One Dish Vegan Book Review, Recipe, and Contest!

Mac and Thai

Mac and Thai (photo credit Robin Robertson)

When I was invited to be part of the blog tour for One Dish Vegan, I quickly said yes. Robin Robertson was one of the first authors I tested for, and it is her  husband’s company that gave life to American Vegan Kitchen, my first cookbook which led to others:  Grills Gone Vegan, Whole Grain Vegan Baking, and Vegan Sandwiches Save the  Day (the latter two with Celine Steen.) I am very grateful to both Robin and Jon for introducing me to the vegan cookbook writing world.

Robin is a prolific and influential cookbook author. I can’t begin to imagine all the people who have either dabbled in vegan cooking, or committed to it after first getting their feet wet in her books. I can only reach a fraction of the people Robin has through her cooking. Robin’s latest release, One Dish Vegan, is full of easy recipes that are perfect for weeknight cooking, which is sure to draw even more people to the V side.

The book opens with Robin’s explanation that “one-dish” doesn’t necessarily mean “one-pot”, but that when this dish is placed on the table, it is in one serving vessel. This is followed by some very helpful information about stocking a vegan kitchen, as well as cooking times for beans and grains. Then we get to the most important part of the book: the recipes. The chapters include soups, salads, stews, chili, stir-fries, pasta dishes, and baked dishes. The recipes really are easy, have short ingredient lists, and are quick to get on the table. We had the Mac and Thai and really enjoyed it. Robin and the publisher are allowing me to share the recipe with you. I subbed broccoli for the asparagus, and used the tofu option. It was hearty and an interesting take on a traditional dish. Photo credit goes to Robin herself, as our days have been rather dark for photography and I didn’t do the dish justice.

In addition to sharing the recipe, Harvard Common Press is offering a copy to one lucky blog reader! Tell me one of your favorite one dish meals in the comments, or just say “hi”! The winner will be drawn randomly next week. US and Canada shipping are ok! If you already have a collection of Robin’s books, take note that this one is massive revision of One Pot Vegetarian. Many of the revised recipes are lower in fat, contain more whole grains, and offer gluten and soy-free options. There are also many new recipes, too! I look forward to exploring lots of the International recipes for which Robin is known.

Enter today! Good luck!

Check back the next 4 weeks for 4 more cookbook contests!

Mac and  Thai

Gluten-free Option | Serves 4

Leftover pad Thai was the inspiration for this macaroni pie with Thai flavors. It actually tastes like pad Thai, so I almost called it Pad Thai Pie. Instead of the white beans, you may substitute 1 1/2 cups crumbled firm tofu, if you like. Use rice noodles to make this gluten-free.

Ingredients:

·        1 1/2 cups cooked white beans or 1 (15.5-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained

·        1/4 cup plain unsweetened almond milk or other nondairy milk

·        2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

·        5 scallions, minced

·        2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

·        1 teaspoon rice vinegar

·        1 teaspoon peanut butter

·        1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

·        Salt

·        3 cups cooked linguine or soaked rice noodles (6 to 8 ounces before cooking)

·        1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1/4 cup water

·        1/2 cup chopped red onion

·        6 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into

·        1-inch pieces

·        2 garlic cloves, minced

·        1 small carrot, peeled and shredded

·        1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

·        1 cup thinly sliced white mushrooms

·        2 tablespoons wheat-free tamari or vegan oyster sauce

·        1 tablespoon natural sugar

·        1 teaspoon Asian chili paste (optional)

·        2 tablespoons water

·        6 grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise

·        3 tablespoons crushed unsalted roasted peanuts

·        2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or Thai basil

·        Lime wedges, for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9- to 10-inch pie plate or quiche pan.

2. In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the beans, almond milk, nutritional yeast, half of the scallions, the lime juice, vinegar, peanut butter, garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until smooth, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the noodles and mix well to combine. Set aside.

3. Heat the oil or water in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4 minutes to soften. Add the asparagus, garlic, carrot, bell pepper, mushrooms, and remaining scallions. Stir in the tamari, sugar, chili paste (if using), and water. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking until the liquid has mostly evaporated. Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the noodle mixture and mix well to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.

4. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Arrange the tomato halves on top of the mixture around the outer edge of the pan in an evenly spaced circle, pressing the tomatoes lightly into the mixture. Cover loosely and bake for 45 minutes, or until bubbly. Let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle the top with the peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe © 2013 by Robin Robertson and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press

 

 

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37 Comments

  1. Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I love robin’s books— and blog tours rock because I get to find other fabulous vegan blogs to follow! Win win!

  2. lymieeatingcoconut
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    my fave one dish meal is soup.

  3. Posted November 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I love the skillet lasagna from Betty Goes Vegan!

  4. Terri Cole
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book! One of my favorite one dish meals is gnocchi, swiss chard, tomatoes, white beans plus seasonings cooked in a giant skillet.

  5. Posted November 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I live unique recipes like this, and how can you go wrong with any form of mac casserole??

  6. Danielle
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Our favorite one pot recipe is Tortellini Salad with tons of fresh veggies! I’d love to have this cookbook!!

  7. charj
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    My favorite one dish meal is Cincinnati chili.

  8. Lucie
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Currently, my favorite one-dish meal is a lovely white bean and kale soup! The Mac and Thai recipe sounds delicious~so many layers of flavors!

  9. Nancy
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m lovin mac and cheeze

  10. Katherine
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    My favorite one-dish meal is tofu marengo, a recipe I adapted from Joy of Cooking.

  11. Kelly C
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I love a good one pot beef less stew! (Wink wink)

  12. Janel M.
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love a good vegan one pot chili.

  13. Jailan
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I love almost any vegan stuffed squash recipe – so versatile, you can use leftovers very effectively and often in combination, it is real comfort food and tastes so good. Are there any in the book? I look forward to checking it out.

    Thanks

    Jailan

  14. DebbieKL
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I made a minestrone soup that was pretty good!

  15. Kate
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    My favorite one dish meal is Thai green curry tofu and veggies with jasmine rice.

  16. Liz
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Lentil soup!

  17. rachel
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    My favorite one dish meal would definitely have to be chili!

  18. Rusty M
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    So hard to pick just one but right now I’m loving casseroles. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Posted November 19, 2013 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Lentil lasagna casserole is one of my faves! :)

  20. Heather
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Beans ‘n quinoa (hi!)

  21. Lizzie
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I made stew (in the crockpot) yesterday for the first time in several years – forgot how yummy, warming, and easy it is!!

  22. Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Favorite one dish meal…probably mac-n-cheese with broccoli

  23. Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this amazing looking recipe! I love healthy recipes and I will look forward to trying it out and sharing it with my followers at TianaGustafson.com. As Arnold says “I’ll be back” :) Thanks again!

  24. Beth
    Posted November 20, 2013 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    My favorite one-dish meal right now is a bowl with soba noodles, kale, tofu and peanut ginger sauce. YUM!! :)

  25. Posted November 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I am liking the look of these revised recipes. Thank you for hosting the giveaway :)

  26. Jackie S
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    My favorite one-dish meal is a huge kale salad dressed with ume plum vinegar & avocado

  27. Jacqui Pappas
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I’d love to win this book!

  28. Allison M
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    So many favorites@ ;) … Just last night it was Spicy Coconut Sauteed Portabellas & Almonds (with sliced avocado & grape-type tomatoes, topped with mixed sprouts.) Vegan, GF, 100% Organic and delicious!

  29. Catherine
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Hello! :)

  30. Allie
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    My favorite one dish is stir fry or chili. Both always delicious, hard to mess up and easy to clean!!

  31. Jane Downes
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Fiesta Casserole — Taco flavored mix of beans, corn and tomatoes topped with a cornbread crust.

  32. Posted November 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Hello

    I have been a vegetarian for 5 decades. I was raised as a vegetarian for most of my life. Most of our dishes were influenced by several ethnic tastes. I am from Guyana, South American, of East Indian origin. Many of our home made dishes are of East Indian & Caribbean flavors, incorporating spices of Indian with a Caribbean twist in many dishes. All of them were made from organically grown fresh fruits & vegetables.

    I am living in Canada and have added another twist of Canadian Multi-Cultural tastes to my menues. I do not have any recipes available to submit as i just saw this post on the contest. I wanted to let u know that i enjoy learning new ideas on cooking different foods to tempt family’s taste buds. Thank you for sharing recipies.

    Thank you for having this website/blog to share recipes for other Vegans & Vegetarians.
    You help make the world a better place to live in for all kingdoms: minerals, animals, plants and humans.

    Ruby Ishak

  33. Erin
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    My favorite is a 3 bean cilantro salad, it’s a recipe I came up with and I could eat it all day long! :D

  34. Donna F.
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I love veggie-quinoa stir fry!

  35. Adele
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    My favorite is vegetable stew with lots of root vegetables.

  36. Jess h
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I love roasted butternut squash soup :)

  37. Melissa
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    We love casseroles!

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