Win the New Pure Food Cookbook from Pure Bar’s Veronica Bosgraaf
Working mom, creator of the extremely popular Pure Bar, and now author of a delicious vegetarian cookbook – Veronica Bosgraaf has a lot on her plate.
The health-conscious mom and self-taught cook — who has been whipping up tasty, nutritious meals for her own family for years — is now bringing her expertise to the masses with the release of her very first cookbook, “Pure Food,” a compilation of seasonal, plant-based recipes.
I’ve been a fan of Pure for years and appreciated their support at both of my LDLA events, so I was excited to get the chance to finally meet Veronica in person at the Natural Foods Expo West last week. The down-to-earth, Michigan mom was so sweet and knowledgeable, sitting down to share advice on complete sources of plant-based protein for vegans and her favorite recipes from the book.
Veronica even revealed the recipe for the book’s super addictive Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies, which I’ll be sharing with you below!
Be sure to stick around until the end of the post because she’s also offered to GIVEAWAY two copies of her amazing cookbook along with a bunch of Pure’s Ancient Grains bars and brand new Crispy Clusters!
Q&A with Veronica Bosgraaf
What inspired you to do a cookbook?
“As a working mom who is concerned about feeding her family healthy foods, I know how difficult it is to commit to cooking every night. Over the years, since my business has grown, I have developed recipes and strategies for making cooking healthy meals easier. I am passionate about helping people get back in the kitchen and making cooking a pleasant and rewarding experience, not an intimidating one. This is the inspiration behind my cookbook Pure Food.”
Where did you learn to cook – did you go school or are you self-taught?
I learned so many basics by watching my mom and even grandma cook. It is why I tell people how important it is to have your children watch you or even participate in cooking. They are like sponges and learn by seeing and doing. Beyond that, I am self-taught, taking many recipes that I grew up with and remaking them to be healthier by using better ingredients like alternative flours, grains, sugars and oils.
What are your three favorite recipes in the book?
I love my breakfast Polenta with Currants and Allspice and Homemade Almond Milk. I make it weekly for the kids before school as a hot delicious breakfast and it takes 10 minutes, tops! I also often make the Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies (and so do my kids). My Vegetarian Tacos are a big hit and made often as well as the Pizza with Hummus and Arugula, and the Pistachio Cous Cous with Orange Zest.
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 3⁄4 cup raw cashews
- 3⁄4 cup raw walnuts
- 11⁄2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup cacao nibs
- Process the dates in a food processor until well-chopped.
- Add the cashews, walnuts, coconut oil, salt, and vanilla and process until smooth.
- Add the cacao nibs and pulse to combine.
- Using your hands, form the dough into 10 cookies.
- Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour to solidify before serving.
Some people are concerned about getting enough protein with plant-based cooking – what are you favorite sources of plant-based protein and which recipes from the book that contain them would you recommend?
There are so many amazing complete vegan sources of protein, all of them I use regularly in my cookbook like quinoa, hemp, amaranth, black beans cashews, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas even cauliflower and potatoes! Combining high protein beans and legumes with rice like my Lentils and Rice also creates a complete protein. My Peaches and Cream Amaranth, Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa with Cashews, and Red Lentil Cumin Soup are some of my favorite high protein plant based meals.
What’s new and what’s next for Pure Bar?!
We continue to listen to our community and innovate to provide the best, cleanest and most nutritionally balanced Pure Bars, Pure Fruit and Veggie Strips and bagged snacks like our NEW! Pure Crispy Clusters. We are committed to amazing tasting organic treats that make your life healthier and easier.
Click here >> to enter the giveaway and win a copy of Pure Food, a 12-bar box of Pure Ancient Grains Bars, and a bag of their new Organic Crispy Clusters. I’ll be randomly selecting 2 winners next Friday!