Food for Thought: ‘Vegetarian’ shouldn’t scare you off

By Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | March 31, 2015

Scientists have just announced that eating grilled beef every day has been shown to speed up weight loss. Who thought? And I just read that the newly formulated Snickers bar now contains all your daily nutrients in one convenient snack. On top of that good news, here’s more. Next week, Dole Foods is introducing a line of vegetables that taste like lemon, chocolate, or cherry pies.

Now I can jump up and yell, “April Fools!” But seriously, wouldn’t all that be the perfect news? I’ll bet someday it will happen, but probably after I’ve put on a few more decades and can’t remember what I had for lunch, anyway.

However, if you’re really into healthful stuff, you should dig into “The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook” (America’s Test Kitchen, 464 pages; $29.95 soft cover). But before you turn up your nose, listen to this. You don’t have to be vegetarian to appreciate meatless meals. I’ll bet you already enjoy them without putting on the “vegetarian” label.

I mean, when you think of Squash Ravioli with Sage and Hazelnut Browned Butter Sauce, you don’t think, “I can’t eat that. There’s no meat.” Same thing when someone offers you Spinach with Garlic and Lemon, or Pan-Roasted Asparagus, or Pizza Bianca, or a Camembert, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Potato Tart.

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