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 Post subject: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:10 am 
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Not sure how many people have seen this gorgeous cookbook, but it definitely deserves a shout-out:

Whole Bowls by Allison Day (she blogs at Yummy Beet)

The cookbook is gluten-free and vegetarian but lots of vegan & vegan-friendly. Yogurt and mayo are easy to sub although some of the desserts include cream (not many).

Lots of recipes and sub-recipes here with gorgeous photos.

I shared my review today along with the recipe for Three Bean and Asparagus Salad with Coconut-Lime Dressing.

And a chance to win a copy of the book (US/Canada)

Enjoy!

https://tastespace.wordpress.com/2016/0 ... -giveaway/

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:01 am 
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Giveaway entered! Looks like a pretty book.

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:56 pm 
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I won this giveaway! Yay!

Quickie review. This book is so pretty. Like, wow. The author's writing style is a bit, um, flowery? I understand wanting to make the food sound as pretty written out as the images show, but I have trouble just sitting down and reading this one because there's descriptions of food that include things like "luscious tendrils" that make me squicked out.

That said, I've made two recipes that have both been huge wins. The Danish Grod with cardamom berries is super filling, I ate breakfast at 6 am that day and wasn't even close to hungry at 1 pm which is unheard of for me. Cardamom berries are a really fun change from usual fruit topping.

Tonight for dinner we had the pasta with sour beets, ricotta and poppy seeds. I made tofu ricotta but otherwise followed the recipe. Mr Moon loves beets, I'm only meh on them, so I wasn't anticipating much. Despite Mr Moon's love of beets I thought this would be too strange for him. I was totally wrong and he LOVED it and even though I found this quite filling he managed to eat every last noodle in the pot. I was really surprised at how good this was and, despite it sounding strange, how cohesive the whole thing was. Plus it cooked up really fast since I used my food processor to shred the beets.

The pear muesli is in the fridge now for me to have for breakfast the rest of the week. Haven't tasted it yet though.

Although this book leans a bit heavily on the healthy/gluten free/whole foods thing that I'm not typically attracted to (even OSG swings a bit on the too healthy side for me) this book seems pretty accessible but also inspiring with a lot of flavour combos and interesting ingredients that aren't as common. Tropical rice pudding made with black rice, millet couscous, etc. Her non vegan ingredients are mostly easy to swap or leave off, I think, although my wheels are turning about how to replace eggs in a couple.(eggs used as toppings and garnishes, not vital recipe components.)

Even her mac and cheese bowl is vegan, and that one might hit my weekly menu plan sooner than later.

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:24 pm 
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This book sounds intriguing! Have you made anything more out of it, Moon?


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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:37 pm 
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Just the pear muesli I mentioned, but it was a perfectly nice muesli recipe. I've been liking breakfast bowl meals because I can go ahead and prep on a Sunday evening and then have breakfast for the rest of the week in most cases. I couldn't get myself in gear enough to plan in a breakfast bowl for this week but I'm hoping to get back in the groove as its so convenient and her bowls are so pretty.

Despite not having any meals from this book planned for this week I did pull it out this evening, just to flick through. Just looking at the pictures really inspires me.

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
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Had another huge win from this book tonight. Greek mushroom stifado with horseradish mashed potatoes. They went together so perfectly, and I don't think I want to eat masked potatoes without horseradish ever again.
The spices in the stew didn't appeal to me (cinnamon in savoury dishes can be meh) but the end result was delicious.

This was also super easy to make. Not really weeknight friendly because the stifado needs a fair bit of stovetop time but there really isn't much in the way of moving parts and would be a great make-ahead meal to have a couple of days later.

I've got two more bowls from this book on the docket this week (maybe three) despite not planning on focusing on the book this month. I expect to continue to be impressed.

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
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Moon wrote:
Had another huge win from this book tonight. Greek mushroom stifado with horseradish mashed potatoes. They went together so perfectly, and I don't think I want to eat masked potatoes without horseradish ever again.
The spices in the stew didn't appeal to me (cinnamon in savoury dishes can be meh) but the end result was delicious.

This was also super easy to make. Not really weeknight friendly because the stifado needs a fair bit of stovetop time but there really isn't much in the way of moving parts and would be a great make-ahead meal to have a couple of days later.

I've got two more bowls from this book on the docket this week (maybe three) despite not planning on focusing on the book this month. I expect to continue to be impressed.

https://instagram.com/p/BJ87HjehQbM/


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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:01 pm 
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Last week we had the Bohemian Bowl with chili roasted squash, broccoli, chickpeas and lemony tahini dressing. A pretty basic bowl recipe and maybe not astounding but tasty and super healthy. I felt the tahini dressing had a bit more ingredients than totally necessary but Mr Moon really loved it so what do I know. Had these on wild/brown rice blend. Super healthy feeling and my fiber needs were more than met for days.

Friday night I made the Banquet Bowls with red lentil dal, rice and cauliflower pilaf and raita. Used coconut milk kefir instead of yogurt and that was the only swap I needed. This was a bit labour intensive and I thought the rice was a huge fail and first as I had a lot of pot stickage and some black stuff on the bottom. This was probably more of a rice age issue combined with handler error, but I saved the rice and the flavours were so nice. She definitely relies on your pre-made curry powder of choice so use something you know you like. The dal was probably not super authentic but man, it tasted great. I had these leftovers for breakfast two days in a row and each time wasn't hungry until well into the afternoon. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKKC4aAhlMn/

Secret hidden perk of this book is that things seem to make the amount of portions she recommends. I hate making a recipe that serves four only to find no, no it does not. Even with Mr Moon's large portions we've gotten the listed amount of servings on everything, the only exception was the beet pasta.

Also I am thinking about/craving that beet pasta pretty regularly. That is saying A LOT. I do not love beets and do not re-make recipes with any regularity but I want that meal again so badly. The Banquet Bowl's dal is already something I want more of - despite eating it Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning. I've been thinking about it all day today.

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
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I just bought this book! A friend made me a tofu peanut curry bowl last week and I think it was from this book. It was awesome! I'd love to hear other recipes people have enjoyed.

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:06 am 
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Couroupita, there is so much to enjoy in this book!

Black beans, squash and black rice bowl with chimichurri sauce was colourful and intensely fresh tasting with the chimichurri. Black rice was a fun new ingredient for me and I roasted the squash ahead of time so this could come together quickly on a weeknight.
https://instagram.com/p/BLAFlh7BnL7/

Roasted vegetable bowls - I used Cadry's eggy fried tofu with some miso tahini sauce instead of eggs and we had these on brown/wild rice blend. I also used a commercial balsamic reduction instead of the recipe in the book. This was great for late summer/early fall, would be easy to change up the veg to your tastes, and it was healthy feeling and so tasty. Also super easy, I had the veggies in the oven while I prepped other things for the week.
https://instagram.com/p/BKb3wqXBJ9W/

Mediterranean pasta with yellow tomatoes was easy and flavourful, I'm a sucker for pasta in white wine sauce.
https://instagram.com/p/BKjoIO8h9IG/

Miso meal in a bowl was great, in the time the veggies roasted everything else was made. Mr Moon felt this was a bit strange but I think that might have been partly to do with this not being quite a soup, and yet not quite not being a soup.
https://instagram.com/p/BKt5sOEBUkh/

Saffron, butternut and bean stew was just stew, but the Harissa yogurt topping and almonds made it in to something different and interesting. I've got leftovers in the freezer that we will have in a couple weeks and I'm looking forward to it.
https://instagram.com/p/BKwqW6qBaYT/

My picture of the mac and cheese with cornmeal baked tomatoes does not do this dish justice. This reminded me of some of the baked mac versions I had as a kid when visiting friends, but deconstructed in to a bowl. The tomatoes are delicious, Mr Moon ate four of the halves that night. The sauce was really tasty, too, although mine went from being super thick to very runny after my pasta was tossed in and had sat for a few minutes and it never thickened back up although I did use tapioca starch in lieu of arrowroot powder.
https://instagram.com/p/BK1i3bMhIvO/

Cherry pesto with toasted oats was a super easy make ahead breakfast that I could just throw in some yogurt before I walked out the door. I still have some of the cherry pesto in the fridge and may have this for more breakfasts this week.
https://instagram.com/p/BK6GCYRBb3E/

Peanut tofu curry is so tasty and so easy. Not super authentic and not much to look at, but really delicious and just the right amount of peanut butter. I subbed out some of the coconut milk with soy milk as I was a bit shy of the amount called for. The next day I had just a bit left over and I mixed in a couple of spoonfuls of canned pumpkin from the fridge to stretch it out.
https://instagram.com/p/BK61AVhhlRk/

This week coming up is the first one in a while where I don't have any recipes from this book planned. Maybe next week I can plan another breakfast bowl.

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
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Moon, thanks so much!!! It's really helpful to get a few suggestions before diving in.

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 Post subject: Re: Whole Bowls by Allison Day
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You're welcome! I can't wait to see what you make. Dammit, now I'm hungry!

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I have this out from the library. Moon, of the main dish recipes you've made from this book, which ones were the quickest?


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LFL wrote:
I have this out from the library. Moon, of the main dish recipes you've made from this book, which ones were the quickest?


The peanut tofu curry was really fast, and so were the pasta recipes, but the beet pasta was helped by my food processor, obviously.

Beyond that, the only recipes that really took like, a good long time to make were the mushroom stifado and the banquet bowls. If you can find the time to at least try the dal in the banquet bowl, though, I really recommend it. The pilaf was delicious but the dal was the star of that dish so would be almost as good on plain rice. The roasted vegetable bowls, the bohemian bowls and the butternut squash with black rice bowls all came together really quickly with pre-roasted vegetables.

I do like her make-ahead suggestions and did try to do some components ahead of time if I could.

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Moon wrote:
LFL wrote:
I have this out from the library. Moon, of the main dish recipes you've made from this book, which ones were the quickest?


The peanut tofu curry was really fast, and so were the pasta recipes, but the beet pasta was helped by my food processor, obviously.

Beyond that, the only recipes that really took like, a good long time to make were the mushroom stifado and the banquet bowls. If you can find the time to at least try the dal in the banquet bowl, though, I really recommend it. The pilaf was delicious but the dal was the star of that dish so would be almost as good on plain rice. The roasted vegetable bowls, the bohemian bowls and the butternut squash with black rice bowls all came together really quickly with pre-roasted vegetables.

I do like her make-ahead suggestions and did try to do some components ahead of time if I could.


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