Super Cool Vegan Cookbook – Isa Does It!

 

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I come from a long line of meal planners.

Last year my mom moved into an assisted living facility and my husband and I were charges with going through her condo and selling or donating all the items that she could not take with her.

As you can imagine, 80 years of living comes with tons of stuff but one of the big finds for me was her recipe collections. 5 recipe boxes filled with carefully written recipes.

I grew up in the 60 and 70’s so the recipes are not what I would now consider healthy but love having them around with this their special notations of when they were used and how they stood up to the critics!

As a coach and a personal chef I am always on the look out for great recipes that are healthy, super delicious and fast.

For my recent birthday my son and his girlfriend gave me a cook book I immediately fell in love with.

As a self proclaimed “raised on hamburger helper and instant mashed potatoes” Isa Moskowitz became a vegeatarian in the late 1980’s.

With the help of her mom, sister and friends she began her creative journey that has culminated in a super fun and creative cookbook – ISA DOES IT – Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes Every Day Of The Week!

One of my favorite passages from the intro about her journey into cooking – “This marks the time in my life when the kitchen went from smelling vaguely of microwaved frozen dinners to becoming the heart of our home.”

Her book is awesome.

She talks about some great ways to not only be ready to cook but on how to make it easier.

She has sections like:

Gadgets – Equipt it

Stock It – building a pantry and refrigerator of staples

Vegan Butchery – I love this – how many ways is there to cut tofu and tempeh?

7 Tips for cooking – my fav is “Plan and Scan” – how many times have you not read the recipe completely only to find out that something had to be made ahead of time like that vegan feta or those marinated veggies….dang it!

Swap Meet – modifications – love this too, it makes cooking more flexible and customizable.

Her book is filled with gorgeous pictures – yes we eat with our eyes, an artsy design, right down to the paper and each recipe has a small notes section to make things easier and more interesting.

I’ve had the book for about 10 days and made more than a half dozen of the recipes and they rock.

Her peanut (we use almonds) sauce is killer.

We roasted cauliflower and green cabbage.  Placed those, still warm along with chick peas on a bed of baby arugula and topped with her peanut dressing and man that was heaven.  We didn’t speak for 15 minutes and that’s a lot – we are yackers!

Check out Isa’s cookbook – if you are a vegan or just know that you should be eating a more vegetable based diet, you are going to love it.  It’s easy, fast and delicious!

You Deserve to be Healthy!

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Cookbook Review – Eat Greens!

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I have over 100 cookbooks, at one time over 200, and that is after and extensive, tear-filled thinning out!

I subscribe to cooking magazines, frequent cooking shows, cooking website and blogs…

You get to a point where you have to wonder..eventually you have got to run out of ways to cook veggies..

No really, there are only so many combinations, right?

I have, many times, checked out 10 cookbooks at a time from the library and as I have become much more health oriented, those cookbooks no longer include, “200 Cheesecake Recipe Cookbook”, “How to BBQ Everything” and”The Bread Bible”.  I usually go through an entire library’s cookbook section in under a few months.

I am usually looking for cookbooks that are filled from cover to cover with veggie recipes.

Yeah I find a recipe here or there that I copy and make, it’s kind of like going to a tag sale in a bad neighborhood.  You may find a little something here or there but not much.

I am always so psyched I did not buy the book – whew!  I am a sucker for all books but cookbooks are my Achilles’ tendon.

My hubby’s camera roll is filled with cookbooks I have seen and want to buy but am looking for the best price…filled!

Well last week I made a big score at the local public library.

I went in to find a Thai cookbook and walked out with…you guessed it like a dozen vegetarian cookbooks and one The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (I’ll be reviewing that one next).  

Most of the books got returned within a few days but Eat Greens  – Seasonal Recipes to Enjoy in Abundance by Barbara Scott-Goodman and Liz Trovato has me hooked.. Shhhh I even went out and bought a copy and refuse to take this library book back until my copy arrives.

It is filled with simple yet delicious recipes, all organized by veggie.  

I like this style of recipe layout – that and seasonal.  You see a veggie you want to play with and you look it up.  Simple.

The recipes vary from things like Kale, Sweet Potato and Orzo Soup to Roasted Fennel, Pears and Mixed Greens Salad (my husband loved this one  – warm roasted fennel and pears – yes I said warm…soooo good!)

I like Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Carrots and Apples – perfect entree, add a salad and you are feeling fine.

So check out this great veggie cookbook – I would tell you what library it is at but I am not giving it back, not yet, until the UPS dudes arrive.

So tell me about your favorite vegetable cookbook, I am always looking to expand my collection!

Leave your comment below and have a super yummy day.

You Deserve to be Healthy

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They have a whole section on sauces! Yum…simple veggie topped with an awesome flavorful sauce my kind of easy.

My Cookbook Passion – My Vegetarian Cookbook Favs!

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I love to read.  I read non-stop.

If I am not working or cooking, I’m reading.

And that does include cookbooks.  

I judge the value of a public library based on the size of their cookbook collection.

Usually within a year I have checked out all the healthy cookbooks.

This doesn’t even begin to take into account my huge collection of cookbooks.

I recently fell in love with The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier.

A successful blogger from ChocolateAnd Zucchini.com she has written an awesome vegetarian cookbook.

While she is not a vegetarian she, like many of us, realizes the importance of adding more veggies to our diet.

This is one of those great little cookbooks you just have to read from the beginning and I am way to hyper to do that too frequently.

The recipes are heavily focused on seasonal veggies, when they are at their very best.

The offerings include:

    Swiss Chard Pie with Prunes and Pine Nuts

   Softly Spiced Carrot And Almond Soup 

   Crunchy Lentil and  Watercress Salad

    and my favorite and gorgeous….

   Ratatouille Tian – pictured below.

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The book is divided into seasons with a list of produce that is fresh during that season.

Each recipe has a small intro with great information and juicy tidbits about the author.

I sat down to check out the recipes and a few hours later – I got to the end of the book, I had flagged more than half the book for recipes I was going to make for my clients. Which by the way, they loved.

So if you are looking for a great little vegetarian book with simple delicious recipes and interesting information with a French flavor check out, The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier.  Now go eat some veggies!

You Deserve to be Healthy! 

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