, not just a few scattered here and there. The recipes are organized as follows: Breakfast and brunch of champions; Appetizers and soups for every occasion; Not-your-average fresh salads and dressings; Delectable vegetable sides; Whole grains and carbs do a body good; Sea vegetables, huh?; Compassionate proteins; and Healthier desserts you crave. Each of these individual sections begins with a table of contents and the recipes are organized by season. So far my favorites include the fresh corn and zucchini frittata (LOVED it!), curry chicken-less salad and lemon-basil potato salad. I highly recommend this cookbook and look forward to using it often.

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