"Oh! Are you a vegetarian?" It is amazing how often I get asked this question at restaurants, and the answer is a simple "No". I just really enjoy vegetables! When did vegetables become exclusive to vegetarians?
Plant-based diets, filled with delicious vegetable dishes, are a great option and entirely accessible to everyone looking for a more sustainable lifestyle.
The VB6 Cookbook takes the concept of moving toward a plant-based lifestyle with moderated steps. Although I was initially very resistant to it...being extremely skeptical of anything involving the words "diet" and especially with numbers...a la P90X...but was pleasantly surprised.
VB6 stands for Vegan Before 6pm, which is sort of like training wheels for people who want to go vegan or go vegetarian. Or, for people like me who love to get healthy ideas for including more fruits and veggies into their meals. The concept is that the meals before 6pm (ie breakfast, lunch, and a snack) are vegan, and dinner is a healthy meal that happens to include meat.
I opened the book with rolling eyes, and after reading the brief introduction and flipping through the recipes... found myself very much enjoying it! As someone who loves finding new ways to make delicious, healthy plant-based meals, but who also loves a great burger on occasion, this is an excellent cookbook that I'll be using regularly. I prefer not to put restrictions, times, and the like on what I eat, but I enjoy this book's blend of meatless and meat-balanced recipes. I appreciated the author's laid-back, pragmatic attitude and the book's suggestions for swapping in alternatives.
To test to see if the healthy vegetarian recipes are as good as they looked I made Walnut Banana Bread, which I wrote about here. Indeed, this is a new go-to in our house!
Has your family started Meatless Mondays, or otherwise moving towards more plant-based , vegetarian, or vegan meals?
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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.