The Vegetarian Cookery believes in a full, balanced, and wholesome diet.
There is such a glorious abundance of foods provided by nature for us to consume and enjoy.
A full, balanced, and wholesome diet is the key to health and well-being.*
Rice and grains provide fuel, oils and fatty acids are essential for a healthy body, and unrefined sweeteners sweeten any day. And of course, don’t forget your greens!
Fresh veggies, fruits, grains, beans, legumes, organic eggs and dairy, hearty flours and meals, natural sweeteners… these are just some of the ingredients that we will use to create satisfying and delicious meals just for you.
All dishes are meat-free.
Our experience has taught us that local, fresh, and seasonal produce is key for luscious and nutritious dishes. Therefore we always try to shop at NYC’s great farmers markets. During the winter months, Whole Foods Market and local health food stores provide a good alternative.
We invite you to rediscover your kitchen with us!
Here are some of the ingredients The Vegetarian Cookery pulls from the pantry:
Proteins are composed of amino acids. Some amino acids are not produced by our bodies naturally, and need to be obtained from the foods we eat. Proteins are necessary for maintaining tissue and for sustaining growth. They are also used to make hormones and other physiologically active substances. While in the past, plant proteins were under-estimated and believed to be “second class citizens” to animal proteins, now we know they are of equivalent nutritional value.
Sources of protein The Cookery typically uses:
Legumes- lentils, beans, peas, some soy products (tofu, tempeh)
Grains- rice, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, millet, wheat, barley
Organic Eggs and Dairy
Grains and Flours*
Grains provide more food energy worldwide than any other type of crop. This means they are a staple crop. In their natural form (meaning whole grain), they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fiber and oils.
Grains, Flours and Meals The Cookery cooks and bakes with:
· whole wheat · varieties of rice · quinoa · oats · buckwheat · barley · millet · teff
· kamut · faro · rye · spelt · chickpea flour · rice flour · almond meal · corn meal
· tapioca starch
Oils and Essential Fatty Acids*
Because Essential Fatty Acids cannot be produced by our bodies, they must be supplied by our diet.
Oils and Essential Fatty Acids have a very important role in our overall health and well-being. They help keep the body insulated, are required for enabling fat-soluble vitamins (such us: A, D, E, K) to be absorbed from the foods we eat, and are necessary for regulating body cholesterol metabolism, lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol.
Nuts- brazils, hazels, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews
Seeds- flax, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame
Oils- olive, sesame, flaxseed, safflower, red palm, coconut, ghee
Wholesome sweeteners are nutritious, and in moderate amounts are an important part of our diet and quality everyday life. They provide minerals, vitamins and enzymes, have anti-oxidant properties, and sweeten our day!
Nutritive Sweeteners The Cookery will introduce to you:
· agave nectar · maple syrup · apple concentrate · raw honey · dehydrated cane juice · brown rice syrup · unsulphured molasses · barley malt · dates
Salts and Condiments*
There are many great-tasting and nutritious condiments out there to be enjoyed and explored. The Cookery's favorites are:
· unrefined sea salt · shoyu (soy sauce) · miso · seaweed (whole leaf and granules) · Bragg liquid aminos · raw apple cider vinegar · lacto fermented vegetables
Besides being flavorful, fermented foods contain bacteria and enzymes that are believed to help support digestion, aid in nutrient absorption, assist with metabolic functions, and promote vitamin synthesis.
Seaweed contains all the minerals required by human beings, and many other trace elements. They also contain important vitamins including vitamin B12, which rarely occurs in land vegetables.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.