Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Book Review, Recipe & Giveaway

Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Book Review, Recipe & Giveaway

I am very excited to be reviewing Laura Theodore's new book, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics and giving one away.  You may know Laura from her PBS cooking show Jazzy Vegetarian, which is now in its third season and can currently be seen on the Create Channel on Tuesdays and Thursdays (See video at bottom of page).  For eighteen years, Laura has helped people all over the world to understand the relationship between diet and health and that eating a well-structured plant-based diet can prevent, stop, and even reverse some degenerate diseases.

Ingredients

  • On her television show and in her book, she entices people, regardless of their current eating habits to want to explore new foods and dishes.  Her book has a beautiful hardcover, high quality pages and was published September 3, 2013 by BenBella Books.  The book is 312 pages and features gorgeous photos throughout. In her introduction she quotes Albert Einstein, "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as a much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
  • It is written for everyone - from seasoned vegans looking for innovative new dishes, to casual home cooks interested in adding one or two plant-based meals a week to their repertoire.  Jazzy Vegetarian Classics includes guides to the basics of vegan cooking coupled with a glossary of common ingredients. I love that she included 10 full menus, besides all of her awesome recipes.  For example,  All-American Burger and fries (Menu 5) includes:  Mushroom-Nut Burgers, Confetti Oven Fries, Pretty Purple Coleslaw, Banana Milk-less Shake and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Festive Family Meal (Menu 8) includes: Apple, Walnut, and Cinnamon Salad, Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes with roasted Garlic, Steamed Green Beans & Carrots with Orange Sauce , and Coconut Vegaroons. All of these menus make it very easy to plan for a special day. 
  • If you are wondering why Laura is called the Jazzy Vegetarian, it is because she is also a good jazz singer.  The bottom of her books pages even include faint piano notes.  Her book is of the highest quality to give away at Christmas or any time.
  • I decided to make Laura's Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage, which turned out absolutely fabulous and delicious. The recipe was based on her mother-in-laws traditional family recipe.  This is a fabulous holiday or Sunday night meal which I highly recommend!  I used leftover brown rice and instead of the canned tomatoes you can use vine ripened tomatoes that have been chopped in quarters and smashed a bit to equal 3 1/2 cups. I  received permission to share this yummy recipe with all of you.   I hope you enjoy it. Don't forget to enter for the Giveaway.  Instructions are at the bottom of the page.
  • Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage
  • PRINTABLE RECIPE
  • Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Based on my mother-in-law’s traditional family recipe, this dish is totally tasty! The freshly squeezed lemon juice balances beautifully with the brown sugar, making a truly sweet and sour sauce for these hearty, savory stuffed cabbage rolls. A fabulous holiday dish or satisfying weeknight meal!
  • SAUCE
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid, lightly mashed
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar or maple sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ROLLS
  • Large head of green cabbage
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (long grain or basmati)
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • 1 slice whole-grain bread
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, diced
Read the whole recipe on The Health Seeker's Kitchen