Saturday, October 23, 2010

New cooking

I don't want to be a vegetarian, or a vegan.

But I want to eat less meat and dairy.

So I've been prowling the internet and library for new cooking resources and have found some great ones.

Websites first:

Natalie's Killer Cuisine has a vegetarian section under the 'healthy' tab. This is where I found the recipe for twice baked potatoes.

I've tried two recipes from Fat Free Vegan and both have been delicious. And I have about 12 more from this site waiting to be tried.

I just tried my first Vegan Yum Yum recipe this week: Spicy Lemon Pepper Pasta with Broccoli. It doesn't have much of a sauce, which was almost a deal breaker, but it turns out it has fabulous flavor (spic-ay!) to make up for its saucelessness. AND, I love the blog name...and her pictures are gorgeous.

Now books:

America's Test Kitchen has a Light & Healthy 2010 cookbook with 3 great sections: vegetarian entrees, grains and beans, and perfect vegetables. And ATK never disappoints. The vegetable tart rocks.

The Light and Healthy 2011 cookbook comes out next month.

The Everything Vegan Cookbook has a lot of recipes that look great that are not super labor intensive. However, almost all the recipes call for nutritional yeast. It can be omitted, but it is supposed to add a lot of flavor. I need to try it, but I'm dragging my feet. Has anyone tried it?
My cousin recommended The Conscious Cook cookbook, and I just picked it up from the library and can't wait to dive in.


  1. I'm so glad you did this work so I don't have to. :) I just got word from Cami's Allergy doc this week that he wants me to eliminate Soy from Cami's diet. So much for my vegan/vegetarian movement. :)

  2. Nutritional Yeast is a staple in our house! I use it all of the time. It is a great cheese flavor substitute in my opinion. (Though my husband, a serious cheese lover, disagrees.) Give it a try!

  3. Gwen - I'm sorry to hear that. We would be lost without soy.

    Mary - Thanks for your input on nutritional yeast. Where do you buy it?

  4. Andrea-I haven't actually bought it around here before. I always get it when I go to Wisconsin to visit family. They have a great Co-op that my cousins are members of and so they get a huge discount. I'm almost positive that I've looked at it at Whole Foods. I've never checked at Trader Joe's, but I can't imagine that they wouldn't have it. (And Trader Joe's happens to be conveniently located in the same strip at Penzey's Spices!)

  5. I checked Penzey's online and they don't have nutritional yeast listed. I'll give Whole Foods a try. Thanks for the info!