In May, I decided to cook from just one cookbook- Chloe Flavor! Chloe Coscarelli is one of my favorite cookbook authors, because she always delivers recipes that are easy and knock it out of the park.
Unfortunately, I was only able to cook 4 recipes, and I think a proper review deserves more than that! (If you're wondering, I was sick for 2 weeks and was hired and fired from a job- wtf, what a crazy month!) But I think I can still review the 4 recipes enough in case you want to try them!
In order from least favorite to most favorite, here are the recipes I tried from Chloe Flavor.
Because I was sick this month, the first recipe I wanted to try was the Velvety Kale Soup. Soup is one of my favorite foods, and soup seems like a great to get in all those healthy greens! Unfortunately, and ironically, this soup was lacking... flavor (the title of the book). I definitely ate it, but I offered some to my housemate and she literally said "this doesn't have much flavor." I'm not really sure why this soup was included in the book- especially when you could really do something interesting with seasonings here. This has actually inspired me to come up with a healthy greens soup packed with flavor- I imagine adding roasted garlic, caramelized onions, spices, (cream?), and citrus to a soup chock full of greens, would be something I'd like to have in my repertoire. I'll work on that, and post a YouTube video one day. This was the only recipe that I really wasn't a big fan of, the rest were good to great.
The next recipe I thought was really good was the Panang Curry. The thing that got me in the description was that the sauce was made of peanut butter, coconut milk, and tomato paste. YUM! As always, Chloe's recipe was simple and straightforward. However, I thought that it could have been bulked up a lot with extra greens and veggies- why not add more nutrition to all that sauce, right? I enjoyed this with a ton of lime and cilantro over rice, and ate it throughout the week. I enjoyed making this and eating this, and it inspires me to try more Thai recipes, which are my favorite cuisine but one that I often find kind of intimidating to cook myself.
I believe my exact words before trying this recipe was "Eh, burgers are always so many components and overrated, but I guess I'll give this a try." HOLY MOLY THOUGH, THESE FLAVORS DELIVERED!!! As much as I don't love the process of making a burger (sometimes you have to cook up the different components, and then you have to pan fry each burger), this one really brought the flavor with that sriracha!!! These would be great over chopped romaine, with a creamy dressing and chopped mango, too. These would impress nonvegans, because they are burgers made from whole foods, and wouldn't freak anybody out with fake meat. Love these! Tip: I definitely didn't follow all the steps here. Instead of making mango salsa and guacamole, I just put on sliced avocado, chopped mango, and squeezed lime. That saved me a bunch of time!
And now, for my faaavvvooorrriittee recipe that I made, the Matcha Chocolate Chip Muffins! I think these really should have been called Coffee Cake Muffins- because you taste the streusel, and the matcha is just for coloring. These were totally easy to whip up, and came out AWESOME! Like, made you feel like a professional displaying your baked goods, when the tops are all streusel-y and the inside is pretty and green. I will absolutely make this again, but I think it might be fun to try making mini muffins! I love the mini chocolate chips, and think it would be cute to have a little coffee cake muffin bite, no? Will make these again soon! Definitely worth bringing to friends- recommend these the most of everything!
I loved cooking from this book- and if nothing else, I hope this has shown you a great muffin recipes that you can make! I feel like I'll have to come back to this cookbook!
Have you made anything from Chloe Flavor? What recipes did you love?