This is the best cookbook we own. We thoroughly endorse it and hope that you will consider purchasing it for your meal plans.
There’s no dairy, no oil, no meat in the recipes in the book, so rest assured that it is plant-based. There is limited gluten for those with intolerance. It is not gluten-free for those with celiac disease. It meets the whole, foods plant-based goal we value at Doctor of Living. The best part is that the food is incredible and delicious tasting, more so than many other plant-based cookbooks.
Here’s a strategy for using it.
- Go through and mark what you would want to eat for the following week. The cookbook does a great job of providing recommended meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as even desert. There are no excuses then for needing to pull from multiple cookbooks.
- Each recipe select will have an ingredients list. This will help you create your shopping list. Some items may be new and others you may already have plenty of. For the new items, you may want to stock up. Flaxseed, for example, is a staple for a plant-based diet, but maybe newer for some of you. Sam’s Club and Costco are great places to buy staple items like this in bulk.
- One huge time-saver is to buy groceries online rather than going to the store. It’s a huge benefit to save time, particularly for busy parents and those that work full-time. In addition, it cuts back on expense, as you won’t buy things you don’t need and it cuts that unhealthy impulse purchases as well. Check with your local grocery stores or even with Amazon on this.
- Consider your appliances at home too. The cookbook recommends legumes and beans. If you don’t already have an Instant Pot, which isn’t a major expense, but dramatically cuts down on the time required to cook beans. It is both a pressure cooker and a slow-cooker. You might also benefit from a high-powered blender, like Vitamix. We have found with regular non-dairy cheese; this is a huge helper. In addition, you can make cashew milk, non-dairy creamers, etc. You will find this to be an investment well worth your money!
- Most of the recipes are ½ hour to 1 hour. We find it helpful to write out the menu for the week. It helps everyone anticipate things and can also be helpful, if it calls for beans, to ensure that they are cooking and prepped.
That’s a wrap. Here’s a link to purchasing the How Not to Die Cookbook! We hope you enjoy it. We would love to hear about your favorite cookbooks and recipes. Let’s learn and grow!
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