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Quintess' Radiant Health/Inner Wealth

So, since one of our fellow VWers has created her own awesome cookbook, I think we should dedicate a cookbook thread to it.  Whoever has ordered this book or tested recipes prior to the book's publication should contribute and maybe it will persuade others to order it and make quintess lots of $$$  ;D

So far, I've made:

Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Caramelized Scallions:  delicious!  Very smooth, great flavor, hearty but not heavy.  Wonderful with some homemade tofu sour cream drizzled in as a garnish!

Whole Multigrain Bread:  the best whole wheat bread I've ever made.  It rises great, has a nice texture, very healthy, and just plain tasty!  I would get the book just for this recipe!

Grandma's Apple Crisp:  mmmm....I love apple crisp!  I added some more margarine and about a 1/2 cup of rolled oats to the "crumb" mixture.  Was very yummy!

Note from editor: The compilation of reviews for RHIW can be found on page 2 of this thread: Official review for Radiant Health Inner Wealth

Perfect Pinto Beans - my first attempt at making pinto beans in the pressure cooker - and they came out pretty good.  I couldn't find any kombu, so I don't know if that made a difference or not, but I ended up adding a bunch of spices to them right before eating.  (erinmonster)

Easy and Addictive Eggplant Chips - awesome!  I make a whole eggplant for myself.  I do vary up the spices each time and never use that much oil.  (erinmonster)

Black Eyed Peas with Kale - delicious!  Very creamy! I think black eyed peas are my new favorite bean (pea, I guess).  (erinmonster)

Late Night Asparagus-Bean Curry - This is my favorite so far!  It is truly amazing!  I added a whole can of tomatoes and topped it with sriracha.....I love the lemon - at first I thought it was going to be overpowering (I didn't measure, so I thought I had added too much) but it turned out perfect.  I did use a whole lot more red curry paste though.  I can't wait to make it again - and I'll probably double it so I have leftovers.  (erinmonster)

Spiced Lime Tortilla Chips - obvious right?  No, because it never occurred to me to make my own tortilla chips....but it's awesome - I make them constantly, however I've found that different brands of corn tortillas make different types of chips - one brand I got stayed chewy until they were completely brown (burnt).  (erinmonster)


Tomato, Basil, and Roasted Pine Nut Penne

Another simple and delicious recipe!  I used toasted pumpkin seeds because I didn't have pine nuts.  The pumpkin seeds were good, but I'm sure pine nuts would be even better. 


I've said it in other posts before, I just love this cookbook. It's the standard one I use now because everything is delicious and it's stuff i can eat everyday, and if I have nonvegans eating with me they like it too.

Easy and Addictive Eggplant Chips: SO GOOD. A great tamari flavored, definitely addictive snack.

Sesame Tofue: wow. the sesame gives the tofu an added crunch and a nice nutty flavor, with the chili sauce the combination is delish!

Berry Good Morning Shake (I think? its the berry shake in there): terrific flavors, and it's nice and creamy. sometimes i have this and some of the thai rolls for a light dinner when i still want a ton of flavor.

Fresh Thai Rolls: I just made these last night and they were very fresh tasting, visually appealing with all the light colors and the peanut sauce really gave it that something extra. I was being really slow and careful because it was my first time using rice papers but it was way easier than I thought.


Cilantro-Lime Rice - Very good - Andy loved it!  I'm not a huge fan of cilantro, so I didn't use that much, but it was still a very dominant flavor....I served my bean, corn, salsa and avocado mixture over it - perfect! (erinmonster)

Spinach Quesadilla - Amazing!  I sauteed the onions with some chopped mushrooms first and used some fancy garden vegetable tortillas....I had never thought of putting the lid on my pan when making quesadillas, but they turned out perfectly browned and the cheeze actually melted!  (erinmonster)

Lo-Fat Lo Mein - Excellent!  I've made it several times now (and learned that Andy does not like shittake mushrooms, so now I omit them)....I used chili-garlic paste instead of red pepper flakes last night and made it ultra-spicy!  Served with mini egg rolls and hot mustard - so yummy! (erinmonster)


Lowfat Basil-Garlic Linguine - Soooo good!  I wasn't sure about not cooking the sauce, but it was perfect!  I added red pepper flakes and sprinkled some parm on top....this will be a regular!  (erinmonster)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Vanilla Icing - Awesome!  I have never made oatmeal raisin cookies before - but these were delicious....and I loved the icing!  It wasn't very white though, so next time I'll probably add more powdered sugar...the cookies kinda soaked it up, so they stayed nice and moist.  (erinmonster)


Thanks for reviewing my recipes everyone!! So glad you're enjoying them. :)


Classic Vinaigrette - I made this for my Greek salad and it was delicious.  I really don't like using that much oil, but it's ok for special Mother's Day. (erinmonster)

Adzuki Beans - Everyone seems to really love this, but I wasn't a huge fan.  This was my first time trying adzuki beans, and I just don't think I like them.  Maybe it's because they remind me of kidney beans....but I loved the peanut butter/coconut combo. (erinmonster)

Chili-Lime Noodles - AWESOME!  I knew these would rock and I bet I'll start making them once a week...I only used 1 tbs of sesame oil and omitted the cilantro....soooo delicious!  (erinmonster)


Chile lime noodles - Thanks to Erin's review above, I had to try them (funny how this forum has been influencing my eating lately).  I agree they were awesome!  I used pure sesame oil (all three tablespoons), was heavy on the siracha, light on the sugar and elminated the salt.  I used Japanese buckwheat soba noodles, so I ate it cold.  I think the leftovers will be good chilled.

Easy Indian Mung Beans - also spelled "moong" in India.  I enjoyed these a lot.  They were quite easy to make and my first try at moong beans, even though I bought a bag several months ago at the Indian store.  I had moong bean dishes in India and this is comparable.  Loved it.


Sesame Tofu with Fresh Basil and Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
This is really tasty!  I pretty much followed the recipe except I omitted the basil.  I also baked it at 400 degrees for about 15 min on each side instead of pan frying.  

Chili-Lime Noodles
I decided to make this when I saw tweety's and erinmonster's reviews.  So, I will echo them in saying this is delicious!  I used the "Thai Sweet Chili Sauce" recipe instead of sriracha and used a little more than a tablespoon.  I didn't have peanuts, so it is garnish-less.  Yummy all the same!  I served this as a side to the Sesame Tofu with Fresh Basil and Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.


Lemon poppy seed muffins with lemon zest glaze

These are going to be a treat for breakfast.  I may add a tiny bit more lemon juice next time, but they are really good.  I didn't have maple syrup, so I used agave.  They were very quick to make and like vegshari said, they rose nicely.  I garnished with extra poppy seeds.  Thumbs up!


Seasme Tofu with Basil

Yum! I made this without the sauce, (used a dijon mustard/hotsauce/veganaise sauce instead) The tofu was great and very crispy! I love the way the black and brown seasme seeds looked on it too.  I may try baking it next time, using panko breadcrumbs with it.


Kids kale - In a word:  AMAZING!

Love it so much much I made a 2nd batch on the spot using up about 8 cups of kale that I got from the CSA last week.


Seasme Tofu with Basil

Made this again and baked it at 375 for about 20 min for the first side and 10 min for the second.  Its great baked too!

Creamy Adzuki Beans

Adzukis are my favorite beans! I've been looking forward to making these.  I made in the slow cooker and the smell of coconut milk filled my kitchen all afternoon.  I would maybe lessen the lemon juice a little, it masked the pb/coco flavahs a bit.


I didn't like the Hearty Vegetarian Chili recipe.  It sort of tasted sweet and sour...I am not sure that is an accurate description but that is what it reminded me of.  It just didn't taste like the way I am use to chili.  I was disappointed.


I've been using this cookbook for awhile now and here are some more reviews:

Banana Muffins to Write Home About: Super yummy! I love the streusel topping. These have a great texture and I love that you use four bananas because it makes me feel healthy. :)

Vitality Noodles: At first I wasn't sure about the flavor combo of ginger, lime, soy etc. It's a real punch of flavor--it is so delicious. And the name is perfect because it really wakes you up and makes you feel ready to go! Good lunch for a work day to avoid an afternoon slump.

Italian Bread Salad with Tangy Basil Vinaigrette:
I love garlic and bread and salad so this was bound to be a pleaser. Great way to use stale bread. Everyone loves this when I make it. Probably not something you want to eat on a date though, it's very garlicky.

Thai Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Sauce: Like most of the recipes in this book this dish is refreshing and light and packs tons of flavor. I feel healthier after eating this! My mom loved it too, for it's crunchy, fresh taste and the beautiful bright colors.

Asian Asparagus Wraps: These are so easy to make and look very impressive. It's easy to just munch on them and eat like a pound of asparagus. Sometimes I make the asparagus up until the part where you wrap them and toss them with pasta instead. I found they didn't keep overnight--they're best when fresh and cruncy, but this isn't hard because you'll want to eat them up when they come out of the oven anyway.

Luscious Lemon Bars with Ginger Shortbread Crust: I think I did something wrong with these because they came out really thin and jelyyish and not sweet at all. It could be that it's just a taste I don't care for but everything else in this book has been just phenomenal so I'm pretty sure I made a mistake somewhere. I'd love to hear if other people have made this recipe and how it came out for ya.

Mommy's Chocolate Chip Cookies: This is my go-to cookie now. Move over Tollhouse. You don't need a review for these. Just make them!

Sesame Tofu with Fresh Basil and Thai Sweet Chili Sauce: This super tasty recipe makes a nice crispy tofu that absolutely defies the innate blandness of tofu. It also looks pretty with the sesame seeds and basil ribbons. I didn't use the chili sauce because I had a little jar of the prepped kind.

Apple Pie Acorn Squash: I had this at dinner and then breakfast the next day. My mom actually made it, not me. I love the amaranth in it--I'd never think to do that. It's a really wholesome but sweet tasting dish. Like a vegetably oatmeal. Guess that's why it called to me at breakfast.


Luscious Lemon Bars with Ginger Shortbread Crust: I think I did something wrong with these because they came out really thin and jelyyish and not sweet at all. It could be that it's just a taste I don't care for but everything else in this book has been just phenomenal so I'm pretty sure I made a mistake somewhere. I'd love to hear if other people have made this recipe and how it came out for ya.

I don't know if you saw them, but here are the other reviews for the recipe:

omg! I purposely haven't made these recently because they are so good. I love lemon and these are super flavorful and turnout beautifully! *drooling in memory* (VeganSapien)
These are really tasty. I've wanted to make these for a long time! I don't think I can really taste the ginger in the crust, but maybe it's just a subtle flavor addition. I love the lemon flavor, and maybe used just a little bit more! I used an 11x7 pan, but I think next time I'll try it in an 8x8. Mine turned out a little bit flat, and my crust was stretched a little bit thin in a couple places. I really love the flavor! I would also like to try refrigerating the crust for a bit, next time. (AC)
These are so lemony and flavorful, not like the bland ones you get anywhere else. I was so pleasantly surprised at how tasty these were, since I never liked lemon bars so much before. I had to give some to my mom and boyfriend though, way too tempting to have a whole pan around!! (jemaineslover)


Thanks, AC! And thanks for reviewing all those recipes, aggplanta! xo

I wonder if you might have accidentally used powdered sugar in the filling? Others have made that mistake too & that would make them less sweet fo sho.


Thanks AC and quintess--I am now positive that I did something that made it could very well have been powdered sugar in the filling. I think I'm going to try again this week. Hopefully I will have a success story to update!


Chili-Ginger Cabbage - pretty good....very reminicent of the salad they serve at the Thai restaurant we go to....maybe next time I'd half the recipe so I wouldn't have so much left over.

Moong Dal - ohmygosh, so awesome!  I absolutely loved this dish!  I followed the recipe exactly - my only complaint is that I didn't have enough 'Tomato Deliciousness' for all of the dal - next time I'll either double the tomatoes or half the dal - but either way, it was sooooo good!  At first I was afraid the dal was going to be a bit bland, but in combination with the tomato sauce, it was perfect.  I served it over brown basmati rice.  Oh, I also might use a little less water to cook the yellow peas.....


Krazy Kale

This is my first time having kale and it was freaking delicious!!  I ate it all by myself.  I will probably add more garlic granuals next time (just because I really like garlic).



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