Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment-Cookbook Review and Give away!

I’ve seen more food blogs with Meatless Meal posts, and recipe swaps recently than I can shake a stick at. While most carnivores aren’t willing to give up meat completely, they are for budget or health reasons willing to give up a little meat, at least for one main meal, once a week. If you’re already on that bandwagon or are flirting with the idea, then you may suddenly become out of ideas for meatless meals and need some inspiration. I’ve got something for ya!

A chance to win Jill Nussinow a.k.a The Veggie Queen’s cookbook, Vegetables Get The Royal Treatment.

In a meat eating family, you’ll get lots of groans at the dinner table if you just sub tofu to your normal meaty meal. It helps when you offer new things they’ve never had, and use a recipe with lot of great flavor to help win your carnivores over to meatless meals. Jill’s recipes let vegetables shine, they are put front and center in the dish. While many of her recipes do involve a significant list of ingredients, even a busy cook (well, lazy really) like me doesn’t mind prepping a longer list of ingredients to end up with a remarkable veggie dish. Think of all that time you didn’t spend marinating, trimming, cooking meat, and throw it all into a veggie or three.

There are plenty of veggie/grain recipes and veggie/meat substitute recipes and many other veggie side dish recipes that adapt easily to the addition of meat substitute to turn it into a main meal. This is not just a book for vegetarians! Most carnivores would do their health a favor by increasing the amount of vegetables consumed on a regular basis.

Jill’s book will inspire you to bring flavors together with vegetables you may have never thought of. Any gardener, CSA member, or produce sale shopper will know that in summer squash is a plenty, and using up the bounty in a palatable way can be a challenge. Jill’s Grilled Asian Squash is a perfect way to use up plenty of abundant squash in a tasty way.

The squash I scored from the one farmer who still brings produce to Sandy’s Market in West Houston on Wednesdays.

They grilled up nice with ginger, tamari (soy sauce), sesame seed oil and herb marinade and are kicked up a notch with some of the best tasting onions I’ve ever had.

I think my favorite part of the book, (outside of the recipes) is Jill’s reminder to support local farmers and go to the trouble of finding fresh produce by visiting a farmer’s market or stopping at a roadside stand to pick up some fresh produce. Some of the most amazing fruit and vege I’ve tasted has come from back country road produce stands. I always make sure I have cash in my wallet on the way down to the farm or out to Austin for family visits so I can stop and buy something grown at a Texas farm. Even if your busy life can only get to a Farmer’s market once a quarter, or shop at a produce stand on the annual trek to grandmas; make time for it. Not only is it a great family activity, and one of the best ways to introduce various types of produce to your family, but it’s also an opportunity to get some really tasty food.

Anyone trying to use up home garden or CSA share produce will surely find something new to delight the family with just as one more greens, or squash or eggplant dish is the last thing they want to see on the table. The recipes are organized by season combining produce that harvests around the same time.

This book would make a great gift to anyone you know who is trying to make vegetables a bigger part of their diet. When steamed veggies on the side (or worse, a can of peas and carrots dumped into tuna mac) is all the veggie you know, it’s no wonder veggies don’t hold a place of esteem in the weekly menu.

Jill reminds us to revere the fruits and veggies grown nearby and offers a plethora of recipes that make can make vegetables queen of the table.

Last week I blogged about two of Jill’s recipes, and I’ve made a handful of others. All delicious. My favorite was the Mediterranean Bean and Herb salad. Tomatillo and Veggie rice salad was hubby’s favorite. I don’t know why but he’s morally opposed to white beans. Give him a black one, red one, brown one, no problem. Ask him to eat a white bean and it’s like I committed a heinous dinner crime. Mystery it is.

How to win a copy of Jill’s book:

1) enter a comment on this post telling me what your favorite vegetable is and your favorite way(s) to eat said vegetable.

2)Leave your email address in the following format jenna AT foodwithkidappeal DOT com.

3) The contest will end at midnight CST August 16th. Winner will be selected using and contacted via email.

215 thoughts on “Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment-Cookbook Review and Give away!

  1. Definitely artichokes. They are healthy and excellent for liver cleansing. I love to eat them with a homemade dressing which includes olive oil and french shallots.

    Andrea AT NaturallySavvy DOT com

  2. zuchini – fry lightly in olive oil, top with sliced red tomatoes and mozzarella cheese – fry until cheese melts…yum!

    info AT trudykellyforsythe DOT com

  3. This cookbook looks fantastic! My favorite vegetable…so hard to choose, but probably onions. I add onions to everything. Really, everything is better with a little onion!

    less DOT sweet AT gmail DOT com

  4. I am so excited about this cookbook, it looks great!! My favorite is broccoli with a little butter and lemon juice.

    the harringtons 5 AT charter DOT net

  5. I have no imagination when it comes to veggies. Raw and with ranch are about the only way I eat them! Unfortunately, I don't eat enough so I'm hoping these recipes will get my kids and me to eat more veggies. My favorite is probably fresh corn on the cob with lots of butter (that's healthy, right?) I've been making a lot of zucchini breads and cookies lately too (thanks to my garden!)

    felicitysue AT yahoo DOT com

  6. I love summer squash! I esp love it grilled in a foil pack with zucchini and grape tomatoes. Yum!

    maneys at comcast dot net

  7. I love to put corn on the grill while it's still in the husk. The corn tastes so sweet and is really juicy because the husk holds in the juices and doesn't dry it out.

    This would be an awesome book to win as my husband doesn't like very many vegetables, and he needs those nutrients! Talk about being a great example to our children.

    vbsbchic AT hotmail DOT com

  8. fresh corn, cut and scraped off the cob, sauteed with a little butter, cream, salt & pepper. ooh, or spinach mixed in my eggs… or topping my pizza. mmmm, or potatoes – any way! boil them, fry them, roast them, mash them, grill them. yummy.

  9. I love eggplant. I have tried a few eggplant recipes and they turned ok… good enough for me to enjoy, but my husband still won't eat it. Usually when I am eating out I do like to try any eggplant dishes that seem out of the ordinary.

    My 2-yr old daughter is turning out to be a vegetarian of sorts… she will usually eat her veggies but no meat… eggplant isn't something she have tried yet, but I hope she does so I can start making it again…LOL

  10. Spinach, wilted with some fried onion, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. To have new ways to prepare and eat vegetable irregauardless if you are 7, 17 or 37 is always help. good luch on your book.
    redsmartcar AT hotmail DOT com

  11. I love almost all veggies! Right now I'm really enjoying summer squash. And fresh corn.

    I'd love some ideas for getting my 2yo daughter to eat veggies!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  12. I love corn, especially frozen corn. I like to add it to our black bean recipe. melanieptucker AT yahoo DOT com

  13. I think my fave veggie has got to be onions! I love them grilled or sauteed or raw…..Yumm

    timandtheresa AT aol DOT com

  14. There's nothing like a home-grown tomato fresh off the vine. Too bad they all ripen in such a short period of time, and then we're stuck with store-bought ones the rest of the year.

  15. zucchini sliced in rounds seasoned with olive oil salt and pepper and grilled also I love steamed artichokes!!yum
    danihendrix at sbcglobal dot net

  16. Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad. Just mix with Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Salt & Pepper. No worries about it spoiling in the sun. My 23mo old is a huge fan of tomatoes. I've always been a fan of broccoli. Veggies are my favorite!

  17. My favorite veggie is butternut squash. I love to mash it and combine it with butter, salt, and pepper or combine it with alfredo sauce and serve it over fettecine. Delicious!

    andreapaetkau AT gmail DOT com

  18. I know it's crazy, but lately it's been brussel sprouts! I roast them in some olive oil w/ a little kosher salt and sometimes I throw in some Mrs. Dash too. I prob over- roast them, but man are they good!! My all-time favorite would prob be acorn squash w/ butter and brown sugar.

  19. I love all veggies pretty much. Brocolli with cheese, peas mixed with potatos anc corn, carrots with ranch dip, asparagus with butter. I dont like spinach plain but i do like it in a dip or on a pizza
    Jerri Klein at jerrilklein_024 AT yahoo DOT com.

  20. My favorite vegetable is a beet.
    I think I have my mom to thank for that one!
    I was born in Eastern Europe and Red Beet Borscht was a local specialty! No one makes it better than my mom!
    I also love cold beet salads…shredded beets with some chopped walnuts and prunes…

    julialombardo at optimum dot net

  21. My favorite is cauliflower and I like to steam it and mash it and add a little butter and cheese make “caulitater's” but shhhh don't tell the kids….

    ajstar_013 AT yahoo DOT com

  22. I love butternut squash! Baked in the oven with a bit of butter and fresh garlic… Cut up and boiled, then mashed while mixed with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar… Mmmmmm

  23. Hey Jenna–
    My favorite veggie would have to be corn on the cob. The added salt and butter (although not so healthy)…..MMMMMM!! It is seasonal so I think that is what makes it so special for me.

  24. I love cauliflower – especially the orange and purple varieties that are starting to show up at our local supermarkets. I typically cut it into bite sized pieces, spray with some olive oil and roast it in the oven. Simple and tastes great too.

    ssovnej at yahoo dot com

  25. Growing up and still to this day, I would have to say Eggplant – raw, steamed, saute'd, baked, fried, any which way! However, as I had kids and as I get older, I am finding a new love for broccoli – yes broccoli. Plain ole, yummy broccoli! There are so many ways to cook broccoli – and very healthy!


  26. My favorite veggie is zucchini. I love them because they can be cooked with just about anything from spaghetti sauce, to breads. I chop them up and add to a salad, grill them with onions, add them to spaghetti and lasanga and even in baking bread.


  27. My favorite is asparagus grilled with a little olive oil and seasalt and pepper on the grill. yummmy!

  28. I LOVE sugar snap peas! but they are so expensive we don't buy them much. The kids like frozen peas (as in with the ice crystals still on them). Need to teach the kiddos to like more veggies!

  29. I just love a plethera of everything, tossed in olive oil and salt, and roasted in the oven..I think it's an Emeril recipe. My kids will eat broccoli and carrots, with butter and salt..and that is ALL! I wish they would eat more!
    ktcornett AT hotmail DOT com
    Thanks! TC

  30. Today I'm thinkin okra is my fav- anyway you wanna cook it! Tomorrow may be squash! Your book may change my childrens view that green= death- Thanks for the chance!

  31. MY new favorite is Swiss Chard! Yum. I discovered this thanks to the CSA my family joined this year. They posted a recipe where you saute it with butter, raisins and pine nuts. Sooooo good. My son loves it too!

  32. Believe it or not, right now I am hooked on Brussel Sprouts. My mom taught me this one… roast them in the oven with olive oil and garlic salt. They come out sweet and garlic-y. What could be better?

    That said, I'd LOVE to win the cookbook because I can't get my kid to touch anything green.

  33. I love all vegetables -especially anything fresh from the garden. I have trouble coming up with new ideas though!! My two favorites are squash and eggplant!!

  34. Oh…fresh asparagus! Put them in simmering water for just a minute or two and then into COLD water to stop the cooking. Heat a little olive oil and butter in pan and saute them for a minute or two. Add a squeeze of lemon and some salt and freshly ground pepper. YUM!

    angellecopey AT gmail DOT com.

  35. My veggie of choice is EGGPLANT (the purple big fat ones). I peel, slice (fairly thick), soak in egg wash, dredge in breadcrumb mixture and bake. Then add cheese on top and melt. YUM-YUM.

    miasgrammy AT bellsouth DOT net

  36. My favorite vegetables right now is summer squash, sauteed in a little olive oil and butter with onions and sometimes peppers. Yummy for the tummy But it would be easier to say what my least favorite veggie is, cause I like pretty much all of them.

  37. How do you choose? Onions…broccoli…sweet peas…corn…asparagus…zucchini…the list goes on and on. As for how?…let's see…fried, grilled, steamed, w/ butter, w/ cheese…really not picky.

    dina AT bpcok DOT com

  38. One of my faves is SPINACH!! Mix one bag of frozen spinach with one chopped onion, one cup of parmesan cheese, one beaten egg, 1/4 cup oil and one package of stuffing mix. Shape into teaspoon sized balls, place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for approx 10 mins or just until bottoms are lightly browned. Yummmmmmm! great Hors Douvres!

  39. Zucchini. I like it sauteed with minced onions, diced peppers and tomatoes and served with a wine and chicken broth sauce over noodles.

    kristinclapp AT yahoo DOT com

  40. This sounds like a great book. My favorite vegetable is broccoli, and I like it steamed with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice.

  41. Our family favorite by far is arthichokes!! I am so excited to see so many others with the same response. Our favorite way to eat them is with hollandaise sauce. Yummy!!

  42. I recently discovered that I like spinach so now I eat it instead of iceberg lettuce in salads. I also use it in wraps and tacos instead of other lettuces.

    heather AT hotmail DOT com

  43. I am a big fan of acorn squash, with a little bit of brown sugar and butter, baked in the oven. GREAT addition to a Thanksgiving dinner!

    jenwinn1984 AT aol DOT com

  44. I LOVE acorn squash!!! slice it in half, put butter in each half along with some pepper and bake. I usually fix steak with it.

    giggles1124 at yahoo dot com

  45. My favorite vegetable is asparagus! I love to grill or steam it. I use the leftovers to make asparagus and parmesan cheese omelets. The best! Deborah

  46. My favorite vegetable is fresh super-sweet corn on the cob cooked on the grill. YUM!

    aunttam at sbcglobal dot net

  47. My family's favorite veggie is broccoli, we dip them in cheese, ranch or eat them right off the plat itself. I tell my kids they are little trees, they love em!
    rdoomey AT yahoo DOT com

  48. I am a huge veggie lover so it's hard to pick a favorite. I know asparagus is one of my faves for sure! I usually steam or boil lightly and then add pepper and vinegar or lemon and pepper for taste with a little extra virgin olive oil.

    jenbutterfly12 at yahoo dot com

  49. I saw your post ar freebies 4 mom and would love to win the cookbook. My favorite veggie is romaine lettuce – I love caesar salad. Fresh spinach is a close second.

  50. My favorite way to eat veggies is to chop up whatever kind I have on hand, brush them with a bit of olive oil, and put them on the grill. To me, any veggie tastes best when grilled or roasted.

  51. Not only do I need to get my kids to eat veggies, I need to eat them myself!

    My favorite veggie is corn (is this even considered a vegetable really tho??). I love it grilled on the cob! Yummy, maybe I'll make that tonight.

    I'm in serious need of this cookbook… eating right is a must!

  52. Zucchini. I like to make a vegetable medley with other veggies & mix with dry ranch dressing. Otherwise I eat all my veggies raw.


  53. I love salad greens with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and tossed with orange olive oil and a little salt.

    bonnie_polkinghorn AT yahoo DOT com

  54. I'm a vegetarian and I love all vegetables! One of my favorites is zucchini cooked with onions, tomatoes, green peppers and mushrooms served over rice.
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT

  55. My personal favorite is probably summer squash, which I love to stir fry or add to grilled chicken with a little bit of marinade, as it soaks the flavor right up! My kids' favorite is steamed broccoli with a little bit of melted cheddar on top, they love it!
    lady1380 AT woh DOT rr DOT com

  56. My fav. changes by the season! Right now, it's zucchini, prepared in a chocolate cake. Ok, so not that healthy right? That's why I could use more help with this great book offer! :)

    kbtighe AT hotmail DOT com

  57. It sounds like a great book! Thanks to “” for informing me of this site. My favorite veggie is broccoli with cheese!

  58. I love pretty much anything with cheese (Teese, actually :) . Broc and cheese is always a winner, but cauliflower goes even faster in my house. Can't wait to get a copy of the book!

    Courtney :)

    gumdrops.and.saturdays @ gmail. com

  59. My favorite vegetable is carrots, They are so versatile..i love to eat them several differents ways…raw with ranch or roasted with potatoes or honey glazed corrots are delicious.

    Monica at monwille5 AT aol DOT com

  60. Potatoes are my favorite. Mashed and seasoned. My husband makes them the best!
    Your cookbook sounds great, since we love lots of veggies.

    Thanks! – Kate

    123 AT kathleenduff DOT com

  61. I love broccoli. Used to just eat it steamed, but now I stir fry it with a bit of soy sauce or vegetarian oyster sauce. My youngest boy will devour it like that too!

    naomicatgirl AT gmail DOT com

  62. I would have to say that my favorite vegetables are numerous. I love to make vegetable soup with crushed tomatoes, green onions, garlic, zucchini, kidney beans, carrots,celery, green cabbage, fresh parsley, green bell pepper, frozen peas, frozen corn along with added tomato sauce, vegetable broth, water and whole wheat macaroni. It is so yummy!

  63. My favorites are peas and corn mixed up. But my 2 y.o. son does not like veggies – anything colorful is “too yucky” for him. Probably, it all my fault since I am not too much of veggie eater. I definitely need ideas/inspiration on how to make veggies not “yucky” for myself and my children. I am joking now that my second son who is about to be born in Nov. will get plate of veggies put in front of him each and every day since he is born (something I did not do with my first, and now regret it.
    internal_chaos2003 at yahoo dot com
    Sincerely, Liz Taylor

  64. I love sweet potatoes. Especially as oven baked “fries” with paprika and garlic.

    grneyz AT hotmail DOT com
    Melissa Abrahams

  65. My favorite veggie is Fried Okra! I could eat bowls and bowls full of it. I can't wait until my kids are a little older (they are 1 and still in my belly) to be able to try it. YUMMY!!!

    luv2pugz@att DOT net

  66. I love zucchini … I love to fix it the following way:

    Sesame Parmesan Zucchini

    2 medium zucchini, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch slices
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
    4 teaspoons sesame seeds
    4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
    1/2 teaspoon red pepper
    1 teaspoon garlic powder

    I throw all ingredients in a zip bag and shake to cover. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes… yummy

    irishdowneys AT yahoo DOT com

  67. My favorite is grilled corn brushed with olive oil and scallions.

    slice the scallions(aka green onions) and simmer in olive oil

    grill corn on the cob with some husks still on it

    remove from grill and pull the husks back and spoon on the oil and scallions.

    yummo so delish….

    did you know you can regrow your green onions in a cup of clean tap water. when cutting your green onions leave about 2 inches at the bottom and stick it into a cup a water and let it grow or just stick it into your garden or the ground and watch it grow. I've got about 8 green onions growing in my garden right now. Great if you don't use green onions that often.

    mjctv AT yahoo DOT com

  68. I love most vegetables. Squash is really good and I found a good recipe to hide it in a dish called squash stuffing a while back. It was a big hit. Also like it fried and boiled.

    stacymariejohnson AT yahoo DOT com

  69. I didn't see anybody mention cabbage–get the saute pan hot til the oil smokes, then add a tsp of mustard seed, cover and let pop for a minute. Add shredded cabbage and saute, sprinkle with chili powder. Yum!
    cdcomito AT gmail DOT com

  70. I am not a veggie fan, I will eat them, but I prefer most of them fried, sauteed or covered in cheese! I like canned veggies! lol. I would have to say that carrots, green beans, corn and yellow squash are the ones I eat..and onion. I would love to learn more (healthy) ways to make veggies so I can get my family (myself included) into eating more veggies.
    platypus07 at hotmail dot com

  71. Our favorite vegetable is the tomato and good thing because our tomato plants this year are out of control and we have at least a dozen red ones ready for picking this weekend. Just tried a new recipe for tomato salad with day old bread – a real keeper since we never get through a whole loaf of bread! Sheila
    wbouley at comcast dot net

  72. I love all color of bell pepper and I love them in pasta salads made with multi-colored pasta.
    fyrekrystaal at yahoo dot com

  73. It's hard to choose just one veggie!! This summer is my first year growing zucchini– and I've come up with so many delicious ways to eat it– tonight I sauteed it with onions, garlic, black beans, corn,diced tomatoes, with a few sprinkles of chili powder, cumin, oregano & pepper. I served it on couscous- yummmm!

    Jenni at little-tomato dot com

  74. my favorite vegetable lately has been broccoli (steamed). I just love it. The best way to eat it is to make angel hair pasta and cook up chicken in bite size pieces with wishbone italian dressing, tomatoes, and steamed broccoli. top pasta with chicken and broccoli and then top that with parmesian cheese. delicious!

    nancykiernan at yahoo dot com

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