Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale with Miso Dijon Sauce + YumUniverse Book Giveaway


Hi from Florida! I’m here visiting my cousin for her birthday, which is today. Yay!

In other news, I have something fun to share with you — a new vegan , gluten-free cookbook by Heather Crosby: YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole Food Lifestyle. Heather is the blogger behind YumUniverse and this is her first book.

YumUniverse by Heather Crosby

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a cookbook hoarder. I LOVE them and Heather’s cookbook is no exception. It’s filled with over 150 plant-based recipes that don’t include any dairy, gluten, or soy. I received the cookbook for review a few weeks ago, which was the perfect timing considering my new gluten-free endeavor. I’ve already tried two of the recipes and I have about 10 more bookmarked to try soon including the Heck Yeah, Banana Pancakes, Toasted Super Seed Power Bread and Mexican Unfried Ice Cream. <– Yes please! In addition there are a bunch of recipes that will be great for the upcoming holidays.

YumUniverse Cookbook -- Sammiches

The first thing I noticed when I opened the cookbook was the photos. There’s a gorgeous photo for every.single.recipe! For me, pictures are one of the most important aspects of a cookbook so seeing all the photos in Heather’s book made me a happy camper.

YumUniverse Cookbook -- the Why behind a plant-based, gluten-free diet

I also really like the first two chapters of the book. In the first chapter Heather gives a little background on who she is (turns out she lives in West Virginia). As a Virginian, I was excited to learn that we’re “neighbors.” She also explains the WHY behind her plant-based, gluten-free diet with a few beginner recipes scattered throughout.

In the second chapter she goes into detail about HOW to easily transition into a plant-based, gluten-free, whole foods lifestyle without being pushy or self-righteous. She provides so much useful information: how to get  enough protein as a vegan, on-the-go breakfast and lunch options, a breakdown of what kitchen utensils are needed and how to shop for healthy foods (and save money while doing so). Even I picked up a few useful tips.

The first recipe I tried was the Sweet Potato, Kale and Lentil Stew.

YumUniverse cookbook Sweet Potato Kale and Lentil Stew

It made a huge batch! Isaac and I ate it for dinner one night and I had the leftovers at least 3-4 times afterward. Obviously, it was really tasty. :)

Lentil Sweet Potato Soup 1

The next recipe I tried was the shredded brussels sprouts and kale with a miso dijon sauce. Kale and brussels sprouts are two of my favorite veggies so I was pumped to make this dish and decided to double it. I loved the miso dijon sauce! I’ve never made a sauce like it before and it added so much flavor to the veggies. I think it was the wasabi powder! I’ll definitely be making it this dish again for Thanksgiving or Christmas — maybe both. :)

Shredded Brussels Sprouts WEBPhoto source: YumUniverse cookbook

I’m excited because I’m allowed to share the full recipe with you guys today and I’m also hosting a giveaway! Two readers will win a copy of the YumUniverse book (print or ebook) and the YumUniverse Holiday Survival Guide (ebook). To win, simply leave a comment with why you’d like to win a copy of the cookbook by Friday night at 11:59 EST. I’ll pick the winner on Saturday and email the winners ASAP.
Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale with Miso Dijon Sauce

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