Meat-Free Monday: Pesto Pasta With Arugula & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's meatless meal, indulge in this vegan pesto pasta with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. A beautiful mix of reds and greens, this dinner is bursting with nutrients and can be thrown together in just under 20 minutes. This recipe begins with a simple basil and arugula pesto that can be used on everything from pasta to salad to pizza, or even by itself! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Crispy Baked Tofu With Honey-Sesame Glaze

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) With Good Friday and Easter Sunday right around the corner, here's an unorthodox recipe that's perfect for Easter lunch or dinner. These tender, caramelized Brussels sprouts with extra crispy tofu and brown rice, topped with an irresistible sweet-and-spicy glaze is ready in just about 30 minutes. Brussels sprouts are chock-full of health benefits. Not only are they low in saturated fat and cholesterol, but they are an excellent source of riboflavin, magnesium, and phosphorus. This leafy green is also rich in fiber, vitamins A and B6, thiamin, folate, potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, and iron--so no need to feel guilty about indulging in a little Easter candy! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Thin Mint Cookies

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Did you know there are five varieties of Girl Scout cookies that are vegan? This includes everyone's all-time favorite, Thin Mints! These mint chocolate cookies are a classic that need no introduction. But with Girl Scout cookie season soon coming to a close, now you can enjoy them all year long with this cruelty-free recipe. These cookies are both vegan and gluten-free, but you’d never know it! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Thai Green Curry With Spring Vegetables

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, keep things green with this healthy, vegan Thai green curry with spring vegetables. Full of flavor, this dish features fresh asparagus (or snow peas), carrots, and spinach, served over a bed of rice or quinoa as an interesting alternative. You can add tofu, but it's plenty hearty without it and still simple enough for weeknight dinners. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Tacos With Creamy Chipotle Sauce

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, try this in-season recipe for March: roasted cauliflower and lentil tacos with creamy chipotle sauce. The golden, roasted cauliflower makes a great taco filling that's perfectly crispy, while the lentils are robustly seasoned with onions, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, and chili powder. Top it all off with a drizzle of spicy, creamy chipotle sauce and some fresh cilantro, and you have one seriously tasty taco. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks Over Hemp Pesto Zoodles

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday recipe, try a simple meal that seems fantastically gourmet. These vegan parmesan cauliflower steaks served over hemp pesto zoodles are deliciously filling and hearty in all the right ways. The vegan parmesan is a simple mix of raw cashews, nutritional yeast, and spices, so every hunk of roasted cauliflower is bursting with cheesy flavor, but without the dairy. Simply toss the zucchini noodles with a thick hemp pesto sauce, and voila! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Bars

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) There are few things that go together better than chocolate and hazelnut. For this week's Meat-Free Monday, indulge your sweet tooth with these creamy, dreamy, vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Bars. Take a sweet chocolate hazelnut crust and top it with creamed cashews and hazelnut cheesecake filling, covered in a rich dark chocolate ganache, and you've got yourself a delicious slice of heaven. What's more, not only are they vegan, but they're raw, too! So go ahead and try your hand at "un-baking" and enjoy! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Raspberry Pink Champagne Floats

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Go vegan this Valentine's Day with these Raspberry Pink Champagne Floats. Made with pink champagne and raspberry sorbet, these "sorbet mimosas" are the perfect sweet treat to make for your sweetie (or yourself)! They’re also great for other special occasions like New Year's Eve, girl’s baby showers, birthday parties, or bridal showers. You can use a clear champagne and use any color sorbet that fits the color of the day! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Chickpea Pumpkin Coconut Curry

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Pumpkin and curries go together like peas and carrots. Fall may be over, but it's never too late for a creamy, pumpkin-spiced curry. This chickpea pumpkin coconut curry is perfect for a chilly, cozy winter night. Not only is this dish simple and delicious, but it's jam-packed with vitamin A, which is especially important for good eyesight. There's also countless options for the curry base: rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, farro, etc. But it's so tasty, you could always it eat it plain, too! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Red Lentil, Sweet Potato, & Carrot Vegan Chili

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Cozy up this Meatless Monday with a nice, hearty bowl of vegan chili. This red lentil, sweet potato, and carrot chili may be vegan, but it's jam-packed with protein and fiber. Chock-full of sweet potatoes and carrots, this chili is naturally sweet and bursting with antioxidants! Adding kale and/or spinach also gives you a nice serving of iron-rich greens. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat: Why Bother?

(MEAT-FREE/VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE) Over the past 50 years, meat has become a staple of the American diet, and this primarily meat-based diet has spread to much of the world. But in the past, meat wasn't always so easy to access and was considered a rare treat. Mark Bittman suggests that we go back to viewing meat as a food to be consumed only once in a while. What do you think? — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's meatless meal, warm up with a nice, steamy bowl of curried tomato tortellini soup. This fortifying lentil and tomato-based stew is filled with hearty, tender dumplings, spiked with a range of spices, and boosted with plenty of spinach. Not only is it delicious and filling, but it's also simple, week-night friendly, and great for leftovers. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Ultimate Vegan Mac & Cheese

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Nothing says 'comfort food' quite like macaroni and cheese. For this week's meatless meal, opt for a guilt-free mac and cheese that tastes just like the real thing! This cheesy, creamy sauce is made from only the best veggies and spices including nutritional yeast for that classically irresistible “cheese” flavor. Not only is this recipe low in fat and oil-free, but it will even please the most hardcore cheese addicts. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Warm & Roasted Winter Salad Bowl

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, warm up with this ultimate bowl of winter comfort food. Simply roast Yukon Gold potatoes and green beans and toss them with warm rainbow quinoa, shredded kale, green onion, and a quick red wine vinaigrette. Top it off with crunchy pepita seeds and sliced avocado for a bowl that's warm, hearty, and bursting with nutrition! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

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