Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread & Review of Plant Power by Nava Atlas

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As I sat down to begin this review, I took a quick survey on the blog and realized that this is my 9th blog post either reviewing one of Nava Atlas’s books or posting one of her recipes. Obviously, I love this woman’s work.

But now I think it’s only fair to disclose that, over the past few years, I’ve actually become friends with Nava, too, and so I may not be the most biased reviewer. But given my previous effusive posts about each of the other books I reviewed in the past, it’s clear that Nava’s cookbooks have been an inspiration to me for a very long time.

Plant Power is much more than a cookbook, however. The first part of the book is devoted to an inclusive look at what it means to become “plant-based,” and how to accomplish that goal. There’s nothing prescriptive in this book; just straightforward, engaging, and well-written information. Whether you’ve been an avowed vegan for decades or you’re just plant-curious, there’s plenty for you to love in this book.

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After sharing her own story and journey to a plant-based diet, Nava discusses the following topics:

  • The Benefits of a Plant-Powered Life;
  • The Top Myths About Plant-Based Diets (think “plant-based” automatically equates with “healthy”? Think again);
  • Plant-Based Nutrition Basics (including the age-old, “How do you get your protein?”);
  • Setting Up Your Plant-Powered Pantry;
  • Produce: Stocking Up and Storing (I thought I knew everything in this area, and even I learned something new here!);
  • Non-Produce Staples for the Refrigerator;
  • Kitchen Tools;
  • Meal Planning Basics and Strategies (with some great ideas–I’m determined to give this one a try);
  • Top Ten Make-Aheads to Get You Through the Week (that you can do all on the weekend and be ready for the rest of the week);
  • Plant Powered Food Shopping Savvy (great money-saving tips, too);
  • Organic Produce (what is it, and should everything be organic? No!);
  • Five Easy Ways to Eat More Leafy Greens (number 3 was my favorite); and
  • Plant-Powered Families, Couples, and Singles (a great guide to incorporating more plants whatever your stage in life or marital status).

As you can see, this is a pretty comprehensive look at what it means to be “plant-powered”!

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The second portion of the book presents the recipes, with everything from a full chapter on protein-rich recipes to soups and stews; pasta and pizza; wraps, sandwiches and burgers; salad and vegetable entrees; to breakfast, lunch, snacks and healthful sweets; there are even entire chapters on “Asian Express” and “Tortilla Specialties”!

Flipping through the book, I came across dozens of recipes I’d like to try, but for now, the ones on my “to-make” list include Spanish Style Rice with Red Beans and Olives; Coconut Cream of Orange Vegetables Soup; Vegan Pasta Alfredo with Two Stroganoff Variations; Gluten-Free Poured Pizza Crust (no rolling or patting!!); Spicy Eggplant in Garlic Sauce; Quinoa and Red Lentil Burgers; Composed Asian-Flavored Salad Platter; and Homemade Chocolate Energy Bars. As with all of Nava’s books, the recipes are accessible, easy to follow, and provide new and interesting combinations of favorite tasty ingredients.

I had a hard time choosing just one recipe for this post, but eventually settled on the Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread, mostly because (a) it was quick and easy; (b) I had all the ingredients on hand; and, (c) well, kale.

Wow–was this ever an incredible winner! The spread is reminiscent of chickpea-based “tuna” spreads, though much milder in flavor and rather addictive. It’s easy to eat as part of a sandwich (here spread on my Grain-free Flatbread, a recipe included in the Candida Kick-Start recipe packet), or simply on the end of a fork. It would be great stuffed into celery sticks, hollowed-out cucumber logs or sweet peppers as well.  I shared the spread with a couple of colleagues and they both went wild over it. In fact, there wasn’t any left by the time the HH got home from work that evening!

Plant Power is a gorgeous, high quality, beautifully produced volume, dotted with photos on almost every page by the insanely talented Hannah Kaminsky. It would make a really thoughtful gift for anyone in your life who’s contemplating the switch to a plant-based diet–or anyone who simply loves to eat delicious food.

Order your copy of Plant Power here.
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  1. I only have one nava atlas book but I do love the recipes in it and this dip looks fantastic – I would love to get this book – though cookbook shelf space is so limited (and I have just put out some books so am loathe to create more piles around the house) but I want to try the dip meanwhile

  2. This recipe reminds me of one of your recipes from several years ago that was for sandwich spread based on chickpeas – I still use it!

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