Sunday, November 13, 2022

Easy Plant-Based Cookbook for Two- Review and Recipe

Lei Shishak, author of Farm-to Ladle Desserts and Beach House Baking, has published a new cookbook called Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two - and I think it's impressive and worth a look!

 I found Lei's vegan recipes interesting, uncomplicated, health conscious, and perfect to feed two average eaters. And I love that there is a beautiful color photo for each of her 80 recipes! For example, the following recipe is for her chickpea loaf which I intend to try for the holidays. 

Professional photo supplied by the author from the cookbook

Whether you are an experienced plant-based cook or a beginner just looking to include more plant-based meals into your diet, this book covers all bases. 

Those new to a plant-based diet might benefit from her chapters 
  •  Tips for Starting a Plant-Based Diet
  •  Plant-Based Pantry
  •  Grocery Shopping Tips
More experienced plant-based cooks will enjoy new and inspirational ideas and refreshing recipes. I know I'm always looking for something different and new to me.  I've listed a few of the recipes I found in the cookbook that looked interesting to me:  

  • Lavender Coffee
  • Garlic Naans (which can probably be made gluten-free by using a GF all-purpose flour)
  • Thai Chopped Salad
  • Tahini Ginger Sauce 
  • Roasted Eggplant with Walnut Pesto Pasta
  • Chickpea Loaf
  • Sesame Soba Noodles 
  • Spaghetti Squash Soup
  • Indian Style Potatoes (looks amazing)
  • Wild Rice and Brussels sprouts  
Although the cookbook is not intended to be a gluten-free cookbook, the author includes and identifies many of the naturally gluten-free recipes in her 80 recipe collection. Many of her other recipes can very easily be converted to gluten-free.

What's unique about her recipes?- They are intended to help make plant-based recipes in just the right quantities making them perfect for newlyweds, singles, empty nesters, seniors, and anyone looking to have a new delicious plant-based food everyday.

Let's start with the format of the cookbook. 
  • Easy to navigate
  • Contents page with page numbers for each chapter
  • Extensive Index by recipe and ingredient for an easy search 
Quality : 
  • Sturdy
  • Print is easy to read 
  • Photos are exquisite 
  • Easy to follow directions
  • Recipes are easy to make
  • Most ingredients are easy to access

With the author's permission, I'm sharing a recipe selection from the cookbook for Wild Rice and Brussels Sprouts - just in time for Thanksgiving.

Professional photo courtesy of Lei Shishak
from her cookbook

Wild Rice and Brussels Sprouts 
from Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two 

2 cups lightly salted water
1/2 cup of wild rice
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/4 cup of raw walnut halves
3/4 cup of thinly sliced Brussels sprouts 
1/4 cup of small diced onions
1 medium celery rib, small-diced
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
1/8 teaspoon of dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon of dried sage
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon of dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon of white wine vinegar

In a small pot, combine 2 cups lightly salted water, rice, and bay leaf and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and cook at a low boil for 40 minutes until rice is tender. Drain through a strainer and discard bay leaf. Return rice to the pot, and cover to keep warm.

In a large skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the walnuts and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes until light golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the nuts to a plate. Add the Brussels sprouts, onions, celery, slat, pepper, thyme, and sage to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the wild rice, cranberries, and vinegar. Cook until warmed through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Fold in the walnuts and serve. 

My Conclusion
If you love a cookbook with wonderful photos, recipes that make your mouth water, directions that are easy to follow and a true consciousness for healthy eating, then go directly to Amazon and take a look at this book. 

Who do you know that could benefit from having this cookbook? Could be a nice gift! Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two (Amazon Link) 

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  1. Many thanks for the review and sharing the recipe.

    All the best Jan

    1. Hi Jan, thanks for stopping by .

  2. Replies
    1. You can try the recipe that I shared and see how you like it.

  3. Good to know! I love the idea of a cookbook written for just two diners since it's only the husband and me. Not that my cooking ventures all that far from the basics! Anyway, I'm glad you found a good recipe for Thanksgiving. I can't believe it's the week after next . . .

    1. I believe that you are part of the target audience since it's just. you and your husband. Perfect recipes for two.

  4. Thanks for the review, bet plant based fans would love the book.

    1. I agree- and I think many of the recipes are perfect sides even for meat eaters like you!

  5. This cookbook sounds like just what I need - recipes that don't leave leftovers!! We are trying to eat more plant-based foods and some of the recipes you listed sound really good. I'll check it out. Thanks for a great review.

    1. I appreciate your comments. I think many people feel the same way you do that recipes are not geared for large quantities.

  6. this book looks and sounds good. i have tried plant based recipes, although good, they are not for us full time!!

    1. Most people are accustomed to eating animal products so plant-based is a big change, but remember along with chicken or meat, you can always make a good plant-based side dish.

  7. it's a garden snake on my blog!!!

    1. thanks for letting me know. They are safe. Right?

  8. Thanks for sharing this new cookbook. I'm really looking at eating more veg, vegan and I think this book sounds perfect. You listed a number of recipes you want to try that sound amazing to me.

  9. The Thai chopped salad sounds amazing... and I really need to try the spaghetti squash soup. YUM

  10. It sounds like an amazing help for someone who wants to eat a plant-based diet.

  11. This is how I bake and cook as well. For one or two at time. It's just so great. Happy Cooking. Happy Eating. Cheers and boogie boogie, Ivy.

  12. Thank you Judee for such a wonderful and thorough review of my cookbook! I hope you enjoy the chickpea loaf over the holidays! All the best, Lei

  13. Great review! Those brussels sprouts look yummy!

  14. The Brussel sprouts and wild rice looks really good. The cookbook looks fantastic. Everyone should have a good selection of plant based recipes-no doubt we would feel much better. Thanks for sharing the cookbook with us.

  15. That chickpea loaf looks really delicious.

  16. I agree with others -- those Brussels sprouts look yummy. This is looks like a good book that has doable and appealing recipes.

  17. I've never had luck making GF naans, do you have a tried and true recipe?

  18. I can never get tired of reading new cookbooks, but always love it when they come with a trustworthy review. You certainly hit the nail on the head with your thorough coverage! Nice recipe selection too! Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

  19. Loved how beautiful the wild rice and brussels sprouts salad looked! Although I/we are not vegan I enjoy vegan cookbooks for recipes that we will enjoy that are a bit more sophisticated than a simple cooked vegetable for our side dish. Thanks for the review!


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