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Meatless Monday: Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Soup

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

This Meatless Monday, go global and take your taste buds on a trip to Thailand. Skip the takeout and try Bobby Deen’s Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Ginger Soup at home. It’s easier than you would think.

With a lot of contrasting flavors, this soup has a lot going on — but in a very good way. The sweet potatoes and brown sugar balance the heat from the red curry paste and ginger, while the lime and scallions brighten the creaminess from coconut milk. Each bite is spicy, sweet, comforting and nutritious all at once.

Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Ginger Soup

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Meatless Monday: Quick, Elegant Citrus Salad

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Start your holiday dinner (or take a break from heavier meals) with an elegant salad that comes together in under 20 minutes. Saute olives and thinly sliced orange peel in rosemary-infused oil for just about 10 seconds or so yes, seconds. Combine the mix with orange slices, ricotta salata and spinach. For the vinaigrette, whisk fresh orange juice with olive oil. That’s it: a stress-free holiday course perfect for your Christmas feast (or recuperation from it).

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Meatless Monday: Chilaquiles (Tortilla Casserole)

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Chilaquiles is a classic Mexican casserole typically served for breakfast or brunch. Featuring baked layers of tortillas smothered with salsa, cheese and sour cream all topped with fried eggs, it’s particularly satisfying after a big night of partying, but just as awesome for a Meatless Monday dinner.

This recipe comes from the popular New York City Mexican restaurant Dos Caminos. Instead of frying or baking corn tortillas, use store-bought tortillas chips — they’re just as delicious. If you’re in a rush, jarred salsa will do, but roasting your own tomatoes will add extra oomph to the whole dish. Top with your go-to garnishes for Mexican food; extra avocado and cheese are highly recommended.

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Sifted: Holiday Goodies, Homemade Hot Chocolate + More

Orange Cranberry Scones by The Faux Martha

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Throw on some Christmas music and bake up a batch of The Faux Martha’s cranberry orange scones.
  2. A Cozy Kitchen shows you how to make fancy shmancy hot chocolate. It’s easier than you think.
  3. Take a break from Christmas shopping and cookie dough to enjoy a bowl of Cookie and Kate’s curried cauliflower soup.
  4. We’re putting Love and Olive Oil’s gingerbread caramels in the running for the best holiday mashup this season.
  5. Eggnog in cupcake form is awesome — especially when spiked with rum. Sprinkle Bakes’ recipe features a rich and creamy white chocolate ganache.

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  • Your holiday party needs more than just cookies. Go with savory small bites perfect for mingling.
  • Everyone loves candy. From lollipops to truffles, we have the best recipes to gift this Christmas.

Meatless Monday: Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Forget bacon; caramelized onions make everything better. They’re how to make green beans infinitely more appealing and the secret to the best ever onion dip. When gooey cheese comes to play, you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven. It may be a dreary and cold Monday, but Chuck’s Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions alongside a bowl of creamy tomato soup will make everything OK.

The key to really good caramelized onions is patience, not a bunch of oil or butter. Cook the onions for at least twenty-five minutes in a heated skillet over medium heat. The low and slow cook time transforms the once harsh and crunchy slices into a melt-in-your-mouth, sweet and savory phenomenon. Pile it high on top of sharp cheddar for a game changing grilled cheese sandwich.

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Sifted: Boozy Caramel Sauce, Eggnog Oatmeal + More Holiday Goodies

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars by Buttered Up

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  1. Step up your game and serve Buttered Up’s dulce de leche cheesecake bars at your holiday party.
  2. This kale and quinoa salad with apple and sweet potato by Arielle Likes to Cook is perfect for your post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas diet.
  3. Why How Sweet It Is decided to make eggnog baked oatmeal with caramelized bananas and vanilla bean brown butter is irrelevant. We’re just very happy she did.
  4. Foodess’ merry Manhattan cocktail will have you merry indeed.
  5. The Beeroness’ salted beer caramel sauce makes a great gift, but you may have trouble giving it away.

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Meatless Monday: Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

You’ve completed another successful holiday eating marathon. Beginning last Thursday and ending on Sunday, it was mashed potatoes, stuffing and apple pie all day, everyday. You never thought the day would come, but you’re finally tired of leftovers (which is good because it’s time to consider tossing them anyways). With Christmas and more festive feasting soon to come, take a break from the rich and heavy foods with something light and healthy like Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf.

Packed with protein and fiber, quinoa is a great food to ward off hunger. Filled with bright flavors like lemon, pomegranate and scallion, Kelsey’s recipe tastes healthy, but in a good way. A generous serving will energize you rather than make you full and sleepy so you’ll be ready to tackle another holiday season (and enjoy more Christmas cookies).

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Appetizers

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

So you have your Thanksgiving dinner game plan all figured out. Festive holiday tablescape, check. Classic sides and a hearty main to please both carnivorous and vegetarian attendees, check. Wine list and kid-friendly beverages, check. Pie, check. (Duh.) But what about appetizers?

Don’t freak out. We’re not suggesting anything that will cost you a bunch of extra time and effort. A few simple snacks will actually make your dinner prep much more relaxing by keeping anxious guests happy and out of the kitchen. So set out some cheese and crackers and choose from our favorite no-fuss dips and spreads below. Who knows? By keeping hunger levels in check, perhaps you have a shot at avoiding some traditional family bickering.

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Sifted: Thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah Planning

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Merry Thought's Pecan Cheesecake Pie

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  1.  Merry Thought’s pecan cheesecake pie is a beautiful cross between two glorious holiday desserts.
  2. Forget mini pies, make Chocolate and Carrots’ bite-sized pumpkin pies or “croutons” instead.
  3. What Jew Wanna Eat drizzles bourbon cranberry sauce over coffee braised brisket for the ultimate holiday main.
  4. Brussels sprouts latkes by Kitchen Tested will please everyone at this year’s extra special Thanksgivukkah celebration.
  5. Save some room between those creamy mashed potatoes and gravy-doused turkey leg for Domesticate Me’s kale salad with quinoa and cranberries.  Festive and flavorful, it’ll make you forget the fact that it’s healthy.

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Right now, you’re probably debating between your aunt’s famous sweet potato casserole and dad’s creamy mashed potatoes. And then of course, buttery biscuits are a must and it’s not quite right without cranberries. Point being: It’s all about the sides. Thanksgiving may be known as Turkey Day but let’s face it — the sides usually outshine the bird.

The great news is that most side dishes are either meatless or can easily (and just as deliciously) be made without meat. It’s as simple as skipping the bacon and swapping in vegetable stock for the chicken or beef varieties. From traditional fare like roasted Brussels sprouts or candied yams to unconventional favorites like mac ‘n’ cheese or pumpkin cornbread, this year’s feast should have something to please everyone, especially the vegetarians. Check out some of our favorites below.

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