Friday, January 25, 2013

Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook ~ Review

Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook

If you have been following me here on my blog, you know that I have been changing my eating habits since April 2012 and losing weight for the sole purpose of becoming a more healthy person. During all of this, my Doctor turned me on the the video Forks Over Knives and from there I have progressed to eating more vegetables. My daughter on the other hand has decided to go the Vegan route and give up everything that has to do with animal products all together. I however love my cheese and eggs and can not see me going vegan anytime in the near future but I don't see anything wrong with the vegan diets whatsoever.

Now, Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook is a vegan cookbook, meaning that there is no animal products used in anything in any of the recipes at all...meaning it is the perfect cookbook for her. I, however thought when I got it that it was just a vegetarian cookbook but just so happens it turned out better because I didn't know what to fix for my daughter to eat with her turning vegan on me.

She runs her own business, pizza business and before you ask I will answer your question. It is not vegan. Anyway, she works evenings and is only home one evening per week for dinner so I really only fix dinner for her once per week but I want to honor her vegan wishes so this cookbook came just at the right time.

Here are two meals that I have fixed so far:

Five Spice Noodles

CHINESE FIVE SPICE powder is a popular seasoning for any number of meat or vegetable dishes. Made from star anise, cinnamon, Szechuan pepper, fennel and cloves, a little of this pungent spice goes a long way.

Serves 3 to 4
    Chinese Brown Sauce

    1/3 cup low-sodium sauce
    1/2 cup Vegetable Stock or broth
    1/4 cup date molasses or brown rice syrup
    2 tsp grated ginger
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tsp arrowroot powder
1. Combing all ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Store refrigerated in airtight container for up to one week.
  •     1/2 cup Chinese Brown Sauce ^^^
  •     3/4 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
  •     1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  •     2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  •     1 medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  •     1 medium head broccoli, cut into florets
  •     1 cup snow peas, trimmed
  •     2 cloves garlic, minced
  •     1/2 pound brown rice noodles, cooked according to package directions, drained and kept warm

1. In a small bowl, combine the Chinese brown sauce, five-spice power, and crushed red pepper flakes. Set aside.

2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the carrots and onion to the pan and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add water 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan. Add the broccoli and snow peas and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and the sauce mixture and cook for 3 minutes longer. Remove from heat and toss with the cooked noodles.

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I did not use the snow peas because Krogers snow peas looked awful and were all spotted and yucky.

Now, what did I think about the Five-Spice Noodles? I found out that my whole family did not like the Chinese Five Spice powder. It has a black licorice smell and flavor. I do have to say that if I would have left that out, we all agreed that the meal would have been a great hit. Everyone ate it but we all commented on how we would have liked it much better without the Five-Spice.

Peanut Noodles with Broccoli

Serves 2
  • 8 ounces brown rice noodles
  • 4 cups broccoli florets (about 2 large heads)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 3 TBS peanut butter
  • 2 TBS 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2 TBS low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 TBS minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

1. In a medium pot, bring 6 to 8 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, add the rice noodles and cook according to package instructions -- usually 4 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the broccoli florets to the cooking water and cook for an additional minute. Drain the noodles and broccoli and set aside.

2. In a large pot over low heat, combine the coconut water, peanut butter, maple syrup, soy sauce, ginger and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir continuously and cook until smooth, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Add the noodles and broccoli mixture to the peanut sauce. Use tongs to mix well, serve.

Now, I thought this peanut sauce was really good. The red pepper flakes gave it that little kick that gave it a flavor that I didn't think would go with the peanut butter but it went together with the broccoli really well. When I first read peanut butter and broccoli I thought there is no way that those two ingredients could go together but it was a great hit. Here four days later my daughter and I are wanting more so I think tomorrow I will fix us some for lunch.

There are a lot of other recipes in the Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook that I can not wait to try, especially some of the desserts. I will post some of them as I fix them so keep an eye out for them.

This is a great cookbook for both vegetarians and vegans.

You can check out Forks Over Knives:

Disclaimer: I have received product from The Experiment Publishing in return for this review. I have stated my honest opinion and in no way was paid for a positive review and received nothing more after I received the book to review. Book images is from Forks Over Knives.


  1. Your doing great! We are having veggie lasagna and could do it vegan if we changed the cheese to soy. It does not melt the same or taste the same though.

    It seems all of my friends are vegeterians and we love getting together. I can eat this way just fine but at the same time I love my burgers. So I am still on the fence sad to say.

  2. I am not a vegan at all, but my close friend is, and have always wondered how this cookbook was. Thanks for the sneak peek!

  3. I have always wondered if this was a good cook book or not! I am not a vegetarian by any means, but this recipe looks good!


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