Expert Product Review: The Naked Vegan by Maz Valcorza
When Maz Valcorza released her new vegan recipe book, I was beyond excited to get into the kitchen and try a few of her dishes. The flavours and textures knocked my socks off.
Find out why. After trying several recipes, here’s my thoughts.
Yummo. Whilst I don’t eat a 100% vegan diet, with recipes as delish as those in this book, it certainly inspires me to make the best choices for me. During the week I love quick, easy, fresh and healthy food, and there are a bunch of recipes that tick these boxes. There are also many other (more complex) recipes, but all are super fresh, nourishing and uber delish! For me, I enjoy taking the time to cook a really nice (and new) meal over the weekend, so The Naked Vegan will be a source of inspiration for months to come.
Recipes I tried:
- Sadhana Kitchen Super Bowl Salad – It’s no wonder this is one of the most popular dishes at Sadhana Kitchen – it’s vibrant, healthy and delish. The dips, cheese and sauerkraut take time to make so I’d suggest pre-making these, but the salad is fairly simple to put together. As soon as you pop your salad ingredients into a bowl and pop the dips and sauces on top, it’s ready to eat straight away. Get the recipe here.
- Stir No-Fry With Coconut Cauliflower Rice – I love this because it’s super crunchy, tasty and easy to make… And there’s little washing up (winning)! I’ve had it for a mid-week dinner and then had leftovers for lunch. As with many other dishes – it tastes great the next day.
- Tomato, paprika & zucchini hommus – I didn’t know there was such thing as a hommus recipe without chickpeas! I buy ready-made hommus every week, but I loved this so much I’ll try to have a jar in the fridge whenever I can. I’ve been having it with my falafel salad – one of my go-to dinners if I get home late.
- Mexican Fiesta Salad – This raw vegan taco salad has awesome flavours. The walnut taco mince is great (first time I’ve ever had it) and the chimichurri is actually pretty easy to make. I’m not a huge fan of lots of raw onion so the second time I made this I swapped the red onion and freshly sliced avocado for the guacamole recipe which I found still gives you the zing, but tastes less bitter.
I still want to try the burger, pizza and taco recipes, plus some of the dessert recipes – basically the whole book!
Who I’d recommend this to:
You definitely don’t need to be vegan to enjoy these meals. I’d recommend The Naked Vegan to anyone who likes to eat whole foods and nourishing meals. If you’re looking to eat more of a fresh and plant-based diet in general, this book could be a helpful tool.
Have you got a fave dish from one of Maz’s recipe books or Sadhana Kitchen? Let me know via the comment section below!
If you want to grab your own copy of Maz’s new vegan cookbook, click here.
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Images from The Naked Vegan, by Maz Valcorza (murdochbooks)