6 Cookbooks to help you increase your veg intake for the New Year

Here’s some plant-based inspiration to get you through January.

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your vegetable choices – peas with everything, carrot sticks at every opportunity, avocado brunches on repeat.

But between New Year health kicks and talk of ‘veganuary’, as well as guideline recommendations swerving from five portions of fruit and veg-a-day to a whopping 10, you can be forgiven for finding the veg aisle a bit stressful.

So, to reinvigorate your culinary possibilities in regards to the green stuff, and get 2020 off to a positive – but still very tasty start – take a little inspiration from these plant heavy cookbooks…

1. Vegan (ish) by Jack Monroe (£16.99, Bluebird, available December 26)

Food writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe has been prolific this year, releasing two cookbooks: first, the very clever Tin Can Cook, and the latest, Vegan(ish), featuring 100 plant-based recipes intent on helping you cut your food bills and your impact on the planet in one appetising swoop. The dishes are in Monroe’s typically straightforward style, and only use everyday ingredients you will helpfully find in almost any supermarket, meaning you won’t have to resort to tracking down, say, pickled walnuts, on the internet. The Kinda-Carbonara sounds particularly enticing.

2. Five Ingredient Vegan by Katie Beskow (£20, Quadrille, out now)

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So exciting to see Five Ingredient Vegan on the shelves of @oliverbonas next to her sisters in the 15 Minute Vegan series (Why yes, they are a family!) and so many other incredible cookbooks 💚 . This is the first book where I’m on the front cover, so I took this photo very quickly to avoid anyone noticing 😂 No hiding this time…. thanks @quadrillebooks 🤦🏻‍♀️ . I know lots of you have been messaging about low Amazon stock for 15 Minute Vegan, there is now stock available, but don’t forget that the books are available in other wonderful retailers 🙋🏻📚 and do support lovely local independents where you can (it makes them do a happy dance!) . Thanks again for all the love and support, so glad that you’re enjoying the new recipes! . #vegan #fiveingredientvegan #oliverbonas

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Often a veggie meal can look unfinished without a slab of meat on the side, or chefs overcompensate and require you to buy eight different root vegetables and 11 types of lettuce leaves, plus nuts, seeds and two kinds of dairy to load on top – and all that just for a sharing salad. In this book, recipe developer and writer Katie Beskow strips veg-heavy vegan meals back to just five manageable ingredients (plus a few basic store-cupboard items), so you can settle down with a bowl of smoky Boston beans or tomato fritters on a weeknight, and not feel overwhelmed.

3. The Vegetarian Cookbook by DK (£12.99, DK, out now)

For beginner cooks, and those used to just treating all their veg in a single way (i.e. boiled and you’re done) this 50-recipe haul provides step-by-step instructions and new ways to treat classic veg drawer favourites. Turn cucumber into sushi bites and sweet potato into homemade falafel balls – your taste buds will appreciate it.

4. 7 Day Vegan Challenge by Bettina Campolucci Bordi (£15, Hardie Grant, available December 26)

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°17 days until publishing day!° WHERE did the time go?! Can’t believe that this will be out and about in 17 days. Its been a labour of love. I have listened and hope I have been able to translate your feedback into this beauty. . There are one pot meals, sandwiches, salads, lunchbox ideas, tray bakes and something sweet! . There are also menu planners (3 of them) and shopping lists all there to make your life that bit easier! . I hope you love ut as much as I have loved creating it…photo of book by @jadesarkhel . . Link in bio for pre orders 👆 . . Ps: thank you to the best publishing house for making this happen @hardiegrantuk @k_for_kate and to @nassima for photography x . . . . . . @detoxpage@healthyfitnessmeals #avocado #bbg #bestofvsco #cleaneating #cleaneats #comfortfood #crueltyfree #detox #eatclean #energy #foodart #foodblogger #really #green #healthybreakfast #healthychoices #kaylaitsines # #nutrition #organic #paleo #plantbased #plants #positivevibes #protein #rainbow #raw #veganfoodshare #vegetarian

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Just because January has now also been rebranded as ‘veganuary’, doesn’t mean you have to unceremoniously ditch all animal-products entirely, and immediately. But if you are looking to transform your home into a safe space for vegans a night or two a week, vegan chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi’s latest offering – which shows how anyone, regardless of skill level or diet can be fully plant-based for seven days – could you get you off to a good start. Guaranteed you won’t miss beef when you’re slicing into one of her turmeric spiked cauliflower steaks, bejewelled with pomegranate seeds.

5. Simply Good For You by Amelia Freer (£22, Michael Joseph, available December 26)

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Here it is! I’m delighted to reveal the cover of my new book, Simply Good For You. It’s been a long time in the making, so it feels especially joyful to share. It was important to me that the cover hints at the simple, fresh, uplifting food that you’ll find inside. It is available to pre-order now. ⠀ 🍑Simply Good For You celebrates recipes with speed, simplicity and nourishment at their heart. Time, ease, cost: these are all considerations many of us make daily when choosing food to fuel our bodies. With a little knowledge, a meal bursting with goodness is easily within everyone’s grasp. Many of the recipes you’ll find in this book have become firm family favourites (that includes my almost 2 year old). I do hope you will love them, too. ⠀ 🥬Simply Good For You is a collection of 100 unashamedly simple and nourishing recipes, from my family kitchen to yours. You’ll find unctuous slow cooker recipes, one-pan meals (including game-changing seasonal roasted salads), speedy and filling breakfasts, tasty packed-lunches, plant-based and vegetarian options, multiple ways to use leftovers, delicious ‘instant’ soups, quick and easy hero toppings, and some of my favourite sweet things. You’ll also find weekend and special occasion dishes for those moments when we want to spend a little more time in the kitchen.⠀ 🍝Never more so than now, the pressure to achieve nutritional and culinary perfection has added layers of additional stress to an otherwise simple pleasure – good, wholesome, home cooking. But while healthy eating may seem unduly complicated, I promise it doesn’t need to be. ⠀ 🍳The recipes also sit alongside lots of pragmatic advice: how to eat well on a budget, how to make sensible ingredient substitutions according to what’s available, the value of seasonal choices, advice about helpful time-saving kitchen tools, plus lots of other tips and tricks.⠀ 🥗Simply Good For You is available for pre-order now. It will land on your doormat the day of publication – a gift to your future self! The link is in my profile 🙏

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Not wholly vegetarian or exclusively vegan, Simply Good For You is instead focused on nutritious fare, whatever your dietary requirements. Nutritional therapist Freer has also slotted in numerous kitchen hacks to help you and your family save time and costs when it comes to planning what to have for dinner. Her ‘bottom of the fridge’ vegetable stew will be a total crowd-pleaser.

6. Vegetarian Meals in 30 minutes by Anita Bean (£16.99, Bloomsbury Sport, available December 26)

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BOOK NEWS! I’m so excited to announce my new book ’30 Minute Vegetarian Meals: More than 100 Delicious Recipes for Fitness’, which will be published on 26th December 2019 . It’s been a huge amount of work but its finally here! . It’s the culmination of my 25-years’ experience as a sports nutritionist working with athletes and teams from different sports, as well as cooking for my own family – including my two daughters during their competitive swimming years . I know that for many people, one of biggest barriers to vegetarian cooking is TIME – all that chopping and meal prep requires too much effort. But that’s simply not true (if you know a few simple tricks! . All my plant-based recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less – the same it takes to heat up a ready meal in the oven (or listen to a short podcast)! In this book, I show you how to eat well and improve your performance through simple and delicious vegetarian cooking . I debunk the popular myths surrounding a vegetarian diet (like ‘you can’t get enough protein to build muscle’) and cover topics such as ✅what to eat before and after exercise, ✅how much protein you need and ✅which supplements actually work . In this book you’ll find . 👩🏻‍🍳 More than 100 delicious recipes for breakfasts, salads, burgers, falafels, soups, curries, stews, weekend dinners, desserts and snacks that take 30 minutes or less to prepare 👩🏻‍🍳 Expert advice on how to maximise your performance without meat . 👩🏻‍🍳Beautiful food photography . 👩🏻‍🍳 Full nutrition information for each recipe . 📚 It’s available to pre-order on Amazon now, currently with a healthy 30% discount! (Link in my bio) Or from the @bloomsburypublishing website using code VEG25 for a 25% discount 😊. #vegetarianmeals #vegetarianrecipes #vegetariancooking

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Tempted to up your exercise output next year, as well as your vegetable intake? If you’ve signed up for a 10k, or, wince, a marathon, what you put into your body is going to be increasingly important as your training progresses – and Anita Bean is the woman to keep you well fed and motivated. The nutritionist and former body building champion knows how to utilise a vegetarian lifestyle to eke out the best in you sports-wise. Her new slew of 30-minute recipes are more fun than you might expect too – there’s a blackberry and apple crumble in there, a Thai curry soup and a pre-workout mocha-smoothie.