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  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Super Natural Simple by home-cook Heidi Swanson is filled with nutritious, whole-food, plant-based recipes. The book is divided into ten sections and while not every recipe includes a photo, the many that do are mouth-watering. Some of my favorite sections include make-ahead breakfasts which offers many oat options and a delicious deviled egg toast, sheet-pan meals including pizza, flatbread, and potato dishes, and easy-drinking refreshers. All of the refresher drinks are non-alcoholic. I tried Super Natural Simple by home-cook Heidi Swanson is filled with nutritious, whole-food, plant-based recipes. The book is divided into ten sections and while not every recipe includes a photo, the many that do are mouth-watering. Some of my favorite sections include make-ahead breakfasts which offers many oat options and a delicious deviled egg toast, sheet-pan meals including pizza, flatbread, and potato dishes, and easy-drinking refreshers. All of the refresher drinks are non-alcoholic. I tried the Sunrise Flora which is made with yogurt, grapefruit juice, and orange blossom among other ingredients and it was very refreshing and just right for the spring and summer. From the sheet-pan meals, I made a pesto and artichoke pizza that was unbelievably good. Unfortunately, it took me over two hours of active time to make it not including time spent waiting for the dough to rise. Even with premade dough, there remains a pesto, a sauce, and golden-crusted artichoke hearts to cook in addition to putting the rest of the pizza together. And then there is the clean up time of all the different pans and bowls. All in all, it was worth it but not something that can be done last minute. Thankfully, not all the recipes are like that. Rounding out the rest of the book, there are rice bowls, noodles, soups and stews, salads, dips, grilled items, and desserts. There are many curry seasoned dishes and peanuts, coconut milk, and miso are used frequently. Desserts are not overly sweet such as olive oil cake, rye cookies, and sunflower brittle and this is the one and only section of the book that would be tricky to make gluten free. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Ten Speed Press in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    A

    Super Natural Simple is a vegetarian cookbook that appealed to me right off in the Introduction simply because I am not a vegetarian but I am trying to eat more healthfully. Swanson states in the Intro “If you are looking for approachable ways to work more vegetables and whole foods onto your plate, this book is for you.” That would be me. It talks about “shifting” and “integrating” to natural eating. The book delivers on that promise with guidance on how to “Transition to Natural Ingredients”, Super Natural Simple is a vegetarian cookbook that appealed to me right off in the Introduction simply because I am not a vegetarian but I am trying to eat more healthfully. Swanson states in the Intro “If you are looking for approachable ways to work more vegetables and whole foods onto your plate, this book is for you.” That would be me. It talks about “shifting” and “integrating” to natural eating. The book delivers on that promise with guidance on how to “Transition to Natural Ingredients”, “Identify Ten Recipes you Love”, “Your Well Stocked Pantry “and “Collect Your Equipment” The chapters cover meals you expect such as breakfast, stews, noodles and then some new approaches such as “Single Skillet” , “Sheet Pan Meals” and “One-Bowl Bakes”. As helpful as these sections were, I was thinking that I had all of the vegetarian, vegan cookbooks that I need. But then I started reading the recipes ! Right off there is a breakfast oatmeal recipe that used unsweetened instant oatmeal. Very familiar. But, wait ! - with sriracha, soy, peanuts and green onions. For breakfast. Well, why not. I made it. It was easy and it tasted great and I felt ready for the day. Swanson often uses very easy, familiar ingredients. Oatmeal, vegetable chips from the snack section of the supermarket, O’s cereal from the cereal aisle. A great feature is that a recipe will often have a flyleaf in the cookbook that offers variations on the recipe. Learn one recipe - get many different meals. I liked this feature because it is how I cook. I did not expect the dishes to be so beautiful and elegant. I am trying the rustic focaccia with orange slices and pine nuts for Easter because it looks so very beautiful. It is a featured variation of the Rustic Focaccia recipe. Super Natural Simple offers great advice, very easy recipes, completely new food combinations and elegant, beautiful dishes. I’ve received a free copy from Ten Speed Press in exchange for a free and unbiased review. I am glad I did because it makes vegetarian cooking seem easier and doable without being boring or bland. It is the vegetarian cookbook I didn’t know I needed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The title of this book is perfect--Super Natural Simple. It's a book full of whole-food, healthy vegetarian recipes that's simple to prepare. I find many nights are busy or tiring and would feel the pull of a takeout meal but then looking through this cookbook, I find that I can easily prepare something simple and healthy without much fuss. They key is having a fully, stocked pantry and picking out no more than 10 recipes that look good to make. Some of my favorites are deviled egg toast, instan The title of this book is perfect--Super Natural Simple. It's a book full of whole-food, healthy vegetarian recipes that's simple to prepare. I find many nights are busy or tiring and would feel the pull of a takeout meal but then looking through this cookbook, I find that I can easily prepare something simple and healthy without much fuss. They key is having a fully, stocked pantry and picking out no more than 10 recipes that look good to make. Some of my favorites are deviled egg toast, instant sriracha oats, five- minute bean salad, lentil super salad, sriracha-tomato soup, ten ingredient masala chili, spicy curry-banzo bowl, golden oven fries with dipping sauces, grilled corn salad with salty-sweet lime dressing, and cheesy lemon pepper polenta. Many of these recipes are followed by mouth- watering photos. For those looking to eat more vegetarian meals, this is an excellent book to have at home. I've received a free copy from Ten Speed Press in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shipshapeeatworthy

    As Swanson acknowledges, changes in our consumption habits don't happen overnight, so what her approach offers is, in my mind, more sustainable and long-lasting because home cooks are on their "own path," as Swanson explains in the introduction to Super Natural Simple. While I'm more familiar with the ingredients she uses and the equipment needed, she offers a detailed introduction on what a "super natural pantry" is stocked with and which kitchen tools and equipment are useful. I appreciate how As Swanson acknowledges, changes in our consumption habits don't happen overnight, so what her approach offers is, in my mind, more sustainable and long-lasting because home cooks are on their "own path," as Swanson explains in the introduction to Super Natural Simple. While I'm more familiar with the ingredients she uses and the equipment needed, she offers a detailed introduction on what a "super natural pantry" is stocked with and which kitchen tools and equipment are useful. I appreciate how she advocates a slower approach at equipping your kitchen by hunting out second-hand at thrift stores, antique malls, yards, sales, and the like to find affordable options. This is an approach that I love because it's how I've found some of my most beloved kitchen items -- while I own new cast iron pans, my most favourite one is a No. 6 Griswold I found while thrifting and that I was able to rehabilitate (as a side note, this method of hunting for affordable options can take time but it is totally worth it). Following in the same vein as the books in this series, the recipes are vegetarian-focused while vegan and gluten-free options are not specifically given, there are many vegan- or gluten-free suitable recipes within the book. Super Natural Simple is organized into 10 chapters: Make-Ahead Mornings, Snacks & Other Quick Bites, The Best Salads, Nourishing Soups & Stews, Weeknight Noodles, Single Skillets, Sheet-Pan Meals, Easy Grills, One-Bowl Bakes, and Easy-Drinking Refreshers. Ingredients are easy to source, and I found that I could buy what I needed from either my local supermarket or farmer's market, and in many cases, what I needed was already in my pantry or fridge, which was great because we're going through a third wave lockdown here in Nova Scotia which means less trips to shops. All the recipes I've made from the book are delicious and easy to make -- her recipe for Spicy, Creamy, Carroty Peanut Noodles is a family favourite. Peanuts and carrots are a great flavour combination and, I really think that the addition of ponzu (a citrus-based sauce used most often in Japanese cooking) makes the sauce tangier. While the sesame-chile oil added a bit of heat, garnishing with chopped cucumber was just the thing to cool the palate. Not many ingredients to this recipe but the ones included really make this dish mouth-watering (and in our lockdown situation, I was glad to already have them in my pantry and fridge). I've found lots of recipes to add to our morning breakfast routine -- from the Multigrain pancake/waffle mix and jars of the Oat Cereal for Days to the Lemon-Millet Soda Bread, there's been something for everyone to enjoy. I appreciate how many variations Swanson offers with her pancake/waffle mix -- as with other recipes in the book. Where variations are offered, the book has been printed with orange pages that are 3/4 of the size of the regular pages. On these inserts, the list of variations and their ingredients are given -- a helpful, at-a-glace option for seeing other ways to make a recipe. Batch cooking is always a great idea and having a big batch of mix is great on weekends when you don't want to spend as much time getting breakfast made. The same could be said of the big jars of the oat cereal mix (full of oaty O's cereal, puffed rice, oat bran, flax seeds, toasted nuts, and freeze-dried fruit) -- I had a breakfast option all ready for my daughter before she began her daily online schooling. She likes hers with yogurt and fresh fruit, but you can also serve it with your choice of milk too. In the chapter for One-Bowl Bakes, there's a really great recipe for Big Raspberry-Rye Cookies. Since I didn't have any freeze-dried raspberries on hand, I went ahead and baked up the Big Seed Rye Cookies variation, which was full of different kinds of seeds -- sesame, chia, pepitas, hemp, etc. And, just for fun, I added some ruby chocolate chips into the batter. The resulting cookies were delicious! Nicely textured, they were perfect with an afternoon coffee -- or, in my daughter's case, a glass of milk. In the third cookbook of her Super Natural series, Heidi Swanson continues to show home cooks how easy and wholesome cooking for yourself can be. Super Natural Simple is full of delicious vegetarian recipes that make excellent use of pantry staples, as well as beautiful seasonal produce. Swanson encourages people towards mindfulness in the kitchen from how we're cooking to what we're eating. Please note that this is an excerpt of a longer review posted to www.shipshapeeatworthy.wordpress.com I would like to take this opportunity to thank Penguin Random House Canada / Ten Speed Press for providing me with a free, review copy of this book. I did not receive monetary compensation for my post, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Want to try the French Onion Breakfast Strata, Mung Bean Hummus, and the Jalapeño-Cheddar Socca recipes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Always love her recipes!

  7. 5 out of 5

    PatG Lawson

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    Salena

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    Rae Lipkin

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    Joyful

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    Amy

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    Margaret Govea

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    Bluejeans&Moonbeams

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    Heidi

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    Liquidlasagna

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    Lizzy G

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    Liz De Coster

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    Nicole

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    Chris Drew

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    Lauren Fehr

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

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