Review of Weight Loss the Vegan Way

Weight Loss the Vegan Way:
A 21-Day Meal Plan with Over 75 Easy Recipes

Lisa Danielson

July 21, 2020

Rockridge Press

Blurb: Lose weight for good—break the dieting cycle with the power of vegetables

Discover how the vegan diet can help you achieve real weight loss and feel good about it. Weight Loss the Vegan Way will show you how to achieve optimal health naturally—by filling up with nutritionally dense foods, avoiding saturated fat and cholesterol, and recalibrating your palate.

Whether you’re a lifelong omnivore or already enjoying plant-based meals, this vegan cookbook delivers truly effective methods for sustainable weight loss. Not only will you get delicious, satisfying recipes for every meal, you’ll also learn exactly how to get started with an easy-to-follow 21-day meal plan. Start your plant-based journey to your ideal weight and health today!

Weight Loss the Vegan Way includes:

  • Weight loss 101—Learn about strategies for weight loss success, how the vegan diet works, and important lifestyle changes you can make.
  • 21-Day meal plan—Kick off your weight loss with a simple, three-week plan—complete with shopping lists and prep instructions.
  • 75+ Vegan recipes—Cook up easy, flavorful vegan dishes you’ll want to keep eating beyond the meal plan, like Carrot Cake Oatmeal, Pumpkin-Sage Pasta, Churro Popcorn, and more.

Change the way you eat—and improve the way you feel—with Weight Loss the Vegan Way.

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Lisa Danielson’s Weight Loss the Vegan Way starts out well with her discussion on being vegan and her section on Weight Loss 101. However, I was disappointed in the 21-Day Meal Plan when I saw three days of smoothies (if you have read my reviews on vegan/vegetarian cookbooks before you know how I feel about smoothies) for breakfast and three nights in a row of Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Curry for dinner (any leftovers of that were relegated to lunch for the subsequent days) followed by three nights of Cauliflower Tacos. I don’t know how things are in your household, but in mine that wouldn’t fly–even if it were the most scrumptious meal known to this planet. And, that would also be presuming that there were that many leftovers to consume. So, no go meal plan.

The remainder of the book is filled with recipes, which from my perspective were hit or miss. For instance, I have not have tortilla soup since I became vegetarian but the one thing that would be a necessity on that soup would be a nice garnish of cilantro and probably some jalapeno. Yep, I know. I could make the recipe and throw my own cilantro on but that’s not quite the point. Creating a recipe for someone who’s never enjoyed the soup before is making sure that the experience is recreated. Cilantro being vegan and low-calorie and a normal part of the recipe should have been included. I’m being nitpicky, but you know what I mean . . . right?

The curries, both Thai and Indian, do appear pretty much authentic and flavorful and definitely worth a try. I think for many transitioning over to a vegan lifestyle necessitates the addition of a lot of flavor, and there are so many flavorful ethnic recipes that are naturally vegan.

I liked the pesto presented in the cookbook with the use of cashews instead of cheese. I would think (hope) that the basil would be the predominant flavor. (Yep, I have a cashew cheese in the fridge with which I have a stare-down every time I open the fridge door. Cheese is the only thing holding me back from being vegan.)

The sweets and snacks section has several tasty offerings and the batch cook section would be really useful for someone who likes to get their meal prep done ahead.

I received an ARC from Rockridge Press in exchange for an honest review.

My recommendation if you’re looking for a vegan weight loss book would be Isa Chandra Moskowitz’ Appetite for Reduction. The recipes in this book are so tasty (Mole Beans, anyone?) that you don’t even feel like you’re being deprived. Ha. Amazon just told me I bought this book 10 years ago, so if I’m still recommending it, you know it’s got to be good!



3 out of 5 butterflies

6 thoughts on “Review of Weight Loss the Vegan Way

  1. On the positive side, at least there are books like this out there. When I started down this path some 40 years ago, I think “Recipes for a Small Planet” was pretty much it. So, thanks for the review. Cheese was a little tough for me–at first. But then I thought about all those calves that became veal (a by-product of the dairy industry) and it became easier to leave cheese behind. I tried substitutes at first, but just gave it up altogether and don’t miss it (and I was a BIG cheese eater). Although Kite Hill makes a great vegan/almond milk cream cheese (chive flavor) and I can once again eat crackers and cream cheese, or put it on my “Beyond Burger”.

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