About a year ago at this time, I had the good fortunate to review Jess Nadel’s creative cookbook, Greens 24/7, here on the blog. Today, I get to tell you about Jess’ new book, Superfoods 24/7, and I’ll be offering a giveaway at the end of this post. The new title picks up where the last one left off, with the theme of incorporating a powerfully nutritious category of foods (greens last time, superfoods this time) into everyday cooking. It is, like Jess’ first book, playful, inventive, and inspiring. And Jess’ delicious brussels sprout latkes with tofu sour cream are a perfect example of what this vibrant recipe collection has to offer.
I get a little nervous when I hear the word “superfoods”; it’s too often used to market expensive specialty items that may or may not be as miraculous as the claims suggest. But this isn’t how Jess Nadel employs the word at all. Her definition of a “superfood” is simple: any food with particularly high nutrient density. The recipe collection features a few more exotic choices (matcha and goji berries), but for the most part Jess’ list of superfoods includes ingredients that many whole food cooks already know and love, including:
• Chia seeds
• Flax seeds
• Sweet Potato
These tasty, nutritious plant-based foods are used in a diverse array of soups, salads, breakfast, smoothies, entrees, and wholesome desserts. Some of my favorite recipes include Jess’ sunflower seed and sprout pad Thai:
Her sundried tomato and coconut quinoa burgers:
Her coconut kale soup:
And her delicious minty matcha nanaimo bars:
As you can see, the book features beautiful photography from the very talented Jackie Sobon, and the images alone will entice you to give some of these superfoods a try, if you don’t know and love them already.
The book features fun facts about Jess’ favorite superfood ingredients, from nuts and seeds to fruits and legumes, as well as some general cooking tips and even several superfood-themed meal plans. As always, her tone is warm, welcoming, and accessible, and her recipes are totally unfussy. Jess makes it easy to love healthful ingredients.
I chose Jess’ brussels sprout latkes with tofu sour cream to share today because the recipe combines two of my favorite categories of vegan superfoods: brassicas and soy. Beyond that, the recipe perfectly captures Jess’ talent for folding super wholesome ingredients into comforting, homey dishes–dishes that you want to eat again and again. These latkes have a lighter and crisper texture than traditional potato versions, as well as a beautiful green hue, but they’re every bit as addictive. See for yourself!
Want to explore Superfoods 24/7 ? Awesome. Jess and her publisher, The Experiment, are generously sharing a copy with a US or Canadian reader today. Simply enter below to win, and I’ll be emailing the lucky reader in two weeks!
Good luck, friends! And I hope you’ll explore more of Jessica’s soulful recipes by checking out her blog, Cupcakes and Kale, or by finding her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
On the topic of giveaways, there are still three days left in my giveaway to win a free Blendtec designer 625 high speed blender. Enter if you haven’t already, and while you’re at it, grab a super spicy and delightful butternut squash and five spice soup recipe.
And I wish you all a wonderful start to the weekend. See you soon, for weekend reading.
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So many superfoods that I love! Chocolate, organic berries, and roasted cruciforous vegetables!
I love so many “super foods.” I’d say sweet potatoes, broccoli, blueberries, and Brussels sprouts are some of my faves.
I love berries!
My favourite plant-based superfood is kale.
I’m all about kale. I could eat it every day!
Now I know what to make with the Brussels sprouts in the fridge. Yum!!!
It is so hard to pick a favorite, so I will have to list a few. Hemp, Cacao, and Berries
My favorite superfood is definitely the delightful blueberry. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity — these latkes look so good!
Wow, these latkes sound incredible! And that tofu sour cream! I’ve never heard of using tofu in sour cream but I am super inspired to try it now 😀
love lentil curry!
I am not a fan of potato, so I migth try the latkes using a sweet potato. Tofu sour cream is sooo good! I uses umeboshi paste in the past; it is hard to find a substitute for that though.
I love lentils, sweet potatoes, avocado… Ok, pretty much every superfood that exists lol
I would have to say sweet potatoes. I can’t get enough of them and love them in everything from breakfast hash browns to pies 🙂
My favorite superfood is sweet potatoes! I eat them AT LEAST 5 times a week!
Do sweet potatoes count as a superfood?!
oh i love the tofu sour cream here! not too heavy like a lot that i have seen.
also, i remember seeing her minty nanaimo bars before and book marking them to make!! would love the book <3 <3
Blueberries are my favorite but kale, cinnamon, and ginger from the list above may get consumed more often!
The matcha bars look amazing!
I’m a big Brussel sprouts fan. Yummy
My favorite superfood is probably blueberries! They’re so much fun to snack on!
It’s hard to pick just one superfood, but I’ll go with cacao. Can’t live without my everyday chocolate.
Another great giveaway!! I enjoy all of the items on Jessica’s super-food list, but I would say my current favorite is Avocado – it’s particularly delicious when eaten with two other super-foods … Sauerkraut and Hemp Hearts. Sounds weird, I know, but give it a try! 🙂
I love hemp seeds!
I love Jess’s take on superfoods! I agree that the term is vastly overused and her definition is pretty much exactly my way of looking at them. No need for powdered what-not, nutrient dense real food is where it’s at. the cookbook does sound like a great resource and Jackie’s pics are breathtaking! Thanks for the inspiration, adding to my wish list since I’m in Europe, hope it gets here too 🙂
Favorite plant based superfood = oats!
I really liked them and my son loved it too! So thanks for the recipe.
Looks great ! I just ordered the book, always looking for fresh ideas to preparing meals.
Thank for sharing this on your blog!
I’d have to say berries are my favorite superfood. I love cherries especially.
These look amazing! I really love brussels sprouts so I will have to give these a try. Such pretty presentations of many of my favorite foods. Looks like a really great book. Thanks for sharing with us, Gena! Good pick. 🙂
Those latkes look amazing!!! Going to try a batch this weekend, assuming I can find the vinegar (or I’ll improvise!). Thx for the giveaway!!!
I am in love with a mix I make that I sprinkle on salads and cooked grains. It’s also yummy sprinkled on garlic bread and on a soba noodle-tempeh salad. It’s an equal mix of crumpled up nori sheets, chia seeds, raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, and nutritional yeast. I keep the mix unground in the fridge in a mason jar, and then when I want it, I use a coffee grinder to grind up a couple of tablespoon fulls or so at a time. It is delicious. I use it practically every day in some way. Sometimes I mix it up by using other seaweeds, hijiki is another favorite, but I find myself always coming back to the nori.
Avocados for sure!
Kale is my favorite superfood!
Avocados, on everything, in everything!
Avocados….on everything, in everything!
O it sounds like a beautiful cookbook!! I think all whole foods are super 😉 But if you’re making me pick, I’ll say sweet potatoes!
Avocado is my favorite super food. No doubt. It may be one of the few foods I can eat each and every day and never get tired of!
I’ve seen so many good reviews of this book!! Those matcha bars look amazing, and omg, that soup! And burgers!!
Wow! This cookbook looks amazing! I am definitely going to try this recipe. Brussels sprouts and latkes?? Two of my favourite things. My top favourite superfoods are sweet potatoes, quinoa, and cacao. YUM. 🙂
My favorite plant based superfood are berries!