These Plant-Based Recipes Are Magical

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September 6, 2018
Roasted purple yam from Unicorn Food
Photo Credit: AJ Meeker

It isn’t your imagination—food really does taste better when it looks beautiful. So it’s no wonder the trend of unicorn food—smoothies, lattes, cupcakes and more—became a thing.

Food journalist Kat Odell took that idea and created Unicorn Food, a new cookbook full of healthy, plant-based recipes that offer the vibrant colors and fun of the “unicorn” trend, without using artificial dyes and other less-than-optimal culinary tricks. Instead, she incorporated “ingredients straight from nature, and likewise fortified with myriad good-for-you properties,” such as spirulina, turmeric, bee pollen and more, she writes in the book’s intro.

Unicorn Food book cover

Here are two recipes from the book so you can get a taste of these great-for-you, gorgeous dishes.

Frozen Turmeric Lassi

Milky golden drinks spiked with turmeric are everywhere these days, beloved for their exotic flavor and sunset-colored hue. Turmeric, a rhizome popular in Indian cuisine and traditional medicine, has recently become a darling of the American wellness world, lauded for its anti-inflammatory properties, among other benefits. Here, I spliced together a turmeric latte and a…

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Roasted Purple Yam with Coconut, Lime, and Tahini

I love the slightly tropical flavor of this simple dish. You’ve got the natural sweet caramel flavor from the yam, mixed with coconut for an extra exotic note and acidity to brighten. Tahini mellows the potato’s sweetness with an additional creamy note. Excerpted from Unicorn Food: Beautiful Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast…

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Kat Odell of Unicorn Food

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