20 Minutes to Dinner: Quick, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie, Vegetarian Meals

| July 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

20 Minutes to Dinner: Quick, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie, Vegetarian Meals

Get in and out of the kitchen FAST with tempting and nutritious dishes from vegetarian innovator, Bryanna Clark Grogan. Most of the recipes are based on the Mediterranean/Asian model using lots of grains, fruits and vegetables. Nutritional analyses accompany each recipe.

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  1. Søren Jensen says:
    53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bryanna Clark Grogan kicks butt in the kitchen!, April 7, 2003
    By A Customer
    This review is from: 20 Minutes to Dinner: Quick, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie, Vegetarian Meals (Paperback)

    EXCELLENT! A must have. I have been vegan for a little over 7 months now and this is the first book I’ve found that is consistently good, fast, healthy,economical,and so delicious that even my non-vegan husband didn’t pull a face when I presented him with the carrot-oat patties and brown gravy. Recipes for substitutes for egg, meat, fish, cream, and cheese are found throughout the text (the Melty Pizza Cheeze is mild and not disgusting like a lot of the faux vegan subs)as well as quick meal suggestions. I own a few other vegan recipe books and, although they have beautiful recipes, I find that they are not fast or simple enough for the everday- gotta -get- the- meal- on-while-kids-are-screaming- life that I lead. Some say the recipes take 30 minutes-I don’t think that matters. If it is under 45 minutes then it is a quick meal. Gourmet vegan menus can take hours sometimes. This book will be the one with gravy splatters and juice stains. I highly reccommend it.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is the book I’d wish I’d had 10 years ago …, November 17, 2002
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    Søren Jensen (Copenhagen, Denmark) –

    This review is from: 20 Minutes to Dinner: Quick, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie, Vegetarian Meals (Paperback)

    … when I became a vegan. Perhaps this book ought to have been entitled “30 minutes to dinner” instead – yet this shouldn’t put any people off, and as the previous comment rightly states, the negative critics given by some people is completely unjust! Bryanna is – in my opinion – one of the most innovative vegan cooks, and I can recommend any of her books (I have them all myself). Not only is the book about quick vegan meals, they are also extremely low-fat, yet all are rich-tasting delicious meals – AND as also mentioned below – the ingredients are easily available in health food stores (even in Denmark where I live!) If you do not have a food processor, get one now, as this is one equipment that Bryanna uses very frequently in her books. The opening chapter is about cooking & shopping tips, and this is very useful for planning your meals, as well as making a lot of your basics yourself – it’s cheaper and you’re sure not to get any weird extra-ingredients! There’s a chapter on speedy dips and spreads, lovely soups and chowders (check out the sea vegetable chowder!), inventive salads (the oriental noodle salad is sooo delicious!), pasta dishes, quick pizzas, extensive sandwich and all kinda stuffed breads ideas, grilled alternatives to meat (tofu & seitan), stirfries, … the book is simply jampacked with ideas and variations so that you can use what you have at hand. It is a superb cookbook, and it’s definitely recommended!

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  3. Anonymous says:
    37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Passes New Orleans food test!, November 5, 2002
    By A Customer
    This review is from: 20 Minutes to Dinner: Quick, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie, Vegetarian Meals (Paperback)

    I own four cookbooks by Bryanna Clark Grogan, and plan on buying the rest. They are all EXCELLENT. I was born and raised in New Orleans, so I think I can claim to know what good food tastes like. The negative reviews of this book just blow my mind. The only people who might not like Bryanna’s recipes are folks who think a McDonald’s drive through is gourmet eating. And Bryanna’s recipe ingredients are not hard to find at all; I don’t know what that reviewer is talking about. I live in the country, two hours drive from a major city, and most of the ingredients can be found in my local, very rural grocery store. For those in an urban environment, ANY health food store will have nutritional yeast flakes and kelp. Hello! Don’t you have a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes? Switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet means opening your mind and having some new experiences, food-wise and shopping-wise. That is part of the fun. Grogan’s Chinese cookbook exposed me to Chinese mock meats, and now I get to have a lot of fun shopping in Chinese markets when I go to town. Live a little! And the mock feta isn’t going to taste *exactly* like feta…do you expect a vegetarian Boca burger to taste *exactly* like a Big Mac? As for the rice issue, I use Quick Brown rice, available in ANY grocery store…cooks in FIVE MINUTES! Some of you really need to expand your shopping and cooking horizons.

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