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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

For dinner tonight, I wanted something really simple and non-fattening so I made the Moroccan Quinoa and Anna's Zucchini. They were both really easy to make but really, really good! I had never used that exact technique with zucchini, it was so simple but really tasty. The quinoa had a really wonderful flavor, especially since it's a "green" recipe (lowfat, ultra-healthy). I love all of the contrasting spices and flavors, so yummy!! I will be making a staple out of both from now on!

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I made the Chocolate Decadence Cake and it was absolutely wonderful.  I am honestly not a cake fan, but I ended up eating the entire cake by myself (over the course of a week though :P).  I couldn't get enough of it.  Not too sweet and not too rich.  I can't wait to make this cake again, but I need lots of company to entertain so that I don't consume the entire thing by myself again!

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I made this salad last night: Baby greens with arugula, apples, and caramelized pecans.
It was really delicious and pretty quick, especially since I just used Annie's raspberry dressing. The pecans were so yummy and really put this salad over the top!

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I just ordered this book...can't wait to get it ;)b

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The oven fries are amazing. I've always disliked oven fries because they're not at all like real fries, but these were really really good. All that garlic and the yummy spices.. yums.

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Alethea's Caribbean Black Beans

This was easy to prepare/make and delicious!  Even though I accidentally (only slightly) burned the onions.  I used coconut milk to cook my rice in and the whole meal was yummy.

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Thanks, lovelies! I appreciate your taking the time to write the reviews! :)

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i just bought ur book i'm looking forward to reading it :)

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Oh, I was wondering who had such a beautiful name--lovely! I ship priority so you should have it any day!
Thanks, sweetie! :)

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YELLOW TOFU

I made this this morning and it was delicious!  Like Tweety, I didn't have granules, so I used onion powder and garlic salt.  This was fast and I made it into a breakfast burrito like suggested with sauteed mushrooms, chopped avocado & tomato, hot sauce and veggie bacon!  I will be making this again!

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Quintess' Tasty Lowfat Tostadas recipe lives up to its name. A quick and easy recipe to knock out if you are too tired and hungry from work to spend much time in the kitchen. The tostadas use (canned or homemade) refried beans seasoned with dried onion, cumin, garlic, seasoned salt, paprika and lime to give it a nice zip. I usually fry my corn tortillas in oil and appreciated the oil-brushed and baked approach which saved me from washing a greasy fry pan. I thought the "Mandatory Toppings" were not all that mandatory, and used toppings I'm used to for dressing my tostada-shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and salsa. Light, flavorful and filling!

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can't wait to try these u have so many recipes!!!

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Lemon asparagus linguine

This was so easy to make.  I added white beans and it came out fantastic!

I really love that there are so many recipes that are marked 30mins and under!  :)>>>

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The Banana Muffins to Write Home About are really something to right home about. And they were naked muffins. No nuts. No chips. No streusel top.

The recipe is easy and deliciously healthy, sweet and moist. I went the the gluten-free route and they came out much better than the babycakes recipe. The muffins blend rolled oats, flour (whole wheat  pastry or gluten-free), flax seed egg and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. I used 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice instead of 2/3 organic sugar or sucanat and they still were plenty sweet. I also tried the Arrowhead Mills gluten-free flour, per Vegwebber suggestion, and found that I liked it much more than the beany Bob's Red Mill brand. Perhaps my only complaint is that the muffins didn't rise much, although that could be because of the gluten-free flour. I like my muffins pure and unadultered, but I think I just might try the (optional) cinnamon brown sugar streusel. Great recipe.

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I have made alot of the recipies, but I have to say the creamy adzuki beans are a favorite...even my non vegan hubby like them ;)b He has eaten everything I have made from this book, and has given it a ;)b  Thanks Tess, for a great book.

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Zesty Kale with Cranberries

This was yummy!  I love kale almost anyway it can be eaten, but this was different from any other way I've tried it.  I liked the sweetness that the orange juice added.  I used agave instead of maple syrup and fresh cranberries instead of dried.  Before adding the kale, I cooked the cranberries in the oj until they split open.  I really liked the flavor of the cranberries with the kale.  I'm guessing it would be more subtle with dried cranberries though.  I think there are lots of fun ways to experiment with this recipe.  I look forward to making it many more times.

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Count me among the fans of Krazy Kale Khips.  I could do without the salt, as I found it a tad too salty, but sooooo good.

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Zesty Kale with Cranberries

I loved loved loved this recipe!  The combination of everything worked very well together...it was sweet...zesty....tart....and spicey.  ;)b ;)b

I used dried cranberries that were sweetened, and with the maple syrup I found them just a tad too sweet and might use real cranberries or leave out the maple syrup. 

My only regret is I only made one batch.

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Nice dish, Tweety! Looks delicious.

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Garlic mashers big hit at my Xmas dinner....very good!!!  Mom said she couldn't tell that I used almond milk instead of real milk.

Joe's guacamole served as an appetizer before dinner and it was a big hit, especially with my BIL.  Mom commented that she never heard of using garlic in guac before and loved it.  I made it and then went to the store for fresh cilantro and they were out, so I added a bit of powdered coriander and cumin.

creamy hummus with variations served as an appetize before dinner.  The verdicts out on this one.  My sister liked it, but I found it too lemony (which I knew it would be lemony and tought I would like it lemony but I don't) and the tahini seemed to be overpowering it.  I might have to play with this one some.

Easy and addictive eggplant "chips" fast and easy side dish I made the other day.  I had to force myself not to eat the entire eggplant at once. 

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