Although not a vegetarian by any means, I do really enjoy a good vegetarian dish especially when they are healthy and easy to prepare. When I saw that the PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Vegetarian Cookbook offered ‘240 Healthy and Easy No-Prep Recipes for Busy Cooks’ right on the front cover, I knew this was a cookbook for me.
While the claim that this cookbook offered recipes which were ‘Quicker, Healthier and Cheaper than picking up a pizza’ seemed a little to good to be true, I realized I had misjudged this cookbook when I actually looked at a couple of the recipes. Many of the recipes were designed to take full advantage of the many convenient foods available in the grocery store now. Paying a little extra for a pre-sliced can of vegetables seems silly to those with time on their hands but to the rest of us, it is like just paying for a little more time.
With most cookbooks, a recipe takes up the entire page, maybe two facing pages because of the lengthy ingredients list and exhaustive directions. Not so with the PDQ Vegetarian Cookbook. Most of the recipe pages have at least two recipes, and that still leaves room for comments, tips and nutritional details about each. Many of the recipes also include a lacto-ovo, vegan egg-free and/or dairy-free option.
The introduction covers many bases, offering tips for substituting as well as information on the various benefits of the vegetarian diet. The rest of the book is dedicated to the recipes in categories: Tempting Starters, Snacks and Tidbits; Savory Soups, Stews and Chilis; Simply Salads; Sandwiches, Wraps, Pizza, Breads and Other Light Fare; Oodles of Noodles; Hearty Vegetable, Grain and Legume Combos; Super Sides; Brunch and Egg Dishes; Sweet Endings.
There are so many mouth-watering offerings from which to choose. The Breakfast Pizza for instance will shortly become a family favourite and their were so many delicious sounding salads that I don’t know why I ever made a simple chef salad. I chose the recipe below because I could never pass up anything with coconut in it.