I must say that this is not how I usually cook - low-fat or fat-free, while I have flirted with doing so in the past. I found, on the whole, that I didn't miss any added oil, but in some instances felt something was missing from the finished dish - I felt a little unsatisfied and wanted something more. Now whether this is because the body needs time to adjust to eating fat-free and I'm just writing a review after a week, or if its due to maybe needing a spice tweak for my tastes, or a serving size tweak for me, or some thing completely different I can't really say. I'll note on the individual recipe comments where I felt this way.
And speaking of serving sizes I found there was a discrepancy in some instance which was confusing. For example, the Smoked Cauliflower Soup (p97) "serves 1" and makes enough for easily 2 appetizer servings (for us), whereas the Jalapeno-Butternut Soup (p110) "serves 2" and makes substantially less (maybe 1/2 an appetizer serving for us). Maybe a typo?
As for the recipes - on the whole they are easy to follow, being very simple with no complicated or involved steps. I would have liked to have seen cup measurements as well where can sizes are used as these vary from place to place, and it would have been helpful to give guidelines on quantities of vegetables when only measurements are given (1 tbsp minced Garlic - is that 1 clove?). Nit picking really, but this would have been helpful.
The recipes I made - in page number order -
P23 - Granola Bars
One of the ones which I felt strangely unsatisfying. They were OK but didn't really do it for me, and the kids weren't keen. Nothing wrong with the recipe - it works fine, just personal taste.
P32 - Spinach and Artichoke Frittata
Recipe works fine. This one was OK. I'd have preferred the artichokes to be cut into smaller pieces which is an easy fix.. I think I liked this one better cold that hot. (good for breakfast the next day! )
P83 - Masala Burgers
Little bit dry, and a little bit crumbly but tasted good. I did adjust the spices to taste where the recipe suggests.
P97 - Smoked Cauliflower Soup
See comment above re serving size. This one was luscious. Smooth, and creamy and a little frothy - really enjoyed this one and ate the lot.
P101 - Moroccan Lentil Soup
Enjoyed this one too, though the combination of spices where a little harsh (not sure if that is the right word - maybe intense?) for my tastes.
P106 - Ethiopian Chickpea Stew
Nice. Enjoyed this one.
P107 - Cheater G-Nut Stew
More of a soup in texture at first, then as it stands it thickens. I enjoyed this a lot - more than I thought I would by looking at the simple ingredients list.
P110 - Jalapeno-Butternut Soup
See comment above re serving size. Lovely soup, though very unsatisfying as it made so little! I wanted much more.
P126 - Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette
Overly mustard-y for my tastes. Easy fix.
P127 - Italian Dressing
Nice, simple, basic.
P128 - Caesar Dressing
Doesn't taste exactly as I remember Caesar Dressing tasting (but it has been a while!) but nice enough, and good as a dipping sauce for roast veggies and over rice too!
P130 - Thai Peanut Sauce
I served this over rice and broccoli - it didn't "serve 4" in this way! I love peanut sauce and really enjoyed this one too.
L-R Pumpkin Cauliflower Curry, Gobi Palak, Chana Saag
P146 - Cauliflower-Pumpkin Curry
The least favorite of the dishes I made for my Indian Feast (see photo). I made the roasted version, and was glad I did as I think the lovely nutty roast cauli was what I did enjoy about it. I think the spice balance was wrong for my tastes.
P147 - Gobi Palak
Liked this one as part of the Indian Feast (see Photo). Nice with plain brown rice.
P149 - Chana Saag
3rd dish in the Indian Feast Photo. I ran out of fresh spinach so used frozen which had been thawed. Worked fine. Maybe not as fresh tasting as it would have been, but I did like this (I do love me some chickpeas)
P168 - Curried Rice
Photo with Ethiopian Chickpea Stew above. This was fine. The spices a little harsh again, personal taste, right.
P187 - "Crab" Cakes
This is the recipe I didn't have joy with ingredient finding. I couldn't find the Old Bay Seasoning (has anyone in Canada access to this?) and didn't want to go the the HFS for kelp powder so ground up so Nori sheets and added some dill (which too me says seafood). Nice enough but never really got crispy as stated.
P208 - Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Perfectly easy and edible.
P232 - Harvest Home Fries
Not so keen on these, they were OK but seemed to be missing something. and it makes A LOT! Says "serves 2" but as a side it was more like 4. Nice with the Caesar Dressing!
P261 - Carrot Cake Rice Pudding
This was another I was left feeling unsatisfied by. The recipe worked fine, but I guess this one isn't for me.
P267 - Masala Mayo and P271 - Remoulade
No issues. Though I did use storebought mayo (and where-ever this was called for)
Would I cook from this again? In all honesty - Maybe. If I decide to return to eating low-fat or fat-free for whatever reason then I would be more inclined to do so. I'll keep this as a reference and think it will be one I'd loan out if I was ever asked about eating a low-fat vegan diet - which sometimes happens. If low-fat / fat-free is your thing then I imagine you'll already have a copy?