Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fix-it and Forget-it Vegetarian Main Dishes by Phyllis Pellman Good Cookbook Review

I can never get enough of cookbooks. I have kind of an addiction to buying them and no matter how many I get, it is never enough! I chalk it up to my mom's rotation of the same 6 meals, with at least half coming from boxes, and the boredom of food choices I had growing up for my obsession with all things cooking.

The latest obsession for me, of course, is anything and everything vegan and vegetarian. I don't eat meat anymore, but everyone else in the house still does, so it is important to me to find recipes they will actually eat. I do try to limit their meat intake and only serve red meats every once in a blue moon. Anyway, when I see Fix-It and Forget-It, I automatically think of slow cooking. And there are definitely plenty of slow cooker recipes in this book, but there are also other meal options that cook a little quicker, but still don't take a lot of effort to throw together.

Some of the recipes I particularly enjoyed or look forward to trying are:

  • vegetable enchiladas
  • mushroom manicotti
  • spinach lasagna
  • vegetarian pasta sauce
  • tasty lentil tacos (as a new vegetarian, I can't get enough lentils!)
  • wild rice and mushrooms (I am lucky to have a house full of mushroom lovers!)
  • herbed risotto
  • Thai veggie curry
  • crustless spinach quiche

I love that there is a good mix of recipes featuring different pastas, grains, beans and legumes. There are recipes that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy and then there are a few that will satisfy those of us who like to be adventurous in what we eat and have a wide variety of options to choose from. Even if you are not a vegetarian, a vegetarian cookbook like this deserves a place in your kitchen. Cutting down on meat consumption is definitely a good thing for your health, and this would make a great "Meatless Monday" go to book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to eat meat free, once to have a few meatless options or who really doesn't have time to cook, but wants to have nice home cooked meals that are ready before you know it without much effort from the cook.

*Disclosure- I received a complimentary e-copy of this book via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are 100% my own. 

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