Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cookbooks For Healthy Eating That I Think Everyone Should Have In Their Library

What a week!  Another week goes by with a blur.  I definitely over did it with all that we had accomplished this week.  There was an open house for a homeschool group we had to check out.  That was an all day event.  And yesterday, the hubby and I went for the first time.  I did well!  I can't even remember what I did the other days, but I know I was not home!  Because of the busy week, I was again not able to really get down a good post.  Some one had asked me if, in one future post,  I could list cookbooks I use often.  Here it goes!  My suggestion is, see if you can take them out of the library first, and check them out for yourselves, and then purchase them if you like them.  I do that all the time!

The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak

Some great ideas for making vegan cheeses are contained in this book.  Some of the recipes, I think, will take a little bit of getting used to with texture, and a bit of taste, but they are good recipes.  We all know how expensive vegan cheeses are in the store, so this is definitely a great alternative if you want to save some money.  But you need the time.  I like the mac and cheese recipes in this book.  Raw cashews are called for a lot in some of the recipes.  This ingredient makes the creaminess in the "cheeses."  You can make Colby, Gooda, Swizz (aka Swiss), Muenster, and Monterey Jack to name a few.

The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas

The binding on my book is now ruined, I used it so much!  All I have to say about this book is "simple and healthy!"  I LOVE this book!  I've made so many things from this one.  I got the idea for the alfredo sauce with silken tofu here.  The stir fry sauce is excellent!  And my favorite recipe is the "Teriyaki Tofu Triangles."  YUM!

Vegan Vittles by Joanne Stepaniak

I've used this one often, especially for the "Pot Roast" recipe.  I've made that recipe a ton of times, and figured out how to make it in the crock pot.  There are other great, simple recipes as well.  The mac and "cheese" in this book is good and the seitan cold cut recipes are great, too!  The "Chili Bean Mac" was another good one!  There is a newer version of this book that came out in '07.  I would get that one...alas, I still have the older version pictured here.

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

My brother gave this book to me this past Christmas, and I am so glad he did!  You think you "can't have your cake...or cookie...and eat it, too" while trying to eat healthy?  Think again!  This book has the most amazing non-dairy cookie recipes!  And they taste great!  I still have many more recipes in this book I must try.

Pasta East Meets West by Nava Atlas

You love pasta?  I do!  This is the book for you!  My brother and I have both made recipes from this book with much satisfaction and success.  The whole book is all pasta recipes inspired by different ethnicities from around the world.  My favorite is the "Fettuccine With White Bean Sauce and Swiss Chard."  Delicious!!  The Asian recipes are excellent, too!

How It All Vegan and The Garden of Vegan by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer

More simple and healthy recipes are found in these books.  I have used these books lots of times.  There are lots of delicious salads, baked goods, soups, stews, and entrees.  How It All Vegan even has a chapter at the end for all natural living from making your own all purpose cleaners to facial masks, mouthwashes, and homemade shampoos.  In The Garden of Vegan, I have a few more faves.  "Zoe's Grandma's Roasted New Potatoes" is awesome!  This one contains some more great salads, pasta salads, and entrees that you can't go wrong with.

La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer

This one I consider as the 3rd volume of the two above.  I've made the "Vegetable Biryani," "Eileen's Sesame Ginger Stir Fry," "Wolfie's Pasta Salad," and most of the mock meats in the back of the book.  They were all a success!  Delicious and yummy!

Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifer McCann

I found this book through purchasing Laptop Lunches lunch boxes.  What a cool invention!  Laptop Lunch boxes are bento boxes, I guess, Americanized.  The purpose of these bento boxes is to encourage healthy eating at lunch time in the schools.  I have one box for each of us at home and we use them all the time when we have picnic lunches or group events with play dates at the park, etc.  So many cool ideas for healthy eating for kids.  Some are time consuming, but the author shows you how to make it ahead of time.  I LOVE the pizza dough recipe in this book.  That's what I use for pizza making all the time.  I figured out how to make it in the bread machine to save time which is posted here.

Vegan Deli: Wholesome Ethnic Fast Food by Joanne Stepaniak

This book is my summer cookbook.  Summer hits, and I pull this one out often!  There are tons of delicious cold salads, dressings, spreads, and dips in here that will never be boring.  My favorite is the "Boneless Chickenless Chicken Salad" made with tofu.  Oh, my word!  AWESOME!  We've eaten it in wraps, subs, or just by itself.  The hummus and the black bean hummus are amazing, too!

Uprisings: The Whole Grain Baker's Book by The Cooperative Whole Grain Educational Association

This book is pretty cool because each recipe was drawn and hand-written.  Very creative!  But the recipes are very good as well.  My favorite from this one is the "Sandwich Rolls."  I haven't used this book a whole lot yet, but I still would recommend it.  Home-made baking is the way to go!

Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny

This one is a new one to my library.  Well, it hasn't been added yet...I still have to buy it, but it is on my shopping list.  I took it out of the library and followed her blog.  Great recipes!!  I've made a couple things out of this book in the little time I have had it out of the library.  I was sad to part with it today.  Her hummus and quick tomato sauce recipe are both great!  I didn't get a chance to try the entrees yet, but when I buy the book, I will be for sure.

Well, My Kids Eat It: A Vegan Cookbook for the Family by Theresa A. Velardi

This book was written by the most awesomest woman in my life that God has blessed me mother.  The recipes in this book are the ones I grew up on.  From the "Wannabe Burgers" to the sauces, soups, and stir fries.  The "Stuffed Acorn Squash," her granola, the burgers, breakfast recipes, soups, pasta fagioli, and the crock pot lentil stew are among my faves...the stuff I grew up on.  YUM!  My mother is the one that started us down the way of healthy eating.  She did the research, later along with my father, and she showed me how to cook and eat healthy.  I am very thankful for that.  It is not an easy task to research and create what my mother did...and also be the one where everyone looked at her like she was nuts for changing our ways of eating.  Years ago, she was considered different for our life changes, especially, by her family.  The constant lectures from my grandfather were not easy to listen, too!  Thank you, Mom!  My family is grateful!

This last link is not a book but a website...VegWeb...what a great site!!  This site contains recipes from people all over the place.  You create an account and when you want to share a recipe of your own or something from a cookbook, you post it for everyone else to try.   You can leave a picture of it, and people can write reviews of what they thought of the recipe and how they have modified it for themselves.  If you want to test out some of your own creations with others...that are vegan, of course...this site is the place to start.  I am on there often!  I even have a few of my own recipes there that I want to eventually post on my blog.  Be on the look out!

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