The Plant-Based 5-Ingredient Cookbook is a super book, packed with easy recipes that only need 5 or so ingredients (excluding basics like water, oil, salt and pepper). These recipes don’t require a shopping list, just find a recipe then go to the grocery, remembering in your head what you need to buy! The recipe also cut down on food waste and are super-affordable as they are made with everyday ingredients.
Before cooking, read up on food safety for people & pets (many human foods are unsafe around animal friends).
Take five simple ingredients and transform them into delicious recipes for any occasion. Most of the recipes feature Italian themes based around fresh vegetables and natural foods like lentils, and there are quite a few Asian dishes too (no desserts). Base your meals around core ingredients like pasta, beans, legumes, mushrooms or squash. Each recipe has a beautiful colour photo. This is a real find! Recipes include:
- Sun-dried tomato pasta with corn
- Ravioli in ginger-fennel broth
- Thai basil chickpea salad
- Creamy Dijon chickpeas & mushrooms
- Saffron butternut squash lentil bowl
- White acorn squash in charred fennel-tomato broth
- Tahini-miso shiitake broth
- Mango cauliflower curry
The first chapter begins with pasta dishes. As an example of what to expect, let’s take a look at the first recipe for sun-dried tomato pasta with corn. It uses oil from a jar of sun-dried tomatoes for double-tomato flavour and lots of fresh vegetables (corn, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil). You’ll already have your ‘base ingredients’ like salt, pepper and oil. And pasta is the main ingredient. By making the sauce and drizzling over the pasta and serving with fresh herbs, you have a simple affordable meal that is more tasty, nutritious sand affordable than the same-old jars of pasta sauce.
Kylie Perrotti is a self-taught home cook who loves a no-nonsense approach to finding easy, elegant and delicious meals to make at home. You can try out some of her 5-ingredient recipes at her website Exploring Vegan. She lives in Maryland, USA.
Liv B’s easy 5-ingredient recipes
Liv B’s Easy Everyday Recipes is a lovely book of 5-ingredient recipes by a popular Canadian chef and blogger (who has hundreds of thousands of followers). Olivia’s YouTube channel has already 1 million monthly views, and you only get that if you’re making tasty easy recipes!
This is effortless and inexpensive plant-based cooking. Now in this follow-up to her bestselling debut book Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget, find over 100 recipes that are tasty and easy, baked on just 5 ingredients, or in one pot or baking tray. From meal prep to freezing instructions and from cooking tips to pressure cooker recipes, enjoy:
- Sheet pan pot pie
- One Pot mac ‘n’ cheese
- One pot mushroom stroganoff
- Frying pan granola
- Chorizo tempeh breakfast wraps
Olivia Biermann focuses on a mix of comfort and health-conscious recipes and her debut book was a best-seller on release (including recipes for spicy mango salsa,a famous lasagne soup, ginger-glazed carrots and sweet sriracha cauliflower wraps). She loves to share how easy it is to eat yummy plant-based meals that are fast and simple, with accessible ingredients that don’t break the bank.