Everyday Vegan Eats Review & Giveaway!

So I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I have too many cookbooks, I know, I know, I probably should have figured that out ages ago but I’ve only recently had to start stacking them since the shelf is too small. What can I say, I love me a good cookbook 😉 When the cookbooks you haven’t opened start outweighing the ones you have, you know you’re collection is too big. There are some fantastic books I’ve purchased over the years where I’ve had all kinds of great expectations of lavish meals I was going to make, but in the end have barely even cracked them. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with these books, they’re great books! But sometimes (or more like most of the time) I don’t want to make a lavish meal, I want something that’s delicious, quick and pantry friendly. Which is why I was happy to add one more contender to the shelf, Everyday Vegan Eats.EVE Final Front Cover 72dpi


This is the kind of cookbook I can go to again and again. You know, the kind of book that quickly becomes lovingly stained and worn from overuse. I had been following Zsu Dever’s blog over at Zsu’s Vegan Pantry for a while, so when she made mention that she was starting her first endeavor into cookbook writing, I jumped at the chance to get on board! I was already a fan of all the delicious creations she was whipping up on her blog, so of course I couldn’t wait to see what recipes she had tucked away for her book. With a focus on family friendly fare, Zsu’s book is filled with colorful photos and recipes that can become staples in any kitchen. Luckily I took photos of some of the recipes I helped test and I’m excited to finally share them.

First up, we have Classic-Style Benedicts. Are you shocked that I started with a brunch item? 😉 Although Zsu suggests using her tofu bacon, being the lazy gal that I am I used some store bought bacon. Soft fried tofu and bacon on top of toasted English muffins, covered in a rich tangy hollandaise sauce. These were mighty tasty. I liked that Zsu used mayo in her hollandaise sauce, as it adds a richness that was lacking in some other recipes I’ve tried. I would definitely like to try it with the homemade bacon next time, since as it turns out, the store bought stuff tastes like dried up salty cardboard.D6C_1844
It’s funny how I went from someone who had no idea what Pad Thai was to being someone who can’t get enough of the damn stuff! I’ll be honest and say that I have no idea what traditional Pad Thai consists of as I never tried it in my omni days. Whether it’s traditional or not, this has become one of my favorites recipes to make! Not only is it totally doable for a weeknight meal, but it’s filled with so many delicious things. Rice noodles, tofu scramble, bean sprouts, veggies. Topped with a squeeze of lime, salted peanuts and spicy Sriracha, this is one delicious recipe.D6C_2689
The Muffuletta-Inspired Salad intrigued me as I’ve never had a muffuletta sandwich before. This one took a little more planning as you need to make an olive salad and let it marinate, but luckily if you’re short on time, a store bought version will do as well. As it turns out, I’m a big fan of  muffuletta-inspired things! This salad had so much flavor, with briny bits of olive in every bite. Delicious blackened tempeh, crunchy croutons and vegan sausage make for a filling and satisfying meal. Who says you can’t win friends with salad?D6C_1948
I was super excited to see a recipe for Greek Gyros in Tzatziki Sauce, as I used to love gyros. The recipe gives you a choice of making it with seitan, soy curls or marinated tofu, and as I’m always trying to get myself on the seitan band wagon, I decided to give it a go. The tangy, garlicky marinade for the seitan really helps disguise that wheat flavour, which is normally the one thing I’m not a fan of when it comes to seitan. It’s then fried up into crispy delicious strips and tucked inside a pita, along with some tomato, lettuce, cucumber and a homemade tzatziki sauce. Although I enjoyed mine during the winter, this would make for a fresh and flavorful summer meal. D6C_1872
You know what one of my favorite things is? Sandwiches. You know what else? Sauerkraut. Since the Deli Reuben combines two of my favorite things, passing it up would have been a crime against humanity. This turned out to be exactly how it looks, a crunchy, gooey, delicious mess. I went with seitan again and although I wasn’t a big fan of it on its own, within in the sandwich it was the perfect choice. Along with some vegan cheese, a homemade thousand island dressing and pickles (duh!), this sandwich made me one happy girl.
Last up is the recipe for Cold Sesame Soba Noodles. This is another dish that came together super quickly. I’ll admit that I was a bit hesitant about the amount of oil in this one, and I ain’t no oil phob, but once you mix in all the noodles and veggies, it ended up being the perfect amount. I really enjoyed the subtle tang the vinegar adds to the dish, and along with the toasted sesame oil it’s just so delicious! To heft this baby up a bit and turn it into more of a dinner meal, I cooked up some chili tofu to go with it. Many noms were had.
Seeing as how I can’t leave you empty handed after gushing on and on about the recipes, you can enter for a chance to win your very own shiny new copy of Everyday Vegan Eats! June 15, 2014. Contest is now closed. Thanks for playing!

Congratulations to Gabrielle for winning a copy of Everyday Vegan Eats!! Her go-to meal sounds mighty delicious, and much better then my old standby of sammiches, it seems I need to kick it up a notch 🙂Screen-Shot-2014-06-17-at-9.18.39-PM



64 thoughts on “Everyday Vegan Eats Review & Giveaway!

  1. Cadry's Kitchen says:

    I already have a copy of this awesome book, and so don’t include me in the running. However, I still had to comment because your pictures are GORGEOUS! You’ve definitely piqued my interest on some more recipes I need to try pronto. I made the gyros as well but with tofu, and they were mighty delicious and great for summer, like you said.

  2. Megan Jones says:

    I’m not a vegan but I would like to convert. I am a pescetarian, who recently gave up dairy and eggs. Next is seafood. I’ve been researching all kinds of vegan recipes the last couple of weeks. The Reuben looks awesome. I’ve tried my own version with maple tempeh, peppered tofurky, sauerkraut, spicy creole mustard, and pickles in a whole wheat pita pocket. Am looking forward to trying more vegan dishes!

  3. Kathy Lowe says:

    What great descriptions and photos of these recipes. I can’t wait to try some as I’m always looking for something easy, quick and tasty. Most nights I will have a salad adding some rice and beans right on top. It’s definitely my go to dinner.

  4. Jody Noller says:

    Hi! I am new to your blog but love all the amazing recipes. I am a single dad and would love to win a copy of this book! My go to meal would have to be kidney beans, quinoa and broccoli along with a salad. With my daughter in college things are very tight but I like to make cheap nourishing meals as much as I can. It’s especially important now because I was just diagnosed with Lyme disease- and even after being treated with antibiotics Lyme holds on and finds ways to make life difficult. I am incorporating far more raw juice and fruits/veggies along with turmeric which I hope will help. Thanks for all you very cool recipes!!

  5. Kate Tennant says:

    I love to make burrito bowls; they are so quick, easy, and delicious! Quinoa or rice, topped with black beans, pinto beans, or kidney beans, and lots of fresh veggies, salsa and avocado. Whatever I have on hand!

  6. gpope says:

    Definitely broiled tofu, a pile of veg, and some noochy sauce, or an Asian sauce, or tahini miso sauce! Wild mushrooms and lots of garlic are invited to the party. 🙂

  7. Deanne O says:

    My go to meal is whole wheat angel hair pasta with olive oil, lots of garlic and fresh basil chiffonade. So simple and so delicious

  8. Christine says:

    This is really embarrassing but my weeknight meal is a veggie burger from the store topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms. I make a baked potato on the side but I bake it really long so it is super crispy then scoop out the insides and salt the insides and eat the skin only. Clearly, I need some ideas…. 😉

  9. Val says:

    I’d love to win this book!
    My weeknight go-to dinner is brown rice & lentils cooked together in the rice cooker. Together with some steamed broccoli and other veggies, it’s a quick complete meal! 😉

  10. Sandy Zimmer says:

    Lately all I have is a Fruit Smoothie for dinner mixed berries, cherries, acai juice, almond milk, and a little agave. It’s so thick I have to eat it with a spoon. I get really hot at work and this rehydrates me. Plus so filling, I’m not going back to the fridge later for something else to eat.

  11. Elsie says:

    Pizza, I make the dough in advance in my bread machine then freeze for later. I love using whatever I have left in my refrigerator.

  12. Jessica Eagle says:

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway 🙂 It is really appreciated.

    My weeknight go-to meal is usually a salad with lentils or other beans, different kind of vegetables and a creamy dressing made of avocado or something tangy with lots of greens (mesclun, spinach, kale, etc.). I always enjoy a big bowl of vegetable soup. I’m in love with soup…hi hi !!! And salad, so…!!

  13. sourcedecay700 says:

    My favourite go-to meal is what I call skillet slop. I make up some rice in the rice cooker and then saute vegetables and plant protein (lately it has been beans) together in a skillet. Add whatever spices strike my fancy and serve. Takes about 20 minutes and is delicious.

  14. Liz says:

    How did this cookbook slip past me? I troll Amazon for new ones continuously. I’m an addict. Straight up. And, this one looks awesome. I’m struggling to find recipes that my vegetarian boyfriend with an aversion to most vegetable will like. The guy lives on pizza. As for my go-to meal? Well… I get a CSA box, so on busy weeknight so often just make a massive stir fry and whip up a suace from one of my cookbooks. 🙂

  15. Carla says:

    At the moment I’ve been falling back on salad with avocado, pan roasted potatoes and another vege – what ever I have in the fridge!

  16. Jim Columbia says:

    Every weekend I make my wide Vegan waffles… her favorites are Pumpkin Spice Latte waffles. The cookbook looks amazing… thank you for the opportunity.

  17. Amanda H says:

    Great Contest – this could definitely add to my repertoire! My go to weekday meal is stir fry – healthy, delicious, and very easy/quick to make. The flavor and taste of the meal change totally based on the veggies and sauce used. My favorite is Broccoli, ginger, garlic, matchstick carrots, spinach, etc with some coconut aminos, little ac vinegar, and splash of lemon! Yum and quick! Can eat it with rice, cauliflower rice, noodles, anything that fits your fancy!

  18. Amanda says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous and I love how strong your voice is in your writing! 🙂

    My go-to is some sort of pasta with a pan sauce and whatever veggies I have in the fridge or freezer!

  19. Sarah says:

    This book looks fabulous!
    Lately our go-to dinner is pasta with some improvised creamy pasta sauce (almond meal is my secret ingredient so far) and a medley of roast vegetables.

  20. Moon says:

    In the cold weather, my go to meal is soup or chili. I love that a few ingredients can fill us for one evening and usually give me lunch for a few days too.

    When it’s warm, tacos or lentil sloppy joes.

    I want this book so bad, fingers crossed that I win!

  21. Moon says:

    Oh, also, super happy this giveaway is available in Canada! I’ve seen a few on blogs for this book but all were US only!

  22. Aimee B. says:

    My go-to meal is generally some kind of stir fry. They always go together quickly with whatever I have on hand. 🙂

  23. Barbara Bogard says:

    Go to meal is whatever veggies I have in the refrigerator cooked in the wok, served over quinoa or rice.

  24. Jillian Haggerty says:

    My go to meal is usually a “buddha bowl”: a grain or root veggie, steamed greens, avocado, tofu or tempeh and a delicious sauce – my favorites are tahini sauce or a cashew cream sauce. This book looks fantastic! I would love to own a copy!

  25. Giselle Wedemire says:

    If we’re short on time, I really like making the Southern Bowl from ‘The Vegan Stoner Cookbook’. (But the recipe in the book is quite bland and doesn’t make a whole lot of food, so I double the recipe and add a bunch of spices to beef it up. It turns out so well and makes the best leftovers, too!)

  26. Rusty M says:

    My usual right now (when I’m in a hurry is a fruit/veggie smoothie in the VitaMix but I would love to have this cookbook. I’m licking the screen here! Thanks for the chance.

  27. C. Fuller says:

    A quick go-to meal is frozen veggie dumplings but would love to be able to throw together something that looks as good as the photos!

  28. Sharon Gaines says:

    I started following you about a week ago. Because of IBS, I am already dairy, gluten and caffeine free. I want to be vegan. I have tried several vegan cookbooks, but haven’t found one that has more than one or two recipes I like. The few recipes you have chose to highlight look wonderful and worth a try. My favorite vegan meal (mine own recipe, LOL) is baked sweet potato with salsa on top. Thanks for your blog.

  29. marystestkitchen says:

    OMG Megan your pics are amazing. I am just sitting here being hungry and DROOLING over them. When I don’t know what to make for dinner, I default to mushroom soup and garlic bread. Why? Because I always have mushrooms. ^.^

  30. Gabrielle Smith says:

    Great post with inspiring photos! Probably three nights a week I come home from work and make a giant salad with greens and cukes, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, spring onions and whatever I’ve bought at the farmers market on Saturday, and top with hemp hearts and maybe Gardein crispy tenders.

  31. Tess S. says:

    Those dishes look delicious! My go to evening meal is a rice bowl with whatever veggies and legumes I have hanging around. Throw in a sauce of some kind and I’m good to go.

  32. Allison Lakomski says:

    My weeknight go-to is salad, especially in the summer! So many great fresh fruits and veggies available this time of year and lately our CSA has been loaded with wonderful leafy greens. It’s easy to have variety just by mixing up the ingredients (and the colors make for great photos).

  33. Lizzie says:

    My go to is my favorite easy, delicious pasta dish – rotini, lots of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, steamed broccoli, and some tender bits tossed in. A standard in my house!

  34. Sharon Gjertsen says:

    My ‘go to meal’ is Ramen noodles with my vegetable broth, spices, nutritional yeast flakes, frozen or fresh veggies and a ‘chicken’ alternative like Morningstar or Beyond Meat Strips

  35. Heather (@heheher717) says:

    I don’t have a ton of vegan recipes that are my “go tos” and usually just end up having a salad for dinner. I would love a new cookbook to give me some new ideas for dinner! Usually, I just find something I will eat and then get stuck in a rut of eating just that…

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