July was a bit of a cray month for me personally, but I managed to cook 5 recipes from Vegan Richa's Everyday Vegan Kitchen. Vegan Richa might be best known for her Indian recipes and cookbook, but her recipes are packed with flavor and always pretty solid. So I was happy to dig into her everyday recipes cookbook, which is structured pretty uniquely. The sauce recipes are separate from the recipes that they're used in, and so I guess you choose a sauce or recipe and then go from there. There's also a breakfast and dessert section which doesn't seem to require any sauces. The 5 recipes I tried were the Brownies, Turmeric Cauliflower Rice and Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas, with Garlic Tahini Sauce, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chickpea Flour Vegetable Frittata, and Lentil Vegetable Frittata. I think my biggest takeaway is that I really love having a frittata waiting for me in the fridge for breakfast in the morning- that's my new favorite thing.
1) Richa's Brownies
The first recipe I tried was the brownies. I was wondering since summer is in full-swing, should I really be baking...? But when I bake, I get so spoiled eating a treat warm straight from the oven, that I don't even want the cooled treats. These were really tasty and worth making again. I think they'd be really good to mix into ice cream, too! Pre-vegan my mom used to make the best brownies I'd ever had, that almost tasted like a flourless chocolate cake, so I'm always on the lookout for a brownie that measures up to that. These are definitely excellent, but so far I haven't found a vegan brownie that is better than my childhood favorite.
2) Turmeric Cauliflower Rice and Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas, with Garlic Tahini Sauce
This is really 2 different recipes, if you consider the sauce recipe separate. This was a delicious meal that I was happy to have over and over again- and I love Moroccan spices. I'll be looking out for more Morrocan- spiced dishes from Vegan Richa, I don't see those flavors enough!!! Each component was really easy to make, but you might want to spread it out over a couple days or so because making this many different components gives you a lot of dishes, so there's a lot of cleanup. I bulked up this dish with fresh greens, sliced tomatoes, and roasted potatoes, and even think sweet potatoes would be another good side option. I loved this with extra lime over the top. Great recipe but maybe too much cleanup for me!
3) Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sometimes I try to make something that my gluten-free housemate can eat. And who doesn't want chocolate chip cookies?? I thought these came out so amazing, and I really liked how chewy they were. When they were cooked and flattened, you couldn't really see the chips, so I added chips in post-baking, and they got all melty and made the cookies look even more picture-perfect and more chocolatey. Chips don't really need to bake, right? These are so so good and I will absolutely keep them in mind to make again, for a gluten-free option or not, they are just good cookies!
4) Chickpea Flour Vegetable Frittata
I was really surprised at how delicious this came out! I guess Vegan Richa is really nailing the bean frittatas, as you'll see from the next recipe I made! This came out so good and the picture had tomatoes on top but not in the recipe, so I added those in before baking. This is the perfect thing to make at night on a Sunday for breakfast on a Monday morning- only problem is, these are so good that I eat them for every meal, and only last me a little more than a day. My gluten-free housemate got the recipe from me and wants to make this for herself as a savory breakfast option. Love, love, love this!
5) Lentil Vegetable Frittata
Like I said, I was having a crazy month- but I loved the other frittata so much, I decided to make a second one. This was delicious too, but admittedly, it was not as good as the first one. It tasted a little more bready than quiche-y on top, but let's be honest, I still finished this in about a day because it was so good. I kinda want to make these frittatas in muffin form, and get all the other frittata recipes from Vegan Richa!
So, to sum up, of course this is an excellent cookbook, but I'm not sure I love the setup with the sauces separate from the recipes. I did learn that Vegan Richa makes some of the best savory frittata recipes, so I learned from this cookbook that I need to scour her blog for more of those recipes... and maybe just any of her savory breakfast recipes. Feels good eating your veggies first thing, you know? Especially with a fruity smoothie to wash it down. There was not one bad recipe in the bunch and I know I'll come back to this cookbook to try some firecracker recipes, buffalo recipes, and pizza recipes, which I haven't yet tried. Looking forward to trying more recipes from her blog, as well! If I had to recommend one recipe it would definitely be the chickpea flour veggie frittata- you'll love it!
Let me know which other cookbooks you want me to review!