New Cookbooks for the New Year

I want to share a couple of new cookbooks I recently received.  They were both gifts from my oldest son this past Christmas.  He usually asks me what books I would like, especially after last Mother’s Day when he bought me two juicing – smoothie books I already owned.  I have learned it is best to give him a list of a few and just tell him to pick one or two.  This past Christmas he bought me Meat Free Monday and Inspiralize Everything.

Meat Free Monday cookbook

Inspiralize Everything cookbook

I really like both of the cookbooks a lot.  I have already tried many of the recipes from the Meat Free Monday book.  The idea of this book is to go meat free for one day each week, specifically Monday – even if you are not a vegetarian.  This campaign was launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009.

There is a whole menu for each of the different seasons:  Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter with 13 weeks of meat free recipes for each season.  The recipes are fairly easy to follow and the book has a lot of really nice photos of the recipes.  There is a recipe for breakfast, lunch, sides, snacks, dinner-main course, and a dessert for each week.

So far I have tried these recipes:

  • Winter Fruit Salad
  • Lentil, Chickpea, Cheddar and Onion Burgers
  • Black Eyed Bean Casserole
  • Apple Cake
  • Roasted Vegetables and Miso Dressing with Sesame Seeds
  • Bircher Muesli with Apple

I have only tried one recipe from the Inspiralize Everything book.  I have intentions to try a lot more I just haven’t put them in to my weekly menu plans yet.  Also, it seems like my husband likes everything I make with the spiralizer but getting my 3 teenage sons to try it is another thing.  They are not big on trying “new” things.  They like the spiral potatoes – fries that I have made a few times and baked in the oven.

The Inspiralize Everything book is nice to have if you own a spiralizer of some sort.  It gives an A to Z list of different fruits and vegetables you can spiralize and at least 2 to 4 recipes for that particular fruit or vegetable.  I purchased the Kitchen Aid Spiral attachment for my mixer a few months ago.  You can look in my blog archive for a post I did about the Spiral attachment.

In my opinion both of these books are a great addition to my library of cookbooks.  If you are looking for some good vegetarian recipes that are healthy and taste good I would definitely recommend getting the Meat Free Monday book.

Have a great day!

-Kimberlee

 

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