VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health...for Good by Mark Bittman

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  • Eggplant un-Parmesan

    • mfto on August 16, 2015

      I was happy to find this recipe because of my husband's health diet, I avoid using cheese. We enjoyed this dish very much but I won't rate it because I substituted my favorite tomato sauce by Lidia Bistianich, "Twenty-minute marinara sauce" which is available online. I had a small eggplant so easily cut the recipe in half. Since Lidia's sauce cooks with a fresh basil stalk which you remove before serving, I did not use basil with the eggplant. I served this with Cook's Illustrated's Microwave polenta. If you love polenta but hate standing at the stove stirring, try this recipe.

    • sturlington on October 06, 2014

      This is an easy recipe to prepare for a weeknight. I cheated and added a little cheese. It was tasty.

  • Fruit compote

    • sturlington on March 25, 2014

      This is a basic recipe for fruit sauce, which I have seen before. Easily memorized, it is good stirred into oatmeal or on french toast.

  • Daily cooked vegetables

    • sturlington on March 25, 2014

      Very basic method for par-boiling vegetables, easily memorized.

  • Homemade cold cereal

    • sturlington on March 23, 2014

      Serve with Banana Parfaits.

  • Broiled vanilla-scented pears

  • Corny hoecakes

    • sturlington on March 25, 2014

      I thought these had a strange aftertaste and they were not quite as cooked through as I would like. Other tasters in the household liked them though.

  • Zucchini frittata

    • Barb_N on September 12, 2014

      I made this with a giant squash (?bottle gourd) given to me by a coworker. I also used some gaot cheese instead of Parmesan. Nothing earth shattering about this recipe; lots of variations to experiment with.

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  • ISBN 10 0385344740
  • ISBN 13 9780385344746
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Apr 30 2013
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House USA Inc
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

“I live full-time in the world of omnivores, and I’ve never wanted to leave. But the Standard American Diet (yes, it’s SAD) got to me as it gets to almost everyone in this country.”

Six years ago, an overweight, pre-diabetic Mark Bittman faced a medical directive: adopt a vegan diet or go on medication. He was no fan of a lifelong regimen of pills, but as a food writer he lived—and worked—to eat. So neither choice was appealing.

His solution was a deal with himself. He adopted a diet heavy in vegetables, fruits, and grains by following a healthy vegan diet (no meat, dairy, or processed foods) all day. After 6:00 p.m. he’d eat however he wanted, though mostly in moderation. Beyond that, his plan involved no gimmicks, scales, calorie counting, or point systems. And there were no so-called forbidden foods—he ate mostly home-cooked meals that were as varied and satisfying as they were delicious, but he dealt with the realities of the office and travel and life on the run as best he could.

He called this plan Vegan Before 6:00 (VB6 for short), and the results were swift and impressive. Best of all, they proved to be lasting and sustainable over the long haul. Bittman lost 35 pounds and saw all of his blood numbers move in the right direction.

Using extensive scientific evidence to support his plan, the acclaimed cookbook author and food policy columnist shows why his VB6 approach succeeds when so many other regimens not only fail, but can actually lead to unwanted weight gain.

He then provides all the necessary tools for making the switch to a “flexitarian” diet: lists for stocking the pantry, strategies for eating away from home in a variety of situations, pointers for making cooking on a daily basis both convenient and enjoyable, and a complete 28-day eating plan showing VB6 in action. Finally, Bittman provides more than 60 recipes for vegan breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, as well as non-vegan dinners that embrace the spirit of a vegetable- and grain-forward diet.

If you’re one of the millions who have thought of trying a vegan diet but fear it’s too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don’t want to give up the foods you love to eat, VB6 will introduce a new, flexible, and quite simply better way of eating you can really live with . . . for life.

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