Do you wish you could be vegetarian, but you don’t know how? Are you worried you will leave the table hungry or dissatisfied? Or are you a vegetarian already, but your partner and kids think you’re crazy when you suggest they try it? Often vegetarian and vegan cookbooks don’t help the matter. They are filled with fancy ingredients and feature recipes that would make most kids (and some adults) run for the hills. I think some people have the impression that all vegetarians eat is quinoa and kale.
The High-Protein Vegetarian Cookbook: Hearty Dishes that Even Carnivores Will Love has been a godsend for our family. The recipes in this easy-to-use cookbook are not the fancy cuisine you often see in vegetarian cookbooks (which I love, by the way, but my seven and five-year-old will have nothing to do with). The breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks Katie Parker offers are filling, nutritious, and family-friendly. No one leaves the table hungry or wishing for something more primeval.
Breakfasts include peanut butter banana baked oatmeal and Tex-Mex scramble. For lunch you can have chunky potato and lentil soup or homemade Mac and Cheese. And dinner could be an Enchilada skillet, Protein Powerhouse veggie burger, or butternut squash, barley, and cheddar bake (I am getting hungry just reading the list of recipes). Several of these recipes feature weekly in our meal plan because they are easy, the kids like them, and they leave everyone feeling full.
If you are worried about making the leap to vegetarianism, this is a great transitional cookbook. It will help fill everyone up and sell them on the meat-free lifestyle without breaking your budget on fancy ingredients or requiring superhuman cooking skills.