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.
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!