Last week I mentioned that I was going to share some delicious recipes for a cookbook I received. I could not try these recipes any faster but I had to choose the ones that spoke to me.
For all you adventurous vegetarians out there or for those who love to eat vegetarian 1-2 days a week, this cookbook is definitely for you. I am definitely an adventurous eater and the title totally suits it. Being a vegetarian or vegan does not have to be boring and Jane Hughes shares this fact with the recipes and meals from thirty countries.
|Israeli Carrot and Cabbage Salad|
Carrot and cabbage salad
by Jane Hughes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 9 ounces red cabbage, shredded finely
- 6 ounces carrots, grated
- 1 scallion or green onion, chopped
- a few lettuce leaves, shredded
- 2 Tablespoons raisins
- 2 Tablespoons flaked almonds
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons sunflower oil
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- salt and black pepper. to taste
- slices of oranges, to garnish
Combine the grated carrots, cabbage, spring onion, lettuce leaves, nuts and raisins and mix well.
Mix together the oil, lemon juice, celery salt and pepper and pour the dressing over the salad.
Garnish with slices of orange and serve cold.
Look at the gorgeous colors from these two recipes! Each recipe in the cookbook comes with a beautiful photograph and a story behind each meal and tradition. Ms. Hughes worked with many vegetarian groups, societies and chefs to produce a slew of recipes. It was hard not to choose something from Chile or Mexico so I decided I’d try those later.
It is amazing how vegetarianism is popular overseas, so popular that there are meat-free days in Belgium, the UK, and in Denmark. Ms. Hughes highlights how any dish can be veggified and that people do see an importance in using the produce for tasty dishes. Some of the recipes are creations and not technically traditional dishes from those countries. Something I learned is that Denmark has no history of vegetarian food so the recipes highlighted in the book are creations from a Danish writer and blogger.
One of the recipes I chose was the Israeli Carrot and Cabbage Salad that I paired with my Grilled Chicken Thighs last week. My husband said it was a different salad but very tasty. It had a delicious crunch and it was so nutritious too. We have way too many green salads and this was definitely a nice change.
The director of the Jewish Vegetarian Society shared her experiences on being vegetarian in Israel, which did not surprise me at all. Just as I knew, it is easy to eat and choose vegan and vegetarian dishes in Israel. Some day I am going to visit this place and not just for the food.
The next dish I prepared was a poutine which is originally made with meat which has never looked appetizing at all. It was interesting to learn that there is a mixture of cuisines in Canada due to the influence of settlers from Europe. There was a lot of fresh foods prepared and stored.
Ms Hughes consulted with vegan chef Amy Symington to present us with spectacular and tasty recipes. She stated that it was hard to be respected as a vegetarian or vegan in smaller towns in Canada but that in larger towns in was better, like Vancouver and Toronto. Check out her blog Amelia Eats.
Here is how other recipes look in the book. Put this cookbook on your wishlist or enter to win on your own! This giveaway is only open to US readers though.