Must Have Been Something I Ate (book review, recipes and how to win a copy)

You mysteriously don’t feel well. Since you don’t know what’s causing it, it “must have been something you ate”.  We’ve grown accustomed to blaming food for these short-term undesired states.

But, what if you focused on nutrient-dense real foods and you started to feel really good, then you could confidently declare, “well, it must have been something I ate!” In her new book, holistic nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos takes this proactive approach. Must Have Been Something I Ate: The Simple Connection Between What You Eat and How You Look and Feel is a zippy, fact-filled yet easy-to-read explanation of the cause and effect relationship between eating well and feeling good, physically, mentally and emotionally. With chapters covering best foods for a good mood, radiant looks, comfortable digestion, strong immunity, nonexistent PMS, a healthy weight and much more, she covers a wide range of topics directly impacted by our food choices.

I enjoyed the nutrition information most, followed closely by the recipe section, where I discovered some great new ideas.  A possible drawback is that many of the foods, both those covered in the discussion section, as well as used in the recipes are not standard grocery store items (including plant-based supplements from the Vega Company) and might be difficult to find. I’m all for trying new things, and appreciate the resource lists in the back of the book for those more esoteric items, at the same time, I like to make it as easy as possible to eat well.  The recipes I picked to try contain more common ingredients (and I provided links to Amazon grocery, if you need them).

On this beautiful summer day, I served a late afternoon tea trying three recipes from Peggy’s book. It’s a bit of a stretch to say I cooked them, since nothing required actual cooking (involving heat, that is) to prepare. This is exactly what I was looking for on a steamy day: blender and food processor assembly, and raw foods nutrition.

On the menu: Iced Chai Tea Lattes with Chocolate Mousse and Key Lime Pie.  These recipes are all vegan (meat, dairy, and egg-free), grain-free (and therefore gluten-free), minimally sweetened and predominantly raw.  We won’t tell our guests just yet that they are really having a serving of pumpkin, another of avocado and bountiful amounts of healthy fats and protein from nuts and seeds, in addition to plentiful vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants from the other whole food ingredients.

Chai Tea Lattes

Steep tea in boiling water for about five minutes and remove bag.  Add tea to blender with almond butter, cinnamon and vanilla.  Blend into a creamy latte. Garnish latte with a pinch of cardamom and /or nutmeg. Serves one.

Note: I steeped a pot of tea for four, allowed it to cool, made the lattes and then served them over ice with some freshly ground nutmeg and a mint sprig. Deliciously refreshing.

Chocolate Mousse

All all ingredients to a bowl and mix well with a fork.  Serves four.

I “Heart” Key Lime Pie

Chocolate Macaroon Crust

Add all ingredients into food processor and mix until all ingredients are finely processed and start to stick together.  Press mixture firmly into tart molds to form crust.  Place in fridge while making the filling.

Key Lime Filling

Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until creamy and smooth.  Pour into chocolate macaroon pie crust and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Note: I was unclear about the size of pie this recipe was for.  It calls for “tart molds”, which I don’t have and I wanted to make a family-sized pie.  The crust recipe worked well in a standard pie plate, but I had a hard time believing a single avocado would provide enough filling, so I doubled the filling recipe.

I didn’t have coconut nectar.  To sweeten, and not affect the color of the filling (as I thought maple syrup might), I used a combination of raw honey and stevia (a natural sweetener, many times sweeter than sugar, but with zero calories and a negligible effect on blood sugar, making it an excellent choice for weight loss, diabetes prevention and control, and low carbohydrate diets).

A COPY OF MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING I ATE OF YOUR OWN:   Thanks to the book’s publishers, I have an extra copy of this new book to pass on to a lucky reader!  I’ll throw in a package of Vega’s Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer supplement so that you can try those recipes. Simply leave a comment about this post or a “must have been something I ate” experience you’ve had, and on July 21 I will select a winner.  Good luck!

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15 thoughts on “Must Have Been Something I Ate (book review, recipes and how to win a copy)

  1. In a very positive way, I had the most amazing chocolate tofu mousse and it was raw as well. Honestly, most would not have been able to taste a difference between this and traditional mousse! I would love to learn more about how to “fool” people with delicious, healthy swaps! That kind of fooling can be quite loving indeed! 🙂

  2. I am looking forward to trying your recipes. I am amazed your recipes are so enticing. I am a new to being Vegan. I am always looking forward to finding good recipes. With yours, I having a feeling they are going to be good, where there are others you just don’t get that feeling. Thank you for sharing these. My husband loves Key Lime pie, and I love chai tea. I will be trying these real soon.

    • Thank you. I’ve been making vegan recipes for years, but in this case, all recipe credit goes to Peggy, since I took these three straight from her new book. This would be a great book to settle you right into veganism. You may also want to check out the Vegetarian Times website, where you’ll find plenty of delicious vegan recipes.

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  4. Today I drank wheat grass for the first time. While at first it tasted like something out of the lawn mower’s catch bag, the taste grew on me and I actually feel amazing two hours post-lunch (when I usually need lunch #2). I think I’m on to something! I would love to win a copy of Peggy’s new book. PICK ME!!

  5. Wow, you really have been on an ‘uncooking’ spree! The key lime pie certainly makes the most of the ‘green-ness’ of it’s main ingredients. And the chocolate mousse looks good enough to serve to non-vegans / non-rawists, perhaps with a few strawberries on the side… I’m thinking that as here in the UK we don’t go in for canned pumpkin much (presume that’s what you mean?), cooked sweet potatoes might also do the trick (do you call them ‘yams’?) . Full of beta-carotene.

    • Yes, canned pumpkin does make it very easy to make the chocolate mousse, but for flavor, freshness and health reason (the BPA contained in the lining of cans which has been shown to leach out into the food), I’d recommend creating your own puree. I imagine this would work well and taste great with just about any sweet and smoothly pureed vegetable from sweet potatoes to winter squashes, probably even beets. Enjoy!

  6. One of the best Tiramisu recipes I’ve ever had was vegan. I can’t wait to try these recipes – they look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This book seems is just the kind of thing I have been searching for! I vowed to myself at the beginning of June that I would begin to eat more healthy. Since then, I have been enjoying trying new foods and different vegan and raw recipes. I feel so much better, like I am finally nourishing my body the way it was meant to be nourished. The only problem is that I have had difficulty finding somewhere with all of these types of recipes combined. As of now, I have just been reading from my laptop while cooking to make these new dishes. It would be heavenly to have a book that had all of the types of recipes I am looking for in combination with information on how to nourish my body an even better way. Thank you for writing a book like this and I hope to be able to get a copy! (: You are an inspiration.

  8. I just saw Peggy Kotsopoulos on the today show and cant wait to try her quinoa choc chip cookies! These recipes inspire me to eat well. Thank you for sharing!

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