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Cooking With Herb
The Vegetarian Dragon

A Cookbook & Storybook For Kids

A Few Words From Dragon Chef Herb 

       "The recipes in this book are mainly for those I like to call LOVE children:  L=lacto O=Ova V=veggie E=eaters.  I feel that this type of vegetarian diet is reasonable, well accepted and proven to be healthy for kids, and dragons like me. (My human friends tell me that The American Academy of Pediatrics, The National Academy of Sciences and The American Medical Association* have all sanctioned the lacto-ova vegetarian diet and no longer view it as a fad.)  *Also: The British Medical Association and The British Dietetic Association. 

     You wanna go all out and go vegan? (sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.)  Well, there are a lot of forks in the vegetarian road - so take the one that suits you best at the time. 

     A vegetarian could be described as someone who does not eat meat. Sometimes people call themselves vegetarians but they eat fish. Hey, different strokes for different folks, as they say.

     My philosophy is: whatever works. I believe that kids who are thinking about becoming vegetarians don't have to do it overnight.  They can take their time. Get used to it; however long it long as they're headed in the right direction. 

     Life isn't a race or a contest.  On the way you may fall off the track and even eat a piece of meat.  No big deal.  That doesn't automatically make you a carnivore.  Eventually you'll get to where you want to be.  And, about your friends who don't want to be vegetarians?  Hey, live and let live. Don't make them feel bad about it (and I hope they won't give you a hard time about how you want to eat!")

     A word about the recipes: some kids will be able to prepare  them by themselves (depending upon their age, of course) while others will require some assistance from an older helper.  Either way I hope that you kids get involved because cooking can be lots of fun.  You get to eat what you've cooked-up - and wait until the first time you hear someone say: 'hey, did you really make this?  It tastes great!'  It'll make you want to turn the page and try another one of Herb's recipes.  Remember: they're not just for kids.  So, lend a hand and see what happens.  And don't forget to let me know how your meal turns out."


RECIPES OF THE MONTH (click on your favorite)

Valentine's Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chili Con "No" Carne

Easy Burritos

Chili Con "No" Carne  

Serve it to your meat-eating friends and  I promise, they'll  
never know the difference. Even a dragon-kid can cook it  
up in no time. 

Here's what you'll need to hunt-up:

2 cups of textured vegetable protein  (200gms)
2 cups of vegetable broth (canned is ok)  (500ml stock) 
1 large onion - chopped up 
2 garlic cloves - mince 'em 
1 small can of tomatoes - chopped  (400gms)
1/2 can of red pinto beans (drained)  (200gms) 
2 tablespoons of cumin powder 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
Chili powder  
(careful here - hot as you like it) 
Salt & Pepper 
4 Tablespoons canola oil 

Step 1:  In a FRYPAN, on low heat, add 
the oil and garlic. Cook a minute and 
add the onions. Let 'em get golden (don't 
burn the stuff).
Step 2: Dump in the tomatoes.  Stir and 
let cook for ten minutes, uncovered. 
Then add the cumin, oregano, salt & 
pepper and chili powder (remember - 
you can always add more later - so don't 
get it too hot!)

Step 3:  Mix and cook for five minutes 
and throw in the veggie protein. Mix and 
add the beans. Mix and put a lid on. 
Cook for five minutes and then taste. 
More salt? More chili powder?  It's up 
to you. You're the chef! 

To Serve:  Dish it up in warm small bowls. 
Add some shredded cheddar cheese  and 
you've done it.  Great Chili con no carne! 
( con means "with" and carne means "meat" 
in dragon-ese. - also in Spanish!)

Go To Herb's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Go To Easy Burritos Recipe
Go To Herb's Hot Tips


(For Valentine's Day or Any Day) 

Here's what you'll need to hunt up:

NOTE:  Herb makes measuring real easy: just get one of those measuring glasses and fill it up to the cup or ml line as marked below.  No weighing stuff!  Kids' play!

8 tablespoons canola/butter mix*
1/3 cup (75ml) granulated white sugar
1/3 cup (75ml) dark brown sugar
1 1/3 cup (325ml) all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon dark molasses
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (225ml) semi-sweet or milk-chocolate bits
1/3 cup (75ml) broken pecans (leave 'em out if you hate nuts!)
1/8 cup (50ml) raisins (if you like 'em - I do!)

*To make Canola/Butter: in a bowl allow 4 tablespoons of butter to come to room temperature and add 4 tablespoons of canola oil.
Put in blender and whiz until combined. Scrape out into a bowl.

Step 1:  Preheat oven to 375°F 190°C (regulo #5) 
Get a flat baking tray ready.
In a large bowl add:
All of the dry ingredients: (flour, baking soda, sugars, salt, chocolate bits, broken pecans.)  Mix with a big spoon.
In a small bowl mix:
All of the wet ingredients: (egg, vanilla, butter, molasses)

Step 2: Dribble in the wet stuff onto the dry stuff and mix with a spoon.
You'll know you're done mixing when you can't see any more white flour in the bowl.

Step 3:  Put heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough mix onto a baking tray (do not grease the tray no matter what anyone says!) 
Leave some space between each) and pat down lightly with your finger to make them somewhat round (neatness does not count!)

Step 4:  Slide them into the middle of the oven and bake for around 12
minutes. Take out and let them cool. 

HOT TIP:  Why use canola oil mixed with butter?  Because good eating habits should start when you are young.  Most recipes will use twice the amount of butter - but who needs all that butter when it doesn't add to the taste?  Canola is a mono-unsaturated oil (one of the so-called good oils.)  You can also use this canola/butter for other things: like sautéing, and as a spread.  Give it a try. 

Go To Chili Con "No" Carne Recipe
Go To Easy Burritos Recipe
Go To Herb's Hot Tips


Get a bag of that textured vegetable protein 
stuff, but make sure it's the tiny grains. You can 
add more than 2 cups of broth (if it looks dry). 
Try a spoon of sour cream and some chopped 
coriander (cilantro) on top! Remember:  you can 
always make it hotter so take it easy with the chili 
powder until you taste.

Go To Herb's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Go To Chili Con "No" Carne Recipe
Go To Easy Burritos Recipe

Easy Burritos: 

Buy some flour tortillas.  Warm in pan for
a 5 seconds on each side, fill with chili
mixture, roll and eat!  Put some cheddar
cheese and sour cream on top, if you like. 

Go To Herb's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Go To Chili Con "No" Carne Recipe
Go To Herb's Hot Tips

Look for the BAREFOOT BOOK starring Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon 
at your local bookstore. 

Write to Herb at: 
Barefoot Books  
P.O. Box 95 
Bristol BS30 5BH
or at:
Barefoot Books
37 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011