Plant-Powered Giveaway and Exclusive Recipe!

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Today, I will be sharing a recipe from:

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes

which is an awesome new cookbook I recently received in the mail for review on my blog! And at the end of this post, you can enter  to win one of your own! This cookbook by Dreena Burton is full of amazing, delicious, plant-powered (plant based), vegan recipes!  The recipes are all whole foods (oil-free), and most are gluten-free. In addition to the recipes, you’ll find tips for picky eaters, school lunches, and nutritional FAQs in the back of the book.

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Dreena Burton, author of “Plant-Powered Families”
I love that the title of the book is “Plant-Powered Families” because I feel like the word ‘vegan’ scares off milk and meat loving people! I am not vegan, but I LOVE this cookbook! The recipes are delicious and easy to follow, with lots of tips, variations, and suggestions. Use dairy milk if you’re not vegan- it really doesn’t matter in most recipes. The recipes are still wholesome, and full of nutrition!
One of the most memorable recipes I’ve made of Dreena’s so far (and one that really sold me on her way of cooking) is her chocolate sweet potato cake with sweet potato icing. I admit, it sounds weird if you’ve never ventured beyond the world of buttercream. And honestly, I only tried this as a healthier cake alternative for my daughter’s 2nd birthday, celebrating with just our small family of four (didn’t have much at risk!). But the cake was ahhh-mazingggg! My whole family loved it- the hubby, the four year old, the two year old, and me. This recipe is in the “Plant Powered Families” cookbook, but you can also find it on Dreena’s blog, Plant-Powered Kitchen.
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Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Sweets Frosting
The first recipe I want to share from the book is “Cheesy Caesar Dressing“. I feel like it is a unique recipe which you may not easily find elsewhere. Plus, it was really good! I love how you blend nuts into the dressing, so it really helps you feel satisfied! In my opinion, there’s never one and only one way to make a recipe. (Which is why we rarely have the same meal twice in our household!) So I love that the ingredients in this aren’t hard and fast. Substitute dulse flakes for the kelp granules like I did, or leave them out.

Cheesy Caesar Dressing

Makes about 1 cup

You can make this creamy, delicious (and very authentic-tasting) Caesar dressing as is, or add nutritional yeast for a cheesy twist.

1/3 cup soaked and drained raw cashews

1–2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)

1 teaspoon whole chia seeds (or 1 teaspoon ground chia if using handheld blender or standard blender)

1/2 scant teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon kelp granules (see note)

1/2 teaspoon capers

1 medium clove garlic, chopped

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/3–1/2 cup plain nondairy milk (see note; use extra to thin as desired)

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

Using a blender, combine the cashews, 1 tablespoon of the nutritional yeast, chia, sea salt, kelp granules, capers, garlic, black pepper, milk, lemon juice, and maple syrup and puree until very smooth. Add more nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavor if you like, and add extra salt/black pepper/garlic if desired. Serve tossed into romaine lettuce, along with Seasoned Polenta


Kelp Granules Note: If you have trouble finding kelp granules, they can be omitted. The dressing is still delicious without them!

Milk Note: I prefer plain unsweetened almond milk or soy milk in this recipe, but you can choose another if you prefer.

Idea: Adults might enjoy a little extra hit of capers, garlic, and black pepper in this dressing!

Kitchen Tip: This dressing will thicken after refrigeration. You can thin it by stirring in 2–3 teaspoons of milk or water if desired.

Serving Suggestions: In addition to serving traditionally as a salad with romaine, you can keep this dressing thick (reducing milk) and use as a dip or sandwich spread.

This recipe is really quick and easy to make, so next time you’re in the grocery store, take a look at all the hydrogenated oil, sugar, ‘natural’ or artificial flavors, and preservatives in the salad dressings on the shelf, then come home and make this one instead! Don’t forget to pin it!

Plant-powered recipe : Cheesy Caesar Dressing
Cheesy Caesar Dressing- yum!
I’ve also made and recommend “Power Protein Balls” and “Pumpkin Seed And Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars” from the cookbook. I can’t wait to try the “Double Chocolate Orange Banana Muffins” (though I will most likely use all applesauce instead of banana since I despise bananas!).
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“Pumpkin Seed And Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars”


I haven’t decided yet which recipe I will share next week, but make sure you check back then for another special exclusive from the book! 🙂
Meanwhile, enter to win your very own copy!

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(Winner must be based in US or Canada and will be contacted via e-mail once giveaway has closed.)
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You can find another exclusive recipe here for Power Protein Balls! 

Power Protein Balls
Click photo for the recipe for these whole-food, energizing Power Protein Balls!

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    1. Yum, raw chai bars…Yes, the Caesar dressing is good without capers! I didn’t have any on hand, and not sure I’m so crazy about them, either.

    1. Good luck in the giveaway! You can also find Dreena’s recipes on Facebook and Twitter. I linked to her blog with the chocolate cake recipe. I’ll be sharing another exclusive recipe from the book in a couple days, so don’t forget to check back!

  1. Caesar dressing looks so creamy! – and yes for sure! I’m vegan and trying to get my whole family to eat more vegetables and fruits. I always try to share with them whatever I make or buy, and they seem to enjoy it!

    1. The dressing really was SO creamy and delicious! Good job encouraging your family to eat healthier…we will wear them down in the end, right? 😉 Good luck in the giveaway!

  2. It would be great to win a copy of
    Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-tested, Whole-foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton.
    In response to your question of
    Are you willing to branch out and try new ways of cooking for your family?
    Yes i am willing to try new ways of cooking.
    I want to make healthier meals and i am sure this cookbook has a lot of recipes i would like.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  3. As a culinary student I am always finding new ways to broaden my skills and recipes. Im always up for trying new things!

  4. I have been trying to eat a lot of vegan dishes in the last half a year. Although I am not vegan I enjoy cutting out dairy and meat as much as possible without my husband complaining. Finding great vegan recipes helps me in the process.

  5. I don’t eat meat but do eat dairy. I’m looking for other ways to add protein so this book would be great.

  6. I am always experimenting in the kitchen for meals for my family. Although we don’t eat vegan exclusively, I do try to serve 2 vegan meals a week for health reasons. So I am always looking for delicious vegan recipes to add to our meal plan.
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  7. It would be amazing to win this cookbook, i would want to try every recipe in this book and make it for me and my family. Ive been wanting to eat more plant based, so this is perfect. ill make sure to buy all the ingredients organic 🙂

  8. i would love to have a free copy of this book. I would want to make all the recipes for me and my family, because eating more plant based food is healthier for the mind,body, and soul. I would also buy only organic ingredients to make these special meals 🙂

  9. I am very willing to try these new recipes. I’ve been moving towards a more plant-based, natural diet but it’s pretty overwhelming. That delicious-looking chocolate cake makes me think it’s possible to enjoy the flavor of this new diet.

  10. We eat mostly vegan meals at home. I will surely give these a try. Too bad, I can’t enter the giveaway as it is only US/Canada based 🙁 But thanks for sharing the recipes.

  11. I love branching out in my cooking endeavors. Trying new recipes is one of my favourite things to do.

  12. I am definitely willing to branch out and cook new things for my family! I love cooking and baking, I feel a lot better preparing their meals rather than buying premade stuff and not knowing exactly what’s in it. 🙂

  13. We don’t eat vegan and like you, I have a family who loves bread! I am intrigued by the looks of the book. Thanks!

  14. I am not vegan, nor is my family however I am exploring ways to limit meat consumption with more focus on plants.

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