Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing Terry Hope Romero’s “Salad Samurai” which was simply, deliciously, outstanding!
No one’s ever done so much with salads, slaws and sides in one book to strike at my personal veggie cravings as Terry did. So when they sent out a copy of her newest vegan book, “Protein Ninja”, I was confident I’d be more than happy with the her ‘protein packed’ recipes and tips. I made my first recipe from the book the very first day the book arrived and I’ve been experimenting and delighting in the results from her book for weeks now.
Thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Publishing, you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Terry’s new book at the end of my review here.
First a quick look at some of the many recipes I’ve whipped up from Terry’s new book already:
“Protein Ninja” starts out aptly, guiding readers to easy, economical sources of protein in a plant based diet. What to keep in your panty. Best techniques for storing protein packed foods. On the go foods.
After the Ninja basics, she gets into some hard core creative ways to boost your protein intake without simply drinking smoothie after smoothie each day. She uses a variety of protein sources as well for great options including Pea Powder, Hemp, Brown Rice, Soy Legumes, Nuts and Seeds etc.
Toasts, Waffles, Burgers, Gravy?, and of course, Desserts! All beautifully written out in simply, easy to follow recipe ideas with lots of personalizing ideas as well.
My first recipe to test was a wonderfully healthy, protein packed granola.
Matcha Strawberry Granola. Ironically I had a 5 lbs. can of dried strawberries on hand so this one whipped up in minutes.
I packaged portions up in easy to carry containers to give me a healthy, delicious choice on my way out the door for workdays. Make this one your own by changing up the fruit flavors but keep the Matcha in.
With Hemp, Oats, Chia and Brown Rice cereal, this is a delectable way to gear up your proteins each day.
Next up was a spicy, protein favorite of mine, Peanut Satay Sauce.
Asian foods are a staple in our house and this zinged up version of my favorite dipping sauce is always welcome. Terry’s version has all the traditional flavors of Satay and a good dose of spice which is fine with me. Heat is always adjustable of course but, to me, let Thai be Thai….
Terry obviously loves hearty breads and spreads as much as I do. Her chapter on “Super Toasts Savory and Sweet” is simply heavenly. I could have tried each recipe variation for weeks….
Highlighting here for you is her ‘Edamame & Pea Avocado Toast’
So many ways to make this one the best thing on your plate since sliced bread.
Thank you Terry.
This chapter is sooooo yummy. ‘White Bean & Cashew Ricotta Toast’ – ‘Superfood Chocolate Almond Toast’ – ‘Spinach Dill Ricotta’ to name a few.
Perfectly memorable meals here!
“I wanted protein recipes other than mashing a vanilla-flavored powder with almond butter and flax seeds and calling it a day.
And yes, even good old-fashioned baking!
Adding pure, unflavored, but wholesome plant-based protein powders to recipe brings out my inner foodie alchemist.
– Terry Hope Romero
Terry is the author of several bestselling and award-winning cookbooks including
and now Protein Ninja from Da Capo Lifelong Books.
In 2011 she was named Favorite Cookbook Author by VegNews. Terry lives, cooks, and eats in Queens, NYC.
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1/3 cup smooth almond butter
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plain hemp protein powder
- 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the over to 350 F degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the topping ingredients in a small, shallow bowl.
- Make the cookies: In a large bowl, mash together the banana, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract until smooth. Stir in the hemp protein powder and cocoa powder until smooth: the mixture will resemble thick chocolate frosting. Fold in the oats and salt. The dough will be sticky: that's okay!
- Using an ice-cream dipper for the easiest scooping of the sticky dough, or lightly oiling your fingers to shape the dough, drop generous rounded tablespoons into the topping mixture. Roll to coat, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 inch apart. Gently flatten each cookie to about 1 inch thick. Bake for 12 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Let cool completely before storing loosely covered.
- From Protein Ninja by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2015
- Makes 12 cookies.
- I substituted non-dairy chocolate chips in my version here for the cocao nibs.
To enter to win a copy of Terry Hope Romero’s “Protein Ninja” leave a comment below and let me know something helpful you’ve done this week for animal or human ♥
Contest ends April 15th. Two winners picked at random: one for U. S. residents and another for Canada.
My thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Books for sharing Terry’s book with me for review.
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