Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook

Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook

by Joe Yonan


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Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook by Joe Yonan

A collection of eclectic vegetarian and vegan recipes for singles as well as lone vegetarians in meat-eating households, from the beloved James Beard award-winning Washington Post editor and author of Serve Yourself. 

Whether you’re­­ a single vegetarian, an omnivore who’s looking to incorporate more vegetables in your life, or a lone vegetarian in a meat-eating household, you know the frustrations of trying to shop, plan, and cook for one.

With Eat Your Vegetables, award-winning food editor of The Washington Post and author of the popular column Cooking for One, Joe Yonan serves up a tasty book about the joys of solo vegetarian cooking. With 80 satisfying and globally-inspired vegetarian, vegan, and flexitarian recipes such as Spinach Enchiladas, Spicy Basil Tofu Fried Rice, and One-Peach Crisp with Cardamom and Honey, Yonan arms single vegetarians with easy and tasty meal options that get beyond the expected. In addition to Yonan’s fail-proof recipes, Eat Your Vegetables offers practical information on shopping for, storing, and reusing ingredients, as well as essays on a multitude of meatless topics, including moving beyond mock meat and the evolution of vegetarian restaurants.

The perfect book for anyone looking to expand their vegetarian and produce-based repertoire, Yonan’s charming, personable voice and unfussy cooking style encourage home cooks—both new and experienced—to take control in the kitchen and craft delicious veggie-centric meals for one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607744429
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 572,965
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joe Yonan is the James Beard award-winning author of Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One, which Serious Eats, the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogger David Lebovitz named one of their favorite books of the year. The book was an outgrowth of his monthly column, Cooking for One, for The Washington Post, where he is Food and Travel editor. Joe holds a professional chef’s diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts outside Boston and a bachelor of journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Minty Pea Soup with Pea and Feta Toast
On a hot day, I want a cold pureed soup. This one goes down almost like a green smoothie, but I turn it into a meal by holding out some of the peas, mashing them with feta, and spreading it on thin toast as if it were the world’s largest crouton. (There’s a fine line between a smoothie and a cold soup; it’s mostly a matter of the serving vessel and the garnish, isn’t it?) By the way, I don’t recommend low-fat or nonfat yogurt here, because the result can be slightly chalky rather than silky.
            11/2       cups freshly shelled English peas (may substitute thawed frozen peas)
            2          tablespoons crumbled feta
            2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
            2          slices baguette or 1 large slice bread, toasted
            8          large mint leaves, chopped
                1/4         cup chopped chives
            1          cup plain whole-milk Greek-style yogurt
            1          ice cube
                        Sea salt
Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil, then blanch the peas until bright green and tender but not mushy, no more than a few minutes. Drain and let cool.

Remove 1/4 cup of the peas and combine them in a small bowl with the feta. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, mash with a fork, and spread on the toast.

Reserve a pinch each of the mint and chives for garnish. Combine the rest with the remaining 11/4 cup of peas, the yogurt, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a blender, add the ice cube, and blend until very smooth and frothy. Add a little water if needed to thin the soup. Taste and add salt as needed. Pour into a bowl, sprinkle with the reserved chopped mint and chives, and eat with the pea and feta toast.

Table of Contents

            How to Use This Book
            Storing and Using Up Extra Ingredients
Chapter 1
Salads and Dressings
            Asian Bean and Barley Salad
            Perfect Poached Egg
            Cold Spicy Ramen Noodles with Tofu
            and Kimchi
            Curried Broccoli and Warm Israeli
            Couscous Salad
            Kale and Mango Niçoise Salad
Sidebar: massaging kale • 22
            Lime Ginger Vinaigrette
            Spicy Kale Salad with Miso-Mushroom
            Lemon Chile Vinaigrette
            Smoky Cabbage and Noodles with
Glazed Tempeh
            Tomato, Beet, and Peach Stacks
            Walnut Oregano Vinaigrette
            Basil Goddess Dressing
            Sesame Miso Vinaigrette
            Sour Plum Vinaigrette
Essay: Forget the Clock, Remember Your Food • 34
Chapter 2
Sandwiches and Soups
            Curried Mushroom Bean Burgers
            Sloppy Vegan Joe
            Grilled Kimcheese
            Grilled Almond Butter and Dried Plum Sandwich
Sidebar: more nut butter and dried fruit sandwich ideas
            Grilled Mushroom, Poblano, and Cheese Sandwich
            Tofu, Grilled Cabbage, and Poblano
            Tapenade Sandwich
            Grilled Greens, Chickpea, and Peppadew Sandwich
            Ricotta, Zucchini, and Radicchio Sandwich
            Juicy Bella
            Kale and Caramelized Onion Quesadilla
            Indonesian Tofu and Egg Wraps
            Minty Pea Soup with Pea and Feta Toast
            Cool, Spicy Mango Yogurt Soup
            Green Gumbo
Sidebar: vegetable stock
            Creamy Green Gazpacho
            Celery Soup with Apple and Blue Cheese
            Bean and Poblano Soup with Cinnamon
            Carrot and Ginger Soup with Quick-
            Pickled Beet
            Bean and Israeli Couscous Soup
Essay: Should We Stop Mocking Mock Meat?
Chapter 3
Baking, Roasting,
and Broiling
            Baby Eggplant Parm
            Cheesy Greens and Rice Gratin
            Asparagus with Romesco Blanco
            Oyster Mushroom and Corn Tart
Sidebar: more savory tart ideas
            Roasted Cauliflower and Green Beans with
            Chipotle Sauce
            Chickpea Pancake with Broccoli and
            Eggplant Puree
            Spinach Enchiladas
            Roasted Sweet Potato with Coconut,
            Dates, and Walnuts
Sidebar: more roasted sweet potato ideas
            Sweet Potato Galette with Mushrooms and Kale
            Pomegranate-Glazed Eggplant
Profile: The farmer goes to market
Chapter 4
On the Stovetop
            Fusilli with Corn Sauce
            Pasta with Squash and Miso
            Spaghetti with Root-to-Leaf Radish
            Risotto with Greens and Zucchini
            Spicy Basil Tofu Fried Rice
            Pepper-Crusted Tofu with Broccoli Stir-Fry
            Sweet Potato, Kimchi, and Greens Hash
            Chicken-Fried Cauliflower with
            Miso-Onion Gravy
            Enfrijoladas with Egg, Avocado, and Onion
Sidebar: grind your own
            Potato and Bean Tostadas with Avocado
Green Onion Salsa
            Steamed Eggplant with Miso-Tomato Sauce
            Szechuan-Style Tofu and Shiitake Stir-Fry
            Thai-Style Kabocha Squash and Tofu Curry
            Tomato-Braised Green Beans and New Potatoes
Essay: When Paradise Gets Paved
Chapter 5
            Faux Tart with Instant Lemon Ginger
            Summer Berry “Tart” in a Jar
Sidebar: more ideas for tarts in jars
            One-Peach Crisp with Cardamom and Honey
            Carl’s Chocolate-Chunk Cookies
            Blueberry Ginger Smoothie
Sidebar: more smoothie ideas
            Blueberry Wine Refrigerator Jam
Essay: the vegetarian restaurant grows up
Chapter 6
            Kimchi Deviled Eggs
            Ottoman Eggplant Dip
            Poblano Tapenade
            Smoky Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip
            Whipped Ricotta
Essay: the politics of cooking
Chapter 7
Recipes for the Fridge,
Freezer, and Pantry
            Almond and Coconut Granola with Ginger
            and Cherries
            Cabbage Kimchi
            Grilled Cabbage
            Caramelized Onions
            Perfectly Creamy Hard-Cooked Egg
            Chile Oil
            Marinated and Baked Tofu
Sidebar: a vacuum shortcut
            Quick-Pickled Golden Raisins
            Hearty Greens
            Pot of Beans
            Tomato Sauce with a Kick
            Quick Pot of Brown Rice
            Summer Succotash
Sidebar: cutting corn kernels

            Selected Bibliography
            About the Author
            Measurement Conversion Charts

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Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
I have been a pescatarian for 3 years, which means that I eat fish and seafood, but no red meat, pork or poultry. So that means that I eat a lot of vegetarian dishes. I am also single, so that also means that I often have to make way more food than I need. This book is designed to address both of these issues, as it is vegetarian cooking for one or two people. There is even a handy section that has a list of suggestions for recipes in the book to help you use things like a half of an avocado, or a half a lime, or 1/2 a can of beans, knowing that the biggest problem with cooking when you are single is the leftover ingredients. The author includes a guide to using the book, and encourages readers/cooks to merely use the recipes as a guide, not as a rule book. I tried several of the recipes. The Fusilli with Corn Sauce (whole wheat pasta, sauteed onions and corn) was fresh tasting and easy to make. The Enfrijoladas with Egg, Avocado and Onion (corn tortillas coated in a bean sauce and topped with copped hard boiled egg, avocado and onion) was a surprising mix of flavors that actually worked well together, despite my reservations. But the best was the Roasted Sweet Potato with Coconut, Dates and Walnuts. Oh so good! This book was filled with lots of pretty pictures that made everything look so tasty! The only real negative that I have is that there were several things I'm not big on like curry and tofu, and things I'm hesitant about trying like kimchi. So there were a lot of recipes that I didn't want to try right now-- but that's just me! My final word: Easy recipes for weeknight dining. Interesting flavor combinations. Nothing ordinary here. If you are looking for some fresh ideas for easy vegetarian dining for one or two, grab this book!