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For some people, Meatless Mondays are as vegetarian as it gets. For others, it’s an every day way of life. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of meat-free eating, we have the cookbook for you. From New York Times best selling author, Sarah Matheny, comes More Peas, Thank You, with over 85 vegetarian recipes simple enough for every day cooks and yet still unique and sophisticated.

From the very start, it’s clear that this is more than just a compendium of recipes. Sarah Matheny writes with a familiar tone, introducing us to her family and why she wrote the book. In fact, Matheny still answers each fan comment personally. Before each recipe is a wonderful story about its inspiration, like the “Corn Chowda with Corn Bread Croutons.”

Sometimes you just want a thick, creamy chowder. So legitimate that you drop the er and add an a. Something that will stick to your ribs and won’t turn your crackers into mush. Something that you could eat with a spoon or a fork or, if you’re feeling really crazy, a spork. This chowda doesn’t call for saltines or for sipping. This chowda calls for croutons and for a big, sturdy bowl, almost too heavy to lift. Leave your dainty soup spoon and your er at home. Tonight we eat chowda!

Now that’s what I call a fantastic way to introduce soup so delicious I need it to be made this instant!

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Matheny’s recipes highlight whether they are freezable; low cost; packable (for a busy mom or dad who needs to pack a lunch!); especially low in calories, fat and sugar; and recipes fashioned after your long-time favorites. Additionally, Matheny¬†creates recipes that are delicious and healthy, without having to be in the kitchen for hours and she makes it easier for everything to be homemade.¬†In addition to the “Corn Chowda,” some of my favorites are:

  • Peach Cornmeal Muffins
  • Chocolate Cherry Cashew Bars
  • Ginger Soy Soup
  • Cucumber Quinoa Salad
  • Spinach Artichoke Calzones
  • Chickpeas and Dumplings

And even though it seems awfully unfair to limit myself to one favorite dessert (because I can’t), the “Coconut Cream Donuts” might be a little bit of heaven on earth. Or maybe the “S’mores Bread Pudding.” Although it could also be the “Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cheesecake Frosting.” Do you see? It’s impossible to choose! You really have to order the book (HERE) and try them all out for yourself.

This cookbook is only $21.95 and EVERY recipe has a delicious, delightful photograph attached. For me, that’s a huge plus because, as we all know, the first bite of food is actually taken with our eyes. So for me, seeing the finished dish is the best way to tempt me into making the recipe. Trust me, you’ll want to make every single recipe Matheny has put in this gem! If you’re just trying out vegetarian recipes, or are a seasoned veteran, there is a dish (or ten) for everyone in this cookbook. From the busy mom to the culinary dad, the recipes provided by Matheny will satisfy every craving you have, and all meat-free.

Please check out Sarah Matheny’s website Peas and Thank You and try some of her recipes. She even gives you a free sample of 5 recipes to try before ordering a copy.