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Two for Dinner?

It's often a pain to downsize a recipe when cooking for two because most recipes serve four, six, or more. Not having to make these calculations is just one reason I like the One Pan, Two Plates: Vegetarian Suppers recipes created specifically for two. Follow these recipes and you'll have delicious meals without those uneaten leftovers. And, each recipe includes an "Extra hungry?" addendum, not for increasing servings, but with suggestions for something extra to compliment the main dish like an antipasto or some cheesy toast.Book

Review: One Pan, Two Plates: Vegetarian Suppers, More Than 70 Weeknight Meals for Two

Author: Carla Snyder

This cookbook offers a great set of meals for two, or, yes, for one with leftovers to freeze for lunch. Couples, roommates, and singles who desire to eat more vegetables/less meat will have fun with the ingredients, and beverages recommended to pair with each meal. I recommend these recipes to novice cooks and especially to busy couples who prefer to prepare their evening meal at home in less than an hour.

The e-book version of this cookbook displays well on all my devices - laptop, iPad and cell phone. It's becoming ever more evident to me how versatile and practical it is to download a cookbook to the Cloud. I'm a hard copy holdout, but I have to admit it's so easy to refer to your Kindle app whenever, wherever you choose, select a meal, then shop for ingredients without having to write or type/print from a real book. And, when the text and pictures scale flawlessly like they do for this cookbook, it's easy to recommend the Kindle version.

An added bonus of this cookbook is the "In the glass:" suggestions for pairing a particular wine or beer that compliments the meal. We can get in a rut with our beverage selections so this section nudges us to try something new and different from our usual grab. I had fun shopping at Trader Joe's for recipe ingredients and asking their wine chief for help with finding the recommended selection or a respectable equivalent.

Also, adding to the appeal of One Pan, Two Plates is the "find it fast" index. In addition to the traditional alphabetical index, this supplemental listing suggests recipes based on the season of the year, plus there's sorts for gluten-free, and dairy-free recipes. Being a city girl, I'm not always clear which vegetables or fruits are available in which season so this is a good tool for meal planning.

Author Carla Snyder shares, "Many of us are adopting the label flexitarian... The recipes you'll find here are for moderate, conscious eaters who don't want to adopt a drastic change in their diets but want to eat less meat." This is a perfect collection of recipes to get you started with "easy-to-make vegetable-based weeknight meals for two from the viewpoint of an omnivore."

We invite you to try the recipe for

included in our partner-review, One Pan Two Plates Vegetarian Meals,

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One Pan, Two Plates: Vegetarian Suppers Kindle $9.99 / Hardback $18 (about)

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