The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook: Lose Weight and Get Healthy – One Mouthwatering, Meal a a Time!

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The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook: Lose Weight and Get Healthy – One Mouthwatering, Meal a a Time!

.cs2663CC92{text-align:left;text-indent:0pt;padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt;margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt} .cs2CAA79F6{color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial; font-size:10pt; font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; } Meet the latest addition to New York Times best-selling author Tosca Reno’s phenomenally successful Eat-Clean Diet® series. With The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook, Tosca shows that you don’t need meat to Eat Clean! This collection of 150 delicious and

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  1. betweenthepages says:
    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Some pros…and quite a few cons, April 1, 2012
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    This review is from: The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook: Lose Weight and Get Healthy – One Mouthwatering, Meal a a Time! (Paperback)

    First of all let me say I’m a big fan of the “clean eating” philosophy. I think it’s an important message: to get back to the roots of REAL, whole foods, not the processed junk that makes up 60% of the modern American diet. However, “clean eating” is somewhat more difficult for vegetarians like myself since many Clean recipes seem to rely on meat/fish products. Needless to say I was overjoyed when I found out about this cookbook and I pre-ordered it without hesitation.
    When it arrived in the mail I was at first very excited as I flipped through for a preliminary scan. The dishes looked exotic, flavorful, and not too complicated to prepare. However it didn’t take long to scope out some MAJOR downsides to this cookbook.
    First of all, it is NOT strictly vegetarian–it includes a chapter on seafood. Seeing as this is a total waste to ovo-lacto vegetarians (the most “mainstream” kind of vegetarian in terms of connotation) I feel this cookbook shouldn’t have been titled the way it was, but rather perhaps “The Eat Clean Pescetarian Cookbook,” seeing as that’s what it actually is…oh well.
    When I tried to prepare a recipe for the first time, what seemed simple and straightforward at first turned out to be anything but. Even a “safe” looking recipe, when in the supermarket, proved impossible–I couldn’t find the ingredients ANYWHERE! And I don’t shop at a corner store, either. For example, one recipe alone called for whole cumin seeds, cherry peppers, and black quinoa; I couldn’t find any of them at the 3 supermarkets I visited (one of them even being an organic health-food store). HUGE drawback.
    This seems to be the way a lot of these recipes turn out, in fact. While seemingly simple, they’re actually quite “high-maintenance”, and I won’t be able to use this cookbook as often as I’d like for my money’s worth.
    Overall this cookbook has some very valuable recipes, and interesting ideas, that I’m still excited to try; I just wish it had come with more description or even a disclaimer that this diet is NOT easy to follow even if you are committed and willing to spend extra money on ingredients, and extra time in preparation (such as pre-making specialized ingredients, like yogurt cheese, the night before). I’m more than a little disappointed with this one.

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  2. Leanne says:
    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Another great eat-clean cookbook, with a few drawbacks, March 28, 2012
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    Leanne (San Diego, CA) –
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    This review is from: The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook: Lose Weight and Get Healthy – One Mouthwatering, Meal a a Time! (Paperback)

    I pre-ordered this cookbook a few months ago, as soon as I heard it was coming out. I have four of Tosca Reno’s previous eat-clean books, and have enjoyed them all. About five or six years ago, I used Reno’s original version of the The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged: Lasting Fat Loss That’s Better than Ever! to shed about sixteen pounds, moving from a size 6 to a size 0/2. Ever since I started using the principles of clean eating, I’ve been able to keep the weight loss off, and feel like, at the age of 40, I’m in the best shape of my life.

    As much as I love Reno’s other books, however, I mostly eat a vegetarian diet, so I’ve found that I can only use a portion of the recipes contained in Reno’s previous books, which is why I was so thrilled to order this one. From looking through it, it looks like another nice addition to my library of other books, with a few drawbacks.

    Since the clean eating movement emphasizes non-processed foods, all of the recipes call for fresh, natural ingredients. Whole grains are included, and the focus is on using healthy ingredients that nourish your body.

    The book contains 150 brand-new recipes, and is divided into the following chapters:

    –Chapter 1 A Healthy Start — focused on breakfast
    –Chapter 2 Snack Break
    –Chapter 3 Simple Salads
    –Chapter 4 Savory Soups and One Pot Meals
    –Chapter 5 The Main Course
    –Chapter 6 From the Sea — seafood chapter
    –Chapter 7 Vivacious Vegetables and Sides
    –Chapter 8 Fast Foods
    –Chapter 9 Sweet Treats
    –Chapter 10 Vegetarian Holiday Feast
    –Supportive Recipes — for yogurt cheese, wheat pizza dough, etc. that are used in other recipes.

    Vegans should be aware that these are *not* all vegan recipes. Most of the breakfast recipes call for eggs and there is a whole chapter on seafood, but there are definitely a lot of vegan options throughout the book that look really tasty. Additionally, Reno also gives suggestions on ways to “veganize” (my term) many of the recipes. I was also hoping that there would be no seafood recipes at all so that the focus was more on lacto-ovo vegetarians, so I was a bit disappointed with that aspect of the book.

    This newest cookbook is also larger in size and has a nice, flexible spine, which will make it easy to spread out under a cookbook holder while using it. Almost each recipe is accompanied by a photo, which I also love in cookbooks.

    The reason for the four stars I gave this (instead of five) is because of the seafood chapter and because a few of the recipes do call for slightly unusual ingredients that I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find without going to a specialty store. Most of the ingredients seem to be ones that I can find at my major grocery store, but I was hoping for more “mainstream” ingredients. Also, quite a few of the recipes call for using Reno’s yogurt cheese recipe, which needs to be made ahead of time by letting yogurt drip through several layers of cheese cloth. I wish I had the time and inclination to make this, but, since I don’t, I’ll have to look for another substitute.

    I will update my review as I use this book, but, for now, I’m pleased with it overall. It’s got plenty of fresh ideas, and has really motivated me to get into the kitchen to try some new recipes out!

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  3. Sheryl Lthompson "anime & cookbook addict" says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a vegetarian cookbook, April 6, 2012
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    This review is from: The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook: Lose Weight and Get Healthy – One Mouthwatering, Meal a a Time! (Paperback)

    I love the Eat Clean series and was excited when news of a vegetarian cookbook broke. What I received, however, is not a vegetarian cookbook.

    Calling it a vegetarian book while discussing pescetarians and pollo-vegetarians (so not close to vegetarian at all) seems like just a gimmick for grabbing the veggie audience. The inclusion of a seafood chapter and suggestion of adding seafood as a protein source in another recipe was extremely disappointing. So disappointing that I’ll be returning this one or giving it away.

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