Tuesday, October 25, 2011

VeganMoFo #18 - The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook

Years ago a neighbor of ours in Colorado had heart surgery and I gave a copy of this cookbook to his wife. She was having trouble figuring out what to cook for him and The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less (1997) was really helpful for her. I still use it often years later especially when I'm trying to find new ways to eat more beans.

Dr. John McDougall is one of the original physicians who promoted a low-fat plant-based diet for healing and he is responsible for the health info in the book. His wife created the recipes which are divided up into Breakfast, Salads and Dressings, Soups and Stews, Main Dishes: Grains, Main Dishes: Beans, Main Dishes: Pasta, Main Dishes: General, Sauce, Dips and Spreads, and Desserts. There is also a chapter on acceptable canned and packaged products. For VeganMoFo I made the Greeny Beany Soup. The soup contains leeks, potato, herbs, orzo (I used vermicelli), white beans, zucchini and spinach.

I liked the soup and it is a good example of the recipes in the book - simple and hearty. I've noticed a lot of the recipes really appeal to DH who likes uncomplicated foods with an emphasis on healthy carbs. The book is especially valuable for the large number of soup recipes. There are a few recipes that do use honey so it isn't 100% vegan. There are no nutritional analyses of the recipes in my version of the book. Still I think everyone who is eating a lowfat diet should have this book although maybe they do already. This book is still in print almost 15 years after it was first published!

Other recipes I've tried from the book include: Mexican Corn Salad, Chili Bean Salad, Taco Soup, Cream of Vegetable Soup, Mexi Corn Chowder, Chili Tortilla Soup, Ellen's Bean Soup, Southwestern Brown Rice, Beans and Greens, Spicy Chili and Chips, Quick Wisconsin Chili (DH's favorite), Black Bean Sloppy Joes, Spicy Tomato Couscous, Rotini and Greens, Mustardy Pasta, Mushroom Stroganoff, Vegetable Bean Enchiladas, Potato Enchiladas, Mexican Lasagna, Moo-Shu Wraps, Polenta with Italian Bean Sauce, Baked Tofu Loaf, Spinach Buns, and Peanut Butter Spread.  


Anonymous said...

That looks like a great vegan cookbook. I'm always on the lookout for good vegan recipies. :)

Mandee said...

That soup looks really healthy!

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