Meat on the side Delicious vegetable-focused recipes for every day

Nikki Dinki

Book - 2016

"In a recent survey, over 22 million Americans identified their eating habits as "vegetarian-inclined." They haven't given up meat, but understand that we need to rethink the way we plan meals. These millions of people are always on the hunt for new, creative ways to work more of them into their diets. Food Network star Nikki Dinki is here to fill this need. She's not a vegetarian; she's not a vegan; Nikki is simply a great chef and healthy eater who plans her meals... with the meat on the side! Inside are no fewer than 100 recipes to put meat in the passenger seat. You won't miss the beef in these Eggplant Meatballs; you'll marvel that pasta can be made from a parsnip using just a peeler; and you'll never want traditional nachos again after trying Nikki's Cabbage Nachos. Meat on the Side is for home cooks looking to make the shift to healthier, vegetable-focused meals; couples where one person is vegetarian and the other is not; vegetarians looking for new ways to eat vegetables; and for the family that wants unique recipes that are guaranteed to get their children to eat healthier"--

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Subjects
Genres
Cookbooks
Published
New York : St. Martin's Griffin 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xviii, 270 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
9781250067166
1250067162
Main Author
Nikki Dinki (author)
Other Authors
Ellen Silverman (photographer)
  • Breakfast + brunch
  • Appetizers + nibblers
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches, tacos + the like
  • Pizzas + flatbreads
  • Pasta + "pasta"
  • Light meals
  • Main meals.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Cooking Channel host Dinki takes a fresh spin on healthy eating with this recipe collection that turns meat into a seasoning, not a centerpiece. Some of her 100 recipes are meat-free. Others, such as Brussels Sprouts and Pear Carbonara, call for a small amount of bacon for flavor. Other recipes (such as BBQ Broccoli and Chicken over Three-Onion Rice) offer variations on making the dish completely vegetarian. The book covers all parts of the day, from breakfast to lunch to dinner, with appetizers, salads, tacos, flatbreads, and pastas. She offers creative takes on traditional meatcentric fare, like Portobello "Cheesesteaks" with Provolone Cheese Sauce and Eggplant "Meatballs." As a good percentage of the recipes do include meat, this cookbook might not appeal to strict vegetarians. But it is a well-rounded choice for omnivores and others looking to add more vegetables to their diets. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

During the ninth season of the TV series Food Network Star, chef Dinki introduced viewers to her "meat on the side" style of semivegetarian cooking. While that concept did not become a show (Dinki currently hosts Junk Food Flip on the Cooking Channel), here it's expanded into cookbook form. Chapters for breakfasts, appetizers, salads, light and main meals, and more, include recipes such as zucchini quiche with potato crust, burned carrot sandwich with cannellini bean spread, and spaghetti squash stuffed with mozzarella and tiny chicken meatballs. Recipes with ten ingredients or less can be prepared in 20 or 30 minutes. Dinki also shares tips on how to add or remove meat from individual dishes in order to accommodate different diets. VERDICT For those who like flexible recipes that can be both meaty and meatless, this cookbook provides excellent choices. [Page 95]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This title, pointing cooks towards mostly vegetarian options, is a flexible take on how to make veggies center stage without forgoing all things carnivore. Family-friendly options are designed to help kids go from "yuck to yum" and "Make It Meaty" tweaks are handy for those who want additional meat, making this the ideal guide to cooking for a group. Dinki, a Food Network chef, presents recipes that employ a smidgen of meat for satisfaction: red and green salad with apricot dressing and pork croutons, cauliflower soup with pancetta and pine nut hash, and spaghetti squash stuffed with mozzarella and tiny chicken meatballs. Adaptable, satisfying, all-veggie options that boast big flavors with fruit include red cabbage and raspberry grilled cheese, grilled shiitake and blueberry flatbread, and Brussels sprouts and pear carbonara. The author's casual, relaxed tone and accessible lifestyle photos lend a breezy feel to this useful collection. Agent: Anthony Mattero, Foundry Literary + Media. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Shares plant-based recipes that feature some meat, including zucchini quiche with potato crust, celery and pear soup, and tomato parm with eggplant sauce.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"In a recent survey, over 22 million Americans identified their eating habits as "vegetarian-inclined." They haven't given up meat, but understand that we need to rethink the way we plan meals. These millions of people are always on the hunt for new, creative ways to work more of them into their diets. Food Network star Nikki Dinki is here to fill this need. She's not a vegetarian; she's not a vegan; Nikki is simply a great chef and healthy eater who plans her meals with the meat on the side! Inside are no fewer than 100 recipes to put meat in the passenger seat. You won't miss the beef in these Eggplant Meatballs; you'll marvel that pasta can be made from a parsnip using just a peeler; and you'll never want traditional nachos again after trying Nikki's Cabbage Nachos. Meat on the Side is for home cooks looking to make the shift to healthier, vegetable-focused meals; couples where one person is vegetarian and the other is not; vegetarians looking for new ways to eat vegetables; and for the family that wants unique recipes that are guaranteed to get their children to eat healthier"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In a recent survey, over 22 million Americans identified their eating habits as "vegetarian-inclined." They haven't given up meat, but understand that we need to rethink the way we plan meals. These millions of people are always on the hunt for new, creative ways to work more of them into their diets. Food Network star Nikki Dinki is here to fill this need. She's not a vegetarian; she's not a vegan; Nikki is simply a great chef and healthy eater who plans her meals with the meat on the side!Inside are no fewer than 100 recipes to put meat in the passenger seat. You won't miss the beef in these Eggplant Meatballs; you'll marvel that pasta can be made from a parsnip using just a peeler; and you'll never want traditional nachos again after trying Nikki's Cabbage Nachos. Meat on the Side is for home cooks looking to make the shift to healthier, vegetable-focused meals; couples where one person is vegetarian and the other is not; vegetarians looking for new ways to eat vegetables; and for the family that wants unique recipes that are guaranteed to get their children to eat healthier.