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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
After looking through a number of cookbooks online and at the local library, I bought the Fix-It and Forget-It Vegetarian Cookbook and the three Happy Herbivore cookbooks. I've been a completely plant-based eater for about a year and vegetarian for a year before that for health reasons and I'm very happy with all 4 of the books, but the family members who aren't vegan prefer this one.

The recipes i've tried so far have been easy and delicious. Unlike other "Fix-It and Forget-It" books, this one isn't JUST slow cooker recipes, since not all veggies do well in the slow cooker, but all the recipes require minimal time in the kitchen. Many are also good "transition" dishes that the omnivores in my family liked just as much as the vegetarians and the totally plant-based eaters did.

I found the separate index of vegan recipes very helpful, though some who identify as vegan for ethical reasons won't appreciate the use of honey in some recipes marked "vegan." Many of the vegetarian recipes also convert easily to vegan with one or two simple substitutions. The main index includes lists of recipes by ingredient, which is very helpful when there's a good sale or when the garden overflows!

This cookbook is budget-friendly, too. Most recipes use low-cost ingredients that can be found even in smaller rural grocery stores, at least in the U.S. Most recipes make 2-6 servings, though some make enough to feed a crowd. Ingredient lists are generally short and the preparation is broken down into 2-7 steps. Many recipes require no kitchen appliances beyond a stove or slow cooker, though some use a blender, food processor, or microwave. Beginning vegetarians and beginning cooks may find the 50 suggested menus helpful for meal planning.

Cons: While many recipes are very healthy, some are a little heavy on the salt, sugar, or fat for my tastes. Often this is easy to fix, such as by cutting back on added salt or sugar and using fresh or no-salt-added packaged ingredients (tomato sauce, etc.). Some recipes with dairy ingredients would be harder to "healthify" without making major changes, as would those that are fried. As usual for the "Fix-It and Forget-It" series, no nutrition information is given for any of the recipes and no photos.

Bottom line: if you're looking for a gourmet cookbook or you need the nutrition information for health reasons, this probably isn't for you, but it's a great basic cookbook for a couple or family. There are lots of recipes (565!) and a variety of flavors to please most palates from ethnic dishes (Italian, Indian, Mexican, Thai, Moroccan, Nepalese, Israeli, Jamaican, Chinese, etc.) to regional American cooking to meatless versions of family favorites. I love it!
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2012
This cookbook is not what I expected, but it's a pretty good cookbook. I would not call it a vegetarian or a slow cooker cookbook. I incorrectly assumed by the title that this was a slow cooker cookbook - most of them are not slow cooker recipes, but some have an option of using a slow cooker.

Although all of the recipes are meatless, too many of them are some type of sweets or desserts.

I first thought I would return it, but decided to keep it because there are some good recipes in it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
I assumed...incorrectly...from the title that this was like the other Fix It & Forget It crockpot cookbooks. It really isn't. There are more stove top, oven, etc recipes with a mix of actual crockpot recipes thrown in. Disappointed; I was really looking forward to a full crockpot vegetarian book :(
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 19, 2012
At the same time that I purchased the Fix-it and Forget-it Pink (Breast Cancer) Slow Cooker book, I purchased this Vegetarian one as well, as as with the Pink Book, I was somewhat disappointed.

Mainly, a majority of the recipes are not even for a "slow cooker"! Not sure why that is? And, like the "PINK BOOK", most of these recipes use prepared foods that come out of a box or can -- so disappointing for someone who buys a vegetarian book to eat healthier. Can't recommend this one sorry:(
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
I am a big fan of easy meals that are healthy and delicious, so I have grown to be a fan of the creative recipes in the Fix-It and Forget-It series. The Vegetarian Main Dishes version by Phyllis Pellman Good is exciting because the recipes are so easy, yet are still tasty. With entrees like Tasty Lentil Tacos, Chickpea Curry, White Beans with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Wild Rice with Mushrooms, there is something to please everyone. Plus, options like Polenta Pepper Casserole and Quinoa and Broccoli with Hoisin Sauce mix up your dinner routine with unique flavors. While not every recipe in the book is vegan, most of the recipes have easy substitution options, or would taste wonderful without the dairy (which is usually a topping like sour cream or a sprinkling of cheese). This book is another great addition to the classic series, and definitely worth exploring in your dinner routine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
We love this book. We would definitely recommend it to vegetarians and all alike looking for great recipes and plans for meals both in slow-cookers and on top of the stove also. Great fun approach to fun and happy meal planning and cooking. Buy it, share it and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
I have been a fan of this series for a while and have produced dishes that I never thought I could possibly 'cook', yet I did! This follows the same format and so far we have found it easy to produce really good meals.

Well worth the investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2013
Good recipes for vegetarians, or just over all healthy recipes. Very well organized recipes. Easy to follow with basic ingredients.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2014
I have made about 5 recipes from this cookbook. The results are consistently under-seasoned - flavorless! While some of the pantry recipes are easy and inexpensive, the dishes have been much too soupy with a very unappealing sticky texture. (All of the lasagne recipes have been completely inedible.) The recipes are so bad that I have had to throw away the results. If you want a reliable guide for easy vegetarian cooking, I suggest getting Mark Bittman's or Jack Bishop's book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
I love this new cook book, The Recipes in it are very good so far. It was sent out quickly. Thanks
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