That Time I Ate Nothing But ‘Cookie + Kate’ Recipes
When I first started on my plant-based diet, things were really exciting. Kale, portobello mushrooms, gooey sweet potatoes, chickpeas, cabbage, bok choy…it was the best of times.
But, slowly, I started to find myself in a rut. With not much more than salt and olive oil in my repertoire, all my dishes turned out very similar. I was growing steadfast in my belief in whole, plant-based foods, but, truth be told, I was B-O-R-E-D.
Enter the magnificent www.cookieandkate.com. Within minutes of perusing this blog, I turned total fangirl because:
- The first blog post I read included a recommendation for a natural deodorant which I was ferociously on the hunt for.
- Her dog, Cookie, solidified my thought that I must get a dog.
- Oh, and most importantly, her blog is packed with recipes that are rather strictly whole and plant-based.
Other added benefits: Kate cooks with the season and offers tips on what to look for at the farmers’ market. The bottom of her recipes include “make it vegan,” “make it dairy free,” “make it gluten free” options (which is just fabulous). And she’s got me covered for every meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, and even happy hour. I can hang out with Kate all day if I choose.
Right around the time I found her blog, Kate released a cookbook, Love Real Food. Who doesn’t want to love real food? I wanted to love real food, really badly. Lucky for me, I have a friend whose passion for real food exceeds even mine, and a few days later, the cookbook showed up on my desk at work.
If you’re going to embark on a whole, plant-based diet, I highly suggest you add Love Real Food to your Christmas wish list (or if you’re like me, it’s already in your Amazon cart). Kate combines ingredients in a way that creates the most interesting, intense, and delicious flavors. As I cooked my way through the book (which I’ve nearly done, more than once), I was introduced to new plant-based ingredients and spices and learned how to more strategically use fresh herbs. I discovered new food combinations, new cooking methods, and even learned enough to find inspiration for some new ideas of my own. The recipes were super easy to follow, and written in a way that even a newbie like me could master on the first try.
I’m not the only one in my house who raves about the recipes in Love Real Food. Around the time I got the cookbook, Steve, my husband, suddenly started getting on board with this whole, plant-based dinner thing. Coincidence? Yeah right. The first dish I made was a Sweet Potato-Black Bean Veggie Burger. Actual quote from Steve, “Do people know veggie burgers taste like this? If they did I think everyone would be eating way more veggie burgers.”
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Thank you, Kate!
If you’ve been following along with my blog and want to embark on a plant-based diet, getting your hands on Love Real Food would be at the top of my recommendation list.
I’d offer to share mine, but I sort of use it a lot…