Meatless Monday Musts

Happy Meatless Monday! While there are so many reasons why you should make your Mondays meatless, the simple fact that extra fruits and veggies can make for great recipes is all we need.

In case you're looking for a way to spice up your Monday cooking, we've put together a round up of some our favorite recipes with ingredients that are in season right now. Artichokes, avocados, asparagus, apricot and carrots rule our list today for favorite seasonal ingredients. All of these ingredients share more than just alliteration; they offer up tasty alternatives to your meat-heavy weekday meals.

Check out this list of Meatless Monday Musts...

Asparagus with Citrus Vinaigrette

You must have noticed our obsession with asparagus today. It's no coincidence we're featuring plenty asparagus recipes since they're one of the most popular produce in markets right now. This fresh recipe includes both white and green asparagus for contrasting colors and flavors.

Watch the video here.

Avocado and Banana Smoothie

Avocado and banana might sound like an odd combination but when combined the sweetness of the banana mixes with the creaminess of the avocado for a smoothie made in heaven. Pick up a few soon-to-ripe avocados and whip up this smoothie for a healthy breakfast or a great healthy snack.

Watch how to make it here.

Baby Artichokes A La Provencal

Baby artichokes are a beautiful way to bring in spring. A simple and flavorful way to enjoy baby artichokes is to saute them with fragrant shallots and garlic, cooked down in a bright lemon-wine sauce, and baked in the oven until tender and melt-in-your-mouth good. Or serve them as the French do: with a green salad, slice of nutty cheese, and a glass of crisp white wine.

Check out the recipe here.

Carrot Chai Parfait

Easter is over but the carrot need not be forgotten! This nutritious orange favorite is chock full of vitamins and beta-carotene to help keep your skin luminous. Here's a unique flavor combination of carrots, chai, and pears to brighten up a case of the Mondays.

Click here for the recipe.

Spring Pesto Panzanella

Here's another great asparagus recipe. This Spring Panzanella is the perfect salad solution for those still in winter mode. It's fresh and light and the toasted bread adds a bit of comfort.

Check out the recipe here.

Apricot Walnut Cookies

Need another sugary treat for the sweet tooth? These super moist and chewy Apricot Walnut Cookies are just what you need for a low sugar treat to get you through your week. Enjoy them hot out of the oven with some jam and butter for some extra goodness!

Click here for the recipe.

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