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Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life's Adventures

Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life's Adventures

by Shelly Westerhausen


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Showcasing the heartland dishes we all love made vegetarian, this cookbook provides a literal and visual feast of creative, generous cooking that's born in the traditions of the Midwest but transcends geographic boundaries. Celebrated photographer and blogger Shelly Westerhausen presents 100 wholesome, meatless recipes for everything from drinks to desserts. Thoughtfully organized by the adventures that make a weekend special—picnics, brunch, camping and more—this gloriously photographed book will inspire folks to eat well, wherever their vegetarian ventures lead them. Celebrating a fresh perspective in food, here's a new go-to that's perfect for vegetarians and anyone looking for more delicious vegetable-forward meals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452154701
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 969,953
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Shelly Westerhausen is a recipe developer, photographer, and the creator of the blog Vegetarian Ventures. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Stocking a Vegetarian Pantry 12

How the Midwest Has Shaped a Unique Vegetarian Diet 16


Farmers' Market Day: Recipes loaded with fresh produce found at your local market 20

Sweet Potato, Feta & Chive Muffins 23

Iced Rhubarb-Hibiscus Tea 24

Baked Ricotta & Tomatoes with Thyme Butter 27

Green Salad with Savory Granola & Avocado-Lime Dressing 28

Tuscan Spring Vegetable Soup with Parmesan Bread 31

Slow-Roasted Pistachio-Crusted Tofu with Red Chimichurri 32

Savory Vegetable Cobbler with Herb Drop Biscuits 35

Roasted Vegetable with Creamy Romesco & Farro 38

Ricotta Spaetzle with Lemon-Pea Pesto 41

Picnic: Foods that travel well and are perfect for when you to want to take your lunch onto a boat or enjoy it on a blanket next to a waterfall 44

Pimm's Punch 47

Roasted Carrot & White Bean Dip 48

Salted Maple Pecan Butter 49

Whole-Wheat Pumpkin & Poppy Seed Crackers 50

Crostini with Macadamia Ricotta and Corn-Zucchini Succotash 53

Sloppy Janes 54

Spicy Peanut Lettuce Wraps 56

Chocolate Chunk & Pistachio Zucchini Cookies 57

No-Bake Almond Fudge Bars 58

Brunch Potluck: Or how to feed your sleepy-eyed friends when they come knocking at your door at 10 A.M. 60

Savory Herb Quinoa Pancakes 63

Burnt Honey & Herby Citrus Soda 64

Chorizo-Spiced Lentils 66

Savory BRT Two-Grain Porridge 67

Broiled Green Tomatoes & Creamy Mascarpone Grits 70

Coconut Curry Shakshuka 73

Ricotta-Mixed Berry Breakfast Cake with Yogurt Frosting 74

Fruit & Yogurt Granola Tarts 77


Road Trip: Prepare-ahead food that will keep you full and energized no matter how long the drive 80

Sage Iced Tea 86

Tahini & Coconut Date Bars with Dark Chocolate Drizzle 89

Minted Baha Ghanoush 90

Chilled Peanut Noodles 93

Brown Sugar & Rosemary Popcorn 95

Spicy Double Chocolate Chip Biscotti 96

Crispy Almond-Butter Buckeyes 99

Berry-Picking Adventure: What to make with your bounty of fresh berries and cherries from an afternoon of picking 100

Strawberry Gin-Gin Mule 103

Baked Sweet Potato with Roasted Chickpeas, Raspberries & Chèvre 105

Blueberry & Sweet Cheese Pierogi 106

Raspberry Hazelnut Pancakes 111

Brown Butter Skillet Cornbread with Cherries, Almonds & White Balsamic 112

Berry Brioche Cinnamon Rolls 115

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Variations 118

Cookout: An array of recipes perfect for your next backyard hangout 122

Whipped Goat Cheese & Pistachio Pesto Dip 127

Polenta-Coated Zucchini Fries with Quick Harissa Aioli 128

Deviled Pimento Potato Skins 130

Hot Honey-Glazed Peach Panzanella 131

Smoky Maple Baked Beans 132

Kansas Barbecue Tempeh Skewers 135

Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta 136

Coffee Crunch Chocolate Ice Cream with Bourbon Fudge Ripple 139


Fruit Picking: Spend a crisp afternoon picking apples followed by an evening filled with freshly baked treats 144

Cranberry & Pear Turnover Breakfast Bake 147

Ginger-Whiskey Cider 149

Spelt Crêpes Stuffed with Spiced Pumpkin, Apple & Onions 150

Apple Bread Cheddar Grilled Cheese 152

Fall Slaw with Maple Mustard Dressing 154

German Fennel & Sweet Potato Pancakes 157

Deep-Dish Persimmon Pudding Pie 158

Camping: Food best made over an open fire 162

Dark Chocolate Seedy Nut Clusters 168

Smoky Sweet Potato-Egg Packets 169

Skillet Bagel Eggs with Lemon Rosemary Butter 170

Lemony Lentil & Vegetable Soup 173

Mediterranean Hoagie Sandwiches 174

Caramel, Roasted Strawberries & Chocolate Cookie S'mores 176

Hiking Excursion: Energy-packed foods to fuel you before, during, and after a long day of wandering in the woods 178

Tahini & Cocoa Breakfast Shake 183

Sweet & Sour Michigan Pasties 184

Dried Spiced Pears, Three Ways 186

Quinoa Wraps with Dill Pesto, Hazelnuts & Apricots 188

Vegan Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Bread 191

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Cookie 192


Snowed In: Recipes to be made while enjoying the solitude that arises when the snow piles too high to wander outside 196

Tomato Curry with Chickpea Dumplings 199

Broccoli & Cheddar Frittata 201

Lager Onion & Lentil Soup 202

Baked Pumpkin Risotto with Brown Butter-Sage Bread Crumbs 205

Whole-Wheat Muesli Bread 206

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie Bars 209

Holiday Hosting: Elegant and impressive recipes to serve up to the whole family at your next gathering 210

Cranberry Molasses Mulled Wine 214

Creamy Sage Gravy 217

Every tiling Spiced "Cheddar Cheese" Ball 218

Caramelized Cranberry & Brie Rolls 220

Roasted Vegetable & Polenta Stacks 223

Caramelized Onion & Fennel Tart with Rosemary Crust 224

Mocha Pudding Cups with Salted Chocolate Meringue 226

Stollen Cookies 229

Playing in the Snow: Warming foods to enjoy after an exhausting day of playing in the snow 232

Ricotta, Kale & Fire-Roasted Tomato Quinoa Casserole 235

Chocolate Chai Concentrate 237

Purple Potatoes Poached in Dill Cream Sauce 238

Three-Bean Chocolate Chili 240

Vegan Wild Rice & Potato Chowder 243

Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Loaded Veggie Pizza 246

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas 249

Peppermint Cocoa Truffles 250

Year-Round Staples: The condiments, toppings, and bases you'll always want to keep on hand 252

Homemade Vegetable Stock 254

Bread Crumbs 256

Quick Spiced Applesauce 257

Basic Tomato Sauce 258

Cashew Cream, Four Ways 259

Quick Puff Pastry 260

Caramelized Date Barbecue Sauce 262

Homemade Enchilada Sauce 263

Slow Cooker Beans 264

Savory Granola 265

Acknowledgments 266

Index 267

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