20 April 2019

Weekend Cooking: Eat Clean Play Dirty by Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle

review of Eat Clean Play Dirty by Danielle Duboise and Whitney TingleHave you heard of the food-subscription service Sakara? Founded by Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle, the company does more than just promote a particular diet. From what I learned by reading their new cookbook Eat Clean Play Dirty (which I received as part of the Abrams Dinner Party program) and by looking around their website, Duboise and Tingle are all about a balanced, healthful lifestyle, which finds its base in a plant-based, low-sugar meal plan.

The basic premise of Sakara, which you can find both in the cookbook on the website, is fairly straightforward: they don't count calories, they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, they aren't afraid of fats, they pay attention to their microbiome, and they believe in having a cocktail and eating their dessert.

I really wanted to love Eat Clean Play Dirty. Their recipes look appealing, and I think the authors have a good grasp of nutritional principals and current research. My big problems are (1) I'm not totally committed to a vegan lifestyle, (2) I live in a small town, and (3) I'm too lazy to run from store to store looking for ingredients on the off-chance I could find them here in central Pennsylvania. Ingredients like turmeric root and hijiki seaweed are absent from my grocery store; even lemongrass, microgreens, and mangoes are hit or miss finds.

Eat Clean Play Dirty by Danielle Duboise and Whitney TingleThat said, I found several recipes to try and one I plan to make this summer (it's the recipe I'm sharing today). Everything I made from this cookbook was a success, especially a polenta and vegetable casserole, which I absolutely will make again. The soba noodle bowl (shown to the right), was tasty (I substituted portabella mushrooms for the shiitakes) and easy to make. Duboise and Tingle's recipe for this dish calls for asparagus--perfect for spring.

Note that although I've called Eat Clean Play Dirty a vegan cookbook some recipes do call for honey, which could be problematic for some of you. Other recipes use coconut palm sugar or maple syrup as sweeteners. If you've been vegan for a while, I suspect you'll know how to swap out the honey.

Recommendation: If you're committed to a vegan way of life and you're looking for good recipes and new ideas, you'll be happy with Eat Clean Play Dirty, especially if you live in a city with plenty of well-stocked food stores. If you incorporate vegetarian dishes into your weekly meal plan (like me) but haven't yet made the move to 100 percent vegan, then you'll probably be happier checking this cookbook out of your library before buying.

I've marked the following salad to try once local summer fruits appear at the farmer's market.

Sexiest Salad in New York City
Serves 2
Eat Clean Play Dirty by Danielle Duboise and Whitney TingleFor the Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons wildflower honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
For the Salad
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) sliced almonds
  • 8 cups (240 g) torn kale leaves
  • 3/4 cup (125 g) cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup (95 g) blueberries
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) raspberries
  • 1 peach, thinly sliced
  • 4 large strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup (12 g) minced chives
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
Make the dressing: In a jar or blender add all the ingredients. Shake or blend until completely smooth.

Make the salad: Scatter the sliced almonds in a large pan over medium-low heat. Toast the nuts, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In 2 medium bowls, make beds with the kale. Top with the chickpeas, blueberries, raspberries, peach, and strawberries. Sprinkle with the chives, hemp seeds, and toasted almonds and drizzle with the dressing.
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Mae Travels 4/20/19, 6:25 AM  

The expression "clean eating" is in my way of thinking deplorable because it judges everyone except the people who accept it -- the rest of us are by implication "dirty." The controversy over a recently opened "clean" Chinese restaurant -- owned by non-Asian people who wrote really nasty stereotyped attacks on food in any other Chinese restaurant -- is a major example of this. The "clean" owners have been made to take down their worst attacks on the rest of the dirty world, but that doesn't change things. Sad.

As a result, I come to any book on "clean" eating with a lot of baggage. You didn't convince me that I'm wrong, though I admire your review and your effort to find positivity in every book.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

rhapsodyinbooks 4/20/19, 6:28 AM  

Some of the recipes you mention sound really good. Wouldn't it be great though if cookbooks came with personal shoppers and personal chefs to do all the work? #FeelingLazy

jama 4/20/19, 7:41 AM  

Sounds like something to check out from the library. I like having new salad recipe ideas, but still can't get myself to like kale . . . thanks for the review!

Tina 4/20/19, 7:55 AM  

Interesting concept but any cookbook with hard to find ingredients doesn’t thrill me. Loving on that salad though.

bermudaonion 4/20/19, 8:02 AM  

Like you, I'm not interested in running from store to store to find ingredients. I could probably find those in our area but the stores that would have them aren't convenient to us. That salad does sound good, though - I put fruit in my salads all the time.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 4/20/19, 9:03 AM  

Thanks for the review. Looks like a nice healthy recipe book- just the way I like it.. but not a fan of hard to find ingredients

Jackie McGuinness 4/20/19, 9:28 AM  

I wouldn't want to commit to a non-vegan lifestyle either much as I love all fruits and vegetables. All in moderation I say.

I am lucky that I can find practically anything in a huge cosmopolitan city like Toronto.

Claudia 4/20/19, 10:04 AM  

Well, I would agree with Mae on this whole concept. At any rate, I'm not a vegan, though pretty committed to incorporating lots of vegetables and salad in our diets. Don't need another cookbook for that.

Deb in Hawaii 4/20/19, 12:03 PM  

It looks worth a check out to me, the recipes you have shown look really delicious and it's the way I try to eat most of the time. Thanks for sharing.

Literature and Limes 4/20/19, 11:20 PM  

Though I'm not vegan, sometimes not having animal product in meals really does seem appealing. The dish you made looks great.

Abigail Pearson 4/21/19, 1:19 PM  

I've actually been looking for more salad recipes for the summer! Definitely adding this book to my TBR.

Hillary 4/22/19, 7:27 AM  

I am vegan, and if I were still living in Cleveland then this cookbook would be worth buying, but as I am in Central Appalachia, I bet some of the ingredients would be difficult if not impossible to find. Your recipe looks delicious. I will try it once all the farm stuff starts popping up at local food markets.

(Diane) bookchickdi 4/28/19, 1:07 PM  

I'm looking forward to summer and incorporating more salads into our meals. This Sexiest Salad in New York City sounds delicious, I'm surprised I've never seen it here in the city- haha.

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