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11 Vegan Weight Loss Cookbooks to Shape up With

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Remember the days when wanting to lose weight meant starving yourself? Obsessive “point” counting? Eating only cabbage? Or the absolute worst, nasty tasting meal replacement shakes?

So many diets tell you that food is the enemy. Or that you need to eat only tiny portions of tasteless blobs of so-called food. Well, rejoice!

These cookbooks focused, on weight loss and health, are the exact opposite.

Food isn’t your enemy. Not all of it anyway. You don’t have to starve to get healthy, and you don’t have to suffer.

Food is your friend. You just need to find the best way to make friendly food work for you, not against you.

Are you flailing in agony trying to slog your way through an ocean of weight loss promises? Have you tried to find the right book to guide you on your healthful journey? Have you found only disappointment with the results?

Here’s a quintessential list of cookbooks to help you find the balance you’re looking for!

You’ll never have to choke down a gritty, bland, faux chocolate meal replacement shake ever again. You can thank me later.

Get in Shape with These Vegan Diet and Weight Loss Cookbooks

‘For the Love of Eating’ by Roanne Legg

For the Love of Eating: Plant-Based, Vegan Recipes for Energy, Weight-Loss and Healing

Roanne Legg is a 25 year expert on healthy food. She’s a chef, consultant, caterer, instructor, and writer about natural foods.

In this book, she brings her expansive knowledge and wisdom of macrobiotic cooking right into your kitchen.

Macro- what? Macrobiotics. Or, in more simple terms, eating in balance.

This is a comprehensive guide to food. What to eat and why. It isn’t your typical weight loss spiel. Roanne is your personal healthful food experience coach.

She’ll show you how to utilize food to pave your way to optimal health. No longer will you agonize about what to eat. You may never struggle with food-related anxieties again.

The recipes and advice within these pages will help you find a true love of eating.

  • Morning Mashers
  • Nori Rolls
  • Roasted Roots with Tarragon and Garlic
  • Seed-Crisp Granola

The core of this book reflects in the title. It’ll help you develop and hone a healthy, sustainable relationship with food that will last a lifetime. For the love of food. To your health!

‘Vegan Reset: The 28-Day Plan to Kickstart Your Healthy Lifestyle’ by Kim-Julie Hansen

Vegan Reset: The 28-Day Plan to Kickstart Your Healthy Lifestyle

Kim-Julie Hansen became an ethical vegan in 2011. Not long after that, she discovered the myriad health benefits of her transition.

In 2013, she became a passionate advocate for the healing properties of whole foods.

This is a 28-day plan to “reset” your body and your mindset. Think of it as a step-by-step introduction to the vegan lifestyle. A beginner’s guide to healthful, plant-based eating. Every meal.

Every day. Already incorporating plant-based foods into your daily life, but feeling in a rut? This book can reset you, too.

Kim-Julie walks you through a month’s worth of recipes. You get menu plans, shopping lists, meal prep for dishes that will reset and jump-start your whole food journey.

Dive into these delectable plates:

  • Chickpea Flour Omelette with Mushrooms
  • Kidney Bean Bowl with Candied Radishes
  • Maple-Glazed Tempeh with Saffron Quinoa and Steamed Kale
  • Avocado-Chocolate Mousse

Full of gorgeous photos and enticing recipes, you won’t even realize you’re on a “diet.” Before you know it, eating well is a habit you won’t be trying to break.

‘Vegan Cookbook’ by John Doriem

Vegan Cookbook : 25 Easy High Protein Tasty Recipes For Fast Weight Loss And Muscle Growth

John Doriem is an enthusiast of all things active and healthy. He’s passionate about wellness and is in a constant state of widening his knowledge.

He has been passing along his expertise on healthy living and nutrition for decades.

He has an expansive toolbox of information that he relies on to help others. With it, he has helped guide many clients to achieve their personal performance goals.

With this cookbook, John passes that information on to you. This little manual has all the basics you need to get started on the right path. It’s a no-nonsense, quick start guide with 25 high protein (and super yummy) recipes.

  • Apple Carrot Muffins
  • Zucchini Bread
  • Vegan Italian Sausages
  • Quinoa Pudding

With an easy to follow format, this cookbook will have you on the fast track to optimal health in no time flat. No one will even know you’re dieting! Even you!

‘The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook’ by Neal Barnard

The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great

Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. is founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He’s also the acclaimed physician behind “What the Health?” and “Forks Over Knives.”

He’s the preeminent voice of the Whole Foods, Plant-Based diet. He has authored and co-authored dozens of best-selling books on the topic.

In this book, Dr. Barnard presents “a lifestyle guide for anyone wishing to lose weight…” and more. Within these pages are over 125 recipes, thorough nutritional information, testimonies, and encouragement.

Follow Dr. Barnard’s advice, and you’ll be well on your way to weight loss and healing. Prepare these recipes, and you’ll be eating great while losing weight. You won’t even have to sacrifice taste!

  • Green Chili and Oyster Mushroom Crepes
  • Chickpea Patties with Mango Chutney
  • Garlicky Pinto Bean and Pasta Bake
  • Fruit Kabobs with Peach Cream Dip

Are you are stuck in a rut? Have you had trouble explaining the benefits of a vegan lifestyle to your family? Do you want to go plant-based but find it difficult? Believe it or not, we’ve all been there.

The good news is that Dr. Barnard is here for you! This book is more than a mere cookbook. This is the book to “revolutionize your menu” and your life.

‘Vegan Soup Cookbook’ by Karen Braden

Vegan Soup Cookbook: Delicious Winter Warming Vegan Soup Recipes to Soothe Your Soul

Karen Braden is a nutritionist with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Science in Nutrition and Food. She has several best-selling books about vegan cooking for every taste and goal.

Who doesn’t love a good soup to soothe your cold bones on a wintry day? Honestly, soup is my favorite thing about winter.

This collection of soup recipes will warm you from the inside out, and will also help you with your weight loss goals. Win-win!

  • Creamy Pasta and Butternut Squash Soup
  • Chunky Indian-Inspired Cabbage Soup
  • Bamboo and Mushroom Chinese-Inspired Soup
  • Stick-to-Your-Bones Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Soup is an excellent meal choice when you are working towards weight loss goals, as it fills you up without weighing you down (literally) and is comforting and nourishing!

Stop thinking you have to sacrifice the things you love in order to slim down. Eat that soup, friend!

Please note: The Kindle version and print version of this book have different covers, and subtitles, but are the same book.

‘The Effective Vegan Diet’ by Chef Effect

The Effective Vegan Diet: 50 High Protein Recipes for a Healthier Lifestyle

Chef Effect is a conglomeration of engineers, photographers, nature lovers, and nutrition experts that work together to bring you the best in healthful living.

Their combined personal experience and expertise is responsible for dozens of best-selling cookbooks focusing on weight loss and overall wellness.

This plant-based guide to The Effective Vegan Diet will help you learn about what makes the vegan diet unique and how it can work for you.

You don’t have to weed your way through endless anecdotes to get to the core of plant-based success in this book.

The first section breaks down the myths you may have heard, and busts them with no-nonsense facts. The second section holds your hand to stock your new pantry. After that, it’s food time!

Devour your diet with these high protein selections:

  • High Protein Buckwheat Parfait
  • Nutty Mushroom Vegan Risotto
  • Chickpea Seitan Filo High Protein Lasagna
  • Matcha Chia Pudding

If you’re looking for a smaller guide to the plant-based life, this is perfect for you. It’s compact, but comprehensive, and may become your go-to resource.

‘Vegan Diet’ by Timothy Pyke

Vegan Diet: 101 Recipes For Weight Loss (Timothy Pyke's Top Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss, Good Nutrition and Healthy Living)

Timothy Pyke is the author of several weight loss and diet cookbooks. This behemoth of a volume is an excellent resource for anyone that wants to eat better, burn fat, or add muscle. The recipes within these pages will suit any of these needs.

Timothy writes earnestly about the vegan lifestyle, and offers sound advice. Do. Not. Panic. Eating plant-based is easy, satisfying, and not-at-all-boring.

I love the creative names Timothy gives his recipes. It makes me smile when my partner asks me, “what’s for dinner?” And I smile coquettishly while serving him:

  • Coquettish Quinoa Croquettes
  • Princely Pinata Bowls
  • Seriously Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Precious Peanut-Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If you can’t have fun in the kitchen, what’s the point? These high-protein, quick-to-prepare, and delicious-to-eat recipes will have you flaunting your new svelte self in no time.

‘Plant-Based Diet: The Essential Cookbook for Beginners’ by Adele Baker

Plant-Based Diet: The Essential Cookbook for Beginners. Healthy Recipes & Meal Plan for Weight Loss. (Plant Based Recipes, whole foods diet, diet plans meals, vegan recipes, plant-based for beginners)

Adele Baker grew up with food as a central focus of family and culture. When she went off to create her own family, that focus on mealtime became even more important.

When she struggled with losing weight after her pregnancy, Adele did as many of us do, she changed the way she ate.

Once she began creating healthier options for familiar favorites, the weight melted away. She also discovered more energy and better moods. Now, she shares some of those favorites with you in this cookbook for beginners.

  • Amaranth Polenta with Wild Mushrooms
  • Orzo with Feta and Olives
  • Fresh Tomato Basil Tart
  • Sauteed Bosc Pears with Walnuts

Packed with more than recipes, Adele shares tips and strategies to transition painlessly. This also includes a 3-week meal plan that eases you into your new lifestyle.

Beginning with breakfast, and slowly working your way up to every meal. Soon, you’ll be an old pro, and it’ll show in your healthy glow!

‘Plant Based Diet’ by Susan Hollister

Plant Based Diet: 200 Delicious Recipes For Vibrant Health and Radiant Energy (Delicious Plant Based Diet Recipe Cookbook for Vibrant Health, Weight Loss  and Energy)

Susan Hollister has dedicated much of her adult life to helping others live their best lives. She’s an advocate of self-development and has authored many books to help others.

This is a beautifully written book, peppered with gorgeous photographs. It’s both alluring and educational, and you will find yourself referring to it often.

It’s a massive volume of over 200 recipes, all based on 8 varieties of plant-based living. I didn’t even know there were 8 varieties. I learned something new!

Eating from the myriad plant-based diets keeps your table hopping with fresh ingredients.

Bonus, these curated meals taste amazing, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. Food like this fuels your body and your soul.

  • Carrot Orange Ginger Smoothie
  • Mediterranean Tortilla Pinwheels
  • Barbecue Bean Tacos with Tropical Salsa
  • Berry Chia Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These dishes with not only energize your core, they will also rejuvenate your love of food. And you won’t have to feel guilty about it.

‘Appetite for Reduction’ by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the creator of The Post Punk Kitchen. She is co-author of the immortal and infamous vegan Bible, Veganomicon.

She’s is synonymous with vegan gastronomical delights. The epitome of a vegan kitchen goddess.

Not a hyperbole. Isa is a master at the art of vegan cooking. In this massive collection of culinary delights, Isa has truly done it again. Appetite for Reduction isn’t just about reducing your waistline.

It’s also about reducing unhealthy ingredients, environmental impact, cost, and of course, animal suffering. Who needs all that anyway?

She makes even the blandest of foods (think tofu) explode with flavor, and somehow, these recipes are low fat. Low fat and flavorful? You have no idea. “This is not your mother’s low-fat cookbook.” Not even close!

  • Sanctuary Chef Salad
  • Curried Scrambled Tofu with Wilted Arugula
  • Black Beans in Red Velvet Mole
  • Yam and Black Bean Soup with Orange and Cilantro

After delving into this book, and giving these recipes a whirl, you will become a master of your own kitchen.

Share these meals with your friends, and they’ll be hooked as well. Healthy eating doesn’t mean starving, my friends. Isa’s got you covered!

‘Alkaline Diet: Spiced Up!’ by Marta Tuchowska

Alkaline Diet: Spiced Up!: Amazing Asian Alkaline (100% Vegan) Recipes for Weight Loss, Vitality and Wellness (Alkaline, Plant-Based)

Marta Tuchowska’s mission to make your wellness goals simple and enjoyable to achieve. She’s the creator of the blog Holistic Wellness Project. She’s also prolific writer of all things holistic for your mind, body, and soul.

Many of her books focus on the Alkaline Diet, and the myriad benefits that come from it. What is an alkaline diet, and why would I want to eat that way?

Simply put, an alkaline diet is one rich in fruits and vegetables, which reduces the amount of acid in your body, balancing your pH.

This is not a book about cleanses, or a half a million ways to eat a salad. It’s not about only drinking smoothies, or restricting yourself from pleasurable foods and flavors.

It’s about finding the balance your body needs to achieve optimal health. And yes, you can do that and still eat amazingly delicious food.

Case in point:

  • Yellow Mung Bean Curry
  • Spinach and Lemon Pesto
  • Quinoa and Bean Tacos
  • Spicy Thai Rolls

Marta is an expert in the alkaline lifestyle. She proves over and over again that eating this way doesn’t have to be intimidating, or boring.

No longer do you have to sacrifice flavor for results. Follow your taste buds to a healthier, happier you!

Wrapping Up

So, now that we’ve spent hours upon hours weeding through massive piles of every weight loss vegan cookbook you can possibly imagine, we present you with these.

Carefully curated to provide you with all the nutrition and advice you need to meet your own personal goals, without sacrificing your soul (or your desire to actually enjoy food).

These weight loss cookbooks will destroy your preconceptions about dieting, and perhaps your misconceptions about food in general.

You don’t have to gag on a dry rice cake in order to achieve the body you’ve always wanted. Unless, of course, you really want to. No judgment.

There are countless recipes within these volumes, and not one of them is tasteless. You can eat your way to better health and a smaller pant size.

Who knew? I didn’t. I have been victim of many a fad (including those infamous gritty “chocolate” meal replacement shakes) and have wasted both time and money for negligible results.

Never again will I fall prey to the biggest business out there, the diet industry. Nor will you. With this arsenal of cookbooks, and a kitchen full of friendly food ammunition, you’ll win the battle of the bulge at last!


Michelle M. VanGurp

I'm a mom of two tweens. It's important to find food that satisfies our hunger and also fits into our busy lives. I love to find and share food that's easy, delicious, and plant-based. Writing about cooking is a dream come true.

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