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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

Thai Drunken Noodles - I really liked the flavor of this dish, but the sauce was a bit heavy.  I ended up making more noodles because it was swimming in sauce.  Never had this from a Thai restaurant though, so nothing to compare it to.  I enjoyed it. (erinmonster)

Saag Paneer - not sure about this one....it was a bit soupy for me....I think I would have preferred it if I had used less milk and maybe didn't process it as much, or at all....but I also ended up adding way too much salt which kind of ruined it, but that's what I get for not measuring.....I used smoked tofu, instead of regular, cuz that's all I had....so I pretty much jacked this recipe all up....(erinmonster)

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Vanilla Frosting

I don't know why, but these were semi-disastrous for me. My dough was SUPER runny and gritty, and I thought I should add more flour...but I don't really like messing with recipes the first time I try them. And I trust Quintess, so I just let them be. They melted together and I ended up with a cookie cake! The good part, is that I would probably never make a cookie cake and now I have two. The whole big thing is really thin and I'm not sure how I will cut it apart. It's for my class tomorrow. I wish I had stuck with muffins like I usually do. The cookies taste pretty good, but the presentation will be funny.

oh, and I made mine sans frosting.

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Wow, sorry that happened L2A! I can't imagine why they were so runny. There's a pic of them in the book, and that's how they usually turn out. Bummer!

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Wow, sorry that happened L2A! I can't imagine why they were so runny. There's a pic of them in the book, and that's how they usually turn out. Bummer!

the kids liked them, but it was one of those things where you take one bite and a zillion crumbs fly out of your mouth! I have to check that picture out! :)

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Lowfat basil-garlic linguine - pretty basic and pretty fantastic tasting.  I used whole grain lingine and because I had a 16 oz. pack and a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes, I doubled the recipe and have a HUGE amount for lunches this weekend.  I think the addition of the balsamic vinegar is genious and really makes for a more unique taste.  I added crushed red peppers.  Loved it!  I might throw in some kalamata olives in the leftovers.    ;)b

Light night asparagus-bean curry - Talk about unique!  This combines Thai red curry with spices usually used in Indian curries (cumin and mustard seeds and corriander).  The fusion totally worked for me as I love both cuisines.  I loved it so much I hate the whole thing in one sitting (it was supposed to make two servings).  I was true to the recipe but only had yellow mustard seeds and not black, but that's trivial. I used pinto beans because that's what I had and it worked well.  Easy and painless to make.    ;)b

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Onion Chutney - fantastic!!  I will be making this all of the time!

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@L2A: Wow, what a pancake! How far apart did you put them on the cookie sheet? Sometimes they "lace out." Sorry for the mishap!

@Erinmonster: Yeah, finally someone tried that!! I love that stuff. Glad you enjoyed it too. Onion crack! :)
p.s. What do/did you put it on?

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I served it on top of this curry http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14764.0
and also used it for dipping homemade naan - it was awesome!

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Lemon Asparagus Linguine - Amazing!!  Soooo effing good, seriously!  I followed the recipes pretty closely, just adding a little less oil and maybe a bit more lemon juice....I think I'd really like this with penne pasta too - I'll try that next time.

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Tomato, Basil, and Roasted Pine Nut Penne - YUMMY!  Definitely a favorite!

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Black Bean, Dried Apricot & Cilantro Salad - very good!  I could really taste the ginger and that took some getting used to, but I loved it with fresh organic baby spinach leaves, it was very filling and delicious, I loved that I didn't have to heat anything up; very easy to make and so colorful! 

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Thanks for the review above.  It made me decide to try it. 

Black bean, cilantro, and apricot salad - OMG I so loved this!  Fantastic!  I followed her emphatic advice to marinate it for several hours and I agree that is a crucial step because it tasted much better many hours later.  The mixture of all the various ingredients like appricots, cilantro, mango juice, lime, soy sauce and ginger is brilliant.  I omitted the salt.  I used some lettuce I got from the CSA rather than spinach and served the beans on top.

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Hearty vegetarian chili

I made a few changes, but this was pretty good. I reduced the sugar and balsamic vinegar to a little less than 1 tbsp and added a chopped green pepper. I also added some cumin and a little celery salt.  My chili powder is flavorful, but not very spicy, so I added a little cayenne.  I used crumbled tempeh with a mixture of dried black beans and pintos, and there were probably more than 2 cans.   

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Black bean, cilantro, and apricot salad - YUM! The dressing is phenomenal! I cooked my own black beans, used mango nectar (instead of juice), lemon juice (instead of lime - lime would be even better) and increased the carrots because I omitted the corn, but otherwise followed the recipe. Delicious! I love the mix of crunchy from the carrots, soft from the beans, silky from the spinach and delicious sweet and fruity dressing.

Tamarind-Date Chutney - I really like this too. Easy, although a tad time consuming. Lots of straining. I ended up eating the second non-strainable goods because it was mainly dates. I will likely have to make it again, and soon, because I dropped it on the floor today and lost 70% of it all over my cupboards.. I think I should have enough to make the red lentil, spinach and tamarind dish, though. :)

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Fat free red lentils and spinach with tamarind - After knocking over my chutney, I only had a smidgen over 1/3 cup, so I had enough to make a 2-person serving of this red lentil dish. It was incredibly easy to make once I had the chutney, and the chutney brought an immense amount of flavour to the dish. I really enjoyed this!

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Lemon-Miso Medicine
I mentioned this in another post and thought, hey I should officially review it. This was just super-fantastic for my sinusy infected self. It's lemony-salty which sounds funny but was really good and it made my head feel clearer and my whole system feel freshened up. It said medicine so I thought it would taste gross but it does not. Yay, medicine!

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Alethea's Caribbean black beans
- These are really flavorful beans. I liked the addition of the pineapple with its burst of sweetness. My onions were really caramelized which worked out well, too. My only suggestion for next time is to double the pineapple - this dish could take it. Plus, half a pineapple was 2 cups, so this way I could use the whole pineapple for the one dish. :) A tasty twist for black beans, though.

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Thai tofu and tropical fruit salad - A very tasty main-course salad. I liked the addition of the lime-tamari tofu with the multitude of tropical fruit. As suggested, I halved the dressing and found it worked well because I am not a dressing-heavy person. I omitted the mint completely and just used cilantro. She says serves 2 as a main course, but I got more like 3-4 main course portions. Yum!

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Mulligatawny My first bust of a recipe.. I didn't like it, but my guests did (one even asked for the recipe), so there is still hope!  I don't know what mullitgawtny soup is supposed to taste like, but this was basically a coconut-based cilantro and lemon soup. I did not use asafoetida, though, as I have heard it is very pungent. Instead I used a homemade mixture akin to garam masala (3/4 tsp cumin, 3/4 tsp cardamom, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp chili flakes and 1 bay leaf). It was a subtle soup, very lemony, to boot. The coconut milk definitely tames the heat, so add more spice if you want it spicy.. and I would likely decrease the lemon juice next time.

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