One of the cookbooks I’m currently getting the most use out of is Deb Roussou’s 350 Best Vegan Recipes.
Am I a vegan? No.
Am I a vegetarian? No.
Am I a vegan half the time? No.
Am I vegetarian half the time? Not so much.
And yet… this is a cookbook that I use regularly for recipes, ideas, and inspiration for my own recipes.
The last part of that, “inspiration for my own recipes” is probably the number one way I use cookbooks. While I almost always make it the way the recipe states first, I do love to take a great recipe for a joy ride and see what wonderful other sights we can see.
I’ll be posting a recipe in a few minutes that’s actually based on one of the smoothie recipes in 350 Best Vegan Recipes. The original “Desert Sunrise” is delicious, as are the other variations I’ve tried. Adding aloe vera juice and sparkling water makes for some out-of-this-world smoothies. As soon as I post the recipe, I’ll come back here and link to it right about here.
Some of the recipes in this cookbook:
- Pan-Fried Onion and Potato Hash Browns
- Basic Pizza Dough
- Quick Cherry Tomato and Pesto Pizza
- Manicotti Florentine
- Orecchiette Pasta with Eggplant Garlic Sauce
- Roasted Red Pepper and Chipotle Dip
- Ranch Dressing
- Fragrant Rice-Stuffed Peppers
- French Onion Soup with Croutons
- Lemon Cucumber Tabbouleh
- Stacked Green Chile Enchiladas
- An a lot more – 350 in all.. and more when you “tinker” with the recipes and create new ones.
While this is not a “gluten-free” cookbook, substitutions are always possible and it’s usually as simple as replacing a regular pasta with a gluten-free pasta. Easy peasy.
350 Best Vegan Recipes is perfect for anyone’s cookbook collection, because even if you aren’t a vegan or vegetarian and even if you (like me) have zero intention of becoming one (my love for burgers and fish are simply too strong), the healthy, creative, and delicious recipes will add both flavor and nutrition to your meals.
If you ARE a vegan or vegetarian… you’d better go ahead and order this book today because you will love it with all your vegetarian heart.