We made it through The One Part Plant 21 Day Challenge! I reviewed 21 recipes in three weeks, made three e-guides to follow along AND did some epic shoutouts to some fellow OPP’ers. Today, I am really excited to share with you one last shoutout. The biggest one yet… an interview with Jessica Murnane.
Before we get started in the interview, I am going to share five overall thoughts from the Cookbook Challenge:
#1: It was relatable
I loved this cookbook was more than just yummy recipes. It really was a movement: to eat one plant based meal a day. She didn’t shove it down your throat though. She shared recipes from famous restaurants and cookbook authors, she told you how to deal with people who weren’t into eating plant based and she gave you some really easy concrete tips on how to stock your kitchen. It was probably one of the only cookbooks I read front to back as each page kept me wanting more. Her notes in each recipe from her testers were also super useful – and showed the OPP community vibe.
#2: The recipes were super easy
The One Part Plant Cookbook was really reminiscent of Dana’s work at the Minimalist Baker (which I also did a challenge on). The majority of the recipes had less than ten ingredients and took less than an hour to cook. It is great for someone just starting to introduce more plants into their diet.
#3: She loves her cashews and coconut
One real issue with plant-based foods is that sometimes there isn’t a lot of variety when it comes to proteins or thickeners. This cookbook is quite heavy on coconut milk and cashews, as well as legumes. Really, like I said, when you restrict your diet it’s hard to have variety. So I’m saying this more as an observation more than a critique.
#4: The photography is stunning
Jessica shared in her Cookbook Deal podcast that she hired one of her favorite photographers and stylists to do the food photography in the book. I really am impressed by the photos. They are super colourful and make the food exciting, which is always important. Almost every recipe has a photo too, which is super helpful!
#5: Every one of her recipes scored at least a passing grade
As you know, I reviewed each recipe that I made as part of the challenge. I try to be as constructive as possible and get my friends to help me test so I’m not biased. Well it was pretty hard to give any of these recipes a low score. The lowest scoring recipe was the Almond Cherry Muffins (63%) – and really with a different mixture of flours I think it would have scored higher. The highest scores were the Pistachio Squares (93%), Creamy Grits with Avocado and Hot Sauce (90%), Green Apple Juice (89%) and the Owen + Alchemy Unsweetened Almond Milk (89%).
As you can see, I really liked the book. Two thumbs way up in my opinion!!
And now, time for that interview!
An Interview With Jessica Murnane From One Part Plant
Jessica, it has been an absolute pleasure to help you with the cookbook launch and to host a challenge. Your book and corresponding podcast have really opened up my eyes to a friendly world of plant-based eating. What would you say has been your favourite part making this book?
UM…THANK YOU!! What an honor for someone to cook and rate your recipes for 21 days….also a little intimidating. I love my recipes, but taste is so subjective. But I’ve been getting some pretty positive reviews over here at Whole Foodie Challenge, just saying. Phew!
And my favorite part has been connecting with incredible like yourself, my photo team, my recipe testers, my launch team, my editor/agent, and people sharing OPP recipes on social. When you write a cookbook, you’re kind of living on a little island…cooking and writing alone. If feels so good to connect with amazing women that also want to feel good and support this mission. Team OPP!
The OPP movement is all about trying to eat one plant based meal a day. How did you come up with this concept?
In my past life, I worked in design and branding. I was working with some of the best chefs/restaurants in the country, but I couldn’t eat anything they were making. So I came up with the idea to pitch these restaurants and others to have at least one plant-based meal on their menu (One Part Plant). They said yes! So I launched a website as a resource guide to find the partnering restaurants and it also included own recipes to eat plant-based at home. One Part Plant was born.
Changing my diet was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I don’t want anyone else to struggle the way I did. This movement and book is my way of helping anyone out there that wants to ease into a change.
What are your favourite recipes to cook from the OPP cookbook?
The easy ones! I mean, they are are all pretty easy. But I like less time cooking and more time eating. I’ve enjoyed recipe planning with the book and having a short shopping list because most of the ingredients can cross over for a lot of the recipes. It was the intention of the book and rewarding to see it work! The Creamy Mushroom Lasagna and Spicy Broccoli Rice are two of my favorites.
Well, I’ll just put it out there. I have big plans. I want you to walk into a Walmart or Target and be able to pick up your One Part Plant meals for the week. I want you to hop on a flight or go see a concert and have a One Part Plant food option. I just want to make plant-based foods more accessible, affordable, and just not something you have to think about. We need to make it easier for everyone to be able to eat more whole food plant-based foods.
Anything else you would like to share?
I just want to remind anyone that wants to give One Part Plant a shot that this mission is not about being perfect. It’s about eating new foods, seeing what makes YOU feel good, and connecting with your body more. You can’t really fail, if you’re trying your best.
AND I want to thank you again for taking the time and putting in so much effort in supporting this book. Your site is remarkable and truly like no other. Love you, Whole Foodie Challenge!
Thank you so much Jessica for being so supportive on this One Part Plant 21 Day Challenge!
Want to learn more about the reviews we did this past three weeks?…
Click on a photo to read the recipe review!
Last but not least, I have one last blog post in this series for tomorrow – as a thank you. I am so excited, it’s MEGA!