Chances are, you set a New Year’s resolution on January 1 and are committed to keeping it this year! One of the most popular resolutions every year is to eat healthier and get fit. For some, one way to keep this resolution might be to incorporate more vegetarian meals into rotation.
Eating green may seem scary at first, but there are a lot of resources to help you transition. You could cut out meat completely and go cold-turkey (pun intended) or ease your way into it by adding a couple of vegetarian meal options a week and slowly increasing them. Whatever route you take, there are great vegetarian cookbooks that can help you kick start your healthy new year.
We put together a list of our favorites that you can shop anytime with your smartphone or tablet by using the new Splender app. Members can earn extra cash back through January 31, so you can knock out two New Year’s resolutions in one!
The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table
By Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence
If you’ve ever traveled down South, then you know vegetables are merely sidekicks to the fried chicken, ham and barbecued meats. Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence bring together the delightful match of vegetarian foods and southern technique in The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table ($17 at Walmart.com). In this cookbook, you’ll discover big, bold, hearty southern flavors in easy, fulfilling vegetable dishes. Shop this cookbook at Walmart.com and earn 3% cash back via Splender.
The Everyday Vegetarian Cookbook
By Sophia R. Paglierani
Most nights, preparing an all-vegetarian meal is laughable, considering your hectic schedule. The Everyday Vegetarian Cookbook ($21 at Blurb) helps you create simple vegetarian meals for your on-the-go lifestyle. This cookbook is great for the transitioning vegetarian. It features simple step-by-step guides and covers recipes that you’re sure to come back to time and time again. Splender members can pick up this book at Blurb and get 15% cash back.
The Meat-Free Monday Cookbook
By Annie Riggs
Have you heard of meatless Mondays? The Meat Free Monday craze is an international campaign started by Sir Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009 to help people eat better and improve the health of our planet. Annie Riggs’ cookbook The Meat-Free Monday Cookbook ($20 at eBay.com) helps you prepare anything from packed lunches to hearty stews. Kick off your New Year’s resolution by getting this book at eBay.com and receive 1% cash back.
Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons
By Megan Gordon
As a vegetarian, you have to find alternate hearty breakfasts to keep you fueled throughout the day. (Yes, bacon is out of the question.) A great way is to start your day with whole grains. The Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons ($16 at Overstock.com) by Megan Gordon explores breakfast recipes with different ways to incorporate whole grain options like amaranth, farro and barley. Keep this book close for quick and easy pre-work meals, the always popular breakfast for dinner or cooking a Sunday brunch. Get Whole-Grain Mornings at Overstock.com and earn 5% cash back when you shop through Splender.
How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies: Quick & Easy Hidden Veggie Recipes the Whole Family Will Love
By Leann Forst
Sometimes, you have to make New Years resolutions for your entire family, not just yourself, to make sure everyone is becoming a better person. But getting your family – especially the kids – to enjoy your vegetarian meals might seem like an uphill battle. This cookbook is perfect to start getting your picky eaters to eat more greens. How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies Quick & Easy Hidden Veggie Recipes the Whole Family Will Love ($23 at Barnesandnoble.com) helps you disguise veggie options in delicious meals so your kids will eat healthier without any temper tantrums. Find this book at Barnesandnoble.com, and sign up for Splender to get 4% cash back when you shop.
My Sweet Vegan: passionate about dessert
Now that you’ve prepared your vegetarian meals, it’s finally time to reward yourself with dessert! A vegan dessert, of course. No one said that desserts can’t be part of healthy New Year’s resolutions! The My Sweet Vegan: passionate about dessert ($12 at Kobo) cookbook lets you to create delectable desserts that are egg- and dairy-free. Satisfy any sweet tooth by adding My Sweet Vegan to your growing cookbook collection. Shop at Kobo and get 5% cash back.
Transitioning into a better, healthier you can be challenging. Big New Year’s resolutions like getting fit start with small, specific goals. Make an impact in 2016 by purchasing these vegetarian cookbooks and starting on the path to a healthier life.
What other steps are you taking for a healthier lifestyle this New Year? We’d love to know, leave us a comment below. Happy cooking!