The subtitle of Veggies for Carnivores is what really caught my attention: “moving vegetables to the center of the plate.” I talk a good game in the realm of healthy eating, but I am, admittedly, rather unimaginative when it comes to vegetables. I know how to cook them, I know all about interesting salads, and vegetarian dishes, but the art of combining and creating with vegetables has been lost on me. The best I do is roast vegetables on my pizza stone. I NEED this cookbook to spark my cooking creativity.
Lora Krulak’s Veggies for Carnivores got me excited because it includes things I’ve never seen of nor thought of before picking up the book. Seven chapters from “The Basics” to “Smoothies, Tonics, & Potions” covers unique cooking methods, ingredients, and presentation in the form of sauces, spreads, soups, salads, and small plates, using exotic flavors, colors, and textures. This is a cookbook that will impress meat-eaters and veggies alike.
“Vegetables aren’t just something your mother made you eat.”–Lora Krulak
What I like most about Veggies for Carnivores is Krulak’s personal stories about how she became interested in healthy eating, what inspires her, and why she chooses certain ingredients. Her casual, fun approach makes it feel like you have a friend describing to you her latest dishes–and then she’ll come over and cook with ya.
Some of the dishes you’ll find in Veggies for Carnivores are absolutely amazing: Roasted Onion & Parsnip Soup with Curry & Hot Chili, Cauliflower Steak with Harissa Sauce, Zucchini Carpaccio, and The Secret Guacamole (hint: part of the secret is maple syrup). Krulak also includes multiple drink recipes like Winter Tan Juice and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Milk (recipe below).
Lora has allowed me to share some of her delicious recipes with you. I hope you’ll try them and report back!
Roasted Carrot Hummus
Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Milk with Coffee
- One large cup of cold filtered coffee
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1 cup of chocolate-peanut butter milk
- Pinch of salt
- Handful of ice
- Mix half the milk mixture and half the cold filtered coffee with a handful of ice.
- Add a pinch of vanilla bean.
- Blend on high.
- Sprinkle top with cinnamon.
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