Eat More Veggies and Our Recommended Cookbooks That Will Help Inspire You to Do So

I don’t like vegetables. I don’t know what vegetables I should be eating. I don’t know how to shop for vegetables. I don’t know how to cook or prepare vegetables. It’s too much work to eat vegetables. I’ve heard it all. These are excuses, folks. You know you need to eat your veggies. You don’t need me to tell you that!

Most people currently aren’t getting the amount of vegetables they need to feel their best. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that most Americans eat less than half the amount of recommended vegetable servings. LESS THAN HALF!!!

We are constantly writing topics that help to debunk the excuses above. Today I want to focus on the “I don’t know what to do with veggies” one. Below are a few of my all time favorite cookbooks for vegetables. These cookbooks have helped me eat a wide variety of vegetables as well as taught me quite a bit about cooking. Many of these are vegetarian focused, which I love. But not all, some have regular meat dishes that include lots of vegetables and some of the vegetarian ones even have side notes for adding a recommended meat or protein for non vegetarians. Whatever your food choices are there is a recipe in all these books for you I can promise you that.

The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking

I have recommended this to so many people and everyone I know who buys it comes back raving about a recipe they tried. It would be really hard for me to pick an absolute favorite but this is most certainly a top contender. It is the one I recommend most frequently. Part of the reason why is because it is organized by ingredient. So when you go to a farmers market or find a new vegetable at the store you can go to that section in the cookbook to find 3-5 recipes that highlight that specific morsel. There are over 100 recipes and they are a great mix of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

Some favorites from the cookbook: Eggplant Meatballs, Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Strawberry Chia Jam, Carrot Ribbon Tacos, well really any of the tacos…. So many amazing tacos...

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Everyday Detox: 100 Easy Recipes to Remove Toxins, Promote Gut Health, and Lose Weight Naturally

This one was amazing for helping to cut some of the “bad stuff” out. It really focuses on no added processed sugar and every recipe is gluten-free.  Don’t be confused by the word detox in the name these aren’t recipes for a detox program - no juice fasting or calorie counting. Each recipe is based on the science of what ingredients pair well together for weight loss, efficient digestion, better sleep and improvements in overall well-being.

Some favorites from this cookbook: Strawberry Basil Smoothie, Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps, Fried Rice with Cauliflower Rice, Chocolate Pudding, No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons  

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Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide: Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best

This book emphasizes eating clean, and whole, unprocessed foods. It’s one of the only ones on the list that has a whole section that includes meat dishes. My all time favorite part of this book is the snack section that includes dips and crunchy munchies that I had never tried before. A good thing to note is that most of the recipes in this cookbook need to be paired. They aren’t a one pot type dinner. The chicken dishes need a side dish to make them a meal. The smoothies and juices need a follow up snack an hour or two after. But everything in here leaves your feeling great.  

Some favorites from this cookbook: Cardamom Quinoa Porridge, Cherry Coconut Smoothie, Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, Red-Pepper Walnut Dip, Pea-Mint Dip, Parchment Paper Fish

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Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

There is some amazing stuff in here. I would say food with a special personality, a slightly different flavor than you would expect from your more traditional recipes. It also has the personality to match. You cannot be someone who is offended easily and enjoy this book. The language is a little intense, this will not be a good gift for your mother-in-law. But hey some of us need a little extra motivation to get our butts in the kitchen.

Some favorites from this cookbook: Quinoa Oatmeal, Lime Cauliflower Tacos, Pumpkin Chili, Grilled Peach Salsa

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Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking

This was one of my first cookbooks when I was investigating the more clean and natural cooking approach. The recipes in this book take a bit longer than the ones in the four books above. This one taught me so much about cooking in the more traditional sense, it’s where I learned the secret to a good risotto. It also gave me a better appreciation of the art of cooking, how enjoyable it can be if you take the time to caramelize the onions, a 45 minute operation, if done correctly.

Some favorites from this cookbook: Quinoa and Corn Flour Crepes, Spring Minestrone with Brown Rice, Risotto Style Barley with Winter Citrus and Arugula, Street Corn with Lime, Citrus-Soy Dressing  

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If you take the plunge and pick one of these up you have to let us know what you try! Comment below or shoot us a note. We love to connect with people who are out trying new things and new recipes.