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Meatless Monday No. 15 – A New Cookbook

Yesterday, after treating myself to a solitary brunch at Starbucks (my favourite Bacon & Gouda Breakfast Sandwich accompanied by a piping hot Caffè Americano), I wandered over to the cookbook section of the adjacent Chapters, birthday gift card in hand, on a quest for an inspirational cookbook to simplify my Meatless Monday experiment.

I figured there might be a few choices – maybe a shelf or two – and didn’t imagine it would be a particularly difficult decision.

Was I ever wrong!

Meatless Monday

And this was only what I could fit in the picture!

I wish I’d looked at my watch when I first arrived at the bookstore, and again when I’d finally made my selection and headed to the cashier… because I’ll bet I spent a good hour or so (maybe more!) flipping through cookbooks, staring at their spines hoping one would jump out at me, weighing the pros and cons of each, deciding and then changing my decision several times, before finally making a choice that stuck. (Good thing I actually had all day!)

I made my decision by narrowing the multitude of options down to those that fit the following criteria…

  • Recipes that are vegetarian rather than vegan, as I don’t want to eliminate the option of eggs and dairy.
  • Ingredients that are recognizable and readily available.
  • Dishes that will support my goal to lose weight in a healthy manner.

…and ended up bringing this one home with me:

Meatless Monday

I’m ready to be inspired!

As I flipped through the book’s colourful pages later that day, I could see that I’d made a great choice, as I started to get excited about trying several of its recipes on future Meatless Mondays.

So watch this space… there’s plenty of yumminess yet to come!

Are you participating in Meatless Monday?
What did you make for dinner tonight?
Please share!

NaBloPoMo March 2014

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Linda Brendle
    March 17, 2014

    Hi Laurel,

    I found your blog on the A to Z Challenge 2014 list, and I’ve enjoyed spending a little bit of time on your blog. I especially related to your Meatless Monday Experiment since my husband and I are involved in what I call the Great Brendle Wheat Belly Experiment. My doctor recommended that I cut out wheat products in an attempt to lower my triglycerides.

    I look forward to seeing what you do for the A to Z Challenge. I suspect it won’t really be a challenge for you since you already follow the alphabet format.

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  • Jaime Nicole March 17, 2014

    The cookbook section is my favorite section of B&N!!! Cooking Light makes great cookbooks – I found that they are pretty easy recipes to use. Love Meatless Mondays too!

  • Debra Jason
    March 17, 2014

    I imagine the shelves would be full of cookbooks. Congrats on patiently sifting through them and picking a winner. Cooking Light would be appealing to me.
    From the photo of the cover, looks like the pizza would be a simple way to start (or do you have to make the pizza dough yourself too?).
    Have fun in the kitchen!
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  • Sharon Greenthal March 17, 2014

    First of all, I’m impressed you went into a bookstore – I have given them up for Amazon. Second, I love anything from Cooking Light! Enjoy your cookbook.
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  • Winnie March 18, 2014

    I loved the shot of the books, as I am a cookbook collector, and they make me happy just seeing them. I hope you enjoy your purchase and look forward to seeing what you do with it. I don’t have a vegetarian cookbook, as that would be very hard for me, maybe one meal a week would be a good way for me. I do have meatless meals, each week, but I should pay more attention to adding more.


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