Now that I am back to work part-time and have been allowed back in the gym, it means the amount of time I now have to spend in the kitchen is significantly less than during quarantine. I have absolutely loved being able to experiment with creating my own recipes, trying new foods and creating plant-based alternatives to our favourite meals, it just seems that now the routine is back I just have a little less time to do this. That being said, I still want to spend my weekends and free time in the kitchen as it has 100% become my new hobby. But I have found that I have become more reliant on cookbooks and having simple weeknight meals ready to go.
I thought I would share with you my favourite cookbooks of the moment. I find all of these to have some really good go-to snacking ideas as-well as meals and easy bakes. For us, we have a super busy schedule. I often wake up early to do yoga or a core workout, then I walk to and from work and hit up a gym session, do ballet or run in the evening so sometimes I just want to whip up something super delicious with minimal time and effort.
My Top 3 Go-To Vegan Cookbooks
The Global Vegan By Ellie Bullen
Even though these are in no particular order, I do find myself grabbing The Global Vegan most often. For me, an expat, travel and the experience of travel is such a major factor of my life. I love to explore new cities finding the best food they have to offer. Ellie has fully hit the nail on the head with this one, it contains some amazing vegan takes on some of the worlds best dishes. Lots of them are really simple and make for easy go to weeknight meals.
Bosh! By Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
I am obsessed with these two! Their cookbook is filled with fun takes on plant-based options and I find their vegan burger and burger sauce to be the absolute best! The baking section is just treat after treat and reminds me of some of the sweets I used to have back in the UK. I find this book to also be super informative when it comes to nutrition content. As someone who occasionally tracks macros because of the gym it is really helpful to have this provided with a whole range of pages at the start dedicated to explaining nutrition when transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.
Feed Me Vegan By Lucy Watson
This one is my definite go-to for more ‘meaty’ options. I find Lucy’s cookbook to be full of simple dishes that often use meat alternatives as a base. I was never a big meat eater anyway as I don’t like the taste and it seems to disagree with my body, but somehow the delicious tastes of vegan meats just work in this selection of recipes. My go-to birthday cake recipe (the double chocolate cake) was also from this book and I cannot recommend it enough!