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Cooking: Eat Your Vegetables with “No Excuses Detox”

By Dru Peters

Eat Your Vegetables!

Everyone knows we should all do this, but many people dread having to actually follow through and put those veggies into their meal plan. Perhaps that’s because all of us have been served many vegetable dishes where the taste results were less than stellar.

Has anyone ever had to be urged to finish anything but vegetables?!

No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day” offers a delicious way to overcome those bad memories of vegetable meals gone wrong. Blogger Megan Gilmore ( has authored her second book, “No Excuses Detox,” and this easy-to-read, easy-to-cook-from book is a winner.

Cinnamon glazed carrots, one of the healthy recipes in “No Excuses Detox.” Photo by Erin Welke, courtesy TenSpeed Press.

Starting with time-saving techniques, and my favorite, several different five-day meal plan options that include shopping lists and recipes, Gilmore makes it easy to jump in to her “No Excuses Detox” method. The “beginner” plan features filling, flavorful and quick dishes.

The yummy gluten-free deep-dish chocolate chip cookie recipe is a real winner. Photo by Erin Welke, courtesy TenSpeed Press.

Her first book, “Everyday Detox,” featured a wide variety of recipes that have been well loved. This book features the same focus on flavorful food, made quickly! So many things can be on the table in half an hour or less. Gilmore also includes “Make it Ahead” options, so that at meal time you can be ready to go.

The author, Megan Gilmore. Photo by Josh Solar, courtesy TenSpeed Press.

As a gluten intolerant eater, I found that this easy-to-comprehend, quick meal preparation book makes for easy and tasty dinners. And the naturally gluten-free dishes are distinctly tasty – you wouldn’t even know they are gluten free. Even the desserts that Gilmore concocts include standard ingredients, and avoid the expensive list of odd things that sometimes comprise gluten-free treats.

With up-to-date ingredients and quick meal preparation, this cookbook creates a winning combination that I’m happy to have in my library!

About Drusilla Peters (2 Articles)
Dru Peters had the distinct pleasure of working in the corporate world until a desire for good food brought her to farming. Now Dru spends her time at Sunnyside Farm in Dover, Pennsylvania, on the family farm, where pastured beef, pork, eggs, chicken and Thanksgiving turkeys are grown, as well as chemical-free vegetables and flowers. An avid reader, Dru is interested in food policy, local food issues and food prep.
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