Foodie Fridays: The UnDiet Cookbook
Happy almost Halloween folks! This is an overdue on my part on two fronts. First, I haven’t done a Foodie Fridays post in forever. Second, I wanted to feature this delightful cookbook as part of Vegetarian Awareness Month, and judging by the fact it’s the end of the month, we are at the tail end of said month.
Anyway! I’m happy to share The UnDiet Cookbook with you. Penned by Meghan Telpner, nutritionist and author behind UnDiet, this healthy cookbook picks up where her wellness-focused approach to eating, living and cooking leaves off. If you haven’t read UnDiet yet, admittedly you might be slightly less excited about this release, but the good news is there’s a helpful, hearty introduction to the book that recaps a lot of Meghan’s philosophies. There’s also a helpful intro to cooking guide for novice chefs and those that are newer to Meghan’s type of cooking, which covers things like which oils are ideal for healthier cooking.
The cookbook itself is actually gluten-free and dairy-free, and generally vegan-friendly with options to customize dishes to suit your personal tastes or goals when eating. Maybe you want more protein. Maybe you’re allergic to nuts. Whatever the case, this scrumptious cookbook is as flexible as it is flavourful.
Now onto the food itself my friends. The book kicks off with beverages and breakfast, designed to clear your skin, shine up your hair (Healthy Hair Tonic), and make you feel nice and full. Every recipe highlights the prep and cook times (which I so appreciate), as well as how many people it’ll serve. Plus there are handy icons on every recipe that identify who it’s suitable for and plenty of swap ’em out suggestions. For example, that TLT (Tempeh, Lettuce and Tomato) Deluxe Sandwich on the left above can be easily changed up with turkey bacon for you carnivores out there.
Many of the recipes also feature fun little factoids about how you’re treating your body better by using certain ingredients. Anyway, after breakfast, we move onto an impressive selection of dips, crackers and snacks, which is interesting because I always thought crackers were impossible to make at home, but Meghan offers tons of yummy options like Chickpea Cumin Crackers. There’s also some cool twists on old faves, like the Creamy Zucchini Hummus. We then jump into anything-but-standard soups, salads, and sides, plus a great collection of creative main dish ideas, like Quinoa Stuffed Artichoke. I also love that so much of the cookbook involves recipes that work together. Make the cashew cheese once, use it multiple times!
And before you go thinking this book is all about gnoshing down on healthy eats, rest assured, there’s plenty of sweet treats and tasty ideas within these pages. Don’t believe me? Try the Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream or Cinnamon-Spiked brownies.
Amazingly there’s even a concluding section about wellness and beauty ideas, which incredibly easy recipes for everything from toothpaste to an herbal bath (which for the record, makes a great gift in and of itself.
Want to try one of Meghan’s recipes for yourself? I’m excerpting the Chocolate, Chocolate, Say It Twice Pancakes below!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes (or 5–8 minutes per set of pancakes)
Makes 8–10 pancakes
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg or 1 serving Chia Paste (page 205 in The UnDiet Cookbook)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/3 cup organic unsweetened organic applesauce or Simple Applesauce (page 204 in The UnDiet Cookbook)
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil or organic ghee, softened
- 1 Tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips
Make It Like So
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. The sifting is a bit tedious, but it does help with the pancake fluff factor. (You can skip it if you want, though.)
- In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. If your coconut oil is solid, you may wish to warm it over the stove to liquefy it. (Sometimes I’ll totally cheat and throw all the wet ingredients into the blender.)
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix, and then stir in the chocolate chips. If you like your pancakes on the thinner side, add a little more water to the batter. It doesn’t take much to thin the mix, so be careful. You don’t want your pancakes to become a runny mess.
- Heat your skillet to medium heat and dollop on some coconut oil or ghee. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter at a time into the hot skillet. Once you see bubbles start to form, it’s time to flip these babies over. The trick with pancakes is to keep the heat high enough to cook them through, but not so high that it burns the outside while the inside is left raw. Once you find the right spot on your stove, take note! Let the pancakes sit for 5 minutes before serving. This helps them firm up in the middle.
- Serve with your favorite toppings. I love shredded unsweetened, dried, shredded coconut, ground flax, ground goji berries, and a drizzle of Special Syrup (page 205 in The UnDiet Cookbook).
Excerpted from The UnDiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life by Meghan Telpner. Copyright © 2015 Meghan Telpner. Photography Copyright © 2015 Maya Visnyei and Catherine Farquharson. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Random House of Canada Ltd., a Penguin Random House Company. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Foodie Fridays post without a giveaway! I’m giving away one copy of this healthy, hearty cookbook to a lucky reader. Here’s how to enter:
1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by November 15, 2015 telling me what recipe that I mentioned in this post you’re most interested in tasting for yourself.
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 November 16, 2015 to select the winner, 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.
4) Bonus Entry: Tweet about this giveaway tagging @RandomHouseCA + @cdngiftguide + @meghantelpner and linking back to this post. Leave a link to your Tweet in a separate comment below.