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Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals

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Focused on the art of crafting complete, balanced meals that deliver sustained energy and nourishment, this book features 100 compelling and delicious recipes that just happen to be vegan.

These 100 recipes for wholesome and nourishing vegan food from blogger, nutritionist, and Food52 author Gena Hamshaw help you make delicious vegan meals that deliver balanced and sustaine
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Hardcover, 247 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Ten Speed Press (first published 2018)
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PorshaJo
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful surprise this one was. To be honest, I get sooooo many cookbooks from my library that sometimes when they come, I don't recall even ordering them. This one I guess I requested as it is a vegan book. I'm so glad too as this one is a keeper.

The sections are breakfast, salad, soups, bowls, skillets and stovetops, and bakes. So many wonderful easy - no fake ingredient - recipes, which I just love. I naturally gravitated to the bowls section. Sometimes when I'm feeling lazy I just wa
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Laura
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Though I'm not a full time vegan, I try to eat vegan meals as much as possible and am always on the lookout for great new vegan recipe books. My requirements are that there aren't too many ridiculous ingredients, not too lengthy to cook, and - of course - delicious! This book ticks those boxes.

The recipes themselves vary in difficulty - some are a little too simple for my liking. A lot of the salads fall into this category, unfortunately, as they felt a little
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KC
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wouldn't mind trying some of these recipes but I'd rather someone else cook them. ...more
Simply Arden
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-to-read, cooking
2.5 out of 5

Find this review on my blog, Simply Arden.

Quick Review

NOTE: I found that after reviewing the recipes, these are not my preferred ingredients or flavors, and many of the recipes were not gluten free as well. In the end I did find a handful of recipes that I want to try (with variations, I’m a picky eater to be fair).

NOTE: Not in any way a gluten free cookbook, in fact most of the grains mentioned are not gluten-free or celiac friendly.

- Gena discusses macro-nutrient balance of carbohy
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Nora St Laurent
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is broken down into sections. First is Breakfast, then Salads, Soups, Bowls, Skillets, Stovetop then Bakes. There are no desserts and/or appetizers but oh, wow, there are so many delicious looking recipes. I like what the author says about the recipes in this book. She states that since she is talking about macronutrients, she wanted to clarify a few things. “First, ..it’s not a diet book. Nutrition is always on my mind when I create recipes” …Second, “..this book is an offering of vega ...more
Dawnie
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review*

Beautiful cookbook with inspirations for all cooking levels and Vegan food eaters.

No matter if you are full on Vegan or if you eat what ever mood you are in this book will give you recipes ideas.

What i personally love about it -beside the MAGNIFICENTLY EXQUISITE pictures- are how you can decide what kind of cooking you want to do.
Are you are preparer? L
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Diane Estrella
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had not previously heard of this author or her popular blog. My cousin is vegan and she had piqued my interest into this lifestyle. I liked that the author had a number of categories including breakfast (my favorite), salads, bowls, and bakes. I am probably the only person that did not know what tempeh is and it is used in a number of the recipes. There are a good variety of recipes with many optional add-on's contributed as well. Each plateful of food is well balanced and thoughtful. The dish ...more
Rachel
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve been toying with the idea of trying out plant-based recipes, I cannot recommend this book enough.

I checked this out of the library right before quarantine and to my surprise I have been cooking my way through it just about every night (with some savory breakfast items thrown in). Almost no repeats yet - which has been a shock to me since I usually can only find a few recipes in any book that I like.

The recipes are easy to follow. I expected to buy a lot of intimidating ingredients, but
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Molly
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not a vegan but I do like eating a lot of plant-based foods. I figured Power Plates would be the cookbook to give me more ideas so I'm not eating the same thing all the time. There are a variety of different recipes but at the same time, a lot of them feel the same. Most of them are super easy, in a bad way. There are a lot of salads and bowl-type meals and I wish overall that the recipes were more exciting. ...more
Karen Cockerill
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook-books
Absolutely love this book, such a winner. The first time I tried to go vegetarian I was so hungry! This time we are going more vegan as my son has allergies to milk and this book has been amazing as the salads, soups and bowls don’t leave me hungry or craving for sweets. It’s a great book - I sure hope the author keeps writing as this definitely exceeded my expectations
Sherri Smith
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Power Plates is bound in a hard covered, quality book. It begs to be picked up and the pages flipped while spellbound by the recipes and photos on each page. There are so many recipes that I wasn't sure about, but once I looked across the page at the accompanying photo it made me change my mind. If anything, even if you aren't a cook or a vegan, this is a perfect companion book for your cookbook collection of a side table.

What I really liked about each recipe was the prolong to each recipe. Whet
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Ramie
I’ve only started looking for the perfect (for me) cookbook. As someone who only just gave up meat, but who is also not much of a cook, I am finding this quite the challenge. The biggest problem I am encountering is that the "so simple anyone can make it" types of recipes are dumbed down to the point of being nearly insulting while the recipes that you really want to try are too complicated for someone like me. There’s little for those of us in between those two levels of skill. This book is a p ...more
Jess Macallan
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
This book is a helpful cookbook for anyone interested in learning how to balance macronutrients in their vegan meals. Things I liked: the author doesn't shy away from flavor and uses a variety of herbs and spices to enhance each dish, each recipe had a picture of the finished dish, the meal planning ideas at the end of the book, and I love that dishes revolve around micronutrient-rich vegetables. The recipes I'm adding to my repertoire include the Cauliflower Scramble, Chai-spiced Millet Porridg ...more
Danielle
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have been following a plant-based lifestyle for two years now so I am always eager to get my hands on the newest plant-based cookbooks.

Pros: The recipes don't call for any strange or hard-to-find ingredients and almost every one has a color photo so you know what your meal should look like. I'm looking forward to trying the Apple Ginger Muesli, French Toast, Mushroom Miso Barley Soup, Golden Rice Bowls, Golden Beet Risotto and Stuffed Collard Leaves.

Cons: I think the Salad chapter of this bo
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Andrew Farley
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great philosophy for healthy eating.

Gena Hamshaw has crafted a book of everyday recipes for the practical vegan. I will be keeping this book close, even as a "meat eater," because it is Gena's ideas on balance in meals that are so useful. Not only are the recipes in this book delicious, but they give you the protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats needed to get through the day. As she explains, too much imbalance towards one of the three micronutrients, and our bodies will respond in a way we
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Ashley Hite
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from Netgalley in return for my honest review.

Nutritionist Gena Hamshaw has crafted a delightful cookbook full of one-dish Vegan options that are usual and satisfying. This is not a diet book and it is not a full of boring basic vegan recipes. I am not a vegan but I do try to do meatless meals weekly and this has been a very helpful cookbook. Recipes are broken out into six categories: Breakfast, Salads, Soups, Bowls, Skillets and Stovetop, and Bakes offering a nice range
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Becky
Jan 20, 2020 added it
Many plant based meals seem to focus first on removing animal products, flavor if you’re lucky, and balance not at all. I look at beautifully photographed plates and wonder how anyone could eat those meals and feel satiated at the end, much less have the energy to live a life that includes any physical or mental activity.

I had high hopes for this book and from a first read through it has some promise with caveats. Yea each recipe has protein, fat and carbs. But the balance appears to be heavier
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Gooshe Net
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book has five main chapters; Breakfast, Salads, Bowls, Skillets and stove-top and Bakes. From the book: "Years ago most vegan cookbooks contained a long glossary of ingredients. Grains like quinoa and ingredients like nutritional yeast had not yet become household staples. In the last few years, Americans' appetite for plant-based cooking has increased dramatically, and it's not at all unusual to see buckwheat, tempeh, and even nut-based cheeses on restaurant menus, in cookbooks, and at many ...more
Lara
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love the idea of this book, and I love the way it's broken up into different sections. And everything in it looks really good, and the pictures are nice. But I think it just feels...a little overwhelming to me. The vast majority of the recipes have about 15-20 ingredients in them, even the salads, and that just seems like a lot. I'm definitely more into simplicity with my cooking these days, and this feels like too much, even though most of the instructions don't look too crazy. I guess I'm ju ...more
Molly
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I once overheard a man beside me in a coffee shop rant about how much he hates vegan diets because they are nutrient deficient. I really wanted to hand him this cookbook and show him how vegan meals can be extremely well balanced and not lacking in nutrients or flavor.
I have yet to dive deep into many of the recipes in this book, but every dish I have made has been delicious and filling. They don't require crazy ingredients and aren't terribly complex to make. For me, who tends to eat vegan mor
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Kathi Chorneyko
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent vegan cookbook!!!! I have many vegan cookbooks that I like very much, but but favorite has been the first one that I bought back in 2008 (Sarah Kramer - La Dolce Vegan). However, Power Plates by Gena Hamshaw has quickly moved to be my second favorite, and as I try more of the recipes, I think that it will soon move to the number one position. The recipes are so delicious, very satisfying, and gives such a nice variety to our meals. These are not the same old recipes that you find every ...more
Marilee
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: food
I was a little skeptical when I checked this one out of the library. It's a vegan cookbook, and even though I'm a vegetarian, I'm pretty attached to cheese and other dairy. There are a few recipes here that I am going to try this week, a few more that I'm already pretty much already making on my own, and the rest I would definitely try if someone put it in front of me but they just don't appeal to me enough to put forth the effort of making it. If I love the recipes I try this week, I'll come ba ...more
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vegan food is great for my family - the two lactose intolerant carnivores and me and my vegetarian-leaning son. I make the fancy vegan dish and the men cook a meat side and -- yay! meal everyone enjoys!

I found a lot of interesting recipes in here, not that I read a bunch of cook books, but I've been keeping up with food trends for the past decade or so. I've yet to make any so more details to come.
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Rebecca
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this cookbook! My husband and I are not vegan, but we do prefer one-bowl meals, hence my attraction to this book. I am delighted with the easy, quick, healthful and filling meals we are creating with these amazing recipes! We are loving the new (to us) flavors like smoked paprika, coconut oil, and lime. This book takes easy-to-find ingredients, most of which were already in our fridge or pantry, and puts them together in wonderful, incredibly tasty and satisfying ways.
Lisa
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting and delightful to look at. Much of what was in here I would eat myself, maybe not making it all, but it is well work the stop and looksee. Some of the recipes just have a few ingredients with just a few steps of instructions, where others have a list of ingredients and a full page of instructions. From the looks of it these recipes are well worth the effort of going through the trouble.
Kim Veach
This book is beautiful. Wonderful pictures and an easy to read recipe format. I was worried I wouldn't find much in this because I don't use oil (I'm whole food plant based) and usually a vegan book is swimming in oil. However, it's only used in small amounts and usually to saute veggies (I dry saute or saute in broth or water) so it's easy to leave out of the recipes. My favorite meals are one dish and this book delivers. ...more
McKenzie
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, cookbook
Another beautiful cookbook. Everything looks fantastic and healthy with some intriguing new twists on favorites like "Kimchi fried rice". Basically, if you love a healthy bowl of veggies, grains, and vegan proteins, you will love this cookbook. If you are married to a meat and potatoes man like I am, he will turn up his nose at the list of ingredients or consider everything a side dish. ...more
Elena
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cookbooks
***Thanks to NetGalley & the publish for an ARC in exchange for an honest review***

This cookbook contains mouth-watering beautiful pictures. Food porn at the best. I like that the author added a sample meal plan for each season at the end, but there was too much variety for the average working person that probably won't have time to cook all three meals daily.
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Kelsey
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went through and copied out recipes I want to try; the review will be updated when I attempt some!

This is a beautifully put-together cookbook, with gorgeous pictures of every meal. Some of the ingredients would be a bit difficult for me to find, and a few of the recipes take up two pages, which seems complex (but I am a beginning cook!)
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh yay! I'm so happy I picked up this book.

The introduction is most informative. I also love the section of noteworthy ingredients.

My favorite parts were pertaining to batch cooking and freezing. I love the idea of doing as much cooking as you can do on a Sunday to make the week easier.

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