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The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook: Whole Foods To Nourish Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women - And Their Families [Paperback]

Cathe Olson

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Feb. 28 2005
Cathe Olson (Simply Natural Baby Food) is back with The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook, a collection of more than 300 delicious whole foods recipes designed to nourish mothers and their families throughout pregnancy and lactation. The easy-to-prepare dishes are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids to help both mother and baby thrive. Entrées include many "quick fix" meals and freezable dishes – perfect for the busy parent. Many of the recipes in the book are vegan, and almost all of the recipes provide vegan options. For those with allergies, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and egg-free dishes are also included. There are even teas and tonics to help ease common pregnancy discomforts.

In addition to recipes, The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook provides up-to-date nutritional information with recommended dietary intakes, complete guide to ingredients, suggested shopping list, and tips for saving time and minimizing work in the kitchen. This book is a comprehensive eating guide for vegetarian mothers, and for non-vegetarians who want to include more whole foods in their diets.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite cookbook March 8 2006
By voicesfromthemountain.typepad.com - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this cookbook a few months ago after I was sick and weak for an entire month. I am not a vegetarian but I am a nursing mom who is trying to eat healthier.

While the cookbook contains sections geared towards pregnancy (like herbal tonics), you do not have to be pregnant to enjoy this cookbook. For that matter, you don't have to be nursing or even have kids.

This book covers foods from very basic things like millet and quinoa to fun yummy foods like tortilla soup, shepherds pie, spanikopita, etc.

I NEVER write reviews but thought this book deserved a great one that other peope should know about.

The food contents are the following:

-breakfasts (hot & cold cereals, pancakes, waffles, french toast, -eggs, tofu, potatoes, toast, bagels, and english muffins)

-sandwiches (cold, hot, breadless lunches)

-salads & dressings

-soups and stews (stock, soup, stew)

-side dishes (grains, vegetables, cultured vegetables, biscuits)

-main dishes (savory pies, casseroles, bean & legumes, burgers, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, pastas, stir-fries, and tofu dishes)

-dips, spreads, sauces, and condiments (salsas, dips, spreads, yogurt, cottage cheese, sauces, gravies, seasonings, condiments, breadcrumbs)

-snacks (savory snacks, quick breads, muffins, doughnuts, scones, crackers, bars, and cookies)

-desserts (cakes, crisps, pies, fruit, pudding, frozen treats, dessert toppings)

-beverages (dairy and non-dairy, thirst quenchers, smoothies, shakes, teas, and tonics)

I cook exclusively from this cookbook now and my family is very happy with all the recipes. We are very healthy too.

This cookbook focuses on how to make food their absolute healthiest. For example, most soups contain miso or nutritional yeast to boost the nutritional value. A muffin recipe I recently made had 1/2 cup of ground almonds added to the flour mixture. A creamy broccoli soup I made had ground raw cashews in it.

I've served things like creamy parsnip soup to guests and they were delighted at how yummy and healthy it was. I was a horrible soup maker before this cookbook came along and now I am awesome!

To make things even better, the format is easy to follow. I have NEVER found a cookbook that was so perfect for my lifestye.

TO make things better yet, the author gives ideas about how to reuse leftover oatmeal in muffins and provides ayummy recipe for it. She gives tips for how to make pregnancy, nursing, and life with kids easier as far as food goes. Things like putting together dry ingredients in the morning, then mimixing the wet in later, then baking even later. She really understands pregnancy and how moms need to conserve energy.

I have low blood-sugar problems and the quick lunches and helpfu tips help me like nothing ever has. Add that together with truely healthful foods and I haven't experienced blood-sugar problems since I started using this book.

I don't even have constructive criticism for this book, it is awesome is every regard.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in every family's kitchen! July 25 2005
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
Cathe Olson, author of Simply Natural Baby Food is back! And, wow!

From shopping lists to sample menus to sound nutritional information for

pregnancy and lactation, this book covers everything you want to know, and

more! There are sections on how to supplement your diet to help with

everything from cravings, constipation and heartburn to a colicky baby, lack of

breastmilk and depression. But that's only the beginning.

There are over 300 recipes in this cookbook. When I first got this book, I

started by writing little notes to myself in the margins: things like "Yumm!",

"Quick and Easy" and "Great!" Pretty soon, I realized the whole book was being

marked up and now I have little post-its sticking out all over to remind myself

to "make that again!" Every recipe has been a hit!

Many of the recipes are vegan; those that aren't offer a vegan alternative.

Each recipe offers nutritional information and key nutrients. Many of the

recipes offer freezing directions and variation ideas. In addition to seemingly

endless healthful recipes and unique ideas for everything from breakfasts to

snacks, to stews, entrees and desserts the whole family will dive into, Olson

offers a variety of teas and tonics to soothe pregnancy discomforts.

This book should be in every family's kitchen! It is truly the best `family'

cookbook I have come across. --Ginger Carlson
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kitchen basic March 22 2005
By Magda S. - Published on Amazon.com
This hefty yet not overwhelming volume would be welcome in any vegetarian or vegan kitchen. The subtitle is "Whole foods to nourish pregnant and breastfeeding women-and their families" but its usefulness will go on long after the woman of the house is pregnant and breastfeeding. The meals are simple to prepare, nourishing, and will appeal to all types of palates, from the very basic to the fussy to the adventurous. One standout feature is that each recipe, aside from displaying nutritional data, details key nutrients. So, it's easy to see which recipes contain nutrients important to pregnancy and lactation like iron, folate, and so on, and in what quantities.

I sure wish I had this book when I was pregnant and breastfeeding. It's so much better than that ridiculous "What to Eat When You're Expecting," so much friendlier, and not the least judgemental.

My "babies" are now vegan teens and we all enjoyed Cathe's Miso-Noodle Soup, Tofu Enchiladas, Pasta with Vegetables and Pine Nuts, and others. I have numerous post-its throughout the book marking recipes to be tried. I have lots of cookbooks in my kitchen aimed at more general audiences, but this cookbook for vegetarian moms will prove far more useful than most.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 19 2006
By Lazlo - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book for my wife when she was pregnant with our first child. She read a lot of the nutrition and health info but since I am the one who has been doing most of the cooking, I have been really the enjoying the book.

The recipes are very easy to follow, taste delicious, and best of all are healthy for me and my wife (and indirectly our new child as well).

I found these vegetarian recipes hearty and satisfying. My wife had a really healthy pregnancy and we are using the tips in the book for increasing her milk supply and keeping her postpartum moods steady.

I have come to rely on many of these recipes and I know this is a book we will continue to use for many years. I very much recommend this book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Jan. 4 2007
By Tobin T. Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this for me and my wife, who is pregnant with our first baby.

This cookbook is fantastic. It goes over a lot of information about pregnancy and nutritional needs, and we haven't had a bad recipe out of it yet. I would recommend it for everybody, not just pregnant people, as the recipes are tasty, nutritious, and, for the most part, easy - I have made several things from it, and my ninja skills do not normally extend to the kitchen.

The one thing I will say - the needs of a vegetarian mother-to-be aren't very much different from the needs of a regular vegetarian or a non-vegetarian mother, so you can probably get away with many healthy cookbooks, not one tailored just to vegetarians (which is probably why there were so few books in this genre). Still, a great cookbook, and highly recommended.

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