The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook by Dianne Wenz

The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook by Dianne Wenz is a lovely vegan cookbook chock full of delicious, simple-ish to make, healthy vegan recipes. 

The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook by Dianne Wenz, review and GIVEAWAY! 

EDITED 12/15/19 WINNER BELOW

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“Vegan” can be anything from the one extreme of totally organic, raw food vegan to the other extreme of chips, Oreos, and Pepsi. I’ve done both and every point in between. What I like so much about Dianne’s new book, The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook from Rockridge Press, is the recipes are tasty and delicious – and familiar – and super healthy at the same time. They’re old favorites (with some twists!) made with techniques that keep them lower in oil and other less than optimal ingredients. 

Contents

The recipes in the book include the introductory chapter on what is healthy vegan food. She talks about what isn’t as healthy, even though it’s vegan, and how to adjust recipes to make them more so. Included is a list of the Top 10 Vegan Diet Mistakes. (I’ve made a lot of them myself!)

Delicious Truly Healthy Vegan Recipes

The recipes in the book are broken up into a Basics first chapter, which covers making your own staples like vegetable stock and everyday recipes like Baked Tofu.

  • The Breakfast chapter includes a beautiful Spinach-Mushroom Frittata, Morning Muffins, and Breakfast Burritos (yum!).
  • There’s a Salad chapter, with Green Goddess Salad, Chickpea Gyro Salad, Gado Gado, and more.
  • In Soups and Stews, Dianne has included some hearty fare, like Mushroom Barley Soup, Vegetable Chili, Peanut Stew, and Vegetable Curry.  I’m definitely making the Potato Leek Soup.
  • In Burgers, Sandwiches, and Wraps, there are recipes for Mushroom Po Boys, Bean Ball Subs, Lentil Sloppy Joes, Sweet Potato Falafel Pitas, and Ceasar Chickpea Wraps.
  • Side dishes include Chili Lime Roasted Radishes (recipe below!), Black Pepper Mushrooms, Creamed Kale, Buffalo Brussels Sprouts (oh, yeah!), and Scalloped Sweet Potatoes. The Baked Zucchini Fries sound amazing. 
  • Dinner Mains include Crispy Artichoke Tacos, Cauliflower Steaks with Spinach Pesto, Chickpea Pot Pie (I want!), Portobello Fajitas, and Shepherdess’s Pie with Sweet Potato Crust. 
  • The Pasta, Noodles, and Rice chapter includes Cold Sesame Noodles (I should not be writing this while hungry!), Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff, Vegetable Lasagna, and a fantastic Buddha Bowl. 
  • And there’s more! Desserts are made healthy in this book! The Sweets chapter has delectable treats like Key Lime Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse, Cookie Dough Bites, and a Mixed Berry Crisp. 

None of Dianne’s recipes are overly complicated and they primarily use ingredients that are easily found at most local groceries. That’s such a plus for me. It drives me nuts to decide on a recipe and then realize I’ll have to drive an hour to a specialty store or wait a week to get an ingredient online. 

vegan bahn-mi

About Dianne  

Dianne Wenz is a Holistic Health Coach, Vegan Lifestyle Coach, Plant-Based Diet Nutrition Specialist, Plant-Based Chef, and cookbook author. I’ve enjoyed reading her blog, Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen, for years. Her recipes are mostly simple to make (important!) and tend towards the healthy side.

She’s an artist with a BFA from Parsons School of Design and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of vegan food and nutrition. Dianne has trained at or been certified by a huge number of respected sources, including her training as a Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She’s been certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner  from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the International Association of Health Coaches and as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach from Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy. AND, she has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University and a Plant-Based Professional Chef Certification from Rouxbe Cooking School. Whew!  

So, she knows what she’s talking about! 

The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook is currently available for pre-order on Amazon

… and officially launches on 12/31/19! 

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Here’s an interview with Dianne! 

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Please tell us about YOU and your kitchen in general? Who are you, what do you do, and where in the world do you do it?

Thank you for asking! I’m Dianne Wenz, and I’m a vegan health and lifestyle coach, plant-based chef, and blogger. And I’ve recently added cookbook author to the list, too! In my coaching business, I help people make the changes necessary to go vegan, and I work with people who are already vegan to achieve their healthy living goals. I also teach cooking classes in my local area in Northen New Jersey.

My kitchen is vintage! My house was built in 1949, and I don’t think anything has been updated since then. Everything works and it’s cute, so I haven’t done anything to renovate it yet.

When and how did you become vegan? What influenced you?

I went vegetarian in 1993, simply because I no longer wanted to eat animals. Even as a kid, I didn’t think it was right that we kept cats and dogs as pets but ate pigs and cows. You know how most children have to sit at the table until they finish all of the vegetables on their plate? I always gobbled up my veggies, but I’d be stuck at the table until I finished my meat.

I went vegan in 2001. I had read a book called The Perfectly Contented Meat-Eater’s Guide to Vegetarianism by Mark Warren Reinhardt. I was already vegetarian, but I read it thinking it would give me some ammunition for when people asked me stupid questions or made ignorant comments. It was actually a book about veganism, and I learned what goes in on the egg and dairy industries, which horrified me. Around the same time, a doctor suggested I give up milk to alleviate chronic sinus headaches and allergy problems I was suffering from. So, I decided to make the plunge into veganism. My headaches went away immediately and my allergies diminished. 

How has cooking only with plants changed your kitchen and the way you cook and entertain?

It’s hard to say because I’ve never cooked with meat. I was still living with my mom when I went vegetarian, and she did most of the cooking. She had no idea what to cook for me, so I pretty much taught myself how to cook so I wouldn’t starve. I got a subscription to Vegetarian Times and started cooking my way thought each issue. 

Cooking with vegetables has really helped me think creatively, though. I’ll come across an omnivore recipe and think about what I can use in the place of the meat. Sure, tofu or tempeh would work, but sometimes cauliflower or brussels sprouts might be a better option.

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What motivated you to write your book, The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook? And can you tell us more about the book? 

I get a lot of emails from people who want to take cooking classes with me, but they aren’t local, and I wanted to create a cookbook of easy-to-make healthy recipes for them. Most of the recipes in The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook are vegetable-centric, with foods like cauliflower and eggplant taking center stage on the plate. There are quite a few recipes with hidden veggies, too, which is a good way to get picky eaters to eat healthy meals.

What are some of your favorite recipes from The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook?

This is a tough one! I really like the Cauliflower Banh Mi. Gado Gado, Mushroom Stroganoff, and Cookie Dough Bites are all favorites, too.

Spinach Mushroom Frittata Dianne Wenz

What was your worst cooking failure? And greatest success?

I’m not very good at creating recipes for baked goods. It’s too much of a science for me. I once tried to make green matcha shortbread cookies for a St. Patrick’s Day blog post, and after several rounds of failure, I gave up and made avocado ice cream with matcha instead!

I’m not sure what my greatest success has been, but sometimes I’m surprised by how tasty a new recipe is on the first go. I created a cauliflower pizza crust recipe for The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook, and I was expecting to have to fiddle with it a few times before it worked, but to my amazement, it worked on the first try.

Favorite kitchen gadget? Technique? Best tip?

I think it would be a tie between my food processor and my Blendtec. I use them both constantly to make sauces and dressings. I love all of the attachments that came with the food processor for chopping and grating veggies. I really love my air fryer, too. I like kitchen gadgets!

The one tip I always give my coaching clients is to not worry too much about messing up a recipe. I find that people are often worried dishes won’t turn out correctly. It’s pretty difficult to “break” a recipe. If you mess up, just go with it—it’ll probably be just as yummy! 

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Your go-to prepared vegan foods?

I always have a stash of Amy’s frozen meals in the freezer, for those days that I’m in a pinch and don’t have time to make lunch. You can usually find a few Sweet Earth vegan breakfast burritos in the freezer, too.

And of course …  Where do you get your protein?

From food, of course! A doctor once asked me where I get my protein, which surprised me, because shouldn’t doctors know that protein is in just about every food? Since she asked, I kept track of my protein for a day, and I consumed about 80 grams of protein, which is a lot more than someone my size needs.

Chili Lime Roasted Radishes 

Here’s a super tasty recipe Dianne is sharing from her new book. I LOVE cooked radishes. It’s amazing how sweet they get.  Lime and chili is a delicious combination of flavors to pair with these root veggies that have been tamed by roasting! This is what I’m making tonight!

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Chili Lime Roasted Radishes by Dianne Wenz

This delicious recipe for Chili Lime Roasted Radishes is from Dianne's new book, The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook. Roasted radishes are surprisingly sweet and mild and the addition of chili and lime makes them over the top delectable.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword roasted radishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs radishes trimmed and cut in half
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp neutral-flavored oil such as grapeseed or avocado
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place the radishes in a large bowl with the lime juice, oil, chili powder, and salt. Toss to coat the radishes well.

  3. Place the radishes on the baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they are golden and fork-tender.

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Cookbook Giveaway

The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away a copy of Dianne’s book.

To enter the giveaway, please simply leave a comment below.

I’ll be choosing one commenter at random next week. Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to the US. Don’t want to wait? Pre-order a copy HERE.

Deadline to enter: 12/14/19

 

XO Lisa

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EDITED 12/15/2019 

We have a winner!

I used the super sophisticated method of counting the replies and then using an online random number generator. 

Here it is. Numero uno was Latasha Burnett. Thank you all for participating and commenting! If you are not Latasha, please do go HERE to pre-order the book!

XOXO

Lisa

Lisa Viger

Hello! I'm Lisa, an artist, photographer, author, gardener, navel-gazer, and lover of the planet and all its inhabitants. I draw and paint, cook, write, take lots of pics, eat lots of chocolate, and practice gratitude daily.

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108 Responses

  1. MLourdes says:

    Your book would be a great help for me to improve my skills in cooking vegan dishes, while nurturing my passion for cooking good and healthy foods in general.Thanks!!!

  2. Steph says:

    I am starting to amass a small collection of vegan cookbooks!’love this one

  3. Mary Margaret Embroli says:

    Your cookbook looks wonderful. I’d love a copy. Thanks for the contest.

  4. Gail Metzinger says:

    You cookbook looks fantastic! Looking forward to combining raw with vegan. Thanks

  5. Susan Gravitte says:

    Can’t wait to try the radish recipe! Please include me in the drawing for the cookbook. I am just getting started. Thank you!!

  6. Dianne says:

    Thanks so much for this feature, Lisa!

  7. Jacki Rooths says:

    Longtime fan since Raw for 10! I am so interested in this cookbook and can’t wait. My seven year old GrandJewel was stricken with alopecia. We have embarked on a journey for her to have a complete diet change. They have come to live with my husband and I and this is a major shift. I would use this cookbook to help Amani with our trying new recipes. Thank you for sharing this opportunity.

  8. Tena Moore says:

    I started cooking vegan when my oldest Grandson chose that life style. It has been a challenge but fun discovering great recipes that we all enjoy. My husband and I have found that vegan doesn’t mean settling for less taste.
    We are snow birds and winter in the same town where our Grandson is going to college. Every week he comes for dinner and I try new vegan recipes for him. We vote each week if it’s a “keeper” or not. I’m always looking for good recipes.

  9. Judith Barefield says:

    I’m a 51-year-old who has struggled with ailments and weight issues most of my life. Over the past 16 months I’ve incorporated mostly plant based options into my daily meal plans. But isn’t seems like the past few months have been a battle that my meat-fed brain has not been able to overcome. I’d love to win this book but am preordering, too. If I’m lucky I can always regift!

    • Lisa Viger says:

      Stick with it and reach out for support when you need it :). Dianne does health coaching as well. Check out her website for that. And most of the recipes here at Planted365 are made healthy, too.

  10. Doreen says:

    Hi, I would love to have your cookbook.

  11. Jenny says:

    Have made a few recipes from this site and they are great and delicious.

  12. Stacey Bradford says:

    Thanks for this opportunity! Would love your cookbook!

  13. Bev says:

    It looks like a lot of excellent recipes. Can’t wait to try some!

  14. Melody L Asbury says:

    Yes, please! I can’t wait to try the roasted radishes… I’ve never cooked them before, only have eaten them raw.

  15. arlene brown says:

    Thses recipes look fabulous, love radishes but alway ended up just slicing nd putting on a salad, can’t wait to try these.

  16. Holly Carpenter says:

    I’ve been a vegan for one year and have been collecting recipes from anyone willing to share. It has been a food adventure.

  17. rpsadie says:

    This cookbook looks amazing, and you just gotta trust it from the blogger that gave us the Impossible Burger recipe (which is great, by the way).

  18. susi says:

    I have tried many of your recipes. Simple and delicious!!!

  19. Sherry Ward says:

    I want it! It looks amazing!!!

  20. Cheryl Horn says:

    Thank you for creating such a wonderful vegan cookbook. I am a new to vegan cooking and your cookbook makes it so easy.

  21. Jo says:

    Thanks for creating such a great and educational cookbook. I’ve collected cookbooks for a lifetime and have a few vegetarian favorites. Now that I’m transitioning from vegetarian (since 1992) to Vegan, this would be perfect in helping me to reach that intention. Win or buy….either way, it will be my new resource!

  22. Susan says:

    This cookbook looks great! I’ve followed Dianne for several years now.

  23. Lisa Dessenberger says:

    Thanks for this opportunity! The cookbook looks fantastic

  24. Marian Stead says:

    I have been WFPB for three years and am loving it. Your book looks amazing and I would love to have it.

  25. Tom McCracken says:

    I have been a continuously transitioning, being loving vegetarian/vegan for over 41 years & am now at 71 years young focused on creative healthy veganism to reverse & prevent chronic diseases for a maximum quality of life as I continue to age.

    I would L🥰VE & be truly honored to be selected for Dianne’s very creative Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook as an inspiration on my journey to enjoyable, optimum vegan health.

    Sincerely … T🎅🏼M

  26. Curtis Rudisail says:

    I would love to win. I need to change my life so bad. Loving well mean a lot to me and my wife.

  27. Polly Feldman says:

    I’m 77 years old and very active. My vegan lifestyle has everything to do with that. I’m looking for more new and quick ways to keep going and this book looks as if it is a great way to start. I’m looking forward to more of these quick, easy, healthy recipes.

  28. Michelle Curran says:

    This cookbook looks phenomenal. I would love to add it to my library! Thanks!

  29. Linda Weinberger says:

    I would love to win this cookbook as I cook all the time. I’m always searching for healthy recipes. I feel like I know Diane as I live in Northwest Jersey. Maybe Diane has gone the the plant based potluck at Ethos Health Farm and heard some famous Drs talk like Dr. Fuhrman etc.

  30. Kathy Duhamel says:

    I’m new to vegan cooking — these recipes look so flavorful and not too hard to prepare!

  31. kellysbishop says:

    Thank you for sharing this opportunity with us. I am excitedt to try the recipe you gave us for the radishes! The fritata looks amazing. Cheers!

  32. What a wonderful, well written interview. I love that you posted a radish recipe. I’ve never tried them cooked.

    I’ve been vegetarian for 43 years, vegan for 7, but whole-food plant based for the past 3. To date, I have one Forks Over Knives magazine, but no vegan cookbooks. I would love to win this one. Thanks for entering us in the drawing. Merry Christmas!

  33. Jeri says:

    This cookbook sounds amazing! Thanks for featuring it, and for sharing all your wonderful recipes too!

  34. Christine Taylor says:

    The food looks delicious 🤩 I struggle to get out of my 5 “go tos” and can’t wait until this book is published to help me add variety 😎

  35. MARYELLEN GAMBLE says:

    I’ve followed Diane on social media for a while. I love her recipes & have made a lot of them. My omnivore husband eats them too!!

  36. Bernadette Morrissey says:

    It sounds like a perfect book .. for beginner vegans … or seasoned vegans! I like that the ingredient list will be common items. I am 63 years old, have been following a plant-based diet for almost three years .. have collected recipes (clippings galore & cookbooks) all my life! This one would be an awesome gift to myself!!!

  37. JoAnn M Lakes says:

    Beautiful site! healthy, simple, and picky eater cookbook, you can’t go wrong there!

  38. Deanne O'Donnell says:

    I have just got to win this great book!!! I follow Dianne’s blog and I love ALL the recipes!! I also know that she is involved with Laura Thermidore’s show The Jazzy Vegetarian and watch that religiously. I AM A SUPER FAN!!! Going plant based has changed my life. I am Vegan for the animals first and foremost and for nature and her wild souls.

  39. Debbie Gaudet says:

    Not just another cookbook!!! Thank you for introducing me to different flavours and textures in vegan cooking. Creative recipes that everyone can enjoy and recipes that can be adapted for special dietary concerns. All I can say is WOW.

  40. Penny W says:

    This cookbook sounds amazing! I’m always open to trying healthy new recipes!

  41. Lori Zorn says:

    Yay! I’m so excited about this new book! It sounds awesome! I’ve been struggling with creating tasty vegan dishes for my family. Thank you for sharing this post about it with Dianne’s interview! My husband, 4 kids and I all went vegan a little under a year ago when my 9 year old (who is a lean, athletic, baseball and basketball player) was diagnosed with high cholesterol. We looked at each other and knew we had change our lifestyle (my husband and were overweight). We did a ton of research and watched documentaries to help educate us on nutrition. Wow! I’m so THANKFUL, my husband lost almost 70 lbs and I lost 25lbs. We have some more to go, but thankfully with awesome people like all of you in the vegan community, we can do it! (Oh and my son’s cholesterol went down to normal levels in three months!)

  42. Michelle says:

    I love cookbooks and I’m always looking for one that has healthy recipes.

  43. Maria K. Verderaime says:

    Looks like a fantastic book with lots of healthy and flavorful dishes!

  44. Dina says:

    The vegan cook looks great. It is always great to have new meal ideas. Thanks.

  45. Jean M Field says:

    Your recipes are always great. I would love to win this cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway

  46. Molly says:

    I love a good food photo in a cookbook. These make my mouth water!

  47. Stacy says:

    Oh my, this book looks like eye candy!!! I definitely enjoy making tasty, simple, vegan recipes and would love to win a copy of Dianne’s book! Thank you for interviewing her, sharing her recipe and highlighting yours, and gifting a book 🙂

  48. Joann Lakes says:

    Really enjoyed this blog. Very, very informative.

  49. Laurie Elam says:

    Thank you for all your delicious vegan recipes! I found your recipes just recently while looking for a “just egg” recipe. We tried your recipe and it was delicious! 😊
    Before I went vegan, I never used to cook at all. Now I absolutely love to cook. I wish I could do it even more.
    Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your delicious food recipes with us!
    We look forward to your cookbook!

  50. Sherry Ward says:

    This looks like a wonderful addition to my cookbook library!!!

  51. Jill B says:

    I can’t wait to try these recipes. They all sound delicious!

  52. donna hopkins says:

    I would love to win a copy of your cookbook. I love your recipes and appreciate all you do to make the world a little brighter and a lot tastier…. Namaste….

  53. Rusty Morris says:

    This looks like a great cookbook. I’m trying to switch my mom over to a vegan diet but she’s picky so it’s a challenge. This looks like it has a lot of delicious recipes that she would like.

  54. Latasha Burnett says:

    I am excited about this cookbook. The article grabbed my attention with 3 simple words: healthy, simple, and picky eater. I am a single mom with 4 children. I have a very limited budget, and trying to feed a plant based diet to a family of 5 can be very costly. This cookbook might help me add variety to meal time without breaking my budget. My brother passed away 3 months ago, and I decided to live everyday of my life with purpose. Honoring my body by being mindful of the things I put into it is one way I am trying to live a better life. It would be a great gift for the holidays!

    • Lisa Viger says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Latasha. To take better care of yourself and your kids is a great way to honor him :). Whether you win it or buy it, this is a great book for simple and healthy vegan meals!