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Provides basic information on cooking techniques, ingredients, and nutrition; and includes simple and complex recipes for vegetarian dishes from breakfast to dessert.
If you thought you had to be a nutritionist to figure out a vegetarian diet, it's actually a lot simpler than you think. Eating vegetarian, in addition to being healthy and delicious, is just plain fun. Discovering new and exotic vegetables like celeriac or kohlrabi will widen your palate as well as your sense of adventure in the kitchen. Plus, vegetarian cuisine is chockfull of dishes that are robust and flavorful, and a match for any standard meat dish. And, most important of all, eating a plateful of vegetarian lasagna or pasta primavera, or any other scrumptious dish prepared vegetarian style will let you indulge--without guilt
With "Vegetarian Cooking For Dummies, " you'll get the skinny on just what lacto-ovo, lacto, and just plain vegan diets are all about and how to create nutritious meals from the rich cornucopia of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and dairy and egg substitutes that are the staple of the vegetarian menu. You'll also find out: How to get your full complement of protein and vitamins, including calcium, iron, C, B12, and zinc--and from what, often surprising, food sourcesHow to successfully convert to a vegetarian dietHow to stock up a vegetarian pantry--including tips on where to shop, starting a kitchen garden, as well as handy weekly and monthly food listsVegetarian cooking basics--including preparing ingredients, cooking beans and grains, handling tofu and tempeh, washing and cutting fruits and vegetablesSimple cooking techniques--including baking, boiling, steaming, sauteing, and stewingThe ins and outs of vegetarian etiquette
Not only will you become fully acquainted with the new and delicious world of meat replacements (like tofu, tempeh, seitan, textured vegetable protein, veggie burgers and franks) and egg, dairy, yogurt and cheese substitutes, you'll see how truly simple and enjoyable cooking vegetarian can be. With over delicious 100 recipes, you'll find yourself choosing among such soon-to-be favorites as: Smoothie snacks--including a Caramel Apple Smoothie and a Winter Berry SmoothBreakfast dishes--including Savory Mushroom Tofu Quiche, Healthy Pancakes, and French ToastiesDelicious dips--including Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, and Fresh Avocado and Lime DipSoups for all seasons--including Vegetarian Chili with Cashews and Southern Sweet Onion SoupScrumptious salads--including Festive Broccoli Salad, Tofu Salad, and Lentil Vinaigrette SaladEntrees for everyone--including Basic Bean Burritos, Spinach and Mushroom Manicotti, Garden Pizza, and Tempeh Sloppy JoesFull of tips on adapting traditional recipes to vegetarian style cooking, plus a spicy spin on old standbys like Home Fries, "Vegetarian Cooking For Dummies" lets you reinvent the vegetarian lifestyle to suit your needs and tastes. With pages of full-color photos, black-and-white how-to illustrations, and humorous cartoons along the way, this fun, informative, and upbeat guide makes every meal an exciting step in the journey toward lifelong health.
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