Cookbook Review: One-Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson + FREE GIVEAWAY!

I’m convinced that Robin Robertson has written every vegan recipe ever made. She has written more than 20 cookbooks—one of which is 1,000 Vegan Recipes, so really she’s thought of everything. Her latest tome, One-Dish Vegan, is no exception. I’m a fan of simple home-cooked weeknight dinners, and this is the perfect cookbook for the busy cook.

The Verdict

With more than 150 recipes, you’ll never be bored when cooking. As a chili lover, there’s a whole chapter on different vegan chilis. Yes, please. She denotes which dishes are soy-free and gluten-free for those who want that (and for those who don’t, I didn’t even notice a difference in taste!).


I always love that Robin’s recipes are easy to follow and spot on. The ingredients are simple and healthful—and a variety of ethnic cuisines so you can feel like an international chef!

Pro Tip

If you’re never cooked Korean or any other ethnic cuisine, I highly recommend Robin’s recipes because she uses authentic ingredients without making any dish too complicated. It’s a nice way to experiment without much expertise.

Favorite Recipes

Banh Mizza—I love bánh mì sandwiches and combining it with a pizza crust is a perfect fusion of Vietnamese and Italian food. Two great things that go together!

Southwestern Mac and Queso—I am a vegan queso addict. (Hello, Food for Lovers vegan queso.) This bean-based mac ‘n cheese was a delicious combo of spicy queso flavor and cheesy goodness.

Garlic Lover’s Chili—Garlic + chili = love. That’s all!

I’m excited to share one of my favorite recipes from the book with you—the Southwestern Mac  and Queso. For those of you who would like to WIN A FREE COPY of ONE-DISH VEGAN by Robin Robertson, please leave a comment below with your name, email, and favorite cookbook. I’ll pick one winner at random on December 16 to win a copy. Good luck! Congratulations to Rebecca Chartrand for winning a copy of Robin Robertson’s ONE-DISH VEGAN!

Southwestern Mac and Queso

from One-Dish Vegan

Recipe © 2013 by Robin Robertson  and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press

A tasty queso-like sauce made with white beans, tomatoes, and spices makes this Southwest-style macaroni and cheese a family favorite. A green salad would make a nice addition to the meal. For gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta.

Gluten-free option | Soy-free | Serves 4


  • 8 ounces uncooked penne or elbow macaroni
  • 2 1/2 cups small cauliflower or broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans or 1 (15.5-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 2 1/2‑quart baking dish.

2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, stirring occasionally, until it is al dente. About 5 minutes before the pasta is done cooking, stir in the cauliflower. Drain and set aside.

3. In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the beans, tomatoes with their juices, nutritional yeast, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne (if using), mustard, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Process until smooth and well blended.

4. Transfer the cooked pasta and cauliflower to the prepared baking dish. Add the reserved sauce and stir to combine. Top with the crushed tortilla chips and the vegan cheese, if using. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

38 Comments on “Cookbook Review: One-Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson + FREE GIVEAWAY!

  1. My favorite cookbook is Robin Robertson’s “Vegan on the Cheap”… I use it more than any cookbook I have ever owned.

  2. My favorite vegan cookbook changes almost daily. My favorite right now is “Vegan Slow Cooking: for two or just or you” by Kathy Hester. I look forward to making the Southwest Mac and Queso recipe it sound very easy and yummy!!

  3. I am new to being vegan, and still converting and learning so much. My favorite book is Dreena Burton’s “Let Them Eat Vegan!”

  4. My favorite cookbook is 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson. Happy holidays, & thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  5. My favorite cookbook is 1000 vegan recipes. I have more dishes, sides, sauces than I can name and they are always delicious and a hit at parties!!!

  6. Just one favorite cookbook (*sigh* All of the other cookbooks will have their feelings hurt…teehee)
    Right now I’m loving Vegan on the Cheap.
    Thanks for the chance!

  7. I don’t own any of her cookbooks yet sadly! My fav at the moment is The great vegan bean book by Kathy Hester.

  8. I just recently got a copy of Isa Does It, but I can see why everyone loves it so much. it could be my new favorite, but I’m anxious to see Robin’s book! I’m a huge fan of big pots of food.

  9. It’s SO difficult, but if I absolutely, positively had to pick just one of my favorite Robin Robertson cookbooks, it would probably be “1000 Vegan Recipes” just because it’s so all-encompassing. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t also love “Vegan on the Cheap” and “Nut Butter Universe”!

  10. I have two of Robin Robertson’s books my favorite so far is 1,000 Vegan Recipes. It has a plethora of vegan recipes to choose from, every recipe we’ve tried has turned out wonderfully. Hope I win would be wonderful to add another of her books to my collection. Never enjoyed cooking so much till we went plant strong.

  11. It would have to be Nut Butter Universe since I’m so into nuts these days! I love her cookbooks and hope to win this one! Also I have some gluten free pasta I won so this is the perfect recipe to try. Thanks so much.

  12. I like Robin’s Nut Butter Universe the best. I will try your recipe with some gluten free pasta I have. I’m sure it will be a hit. Thanks!

  13. My go-to vegan recipe book is Robin’s Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook. Even my meat eating husband loves it when I cook from that book!

  14. My favorite cookbook is the one I don’t have… One Dish Vegan! Also really enjoy My Beef with Meat recipes!

  15. I couldn’t even begin to figure out which of my vegan cookbooks is my favorite, but I do have quite a few of Robin Robertson’s books. Not this one though so it would be great to win it!!!

  16. One of my first cookbooks was ExtraVeganza – I will always love it because of the delicious recipes and the ‘cozy’ style of the cookbook!

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