Plant-Powered Families by Dreena Burton has over 100 kid-tested, whole-foods vegan recipes. Dreena has been vegan for over twenty years and written five bestselling vegan cookbooks. She has been vegan through three pregnancies and she and her husband are raising their three daughters on a plant-based diet. Plant-Powered Families has all the recipes you need to feed a vegan family, or even a family who just want to eat more plants, as well as advice about raising kids on a healthy plant-based diet.
I’ve been reading a lot of books about raising vegan kids lately, and I’m always on the look out for more kid-friendly recipes, so was very excited to buy this book and try out a few of the recipes. The recipes are all super healthy, but quick and easy to make (so perfect for busy parents), and also things that kids would actually (hopefully!) eat. I love that they are all meals that her family really eat. And of course I love how healthy they are because I am always trying to get my kids to eat healthy and nutritious food.
The recipes I’ve tried so far include the Almond Zen Granola, Pumpkin Seed Oatmeal Breakfast Bars, Chickpea Salad, Lemon-Kissed Blondie Bites, Apple Lentil Dal, Red Lentil Hummus, Chickpea Nibbles, and also the Zesty Raw Almond Sauce and Tofu in Cashew Ginger Sauce. They’ve all been a huge success with the kids and I think they taste great too! The Almond Zen Granola is one of the nicest granolas I’ve ever made. I love that it is oil-free and made with nut butter, making it very nutritious. What a great way to get kids to eat nut butter. The Oatmeal Breakfast Bars were really yummy and also oil-free, so much healthier than traditional flapjack recipes. The Chickpea Salad was made with tahini and also oil-free, so much healthier than making it with vegan mayo, and it tasted delicious. I love the apple in it and we ate it in wholegrain wraps with lettuce. The Lemon-Kissed Blondie Bites were similar to energy balls that we often make, but extra zesty and delicious, I couldn’t stop eating them, and the kids loved them. The Apple Lentil Dal was one of my favourite recipes. I definitely want to make it all the time now! It was so unusual but worked so well. The combination of apple and red lentil with herbs and spices was so tasty and not too spicy for kids. My two year old loved it too. The Red Lentil Hummus was a lovely change from regular hummus and a great way to get kids to eat lentils. The Chickpea Nibbles were a really delicious snack, that the kids loved too. We tried both of the marinades and loved both. I usually make them with oil so it was nice to try them without any oil and find out that they’re just as good! The Zesty Raw Almond Sauce was such a simple and quick recipe and really yummy too. And the Tofu in Cashew Ginger Sauce was one of mine and the kids’ favourites too. It was so quick and simple to make, and they loved it. I love seeing them eating something so nutritious!
So I think it’s safe to say that the recipes were a big hit with our family! I wouldn’t normally go into detail about every recipe I tried, but they were all so nice I felt like I had to talk about each one. I can’t wait to try some more! Rian wanted me to add that the chickpea nibbles were “as delicious as broccoli!” which is a good thing!
There is also so much advice in the book. At the start there’s a guide, for people who are new to being vegan, about what foods to have in your kitchen, as well as how to prep them and cook them. At the end of the book there’s also a section about challenges and solutions for people raising vegan kids, with tips about picky eating, school lunches, etc. I found the advice about picky eating to be so good, reassuring and helpful! Then there’s a section about nutrition and meal plans. I think her nutrition advice is very good. I’ve found it helpful even as an experienced vegan mother and have learnt a few things I didn’t know. For example, one thing that I’m trying to do at the moment is to make sure we get enough iron in our diets, so the section about iron was very helpful.
I also love how she recommends to include lots of nutrient dense foods in kids’ diets. That’s something I’ve been trying to do lately, to add more nut butters, etc. to their meals, to make sure they’re getting a lot of goodness, even if they don’t always eat a huge volume of food. And I just really love how healthy the recipes are, and how they’re all suitable for kids and so appealing to kids, but also delicious for adults too.
So as I’m sure you can tell, I love this book! I would recommend it to any vegan parents, but also to anyone who wants their children to eat healthier, to eat more plants, or who needs more recipes to try for their kids.
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If anyone has tried this book, let me know in the comments. What recipes did you like? What should I try next?