There is something especially comforting to me about opening a brand new cookbook. My collection of recipes has definitely grown over the past year, especially when it comes to plant-based foods. It was a special surprise to come home after my busiest day of the year and find my pre-ordered version of Oh She Glows Every Day in the mailbox.
Although I am not a vegan, I have been a fan of the Oh She Glows website and Angela’s first cookbook for quite a while. I am still slowly making my way through original OSG’s content but have found myself repeating my favourites regularly – this includes the avocado pasta, salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas, and her chickpea chana masala.
My first impressions of the new book were outstanding. I find OSG Every Day to be even cleaner and more beautiful than the last book. The photography for every recipe makes your mouth water before even reading the description or title and I found myself putting a post-it on almost every page. I won’t even mention how many dairy-free and gluten-free cookies and desserts are available because I want you to read the rest of the post before you head out to buy it. 😉
Here’s some insight into the first recipes I tested from the book!
Metabolism-Revving Spicy Cabbage Soup (p.139)
Fun fact: I don’t really like bread or soup that is not homemade. Actually, I hate 99.7% of most store-bought soups but I loooooove homemade. Generally, I am more of a creamy butternut squash-y soup kind of girl but this cabbage soup is phenomenal. It has the cozy feeling that soup gives you with the homey feeling of cabbage rolls minus the guilt. The soup includes Angela’s 9-spice mix that I’m fairly certain would turn even a shoe into a mouth-watering entrée. Angela credits the filling nature of this soup to her addition of red lentils and she couldn’t be more correct. I took this for lunch three days in a row and was left feeling full after each bowl.
Magical “Ice Cream” Smoothie Bowl (p. 5)
Seeing the smoothie bowls in OSG Everyday obviously made this Instagram addict very excited. I’ve made many smoothies in my life time but very rarely have followed a recipe – I always believed smoothies were something anyone can figure out. Turns out I was wrong – at least according to the taste of this one. Angela’s simple addition of spices like cinnamon made me understand why people are able to have smoothies daily and not get tired of them! You can tell from Angela’s books and blog she is the queen of smoothies. Now that I understand why you can bet I will be continuing my journey through her smoothie chapters.
Curried Chickpea Salad (p. 113) and Endurance Crackers (p. 89)
My first experience with chickpea salad was an old OSG recipe that my friend made for a class potluck. My fond memories of that meal with the addition of curry made this recipe intriguing to me. The salad itself was easy to make and I devoured it! This is another healthy lunch idea that switches up your average sandwich but leaves you feeling satisfied. Endurance crackers are made from a collection of nuts that are held together by chia seeds. Who knew it was that easy to DIY crackers?! To be honest, I wouldn’t want to eat the crackers on a regular basis by themselves but as a vehicle for something as delicious as the chickpea salad, I give them four stars.
Pillowy Pumpkin Snacking Cookies (p. 217)
Of course, I saved my favourite for last. If you couldn’t already tell by my recipe-testing choices, and the fact that I am wearing a sweater while writing this, I am very excited for fall. So what I am saying is I am excited for pumpkin everything!!! Who isn’t? I was drawn to what was promised to be fluffy and light pumpkin cookies. Do you think it sounds like a recipe for success (literally)? It was! My only complaint about this little treats from heaven are that the batch only makes 11 cookies which means doubling the batch is probably necessary if you want to share.
Do you have OSG Every Day? What are you excited to try?