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Kim Barnouin on Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook and Her Kitchen Staples at Nasoya Tofu Event

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At the Nasoya Tofu U party, I enjoyed a meal fit for a vegan queen — thank you, The Plant Cafe Organic — and met Kim Barnouin, co-author of the popular Skinny Bitch book series.

Kim has made a career of teaching women the ins and outs of healthy eating in basic no-nonsense terms: if you eat crap, you're going to feel and look like crap, too. And for Kim, avoiding crap means sticking to a vegan diet. But that doesn't mean you can't eat well. In her new cookbook, Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook ($20), Kim keeps her familiar chick-lit tone to engage audiences in how to cook and live a healthy, happy vegan lifestyle.

At the demo, Kim showed us creative ways to turn tofu into tasty dishes; my faves were the spicy tofu tacos and tofu brownie bites. She also shared the items she always keeps stocked in her kitchen:

  • Good olive oil is essential. It works in salad dressings, marinades, stir-frys, and adds flavor to bread.
  • Legumes like beans and lentils are staples. Filling, full of protein, and perfect for main dishes.
  • Spices and garlic are must haves. They add zest and flavor to all dishes, eliminating the need for a ton of salt, butter, or oil.
  • Tofu — at least two varieties. Keep a silken tofu handy for sauces, soups, and desserts, and a firmer tofu for main courses.
  • Whole wheat pastry flour is a go-to ingredient in desserts.

Vegan or not, I think Kim's list is full of must haves; what things do you always keep stocked in your kitchen?

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