It’s January, the busiest month in which people say I’m not going to stay overweight and unhealthy anymore. The beginning of a new year spurs us on to change our bad eating habit and embrace a healthier lifestyle. There are copious diet plans; it’s just a matter of choosing one that rings true for you. Many opt for a vegetarian diet but need help creating delicious recipes. My new book How to Cook Everything Vegetarian will help kick start your year.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition
It’s natural for people to purge their pantry when starting a new program. They throw out the junk food and replace them with wholesome ingredients. The first part of this book is about setting up your pantry so you’re successful which includes foods, spices and kitchen tools. There’s also a page that shares how you can substitute animal ingredients for vegan ingredients. For instance, instead of using eggs, you can use ground flaxseed, chia seeds or even a banana.
Salads – The salad section offers more than just the basic green salad, although the green salads featured in this book are exciting. Other salads include potato salads, bean salads, grain salads, pasta salads, pickled salads and many more. Some of these salads are hearty enough to make a great meal.
Soups – I’m mad about soups and we eat a lot of them during the cooler seasons. This section starts off with making your own vegetable stock and then goes into making a variety of delicious soups. You’ll make noodle soups, creamy soups, bean soups, tofu and miso soups, vegetable soups and so much more. The Wintertime Tomato soup will warm you up and satisfy your taste buds.
Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts and Seeds – shares tips and techniques on how to prepare them in every way imaginable from Crisp-Fried Bean Sprouts to Grilled Tomatoes with Basil. This section is so full of fantastic information, that I feel it’s the bones of the book.
Pasta, Noodles and Dumplings – is loaded with yummy recipes that include tomato sauces, nut sauces, rice cakes, baked pasta, stuffed pasta, Gnocchi, Pierogies, Asian noodles that inspire endless combinations.
Grains – if you love risotto, polenta and other grains like barley, bulgar and more, then you’ll be smitten with the recipes on this section. They also share how to cook each grain properly and offer simple substitutions for several recipes.
Legumes – this section offers a versatile collection of dishes that include stews, purées, baked and skillet beans, croquettes, cakes and fritters.
Tofu, Burgers and Other High- Protein Foods – I get asked a lot where I get my protein being a vegan. I get a lot from eating tofu and veggies burgers. This chapter will share the various ways to cook tofu, tempeh and seitan. You’ll also learn how to make your own scrumptious veggies burgers. How about a Bulgar Beet Burger with Ginger?
Eggs, Dairy and Cheese – explore several classic and sophisticated ways to make egg and cheese dishes. Chilaquiles, Quiche, pancakes, waffles and French toast will get you loving breakfast. Dive into some tasty cheese recipes as well. Includes recipes for dips, spreads, batter fried cheese, pan-fried cheese, cheeseburgers and many more.
Breads, Muffins, Pizzas and Wraps – these are all comfort foods. Learn how to make a basic pizza dough, quick breads, muffins, flatbreads, crackers as well tacos and summer rolls.
Sauces, Condiments, Herbs and Spices – foods would be bland without their enormous variety. This section features a wide array of sauces, salsas, spice mixes, marinades, and more.
Desserts – my favorite section. Filled with recipes to make creative and flavorful cookies, bars, cakes, pies, puddings, ice cream and more.
Beverages – This chapter encompasses delicious recipes to make juices, shakes, smoothies and other refreshing drinks. Peach- Orange Smoothie, Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca and Horchata are a few of the included recipes.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is filled tips, techniques and a treasure trove of ideas. The meals are tasty, easy to make and nourishing for your body. They promote wellness and encourage weight loss.