One thing that I love about being a Mama in the Kitchen is being able to read cookbooks and recreate the recipes that have inspired me to take my nose out of the book and move about in the kitchen. I have enjoyed looking through Christy Morgan’s new book Blissful Bites. I love how mainstream Vegan Chefs are now embracing more and more RAW foods into their own diets and recipe books – even a Macrobiotic Vegan Chef like Christy (check out her website and her video… she’s adorable)! At least 10% of all recipes in Blissful Bites are RAW!
Unfortunately, the book was published before all the brown rice syrup hullabaloo, so it is an ingredient in many of her recipes (an option with maple syrup, which you can easily substitute).
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THE BOOK
– the recipes are divided according to season, with a special place for ‘anytime’ recipes. This is a time saver for busy Mamas who want to feed their families seasonally!
– the sample menus at the end of the book is helpful. It even includes ‘perfect no-oil potluck dishes’ and ‘food for kiddos’.
– labels for recipes include: RAW, GLUTEN-FREE, SOY-FREE, NO/LOW-OIL, and UNDER 45 MINUTES.
– all the recipes I have tested, both raw and cooked, taste wonderful!
RAW RECIPES IN BLISSFUL BITES
If you are thinking of getting hold of the book, thought you’d like to have the full list of the RAW RECIPES first:Easy Guacamole Chilled Corn Bisque Heirloom Gazpacho Mango Pineapple Tropical Soup Pineapple Cucumber Gazpacho Raw Pear-Walnut Bisque Citrus Herb Cashew Crudites Spring Kale Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing Creamy Basil Dressing Avocado, Strawberry and Grape Tomato Slad Zucchini Pasta with Mint-Cashew Pesto Sauce Raw Pasta with Almond Sauce Cilantro-Lime Dressing Fall Harvest Fruit Salad Mac N Kale Salad Tropical Relish Mango Peach Salsa Heavenly Raw Chocolate Mousse (photo above) Strawberry Mint Limemade
There are other recipes that have not been labeled Raw, but are or can be tweaked easily for Raw Foodies, like Mock Tuna (photo above), Ginger-Miso Dressing (photo above), and Blueberry Hemp Drops.
Cooked Recipes in Blissful Bites
We also tried the Azuki Beans with Squash and Chestnuts, which my son devoured.
Now, if you want to meet Christy Morgan…
…and live on the East Coast, then you are in luck! Her East Coast Book Tour just begun this March. You just missed her in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but you still have lots of time to see her in Washington DC, New York, Boston, Portland, Maine, New Jersey, Philadelphia. In April, she will be in Austin and Fort Worth, Texas.