Step Outside of the Ordinary with this Beautiful Vegan Cookbook

I love trying new recipes and am always searching for smarter and healthier ways to cook.  My husband is the head chef in our family and I am still learning.  What I have found the most helpful while on my journey to cooking healthier meals for my family is making recipes from new and unique cook books.  “The Extraordinary Vegan”, by chef Alan Roettinger, is a collection of wholesome plant based recipes inspired by many cultures throughout the world.

Some of the recipes contain ingredients that I never heard of.  But I am willing to try something new if I know it will nourish my body.  One of these unusual recipes is “Kombu Dashi.”


Kombu Dashi ( Excerpt from “The Extraordinary Vegan”)


Kombu dashi is a very simple seaweed broth used in a number of Japanese soups, sauces, and salad dressings.

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1 (4-inch) piece of kombu
4 1/2 cups cold water

Rinse the kombu very quickly under running water and break into several small pieces.  Put the pieces in a small pot and cover with the water.  Heat over very low heat; do not allow the water to come to a boil.  Let the water hover just below a simmer for about 10 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool.  Remove the kombu.  Store in a glass container in the refrigerator, dashi will keep for 1 week.

“The Extraordinary Vegan,” is designed for both vegans and omnivores to have a new dining experience.  Alan Roettinger has more than 30 years of cooking experience and enjoys making food that is healthy and creative using out-of-the-box techniques and exotic ingredients.

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*Disclosure: I received a copy of “Extraordinary Vegan” in exchange for this review.  All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.


Cascia Talbert and son, Christopher “CJ” 2013

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC. You can follow her on, and

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