The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Review, Recipe & Giveaway

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Angela Liddon, the talented force behind Oh She Glows, one of the most popular food blogs out there, recently released her highly-anticipated first cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook:  Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out.  Chances are you may have heard of it — it’s already a hit and has even made it onto the New York Times Best Sellers List!

And with good reason.  The publisher sent a copy to me to review, and it was immediately evident that the cookbook has the same warmth, stunning photography and imaginative and healthful recipes that grace the Oh She Glows blog.

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As soon as you crack open the book, you will notice that it is filled with beautiful, full-page photos of nearly every recipe — a feature that I love.  Then, of course, there are the recipes.  The OSG Cookbook focuses on real foods and whole ingredients.  The recipes are fresh and easy to follow.  Simple ingredients combine in surprising ways that are delightful for the palate.

Loaded Savory Oatmeal & Lentil Bowl, Summertime Cherry-Basil Bruschetta, Mushroom-Walnut Pesto Tart, Summer Harvest Tortilla Soup, Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas, Fudgy Mocha Pudding Cake, and much, much more.  From energizing breakfasts to decadent desserts, The OSG Cookbook has plenty to offer to keep your belly filled, your body nourished and your taste buds happy.

Erik and I were able to try four recipes over the weekend.  I was immediately drawn to the Protein Power Goddess Bowl.  This power-house of a salad combines warm and chewy lentils and wheat berries with veggies, all tossed with a creamy and tangy lemon-tahini dressing.  This refreshing power bowl makes a lovely meal!

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Always a lover of anything hand-held, we gave the Broccoli & Cashew Cheese-Quinoa Burrito a whirl.  A warm mixture of broccoli, celery, sun-dried tomatoes, quinoa and a mild cashew cheese sauce come together to make the “ultimate, comfort food burrito.”

The Oh She Glows Cookbook Broccoli & Cashew Cheese-Quinoa Burrito | thevegancrew.com

Lest we forget our sweet tooth, we also tried our hand at Angela’s Homemade Yolos, a vegan and whole-foods approach to Rolos that surpasses the original on many levels.  The candies consist mainly of dates and peanut butter, so you don’t feel too guilty when one batch disappears within hours — not that I would know anything about that! ;)

The Oh She Glows Cookbook Homemade Yolos | thevegancrew.com

Finally, we tried the Walnut, Avocado and Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps and Red Onion.  This is a classic example of a very simple ingredient list that yields spectacular results.  Erik generally avoids mushrooms at all costs (and I am very picky about them), but he proclaimed this salad to be “massively good” and perhaps even one of his favorite salads of all time.  I agree, and I am excited that I get to share the recipe with you.  Bon appétit!

The Oh She Glows Cookbook Walnut, Avocado and Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps and Red Onion | thevegancrew.com

 

Walnut, Avocado & Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps & Red Onion
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Recipe type: Salad
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Makes: 2
 
This salad was inspired by a dish at a local restaurant where my girlfriends and I meet for lunch once a month. With buttery pear slices, grilled marinated red onion, and portobello mushrooms, toasted walnuts, and creamy avocado, it’s a delicious mix of my favorite flavors and textures, and it’s filling, too. Each portobello mushroom packs in around 6 to 8 grams protein, so add one or two and you have yourself a protein-packed salad that will go the distance.
Ingredients
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 recipe Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette (see page 283)
  • 1 (5-ounce/142-g) box mixed greens
  • 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted and chopped
  • 1⁄3 cup (75 mL) walnuts, toasted
Directions
  1. Gently rub the outside of the mushrooms with a damp towel to remove any debris. Remove the stems by twisting the stem until it pops off; discard it or freeze for another use, such as a stirfry. With a small spoon, scrape out and discard the black gills.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mushroom caps, onion, and half of the balsamic vinaigrette and toss until fully coated. Marinate the mushrooms and onion for 20 to 30 minutes, tossing every 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Place the mushroom caps and onion on the pan and grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and the vegetables are tender. Reduce the heat if necessary. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside until the mushroom caps are cool enough to handle, then slice the mushroom caps into long strips.
  4. For each salad, place a few handfuls of mixed greens in a large bowl and top with half of the chopped pear, avocado, walnuts, and grilled mushrooms and onion. Drizzle with some of the remaining balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy!
Notes & Tips
gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar–free, grain-free

Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.

 

But that’s not all!  I’m doubly excited that the publisher has offered to give one lucky reader his or her own copy of The OSG Cookbook.  Enter for a chance to win using the Rafflecopter box below (if reading this via email or an RSS reader, you may need to click through to the site).  Good luck!

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Contest ends April 15, 2014, at 12:00 am CST.  The winner will be selected at random and will be notified via email.  This post will also be updated to announce the winner.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.  Contest is open to residents of the US only.  I was provided with the cookbook to review, but my opinions are completely my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Comments

  1. Colt S says

    Those Yolo’s look tasty! I planned on buying her book so this would be nice to win a copy being that i just got Isa’s newest book.

  2. Becca F says

    I’ve enjoyed every recipe that I’ve mad from her website. My favorite is the avocado pesto pasta or the walnut lentil loaf

  3. says

    You made 4 recipes over the weekend?! Wow, way to go! :) That cook book looks beautiful! What a great collection! And that portobello on the salad? What a great idea. I would have never thought of that!
    Great giveaway! I’ll pin and tweet this for ya also!

  4. Terri Cole says

    Angela is one of the first bloggers I started following when I went vegan 2 years ago. Her Avocado Pasta? WOW! I would love to win a copy of this book because I’m flat broke and can’t afford to buy it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Joy says

    That portobello salad looks scrumptious. I love cookbooks and I’m always on the look out for the next great one :)

  6. Julie Wheeler says

    That salad looks absolutely amazing! I am always looking for new recipes, and have wanted to buy this book, so winning it would be perfection!

  7. Jenn says

    I’ve been experiencing a bit of a cookbook purchasing dry spell because I thought many of the new ones were just more of the same recipes. Oh She Glows actually got me excited about vegan cookbooks again :-)

  8. Aubri says

    Her Power Goddess Protein Bowl has been a staple at my house since she posted it on her site! I love her recipes.

  9. Kristen M says

    I’m trying to eat healthier and I like what I’ve seen so far from the Oh She Glows Cookbook. With summer on the way I’m especially keen to discovering new recipes for my home grown veggies.

  10. says

    I have made the banana date muffin tops from the OSG’s website probably 20 times in the past 2 months. They are a major staple in my life! I would love to own her cook book! :)
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  11. joy says

    I would love to win this book – I have heard only ‘glowing’ remarks about it – I love cookbooks and this one looks so beautiful!

  12. says

    I believe I am Angela’s #1 fan in Chicago – I have followed her and watched her climb since the beginning! I have no budget for extras and winning this book would make me LEAP!!!!!!!

  13. Elizabeth says

    This book looks like fun. I am a fan of photos along with recipes as well. Gives me a general guideline of what the food should look like at the end. :) Would like to try some of the recipes soon.

  14. Cayce says

    I would love to win the Oh She Glows cookbook because it will give me a chance to try new, vegetarian recipes! I get tired of the same meal routine so this would be a nice change. Not to mention everything on Angela’s blog look so delicious!

  15. Marguerite Maguire says

    I became vegan 2.5 months ago and Ohsheglows has gotten me through a few of the lulls where I was aching for flavor. It’s helped show me there is no sacrifice to being vegan. I have even convinced a few friends to do a month of vegan-ism all due to the power of her shredded kale salad! I would love to win a copy of the book to continue my new-found vegan lifestyle

  16. Caro says

    I just recently turned vegan at the start of lent and I am absolutely loving it! Winning this recipe book would allow me to continue on this journey and it would five me so many ideas whenever I feel in a rut about what to make!

  17. Kristen says

    I would love to win this cookbook. I am in desperate need of a lifestyle change- my eating habits being front and center. I promise to use it and post all of the recipes I would make!! Thanks :)

  18. Trisha says

    I love Oh She Gliws! My favorite recipe is her zucchini Pad Thai salad it’s amazing!! Would love to have this cookbook to try more recipes.

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