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It All Started at Cool Cat Cafe


A few weeks back my husband and I had some shopping to do in San Luis Obispo. It was evening and we were hungry so he suggested Cool Cat Cafe. They have really good sandwiches and burgers so I agreed. That's where I had my first taste of their vegetarian burger called the Jack La Lanne. Oh my gosh!! It was so good I had to ask the waitress what type of burger it was. I wanted to go home and recreate the same thing at my house. It was a Veggie Burger from Don Lee Farms and unfortunately, I can't lay my hands on any in my area.... yet! I'm bound and determined to locate them. That's when I started thinking about the easy, everyday choices that could be made to better my diet with fresh, wholesome food. I went to Borders bookstore and found a really cool vegetarian book.
There are seriously good, easy to make recipes in this book. The focus is at your "typical" college student living on campus with limited area for supplies, cooking appliances and time. I love that most recipes are only large enough for one or two. This makes it easy for those days when my hubby wants a meaty meal and I want something lighter, or meat free. I'm really not looking to be a vegan.... yet, but having more meals each week without meat should keep my cholesterol down help to reduce some fat calories. The following week we went shopping again and I bumped into this one.... It's a bit pricey at $24.00 but you can always do what I did... called up Amazon and went shopping in their used book section. I got mine for less than half of that price with FREE SHIPPING! Now THAT's a deal.
Wow!! The recipes are AWESOME!! There are recipes for soups, salads, salad dressings, meals, desserts, and breakfast and they are all healthy remakes of foods we eat every day. Each vegetable has a section describing what to look for for freshness, tips on how to cook followed by a few pages of recipes containing that vegetable. Tomorrow, I plan on making Hearty soup stock, the base for several healthy soups. There are wraps, burritos, even plans for several entire meals from start to finish. I really LOVE this book and can't wait to start making some recipes. I'll keep you posted when I make something. I have a meat loving husband and he can turn up his nose at healthy things. If he finds it tasty, then it's got to be good!

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