Sarah Matheny, author of the popular blog, Peas and Thank You has written a new cookbook, Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love, after changing her family’s diet to one without meat products. She has an easy and witty style about her writing and this book is peppered with food photos as well as her little “peas” (aka girls) enjoying her recipes. This book has stories, tips and recipes from a mainstream family that takes on a not-so mainstream diet.
This book is a good one for those looking to make a diet switch and eat less animal products, as well as someone just looking for new meatless ideas. I know I am. Sarah has recipes from morning to night. There are fruit smoothies for breakfast, sandwiches and salads (Hugh Jass Salad is just for mom) for lunch and hot meals (curry, jambalaya) for dinner. Plus a few retooled desserts without the use of dairy (carrot cupakes).
My family made the homestyle chocolate chips cookies with sea salt, the thai veggie burgers and the homestyle spaghetti sauce. While the cookies were good, I did notice they were missing something…butter. But good to have a vegan recipe for such a popular treat. Also the veggie burgers were good, but needed some sauce to lend moisture. Luckily Sarah has a versatile almond ginger recipes that did the trick for me. The spaghetti sauce was rich and easy (see below). We used it on pasta as well as sauce for homemade pizza.
Pros: good variety of meatless dishes, some simple and quick, fun writing style, good photos, nutritional info on each recipe, pea points on each recipe give helpful hints
Cons: some dishes require special ingredients (tempeh, non dairy cream cheese) that may be hard for some to find, some recipes are time consuming and need many ingredients
If you would like a chance to win a copy of Sarah’s new cookbook, Peas and Thank You, please send a comment on this post, with the name of your family’s favorite meatless recipe. One winner will be chosen at random on Thurs. November 10, 2011 and notified via email.
Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce, pg. 142 from Peas and Thank You
It’s almost as easy as opening a jar, both with the added joy, if you wish, of letting it simmer for hours, rubbing garlic behind your ears, smearing a few splatters on your apron and bringing your thumb and teo fingers together to emphasize, “Now attsa some tasty sauce!” You’d be right.
2 14.5 ounce cans organic diced tomatoes
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1/3 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh basil
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender ot food porcessor and blend until smooth. Pour sauce into a large saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occassionally.