“MEATLESS: Transform the Way You Eat and Live – One Meal at a Time” by Kristie Middleton, Senior Director of Food Policy for the Humane Society of the United States, is a fantastic book to help you get started on your meat-less journey.
Amelia and I had the great pleasure of meeting Kristie at the annual Humane League Gala here in Denver, and also the following day at her book signing at the Tattered Cover. Kristie’s passion for her own vegan lifestyle and for helping others reduce meat in their diets shines through in her public speaking and in her book.
MeatLess is loaded with concrete rationale for reducing or eliminating meat from your diet. And it shows you how to make the transition easier. Kristie provides substitutes for common animal ingredients as well as dozens of plant-based recipes that will tease the tastebuds of any standard American food eater.
I particularly enjoyed the stories from people who have reduced or completely removed meat and animal products from their diets. Some, like me, flipped the switch cold-tofurkey. Others transitioned slowly. One family bounced back and forth until they hit the right balance for them, eating Meatless Mondays, as well as one meat-free meal per day.
While we at LottaVeg recommend you transition completely to a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet for your own health, the health of the environment and especially for the welfare of animals, any reduction in animal product consumption is beneficial. If you’re not sure you want to go full-vegan, this book can help you find the right balance.
The second half of the book is loaded with delicious vegan recipes. We’ve already made a few, including the Vegan Summer Peach Cobbler (p. 199) and the Souper Easy Split Pea Soup (p. 147). While not all of the recipes can be considered “healthy” by WFPB standards, they are delicious, none-the-less. And if your primary goal is to eat less meat without sacrificing flavor, that may be just fine with you.
Whether you want to go full vegan or just reduce the amount of meat and other animal products in your diet, this book is a great resource to have in your kitchen.
MeatLess by Kristie Middleton
This book is loaded with concrete rationale for reducing or eliminating meat from your diet, as well as showing you how to make the transition easier. Kristie provides substitutes for common animal ingredients and dozens of plant-based recipes that will tease the tastebuds of any standard American food eater.
You don't have to sacrifice flavor for compassion. You can have both!