Carrot cake has been the long standing example of successfully using vegetables in cakes/sweet goods and its popularity continues to shine with consumers and bakers alike.
Taking the theme one step further in recent times, bakers have been experimenting with other ingredients such as courgettes, beetroots and kale with much success.
One such baker/foodie is Jessica Nadel who has taken the recipes from her Canadian food blog www.cupcakesandkale.ca and had them published. I was thrilled to receive a copy to review -it’s always good to see when a fellow blogger turns author!
So, Jessica’s book is called ‘Greens 24/7’ and features vegetable-based baking recipes as well as how to maximise using vegetables within main meals. The 40 ‘greens’ that are featured include everyday favourites such as spinach, Brussel sprouts and celery as well as more unusual options such as dandelion greens, rapini and chayote.
Starting off with an introduction, Jessica explains the benefits of eating greens such as increased vitamin/mineral/antioxidant/nutrient intake as well as it contributing to natural detox and alkalizing processes within the body.
The 100 vegan recipes featured demonstrate the versatility of greens beyond the options we are usually used to. Many of the recipes are gluten free and there is a meal planning section if you want to adopt the principle fully. Split into sections such as Smoothies & Breakfast, Green Sides & Small Bites, Green Soups & Salads, Green Main Meals and Green Cakes & Desserts – there are plenty of occasions to go green!
The ingredients on the whole are quite run-of-the-mill and can be found in general supermarkets, but there are a few that you may need to source from either a specialist healthfood shop or the internet, so if replicating a recipe, it is worth checking you can obtain all ingredients with ease ahead of cooking.
A delightful, well-written book (published by Quatro Publishing/ApplePress) which showcases a different way of utilising greens and one that will suit vegetarians/vegans alike and will promote to those that possess a little green-fear, an opportunity to enjoy vegetables in a different guise.
Disclosure: This post was written following kind receipt of a complementary copy of: Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel. This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review. For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website.