If you have been following me for awhile now, you know that I am all about learning and growing with the goal of living our best life possible! One of the changes I made awhile back was looking into incorporating a more sustainable lifestyle and the vegan diet was one of the ways I started.
As you can imagine, with anything you start in your life, it is important to do you own research. Part of my research was finding the best vegan cookbooks to aide my journey of health!
Our Favorite Vegan Cookbooks
There are many vegan cookbooks available that can provide delicious and nutritious plant-based meal options. When I was researching I found that there are a LOT of vegan cookbooks out there and I was not sure on where to start! That said, I went ahead and listed some of my favorites below for you to add to your list of favorite vegan cookbooks.
“Plant Over Processed” is a cookbook written by Andrea Hannemann, a plant-based chef and recipe developer. The book focuses on the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet and provides readers with easy-to-follow, delicious recipes that are designed to help them incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet. If you are focused on more plant based cooking, we highly recommend this book! Check out her cookbook here.
The “Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100” is a cookbook written by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and author of the best-selling “Blue Zones” series of books. The book features over 100 recipes inspired by the dietary patterns of the Blue Zones, with an emphasis on plant-based, whole foods, and traditional cooking methods.
The book also includes information on the health benefits of the Blue Zones diet, as well as tips for incorporating the dietary patterns of the Blue Zones into your own life. Check out the cookbook here!
The “Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking” is a cookbook written by Dana Shultz, the creator of the popular food blog Minimalist Baker. The book features over 100 simple and delicious plant-based recipes that are easy to prepare and require only 10 ingredients or less, and one bowl or one pot.
I personally love that the book is divided into chapters that cover different types of meals, such as “One-Bowl Breakfasts”, “Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches”, “One-Pot Pasta and Casseroles”, “Simple Sides and Snacks”, and “Easy and Impressive Desserts”. Check out the book here!
“Café Gratitude: Love is Served” is a cookbook written by Terces Engelhart, the co-founder and co-owner of Café Gratitude, a popular chain of vegan restaurants in California. The cookbook features over 100 plant-based recipes, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts, as well as tips for entertaining, hosting and cooking for a crowd.
The book is inspired by the philosophy of Café Gratitude, which promotes a plant-based, whole-foods diet and emphasizes the connection between food, gratitude, and wellness.
Personally, Cafe Gratitude is by FAR one of my favorite restaurants. I actually choose this restaurant for my birthday breakfast every single year! Check the book out here!
“Unbelievably Vegan” is a cookbook written by Charity Morgan, a vegan chef and recipe developer. The book features over 100 plant-based recipes that are designed to be easy to prepare, delicious, and satisfying. The book covers a wide range of dishes, from breakfast to dinner, snacks and desserts, that are perfect for everyday cooking.
I originally learned about Charity Morgan through the Game Changers documentary and loved learning about her story. Check her book out here.
Do you have an Instant Pot? If the answer is yes, then you might want to check out “The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Wholesome, Indulgent Plant-Based Recipes” written by Nisha Vora, a vegan food blogger and recipe developer.
The book is aimed at people who are looking for convenient and nutritious meal options using the Instant Pot. The recipes in the book are designed to be easy to make, with minimal ingredients and simple instructions. Check it out here.
The “The Plant-Based Cookbook: 100+ Whole Food Recipes for a Healthy, Balanced Life” made the list of our favorite vegan cookbooks because of its focus on whole food ingredients and minimal processing.
The recipes in the book are designed to be easy to make, with minimal ingredients and simple instructions. The book also includes a section on how to stock a plant-based pantry, with tips on how to choose the right ingredients, how to organize your pantry and how to save time and money by making your own pantry staples. Check out the book here.
“Plant You: A Modern Guide to Eating More Plants” is a cookbook written by Carleigh Bodrug, a plant-based chef, and recipe developer. The book features over 100 plant-based recipes that are designed to be easy to prepare, delicious, and nutritious.
We added this one to our list of favorite vegan cookbooks because the book including oil-free recipes! Check it out here.
Do you LOVE Korean food? If so, you will want to check out “The Korean Vegan: Simple, Delicious, and Healthy Plant-Based Recipes” by Joanne Lee Molinaro, a vegan chef and recipe developer. The book features over 100 plant-based Korean-inspired recipes that are designed to be easy to prepare, delicious, and nutritious.
The book also includes a section on how to stock a vegan Korean pantry, with tips on how to choose the right ingredients, how to organize your pantry and how to save time and money by making your own pantry staples. Check it out here.
“The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen is a comprehensive guide to plant-based cooking, featuring over 500 recipes that are designed to be easy to prepare, delicious, and nutritious.
The book covers a wide range of dishes, from breakfast to dinner, snacks and desserts, that are perfect for everyday cooking. Check it out here!
Benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle
The vegan diet, which is based on consuming only plant-based foods and no animal products, has been found to have a number of potential health benefits. Some of these benefits include:
Research has shown that vegans tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower rates of obesity compared to non-vegans.
Lower risk of heart disease
A vegan diet is high in fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, which can help lower the risk of heart disease.
Lower risk of certain cancers
Studies have found that vegans may have a lower risk of certain types of cancer, such as colon and breast cancer.
Improved kidney function
A vegan diet may also help improve kidney function, which can help prevent kidney disease.
Better blood sugar control
A vegan diet may also help improve blood sugar control, which can help prevent or manage diabetes.
Lower risk of osteoporosis
Vegans tend to have higher levels of vitamin K and magnesium, which are both important for bone health.
Better digestion and regular bowel movements
A lot of research has shown that adopting a more vegan diet can help in digestion and regulate bowel movements.
Environmental and ethical benefits
Veganism can also have a positive impact on the environment and animal welfare.
Important to note
It is important to note that a vegan diet should be well-planned and balanced to ensure that all essential nutrients are consumed in adequate amounts. It is always recommended to consult with a doctor or a dietitian if you are thinking about making a significant dietary change.
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