Here's a little something that I made that never made it to my blog, despite being delicious. It's Penne with Artichokes, Walnuts, and Olives from Quick Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson, a book that has never let me down during the short time I've had it so far -- the recipes are, indeed, easy, quick, and like in this case, something I could make using stuff I already had in my pantry. I stock my pantry insanely-full, though, maybe other people have to go to the store to pick up a can of artichokes or something.
Just for fun, I took the book The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn from the library recently. He sure doesn't need to convince me that a plant-strong, whole-foods diet without animal protein is the way to go, so I just skimmed the first sections and went straight to the recipes. I like that he's got fat free salad dressing recipes in there.
The only thing I made from it so far, though, has been his Healthy Homemade Hummus, which contains no tahini or oil and, therefore, no fat. But guess what? It tasted pretty bad. So I added about a tablespoon of tahini and a teaspoon of oil, as well as about a cup of kalamata olives. Now it's OK, and still far lower in fat than most hummus. I think I'll stick with full-fat hummus, although he's got me convinced I can lower the fat by adding some water or veggie broth instead of the entire amounts of oil or tahini called for.
His recipe ideas are certainly nothing new for the already-vegan crowd, but it's still interesting to look through it. But I would recommend to anyone who wants to follow this type of diet to pick up The Happy Herbivore instead, because it comes out of the blogging world, where creating delicious and creative recipes is so highly-valued, rather than out of the diet world, where it's most important to just have recipes that precisely fit the bill of what is called for in that diet.