Ha! I hate clickbait blog titles, but I couldn't help myself with this one. If you don't mind (or thoroughly enjoy- no one is judging here) a lot of foul mouthed talk, and you want to make some plant-based recipes that are made with good, simple ingrinets, then you need to get your @$$ clicking and order Thug Kitchen: Party Grub.
A few years ago, a friend sent me one of the man hilarious, and profanity filled, Thug Kitchen memes, with links to recipes. The food was simple, clean-eating, and plant-based. It wasn't about the word Vegan at the forefront, just about good food, and the bonus was it was vegan. These writers garnered a nice following on social media, and it was from all kinds of people, not just vegans. Their recipes appeal to just about anyone with a sense of humor and taste buds. A friend sent me this meme probably 3 or 4 years ago, and we still joke any time we see an avocado or one of us eats one, "Nature's Butter, Bitch!"
Anyway, sorry if that offended anyone...
So when I saw the new Thug Kitchen: Party Grub book at Target, I had to get it. I have tried a handful of recipes, mostly because I just keep making this butternut squash over and over and don't need other recipes. The flavor combination is like nothing I would have ever come up with. It's mildly Middle Eastern tasting, which are flavors I've always loved (hello, hummus, dolmades, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj...), but at the same time it's the comfort and familiarity of roasted butternut squash. I love the way this recipe combines warm and rich roasted flavors with light and bright fresh herbs and citrus. Just a home run for me year round. I'm not sharing (sorry, I know they work hard to create their recipes just like me, and I want you to go buy the book).
If the butternut squash isn't enough to convince you that you need this book (and if you tasted this it would be), then the pizza dough is.
I thought I had my pizza dough game pretty locked down. I didn't use a recipe, just went by feel, but somehow they have the magical proportions to make perfect pizza dough (or focaccia if you're fancy). This has made pizza night so much easier and cheaper and it tastes better than any dough we were getting elsewhere, so it's not just about DIY, but DIY Better.
The bloody mary recipe is a classic for Sunday mornings... it's Sunday morning now, but I'm on a the tail end of a cold or I'd be writing this up slightly buzzed and with more colorful language. Oh well, next time.
Well, that's all for me as I do another sinus flush and then try to run the bad out of me and return to the world of the fully living. I really do love this book, but even moreso the brand. The playful way they are spreading the plant-based/vegan/compassionate lifestyle just hits me right in the feels and the funny bone, and I wanted to take a bit of my sickly Sunday morning to share with you and encourage you to support them too. Follow them on various social media platforms and maybe grab one of their books. I don't have the first one, Thug Kitchen, but I got it for my mom and will be having a blast cooking from it on our upcoming visit. She already asked for a grocery list and I told her to pick out some recipes from the book and we'll just make those.
That's also a great tip for vegans with non-vegan family- get them a cookbook with food that is their style (there's a vegan cookbook for any style imaginable) and then when you visit they won't be terrified not knowing what to make for you. My mom loves some salty language and clean eating- so she was so excited to receive this one!
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