Did you know that I get a lot of my audiobook listening done when I’m cooking? When I’m into a good audiobook our dinners get a little more elaborate so I can keep cooking and listening. One of my favorite cookbook authors is Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and if you are vegetarian or vegan chances are you are already a fan. I love that my non-veg friends incorporate Isa’s recipes into their dinner menus as well.
Isa has a new cookbook out called Isa Does It. The idea behind this one is quick, easy and delicious meals for every night of the week. I have most of Isa’s cookbooks but I think this one is the most accessible, with not too many hard to find ingredients, or special cooking tools needed. And from the few recipes I’ve tried so far, the dishes are flavorful and scrumptious. And Isa is a fan of the one pot meal, so you won’t have a ton of cleanup.
I preordered this book (and received a cute grocery tote bag!) and just got it a week ago. It’s a hardcover book with gorgeous photos and colorful and fun typography. In my first pass perusal of the book, I used post-its to mark the recipes I wanted to try.
The book is easy to follow and includes sections for soups, salads, handheld, pasta, stews, stir-fries, bowls, Sunday night suppers, basic proteins, breakfast, and dessert. Plus there’s an intro with cooking basics, modifications, and how to stock your pantry.
These are the dishes I’ve prepared so far from Isa Does It. Sorry the photos are terrible- they look much better in the book! But they tasted good anyway:
I love pesto, so the first dish I made was the Pesto-Cauliflower Pasta with Breaded Tofu. I roasted the cauliflower, used whole-wheat linguini and Isa’s bestest oil-free pesto recipe. So good! Andrew grabbed seconds.
I’ve been eating a lot of rice or noodle bowls lately, and so the next recipe that caught my eye was the Curried Peanut Sauce Bowl. The peanut sauce was so scrumptious, and tasted delish with the steamed kale, seared tofu, and cilantro. Yum!
The third recipe I made this week was Down-Home Curry with Tofu & Broccoli, perfect for a cool Fall evening. The curry had just the right amount of spice, and was so fragrant. After you make the curry you add potatoes, carrot, broccoli florets and tofu to the pot, so it’s a snap to make.
Some of the other recipes I’m eager to try are the Shiitake Banh Mi, Tofu-Mushroom Stroganoff, and the Cast-Iron Stir-Fry. The Coconut French Toast sounds pretty yummy too.
The recipes in Isa Does It are hearty and delicious, so I encourage even non-veg eaters to give these a try – maybe for your next Meatless Monday meal. I truly don’t think you’ll feel deprived at all.
You can test drive a few of the Isa Does It recipes yourself and read more about Isa:
Mushroom Stroganoff and Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies – interview/recipes on Omaha.com/Livewell
Isa’s on tour now so if she comes to your city you should totally go and pick up a signed copy and sample some cookies!
Finally, you can catch Isa on her brand new Make It Vegan cooking show! Here’s her segment for Roasted Red Pepper Mac & Cheese and I can vouch for its yumminess:
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