Part Time Vegan…Aren’t We All? There’s a new cookbook I received called The Part Time Vegan: 201 Yummy Recipes That Put the Fun in Flexitarian by Cherise Grifoni. Some people get so freaked out about veganism. There’s always someone who thinks vegans are hippies or just unhealthy/picky
eaters. Sure they can be. But like this cookbook title infers: we’re all part time vegans at different time of the day. Did you eat an apple with peanut butter for a snack? That was vegan. Ever had grilled vegetables with balsamic and olive oil dressing? That was a vegan meal. So really whether we adopt an entire vegan diet or not, at some point you’re likely to eat a vegan meal or two. Thus this book is for everyone. Whether you’re looking for more meatless Monday dinner ideas, cooking for a vegan guest or simply looking for more healthy ideas, The Part Time Vegan has tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts.
My family made a few things as soon as I received this cookbook. One night it was a total vegan meal with Cashew Cream of Asparagus Soup, Orange and Raisin Curried Couscous and Vegan Pigs in a Blanket. O.K the soup wasn’t a family favorite. But mostly due to the texture – which was too crunchy. I must admit too, the color isn’t very appetizing (see below) Next time I would process the cashews to a powder for a less grainy consistency. But the flavor was good. Everyone loved the couscous. I think the orange juice really made it and I will certainly make that again. And finally with the Vegan Pigs in a Blanket, my kids discovered vegan dogs. I had never tried these. My kids aren’t huge hot dog eaters and they know that hot dogs are usually made with cheap, random parts (yes, I tell the truth) and thus a bit scary. But I didn’t have anything bad to say about these and my kids thought they tasted like “regular” hot dogs. Who knew?
The favorite recipe was the Blueberry Muffins that I brought to my son’s baseball game to share for “snack”. These were a huge hit. The kids loved them. Parents were surprised when I told them they were vegan and I was asked for the recipe a few times. Although they do have more sugar than I would normally put in a muffin, so just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean low sugar and fat.
Pros: Lots of creative and tasty recipes. Easy to follow recipes. Good opening chapter about veganism and some of the less familiar ingredients.
Cons: Pictures would be nice, as would nutritional info.
Heavy on sugar for some baked goods.