We are finally starting to get a good amount of veggies from our garden. Most of my tomatoes are still green, but we've been able to pick a few. I've canned a few quarts of green beans, blanched a few gallon bags more, made seven batches of my freezer pesto, and frozen zucchini, blackberries, blueberries and green peppers. As I started to plan mostly garden meals, I decided to check out April Bloomfield's cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens, from the library.
When I looked through it, I got so inspired. This is a cookbook for strictly vegetables. Now, it isn't necessarily full of just vegetarian recipes as some of her recipes do call for bacon grease and such. But the stars of the book are the veggies.
I haven't tried any of the recipes yet since I picked up the book after I had meal-planned and grocery shopped for the week, but here are a few that I want to try:
- Boiled asparagus with ramp bearnaise sauce (maybe in the spring when asparagus is fresh)
- Morels with madeira cream on toast (again, may have to wait for next spring)
- Stewed zucchini with basil
- Roasted carrots with carrot-top pesto and burrata
Veggies never sounded so elegant!
Plus, I started watching Forks Over Knives on Netflix the other day. It's a documentary about the positive health effects from a whole food, plant-based diet. While, I'm not planning on ever becoming a vegetarian, because BACON, I do see the health (and waistline) benefits of eating more veggies.
If you too are looking for a way to spark a desire to eat more vegetables, then I highly recommend you check out A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield. I may have to put this one on a Christmas list because I don't think the library will let me keep it. LOL!
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