Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

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Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

“Robertson cuts to the chase and puts together good food simply. If you were thinking of slapping together a sandwich, you may as well make one of hers, full of vibrant veggies and flavors, instead of the same old pb and j. It doesn’t really take much more time…”It was a real pleasure making dishes from the book. Like everyone else, I don’t have a ton of time, so quick is always good. Reading and cooking from Robertson’s recipes, I admire the way her mind works. As a fellow recipe developer, I

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  1. Blythe Dresser says:
    42 of 42 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    FANTASTIC for the vegan and supportive non-vegan alike!, October 18, 2011
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    Blythe Dresser (Chicago, IL) –
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    This review is from: Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less (Paperback)

    When my boyfriend went vegetarian last year I wanted to show my support for his healthy lifestyle change so I picked up Robin Robertson’s Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less. We’re just out of college and we live on a pretty strict budget so we were able to quickly and affordably make the recipes out of that cookbook with very little fuss! Not only that, but as a non-vegetarian I was absolutely loving the meals we were making!

    So when he told me he was going vegan, I knew I had to pick this up for him for his birthday! And, much like with Quick-Fix Vegetarian, I’m glad I did!

    Robin Robertson never fails to deliver on really scrumptious recipes that are easy to make and affordable. We’re usually able to pick up 90% of the ingredients listed within at our local Trader Joe’s and only occasionally do we have to go to Whole Foods to find a rare item. This makes making dinner very budget-friendly.

    Here are some of the recipes we’ve tried so far and have adored:

    The Jerk Seitan and Vegetable Skillet – Even though I still eat meat, I think seitan is a great and very tasty substitute. And, as a bonus, you don’t end up feeling all bloated and heavy after mealtime.
    Black Bean Sunburgers – We were always spending a pretty penny buying black bean burgers in bulk at Costco, but this recipe showed us how to save money making our own! They freeze really well so it’s great being able to make a bunch at a time and saving them for later. Super tasty!
    The Tiramisu Parfaits – These are TO DIE FOR tasty! One of the things my boyfriend has struggled with is how a lot of vegan deserts end up tasting dry or brittle. It was nice to whip these up and they taste just as good (if not better) as the real thing!
    Easy Artichoke Puffs – I absolutely adore artichokes, so I could wait to try this one. We made these when we were having (non-vegan) company over and everyone ate them right up. Our guests loved them just as much as we did.

    What I like most about this cookbook is the variety. Every course of a meal is covered and Robin Robertson doles out some very practical advice in the introduction of the book about the vegan lifestyle as well as how to properly equip your kitchen and stock your pantry for preparing these meals. I would definitely suggest this book as a first cookbook for anyone thinking of making the transition over to veganism. This book isn’t too intimidating for beginners, but still has a great sense of variety for more experienced diners.

    I honestly think you can’t go wrong with this book, vegan or not, especially for this price! If you pick it up, you’ll be glad you did!

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  2. radioactivegan says:
    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must-have for busy cooks, October 15, 2011
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    radioactivegan (Tri-Cities, WA) –

    This review is from: Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less (Paperback)

    I love the way Robertson starts this book, “As much as I love to cook, most days I’m too busy to spend much time in the kitchen.” That simple sentiment is exactly how I feel most nights. I want to have a delicious, wholesome homecooked meal every night … but I don’t always have the energy to cook it. In the absence of a live-in vegan chef, this book is going to be my savior for late evenings and low enthusiasm. The recipes in this book are straightforward, without a lot of exotic, hard-to-find ingredients. I highly, highly recommend the One Pot Pasta Primavera (pg 67). The pizza dough is also super easy to put together, nearly foolproof, and great to have on hand for a quick dinner.

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  3. Cathe Fein Olson "Avid reader and writer" says:
    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My new favorite cookbook, December 6, 2011
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    Cathe Fein Olson “Avid reader and writer” (curled up with a book) –
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    This review is from: Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less (Paperback)

    I was so excited that Robin Robertson came out with a new cookbook. Roberson’s books have long been a staple at my house, but with her new book, Quick-Fix Vegan, I think she’s outdone herself.

    According to the book cover, Quick-Fix Vegan contains 150 “healthy, homestyle meals” that can be prepared in “30 minutes or less.” Unlike other “quick” cookbooks that rely heavily on jarred sauces and prepared foods, the recipes in this book are made largely from whole, unprocessed foods . . . foods I have on hand and feel good about serving my family.

    The chapter of Starters and Snacks includes Moroccan Pumpkin Hummus, Super Nachos, and Easy Artichoke Puffs. I made the vegetable fritters–a mixture of shredded onions, potatoes and vegetables, held together with flour and nondairy milk–for my family and they were a huge hit. In fact, I’ve made them several times since, varying the vegetables, herbs, and flours with excellent results. The leftovers, if there are any, go great in the kids’ lunchboxes. It was a bit challenging to get the fritters all cooked in under 30 minutes, but getting several skillets cooking at once does decrease the cooking time (though adds to the cleanup time).

    I’m a big soup fan–especially this time of year–and Robertson includes some great ones. We loved the Creamy Greens Soup made with kale and coconut milk; and the Cream of Mushroom Soup was sublime. I haven’t had a chance to try any of the Speedy Sandwiches or Snappy Salads, but am looking forward to making the Sloppy Portobellos, Seitan and Slaw Wraps, Freeburgers, and Burmese Ginger Salad.

    The selection of Stovetop Suppers and Pasta Express dinners include a variety of veganized international favorites like Tofu “Scampi” with Spinach, Jerk Seitan and Vegetable Skillet, Korean Hot Pot, and Skillet Lasagne. I made the Tofu Skillet Scramble and it was super quick and easy, and very flavorful. The book also includes recipes for condiments, gravies and chutneys, and desserts like Pear Turnovers, which I am dying to try, and Molasses Ginger Cookies with blueberries.

    Every recipe I tried worked well. The instructions were clear and simple. The ingredients are ones I had on hand or could find easily. Some of the recipes do take longer than 30 minutes to prepare. For example, the baking time for the Portobellos Stuffed with Chickpeas and Chard is 25 minutes. But you still need to prep the ingredients and cook the chard for 7 minutes. So read over the recipes carefully if you really are pressed for time just to be sure.

    My recommendation? This is one of the best cookbooks I’ve found in a long time. The meals are great for families–nothing too outlandish, but nothing boring either. It is definitely the first one I’ll turn to in the busy months to come.

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