COOKBOOK REVIEW: Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family

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Vegan Taco Salad

What’s this vegan “Betty” all about?

A little historyBetty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family is written by vegan couple Annie and Dan Shannon. Long before I got this cookbook, I was already enthralled with their blog, Meet the Shannons. The inspiration behind Meet the Shannons was the book/movie Julie & Julia, which I haven’t seen, but apparently it’s about a gal who cooks her way through an entire Julia Child cookbook in a year.  After seeing the movie, Annie told Dan something akin to, “We should cook our way through The Joy of Cooking” only vegan style. After hunting for an old copy of The Joy of Cooking, Annie and Dan found it contained too many meat recipes to veganize, but while at the bookstore, they were drawn to a copy of an iconic red and white Betty Crocker cookbook and history was made. For the last few years, the Shannons have been cooking their way through the Betty Crocker cookbook, only they’ve shaken things up by turning all the dishes vegan. Eventually, Meet the Shannons gained many fans, the attention of a publisher, and in February 2013, the book Betty Goes Vegan hit the scene.

About the book: Betty Goes Vegan is your one-stop guide to becoming a vegan “Betty,” with over 500 vegan recipes for classic family dishes. The comprehensive guide features recipes inspired by The Betty Crocker Cookbook, as well as hundreds of original, never-before-seen recipes.

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Vegan Fried Egg

Types of vegan recipes

This cookbook offers some 500 vegan recipes including main meals, snacks, desserts and holidays too. Plus lots of little extras like sauces, salad dressings, dips, condiments, beverages and more. Since the recipes are based around the classic Betty Crocker cookbook, you’ll see recipes you’re well used to, but also some nice surprises. Below is a small sampling of the sort of recipes you can expect.

Vegan Breakfast: 

  • Fried eggs (I swear they’re vegan)
  • Breakfast tacos
  • Scrambles galore
  • Spice apple waffles
  • Biscuts and gravy
  • Egg and cheese breakfast sandwich
  • Denver omelet

Vegan Lunch:

  • 5 bean chili
  • Chicken po’boy
  • Beefless sesame noodle salad
  • Chicken Caesar salad
  • New England chowder
  • French dip
  • Mediterranean salad
  • Minestrone soup
  • Ruben sandwiches

Vegan Dinner: 

  • Cheezy crunchy chicken strips
  • Pot pies (many)
  • Chicken and kale quiche
  • Pumpkin gnocchi
  • Shrimp scampi
  • Cajun blackened tofu
  • Sweet potato risotto
  • Pasta in fresh basil sauce
  • Temphe tacos
  • Tuna casserole
  • Lasagna
  • Spanish rice
  • BBQ pizza
  • Bacon cheeseburgers
  • New York style pork chops
  • Meat lovers pizza
  • Mac n cheeze
  • Chow mein
  • Rainbow quinoa
  • Penne with vodka sauce
  • Twice baked cheesy potatoes (these are AWESOME – and I usually hate vegan cheese in anything AND I served these to heavy anti-vegan folks and they loved them too)

Vegan Desserts & Baked Goods: A slew of vegan cookies, brownies, cupcakes, breads, whoopie pies, doughnuts, rolls, cobblers, frosting ideas, ice cream sauces, pudding and much more.

Appetizers & Snacks: Tons of creative ideas like caramel corn, skillet nachos, kale chips, avocado dips, potato skins, salsa, sundried tomato hummus, homemade veggie chips, hot wings, and more.

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