Almost Meatless

Almost Meatless

Aug 28

Book Review

While perusing at my local library I stumbled across a cookook called, Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet by Joy Manning and Tara Desmond. I took it home and dove right in.

The preface is exactly what I was hoping! The two authors talk about how the American diet is way overloaded with meat, and that we don’t need to eat that much of it. That studies show a diet with reduced amounts of meat are better for us, and since we are eating less meat we can be producing less meat which makes it better for the environment and overall planet as well. These women also say how they are not vegetarians, they both eat meat and have no plan on cutting meat from their diet. They do advise that since you’ll be buying less meat, to spend a bit more to buy humanely treated, organic stuff that you know is going to be better for you. This all was music to my ears and I was excited to get to the recipes.

The book is separated into sections by meat and aside from the lamb section there were some good recipes in every section (I have a hard time ignoring that I am about to eat a baby sheep). For the chicken section the Chicken Pizza with Arugula Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes looked great. How great is the idea of arugula pesto! John and I just discovered the joys of fresh organic arugula from Whole Foods and I’ll definitely be making some pesto from it.

The Sweet Potato Chorizo Mole also struck me as looking like something I wanted to make. A casserole with a tomato based mole inspired sauce topped with slices of sweet potato and cheese. The whole dish serves 4-6 but only has 4 ounces (about 2 links) of sausage in it, talk about saving some money there!

As for the cookbook as a whole, it is very pleasant to read. The photos are great and they have one for almost very dish. At the end there is a resource list of other cookbooks that helped inspire Almost Meatless as well as reads about the topic of food and health. A nice addition I think to a cookbook. As for the recipes themselves, there is not overall cooking and prep times listed, which help a home cook be able to better judge a recipe when they plan on making it. That aside, I would recommend Almost Meatless and suggest you run out to your local library (or bookstore) to get a copy.

In case you were curious like me about the Arugula Pesto, the recipe is as follows:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 cup firmly packed coarsely chopped arugula
  • 2 tbls pine nuts
  • 1 tbls olive oil

Put garlic, cheese and chili flakes in food processor and pulse until minced. Add arugula, pine nuts and oil and process until a relatively smooth paste forms.



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