Foodie Fridays: Oh She Glows

Angela Liddon is my totally my vegan chef homegirl. For one thing, she’s Canadian (based in Toronto). For another, she is supremely talented at creating dishes that do a body good while tasting damn good. After discovering her wildly popular blog a couple of years ago, I was astonished she didn’t have an official cookbook under her belt. Upon discovering one was finally being released this year, honestly, there wasn’t a cookbook I was more looking forward to acquiring. The amazing thing is, girl delivers!

Oh She Glows Cookbook Cover

Beyond being Canadian, some background on why Angela Liddon and The Oh She Glows Cookbook rock. After struggling with an eating disorder, Angela finally decided to take control of her diet by developing a healthy, loving relationship with food – turning to a plant-based diet. All of her recipes are designed to do a body good while lighting up your tastebuds; many recipes feature subtle sources of protein (hello chia seeds!), detoxifying ingredients, skin brighteners, and even good-for-your cancer fighters.

The great thing is you can dive into pretty much any recipe knowing that you’re going to come out with a meal that’s hearty, satisfying, healthy and scrumptious (although serious calorie counters should note that a detailed nutritional breakdown is not included).

Oh She Glows Crowd Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole

Photo Credit: Angela Liddon

The Oh She Glows Cookbook features over 100 recipes, the bulk of which cannot be found on the associated website. Each section features a carefully curated collection of no more than 10 recipes, making it easy for you to digest (hah) what appeals to you on any given visit to the cookbook. Perhaps most importantly, I should note that Angela Liddon is also a food photographer – and a damn good one at that. Virtually all of her recipes are accompanied by a mouthwatering photo of the finished product, giving you an idea of how that tasty Crowd Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole should not only turn out, but some creative serving options as well. Honestly, if you put this in someone’s hands and didn’t tell them it was a vegan cookbook, I think they’d be hard-pressed to imagine that it was, based on how mind-blowingly amazing the photography is.

Oh She Glows Fudgy Mocha Pudding Cake

Photo Credit: Angela Liddon

The recipes themselves include a rather hefty section of basics (including tips on how to make your own chia seed jam and nut milk!) coupled with a range of ideas for smoothies and teas, breakfasts, entrees, soups, salads, and yes, desserts, like the Fudgy Mocha Pudding Cake pictured above. It’s definitely worth noting that many of the Oh She Glows Cookbook recipes are also allergen-sensitive; you’ll find a fair number of recipes that either are, or can be made into, soy-free, nut-free or gluten-free dishes (among other factors), making this an ideal pick for the sensitive eaters on your list.

And don’t discount the fact the author is from Canada either; although she lives in Toronto and thus has pretty great access to some of the slightly more exotic ingredients on her pantry list, ultimately I had no problem finding virtually anything she references. A Canadian writer shopping in Canadian stores has a much stronger grasp on what’s readily available to us (and typically offers a lot of seasonal options as well). Just another check in the plus column!

All told, the recipes in this book look so delectable, I’ve actually got plans to cook my way through ’em. I’m trying to think of the last time I was as impressed by a cookbook as this one, but drawing a blank. Seriously. Get it. Buy it for your vegetarian friends. Buy it for your mom. Buy it for your best friend that’s on a detox regime. You won’t regret it. And now, I’m giving away a copy too! Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave me a comment by March 26, 2014 with a link back to the recipe on the Oh She Glows site that you’d most like to try, as an intro to the types of recipes this amazing cookbook contains. While you’re at it, tell me why you’re keen on winning the cookbook too!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 27, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

***Note: The Facebook bonus entry for this promotion has been removed at the request of the sponsor. Rest assured, anyone that completed this task up to this point will still receive their bonus entry into the draw. Keep your eyes peeled on my other posts as I often include other ways to rack up more entries into my giveaways!

64 Responses to “Foodie Fridays: Oh She Glows”
  1. Joan G says:

    I love trying new pasta dishes and the Lightened-Up Sundried Tomato Basic Pesto Pasta looks like something I would enjoy.

  2. Leah says:

    I’d love to try these blueberry muffins! The book world be great because although I’m not vegan I cooking vegan and healthy recipes for my family

  3. Annie Demill says:

    I’m going to make these for my husband’s work. I send in treats every Friday and I think these would be a hit. Very happy the author is Canadian, and from Toronto, so I should be able to find all the ingredients no problem. This is a big plus for me and main reason I would want the book.

  4. Susan says:

    The recipe I would most like to try is the Turtle Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans, Chocolates, and Medjool Dates. I need to eat healthier and the recipes in this book would certainly help!

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love this cookbook for ideas of recipes for healthy eating. I’d love to try one of the Breakfast bar recipes, like the Banana Bread Muffin Tops.

  6. Laura says:

    This would be the perfect breakfast recipe:
    I don’t consider myself to be a bad cook, I’m just inexperienced and tend to make the same trusted dishes over and over. This book/recipes would be a welcome addition to my kitchen.

  7. erin mcsweeney says:

    I would love to try the sinless sticky toffe pecan pudding…yum

  8. Katie says:

    I have been following Angela’s blog for a number of years, so having the cookbook would be a dream! I have accumulated a list of recipes that I am dying to try, so it’s a hard choice to make for this contest, but I’m going to have to go with the giant upside down apple pancake

  9. Leah M says:

    I’m gonna try these
    They look delicious

  10. Pam says:

    I’d really like to try some vegan recipies

  11. Pamela Bodnar says:

    Everytime I visit the most popular recipes on the blog I always stop to admire this one. I haven’t tried it yet, but I most certainly will. I want this book so bad because the recipes are amazing and the writer has so much personality behind it.


    These look super delicious. I’d love to win this book for my mom, who has egg and dairy allergies!

  13. Pat says:

    apple butter is always filled with sugar and this looks so yummy and healthy! i love the creative, wholesome recipes she has created and would use the book to cook delicious and healthy food for my friends and family!

  14. Susan T. says:

    I would try the Jumbo Chickpea Pancake because I love breakfast and don’t like anything sweet.
    My whole family is trying to eat healthier so this cookbook would be perfect!

  15. Jessica Lord says:

    i’d love to try some new healthy eating recipes

  16. Susan T. says:

    I like Penguin Canada on Facebook as Susan Terendy. My comment on their wall:

  17. ikkinlala says:

    One recipe I’d like to try is the Sweet Potato Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole ( I’d love to win the cookbook so I can get some new ideas about what to cook when I have people on restricted diets over.

  18. I’m so touched by your kind words..thanks for this gorgeous review!! xoxo, Angela

  19. Stephanie says:

    I want to try this soup since it’s still so cold out. I want to win the cookbook to try new recipes she had in it!

  20. Jacky says:

    These no-bake protein bars look tasty and nutritious!

    Some of the recipes from the blog are my staples so I’d love to win this cookbook and find more gems!

  21. pjacky says:

    Here is my Facebook comment!

  22. Genevieve says:

    Oh She Glows is one of my favourite food blogs, and I know I would love all of the recipes in the cookbook! I’ve been wanting to try her butternut squash pasta sauce ( and I also want to make her recent blueberry banana muffins! (

  23. Andrea says:

    The next recipe I’m going to try is the zucchini bread oatmeal!

  24. Jo says:

    I’d like to try

    I’m keen on winning this prize b/c i’m a huge fan of this website. It’s been a regular go-to for recipe’s & info on my journey to healthy eating

  25. Elizabeth Phillips says:

    This is a recipe she just posted a few weeks ago and it’s at the top of my “must make” list!

  26. Stephanie says:

    Oh. my. gosh. this looks amazing! Love making cupcakes and what better way to try and incorporate vegan recipes into my diet than something that has chocolate.

  27. Alison K says:

    The recipe on the Oh She Glows site that I’d most like to try, as an intro to the types of recipes this amazing cookbook contains would be Angela’s Sugar-Free Apple Pie Chia Seed Jam I’m keen on winning the cookbook too ‘cos I’m always looking for new recipes to eat healthy & these look delicious!

  28. cookie3 says:

    The recipe I’d most like to try is This would be a good protein rich meal or appetizer for my vegetarian daughter & son-in-law when they come to visit.

  29. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d like to try the Back On Track Green Monster!!

  30. Andrea K says:

    As an athlete always trying to get more healthy protein…this would be my first kick at it! Thanks!

  31. Catherine says:

    I feel like I’m the last to hop on the chia bandwagon so I’d like to try this:

    And also one of the reasons why I’d love to win this book!!! Plus a lot of my friends have it and have been raving and posting awesome looking recipes!

  32. Elizabeth D. says:

    I would love to try the vegan shepherd’s pie – . I’ve been following “Oh She Glows” on Facebook for a couple of years now and I’m always so inspired by her recipes. I’d love to be able to check out her cookbook.

  33. Laura H. says:

    I’d like to try her vegan nutella which I must have missed when she first posted it!

  34. Megan says:
    Need to try these!! I should win because I just recently went vegan and overcame an ED so I would love to have a book like this to inspire me even more 🙂

  35. Kaysia says:

    These look amazing, I think I’ll make them this afternoon:

    I always love seeing Angela’s photos on her site, and her recipes are always tasty. Would love to win this cookbook!

  36. Tina MacIntyre says:

    I would love to win the book and will be making these healthy bars for all of us, especially for my daughter’s four-hour synchro swimming training sessions:

  37. Madeline says:

    I’m planning on making this soon: And I’d love to win her cookbook because every recipe I’ve made from her site has been delicious!

  38. Ms. Flâneuse says:

    Right now I am most interested in her most recent post for this Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal. I’ve been experimenting with baked oatmeal the past few years and I *love* carrot cake, so this is definitely one I’m going to try: I would *love* to win this cookbook. I’m seeing it everywhere so if I don’t win it, I’m going to just have to buy it, I’ve heard so many great things about it 🙂

  39. Lori says:

    I would love to try her black bean deip:
    I would love to win her cookbook- she is my fave food blogger and I love that she’s Canadian 🙂

  40. Jacqui says:

    I’d love to try this recipe of her take on the cookie dough blizzard!!:

    I have been wanting to incorporate more plant based foods into my diet. I think winning this cookbook would really give me some insight and help me out! Would love to win!

  41. Julia says:

    I would love to take the time to make this amazing chocolaty torte:
    And I love all of Oh She Glows’ recipes so I know that this cookbook is awesome!

  42. Abby says:

    I’ve been reading her posts for ages! So excited about the book and definitely want to try this:

  43. Shannon Koebel says:

    I would love to try Angela’s latest recipe, Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal!

    I would love to win the cookbook so I can continue on my new adventures in healthy eating and cooking!! All the recipes sound wonderful and I’m exciting to try to get my fiance to start eating more healthy too 🙂

  44. bfb277 says:

    This cookbook sounds amazing!

  45. Jenn says:

    I’ve recently begun following Angela’s blog and just love it and the recipes I’ve tried. I have to say that her recipes are some of the best vegan/vegetarian/healthy ones I’ve ever tried……and ones that even my kids will eat without complaint!!?! I also love the fact that she uses regular everyday ingredients that are easy to find and affordable, and also provides variations on many of her recipes. This recipe has been on my list to try soon:
    I would love to win this cookbook and discover even more delicious recipes to feed my family!

  46. Stephanie says:

    The Oh She Glows recipe I’d most like to try is The Carrot Cake Oatmeal ( Oatmeal is my fave breakfast and I love trying new flavour combos! I’d love to win a copy of the cookbook because I’m trying to cook and eat more wholesome foods and this cookbook could help a lot!!

  47. Caitlin Vail says:

    I have been following Oh She Glows for almost a year now. This blog has changed my life. I have been vegetarian for most of my life, and vegan for most of the past 3 years, but I have always struggled with finding a recipe book that is not laden with meat substitutions, sugar, and other junky foods. She has created a blog and cookbook that is exactly perfect for my lifestyle. I would be a very proud recipient of her cookbook and would get everyday use of it. My current weekly menu plan consists of breakfast, lunch, and dinners all from her blog. I can’t wait to try her most recent carrot cake baked oatmeal!

    Thank you Angela for sharing your journey and inspiring others to eat for pleasure while fueling the body.

  48. Carol M says:

    I’d like to try One Bowl Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    I’d love to win as the recipes look delish and I’m a cookbook junkie.

  49. Kayleigh says:

    I really desperately want to try this once I get a decent food processor:

    I’d love to win this cookbook because everyone of Angela’s recipes that I’ve ever made have been fantastic, and I keep coming back to her site to check how to make them over and over – which is very rare for me. This is a cookbook that I would actually use!

  50. diane p says:

    I’d love to try the Easy Flaked Almond “Tuna” Salad. Winning this book would help me feed the 3 vegan members of my family.

  51. megnorris says:

    I’m a huge fan of Angela’s website and all the recipes of hers that I’ve tried. I cook vegan meals at home and would LOVE to win this cookbook! The recipe from the Oh She Glows website that I’ve been really wanting to try is the Lightened Up Spring Stuffing ( Stuffing is one of my favourite dishes but not so much a springtime dish.

  52. Doris says:

    I’d like to win this cookbook because at age 54, I want to learn how to eat healthy but HAPPY too. Every recipe I’ve seen inspires me to continue to strive for health. I can’t wait to try the recipe below..mmmm comfort food.

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