Meet ‘n Greet The Casual Veggie Cookbook
My journey with food has evolved over a lifetime, but dramatically changed about five years ago when I finally figured out that gluten (then eventually casein/dairy) were making me really sick on top of other processed foods, chemicals and additives in the food my husband and I were eating. So we made a lot of changes to our diet. Not only did we get rid of the gluten but we started reading labels on everything. This led to us making better food choices and really trying to clean up our diet. We started to eat lots more fresh veggies, lean protein, healthy fats (EVOO and ghee) and flavor it with fun spices!
So I started cooking at home more often than not and it became a new passion! Creating a menu and shopping list each week reduced my stress trying to always figure out what was for dinner. The weekly menu plan really helped us use up all the veggies and protein so nothing went to waste. I started publishing the menus on this food blog this year to help others looking for dietary restricted meal ideas and recipes.
As you can see, there are some veggies that I tend to use over and over – especially when in season (zucchini, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, red potatoes, spinach) and some that are staples in our kitchen (onions, garlic, shallots, cucumbers, jalapeños and avocados). But if I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be the small Persian cucumber, which most people probably call pickling or canning cucumbers. But my mother was Persian and we ate these all the time growing up so they will always be Persian cucumbers to me. And I’ve been obsessed with growing some this year in my patio garden, too. So fun!
Anyway, I tend to find myself making the same thing over and over and sticking to what I know. But there are some veggies that I’ve never tried before, like kohlrabi or parsnips, that I definitely want to try. I guess the limiting factor is that I’m not really sure how to prep them. And I tend not to buy a bunch of new veggies because I don’t want them to go to waste because I didn’t have a plan for them.
So I’m really excited about this new cookbook – The Casual Veggie – available for sale soon!
This digital cookbook is a collection of vegetable based recipes from over 45 amazing food bloggers. So many different perspectives and flavors and ideas for each vegetable! And I really love that there is information (nutrition info, how to buy, store and prep) for every vegetable as well as the wonderful recipes. So it is time to try some new veggies and add new twists to our favorites! Also, I really like that these dishes are veggie based but not necessarily vegetarian or vegan. There really is something for everyone!
Now for those of you who have dietary restrictions like me, some of these recipes are not gluten-free/casein-free recipes because it is not a gluten-free cookbook, but like with most recipes we can make a few adjustments for them to be safe. Let me know if you aren’t sure about how to make some of the recipes safe for gluten-free folks out there and I’ll be glad to help. The nice thing is that there are so many new dinner ideas and fresh ways to use those wonderful veggies that are so good for us!
So take some time to check out the amazing bloggers who contributed to The Casual Veggie Cookbook!