If you go meat-free at least one day per week, you might be a casual vegetarian.
As someone who doesn't feel compelled to have meat with every meal or even at all some days, this term describes me perfectly. I recently submitted a few recipes in the hopes of sharing them in an upcoming cookbook called The Casual Veggie, which is available for sale on October 19th. Molly, the brainchild of the operation, blogs at Parsley and Pumpkins. There are 29 veggies included, and each has a chapter devoted to it and can really shine because it’s represented in so many different kinds of recipe styles, including meat dishes, meatless, gluten free, breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks. A grand total of 48 bloggers with unique perspectives submitted 166 recipes for the cookbook, and I'm chuffed to be a part of it!
This is truly an incredible resource to love eating your veggies and make healthy eating feel like second nature. It's digital format is invaluable for so many reasons:
*Internal linking makes it easy to navigate the 400+ pages.
*The table of contents contains links to jump ahead.
*Each veggie chapter contains a link to jump back to the table of contents or ahead to the index.
*Each blogger's bio contains links to her website.
*Side by side viewing on desktop to see photo and recipe together.
*Vertical scrolling on tablets and smart phones shows the photo first, then the recipe.
Plus, it's printer-friendly! The photo and recipe are on separate pages, so the recipe can be printed without the photo. The page number in the table of contents indicates the page of the black and white recipe so you can print the recipe you need without jumping to that place in the cookbook. Stay tuned for much more information about the cookbook, as well as giveaways and details about some of the other contributing bloggers.
This carrot salad marks the first time I remember liking that specific vegetable, and it just so happens to be a quick, easy, and delicious use for them. There's creaminess, chewiness, and crunch, plus some sweetness and earthiness to boot. You can find the recipe in the cookbook!
Here's a list of my smart and savvy fellow contributors and links to what they have to say about this awesome book:
A Tasty Mess
Cooking Up Clean
Family Food on the Table
Family for Health
Haute and Healthy Living
Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Parsley and Pumpkins
Primal Health with Jean
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter
Real Simple Good
The Delicious Balance
The Weekly Menu
Toaster Oven Love
Treble in the Kitchen
Where is my Spoon?
Will Cook For Friends
You can meet them all at #TheCasualVeggie Cookbook Launch Party! Our virtual party will kick off on October 19th with drink and appetizer recipes then wind down on October 24th a veggie potluck recipe party. See you there!