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I gave up a quarter way through as too much emphasis on meat and eggs and dairy as the author still eats those Things, this is not why I purchased a book on plant based diet to hear about how it's ok to still eat meat eggs etc: waste of money if you seriously want a plant based way of life
This is probably one of the top plant based diet books I have ever seen. There is so much variety you cannot possibly get tired of the diet. Published plant based diet cookbooks abound, but this one takes into consideration all of those individual diets and gives you a little bit of all of them and there isn’t a bit of meat introduced in the book. Just the first chapter is worth the cost because it tells you everything you need to know about moving to a more plant based diet and shying away from meats, processed foods and sugar. It explains those cravings you can get when you go cold turkey to a no meat diet and it also forewarns you that you are going to have to eat a little more than you are used to so you stay full, but the food is less fattening and better for you. The first chapter goes into supplements you may need while getting used to the new diet and explains why your body needs them and also talks about protein and how to get it from plant based foods. There are 200 recipes including at least 2 popular ones from published diets like the Mediterranean, Flexitarian Diet, Ornish and several others. The third chapter gives you enough smoothie recipes you shouldn’t need more for a very long time. They are both fruit and vegetable based and all delicious. If you want something more substantial there is a whole chapter on breakfasts that are plant based and my favorite is the e Cinnamon Orange Quinoa Breakfast Pudding. Chapter 5 gives you a bunch of options for lunch from sandwiches and spreads to salads and wraps. My favorite is the Sloppy Joes made with Lentils instead of beef. Just when you think you can’t find more salad recipes, this book comes along and introduces you to Mango and Red Cabbage Slaw and Orange Almond Salad. The book has some delicious plant based soups and stews from Chickpea Noodle Soup to Meatless Irish Stew. I’m always at a loss for main dishes when I can’t use meat, but not anymore. I love the Carrot Brown Rice Casserole and Portabella Pot Roast and there are even meatless Chicken Nuggets for the kids. The book has recipes for all kinds of dips, flavored popcorns, Sesame Fries, and vegetable chips too on which to snack. It didn’t leave out desserts either and I love the Cashew Cream Baked Apples and the many no-bake cookies in the chapter. The book does not stop there. It also goes into making some of the things you need as ingredients in the recipes like Coconut Flour, Ranch Dressing, Hot Sauce, Ketchup, Nut Butters, Polenta and more. There are so many plant based recipes in this book you won’t have time to crave meat and will want to try a new recipe every day.
If you're a beginner to the plant based diet, this book is for you. It's easy to read, easy to follow and contains such valuable information that you'll need before embarking on your new lifestyle. Everything about a plant based diet is laid out for you from A to Z from telling the difference between frozen and canned food and the honest truth about our breakfast habits. I have had acid reflux for a few years and have been reluctant to take any medications but this ebook has motivated me to change my diet and lifestyle for the better and shown me how. It provides COUNTLESS recipes. Not to mention they are such delicious recipes like oatmeal and Mediterranean recipes that I can't wait to try! There is also much to know outside of the food itself and this ebook talks about that as well! There is even a section about how to change your shopping habits to get the most out of your diet. This book will give you what you need to succeed on a plant based diet!
Susan Hollister has mastered the art of plant-based cuisine here, with a beautifully written and illustrated cookbook that is remarkably educational and appetizing for all tastes and cultures around the world. She has convinced me -and certainly will lure others into the kitchen as well- after reading the substantial health benefits accompanied with a plethora of the top 8 plant-based diet recipes in her popular cookbook. Her expert teaching and advice for “Fueling your body with healthy nutrients to live a productive and energy charged life” encompasses everything from soup to nuts in a delightful, easy-to-read cookbook. Simply reducing the amount of animal processed meat and substituting lean, seafood and skinless chicken combined with over 200 tantalizing recipes makes for a complete dietary regimen for any new veggie, nuts and fruit lover as well as those with illness-related food restrictions. The author explains the problems of a meaty diet; high calories and slow digestion, and how slowly replacing one recipe you enjoy -such as a refreshing Banana Berry Tropical Breeze Smoothie- with an unhealthy item can reduce obesity, cholesterol, lower blood pressure, minimize risk of cancer and stroke. The book is full of tips and advice for adjusting your lifestyle, warding off cravings with delicious plant-based snack recipes, shopping with a purpose in your grocery mart, vitamin supplements and protein, and getting started by staying on the move in your new energized diet and activities. Her top 8 diet recipe categories include flavorful Mediterranean, Ornish and basic Vegan dishes, Flexitarian (mix of meat, eggs, fruits, dairy and vegetables), traditional Asian spread (fish, rice, fruit and vegetables), anti-inflammatory diet, Nutritarian (high-nutrient, whole plant-based foods), and Engine 2 diet (created by a former firefighter and triathlete). The Mediterranean diet is recommended as it is the easiest to adopt to your lifestyle. There is a useful side-by-side comparison table of the 8 diets, to choose your preferred start to a healthy new you. I was amazed at the alluring, unique names of the recipes and ingredients; this book should be sequelled with opening a restaurant and tasting from the menu since it is so vividly described and decorated! The entire section dedicated to healthy, mouth-watering fruity and vegetable Smoothies is worth the price of the book itself. I selected my own holiday party gathering menu to entertain friends and family and introduce them to a higher quality plant-based, nourishing smorgasbord. The recipes include the author’s own experiences and time savers making the dish, meal suggestions and tips, serving sizes, and a easy list of measured ingredients. My breakfast selection was German Chocolate Pancakes, fit for a king. For lunch I chose the Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccoli Pesto and the zesty Meatless Irish Stew from the World Class Soups and Stews chapter. For our main dinner course, I am cooking the savory Pot Roast made with tender Portobello Mushrooms and Carrot Brown Rice Casserole with Spinach. I can’t wait for the dessert featuring Banana Creamy Pie with Banana Mango Ice Cream. I am making gifts in tins of Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Popcorn complete with red bows and gift cards! I had a wonderful time revisiting my food senses of taste, smells, color and sounds as I read through this book and Susan’s engaging text kept me flipping through the pages to learn and visualize more of the plant-based diet and vibrant, energizing lifestyle to come for our family in the new year!
I grew up in a meat and potatoes kind of home, but I never really liked all that heavy food. I turned to Plant Based Diet by Susan Hollister to give me some guidance on healthier options for myself and my toddler.
When my daughter first started eating solids, everything was new and I had no trouble getting her to eat fruits and veggies. Now that she's a little older and she knows about sugar and processed foods, it's a little harder. This book offers suggestions on how to make healthier meals yummy. I started making smoothies in the mornings for breakfast and she loves them!
I also love that this book isn't just for vegans or vegetarians. I may not like eating meat for every meal, but I do enjoy some lean chicken or salmon, and there are moments when I want a good steak. This book is open to various forms of plant-based diets and tells you how to be healthy in multiple ways. You can customize your diet to fit what you like, which is obviously the best way to be healthy.
I've been vegetarian for 14 years. I'm always looking for new ideas to change things up. This book was so good at explaining the differences between vegetarian, flexitarian and the other definitions that others might not know. It gave some great examples of pantry items that plant based eaters need to have. The recipes are pretty good too. The old fashioned green bean casserole was a good one. My daughter LOVED the chocolate mint smoothie. If you are thinking of going plant based, this is certainly a great guide for you and will help you keep your meals fresh and interesting.
Plant Based Diet, by Susan Hollister, is an incredible resource for transitioning to a healthier diet. She provides informative background information on nutrition, especially some of the problematic elements of eating a lot of meat, as well as 200 amazing recipes. As a vegetarian, I sometimes struggle with adding variety to my diet and consuming large amounts of eggs and dairy, but this book provides tons of creative ways to swap out flavors and spice things up. Alongside the recipes, are vibrant photographs of foods that I can’t wait to make appear in my own kitchen. I appreciate that the author advocates for using organic produce as much as possible and emphasizes shopping more in the produce section. She also makes understanding plant based eating simple with explanations and side by side comparisons of all the diverse ways to eat more plant based foods. It is great to see a cookbook with this much variety, all the way down to preparing your own condiments and sauces to avoid consuming a lot of preservatives and “non-food items” that we find in so many ingredient lists. As an organic vegetable farmer, I can’t wait for winter to be over and the growing season to return so that I can start preparing some of these treasures from my own garden.
I so much like this book. The information (especially the easy-to-follow meal plans) was easy to follow and made me feel that jumping into vegan diets is very simple. Every recipe I tried was fabulous, full of flavor. The veggie muffaletta is so good that it has become a staple in our home and chile is by far the best recipe for chili without meat that I have found. I can not wait to try the rest of the recipes on the list. With 200 plant-based recipes in this book, it's worth the purchase. I would definitely recommend this book to others. The recipes it contains will certainly keep you hale and hearty.