It’s no secret that my husband and I don’t eat a lot of meat. We’re flexatarian at best, eating meat if we visit a friend’s house or go out for dinner…but for the most part at home, we don’t eat meat. Eggs and fish are fair game so we certainly get our share of protein, that also includes legumes, pulses and grains, no worries there, but sometimes…we get bored.
Which is why I love cookbooks. They are wonderful inspiration and some of them are full of so many delicious recipes.
I can honestly say I would rather flip through a cookbook than a magazine. Clearly I’m in the right job…right?
My husband is very athletic and nutrition is very important. Lucky for him, he’s married to me and I LOVE to experiment in the kitchen. Lucky for me, he’ll try anything!
I received the cookbook “No Meat Athlete” and I was so excited to try some of the recipes. The first half of the book is full of fantastic information about eating a healthy “plant-based” diet. He lists rules of the No Meat Athlete Diet and they’re awesome. Rules such as “Cook your own food” and “avoid processed foods”. Great advice, and easy to read.
In the middle of the book are the recipes and this is the stuff I love. Why are they different? What do I want to try? I decided to make two recipes and test them out on my meat eating friends.
First is the “Incredible Veggie Burger Formula”.
This is not so much a recipe as a guide because you can choose from a huge list of ingredients depending on what you like, or what you have in your pantry. I’m a big fan of veggie burgers and I have a recipe for one on my blog but I’m always willing to try something new. I was skeptical of this one because I didn’t think that ANY of these ingredients could just be mixed together to make a delicious burger…but I figured I would give it a go.
If creating your own combination isn’t your thing, he does provide a recipe for “Classic Sliders”.
One other thing: Liquid smoke was listed as a liquid flavor ingredient and although he recommends a combination of the liquids, if someone decided to put the entire 3 tablespoons of liquid smoke into their burger mix, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t taste very good. In fact, I think it would be disgusting. I didn’t chance it and used a combination of other ingredients.
I followed my own combination to his specific measurements and guidelines to make sure I was indeed testing his veggie burger formula. The patties turned out really wet but I wanted to see how they would turn out.
Apart from perhaps being on the grill a little bit too long (and when I say grill, I mean flat top on the BBQ), these burgers were a HIT!
All my meat loving friends gave these ones a thumb up. And they weren’t just saying it, they all went back for seconds! Well done, Mr. Matt Frazier (he’s the author FYI).
The other recipe I wanted to try was his “Buffalo Hummus”.
One of my husband’s favourite sandwiches was the buffalo chicken sandwich. Breaded and deep-fried chicken, then tossed in hot sauce and put on a mayo-covered bun. He absolutely loved it.
This hummus promised the flavours of buffalo chicken and I can tell you-it does NOT disappoint. Wow. I could eat this stuff with a spoon. In fact, I topped my veggie burger with it…which I guess is some sort of vegan version of the buffalo sandwich!
I was super impressed with this book and the pages are starting to stick together because it’s been in my kitchen so often. If you’re looking to change things up in your diet, athlete or not, this book is a great starting point.
Lots of information and really good recipes.
Just be warned: Plant based recipes tend to take a little bit more time and have more ingredients. But the outcome is always worth it. This one is no different. There is planning involved, but that’s part of the fun!
If you were to stop eating meat today, what would you miss the most? Do you think there would be a vegetarian or vegan option that would satisfy you the same way?
Let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll do some recipe testing for you! I love this stuff!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher (and I was super excited about it!). All opinions are my own-promise.