More-with-Less: A Cookbook Recommendation
We recently attended a Ten thousand Villages sale. Ten Thousand Villages is a not-for-profit, self-supporting Fair Trade Organization (FTO). FTOs are non-governmental organizations designed to benefit artisans, not to maximize profits. They market products from handicraft and agricultural organizations based in low-income countries, providing consumers with products that have been fairly purchased from sustainable sources.
One of the items that we purchased was a cookbook. Now I have quite a few cookbooks and usually pick them up at book sales where they cost be a buck or two, but, this one caught my attention and I had to buy it.
Last night’s supper was inspired by the stir fry recipe on page 222.
Stir fried bean sprouts;
Heat in wok or skill until very hot
2 Tbsp. oil
Add and stir fry
1 lb fresh bean sprouts
2 green onions, cut in 1 ½ inch lengths
1 1/2 tsp. salt- I use sea salt
And a dash of soy sauce.
Now I was inspired having just finished reading the first 30 pages of the book so I added, sliced sweet potato, snow peas 9 1 cup) and ½ cup diced beef.
It was delicious.
What, besides, the title. More-with-Less caught my attention and left me no option but to purchase this book was the following:
You are what you eat.
“You are what you eat cautions the old adage. We tend to think of it in a physical sense, but Doris Longacre is More-with-Less Cookbook raise the question on a different level. Does what you eat affect who you are spiritually?”
I have been using the adage, you re what you eat for some years now when I talked with people about their food choices. Most often it was about health and physical well-being but now and then the talks turned to the spiritual side of our menu selection.
Finding this cookbook that was exploring and discussing food from a spiritual perspective was one good reason to bring it home.
The many and diverse recipes are another; soups, stir fries and stews plus much more. More-with-Less has useful tips and suggestions that can help you simplify your grocery shopping and meal planning.
This recipe is great when you want somethign fast and fun.
Ten-Minute all-In-One Meal:
For each person to be served, place side by side ona cookie sheet:
2 slices whole wheat bread
Layer on each slice of bread
1 slice from a large tomato
1 this slice from a large onion
1 slice favourite hard cheese.
Broil until cheese melts and edges of bread are crusty. Eat with fork or fingers.
The back cover of this cookbook offers ome sage advice:
3 ways to eat more-with-less
1- eat more whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
2- Use meat and dairy products in moderation
3- Avoid processed and convenience foods.
If you are looking for a gift for your favourite cook or simply want to treat yourself, this cookbook will reward you many times over. I gave More-with-Less 10 out of 10.