A few years back, I was looking at the cookbook collection of my dear vegetarian friend, and ran across this gem: Lean and Luscious and Meatless by Bobbie Hinman and Millie Snyder. It was published as part of a Lean and Luscious series in 1992 by Prima Publishing. I decided to look for it on Amazon and was able to get a nice used copy for a song.
What I like about this cookbook is that the recipes are simple to make and use ingredients that are easy to find. They don’t require a lot of fresh herbs or exotic vegetables that you can’t find in your typical grocery store. And in spite of that, the ones I have tried have tasted really good.
I decided to try the “Great Northern Mock Tuna Salad” but the closest thing to great northern beans I had in the pantry was navy beans. Close enough. You just drain and rinse them (1 can makes about 4 servings). Then mash them up in a bowl and add the stuff you would put in tuna salad. They recommended 2 T. sweet pickle relish. I didn’t have any, so I chopped a small dill pickle up fine. Onion and celery chopped fine, to taste. They recommended light mayo. I used real mayo because I just love it. I didn’t add salt, but used Mrs. Dash instead, because I’m watching my blood pressure.
Anyway, made into a sandwich on light whole-grain bread with some lettuce and tomato….yum. It was really good.
Oh, yeah, I made up a little quote—don’t know if it’s totally original, because people say all kinds of stuff all the time, and someone may have said this before, but it occurs to me that it is possible to call yourself vegetarian and live on pasta, peanut butter sandwiches, and the occasional banana. So here’s my little quote (more to remind myself than anyone else!)….
“If you’re vegetarian and you’re not eating vegetables, you’re doing it wrong.” –Barbara Wood