Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review but all opinions below are my own and I was not compensated for this post.
Happy Friday! Today I’m linking up for Friday Five 2.0 with Rachel from Running on Happy and Lacey and Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness. Thank you ladies for hosting this linkup!
I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week! I think the month got away from me because of the NYC Marathon and then Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas. I am happy to be home for the rest of the year!
We all know that holiday time is a prime time to pack on the pounds. This is why I was so happy to receive a copy of Martha Stewart’s Vegetables through my relationship with Blogging for Books. The cookbook has over 150 recipes, but these are 5 of my favorite vegetable recipes for the holidays!
Beer Battered Onion Rings
Okay, I’ll admit that this isn’t exactly a healthy vegetable dish, but it’s freshly made beer battered onion rings..how could you not like that?! I also love that the ingredients are super simple as well – flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, beer, water, peanut oil and of course, onions.
Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing
I love beets! I usually just include them in a smoothie or juice, but I love turning the beets into a main dish (salad). I also love the different color beets as well. The ginger dressing was delicious as well and super simple to make – oil, vinegar, ginger, salt and pepper.
I am huge fan of green granny smith apples and I’ve been know to include apples in many things – oatmeal, sandwiches, turkey burgers, etc. There is just something about the taste that combines well with other foods. That’s why my eye was drawn to the this recipe. Regular mashed potatoes can pack on the calories, but this is a much healthier option.
Swiss Chard Lasagna
I’m all about sneaking extra veggies and nutrients into otherwise starchy foods. Lasagna is delicious but it can get really unhealthy with all the meat, cheese and sauces full of sodium. I love that this recipe incorporates swiss chard, tomatoes and onions. I would even add spinach to this to increase the vegetable content 🙂 (I LOVE spinach)
Egg, Asparagus and Mushroom Stir Fry
This would be the perfect appetizer to serve before a meal. It’s pack with protein due to the eggs and mushrooms. In addition, the mushrooms give it a “meaty” taste as well. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for different ways to cook eggs besides breakfast dishes. The asparagus provides a good crunch as well!
I would definitely recommend this cookbook because it gives you many different ways to cook vegetables, and introduced you to a bunch of new vegetables (new to me anyway)! This cookbook is currently $19.99 on Amazon.com and would make a perfect gift for the holidays!