Straight Up Food is a health-promoting cookbook full of familiar dishes that are easy to make, and calls for easy-to-find ingredients! Explore nearly 100 plant-based (vegan) recipes that don't sacrifice flavor for health! Dig into old favorites, including: beef stew (without the beef), Caesar salad, split pea soup, potato salad, coleslaw, pancakes, blueberry muffins, and carrot cake! All recipes call for 100% plant foods: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and contain no animal-derived ingredients: meat (beef, pork, fowl, fish, or seafood), eggs, honey, or dairy products cow's milk, cream, butter, cheese, or yogurt). Recipes also are without added salt, oil and sugar, are gluten-free, and emphasize the use of unprocessed foods. This cookbook makes cooking easier for you because it has: a spiral binding so the book lays completely flat; full-color photos throughout; shopping tips at the start of most recipes; and an index that is cross referenced with individual ingredients (for example, if you wanted to know all the recipes that call for beans or blueberries). This book also offers lots of support to people who are new to this way of eating, including: information right up front as to why this way of eating is beneficial to health, and the specific reasons that salt, oil and sugar are not used in the recipes; detailed nutrient and calorie breakdowns for all recipes; and guidance on hot topics such as menu planning, cooking and baking without oil, using dried herbs and spices in the absence of salt, reading food labels, eating out, and making your own healthy salad dressings.