Pinning and Dining: Chloe’s Kitchen

A few weeks ago I shared the new series I plan to start titled “Pinning and Dining“.

Basically, it gives me an excuse to share great recipes I have found through other pinners or have pinned myself onto Pinterest.

To check out all the recipes I’ve pinned follow my Pinterest board Cooking, Eating, Food.

In the first post of this series I shared some of our favorite pins.. Since then I have found a couple more delicious recipes on Pinterest but the recipes that have blown us away recently are from a cookbook I checked out at our local library.


This cookbook is amazing! And just in case you are wondering I am not vegan or vegetarian.  ML’s parents are vegan and mine are meat lovers but we fall somewhere in the middle. I like to classify us as semi-vegetarians. Meaning I cook vegetarian most of the time but can’t resist the free supply of elk meat I get from my parents and sure won’t pass up some delicious seafood.

I was at the library the other week with a friend and was drawn to this book displayed in the “New Books” section. I mean who can resist a book with a chocolate cake on the front? So Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way just had to come home with me!

I had never even thought about libraries having cookbooks before? Have you ever checked out a cookbook from the library? Were you persuaded later to actually go buy the book?

When I got home I excitedly flipped through all the pages and might have drooled at some of the dessert pictures. They all looked so yummy! Cupcakes, donuts, and cakes! I just couldn’t believe all this was vegan. Finally, I decided to settle on a couple of recipes and give them a try.

The first recipe we tested was Chimichurri Tacos.


Hands down these were the best tacos ML and I have ever had. Mushrooms and black beans take the place of beef.  Served in flour tortillas with rice and chimichurri sauce these sweet tasting tacos are irresistible. They were so good that before the meal was even over we had texted out the recipe and vowed that we should have these every week!  Seriously, I am craving them right now just writing about them.

After such a wonderful turnout with the Chimichurri Tacos we were anxious to the try the next recipe we had selected, Thai Chickpea Burgers with Sweet Sauce.


It may not satisfy your craving for a beef burger but this is one tasty burger. ML claims it ranks up there with other restaurant chickpea burgers he has tried. Loaded with cilantro and spices the patties have a refreshing taste. Each burger is topped with a homemade sweet tomato sauce and sliced avocados.

Since I was preparing for MIchael Luke’s birthday while reading this cookbook I let ML choose a cupcake recipe for me to try. Secretly I was wishing for these…

Source: via Chloe on Pinterest


but instead he picked this…20120731-073228.jpgBanana Cupcakes with Lemon Icing. They’re no chocolate cupcakes but they were amazing! Possibly the best cupcakes I have ever had. It was really similar to banana bread. They were incredibly moist even a couple days later. Loaded with spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger this recipe was not lacking in flavor. I can’t wait until we have another excuse to make these.

I only have the cookbook for a couple of more days I just might have to order Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way off of Amazon. Right now it is available for under 12 bucks.

In addition to the recipes above I also tried an Avocado and Salsa Stuffed Potato recipe. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take any pictures but let’s just say you would never know there wasn’t any ranch dressing involved.

Thanks for listening to me ramble about all the good food we have been trying lately. I just can’t help but share because y’all it’s amazing.!  Another great feature of this book is that Chole’s gives options for how to create each dish without gluten or tofu. Which is great because soy is a major migraine trigger for me.

Have you found any cookbooks lately that have revitalized your cooking? What is your “Can’t do Without Cookbook”? Don’t these recipes sound amazing?

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11 thoughts on “Pinning and Dining: Chloe’s Kitchen

    1. Krystle Post author

      I think that’s great! I’m no health nut or anything… my cooking has just slowly shifted that way over time. Mainly because it’s easier for me to avoid migraine triggers that way.

  1. Whitney @ drab to fab design

    Oh both recipes look so tasty! And that salsa you made sounds delicious as well. I always forget the library has cookbooks too! We eat way too much meat, so we’ve started with baby steps and are trying to eat chicken instead of beef when we can.

    1. Krystle Post author

      We are the baby step type too. If I need ground beef now I usually substitute it with turkey or half and half beef and black beans. It’s all about the little changes. I like cutting out some of our meat because it makes the grocery bill cheaper… that leaves more room for me to splurge on yogurt and ice cream! 🙂

  2. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    Yum…now I am hungry!
    I love hostess cupcakes, but the banana ones look really good too!
    Kevin and I have a bunch of weight watchers cookbooks that we will pick stuff out of every now and then, but we usually stick to getting things of the web.

    1. Krystle Post author

      I’m a sucker for all things chocolate but I have to admit the banana one could win even the biggest chocolate lover over.
      My favorite place online to look for recipes is BigOven. It’s just a recipe a sharing network… although there aren’t a ton of healthy options on there. I love searching their site for soups and casseroles though.

  3. Sheri

    On your comment about taking cookbooks out of the library, I always do. For awhile I was buying some really duds that I thought were good, so now I take them out and if I like them then I go and buy them. Usually by that time I can find them with a discount, bonus. I am vegetarian and there are some really great cookbooks out now for us, really great, my favourite at the moment is “Cooking Light, Way to Cook Vegetarian”, such easy recipes and delicious.

    1. Krystle Post author

      I love cookbooks with easy recipes. Great food doesn’t have to be hard… or expensive. I like your idea of giving the book a trial run before purchasing it. Maybe our library will have “Cooking Light, Way to Cook Vegetarian”. I would love to try out some more cookbooks.

  4. Kristin

    I’m so glad you reviewed this! I have it saved to my Amazon wish list with a few other cookbooks and have been having a hard time picking out just one (or two or three!). Now I know this one is a must!

    1. Krystle Post author

      I’m so glad this post was helpful for you. I have been planning all my meals around it and sharing it with everyone in the family. I hope you find at just as enjoyable.

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