I’m not ashamed to say that I still get intimidated by cooking at times.

You can blame it on a childhood largely spent outside of the kitchen, a pantry that typically needs restocking, and a general baseline of anxiety.

I’ll find myself standing in the kitchen, eyes fluttering between a recipe and my meek-looking vegetables (just how wrinkly can a bell pepper get before it’s unusable?). Then my phone buzzes and I’m reminded of things like Postmates and DoorDash that deliver food without me running the risk of starting a small kitchen fire.

So, yeah, I order in more than I should. But it’s a scary world in the kitchen.

At least that’s what I thought until I stumbled across “Vegan in 7,” a cookbook by Dutch food blogger Rita Serano. It’s a simple yet oddly ingenious concept: Plant-based recipes that have seven or fewer ingredients.

“If it’s simple, you think, ‘Oh, OK, I can do it,’” Serano said in a phone interview. “It’s much more of a motivation to keep you going. If you’re a new person to a vegan diet, you have a cookbook with 25 ingredients, you think, ‘OK, I’m not going to do this. Too complicated.’ “

When Serano and I chatted in April, she was at her Dutch home. Serano, her husband and their 7-year-old daughter move back and forth between homes in the Netherlands and France quite a bit. But the couple has been sticking around the Netherlands more now that their daughter is in school.

Serano has developed a degree of fame on Instagram, where she has more than 45,000 followers. She first took to the social media platform nearly three years ago after getting a smartphone. Her husband suggested she post her food pictures to Instagram. ”What’s that?” she asked.

She’s been promoting her recipes from “Vegan in 7” there. …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle


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