Meat: It’s NOT what’s for dinner – Quick-Fix Vegetarian

Building a vegan cookbook library is slow-going if you’re not made out of money and don’t want to be hit with too many recipes to try at once. We have a dozen and a half vegan cookbooks in the AAFL kitchen as it is. [Sidebar: Isn’t this a great problem to have? It’s wonderful that there are so many excellent vegan cookbooks. No excuses! A vegan lifestyle is in easy reach!]

So sometimes I come to the review party a little late. For instance, I only recently discovered the joys of Robin Robertson’s Vegan Planet after buying it as a gift for my mom this past Mother’s Day, then caving in and buying one for my wife and myself. That book is huge, but we liked what we’ve tried so far, particularly the fact that so few recipes rely on anything other than whole foods, so it wasn’t long before we took advantage of a gift card balance to save money on Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less (don’t worry about the title — if there’s a non-vegan recipe in this book, I haven’t found it). We have a lot of trouble getting dinner started at a reasonable hour in this household, and prep usually takes longer than recipes specify, so there have been a number of 9 o’clock meals in past weeks. You can imagine how eager we were to get our hands on this book.

We’ve only tried one recipe so far, but it was delicious! Check out the mixed baby greens with pears, pecans and polenta strips on page 64 (but consider cubing the polenta instead). We’ll definitely be having this again, and hopefully this first practice round will make it easier to actually make the dish in 30 minutes or less next time. We’re not pros in the kitchen like my friends over at VeganYumYum and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which explains yet again why I forgot to take a photo!

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4 comments

  1. I should finish reading before commenting. 🙂 I got to the description and ran to complain about the lack of pictures… and then read the rest. Next time, I demand pictures. 😛

  2. I don’t recommend buying cookbooks since there are so many recipes available online but you may want to check used book stores. I always see at least a few at our local used book store and they can be had for a fraction of the price. Or if you just want to try a few recipes the local library is a good resource.

  3. That is an option, Michael. And I have some links to recipe databases like VegWeb and over a dozen vegan food blogs available in the Links menu at the top of the page.When my wife and I first went vegan, we used VegWeb a lot, because it was free and you could search by individual ingredients you wanted to learn to cook with, like tofu. Over time, we printed out quite a few recipes that have become staples in our household.Nowadays, I prefer using cookbooks, which you can highlight, underline and dog-ear. You could photocopy pages out of the books and do the same thing with those copies, but cookbooks are more convenient.That said, if the purchase price of a cookbook is an obstacle to someone enjoying delicious vegan recipes, this is good advice.

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