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Meatless Monday: Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi

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?

Gnudi are melt-in-your-mouth dumplings made of creamy ricotta and Parmesan. Similar to gnocchi but made with less flour, the Italian dish is essentially “naked” ravioli. While from-scratch pasta might be a daunting weeknight task, homemade gnudi is not. It’s simple and utterly delicious.

Boiled and tossed with sauce, gnudi is tasty; baked with fresh cherry tomatoes and basil, gnudi reaches a whole new  level of awesome. Sneak in some greens by way of garlicky sauteed spinach and call it a day.

If the moisture content in your ricotta is very high, strain it for a bit over a fine sieve so that the gnudi holds together more easily. You can also bake the dumplings in store-bought sauce, but if you can swing the extra 5 to 10 minutes, those bursting sweet cherry tomatoes are highly worth it. A fresh baguette to sop up the extra sauce and cheese is also strongly recommended.

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Sifted: Spooky Marshmallow Pops, Droolworthy Gluten-Free Cookies + More

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops by Just a Taste

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Don’t be spooked by Just a Taste’s Frankenstein marshmallow pops. The creepy green goodies may look scary (slash adorable), but they’re super easy to make.
  2. Mangia’s indulgent caramel apple oatmeal cookies are gluten-free and vegan.
  3. For a quick and easy game day snack, make Damn Delicious’ wonton mozzarella sticks.
  4. Treat yourself to Strawberry Plum’s apple cheddar grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the taste of fall melted between two slices of pumpernickel bread.
  5. Risotto for breakfast? Yep. Healthy. Happy. Life. has a recipe for it and it tastes like maple spice ginger cookie.

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Meatless Monday: Oktoberfest Feast

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 don’t have to make it to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest. Pick up some seasonal beer and set the table with good ‘ole comfort food — German style. To make it meatless, skip the bratwurst and make Roasted White Asparagus with Sauerkraut Hollandaise instead. Rich and buttery with sour notes and wholesome crunchy bits, this dish is best served with a crisp pint (or two).

White asparagus is loaded with nutrients so you’ll feel better about sopping up more of the rich and creamy sauce. With a milder flavor than their green counterparts, the white stalks are the perfect landing spot for for tangy hollandaise and hearty pumpernickle breadcrumbs.  To make it a true Oktoberfest feast, don’t forget the potatoes. German potato salad is awesome.

Roasted White Asparagus with Sauerkraut Hollandaise and Toasted Pumpernickel Breadcrumbs

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Sifted: Sriracha Mac and Cheese, Fried Apple Pancakes + More

Sriracha Mac and Cheese by Shutterbean

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  1. From the Havarti béchamel sauce and crispy panko to the fresh ginger and green onions, everything about Shutterbean’s Sriracha mac and cheese sounds incredible.
  2. Caramel corn is the best, especially when it’s Joy the Baker’s salty vanilla pretzel version.
  3. Churn some brown butter cinnamon ice cream by Completely Delicious. The weather may be changing, but it’s not too cold for ice cream. Is it ever?
  4. The Baker Chick’s fried apple pancakes are a must-try this fall.
  5. Make banh mi sandwiches at home with Heather Cristo’s recipe.

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Meatless Monday: Fried Rice with Asparagus, Corn and Mushrooms

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?

Recreating your favorite takeout dishes can be a much healthier option than ordering delivery. Take for instance fried rice. I’d be scared to know the nutritional information from my go-to Chinese takeout joint. Making it at home, I control how much oil goes into the wok.

You don’t need a recipe for fried rice — you can throw in just about anything. But Ching’s recipe for Egg, Baby Asparagus, Corn and Shimeji Mushroom Fried Rice takes the classic takeout dish to another level. It’s loaded with flavor, even sans pork. The addition of asparagus and mushrooms brings an earthy element to the meal. Finely diced red chile brings just the right amount of heat and corn adds a sweet crunch. By cooking the eggs separately from the rice, you get fluffy pieces of egg which make for the best of bites.

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Sifted: Pumpkin Croissant Donuts, Croque Monsieur Bites + More

Pumpkin Maple Croissant Donuts by Monday Morning Donuts

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  1. The Cronut craze is still going strong.  Get your fix at home with Monday Morning Donut’s pumpkin maple croissant donuts.
  2. We’d like an invite to any party serving these croque monsieur bites by Eat. Live. Travel. Write.
  3. Apple recipes have swarmed the blogosphere. Start your fall baking with The Baker Chick’s apple cheddar scones.
  4. If cooler weather means brown butter pumpkin waffles by Two Peas & Their Pod, bring on autumn!
  5. This jaw-dropping Instagram cake by Ann Reardon certainly deserves the utmost of likes (via Huffpost)

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Meatless Monday: Pasta alla Norma “Nuda”

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?

Pasta is great for Meatless Mondays because there are so many options. You can serve it cold or hot, add any number of veggies, make a sauce or just drizzle with oil or even give it an Asian flare. There’s no excuse to get bored.

When the weather starts cooling down, comfort food is what I crave most. While it’s not freezing yet in NYC, it feels more like fall. To kick off the season, I’ll be making Pasta alla Norma. With meaty eggplant in a simple tomato sauce, it’s a hearty, rustic dinner perfect for Meatless Monday.

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Sifted: Baked Doughnuts + Must-Make Nachos

Baked Nutella Doughnuts by Cooking Classy

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  1. An ice cold glass of milk is the perfect pairing to Cooking Classy’s baked Nutella doughnuts.
  2. Joy the Baker gives you yet another reason to buy a doughnut pan: brown butter baked doughnuts with chocolate glaze.
  3. If the peaches by you are still sweet and lovely, grab a few to make Scarletta Bake’s roasted peach milkshakes.
  4. Head to the farmers market on Saturday to make these farmer’s market nachos for football Sunday. Kate from Scratch’s recipe includes sweet and spicy peppadews.
  5. Greek yogurt and frozen banana make Sally’s Baking Addiction’s PB&J smoothie thick, creamy and extra nutritious.

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Meatless Monday: Veggie Burgers

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?

Vegetarian burgers have a bad rep, but can actually be quite delicious. You just need the right recipe, and these really simple black bean burgers are it. Mashed black beans help bind the patties while the whole beans bring a hearty texture. Give your burgers a Cajun spin or stick to the classic seasonings. This recipe is a great starting point for a number of fun variations. All you need to know is that it’s easy and tastes good, too.

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Sifted: Secret Ingredient Cookies, Football Fare + More

Secret Ingredient Cookies by Just a Taste

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  1. The secret ingredient to Just a Taste’s favorite chocolate chip cookies is creamy and tangy and makes just about everything better. Any guesses?
  2. Ever heard of a tater tot burger? Neither had we. But with football starting this week, it just may be the perfect time to try this crazy recipe by Domestic Fits.
  3. If you’ve said goodbye to summer on Labor Day, say hello to Brooklyn Farm Girl’s Mexican pumpkin chili.
  4. Looking for an easy game day recipe? Look no further than What’s Gaby Cooking’s mini chicken tostadas. They’re topped with guacamole and totally addicting.
  5. The Faux Martha’s cheater banana pudding is an easy, foolproof recipe to have in your back pocket.

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  • Put an end to lunchtime boredom with these quick and easy lunch ideas.
  • Cookie bars are suitable for most every occasion — after-school snack time, Football Sundays, birthday parties and just because.
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