Book Review: The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family

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I've been really into reading & listening to more books lately while I knit & thought that you might be interested in some reviews of the ones that have caught my eye. None of the reviews are sponsored & I've paid for the books myself. I'm just selecting titles that I'm interested in & writing my honest opinion on them as I finish the books. Links in these posts are affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase through one of my links, you don't pay any extra, but I get a small amount of money for sending you to the site where you made your purchase. (It's a nice way to say thank you for pointing you towards a new favorite book.)

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Shaina ^_^


I absolutely love this book both for reading straight through and for diving into the recipes. Rich & Julie have done an excellent job of making a plant-based lifestyle not only super easy & accessible to anyone (including families with small, sometimes picky children), they've also managed to include the importance of ethical sourcing & thoughtful eating without feeling preachy or judgmental. On top of all of this, the recipes are absolutely delicious & crazy easy!

Julie (Rich's co-author & wife) is the mastermind in the kitchen & her cooking style is quick & easy with amazing attention to detail in the blending of flavors & infusing her creations with love & positivity. I've been cooking my way through the book & even my carnivore husband has been gobbling up the delicious meals that have resulted from this book. She uses easy to source ingredients & most recipes serve 4-6 so our family of 3 usually has enough for 1 meal & lunch leftovers the following day.

I highly recommend making a double batch of her veggie burgers on the weekend as they save really well in the fridge & are perfect for snacking on or supplementing a smaller meal during the week. We wrapped our in blanched collards & each of us added the toppings we liked best. Mine had jalapeño sauerkraut, lemony dressing, walnut parmesan & a little dijon mustard. Dan had Chipotle mayo & walnut parmesan. Cairo, our 5 year-old, just dipped his in a lot of catsup, lol. Add a big side salad or a side of fresh veggies like carrots & bell pepper slices & they make for a really filling & energizing meal that you can be happy to feed your family.

I'm still working my way through the rest of the recipes, but I just couldn't wait any longer to share my review. There are also recipes for a bunch of sauces, soups, salads, smoothies, hearty meals & even desserts that are packed with nutrients & healthy whole foods. Raw apple pie sweetened with dates, anyone? I'm making the peanut butter cookies for the guys this weekend & I'm sure they'll be a hit!

Favorite Quotes

“And at the end of the day, there is nothing but the journey. Because destination is pure illusion.”

"We are all capable of so much more than we allow ourselves to be... So let’s hit reset. Let's begin anew the process of stepping into that person we always wanted, and deserve, to be."

“...pursuing life premised on faith and passion isn't about thinking - it's what thinking was designed to prevent. It's not logical in any way, shape, or form... A terrifying reveal of 'identity' as pure fiction - mere stories we tell ourselves about who we are and why we do what we do to comfort us against the paralyzing unknowable - that forces us and others to confront the truth about choices made.”

“As consumers we vote with our dollar. That money spent is a reflection of our values. So ask yourself this: What am I voting for? Who am I and what do I truly stand for?”

“Rather than flog yourself over a slip, embrace it as simply an integral part of the process of change. Punish yourself and you've just made a second mistake - because holding yourself to an unrealistic standard... is a pattern that can lead to defeatism. A shame spiral that can take you out of the game altogether. And the game is all about long-term sustainability over short-term temporary gains.”

“know that you are loved simply for your presence, the way you are right now, in this moment.”

“Be free and unencumbered in your cooking style. Break the rules like a rock star! My point is that there is no right or wrong—only infinite possibilities to embrace and explore. If you attempt something that doesn’t quite work, it’s still a valuable experience—congratulations for trying! Don’t sweat the details. Choose to fail and learn something new.”

"Because in creativity, there are no mistakes - only new ways of creating."

“And to all those out there who feel stuck, lost, in a rut, or just unable to transcend habits or behaviors that no longer serve you, understand that we are with you. You are all an integral and vital part of this movement. Keep rising. We are with you in each breath and in every moment. This book is for you.”

Recommended For

Foodies, wanna-be-vegans, people who are health-consious, anyone trying to improve themselves and/or the world in general.

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