The beginning of spring signifies a fresh start. To celebrate this time of year, I thought we would give animal products a break! For those who prefer to eat meat (or who have a carnivorous husband, like myself), feel free to add in eggs, meat, fish, and dairy products as desired to the menus below, or incorporate these recipe ideas later in the year as Meatless Mondays. Monday Let’s spice up Monday night with some Black Bean Soup and Heart Healthy Flaxseed Bread, which can be made with agave nectar, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup if you do not eat honey. Both recipes could be prepared on Sunday, to save some of those precious weeknight hours!
Tips from Tori

Don't feel like baking bread? We love Canyon Bakehouse the best - try the artisan multigrain instead of making your own

Gluten and Dairy Free Pina Colada bars, made with Better Batter flour and corn free powdered sugar
Next, let’s spin the globe and reach for an Indian classic - Vegan Potato Lentil Kachoris. As mentioned in the recipe, this dish is best served with pickles and a green salad to balance the tastes and textures. End the evening with these Vegan Pina Colada Bars for a tropical taste. Tips from Tori

Level up: This recipe is really kind of heavy, so feel free to swap out the cookie bars for fresh fruit salad. Soda water will help cleanse your palate as well.

Wednesday Nothing like some cheese-like goodness to get you through hump-day. Try our Vegan Mac-n-Cheese with steamed broccoli as a delicious side dish or mix-in! Tips from Tori

Not vegan? Swap out dairy free subs for the real thing, and you'll still have a fabulous meal. Add a bag of mixed veggies to the mac and cheese to boost your veggies.

Thursday Quinoa is the grain that I think we would all like to fit into our diet more often. Paired with beans in our Fiesta Salad, you can omit the chicken and still have a complete protein! Vegan Caramel Pecan Pie makes for a delicious ending to this Thursday night. Tips from Tori

Nut Free? Swap out the pecans in the pie recipe for gluten free pretzels (crushed) in the same amount. Crazy, but it works!

Homemade Italian Eggplant Parmesan with Marinara and Basil
Eggplant Parmesan is a meat-free way to serve a favorite Italian staple. Our recipe can be made completely vegan, too, without sacrificing taste! This all-in-one dish will have the whole family saying, “delizioso!” Serve with a green salad and a refreshing libation. Tips from Tori

Level Up: Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs - especially basil - to the top of the parm, to enhance the flavor.


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