Today I have the honor of sharing a beautiful recipe from Kathy Patalsky’s NEW Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen cookbook!
Many of you already know Kathy, but if you don’t, here’s a quick intro. Kathy blogs at Healthy. Happy. Life. This is her second published cookbook, she released 365 Vegan Smoothies in 2013. Kathy is incredibly talented, not only as a recipe developer but also as a food photographer. You can count on Kathy to bring striking, vibrant food photos to every post. She captures the beauty that is vegan food – its vitality and abundance! Reading Kathy’s book, it’s apparent why this is characteristic in her work. She writes:
Why vegan? I believe that there is no diet on earth more uplifting to one’s body, mind, and soul than a vegan one. Plant-based foods are the ultimate path toward total body and spirit enlightenment. A vegan diet consists of foods that are rich in life, rather than death. Vegan foods are energizing, healing, kindness-infused, sunshine-filled, and overflowing with vitality-enhancing nutrients, enzymes, and phytochemicals…. embracing a vegan diet is a worthy starting point for positive changes in your life!
Kathy is also quite a visionary. She is the mastermind behind FindingVegan.com, which in my opinion has revolutionized vegan recipes online. Just this year, Kathy launched the Finding Vegan App.
This newest project by Kathy, Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen, is a beautiful compilation of 220 vegan recipes, with all these chapters:
Breakfast; Bakery; Sandwiches; Burgers; Veggie Sides; Cakes, Balls & Fritters; Salads; Bowls; Appetizers, Sides, Snacks, & Party Platters; Entrees; Soups; Desserts; Drinks, Sips, and Smoothies; For the Kids; Holiday Favorites; Happy Life Menus.
That’s some serious recipe content! And the recipes themselves are diverse and enticing. It was hard for me to select a recipe to feature for this post. Naturally, I wanted to choose a dessert, but I thought I’d try being a little less predicable. 😉 Kathy’s recipe for this green bean salad really stood out to me. It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures. Smoked paprika and tahini mingle in the sauce to coat the tender green beans, and then topped off with crunchy, candied walnuts. Right?!! It’s the ideal spring and summer potluck or picnic salad.
SMOKY PAPRIKA GREEN BEAN SALAD WITH CANDIED WALNUTS
If you do not consider yourself a fan of green beans, keep reading! Even those who snarl at the classic “holiday green bean casserole” will love the spicy, lively, smoky-sweet flavors of this colorful green bean salad. Candied walnuts, soaked with maple flavor, mingle with crisp golden carrots, a smoky paprika-tahini-maple dressing, and perky boiled green beans. The green beans retain a slightly crisp texture from a quick cooking time. Serve as a veggie-filled lunch or at your next holiday gathering, and watch your guests actually get excited to try the green bean dish! Serves 6.
4 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into halves or thirds
2 medium carrots, cut into rounds ¼ cup chopped sweet onion
1 small lemon, juiced 2 heaping tablespoons tahini 2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup 1½ teaspoon smoky Spanish-style
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
A few dashes freshly ground black pepper
A few dashes cayenne (optional)
1 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup Coconut oil spray (optional)
Rinse the green beans in a large colander under cold water. Set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the beans and boil for about 5 minutes; do not overcook the beans or they will become too soft. For crisper (almost raw!) beans, do a very quick boil of just 1 to 3 minutes. Drain the beans and thoroughly rinse under cold water. Let the beans drain completely. Place the green beans, carrots, and onion in a large bowl. Set aside. For the Dressing: In a cup, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the veggies and toss until all the veggies are well coated. Pour the salad into a serving bowl and set aside. For the Candied Walnuts: Heat a small saucepan over high heat. Add the walnuts and maple syrup and cook for about 1 minute, tossing the walnuts with the maple syrup. (For less sticking, add a spritz of coconut oil spray, if desired, before adding the nuts.) Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
Text excerpted from HEALTHY HAPPY VEGAN KITCHEN, © 2015 by Kathy Patalsky. Photos © Kathy Patalsky.
Treat yourself to a copy of Kathy’s book, you’ll love it! I must mention that Kathy is hosting one heck of a book launch giveaway, and stellar blog tour. So, hop over for the details.
Also, Kathy has offered a giveaway of her book for YOU! This contest is open to US residents, enter below by telling us which recipe by Kathy you love the most (if you can pick just one), or which recipe from her new book you want to try first? Good luck!
Plant-Powered Kitchen Housekeeping: Reminder that if you’ve ordered PPF, you are eligible for the free ebook. I get emails daily about if the offer is open to other countries, or if the order was back in November… YES! See this post for details.
I LOVE visiting Kathy’s blog and trying out her recipes. I look forward to making this recipe and flipping through her cookbook!
This recipe sounds amazing! I would to try it for a holiday potluck!
I love her smoothie recipes!!!!
Those green beans look delish! I love Kathy’s spicy cashew nacho cheese. It’s perfect for a quick, savory snack, and many of my non-vegan friends have been won over by it, too! 🙂
This green bean recipe looks so good. I love green beans, but I usually never think to do much with them besides just eating them plain. I’ll have to try this variation.
I love a lot of Kathy’s recipes, but one of my favorites has been her trick to use frozen watermelon to help make smoothies extra frosty and smooth. So tasty and refreshing.
Sara F says
I’m so glad you went with the bean salad. I love desserts, too, but I don’t need more of those temptations. I want to love the real healthy stuff even more than the sweets!! Any recipes that make tasty and easy meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are welcome!!
I like her pumpkin spice latte (not sure if that is the real name).
I would love to try any gluten free recipes, out of necessity! I have the smoothie book and love having so many delicious options!!
Her easy peanut butter chocolate bars look DELICIOUS!
I would love to try out her carrot cake recipe. Its a childhood favorite of mine!
Melissa C. says
Veggie burgers!! All of them! I’m sure they are all fabulous!
I love Happy Healthy Vegan and I can’t wait for the cookbook! I want to try the Ultra Creamy Cashew Veggie Pot Pie!
Natasha L says
I’d be excited to try anything and everything!
The Smoky Paprika Salad sounds delicious! I love all of her desserts & smoothies! Can’t pick a favorite! 🙂
I can’t wait to try them all. I have loved every recipe I have tried. both of your blogs really helped me and my family make the transition to vegan. Thanks!
Jen Havard says
I would love to try the Smokey green beans recipe. Intrigues by the candied walnuts on top!
erica best says
i have never had green beans in a salad this sound yummy
Jennifer Manriquez says
I want to try EVERYTHING from the “For the Kids” section of the cookbook. I have a very picky six-year-old.
I love Healthy Happy Life! Kathy has great recipes. Soon I’ll have as many of her cookbooks as I have of yours! 🙂
Lemon-Asparagus-Mushroom Cheezy Pasta Bake looks really delicious!
Lydia Claire says
Cashew Cheese + Kale Enchiladas Rojas looks really good!
Ellie Haun says
Yum! I can’t wait to try everything in the book! Especially the yummy smoothies and creative healthy desserts!
I have not yet tried any recipes but I came across the one for Black rice peanut kale bowl and I’m adding its ingredients to my next shopping list
Holly E says
I would love to try this recipe, SMOKY PAPRIKA GREEN BEAN SALAD WITH CANDIED WALNUTS.
I love all her smoothies and healthy desserts. Can’t wait for this cookbook!
Melissa K. says
I think I will start with this green bean recipe! It looks and sounds AMAZING!
Jill Bishop says
I would love to try the Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich that is listed in the description of the book on Amazon. That sounds great and I’m sure there are plenty of other recipes in her book that are great too! I would love to win this book, thank you for the chance to win!
Becca F says
The five step kale salad looks delicious!
She has some pretty tasty tofu recipes but I’d love to get her book to learn more!
I think the Ultra Creamy Cashew Pot Pie would be at the top of my list as I love cashews.
I am new to vegan cooking and could use a cookbook!
Holiday ideas. I’m always looking for good ideas for holiday gatherings
ALL OF THEM! My husband and I are new to the plant-based journey and I’m working on resetting my cooking skills. Which means I need to replace all my regular cookbooks with vegan ones!
I love that she has a section devoted to “bowls”–I would love to try one of those!
I want to try one of the sandwiches.
Emily C. says
Kathy’s Loveliest Lemon pancakes with blueberries are a hit over here.
I’d like to try this green bean salad recipe!
I’d like to try this green bean salad.
I would like to try her Rice Bowl with Carrots and Lentil Cakes
Kelly G. says
I want to try the Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich because cheese!
gittie ehrman says
I love her chocolate taco smoothie! It tastes like ice cream and yet its full of nutrients!
Amanda Hunter says
I love her cashew cheese and kale enchiladas rojo! I would love to try her new cookbook!
Terri Cole says
I haven’t tried it yet, but this looks fantastic! http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2015/01/coconut-curry-farro-bowl.html
I just got a ton of green beans in my CSA so this is perfect timing, thanks!
I love the “Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars”!
I love Kathy’s sweet potato veggie burgers!
Oooh, I’d love to try this Smoky Paprika Salad. Thank you for the giveaway!
Cindy Badger says
Anything in the “for the kids” section!