IT’S a new year and, and everybody’s back in a healthy mode after all the holiday bingeing. A New Year’s resolution to get back in shape, which means starting on a regular exercise regimen and diet, is not surprising at all. Well, you might consider going vegetarian on certain days of the week (or month) to help jumpstart your goal of achieving a healthy lifestyle this January 2014.
Nowadays, vegetarian food is not something that people look upon with disdain or think weird. It has become part of everyday life, especially since restaurants, groceries, specialty shops and weekend markets now carry a variety of mouthwatering and delectable vegetarian ingredients and dishes that can rival regular table fare. And if you’ve once contemplated about going vegetarian but decided against it because you believe you wouldn’t be able to do it, believe it or not, you can be your own kind of vegetarian and tailor-make your vegetarian diet .
Going vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to go strict vegan. You can be an ovo vegetarian (no meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but it’s the green light for eggs); lacto vegetarian (no meat, poultry, seafood or eggs, but dairy products are okay); ovo-lacto vegetarian (no red meat, poultry or seafood, but it’s perfectly alright to eat eggs and dairy products); or even just semi-vegetarian (no red meat, but eggs, dairy products, seafood, even poultry are good). Or you can simply feast on vegetarian food, on occasion, to help cleanse your system and do your body – and mind – some good.
Now, there’s a cookbook to help you get started on this healthy lifestyle – Pinoy Vegetarian Cookbook, which I authored with my eldest sister Susana T. Dy. Published by Anvil Publishing Inc., it was actually released back in 2012 but which I find relevant to promote again this health-conscious month of January 2014. The Philippine awardee for the Best Vegetarian Cookbook of 2012 given by Gourmand Magazine, the cookbook competed with the best of the best in the global finals, the Paris Cookbook Fair 2012, held in Paris, France, the following year.
Pinoy Vegetarian Cookbook features 60 recipes even non-vegetarians would love, all locally developed to cater to the Filipino palate. The recipes featured in the cookbook range from appetizers, salads and soups to viands, noodles, pasta, rice, snacks and desserts, all very easy to prepare using locally available vegetarian products, most of which are available in Chinatown.
Priced at Php195 and on its second printing, Pinoy Vegetarian Cookbook by Dolly Dy-Zulueta and Susana T. Dy is still available in all National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches.