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Why a No Veggies Gal Wrote a Veggie Cookbook


Write a cookbook? Sure! After all, the kitchen is one of my favorite places to be.

But writing about vegetables was really not on my Bucket List.

I never really liked vegetables.

Growing up most of our veggies were served with salt, pepper and butter.  Nothing wrong with that but certainly not a feast for the palate.  I too take some blame as I rarely wanted to try anything new and different so I ate corn and called it a day.

As a child I hated when something green was served. As an adult not much changed. I was known as the gal who didn’t eat vegetables to all of my friends and family.  At picnics and dinners we’d all joke about my lack of vegetable eating and I was okay with that.

Then I got pregnant.

Knowing that the baby inside me depended entirely on me for nutrition to grow strong and healthy forced me to eat veggies but it didn’t mean I enjoyed them.  It was drudgery in the beginning months.

So began my quest to find something that actually tasted like a culinary delight rather than a pile of dirt with butter.

My journey into real, traditional food had me revamping old recipes I’d gather from my grandmother and mother in law and I found that, if prepared with care and proper seasoning veggies could actually be tasty.

I have come to love a good salad and I even discovered that homemade spaghetti sauce (featured in the Tomato section of the book) is so much more flavorful than store bought and can be done in just about the time it takes to boil the noodles. Gardening helped too.  There’s something about growing our own


So when Debra from Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes approached me about joining a team of moms to write a cookbook dedicated to summer vegetables I was all in.  You see for me, writing The Veggie Book is at the crux of my relationship with vegetables.  A reckoning of sorts.  My way of saying, “Yes, I do like vegetables!” not just to other people but to myself.  That a gal who ate nothing but corn could love asparagus, carrots and broccoli casserole might not be a miracle but it is pretty darn ironic.

Working on this book with Debra, Sara (Your Thriving Family) and Kayla (Renown & Crowned) has been an awesome experience.  From getting to know each other better to testing and tasting new recipes I’ve learned so much.

For you, this book means sharing in foods we all eat on a regular basis in our homes.  These recipes are made with simple, healthy ingredients.  They are enjoyed by children and adults alike.  And take it from this picky, non-veggie eating gal they are truly delicious preparations of nutrient-dense veggies.

But this book is more than just recipes.  It’s a resource for your kitchen.  With over 150 pages of information and recipes about veggies it is sure to be a go to book all year long, especially when you score big at the farmer’s market or with your CSA.

It’s not available just yet though! You have to wait a few more days to get your copy.  Stay tuned for more information and your chance to get a discounted copy of The Veggie Book: How to Pick, Prepare and Plate.

You can read more about the book from SaraKayla and Debra today too.

To read more about the book, become an affiliate or purchase a copy click here.

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