Hey there friend :). Apologies for the stream of consciousness that is about to ensue. Today was so freaking long. UGH. And it is that time of the month. Right around the new moon, so at least I’m synced with the moon? Over share? I don’t care. Also, it relates to the book. But I digress.
Before I continue, disclaimer: I received a copy of this recipe book in exchange for a review. All opinions are authentic and 100% my own. 🙂
Okay back to stream of consciousness. So I get off work. I’m crampy and crabby. But it is the first of the month which means I just got paid and I paid my stupid student loan and gassed up the car, and even though it wasn’t even a little bit dark out (God bless SPRING!) and all I really wanted to do was enjoy the beautiful evening with a decompression run, I knew the adult thing to do would be go grocery shopping. GRRRRR.
So I put on my big girl pants, kissed the beautiful evening goodbye, and headed into Grocery Outlet. 40 minutes and eighty dollars later and I was back out at the car.
Spent $79 and saved $79. I’ve done better, but still pretty good if you ask me. Then I spent the next two-ish hours meal prepping. More like snacky-mealish prepping, actually…
1 Vegan bean dip casserole (Beans, shredded Iceberg lettuce, jalepenos, scallions, carrots, and salsa. Can either be scooped into the flour tortillas for burritos, scooped with carrot chips or tortilla chips, or hell, maybe even rolled in a cabbage leaf.)
snack attack (pumpkin seeds, nori sheets, apples, bananas, tangerines)
Sautéed Kale Ricebowls w/ fake chicken nuggets which I slice in a pleasing fashion (kale sautéed in E.V.O.O and minced garlic with sliced yellow onions, of course).
Left over rice (I’ll bet you 20 bucks we don’t touch the casserole tomorrow and make fried rice instead with the backyard eggs and frozen peas in the freezer).
I know, I know, I know. This seems like a crap ton of food for two individuals. But here’s the thing. As much as I love to cook and prepare yummy dinners and eat lots of variety- I don’t have the time, energy, or money to do super gourmet every night. #realtalk. And I actually loathe grocery shopping. For all of those reasons, I prefer to do a massive meal prep that will last us anywhere from 7-14 days.
And no, these foods won’t go bad if you store them properly!
Haha, can you tell I’m a tidbit snippy? Gotta love hormones.
Okay, now that all the food is safely stored away and I have my stemless glass of cheap red wine, I can get to reviewing this book.
Haha. Poor, neglected Golden. “Mom, can you stop playing food blogger and pay attention to me?!?!”
Okay, so Jessica’s OPP philosophy (One Part Plant), is that you should have at least one meal a day that is plant based. Of course, I agree. At least one. I would venture to say more than one. But I love how she isn’t fanatical about it.
Many of her recipes I make variations of all the time (Overnight oats, Jerusalem salad, and more). Honestly, I think we have a very similar outlook on food. Jessica started incorporating healthy plant foods to help alleviate her endometriosis symptoms. This book has stunning food photography, which always makes me swoon. It has a forward letter written by Lena Dunham, (love the food Hogwarts reference), who also suffers from endometriosis.
While I do not have endometriosis, I can attest to the healing plant powers of food. I am 100% on board with all of this, which is why I eat mostly plants. I’m not into restricting any foods, but I choose to eat hella fruit and hella greens because it makes me feel amazing and energized and clears brain fog and aids in healthy digestion. Oh ya, and if you prepare it well it tastes freaking incredible.
Love, love, love this beautiful book!
More info below.
About One Part Plant
• Hardcover: 256 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (February 21, 2017)
“This book is joyful, playful, delicious, and guess what? It will also change your life. I invite you to follow Jessica into the vast green wilderness.” —Lena Dunham
Wellness advocate and podcaster Jessica Murnane is the friend you never knew you had. And she’s here with a cookbook to help you make a change you never thought was possible.
In One Part Plant, Jessica has a friendly request: that you eat just one meal plant-based meal each day. There’s no crazy diet plan with an anxiety-inducing list of forbidden foods. Or pages filled with unattainable goals based on an eating philosophy that leaves you feeling hungry and deprived. Instead, Jessica offers you the tools to easily and deliciously make plants the star of your plate–no matter how much junk food occupies it now.
Jessica knows what it’s like to have less than healthy eating habits. Just a few short years ago, her diet consisted of three major food groups: Sour Patch Kids, Diet Coke, and whatever Lean Cuisine had the most cheese. But when her endometriosis — a chronic and painful condition — left her depressed and desperate for help, she took the advice of a friend and radically overhauled her diet. Within months, her life dramatically changed — her pain started to fade and she felt like herself again.
With a unique style and playful tone, Jessica shares what she’s learned on her way to healing her body through food. She keeps it simple and, most importantly, delicious — with 100 allergy-friendly recipes like Creamy Mushroom Lasagna, Easy Vegetable Curry Bowls, Triple Berry Skillet Cobbler, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
Featuring her top ten pantry basics, practical advice, and colorful and bold photography, One Part Plant is an inspiring and educational guide to eating real and feeling your best.
About Jessica Murnane
Jessica Murnane is a wellness advocate, podcast host, and creator of the One Part Plant movement. She has a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and works to raise awareness for endometriosis and women’s health issues. Jessica has contributed to and appeared in countless magazines and websites, including Mind Body Green, The Coveteur, Food 52, PopSugar, and Chalkboard Magazine and has spoken at Apple and Taste Talks. She interviews some of the biggest names in food, lifestyle, and design on the popular One Part Podcast. Through her website (jessicamurnane.com), classes, and restaurant partnerships, she’s working to get everyone on this planet to start eating one plant-based meal each day. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, son, and lots of palm trees.