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30 Days, 30 Ways: Meatless Monday

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All throughout January we’re bringing you 30 Days, 30 Ways to Good Health, a series of easy strategies for overall wellness (and because we love food, it’s focuses on the foods and cooking techniques to add into your life instead of what to take away.) Read on for our latest eat well strategy: meatless Monday.

 

Meatless Monday is one of our favorite eating well tips because it’s so easy to do. Simply give yourself the night off from meat–chicken, pork, beef–and feast on legumes, vegetables, beans, pasta or rice instead. When you do resume eating meat, make sure it’s of the highest quality (grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken) to reap the maximum health benefits. Get inspired for with our favorite meatless Monday recipes below.

 

img74lRigatoni with Broccoli Rabe and Chickpeas
The secret to cooking broccoli rabe—a vegetable with tender leaves and small, broccoli-like florets—is to boil the greens briefly in salted water before sautéing to mellow their bitter edge and tenderize the stalks.
img75lWild Mushroom Risotto
Here, the risotto includes wild mushrooms, but feel free to vary the recipe by stirring in a cup of peas, beans or other cooked vegetables at the end.
img91lSpaghetti with Garlicky Greens
This tangle of noodles and garlic-laden ribbons of kale and chard is a delicious way to eat your greens. Dinosaur kale, also known as lacinato or Tuscan kale, has dark bluish-green leaves and a more delicate flavor than curly kale.
img68lStir-Fried Tofu with Mushrooms and Greens
Put the rice on to cook just before starting to prepare this dish; both will be ready at about the same time. Sambal oelek, a pantry staple for quick cooking, can be found in the Asian section of most markets. If you like garlic, use chili-garlic sauce instead. Chinese broccoli can be substituted for the broccoli rabe.
img35lPolenta with White Cheddar, Chard and Wild Mushrooms
Topped with chard and mushrooms, this is an excellent vegetarian dish. The cheese infuses the polenta with such flavor that it could be eaten on its own, without the vegetable topping. In place of the cheddar, you can try Parmigiano-Reggiano or fontina cheese.
img26lWhole-Wheat Penne with Spicy Roasted Cauliflower
Roasting cauliflower caramelizes it and brings out its sweetness. Try it in this spicy, Sicilian-style recipe tossed with whole-wheat pasta, capers and fresh herbs topped with crisp bread crumbs and nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Root-Vegetable Tacos with Lime-Cilantro CreamRoot-Vegetable Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Cream
Root vegetables make this vegetarian main dish hearty and original — and nutritious. A zesty tomatillo salsa tops it off, adding bright, lively flavor.
img1lSpaghetti with Collard Greens, Hazelnuts and Caramelized Onions
Antioxidant-packed onions develop a luxurious smoothness when caramelized using a low and slow cooking method. A serving of collards provides as much calcium as a glass of milk, but the only thing you’ll notice about these ribbon-cut greens is the brightness and subtle earthiness they bring to the dish.
img19l-1Meyer Lemon, Spinach and Goat Cheese Pizza
The topping on this meatless pizza includes thin slices of Meyer lemon, which lend a pleasant tang.
img11lSweet Potato and Pinto Bean Enchiladas
Carotenoids, which give sweet potatoes their orange hue, work double-time to stabilize blood sugar and aid metabolism. Tangy tomatillos are charred and mixed with fiber-rich pinto beans in this all-vegetable filling. With just a touch of melted cheese on top, and gluten-free corn tortillas as wraps, this new twist on a Mexican classic is light yet satisfying.
img25lZucchini “Pasta” with Butternut Squash
In this clever twist on classic spaghetti, long strands of zucchini, made with our spiralizer, stand in for the pasta. It’s a delicious way to cut back on fat and up your intake of fresh vegetables.
img99lBraised Chickpeas and Carrots with Yogurt Topping
Tender beans and sweet carrots are infused with enticing spices and get a dollop of an Indian-inspired yogurt topping. Served on a bed of protein-rich quinoa, the vegetables make a satisfying meatless—and gluten-free—meal.
Sweet Potato and Green Chili Quesadillas with ArugulaSweet Potato and Green Chili Quesadillas with Arugula
A perfect balance of flavors, this fresh dish combines sweet and spicy vegetables with crisp, cool arugula leaves.
img60lFarro with Winter Vegetables and Watercress
Farro is an Italian whole grain rich in tension-relieving magnesium. It adds a nutty crunch that complements soft-roasted root vegetables. Watercress gets its peppery zing from rich sulfur compounds, which help rid toxins from the body. Serve this grain-based salad warm or at room temperature.
img47lPumpkin Cassoulet with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Garlic
White beans, tender squash and savory onions bake under a crisp blanket of garlic bread crumbs in this spectacular meatless main dish. You can roast the garlic, caramelize the onions and even assemble the cassoulet the day before you plan to serve it. Feel free to substitute another orange-fleshed squash like kabocha or butternut for the pumpkin.
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Pumpkinpalooza! 30 Days of Pumpkin Recipes

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This time of year, nothing compares to the irresistible aroma of sweet pumpkin baked goods or the nutty richness the veggies add to savory dishes. Now that the season’s finally arrived, here’s a month’s worth of our favorite ways to get your pumpkin spice fix.

 

Roasted Pumpkin with Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Cherry TomatoesRoasted Pumpkin with Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes
This medley of roasted vegetables transitions between the seasons with summer’s last tomatoes and autumn’s first root vegetables and firm squashes. If you’ve never combined maple syrup and olive oil before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise!
Pumpkin Quick BreadPumpkin Quick Bread
True to its name, this bread comes together in no time, thanks to our premium mix — and here’s agluten-free version so everyone can enjoy.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage ButterPumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter
Here’s the classic ravioli of the city of Ferrara, in Emilia-Romagna, although the city of Mantua, in Lombardy, also claims the dish. It is best served with a simple sauce of lightly browned butter and fresh sage, which heightens and contrasts with the sweetness of the pumpkin in the filling.
Classic Pumpkin PieClassic Pumpkin Pie
This is our ultimate pumpkin pie recipe (customer-approved!) with rich, deep flavor and a wonderful texture. To add a fanciful finish to this pumpkin pie, use decorative piecrust cutters to create shapes from rolled-out pie dough for the top.
Spiced Pumpkin and Lamb TagineSpiced Pumpkin and Lamb Tagine
In this recipe from Chef Michael Voltaggio, a whole pumpkin is filled with a hearty, warmly spiced lamb tagine. Serve over steamed rice or couscous, and scoop out the tender flesh as you eat.
Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar-Pecan StreuselPumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar-Pecan Streusel
This coffee cake is lighter than you would expect, with the rich flavor of pumpkin and spices and a thick layer of crunchy brown sugar and pecan streusel. It was made for a festive autumn brunch, paired with big steaming cups of joe.
Bulgur Pilaf with Pumpkin and RaisinsBulgur Pilaf with Pumpkin and Raisins
Here, cubes of sugar pie pumpkin are cooked with nutty bulgur for a beautiful side dish or light vegetarian main.
Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin Soup with Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
The best part about this recipe is that it uses almost the entire pumpkin, and the seeds from the pumpkin are roasted to use for the garnish. Pack leftover toasted pumpkin seeds in your child’s lunch box (or your own!) for a fun treat.
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Candied Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin Cupcakes with Candied Pumpkin Seeds
This recipe demonstrates the versatility of ourBundt cake mix—the batter is baked in muffin pans, then the cupcakes are topped with cream cheese frosting and candied pumpkin seeds. These sweet treats will be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike.
Pumpkin Lasagna with FontinaPumpkin Lasagna with Fontina
This hearty lasagna is perfect for this transitional time, when late-summer produce is winding down and the first fall vegetables appear at farmers’ markets. Combining yellow squash, zucchini and pumpkin, the dish comes together quickly, thanks to our ready-to-use pasta sauce.
Pumpkin Ice CreamPumpkin Ice Cream
Combine pureed pumpkin with plenty of spices and a classic custard, and you’ll have the makings of this rich, creamy autumnal ice cream. It’s ideal for pumpkin lovers!
Pork and Pumpkin StewPork and Pumpkin Stew
Chock-full of tender pork and pumpkin and seasoned with a medley of fragrant spices, this warming stew is perfect for a fall dinner with friends.
Ooey Gooey Pumpkin BarsOoey Gooey Pumpkin Bars
This dessert has become a favorite of our staff and customers ever since one of our sales associates created it. These bars are delicious on their own but to take them over the top, sprinkle with candied pecans or add a dollop of whipped cream just before serving.
Braised Beef with Autumn VegetablesBraised Beef with Autumn Vegetables
Here’s a hearty stew to get you through the cold winter months. The addition of a light vinaigrette laced with green onions and peppery mint just before serving infuses this dish with bright, fresh flavors.
Pumpkin Pie WafflesPumpkin Pie Waffles
These waffles are made with the same spices used for pumpkin pie along with sour cream for smoothness; the dark rum is there for extra flavor and a little mystery. Like pumpkin pie, they are comforting, custardy and filling.
Pumpkin Chocolate TriflePumpkin Chocolate Trifle
A beautiful centerpiece for a dessert buffet, this seasonal trifle is made using our pumpkin Bundt cake mix, chocolate sauce and whipped cream flavored with pecan pumpkin butter.
Pumpkin Cassoulet with Caramelized Onions and Roasted GarlicPumpkin Cassoulet with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Garlic
White beans, tender squash and savory onions bake under a crisp blanket of garlic bread crumbs in this spectacular meatless main dish. It’s a great choice for a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner.
Pumpkin Pots de CrèmePumpkin Pots de Crème
Our signature pecan pumpkin butter gives classic pots de crème a seasonal spin. With a touch of grated orange zest and nutmeg, it’s packed with fall flavors.
Pumpkin Tortelloni with Sage & Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin Tortelloni with Sage & Pumpkin Seeds
Tortelloni—a bigger version of tortellini, closer to a dumpling—is traditionally stuffed with pumpkin, nutmeg and Parmigiano-Reggiano. But beyond that starting point, the regional variations are countless. Chef Thomas McNaughton of San Francisco’s restaurant Flour + Water puts pumpkin seeds in the sauce, to give the tortelloni a little crunch and nuttiness, and he coats the pasta with a brown butter sauce.
Iced Pumpkin-Raisin CookiesIced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies
Perfect for casual gatherings, these pumpkin cookies are laced with raisins and walnuts and seasoned with a medley of spices. A cream cheese glaze adds a delicious finishing touch.
Roasted Baby PumpkinsRoasted Baby Pumpkins
Sweetened with maple syrup, these petite pumpkins make a wonderful accompaniment to the Thanksgiving feast as well as to other autumn meals. The pumpkin puree is served directly in the shell for a colorful presentation.
Pumpkin TartPumpkin Tart
This festive tart is a wonderful alternative to the classic pumpkin pie, and it’s not just for Thanksgiving. Store-bought puff pastry streamlines prep and saves you time.
Thai Pumpkin & Chicken CurryThai Pumpkin & Chicken Curry
Take chicken curry to the next level by adding sweet, nutty pumpkin! You’ll love how quickly this dish comes together.
Pumpkin Bread with DatesPumpkin Bread with Dates
Buttery dates make this quickbread extra special. Serve it for breakfast, with coffee and tea, or for dessert with a scoop of ice cream of spoonful of whipped cream.
Pumpkin Cream Cookie SandwichesPumpkin Cream Cookie Sandwiches
For a fun twist on the traditional sandwich cookie, a cream cheese filling flavored with pecan pumpkin butter is tucked between chewy ginger-molasses cookies. They’re perfect for Halloween parties and other autumn get-togethers.
Pumpkin-Braised Pork with GreensPumpkin-Braised Pork with Greens
This comforting braise is simple to make with a slow cooker and our pumpkin braising base. It has a mix of fall spices for hearty character and delicate sweetness.
Chocolate-Pumpkin CakeChocolate-Pumpkin Cake
The magic ingredient in this cake is grated raw pumpkin! Its color and flavor are indiscernible in the baked cake, but the pumpkin creates a moist texture.
Pumpkin Crème BrûléePumpkin Crème Brûlée
This colorful dessert is enhanced with grated whole spices. Served in individual ramekins, it’s an elegant presentation for a dinner party.
Pumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Crème FraîchePumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Crème Fraîche
This warming soup is the creation of Chef Marjorie Taylor, who runs the Cook’s Atelier in Burgundy. She finishes the soup with a drizzle of brown butter, which adds a nutty richness.
Classic Pecan Pumpkin Butter PieClassic Pecan Pumpkin Butter Pie
This pie’s filling is a snap to prepare with our pecan pumpkin butter, one of our favorite fall products. Use our precision cutters to top your dessert with beautiful decorations that would make any pastry chef proud.