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Meatless with 101 Cookbooks

April 4th, 2011 · 5 Comments

One of my favorite natural food websites is the beautiful 101 Cookbooks by Heidi Swanson. Her vegetarian recipes make use of a variety of whole grains — like barley and farro — and are generally simple and straightforward. Perfect for a busy weeknight.

Our St. Patrick’s Day dinner was a little unconventional — split pea soup and Irish soda bread — but easy and particularly enjoyed by the baby. When babies are in the puree phase, soups are a great way to make one meal for the whole family. I pureed all the soup, while Heidi suggests reserving some, pureeing the rest and then combining the two. That probably would have given it more of a soup-like consistency, while mine was a bit thicker. (And tofu-fearing husband notes that he would’ve preferred the soup with bacon…) I added a dollop of whole-milk yogurt to the baby’s helping.

soda bread and split pea soup

The soda bread was adapted from Jennie’s adaptation of Heidi’s recipe — collaboration at its best. I added raisins (1/2 cup). Yes, I know that’s not traditional, but the only bit of Irish I have is my name, so I’m not worried about offending any ancestors. The dense texture of soda bread is great for teething babies to gnaw on.

Find the recipes here:

(Heidi’s new book, Super Natural Every Day, is out soon and I can’t wait to pick it up.)

Tags: baking · meatless monday · soup · weeknight meals

5 responses so far ↓

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    L would prefer his bacon with a side of bacon!
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