When I was contacted by Nava Atlas, the author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, asking if I would like to receive a copy of her book and help her celebrate the 5th anniversary of this cookbook, I was happy to say yes. I was curious to see if the recipes would be something my family would enjoy. When the book arrived, it took me a little while to settle on what to make. This cookbook is filled not only vegetarian fare, but also vegan recipes for anyone who has chosen that lifestyle. My family tends to be carnivores, so finding some vegetarian options that we would all enjoy sounded good to me.
The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow. Each recipe states if it is considered dairy or vegan so it is easy to determine if it would be suitable to serve guests who may be vegetarian or vegan. If you are trying to incorporate more vegetarain style meals into your week, this would be a great cookbook to use. Nava shares tips throughout on additional changes to recipes that you can make depending on how adventurous your family may be.
I chose to make the Cranberry-Orange Muffins. I wasn't able to find whole-wheat pastry flour at my grocery store, so I'm sure that would change the texture of the muffins. Even with using whole wheat flour, we found them to be quite tasty. I loved that the orange flavor was very pronounced and it compliments the cranberries perfectly. I ended up with 18 muffins since I made them a bit smaller. My Oldest loved them and expects I'll be sending them in with his snack for the next few days.
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Courtesy of: Nava Atlas' The Vegetarian Family Cookbook
1 3/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup wheat germ or ground flaxseeds or half of each
1/2 cup natural granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup orange, lemon or vanilla low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt
1/4 cup undiluted thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
2 tablespoons safflower oil
1/4 cup reconsituted or freshly squeezed orange juice, or as needed
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds (I left these out)
Preheat ove ton 350 degrees. Place foil liners in 12 muffin cups.
Combine flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and ginger in a mixing bowl and stir together.
In another bowl, combine the yogurt, jucie concentrate, oil and reconstituted juice and whisk together until smooth. Make a well iin the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. If the batter is too stiff, add a very small amount of additional orange juice. Stir together until completely mixed, then stir the cranberries into the batter.
Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Scatter a few almonds over the top of each muffin. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a small knife inserted into the center of one tests clean. Cool on a plate or rack and serve warm or at room temperature.