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High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners

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A great cookbook with loads of great ideas and recipes to try, so far I have enjoyed the No-Huevos Rancheros over Sweet Potato Hash and the Black Bean Fudge Brownies both were easy enough to make and tasted delicious.  I really liked that this book gives you a 4 week meal plan complete with shopping list for each week.  The only thing that I would have liked though was more pictures of the completed recipes, there were a few but for most meals there were no pictures.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners: Quick and Easy Recipes for Everyday Meals by Maya A. Howard was a good cookbook. The book was easy to understand and quite interesting. The meal plan was helpful because I am not a vegan and would like to try eating this way more often.  I tried the Quick Vegetable Soup because I had all the ingredients on hand. It was delicious. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the vegan lifestyle to start incorporating easy recipes it into their routine.

***** I received an ARC from NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my honest review. *****
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This cookbook was probably one of the better ones that I have read. It had a meal plan with each recipe and a page number to that recipe. 4 weeks with real food that would be easy to follow if you're changing from a meat-based diet or if you were just looking to jump fully into a plant-based diet. I also like that it helped you break down how much protein you need. One of the biggest questions asked when you talk about going vegan is how are you going to get protein. It showed you how much is a recommended amount and broke down plant-based items and how many grams of protein per serving. Definitely a book to keep and use and recommend to friends who are looking for a more plant-based lifestyle.
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This has a great selection of recipes with easy instructions. Some include special ingredients that the average person isn't likely to have on hand. Helpful tips, such as a beginner's tutorial, are included. I also like the four-week meal plan. I really like pictures in cookbooks, and I do wish there were more in this book. Serving sizes weren't consistent (some for 1 serving, and others for 5 or 6), which could make it challenging when trying to feed a family. Perhaps the target audience is single people.
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I found many great recipes in this book. I’m not someone who counts my macros and I’m usually not worried about my protein intake as a vegan. However, I still like being mindful of those things so this book really helped me find new go to recipes! There’s still plenty in there I want to try but a favorite is definitely the enchiladas, I could eat those every week.
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Not only does this book have great sounding recipes, it gives you helpful tools such as a beginner’s tutorial on how to cook high-protein plant foods and a 4-week meal plan. My only complaint is there are not enough pictures of the recipes.
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Great selection of recipes with clear instructions.
I particularly enjoyed the black bean veggie burgers but was disappointed that not every recipe had a photograph of the finished dish.
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I like the idea behind the High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners cookbook, but I'm not sure about the execution.  As I was reading through the first sections about the benefits of going plant-based, how to stock your kitchen, and the 4 week meal plan to help you with the transition, it was unclear to me if I was the intended audience here.  Is this meal plan and shopping list for one person...two....a family of four?  I couldn't figure it out on the first past, and when I dove into the recipes, it seemed very inconsistent.  Some yielded 1 serving, others 2, 4, 5, or 6. Re-reading the start of the 4 week meal plan and the advice on leftovers leads me to believe this was written with only a young single person in mind, and I'm not sure how I would convert this to work for 2 adults + 2 kids.

Some of the recipes do look good and seem to be clearly written, so I will be giving them a try.  I'm just not sure about this as a truly inclusive guide for beginner who want to be coached through a transition to plant-based cooking.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC, in exchange for this honest review.
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This is a sound vegan, whole-foods book if you are the precise demographic its written for. It gives a lot of information about the benefits of eating a plant based diet and then very detailed instructions on what to buy and cook for the first four weeks. The recipes tend towards high carb even if they are higher protein than a lot of standard vegan recipes. They do tend to require a fair number of specialty ingredients like chia seeds and spirulina, and less of the things that many of us are used to in our recipes like fat and salt. This is not going to be a great fit for someone absolutely new to this lifestyle because you're not just giving up the animal proteins of the Standard American Diet but most of the familiar flavors too. It's very definitely health food, which is great, but it's a very big jump. I have a lot of experience cooking and eating vegan and whole foods recipes, and most of these did not strike me as especially appetizing. It's definitely "eat to live" kind of food, not comfort food. That's not to say we shouldn't be eating this way if we can, but there are other books that I like a lot better (one of my favorites is The Plant Protein Revolution Cookbook: Supercharge Your Body with More Than 85 Delicious Vegan Recipes Made with Protein-Rich Plant-Based Ingredients, by Robin Robertson).

There are some color photos but I would prefer a lot more. Nutritional information is provided for each recipe. There's also extensive information on things like kitchen utensils, ingredients, etc. Three stars for liked it.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.
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This is a fantastic cookbook for anyone wanting to increase their plant based food intake but unsure how to go about it. It has a lot of amazing recipes and each of them gives you info on the protein content, the equipment needed, and any allergens (gluten free, nut free). The recipes focus on naturally high protein whole foods, like chia seeds, legumes, oats, nuts, seeds etc, while avoiding highly processed vegan "meats" .

Possibly the best feature on this book is the planning. You get, week by week, four weeks of meals thoroughly planned for you:from your prep list to your shopping list, to when to do your prep to make your week easier and smoother. As any new-ish vegan would know, there is normally a fair bit of cooking involved at the beginning while you are trying to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Well, here all the guesswork is taken off your shoulders. Lunch is normally leftovers, so you won't spend your whole life in the kitchen unless you really want to.

I would absolutely recommend this book.
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This is a great cookbook for anyone starting a plant based diet. The author gives you amazing four week meal plans so you know what to eat for each meal, which I would have found enormously helpful when I started my journey. And she builds in leftovers, so no cooking for every meal! There are also some great looking recipes, but not enough pictures - never enough food pictures! The recipes are all made with simple ingredients that I think most people won't have trouble finding.
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I did not read this book through an educator lens. 

High-Protein Plant Based Diet for Beginners by Maya A. Howard was a great starting cookbook for those transitioning to this lifestyle. The beginning information with how much protein, how to eat on. budget and the weekly meal plans with the day by day prepping was really good. For the recipes, I would have liked to see some more original recipes and photography to go along with more of the recipes. Photography makes or breaks meal planning in my house when it comes to healthier meal options.
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This is a really well done recipe book reflecting the Whole Food Plant Based Diet! I highly recommend!

If you are like me, and you are experimenting with ways to increase plant-based meals and decrease meat consumption, read this book. It is well prepared , including great recipes throughout. Perhaps, more impressive though, taking the book to the next level, is the weekly planner incorporating meals and leftovers to ensure the best investment of time and decrease waste. I highly recommend!
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Great introductory guide to those looking to change up their eating habits and move to a plant heavy diet.
Finding protein other than the junk protein or other types of processed protein this book will guide you.
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High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners - the title really says it all! This is a good guide for those who are new to plant-based diets and want more information on making the switch in a healthy and nutritious way. Basic recipes with ideas for creating shopping lists and details on why this type of diet is good for you. There isn't a lot of new information, but the recipes are easy to follow. I'd like to see more photos in the finished product. 

Thank you to Zeitgeist and NetGalley for this ARC.
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This was really well written and presented. It was easy to follow for some one that is starting to experiment with plant diet. 

I was given an advance copy by netgalley and the publishers but the review is entirely my own
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High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners: Quick and Easy Recipes for Everyday Meals by Maya A. Howard is a new cookbook that I am really excited about. This new cookbook releases on September 21, 2021.The first recipe that I made from it was the Chickpea Tortilla Soup and it was so easy and delicious plus full of protein. Thank you to Netgalley for this review copy.
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Wonderful title! Not only does this book explain the "why" of plant-based, it gives menus, shopping lists, and recipes. My only complaint was the calorie count. The meals are easily prepared with accessible ingredients, but often high in calories. Overall, it's a great start to someone looking to begin a plant based diet.
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A Great Introduction to Plant-Based Cooking

The High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners is an excellent introduction to plant-based meal planning and cooking. This cookbook offers a helpful guide to common plant-based foods to have on hand in the kitchen, a vital resource for anyone transitioning from a more traditional, meat-based diet and learning about nutritional yeast and the various types of seeds you can eat. The recipes provided here also offer exciting options for new plant-based eaters with easy-to-digest ingredient lists and instructions. My favorite recipe so far is the Ancient Grains Breakfast Bowl with caramelized bananas. It takes about 20 minutes to cook, but the prep is very simple and I already had all the ingredients for this bowl in my pantry¬—evidence that the book really does rely on pantry staples more than hard-to-find specialty ingredients. I also made the Black Bean Fudge Brownies with on-hand ingredients, and I loved them crumbled up as a topping on a smoothie bowl.

I also appreciate that Howard has written most of these recipes for 1-2 servings with the option to double and triple them. When I first became a plant-based eater, I did it while single and living on my own. It was a wonderful growing experience for me, but I definitely found myself avoiding a cookbook full of recipes for 4–8 servings since I’m not the biggest fan of leftovers. This book is perfect for making just enough food, and the recipes are easy to double if you want leftovers or have a loved one to feed. Finally, the four-week meal plan and grocery list are so helpful! I wish every cookbook came with these features. Especially when trying new foods and new recipes, it can be difficult to buy lots of ingredients without some of them going bad. But Howard’s clear meal plan puts the entire grocery list to use and gets the hard work out of the way so you can just enjoy cooking. Plus it’s a very affordable cookbook! I definitely recommend and will probably be buying a copy for my plant-based eating sister.
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A cookbook for the meat hesitant! The recipes are well organized, and ingredient easy to find. Beautiful photography, and plenty of variety in this health and planet conscious book!
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