Monday, January 18, 2010

vegetarian recipes

As some of you may recall, my DH and I have switched to a new way of eating which consists of vegetables and legumes.  We try to avoid meat and dairy.  We do have 2 - 3 small portions of fish per week.  And I have used the occasional egg and bit of butter for baking only.  It was easier to adapt to this new eating style than I imagined.  We decided to make this lifestyle change after reading "The China Study" which I have referred to in previous posts. 

Here are two of the cookbooks that I am enjoying, where I find tasty, clean, vegetarian dishes.  The Laura Calder book, "French Taste" is not a vegetarian cookbook (has many recipes for meat eaters), however it is full of vegetable side dishes, salads, and soups that do not use animal proteins.

Laura Calder is pictured on the right. 

Laura Calder was trained in France by renowned French chef Anne Willan who is known as an exacting teacher.  But Laura uses her knowledge to simplify things and offer the easiest, quickest little recipes you can imagine.  Last night I made the recipe you see below 'Tian of Provencal Vegetables' which is roasted, caramelized vegetable pie.  It is succulent and a big hit with my family.  All you do is chop, arrange, season, sprinkle with olive oil and bake at 450 degrees for two hours (this high heat evaporates all the juices and caramelizes the vegetables).  Easy, peasy as Jamie Oliver would say.

Below is another variation on the roasted vegetable theme where you put tomatoes, cloves of garlic, herbs, and goat cheese in halved yellow or red peppers and roast in the oven.  (Yes, we make exceptions to our no dairy rule for goat cheese.)  Gooey and lip-smacking good!.

Below is one of Laura's easy suggestions for baking a potato.  You slice it like an accordion and stuff whatever herbs you wish between the slices.  Almost everything she roasts is sprinkled with a good quality olive oil.  The potato bakes faster this way and absorbs the herb flavours.  I stuffed big chunks of garlic in with the herbs recently.  The garlic becomes very mellow with the roasting, and assumes the consistency of butter - delicious!

Terry Walter's cookbook, 'Clean Food' (below) contains recipes for those who are abstaining or cutting back on their meat consumption.  There are no meat recipes in her book.  Her recipes are uncomplicated, easy and delicious.  She makes the switch to vegetarian eating seem like a breeze.  My daughter who is well-versed in vegetarian cooking LOVES this book for its quick, tasty and easy recipes.

So if you are in the mood for a new cookbook with an accent on vegetables, do check out one or both of these.  You can probably find some of their recipes by going to their web sites.  Let me know what you think.  Happy eating!


  1. They do look very appetizing. I have one who prefers everything meatless, and one who consumes a great deal of meat and protein. I'm always searching for the happy medium so I don't end up preparing several meals at once. I like the baked potato idea especially... looks flavorful!

  2. Hi Bonnie,
    Those recipes look so yummy. I love to cook and I am always looking for new and different things to make for my hubby.
    I plan on buying the French Taste cookbook. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I will never drag my husband into a vegetarian diet, but I have been able to reduce meat. Something is better than nothing! I will look into these books, I would like some new ways to make vegetables.

  4. Thanks for the suggestion, Bonnie! Eating clean is a really good idea. A good friend of mine raises goats very mindfully (she's a Buddhist) and gives me goat cheese that is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Heavenly. Yum. Yum. and Yum.

  5. I'm not vegetarian but Laura Calder book looks fantastic. Thank you for showing it to me. I am going to kept my eye out this is book when I am at the shops.

  6. you just may get me swinging this way yet...smiles.

  7. Hi Bonnie! I just wanted to answer your question in regards to commenting. Yes, comments have dropped off since I changed to a Wordpress Blog. It is frustrating actually. It is not my choice how the commenting is set up. Blogger makes it very easy to comment as long as you are within the blogger system. For me, it is just as complicated to comment on your blog as it is for you to comment on mine, because I type in my name and URL, and it is very disconcerting that my avatar can't follow me around. People are less likely to click on me if there is no picture. I can sign in using Google or Blogger, but that sends the reader to my old profile and a person has to go to the profile, click to my old blog, then be rerouted to the new blog. Whereas if I type in my name and URL it will click directly to my blog, which is better. But until Blogger allows 'Gravatar' sign in, I won't have an avatar here or any blogger blog. And until wordpress allows blogger sign in...

    I thought Open ID might be the answer, but that won't allow any trackbacks at all! So any clicks will only get you to Yahoo or wherever. The system is absolutely needing improvement, n'est pas? :-)


    And now I must go eat because your post made me realize that I'm famished!

  8. hi bonnie - a very attractive post. i am the cook for this family. in this family their are two omnivores, one vegetarian, and one almost vegetarian but eats chicken once in a while. all are healthy, happy and very physically active!!! i've done macrobiotics, vegetarian, and omnivore. each has features that work for me. so i feel the needs of my body and very very occasionally it asks for animal protein. the effects are recognizable. thanks for this post. steven

  9. I have a cookbook of Vegetarian Soups and Stews which I love...husband and I are "a little" red meat at all!

  10. Great post! I am not eating beef, chicken, or pork right now. I still eat dairy (too much) and eggs and fish. I don't drink milk though. Never have, never will. This post is helpful.

    ps I have a giveaway on my blog. stop by if you can!

  11. My gallbladder removal has placed me on a veg diet! Thanks for recommending the cookbooks. I have been looking online, but haven't purchased yet!

  12. Hi there. Nice blog. I am an artist myself so I always enjoy seeing other work. I also own and edit a vegetarian foodie website and thought perhaps you and your readers might find something of interest. I also just received "Clean Food" as a gift. Great book!

    Wishing you the best!


  13. Thanks for posting this. I'm vegetarian right now and I don't feel completely satisfied. Thinking about doing what you do with the small portions of fish a week. I could go without chicken and beef and such, but I am more than anything a seafood lover! I'm vegetarian for religious reasons, but it's only temporary. I want to stay clean, keep my mind and body as pure as possible.

    That book looks wonderful, by the way!


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