Coconut Bok Choy Soup and Awesome Vegan Soups Cookbook Review

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Coconut Bok Choy Soup and Awesome Vegan Soups Cookbook Review

Coconut Bok Choy Soup and Awesome Vegan Soups Cookbook Review
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This soup. Where to even begin? Oh yeah. I know. The cookbook where I found it! You guys; this cookbook is one that I am going to wear out. The binding will eventually go, and I will need to get it rebound so I can keep using it. Since getting this cookbook, I have made several of the recipes for myself, my husband, and friends. All of us have loved each one of them.

Coconut Bok Choy Soup with Vermicelli Vegan soup from Awesome Vegan Soups by Vanessa Croessmann The Artful Appetite
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When Vanessa from the blog Vegan Family Recipes reached out asking for reviews of her new cookbook, I jumped at the chance. Number one, it’s soup season (which is ALL YEAR people!). 😉 Number two, it’s features exclusively plant-based recipes. Number three, as a visual person, the photos were gorgeous and I knew I wanted to try the recipes.

There are many reasons I like this cookbook. It is organized beautifully by season with a bonus section that includes simple recipes for various garnishes and toppings. The ingredients are familiar. Even though I am not one to shy away from trying new things, I have to be honest: recipes that include familiar and few ingredients make in onto my menu plans more often. Time is a hot commodity around here, after all!

Coconut Bok Choy Soup with Vermicelli Vegan soup from Awesome Vegan Soups by Vanessa Croessmann The Artful Appetite

Another reason I love this book? The photos. They are lovely. Nearly each of the 80 recipes has its own gorgeous full page image. This make such a difference to me. Pictures really are worth a thousand words in this case. And as my husband says, you take the first bite with your eyes. When I am menu planning, I just flip through the book (in the proper season category!) and see what grabs my attention.

The nutritional information is included for each recipe. This is useful information to see just how nutritional these fantastic plant-based recipes are. (YES. There is protein! Plants have plenty of protein.) 😉 Each recipe also tells you the exact yield. Knowing this, I intentionally doubled some of the recipes, which worked out beautifully.

Coconut Bok Choy Soup with Vermicelli Vegan soup from Awesome Vegan Soups by Vanessa Croessmann The Artful Appetite

As someone who does, in fact, love menu planning, this cookbook is a dream. As I have already mentioned, I can peruse by season or by flipping through and seeing the gorgeous photos. Another really useful way to search is by ingredient in the index. Say you have a CSA share and you pick up this week’s box of goodies and there are 5,000 beets. What the heck. What are you going to do with all of them? One can only eat so many roast beets, after all. Well, if you flip to the index of this cookbook, you will find four different, all delicious, soups that you can try. Win!

My husband and I do our best to follow a plant-based, healthy diet. I would say that we do a pretty darn good job. We are both very healthy and here to tell you that eating plant-based doesn’t have to be difficult or not delicious. This book helps prove that fact. This is not a book “just for vegans”. Mmm mmm. No way. This book is for everyone who loves delicious food. The bonus is that they are all healthy recipes! Vanessa gives a beautiful description of the benefits of a whole food plant-based way of eating. I completely agree with everything she says about it.

You can find the cookbook here for purchase.

Now hurry up and order it so you can make more soup! If you still aren’t sure, try this recipe. It was hard to choose just one recipe to show you here. This coconut bok choy soup with vermicelli was super easy and quick to make. And, it should go without saying, positively delicious. Both my husband and I loved it.

Recipe reprinted with the permission from “Awesome Vegan Soups” by Vanessa Croessmann.

Coconut Bok Choy Soup with Vermicelli Vegan soup from Awesome Vegan Soups by Vanessa Croessmann The Artful Appetite

Coconut Bok Choy Soup with Vermicelli

Bok choy is easily found in the winter, but it is usually added to dishes as a side note. I wanted this easy soup to really highlight the bok choy, without it being overwhelming. It’s a fairly light soup that I like making as a quick lunch. My kids love slurping the vermicelli. If you omit or wait until the end to add the red Thai pepper to your soup, it's actually quite mild and kid-friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz (226 g) baby bok choy
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp grated, fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp grated, fresh turmeric (alternatively use 1/4 tsp dried turmeric)
  • 1 red Thai pepper, chopped, plus more, sliced, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) lime juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 1 (13.5 oz [400 ml]) can coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 oz (57 g) mung bean vermicelli
  • bean sprouts, for garnish
  • cilantro, for garnish

Directions

  1. Cut off the root ends of the bok choy, remove the leaves and chop them. Set them aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat and add the ginger, garlic, lemon zest, lime zest, turmeric and red Thai pepper. Cook for 2 minutes before adding the lime juice and chopped bok choy, then cook for another 2 minutes. Add the water, coconut milk and salt and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Season the soup with more salt to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, pour boiling water over the vermicelli and let it sit for 5 minutes or until the noodles are cooked. Drain the water from the noodles. Divide the noodles between 2 or 4 bowls and pour the coconut bok choy soup over the noodles. Garnish with bean sprouts, fresh cilantro, and sliced red Thai pepper. Serve immediately.

Notes

Per 1 cup (240 ml) serving without garnishes: Calories 276, Fat 25.7 g, Carbohydrates 12.1 g, Fiber 3.3 g, Protein 3.6 g

Makes 1 Quart (950 ml)

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Coconut Bok Choy Soup with Vermicelli and Awesome Vegan Soups Cookbook Review

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