125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook Reviews

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125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook

A new cookbook by the pioneer of delicious gluten-free food offers mouthwatering vegetarian recipes for gluten-free eaters.

Whether it’s because of food allergies, celiac disease, or dietary preferences, more and more people want to eliminate gluten from their diet. Many are looking for hearty, flavor-packed vegetarian and vegan options to increase their energy and make healthy choices for their families and the environment. At last, Carol Fenster-one of the country’s foremost experts o

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  1. J. Armil "Miss Conviviality" says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    These Are Not Your Mother’s Vegetables, August 9, 2011
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    J. Armil “Miss Conviviality” (metro Detroit) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook (Paperback)

    I anticipated this book like no other Carol has written. It’s summertime, I’m a flexitarian (I eat everything, but I’m eating more fruits, veggies and whole grains), and I have been dying for inspiration. Pay dirt! I’ve made several of the recipes and have been thrilled with the vibrant flavors and satisfying textures. This is really, really good food. Without any guilt. Carol just never disappoints me. Here are four of my favorites:

    The Baked Kale Chips recipe provides the best directions I have ever seen for them. I had to restrain myself from eating the entire batch. If you follow this recipe, you will finally understand what everyone has been talking about.

    The Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad), which I made with the Hearty Flax Bread (frankly fantastic), is so good, it is like the Mediterranean sun in a bowl. Good enough for my Italian Great Aunt Mary’s 90th birthday luncheon! And a snap to make.

    The Banana Oatmeal Muffins with Streusel Topping are simply excellent. Great texture, with a yummy crunch on top. I added a half-cup of mini chocolate chips to the batter, and turned them into the stars of a breakfast for out-of-town family.

    We are fortunate to have Carol as our GF guide and muse. Whenever I find myself listing, it is always Carol who picks me up and brings me back into the kitchen. This time, she’s done it with amazing generosity and grace.

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  2. C. Zalewsky "GF Foodie" says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Better books out there, October 4, 2011
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    C. Zalewsky “GF Foodie” (Saratoga Springs, NY) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook (Paperback)

    I have tried Carol’s books in the past and actually own one. They have never been books I have gone back to. I was excited with this current release since I am a long time vegetarian celiac who eats vegan 80-90% of the time. Finally Carol’s take on the vegan bread-or so I thought. I quickly reserved the local library copy to give it a test drive.

    First off, I actually prefer vegan bread recipes over bread recipes that include eggs or milk. There is no off smell to a vegan bread and I have found they are moister not only the first day, but days after. I also prefer a hearty whole grain bread over a typical white sandwich bread;thus,the first recipe I chose was the Hearty Flax Bread which seemed right up my alley! I love using sorghum flour, flax meal, sunflower seeds and chia seeds and like that she used agave nectar as well. The bread smelled great baking and looked great coming out but I just could not shake the nagging feeling it was going to be dry. I baked it for 35 minutes vs. her 40-45. The internal temp was 207 which is perfect. I probably could have gotten away with 32 minutes. The bread WAS dry even warm. I like a moist springy loaf and this was not. Sure enough the next day, it was worse. I was very disappointed!

    Not one to give up…I decided to try the angel biscuits.I was very excited about this recipe as well. I needed something quick AND tasty. The batter itself smelled off-I tend not to like the smell of baking soda but it could have been the vast amount of apple cider vinegar it called for-1 TBSP!I have never used more than 1-2 tsp. in bread. I put it in the oven and again baked it for less time-12 minutes vs. 15-20. They were lighly browned and firm to the touch. Again they smelled a bit off. They were soft and a bit crumbly still warm and overly salty. I did not throw them away, but I would not make them again. The next day they were like sawdust. I tried spreading some jam or butter on them as Carol suggested and they just crumbled. Disappointed again!

    At this point, I gave up. The ingredients are too expensive to throw away and I did not enjoy either of the two recipes I tried. Keep in mind that I was only intending on trying the bread recipes since I do not need any vegetarian or vegan dishes-I have plenty of the other great cookbooks for those. I agree with another poster that this book would really benefit from pictures. When I buy a cookbook to add to my vast collection, I choose one with fantastic recipes AND fantastic food photography. Cybele Pascal’s Allergen Free Bakers Handbook is a great example of this!

    For the record, my milk choice in the recipes above was plain soymilk. She leaves the choice up to the cook.I used butter for the biscuits to give the recipe the best possible advantage before I started to tinker with it. If you are looking for a great cookbook that caters to a vegetarian celiac, try the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.Most of of the recipes are vegetarian although there are some fish recipes in there as well. Her GF Mock Honey Whole Wheat bread is to die for! My favorite entree cookbooks that are vegetarian and mostly gluten free are those by Terry Walters-Clean Food and Clean Start. See my reviews on those if you are interested. I am also currently cooking my way through Blissful Bites by Christie Morgan and will post on that later.

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  3. Chuck Stanley says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hold The Gluten – Gluten Free Blog Review, September 14, 2011
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    Chuck Stanley (Swedesboro, NJ) –

    This review is from: 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook (Paperback)

    I was sent a copy of Carol Fenster’s latest cookbook 125 Gluten Free Vegetarian Recipes. I have huge respect for Carol Fenster as when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease six years ago, Carol’s books were the first I read. They helped understand the gluten free “lifestyle” as well as what the heck to eat/cook. I was a vegetarian for 15 years prior to going gluten free (well except for bacon, but that’s another story) and struggled to find gluten free vegetarian recipe ideas. I love the concept of this recipe book and the vegan recipes are definitely a bonus!. Carol has penned an impressive nine cookbooks and decided it was time for a gluten free vegetarian primer. “With over 22 million people following a vegetarian-inclined diet and seven percent adhering to a gluten-free diet, the time is right for a cookbook that combines these two popular diets into one practical guide,” says Fenster, who has been gluten-free for over 20 years. I made the gluten free granola recipe and LOVED it! The recipe was easy, quick and the granola bars were moist and tasty. The possibilities of what nuts/dried fruit to use as add ins were endless (I’m all about variety). Overall, this is a great cookbook if you are looking for new gluten free vegetarian recipes.

    Review of 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Fenster, Ph.D

    Pros: Excellent assortment of gluten free vegetarian recipes. Bonus vegan recipes. Details the calories, fat, protein, carbs, cholesterol, sodium and fiber for each recipe.

    Cons: No food photographs. Prior to going gluten free, I didn’t cook much at all. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I was essentially forced to get in my kitchen. I need pictures of what the end result will look like!

    Maureen Stanley
    Gluten Free Blogger & Podcaster
    Hold The Gluten
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