Power Plates by Gena Hamshaw

Like many other people, one of my goals for the new year is to eat healthier. Power Plates by Gena Hamshaw looked like a book that could help me with that goal.

Power Plates is divided into these sections: Breakfast, Salads, Soups, Bowls, Skillets and Stovetop, and Bakes. Hamshaw also starts out the book with a great introduction to just what she has included in the book for recipes and what you can expect from the book.  She says that she has tried to create recipes that offer "sustained energy and balanced nourishment." Power Plates offers 100 recipes all total. Some of the featured recipes include: Every Day Breakfast Tostadas, Spelt Biscuits with White Bean Gravy, Guacamole Quinoa Salad, Protein Packed Ceasar Salad, Mulligatawny soup, Smoky Red Lentil stew with Chard, Sushi Bowls, Deli Bowls with Smashed Chickpea Salad, Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sage, Creamy Curried Lentils and Quinoa, Black Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Butternut Squash, and Sweet Potato Nacho Fries. She concludes the book with some meal plans to give you the idea of how to make up meal plans for yourself.

I think Power Plates has a good mix of healthy vegan recipes and each recipe includes a color picture, which I love. Whether you are a total vegan, or occasionally eat meat, this book has something to offer most people who want to eat more vegetables. I like that Hamshaw encourages you to personalize the recipes and a bit of your own creativity. Perhaps this is why the recipes do not include nutritional information in them. I do wish they did include that as it would give me at least a general idea of nutrition, even if I made some small changes. All in all, Power Plates is a great book for most of us wanting to add more healthy dishes to our weekly line-up. Hamshaw also regularly blogs recipes at The Full Helping, however I was not familiar with her blog before reading this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.


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