Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals
by: Dina Cheney
A Cookbook ReviewMeatless All Day by Dina Cheney
“Vegetarian, delicious and substantial all in the same sentence? Yes, it can be done and you only have to open this book to discover the possibilities.”
I recently received a digital copy of Dina Cheney’s new book Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals, and couldn’t wait to dive right in. Cheney’s cookbook is great for vegetarians, and vegans alike who are looking for some innovative and creative dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The recipes in Meatless All Day are fresh and original. She combines seasonal ingredients into recipes to utilize them to their full advantage.
The book starts off with a list of over 40 “power foods” that make vegetarian foods have a more meaty flavor and texture and that will enhance any vegetarian (or vegan) meal in flavor and nutritional value. Cheney also includes tips about cooking and preparing some vegetarian staples like eggs, vegetables, enhancing the ‘meatiness’ of ingredients and how to create the perfect golden brown crust.
This cookbook really fits my lifestyle, and especially the changes that I am slowly making. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I have recently made the switch to going vegetarian. Mostly for my health but for many other reasons too. Read about that here. So, when I received my copy of Meatless All Day, I was really excited to get cooking and expand my repertoire. I chose 15 recipes from this book that were new to me, and some that were the vegetarian version of recipes that I am used to cooking with meat like quesadillas, frittatas, and shepherd’s pie.
If you are vegetarian and are looking for new recipe ideas, or if you are planning on going vegetarian, or even just looking to eliminate meat from your diet for say “meatless Monday:, then this is the book for you.
I decided to choose 15 recipes from the book, including recipes from each category, Breakfast, Lunch & Light Entrees and Dinner. Here’s a list of the recipes I am going to try (and share):
- Broccoli, Smoked Mozzarella and Roasted Red Pepper Frittata
- Open-Faced Fried Egg Sandwich with Avocado-Poblano Salsa
- Sweet & Savory Corn Pancakes with Black Bean Salsa
- PB&J French Toast (I bet Anthony will like this one!)
- Strawberry-Vanilla Risotto (sweet risotto?… yes, please!)
- Grilled Cheese with Apples, Mustard and Cheddar
- Roasted Root Vegetable and Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon-Tahini Vinaigrette
- Edamame Hummus with Baked Feta and Warm Pita Bread
- Poblano, Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas with Guacamole
- Zucchini Fritters with Fresh Mint and Pecorino
- Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwiches with Black Olive Tapanade
- Rustic Vegetable Tart with Roasted Butternut Squash, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts
- Faux Pepperoni Pizza with Zucchini and Smoked Mozzarella (can’t leave out a pizza recipe in this house)
- Mexican Shepherd’s Pie with Black Beans and Yams
- Risotto with Pumpkin, Mushrooms and Fontina
There were so many recipes in this book that just looked amazing, so I chose my favorite 15. The recipes I chose had ingredients that were in season (fall), and that would be easy to find at the grocery store.
Overall, I think that this is a solid assortment of recipes that will be perfect for vegetarians and carnivores alike. I am incredibly excited to get in the kitchen and start making some of these superb recipes from Dina Cheney’s Meatless All Day.
If you like the recipes from this book, Cheney has written four other books; Tasting Club, Williams Sonoma; New Flavors for Salads, Year Round Slow Cooker and 100 Favorite Recipes for Any Season. They are all available on Amazon, and at your local bookstore.