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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

“Delicious” is an Understatement!

Meatless Meals

This week, I acquired my second copy of the fabulous cookbook, Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters, by Miriam Barton. I am giving this copy to my sister, who has expressed a desire to become a vegetarian, but like so many others, finds it hard to believe that consistently delicious meals are possible without meat products added.

I became a vegetarian years ago, and the health benefits are fantastic. The problem I initially encountered was finding a variety of meals to enable me to remain a vegetarian. For those opting to go meatless today, Miriam Barton is your guru. Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters contains over 150 mouth-watering recipes that actually spawn dozens of other combinations for creative chefs, moms feeding hungry families, busy singles on the run, and anyone interested in healthy cuisine. 

With choices like Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells, Margarita Pizza, Southwestern Stuffed Portabella Mushroom Caps, Black Bean Wraps, Mexican Cornbread Casseroles, and dozens of easily prepared salads and soups, dining healthy is a snap for hungry folks wanting plenty of protein, iron, and energy in their diets. One need not be vegetarian to enjoy the extremely hearty preparations in this wonderful cookbook.

This hungry Italian has tried over thirty recipes thus far, and every one was scrumptious. I’m a believer!

For more information, visit Miriam’s Website at Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters. Buon Appetito! 
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25 comments:

  1. The recipes you suggested sound very good. I have been a vegetarian for more than 10 years and agree that at first it was a challenge to find satisfying recipes.

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  2. EG CameraGirl: Yes. What I love about Miriam's book are the options for hundreds of different meals that are truly hearty. I have been mixing and matching according to my own tastes, and the preparations are so simple that there are no excuses. Last night, my wife made Minestrone, and it was as good as any I have tasted in Italy!

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  3. Looks like a great book! You'll put a smile on her face! Like the big smile you gave me by finally posting! I've missed reading your posts....and seeing you around my blog too. Hoping all is well.....Karen

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  4. I have to admit I am not a total vegetarian.. I will eat wild caught salmon, tuna... nothing farm raised.. Some chicken... and no beef... How do u feel about tofu? I grew up on it so its not anything new to me... My daughter got me sauteing it and have to admit its pretty good... I noticed a difference in switching over to more of a veggie and fish diet.. Less dairy products and less issues...
    btw, I know u have seen on the news about the bulk ground beef that is tainted w/awful filler... I remember buying one of those bulk packaged and wondering wth the stringy stuff was... Glad I don't do fast food any more since it seems those large bulk packs are sold to every fast food joint.

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  5. Karen S: Thank you for your kind remarks. All is well. I'm not sure if you received my last message, but if you would like to know what's happening in my life, send me an e-mail. I don't have your e-mail address.

    As for Miriam's book, I don't say things I don't mean. I love it!

    KBF: I will eat fish, so technically I guess I am a pescatarian. I do not eat any meat, including chicken. I avoid anything with salt, so I suppose that rules out tofu.

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  6. I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat much meat, so I'm always interested in good vegetarian food. Thanks for the tip. I'm hungry already.

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  7. Galen: As I was writing this post, I realized her meatless meals were vegetarian. I thought the cookbook was just great food, vegetarian or not. If I were not already a vegetarian, I would be now!

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  8. R u saying tofu is high in salt? I don't think so, unless you mean the soy sauce or marinade added to add flavor to the tofu? I don't really salt any foods.. and that includes tofu. :-)

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  9. KBF: Exactly. I did not make that clear. I understand tofu is very low in sodium. Some brands have zero sodium. However, the "stuff" people generally add to it is usually high in salt.

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  10. I like vegetarian food, although I am not a vegetarian. But it is always great to have the chance of eating good and tasteful vegetarian food. Thanks JJ.

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  11. LOL kinda defeats the purpose of eating healthy... btw while at the store I noticed a woman who had organic milk, kraft american cheese, fruit loops, whole grain bread... I had to turn away and not laugh...also reminds me of the person who orders a diet coke w/ a mc d's super size meal.

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  12. Fanático_Um: I completely understand. Miriam lived in Europe for a number of years, so her appreciation for good vegetarian meals is outstanding.

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  13. Hi JJ .. I prefer vegetarian meals - though I'm not totally that way .. this sounds an excellent book - I just made spanokopita today, which I shall enjoy with a green veg, or salad - though I eat a salad every day for lunch ...

    Cheers - good for you being vegetarian .. Hilary

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  14. Hilary: Yes, it is a wonderful book. Glad to hear you are vegetarian as well (mostly). You will be around to blog for many years!

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  15. I'll have to check this out! I've tried to become a vegetarian several times but the lack of iron just wipes me out. I noted that you mentioned that specifically though, so I'll check this book out and see if they offer up any recipes that focus on upping the iron intake for someone. :)

    Thanks JJ!

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  16. Phoenix: Contact Miriam directly. She is a sweetheart!

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  17. Thanks. I just remembered I order her book from Amazon when it first came out but I don't think I got it. I order so many books, maybe it could have come with some more and I just put it away. Have to check.

    Hint to Phoenix: Cook in an iron skillet.

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  18. Manzi: I understand that iron skillets allow foods, especially acidic foods, to absorb iron molecules from the pan. I remember a study about 20 years ago that indicated iron skillets can significantly increase iron intake, especially for women. Manzi, you are a wealth of knowledge. Thank you.

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  19. Hey, JJ! I'm not back completely, but I am working on it. Typing is still laborious for me, however. I still eat meat, but I have found that one half a serving of salmon seems to satisfy my craving for protein. Oh, and as you know, I love scallops!!!

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  20. Judie: I feel for you. I do understand pain. Get healed soon! I agree with you about the salmon, and the scallops! Moderation is the key, especially with red meat. Since I first met Miriam, I have varied my vegetarian menu greatly, so I no longer miss meat at all. Be well.

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  21. JJ, you're the best! Thank you for all of your kind words :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  22. This sounds amazing. I should look into it.

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  23. Miriam: Your book is the best. Thank you!

    Miranda: It is pretty cool! I learned I don't have to spend the rest of my life eating Brussel Sprouts - although I love them.

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  24. Her recipes are so delish.

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