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Quintess' Radiant Health/Inner Wealth

So, since one of our fellow VWers has created her own awesome cookbook, I think we should dedicate a cookbook thread to it.  Whoever has ordered this book or tested recipes prior to the book's publication should contribute and maybe it will persuade others to order it and make quintess lots of $$$  ;D

So far, I've made:

Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Caramelized Scallions:  delicious!  Very smooth, great flavor, hearty but not heavy.  Wonderful with some homemade tofu sour cream drizzled in as a garnish!

Whole Multigrain Bread:  the best whole wheat bread I've ever made.  It rises great, has a nice texture, very healthy, and just plain tasty!  I would get the book just for this recipe!

Grandma's Apple Crisp:  mmmm....I love apple crisp!  I added some more margarine and about a 1/2 cup of rolled oats to the "crumb" mixture.  Was very yummy!

Note from editor: The compilation of reviews for RHIW can be found on page 2 of this thread: Official review for Radiant Health Inner Wealth

Tomato, basil, and roasted pine nut penne -I loved this.  Ivan, who thinks, when eating pasta it has to have tomato sauce commented on how tasty this was. Yummy

AC- should I delete the old comment after you post it in the thread? It might keep things neater

quintess, I am lovin' the book  ;)b So far, everything has been very easy to prepare & delicious.

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AC- should I delete the old comment after you post it in the thread? It might keep things neater

You mean the comment you just posted? :nono: It just looks kinda weird now b/c there aren't lots of posts for it to look confusing. Like, the list is so it will be easy to see the reviews, but the review posts still belong in the thread, too. Ya know?

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You mean the comment you just posted? :nono: It just looks kinda weird now b/c there aren't lots of posts for it to look confusing. Like, the list is so it will be easy to see the reviews, but the review posts still belong in the thread, too. Ya know?

Yes ma'am....my cursor is no where near the X Remove button :P

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quintess, I am lovin' the book  ;)b So far, everything has been very easy to prepare & delicious.

Wonderful!! Thanks so very much for sharing!

Thanks, AC, for all your work in compiling the reviews too!!

...by the way, where is vegansapien? She has made a TON of recipes from the book! :)

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Hey guys, I keep meaning to post to this thread...overall Tess's book rocks!

I would like to thank Quintess for introducing me to the wonderment of the pressure cooker. I got one for Christmas and have been preoccupied with it...awesome.

I plan to go through the bean recipes since I am infatuated with using it as much as possible.

My absolute favorites from the book(and by absolute favorite I mean "best things I have ever eaten")

Thai Tofu and Tropical Fruit Salad.....so amazing. My first time using shallots! Stunning flavor combo!

Lowfat Basil-Garlic Linguine....I lived on this for weeks after trying it the first time. It is addicting and sooo easy and quick. I long for summer and its garden fresh basil.

Lemon Bars...omg! I purposely haven't made these recently because they are so good. I love lemon and these are super flavorful and turnout beautifully! *drooling in memory*

Honestly, I have enjoyed every recipe I have made from this book. I have the pages folded down on all the others I plan to try. This week I am thinking of the whole multigrain bread.... mmmm.... and the creamy adzuki beans.  I will post pics of the new ones I try.

Also Tess, if you want I could start a Flickr group for your book. Its a free way for others to see how yummy the food looks! It would be open for anyone to load pics  of food they have made from your book. It might help spread the word (and fun for food porn addicts... ^-^).

Tess's book also has a great "holistic toolkit" in the beginning. Very simple and easy to implement self improvement techniques. Thank you, Tess!

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Also Tess, if you want I could start a Flickr group for your book. Its a free way for others to see how yummy the food looks! It would be open for anyone to load pics  of food they have made from your book. It might help spread the word (and fun for food porn addicts... ^-^).

Tess's book also has a great "holistic toolkit" in the beginning. Very simple and easy to implement self improvement techniques. Thank you, Tess!

Wow, I mention your name and you magically appear! The toolkit must be making you psychic as well! ;)b
Thanks so much...I don't know what a Flickr group is, but it sounds wonderful. Basically, I am trying to introduce my book to as many people as I can on a shoestring budget (yes, as challenging as it sounds! :)) so your idea sounds perfect. Your pictures are great too. Once my book gets bigger, I'll be happy to try and get you food photo jobs if you want them! ;)
:)>>>
Oh, so glad to hear you've been converted to the pressure cooker life! Yay!! So great for healthy quick meals...I totally rely on mine!

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Tess, lol! You're magic book is making me psychic  :D

The flickr group is here http://www.flickr.com/groups/radianthealth/

Its free to join and you can add your food pics to this group to help it grow big and strong. I expect you all to join....right now...go! AC...I know you have a ton of pics! (as of know, I am the only one in the group...and I'm lonely)  :'(

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Tess, lol! You're magic book is making me psychic  :D

The flickr group is here http://www.flickr.com/groups/radianthealth/

Its free to join and you can add your food pics to this group to help it grow big and strong. I expect you all to join....right now...go! AC...I know you have a ton of pics! (as of know, I am the only one in the group...and I'm lonely)  :'(

Maybe I'm the psychic! I joined, right then, and added my photos! At first I was scared because I thought I was adding the photos to the group, but they weren't there, then I realized I had just uploaded them (period), and it was easy to add them to the group.  ;)b

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Sweet, AC! You are magic  ;)b

For those new to Flickr, just upload your photos to your account. Then you have to go to the group Radiant Health and click on "Add Photos or video". You can then select which of your pics you want to add to the group. Yay!

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Kbuettne has joined our group....pass it on  ;)b

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Basic vinaigrette

-This is a good classic vinaigrette. I halved it, and the garlic was a bit overpowering, but that was expected since it's a vinaigrette..with raw garlic! I used it on a salad, and it enjoyed, but didn't enjoy the garlic taste afterward. I also used it as a marinade for the cauliflower recipe, and that was really good! I think I'll use the rest for cooking. It's great that way, though.

Roasted cauliflower with rosemary

-Yum! I love roasted cauliflower. I used the vinaigrette for the oil/garlic, added a splash of wine vinegar (no balsamic left), and the other ingredients. I let it marinade for a while, and then roasted it. A yummy way to have cauliflower.

Lemon bars

-These are really tasty. I've wanted to make these for a long time! I don't think I can really taste the ginger in the crust, but maybe it's just a subtle flavor addition. I love the lemon flavor, and maybe used just a little bit more! I used an 11x7 pan, but I think next time I'll try it in an 8x8. Mine turned out a little bit flat, and my crust was stretched a little bit thin in a couple places. I really love the flavor!

I was planning on making the cilantro-lime rice, but remembered I didn't have any lime, so I used lemon. I also used broth, and some braggs with the water, and sauteed red onion with the rice a few minutes before simmering. This version is really yummy, and I know the recipe will be, too!

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Indian Spiced Supergrain Cereal

I loved the flavors in this. It was like chai flavored warm cereal and it made the kitchen smell delicious. I am trying to force myself to get used to the flavor/texture of amaranth...I think I need to rinse it better. I might make this again with just the quinoa and add some walnuts or pecans. Overall, tasty change from oatmeal!

http://www.vegansapien.com/images/indianspice_cereal-collage.jpg

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Vegansapien! Those pictures are amazing! They actually elevate that humble breakfast to something gorgeous. Did you want to run a marathon after eating that? Amaranth is amazing.

Thanks again, everyone for posting here and for the flickr group!!! You guys are beautiful! :)>>>

p.s. now I am going to have to try to find a way to use one of those pictures...they really look professional!!!
Also, VS, have you ever tried popped amaranth? It may help you turn a corner on loving amaranth...so yummy!

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Blueberry Strussel Cake with Lemon Icing:  AMAZING!!  This stuff is delicious!  I made it with fresh blueberries (they were super cheap at Safeway for some reason) and Meyer lemons (all I had, but the slight orangey flavor paired nicely with the blueberries).  I think it would be good even without the icing, but the citrus is a nice touch.  It's a good thing that blueberries aren't usually this cheap or I would eat waaaayyy too much of this!

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Meyer lemons (all I had, but the slight orangey flavor paired nicely with the blueberries). 

Do you not remember the huge do not use Meyer lemon disclaimer after my lemon cake fiasco?! :nono:

;D  :-*

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Do you not remember the huge do not use Meyer lemon disclaimer after my lemon cake fiasco?! :nono:

:-D You poor thing, I hope you didn't have to get therapy for that one!! :) You are officially scarred for life. I hope you don't have nightmares about Meyer lemons invading your desserts!

Blueberry Strussel Cake with Lemon Icing:  AMAZING!!  This stuff is delicious!  I made it with fresh blueberries (they were super cheap at Safeway for some reason) and Meyer lemons (all I had, but the slight orangey flavor paired nicely with the blueberries).  I think it would be good even without the icing, but the citrus is a nice touch.  It's a good thing that blueberries aren't usually this cheap or I would eat waaaayyy too much of this!

I know what you mean. It's funny though, that recipe almost didn't make the cut because one person said it wasn't as good as my other desserts... Glad I didn't listen!! Thanks so much for sharing!! ;)b

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Oh, geez, I'm sooo glad it made the cut!  It's so yummy, and I'm not a big "cake" fan but it's not really "cake" like.  It different.  And delicious.

Sorry, AC!  They were on sale at Whole Foods.  They actually worked out just fine in this recipe, but they definitely wouldn't be good in a "lemon only" dessert.

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Frozen bananas
-I had actually never frozen bananas before, but I had some really ripe ones, and thought they'd be perfect. However, I didn't leave them in long enough, and ended up with a smoothie instead of shake. I also put them in a tupperware like container, instead of a bag. I will definitely do it again, if we don't eat all of our nanners!

Vanilla shake
-As I mentioned in the frozen banana review, I didn't let my bananas freeze long enough, so I ended up with a smoothie instead of a shake. I should have added less soymilk! The bananas were small, too. I added coconut extract and vanilla extract. Something was a bit off, but I still enjoyed it. Will do it again.

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Vanilla shake
-As I mentioned in the frozen banana review, I didn't let my bananas freeze long enough, so I ended up with a smoothie instead of a shake. I should have added less soymilk! The bananas were small, too. I added coconut extract and vanilla extract. Something was a bit off, but I still enjoyed it. Will do it again.

That recipe is so simple that something like under-frozen nanas can really throw it off. The thickness of the shake (and ripeness of the nanas) make a big diff. Actually, that is another recipe I used to death...we used to make it every day (it was my daughter's favorite) and I am just now--finally-- able to think about making it again!! :)
p.s. How long did you freeze your bananas for??

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Vanilla shake
-As I mentioned in the frozen banana review, I didn't let my bananas freeze long enough, so I ended up with a smoothie instead of a shake. I should have added less soymilk! The bananas were small, too. I added coconut extract and vanilla extract. Something was a bit off, but I still enjoyed it. Will do it again.

That recipe is so simple that something like under-frozen nanas can really throw it off. The thickness of the shake (and ripeness of the nanas) make a big diff. Actually, that is another recipe I used to death...we used to make it every day (it was my daughter's favorite) and I am just now--finally-- able to think about making it again!! :)
p.s. How long did you freeze your bananas for??

Yeah, I mean..I know it was totally my fault in terms of it not being a shake. I will do it again with FROZEN bananas though. Well, I definitely didn't freeze them for 8-10 hours..

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