Bestselling author Kathy Hester hits the bulls-eye with a brand new cookbook to solve a big vegan dilemma: how to make vegan food that is fast, easy and lip-smackingly delicious.
The Easy Vegan Cookbook, packed with 80 recipes, is a must-have cookbook for vegans with
families, busy schedules, limited budgets and hearty appetites for healthy food that simply tastes good. With recipes like Creamy Broccoli and Potato Casserole and Veggie “PotPie” Pasta, readers will have a stockpile of quick recipes that they can count on to be delicious. Additionally, many of the recipes are gluten-free, soy-free and oil-free, for those who have other dietary restrictions or preferences.
This cookbook includes chapters such as Make-Ahead Staples and Speedy Stir-Fries, as well as recipes such as Inside-Out Stuffed Pepper Stew, Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Pasta and “Vegged-Out” Chili. No longer will weeknight meal planning be a source of stress. With The Easy Vegan Cookbook, vegans everywhere can enjoy easy, fast and family-friendly recipes for amazing food.
We have a copy of The Easy Vegan Cookbook for one lucky winner. Follow the instructions after the recipe to enter.
EASY AVOCADO LEMON BASIL PESTO
gluten-free • soy-free • no added oil
Serves 3 to 4, but you can easily double or triple the recipe
Don’t let the specialty basil intimidate you. If you don’t have lemon basil, you can use regular basil and add lemon zest, extra lemon juice or another lemony herb like lemon verbena or lemon balm. This rich, creamy pasta sauce comes together in minutes and has a bright lemon and herb flavor.
- 1 medium ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup (12 g) fresh lemon basil (or substitute regular basil)
- 1 (2- to 4-inch [5- to 10-cm]) sprig fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon (3 g) fresh oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup (59 ml) water plus more if needed
- 1/2 lb (227 g) cooked whole-wheat angel-hair pasta
- Scoop out the avocado. Put the avocado flesh, lemon basil, leaves from the thyme and oregano, lemon juice, salt and water in a blender and blend well until the herbs are puréed.
- If the purée is still too thick, add 2 more tablespoons (30 ml) of water and blend again. Toss with the cooked whole-wheat angel-hair pasta.
This pesto comes together in minutes, so put your pasta in the boiling water while you make it. The pesto will be ready to toss with your piping hot, perfectly cooked pasta. You’ll be out of the kitchen before the pesto has time to get too hot!
Per serving: Calories 94.4, protein 2.1 g, total fat 8.7 g, carbohydrates 5.5 g, sodium 0.2 mg, fiber 5.5 g
Printed with permission from Page St Publishing. Photo credit: Ann Oliverio.
We have a copy of The Easy Vegan Cookbook for one lucky winner. Follow the instructions below to enter. U.S. residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight eastern time on August 27, 2015.
Sandy Zimmer says
I like to make red beans and rice with grilled veggies.
black beans and brown rice with salsa.
Lydia Claire says
Taco salad, which is also a favorite of mine. =)
I find salads easy to pull together.
I like to make a ‘bowl’ with beans, quinoa (I keep some pre-cooked in the freezer, greens and a simple tahini dressing.
Sue Hegle says
My easy don’t think about it meal is roasted potatoes, tofu, and pesto.
i dont have one go to meal …. usually if i am stumped it turns into a clean out the fridge stirfry or a TLT sandwich
My favorite easy vegan meal is either homemade ramen or mac&Cheese
Ribs beans coconut oil n nutritional yeast
I love chickpea tacos with guacamole and salsa.
Candyce C.Fleming says
Working full time, I appreciate easy vegan recipes that keep even the carnivore husband on the path with me.
Rusty M says
Usually a chili or stew in the slow cooker.
Peanut sesame noodles. I can practically make them in my sleep!