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The Vegan Family Cookbook

The Vegan Family Cookbook

Simple, Balanced Cooking for Real Life
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Goodbye Refined Sugar!

Goodbye Refined Sugar!

Easy Recipes with No Added Sugar or Fat
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Bonjour and welcome to the delicious, healthy, and fun world of Madame Labriski!

I’m fueled by my energy treats and want to change the world by saying goodbye to refined sugar! But first, let me take a step back . . .

Although I’m not a nutritionist or a pastry chef, I decided to pursue a crazy idea: to show that eating healthy can taste good and improve energy. So I tinkered in the kitchen and created my pièce de résistance (as they say): a healthy and nutritious date puree to use in place of refined sugar. Lo and behold, I was able to make healthy and yummy energy cookies, bites, bars, and more. And just like that, Madame Labriski was born. I launched my site madamelabriski.com and wrote my first book (my yellow book) called Ces galettes dont tout le monde parle, which was translated and adapted into Fuel Your Day! I also began to host various health and fitness events throughout my community, from wellness conferences to races, and sell packaged date puree, energy cookies, pancakes, and muffins throughout Quebec. It’s been so exciting!

Then I began to think bigger. What if I could turn this idea into a movement and reduce the consumption of refined sugar once and for all? But how? I had a vision: to change the world one spoonful of date puree and one energy treat at a time. And so, I am back with even more recipes. That’s right! Enjoy fortifying breakfast recipes, like The Maca Morning; even more energy cookies to transform your kids’ lunches, such as The Fruity Study; nutritious muffins for that afternoon snack (I looooove The BettyBeet); healthy protein-filled drinks, including The Purple Nitrat-o-Max; protein-packed goodies perfect for your pre- and post-workouts, The Log-Your-Results go-to; and scrumptious desserts of all kinds, think The Applelicious Crisp, The Date Barski squares, or The Picky Logger Yule log for the holidays. I even have you covered with my recipes for healthy loaves and biscotti—or as I like to call them, Labriskotti! This book is also packed with helpful tips—or Tipskis!—and informative tidbits to help with your adventures in the kitchen.

I think that anything is possible . . . all you need is to believe and have confidence in yourself. Oh, and energize your day with healthy and fun treatskis! So go ahead and turn the page (and the next page, and the next . . . Ha! Ha!)to transform your kitchen, enjoy yummy and nutritious energy treats, and say goodbye to refined sugar once and for all!

—Madame Labriski

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Baking Day with Anna Olson

Baking Day with Anna Olson

Recipes to Bake Together: 120 Sweet and Savory Recipes to Bake with Family and Friends
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From the Introduction
“BAKING DAY” IS A phrase you may have heard in casual conversation and, like me, never really stopped to think about. It pops up in situations like:

“I’m having a baking day with my son on Saturday. We’re making a birthday cake for his brother.”

“I’m spending a baking day with my grandma, and she’s showing me how to make her babka.”

“My sisters and I always get together at this time of year for a baking day, to make holiday cookies.”

“I am obsessing over making French baguette for my fiancée—it’s her favourite— so I’m going to spend a baking day mastering it.”

“Summer’s here, so I’m spending my baking day making popsicles with the kids!”

Quite simply, a baking day is time set aside to bake with or for people you want to spend time with. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a full day—even an hour spent making a batch of cookies counts as a baking day. We tend to bake more on week- ends, because that’s when we usually have a little more time and, as with most hobbies and interests, we fit baking in when we can.
No matter when the baking day, its value is more than the treats, breads or cakes that we pull from the oven. It is the memories created by spending time in the kitchen with someone you love, or devoting time to baking as a form of self-expression, that are worth so much.

This book was inspired by looking back on my baking day memories and asking my family and friends about their own favourite baking moments and recipes. For some, making weekend breakfast with their kids was a special time, or baking cookies as a family became a regular routine. For others, baking a cake for a special occa- sion was as much fun as the birthday party itself. Baking treasured family recipes or learning about baking from grandparents also holds a special place in a lot of people’s hearts.

This collection of recipes is meant to inspire you to take a little time in the kitchen and embrace baking time for the gift that it is. You can’t force memories to be created, but by making a batch of simple Fudgiest Frosted Brownies (page 181) or spending an afternoon baking cupcakes and matching frostings (pages 212-219) with some friends, you are setting the stage for the good times to happen.

In the following pages, you’ll find recipes for all levels of bakers, from novice to expert, and for all types of baking, from quick and easy to more elaborate. I have included quite a few breakfast recipes that aren’t actually “baked,” because a relaxed weekend morning spent making a family breakfast together has the potential to inspire further kitchen activities.

I have especially kept young bakers top of mind as I’ve developed and played with these recipes. Kids are always observing and learning, and they continue to remind me of the joy and surprise that baking brings. Think about it—you combine butter, sugar, eggs, flour and cocoa in a bowl and whisk them together. That gooey mess is poured into a pan, and after just 30 minutes in the oven . . . cake! Watching a child pull up a stool in front of the oven to watch that cake bake reminds me of my own childhood and always gives me great pleasure.

Kids should be supervised in the kitchen even when they are baking “on their own.” I have steered clear of recipes that involve candying or caramelizing sugar, since those techniques can be tricky. But I have included recipes for doughnuts that are cooked in a deep fryer (or in a pot of hot oil). Kids can do the mixing and kneading, but an adult should do the actual frying (my grandmother was in charge of frying the doughnuts we made together).

To make baking days as inclusive as possible, I have offered many vegan, gluten- free, dairy-free and egg-free recipes. No recipes use peanuts (except for the Cereal Killer Squares, page 185, and pet treats, pages 300 to 307, but you can use school- safe soy nut butters instead). Just a few recipes contain nuts at all, and they can easily be replaced by other crunchy items if need be.
So, pull out a stick of butter to soften, preheat the oven and get ready to make some delicious memories. Enjoy your baking day!

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Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook

Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook

50 Delicious (and Secretly Healthy) Recipes Kids Will Love to Make
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Fuel Your Day!

Fuel Your Day!

100+ Seriously Addictive Energy Cookies, Bites, Bars and More
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From “Making My Energy Treats is Simple!”
 
Making my energy treats is easy! Simply put the ingredients in a bowl, mix, bake, let cool, and then enjoy. Ta-da!
 
Q: Really, No Added Sugar or Fat?
My energy treats have no added sugar or fat—instead they are sweetened with date puree and loaded with fiber (even the most decadent ones). They are 100% healthy and will make you want to live your life to the fullest. Who said healthy cooking had to be complicated?
 
Ok, fine—I cheat a little sometimes. The dough contains no added sugar or fat, but you will occasionally spot chocolate or caramel chips in my recipes. When I first started making my energy treats, I wanted to avoid these kinds of ingredients at all costs. But a nutritionist friend told me that in cooking, as in life, it all comes down to balance. So the choice is yours: if you want to include those ingredients, go for it, but if you don’t, you can always just leave them out.
 
Q: What about Me? I Eat Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free!
All the recipes in this book can be made without gluten or dairy products. Yes, really! For gluten-free treats, simply substitute the other flours with your favorite gluten-free variety available at your grocery store. For dairy-free, use store-bought unsweetened applesauce instead of nonfat plain yogurt. There is no need to hunt for complicated ingredients—so simple!
 
Q: How about Calories?
Lots of people have asked for my recipes’ nutritional information, including calorie count. But because I’m not a trained nutritionist or a dietitian (I’m just a woman who has big ideas to change the world, one energy treat at a time!), this isn’t information I’m focused on. I’ve chosen not to count the calories of the food I eat. After all, they’re just a number! Are the recipes in this book low-calorie? No. They are healthy, easy-to-make recipes that are packed with ingredients to provide lasting energy. Deciding to eat healthily is a choice. The great thing about making these energy treats is that you choose what you put in the recipe and, therefore, into your body.

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