I am excited to share this delicious hearts of palm salad from the Straight From The Earth cookbook. This beautiful book has become my favorite vegan cookbook right now, because of the simple, fresh recipes. I also just love anything created by Earthbound Farm. From their humble beginnings as a 2 1/2 acre raspberry field to now growing and distributing organic produce nationally co-founder Myra and her daughter Marea share their favorite plant based recipes, and you can feel the love in every page, highlighted with stunning photography by Sara Remington.
What I love about this book is the commitment to mindful living, and using fresh ingredients with intriguing flavor combinations. Recipes are grouped for easy browsing by breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Some of my breakfast favorites include: pecan, pumpkin seed, and currant granola, blueberry cormeal pancakes, tofu-veggie scramble, and there are some awesome smoothies. I love the super easy soups, with recipes for easy vegetable stock, rustic potato-leek soup with garlic croutons, butternut squash with hazelnuts, hearty beet soup, thai coconut soup, and spicy cucumber-ginger gazpacho. There are some delightful appetizers: thai fresh spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce, shitake mushroom, water chestnut and tofu lettuce cups, chipotle-lime brazil nuts; and fabulous entree ideas such as
four bean and sweet potato chili with skillet corn bread, grilled fig sandwiches with roasted pistachio pesto and balsamic caramelized onions, and seared polenta with spicy heirloom tomato sauce.
I'm always on the look out for awesome vegetable side dishes to serve at parties, and there are some great options in this book. Try the country mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, acorn squash with crispy maple pumpkin seeds, miso-roasted eggplant, and garlicky Brussels sprouts and carrots! Yum! And yes! There are delectable desserts: pomegranate roasted pears, peach-basil-lime sorbet, baklava, ginger, molasses, and raisin, and almond biscotti. But, my favorite section in the book is the salads. I really enjoyed the Belgian endive, persimmon, and hazelnut salad, the red leaf, jicama, and orange salad with citrus-sesame –soy vinaigrette, and absolutely loved this grilled hearts of palm salad with grapefruit and avocado. It is just so light and fresh in the hot weather.
Marea says about this salad, "When my dad and I were in Argentina a few years ago, we made the most amazing culinary discovery: grilled hearts of palm. Resting on a bed of fresh, peppery wild arugula, the warm, savory hearts of palm lit up our taste buds. This salad is my attempt to re-create that experience. Served with a delicate orange and olive oil vinaigrette and topped with grapefruit and avocado, these grilled hearts of palm are well supported by many vibrant flavors." I say, "YUM!"
There are incredible recipes in this book. But, there's also great information about plant-base living. Myra and Marea share their practical and personal reasons to go vegan, and 12 reasons to choose organic foods. There is a glossary for commonly used ingredients: great sections on soy, nuts, seeds, and seeds, beans, lentils and peas, grains, and coconut, and a wonderful kitchen tips section. I also love the full life cycle greenhouse gas emissions chart for common foods.
One of the best features of this book is the menu section, which makes planning for plant-based diners are breeze. There are eleven themed menus for thanksgiving, valentine’s day, super bowl, kid-friendly, Asian-inspired, Middle Eastern spread, Italian, and more.
Give this salad a go, and check out the Straight From The Earth cookbook. It's amazing.
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