We are not vegans and we definitely don't play them on tv. We couldn't even take a pass at pretending to be vegetarian in our house most of the time, a few members like their meat protein a little too much
But like many families, I at least find the idea of meatless meals appealing. However, where to start can be a dilemma for a non-vegetarian. Besides lots of beans for protein or pretend meat products at the grocery store, how else can one make a healthy, meatless meal? Better yet, can this meal still taste good and appeal to the children and very-carnivore husbands?
Enter The Part-Time Vegan: 201 Yummy Recipes That Put the Fun in Flexitarian by Cherise Grifoni. The book features amazing vegan recipes, along with amusing commentary from the author, sharing vegan tips and ideas without condescension or the politics on not eating animals. It's the cookbook written by your slightly sarcastic best friend, who doesn't mind sharing her thoughts in a direct way.
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The recipes seem to be chosen with non-vegetarians in mind. Popular vegan ingredients such as quinoa, tofu and seitan are featured along, but many recipes call for more typical ingredients such as beans, vegetables and spice blends. Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Carmelized Baby Carrots were favorite recipes for my own children, as well as consisting of ingredients we normally purchase. Asian-Sesame Noodles, Mushroom and Barley Pilaf, and Vegan Pesto are also great introductions to vegan foods for the non-vegan.
While we enjoyed the cookbook and recipes, I do wish more photographs were featured, especially when cooking with unfamiliar ingredients, but the recipes themselves far outweigh a minor concern. We definitely have more ideas for meatless meals in our menu plan after this cookbook.