When Somer first told me about it, my first thought was, “Well, DUH!!” followed immediately with a feeling of happiness for her and pride in what she’d accomplished. And then when she asked me to take the photos, well – I was beyond thrilled. And scared to death! I really cut my photography teeth on this book.
Taking the photos for Somer’s book not only gave me a buttload of food photography experience, it gave me a unique perspective on the recipes. I prepared, photographed and ate a good percentage of them. And every single recipe was hands down delicious. Not that that will surprise anyone who knows of Somer’s recipes.
The Abundance Diet: The 28-Day Plan to Reinvent Your Health, Lose Weight, and Discover the Power of Plant-based Foods grew out of Somer’s Green Smoothie Challenge shared via her popular blog, Vedged Out. So much more than just smoothies, GSC was a month-long
diet plant-based feast that inspired many of her fans and followers to join in (including me and Kel!). A warm and supportive community grew around the diet; people who had struggled for years to lose those stubborn 5 pounds lost them; others gained energy and focus, some realized how much they loved fresh fruits, vegetables, and greens, still others saw an alleviation in their chronic illness symptoms. The Abundance Diet builds on the sturdy bones of GSC. It’s jam-packed with dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and oil-free recipes, shopping lists, meal plans, fitness tips, and so much more. Somer leaves nothing to chance and guides you for a full 28-days of delicious, healthful eating that includes cheeses, desserts, soups, wraps, salads, casseroles, snacks – and of course, smoothies.
I have no doubt that this is a book that both plant-based eaters and omnivores will be turning to again and again. Many of Somer’s recipe testers and those who have already followed TAD report that they were too full to eat the amount of food included for each day! Kinda turns the word “diet” on its proverbial ear, don’t you think? You can expect to lose weight, gain energy, and feel a new appreciation for the power of plant-based foods.
I’m very pleased to be able to offer one U.S. reader a copy of this amazing book. You can enter the giveaway below. If you just can’t wait or you would like to give a copy to a family member or friend, click here.
Below are some photos that I took after the book’s completion, and a few that appear in the book. What can I say? Somer’s food is photogenic!
Congratulations, babe. Love and guts.
BLACK BEAN BURGER VEGGIE SALAD
CURRIED BROWN RICE SALAD
ROASTED VEGETABLE LASAGNA
Horchata is a delicious beverage from Mexico that is typically made from rice milk, lots of sugar, and cinnamon. There are a few Mexican restaurants that serve a vegan version, but most often dairy is added. I love this version made with cashews and dates.
Note: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, soak your cashews and dates in the 2 cups water in a pint mason jar for 2 to 4 hours before blending. (Recipe from The Abundance Diet, © 2015 by Somer McCowan. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press LLC.)
- 2 tablespoons raw cashew pieces, or whole cashews, roughly chopped
- 2 to 4 soft medjool dates, pitted and snipped into bits
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a blender, combine the cashews, dates, water, and cinnamon. Blend the ingredients until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
If you’ve already purchased THE ABUNDANCE DIET and noticed that the Meal Plans were inadvertently omitted, you can access them here.
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