You would be so proud of me!!
The other night, with my own lovely hands, I made homemade salad dressing.Oh, yes I did! And yes, it was fabulous! Actually, it was fantastic! It was completely scrumptious!!!
The reason behind this culinary adventure is simple: I’ve recently been in book buying mode.I’ve purchased an assortment of different titles, from novels to self-help, to cookbooks, to help fill out my bare bookshelves.
One title I obtained was Skinny Bitch In the Kitch.
If you’re not familiar with the whole Skinny Bitch deal it basically equates to eating vegan style.
No eating pigs, and no eating like a pig – that’s sort of the idea.
The authors, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, are definite animal rights supporters. They’re also incredibly sassy and amazingly hilarious. These ladies are very straight forward but equally entertaining. I must admit this is probably the only cookbook that made me laugh. Really! You wouldn’t expect salad and rice and French toast to be funny – but these “bitches” manage it.
Not many cookbooks will give you this sort of warning either: “Lentils make you toot for hours. Plan accordingly.”
If you didn’t know, now you do!
Anyways, this little cookbook arrived at my door and the salad dressing (Agave-Dijon Dressing to be exact – Mmmmmmmmm!!!!!) was my first experiment.
Like I said, it was super YUM!
It was quick and so easy to make. I even had all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry. How fab, don’t you think?!?!?
But about the book in general:
I like that all the recipes seem rather simple. I am no culinary wiz and once we start getting all fancy-schmancy and getting majorly complex I start wondering what I’ve got in the freezer that I can heat up real fast.
I don’t do complicated. And I don’t have special pots and appliances. And I don’t want to drive all over town trying to track down one rare, pricey ingredient that I will likely never use again.
It seems most of the recipes are sort of like revised versions of common foods – it’s like a meal your familiar with (lasagna, chocolate cake, potato skins) that’s been made a bit healthier and totally vegan. Familiar food is good! It makes it kind of user friendly actually – it helps broaden its appeal to those who have maybe not eaten in a healthy way before. It’s kind of ideal for the newbie vegetarian/vegan.
The ingredients are also items that seem easy to find. There are no obscure spices only sold in a store that you have to drive five hours to get to (Grrrrr!!!!!). Now, you probably have to go to the health food store for a few things, but that’s not too tough to manage. I am willing to do that small thing - I can handle it.
Unfortunately, some of the ingredients don’t sit super well with me. I am a bit on the fence with soy and it seems to make an appearance here and there. Some say soy is okay, others say it could be potentially bad. Because of that, I’d just rather avoid it for the most part. I would rather not get all risky with my food.
Also, there’s some fake, processed stuff used – like vegan chicken. That’s really not “real” food. I don't really know exactly what it is. But I prefer Mother Nature to have made most, if not all, of my eats.
Another qualm I have – no nutrition info. Even if I am not technically counting numbers, I still do like to have some idea about what I am swallowing down. How many calories is this? How much fiber is there? What about protein – how much am I getting with this meal?
Yes, I could totally take all the ingredients and figure it out if I absolutely, positively had to know – but that’s so much extra work and requires a lot of effort as far as I am concerned. It is, truth be told, an effort I don’t especially want to put forth. I mean really, I am a busy gal!
Also – there are no pictures. I really like when a book has tons of photos. I like to see what my meal is going to look like. It’s no huge biggie though. I can live without images. I am not insanely happy about it, but I'll manage.
Overall, I think the book is fairly decent. It’s got stuff that isn’t too weird for me. It’s stuff that’s appealing, stuff I would want to eat. And I would have no trouble cooking up anything in here.
I have several recipes marked off that I would like to try, including:
Fruit and Nut Muffins
Yep, I am a fiend for carb- heavy breakfast foods!
Hmmm . . . I think I might also try the Balsamic Portobella Mushrooms over Grilled Vegetable Couscous. Oh, the carrot cake sounds good too!!