Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Good Housekeeping: Family Vegetarian Cooking

Title: Family Vegetarian Cooking

By: Good Housekeeping

I know it is strange to write a review on a cookbook, but I wanted to give a HUGE shoutout to this book!
About a month ago my husband and I decided to go more vegetarian- we are absolutely not cutting out meat completely, but we wanted to try to incorporate more meatless meals into our family. I had no idea what to expect in trying this out, because we used to eat meat at EVERY meal except breakfast (and even then we had sausage sometimes).
I was mostly worried that meatless meals would not be filling- for me, meat has always been the main course. Another major problem, was that I had approximately ZERO meatless recipes and nowhere to turn to get them.
I came across this cookbook and I am absolutely in love with it!!!! There are lots of pictures (a mandatory requirement for me and cookbooks), the recipes are fairly easy and do not require a ton of prep, and it goes into the basics of being a vegetarian and how to still get all of the nutrients you need. The best part: Every recipe I have tried (except one) has been absolutely DELICIOUS- I kid you not, these are some of the best recipes I have ever made and we LOVE our food!!! I feel like a gourmet chef making these simple but exotic recipes. YUM! (One sad note: they have a smaller version of this cookbook with a recipe for Greek Feta Pitas- by far our favorite meal. Unfortunately, for some reason that recipe is not in this larger version, which is very sad. If you want that recipe, leave a comment and I will get your e-mail from Lula and send it to you!)
Much to my delight, all the recipes leave us feeling full and satisfied- no more worries about needing meat to fill us up! The meals taste so much healthier- centered around grains and produce instead of meat. Honestly, both my husband and I now don't even really like to eat meat anymore- we much prefer the vegetarian meals. Another bonus: it's cheaper! Beans cost less than meat, so that has been a nice change as well.
I am absolutely NOT trying to convert anybody into being a vegetarian- like I said, we are not vegetarians! But, if you are looking for more meatless meals, I HIGHLY recommend this cookbook. It is wonderful!
Rating: 5 of 5.


Stephanie said...

I'm sorry...did you say Greek Feta Pitas?!? Those sound sooooo good. Please send me the recipe!

I bought a couple of vegetarian cookbooks in anticipation of a bumper crop from my garden. My arrogance must have angered the gods because my garden failed miserably. You've made this book sound so good, though, that I might be willing to risk the wrath again.

The Bradfords said...

Hey me too on the recipe! Sounds delish. I'll have to find this book. Like you Christine, I've been leaning toward more meatless meals without becoming a vegetarian. Thanks for the review!

The Bradfords said...

Oh and Lula, obviously I figured out my computer's problem so now I can see the blog! Hooray!

Christina said...

I just sent the recipe to Lula to forward on- I hope you guys like it as much as we do!

Thank you Lula!!!!!!!!

Lula O said...

Since I'm not a carnivore this one sounds great Christina! Good luck sticking to the correct path. May the force be with you..
And I'll pass along that fab recipe too, of course after I try it..

Stacy G. said...

I feel exactly the same way about going meatless! I would love the Greek recipe too - my e-mail is sweetiestace16@yahoo.com.