Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale with Miso Dijon Sauce + YumUniverse Book Giveaway

Hi from Florida! I’m here visiting my cousin for her birthday, which is today. Yay!

In other news, I have something fun to share with you — a new vegan , gluten-free cookbook by Heather Crosby: YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole Food Lifestyle. Heather is the blogger behind YumUniverse and this is her first book.

YumUniverse by Heather Crosby

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a cookbook hoarder. I LOVE them and Heather’s cookbook is no exception. It’s filled with over 150 plant-based recipes that don’t include any dairy, gluten, or soy. I received the cookbook for review a few weeks ago, which was the perfect timing considering my new gluten-free endeavor. I’ve already tried two of the recipes and I have about 10 more bookmarked to try soon including the Heck Yeah, Banana Pancakes, Toasted Super Seed Power Bread and Mexican Unfried Ice Cream. <– Yes please! In addition there are a bunch of recipes that will be great for the upcoming holidays.

YumUniverse Cookbook -- Sammiches

The first thing I noticed when I opened the cookbook was the photos. There’s a gorgeous photo for every.single.recipe! For me, pictures are one of the most important aspects of a cookbook so seeing all the photos in Heather’s book made me a happy camper.

YumUniverse Cookbook -- the Why behind a plant-based, gluten-free diet

I also really like the first two chapters of the book. In the first chapter Heather gives a little background on who she is (turns out she lives in West Virginia). As a Virginian, I was excited to learn that we’re “neighbors.” She also explains the WHY behind her plant-based, gluten-free diet with a few beginner recipes scattered throughout.

In the second chapter she goes into detail about HOW to easily transition into a plant-based, gluten-free, whole foods lifestyle without being pushy or self-righteous. She provides so much useful information: how to get  enough protein as a vegan, on-the-go breakfast and lunch options, a breakdown of what kitchen utensils are needed and how to shop for healthy foods (and save money while doing so). Even I picked up a few useful tips.

The first recipe I tried was the Sweet Potato, Kale and Lentil Stew.

YumUniverse cookbook Sweet Potato Kale and Lentil Stew

It made a huge batch! Isaac and I ate it for dinner one night and I had the leftovers at least 3-4 times afterward. Obviously, it was really tasty. 🙂

Lentil Sweet Potato Soup 1

The next recipe I tried was the shredded brussels sprouts and kale with a miso dijon sauce. Kale and brussels sprouts are two of my favorite veggies so I was pumped to make this dish and decided to double it. I loved the miso dijon sauce! I’ve never made a sauce like it before and it added so much flavor to the veggies. I think it was the wasabi powder! I’ll definitely be making it this dish again for Thanksgiving or Christmas — maybe both. 🙂

Shredded Brussels Sprouts WEB

Photo source: YumUniverse cookbook

I’m excited because I’m allowed to share the full recipe with you guys today and I’m also hosting a giveaway! Two readers will win a copy of the YumUniverse book (print or ebook) and the YumUniverse Holiday Survival Guide (ebook). To win, simply leave a comment with why you’d like to win a copy of the cookbook by Friday night at 11:59 EST. I’ll pick the winner on Saturday and email the winners ASAP.


Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale with Miso Dijon Sauce


Reprinted from YumUniverse with permission.


  • 12 Brussels sprouts
  • 34 large leaves kale, stems removed
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Miso Dijon Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea miso (I used regular white miso)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons pure water
  • ¼ teaspoon wasabi powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dulse flakes
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste*


  1. Wash and slice Brussels sprouts into strips with chef’s knife. If you have a food processor (affiliate link), save time by running your sprouts through the shredder blade. Place them in large glass bowl.
  2. Roll up kale leaves lengthwise and chiffonade into thin strips.
  3. Slice onion and set aside.4. In a small bowl, mix together sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  4. Heat skillet to medium-high and then add oil. Place sliced onion, shredded kale, and Brussels sprouts into pan. Sear veggies for 2 – 3 minutes and then stir. Sear another 3 minutes and then stir. Repeat one more time and remove from heat.
  5. Fold in sauce, top with sesame seeds and pepper. (You can add salt, but you probably won’t need it thanks to the saltiness of the miso.) Serve warm.
  6. Serve with cooked brown rice, quinoa, or buckwheat.


From Heather: One of my favorite quick-and-easy meals that doesn’t taste quick and easy. I often use this recipe as a base and toss in other goodies I have on hand for the week, like carrots, chickpeas, and zucchini.

If you’re interested in learning more about Heather or the YumUniverse cookbook. Visit or find Heather on social media: Facebook, TwitterPinterestInstagram. And don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway!

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  1. This would be perfect to help me incorporate more balanced, healthy foods into my dad’s diet! Convincing him that “healthy food” does not mean “tastes like cardboard” has been a totally uphill battle!

  2. This looks like a good book to get my mom for Christmas – she and my dad are trying to eat healthier and could use some new inspiration!

  3. This book looks perfect! I’ve been a vegetarian forever and It looks like her beautiful recipes will help shake things up for me!

  4. I’m not familiar with YumUniverse, but Heather seems to be right up my alley! I’d love to get to know her and her style through her new cookbook 🙂 Happy Friday, all!!

  5. I also love a beautiful hard cover cookbook with great pictures. Plus, these recipes are awesome! trying that brussel sprout salad tomorrow!

  6. i don’t have too many cookbooks myself, would LOVE to add this to my small collection. i must try that lenti, kale, squash chili–holy yumm yumm!!!!

  7. I just got married this summer and am trying to get my husband on a nutritarian diet. I think we are at about 70% so we are getting there, but meal planning is getting tiring. I need some inspiration. He is a big meat lover so any help I can get would be great!

  8. I’d love to win Heather’s cookbook for the beautiful pictures! It’s nearly impossible to sell my husband on a dish by playing up it’s “health benefits”, but he’ll EASILY get on board any dish that looks delicious.

    That, and I’m also a cookbook hoarder. They just look so pretty on coffee tables 🙂

  9. Most of my vegetarian cookbooks are 20-30 years old. This is beautiful with updated recipes and new ingredients. Thanks for sharing. I’m definitely making the Brussels Sprouts and Kale.

  10. I’ve been in a cooking rut lately, and since my husband has to be gluten free and I’m plant based it would add some needed variety into our diets.

  11. I would love a copy of this cookbook. It would definitely help me in my mission toward a healthier lifestyle for my family, friends, and myself!

  12. I would love to win this cookbook! I’m gluten-free and am always looking for delicious new recipes to try! Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. Those photos are amazing! Ever since doing the Whole 30 (well, doing it for two weeks), I have been much more conscious of what I am eating and have really tried to focus on whole foods and using recipes to make food that could otherwise be bland very delicious. This would be a great way to get me into cooking more.

  14. I would LOVE to win this book as this actually meets all my dietary needs. Also agree re pictures- one of my favorite parts of cookbooks!This recipe sounds delicious

  15. Hi! I would love to win YumUniverse because I have been trying to make veggies and whole foods the focus of my meals instead of meat. This cookbook can give me more ideas on tasty recipes for me to kick off my latest endeavor to a healthier me. Plus, it looks like a beautiful book to follow along with in the kitchen!

  16. I used to literally hate brussel sprouts because I used to eat them steamed only with salt. Thank goodness I have the magic that is grilling them on a skillet with onion powder, thyme, and a little salt!! I would LOVE to learn new ways of cooking brussel sprouts and all the different vegetables!

  17. Id love to win this book because I recently found out I’m gluten intolerant. It would greatly help me with my new eating changes!!

  18. I would love to win this cookbook. It looks like a well made book with some very unique and creative recipes. I am always looking to broaden my skills when it comes to cooking and could always use some fresh ideas.

  19. I just got diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases last week, as well as Lymphodema. Spelling is Lipodema in UK. – Lipedema in the US. & Dercums disease, so I really would love to win a copy of your YumUniverse cook book. You food looks absolutely delicious & most definitely healthy. And since I am fighting for my life , because I am already at stage 3 in my Lipodema & fibrotic, I need all the help I can get.
    Thank you

  20. I would love to win a copy for my 20 year old daughter who is a junior in college. She stopped eating meat when she was 7 and is now a pescetarian. One day she just said NO to her father’s beloved bacon and has stuck with it. It is a journey for her that includes learning to cook healthy meals on her own and becoming an ambassador of good health for the entire family. Super proud and it would be a great 21st bday present (12-15). Love your blog by the way. She is a big fan too!!

  21. We have a hate hate relationship with Brussels sprouts in our house, but the pictures are very tempting, plus we really like kale! I gave up the grains this past year…best decision of my life! Good luck!

  22. I’d love to win this cookbook! I have celiac so I can’t eat gluten and have been trying to incorporate more vegan meals into my diet. Thanks!

  23. I’m doing an elimination diet at the moment that I talked about on my blog the other day and part of it is eliminating gluten, which I think has helped a lot! This book would be perfect to get me through the cookie cravings 😉

  24. i would love to try it for the fact that i do have celiac and need some new recipe rotations – i’m getting bored with my “normal!”

  25. What lovely pictures! I’m sure the cookbook will be awesome. I am not gluten free or vegan, but I’ve been researching both hoping to eat a little more healthy nd adopt this type of eating. The brussel sprouts look great! Thank you for the giveaway!

  26. I’m falling into a GF/DF rut making the same thugs over and over. This would be a great excuse to try a few new recipes! Thanks!

  27. I’d love to win this- I am trying to get back onto a gluten-free veggie heavy diet, and this book sounds perfect for that!

  28. I’m always looking for new foods and recipes to better my diet and having just learned about Yum Universe I had already pinned the book to buy at some point in the near future so winning a copy would obviously be awesome!

  29. The book sounds amazing and I would love to learn about some healthy recipes especially for the holidays! I’m always interested in learning about how people think about changes in their diet and how to implement.

  30. I’d love to win a copy to get some new ideas. It’s good to switch things up every now and then. I, too, am a cookbook hoarder!

  31. That salad looks amazing! I would love a copy of this book – I’m trying to build up my vegan cookbook supply because I tend to get stuck on the same recipes. I also LOVE that there are lots of pictures in the cookbook.

  32. As a most-of-the-time vegetarian and learning how to cook for someone with a gluten sensitivity, I would LOVE a copy of this book! The two recipes you shared look amazing. I’m definitely making this brussels dish asap!! Thanks for sharing!

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