Plant-Powered Families Giveaway & Review

**Giveaway has ended.  Congratulations to Susan on her copy of Plant-Powered Families!**

As I have mentioned Dreena Burton is one of my all time favorite vegan cookbook authors.  Her Vive Le Vegan cookbook was one of the first vegan cookbook’s I purchased that seemed written just for me.  Her cookbooks always include a variety of breakfasts, snacks, main dishes and desserts.  She uses healthy ingredients, but doesn’t sacrifice flavor.  Last week Dreena’s latest book, Plant-Powered Families, was released.   I received my copy from Amazon a few weeks ago and have had a great time cooking through the book.  I love the book so much I would like to offer a copy to one of my readers.  The contest details are below.

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The first thing to know about Plant-Powered Families is that it is much more than a collection of recipes. This is really a resource book for people looking for more information on raising vegan or plant-based children.  You don’t have to be a committed vegan or vegetarian.  Dreena provides excellent general advice on getting your kids to eat healthier foods, especially at lunch.  Her lunch box ideas are fantastic if you are looking to add variety to your children’s lunch.

Dreena provides sections that address some of the challenges vegan families may face.  She discusses how to feed picky eaters and how to plan and attend parties as a vegan.  The party section in particular is very helpful.  Her idea of serving pizza and hot dogs for parties really resonates with me.  Children’s parties are not the best time to try out your new kale and quinoa saute!  Keep it simple and serve vegan hot dogs or pizza…food that the kids will understand.  Your goal with a child’s party is to celebrate your child, not convert kids to healthy living in 2 hours or less.


As always Dreena’s recipes do not disappoint.  Recipes are broken down into several, easy to reference sections: Breakfasts, Lunches, Salad Dressings & Sauces, Dinnertime and Desserts.  Each of these sections is further broken down into categories.  For instance the Dinner section breaks recipes into: Soups & Stews, Pizza & Pasta, Burgers n’ Fries, and Casseroles & One Dish Wonders.

Plant-Powered Families French Toast

The first thing I made was the Cinnamon French Toast.  The french toast was completely delicious and very easy to make.  From start to finish we were eating within 15 minutes.  My kind of weekend breakfast! Fun and fast.

Plant-Powered Families Baked Tofu

I also made the Simplest Marinated Baked Tofu.  This recipe is a winner for both ease and versatility.  With just a few ingredients you can bake a batch of tasty tofu to use all week.  My son loved it in his sandwiches and I loved it on salad.  This is a recipe I’ll plan to have on hand most weeks.

Plant-Powered Families Teriyaki

The Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry was a big hit after a cold baseball practice one night.  It was easy to throw everything together and the sauce had a ton of flavor.  Next time I will be adding chili flakes to the sauce, as we like spicy food.  If only a few of your family members like spice you could definitely add chili flakes or sriracha on top, as we did last week.

Plant-Powered Families CC Bars

My favorite Dreena recipe is her chocolate chip cookie recipe.  While this is not in her new book I am compelled to share it, as it is my absolute go to.  I have made it a hundred different ways at this point.  Last week I used half brown sugar and half white sugar in the batter.  I added 1/2 cup of crushed pretzels and then poured the batter into an 8×8 greased pan.  The bars baked for 15 minutes and were totally delicious.


**Giveaway has ended.  Congratulations to Susan on her copy of Plant-Powered Families!**

Since I love Dreena Burton and have found her recipes and ideas so inspiring I want to share her newest creation with you.   I will be giving out one copy of Plant-Powered Families to a reader in the US (sorry international folks).  Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  You have 3 ways to participate: like Vegan Gretchen on Facebook, follow @vegangretchen on Twitter, and/or leave a comment below sharing your favorite author’s name.  The giveaway runs until 12:00 AM on May 26.  Thanks for participating!

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  1. Christina says

    Dreena Burton is definitely one of my favorite cookbook authors and I would love to win a copy of her new book!

  2. Paula says

    Wow, it’s so difficult to choose a favorite cookbook author. One fave is Robin Robertson because of her vastly prolific career. Another fave is Isa Chandra Moskowitz because her books & site are awesome. Of course, Dreena’s books are great & super kid-friendly & omni-friendly.

  3. Tabatha F says

    I used to love Rachel Ray, but now that I’ve started eating vegan I love the Happy Herbivore!

    • vegangretchen says

      I was also a Rachel Ray fan. I appreciate how approachable she makes cooking. Thanks for commenting Tabatha!

  4. Heather says

    I’m more an internet recipe grabber (thank you Pinterest!). I really want Dreena’s book though. I’ve loved everything I’ve made from her website.

    • vegangretchen says

      I think you will really enjoy her book Heather. It is great that so many authors share many of their recipes online so you can “try before you buy” a full cookbook.

  5. says

    I enjoy cookbooks from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Kathy Hester and I can’t wait to get Richa Hingle’s new book. I don’t have any books by Dreena and I just started following her. I would love to have this book of hers. I can see her becoming a favorite, too.

    • vegangretchen says

      I’m really looking forward to trying Richa’s new book as well. Thanks for commenting Celeste.

  6. Nicole Selah Destrampe says

    Favorite cookbook author is hard, Isa, or Kathy Hester maybe I don’t have any of Dreena’s books but I’ve loved everything Ive tried from her website!

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Nicole – I agree choosing just one author is hard. We are fortunate to have so many great vegan cookbooks available these days!

  7. Karen D says

    I have so many favorites, depending on the genre. Diane Mott Davidson’s mysteries are always a good read.

    • vegangretchen says

      Thanks for commenting Karen. I’ll have to look up Diane Mott Davidson’s books. I’m not familiar with her.

  8. Carol Ann says

    I would love a physical copy of this book — while many times I get the digital version first to see if I want to actually own the book — this one I want to own!!

  9. Jean D. says

    My favorite author is Kent Haruf. His final book comes out this week, posthumously: Our Souls At Night. I have it on Amazon pre-order, and can’t wait.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Jean – That sounds like a great book. Thanks for commenting and sharing your favorite author.

    • vegangretchen says

      I’ll have to check out Neil Gaiman. Thanks for commenting and for the recommendation Terri.

  10. Kristine J says

    Who is your favorite author (cooking or otherwise)?

    For cooking, I like Isa Moskowitz and Dreena Burton for cookbooks. For regular reading, I’m partial to J. K Rowling, Harry Potter is one I can read over and over again.

    • vegangretchen says

      I’m just reading Harry Potter with my son Kristine. JK Rowling has an incredible imagination.

    • vegangretchen says

      Thanks for commenting Marissa. I’m a big Isa fan as well. I know she will never steer me wrong!

    • vegangretchen says

      Thanks for sharing your fav authors Sarah. I’m a booknerd as well, so I am loving hearing about all of these new to me authors.

  11. Susan says

    I like Murakami and McCall-Smith for fiction. For cookbooks I like Isa, but mostly cook out of Happy Herbivore or Forks Over Knives. I also have Vgean Richa’s new book and am looking forward to trying the recipes!

    • vegangretchen says

      Thanks Susan. I’m looking forward to trying Richa’s recipes this week. They all sound delicious.

  12. Sharanya says

    my fav author is Matthew Kenny for cookbooks and I like James Patterson and others for regular reading

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Sharanya – I haven’t used Matthew Kenny’s cookbooks in the past. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll definitely check them out.

    • vegangretchen says

      I love the Oh She Glows cookbook too, Amanda. My favorite are the cookie dough bites. So tasty#

    • vegangretchen says

      Thanks for commenting Claire Elizabeth. Dreena is so creative. I’m like you, I want to try all of her recipes!

  13. Sue says

    Looks like a great cookbook. I’d love to win a copy. I have some of the McDougall and Happy Herbivore cookbooks.

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Sue – I think you will really enjoy Dreena’s books if you like HH and McDougall cookbooks. She has a similar healthy approach to cooking with really flavorful dishes.

  14. Nicollette D says

    I can’t wait for this book. Dreena’s recipes are great. There are so many great authors right now. I’m especially loving the Happy Herbivore because the recipes are easy enough that I can make them!

    • vegangretchen says

      Thanks Nicollette. My favorite Happy Herbivore recipe is still her chickpea tacos. I love those!


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