My husband and I spend a small fortune on locally raised, grass fed meats from a local farmer. One way we can afford to do this is by significantly cutting back on the amount of meat we eat. There are a ton of creative ways to serve meals that are loaded with protein and flavor that use no meat at all. Every household should have a vegetarian cookbook to refer to for one or two days of the week. I was recently sent The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Healthy Recipes Using Foods from the World’s Greatest Grocery Store for review. We love Trader Joe’s and I am always very impressed with the quality of their products. Even if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you I recommend you check out this vegetarian cookbook because most of the recipes can be adapted with items you find at your regular grocery store or specialty food store. If you are looking for a good vegetarian cookbook, here is some more information about it:
Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook
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Title: The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian CookbookSubtitle: 150 Delicious and Healthy Recipes Using Foods from the World’s Greatest Grocery Store
Author: Kris Holechek
Publisher: Ulysses Press (November 6, 2012)
Format/Length: paperback 180 pages
My Rating: 5 out of 5
From the Publisher:
Great-tasting vegetarian food shouldn’t mean ending tracking down of specialty ingredients or spending an entire paycheck. With this book and a quick stop at the neighborhood Trader Joe’s store, chefs of any ability can learn how to make delectable, animal-free meals for every occasion.
Trader Joe’s is treasured by cooks across America for their healthy, affordable ingredients, including hard-to-find vegetarian staples. From dainty tempeh fritters, tangy guacamole, and sweet soymilk smoothies to rich vegetable curries, hearty eggplant burgers, and fragrant pine nut pesto lasagna, the recipes in this collection will be sure to please.
The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook takes the guesswork out of vegetarian cooking with easy, step-by-step instructions, full-color photographs, and helpful cooking tips. It also provides handy notes on how to make each recipe strictly vegan. With this book, both veteran vegetarians and curious carnivores are sure to enjoy the recipes and benefits of a meat-free lifestyle.
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I was really impressed with the variety of recipes included in the Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook. There are chapters for everything from breakfast and salads to main dishes and casseroles. The table of contents lists the page number where each chapter starts and then the first page of that chapter lists all of the recipes for that section which makes it easy to sort through the selection to find something that sounds good. The recipes themselves are not too difficult and are given catchy, mouth watering names like Orange Creamsicle Coffee Cake and Root of the Earth Casserole. I was getting hungry just reading through the recipes I could make!
What I really loved about this cookbook were the pictures. The photography is really impressive and just about every other recipe has a bold, up close and vibrant looking picture to go with the ingredients and directions. None of the recipes in this vegetarian cookbook are all too difficult to make which I really appreciate when I am in a hurry on a weeknight.
I also like that many of the recipes list vegan alternatives if you prefer to eat vegan. Many of the recipes are already vegan and/or gluten free and are already labeled as such but if they aren’t the author makes recommendations as to how you can alter the recipe to your diet preferences.
Overall, if you are looking for a vegetarian cookbook to help you reduce your reliance on animal products I think this is a good choice. Even if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you I think you will find a lot of creative ways to use this cookbook to help you eat a little less meat!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.