I recently had the opportunity to review a wonderful new cookbook called "Veggies For Carnivores: Moving Vegetables To The Center Of The Plate" by Lora Krulak, published by Changing Lives Press. I was excited by the name being a vegan mama married to a carnivorous man. Her cookbook was not intended for vegetarians or vegans but was created to bring vegetables to the forefront and make every meal more nutritious. Now that I like!
Krulak incorporates all of her worldly travels into her recipes, inspiring a wide array of interesting and tasty dishes. Ever heard of Aloo Gobi Dip? Or how about Cauliflower Steak with Harissa Sauce? In addition to some great well-known recipes, there are some intriguing new dishes most of us have probably never tried before too. I also like that many of her recipes come with a great story about how the dish came about.
A couple of my faves in this book:
This is where she uses the spiralizer (love!) to create a kid-friendly, fun salad incorporating tons of healthy veggies. Lora suggests using daikon and sweet potato, tossed with a yummy dressing from her book. I cannot wait to try that one with my kids! Talk about healthy-geesh!!
NOTE: If you've never used a vegetable spiralizer it is a must-have kitchen tool! Check out this video of my brother and dad making raw zucchini pasta to see it in action.
I love the Mediterranean style of eating that Lora describes in this section. Eating a variety of fun side dishes instead of one main dish makes meal time so much fun!
Another yummy recipe I can't wait to try is the Roasted Carrot Hummus (below). The orange color should be perfect for Thanksgiving time!
Roasted Carrot Hummus
from "Veggies For Carnivores"
1 lb. carrots, roughly chopped
1/2 small red onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/8-1/4 C. tahini
about 1/2 C. olive oil (less or more depending on thickness desired)
salt to taste
coriander and sesame seeds for topping
1. Process the carrots, onion, garlic, and tahini in a food processor and drizzle in the olive oil.
2. Add the spices to taste.
3. Top with chopped coriander and sesame seeds.
You can snag your copy of "Veggies For Carnivores" at Amazon.com or learn more about Lora Krulak at her website here.
Stay tuned for some Thanksgiving tips to
stay vegan this holiday!
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