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Meatless Monday: Risotto Primavera

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?

Though most of us associate the slow cooker with the long-simmered comfort foods of winter, this kitchen gadget actually comes in handy year-round. This bright, springy risotto is a case in point. Make it the traditional way — on the stovetop with lots of stirring and constant supervision — or simply let the slow cooker work its time-saving magic. Fill the pot up with Arborio rice, hot vegetable stock and fresh, seasonal produce like fava beans, asparagus and zucchini, and in just two hours, you’ll have a creamy, bubbling risotto brimming with vibrant spring flavors — no arm workout required.

Risotto Primavera

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Meatless Monday: Pea, Feta and Mint 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?

With St. Patrick’s Day in full swing and the first day of spring finally in sight, there are plenty of reasons to go green this week. But if you’re tired of celebrating with the same old emerald-tinted beer and bagels, consider a dish that skips the food coloring entirely. An array of verdant veggies and herbs, including freshly shelled peas and snips of mint, gives this salad its festive hue, while another lime-colored ingredient — chopped pistachios — adds texture and crunch. Drizzle on the sweet-zesty dressing made from Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and honey and you’ll have a fresh, all-natural nod to the Emerald Isles.

Pea, Feta and Mint Salad

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Meatless Monday: Veggie Balls

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?

There are some food holidays that seem nearly impossible for vegetarians to celebrate. Take, for instance, National Meatball Day, an annual tribute that veggie-lovers may have skipped out on yesterday. But thanks to the specialists at New York City’s wildly popular the Meatball Shop, you now have a mouthwatering — and meatless  — reason to belatedly join in. Next time life calls for meatballs, whip up a batch of these robust veggie balls. The baked rounds are loaded with celery, mushrooms, lentils and walnuts — plus a ton of fresh herbs — to mimic the plump, hearty texture of the classic spaghetti-toppers. Whether you cover them with spoonfuls of pesto or smother them in tomato sauce, these veggie balls will have even hardcore carnivores asking for seconds.

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Meatless Monday: The Mardi Gras Edition

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?

There’s no such thing as too much when it comes to Mardi Gras. When the festivities kick off tomorrow, bring a little excess to your own dinner table with this deep-fried Southern side dish. Dipped in buttermilk to bolster their natural tartness, the green tomato are then crusted in panko instead of traditional cornmeal to give them extra crunch. Nosh on the tangy poppers as a standalone snack — paired with creamy, poblano-flecked mayo — or toss them on top of greens to give your salad a dose of Big Easy flair. If you truly want to take things over the top, pile the golden-brown bites into a baguette with your favorite vegetarian fixin’s to form the ultimate Meatless Monday po’boy.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Green Chili Mayonnaise

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Meatless Monday: Oscars Party Food

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?

The silver screen’s biggest names will strut down the red carpet on Sunday as Hollywood doles out its coveted little gold men. If you plan to root for your favorite actors and films in style, break out the bow ties and sequins and throw your own star-studded soirée, showcasing A-list hors d’oeuvres like these elegant puff pastry tarts. Assembling them won’t require any movie magic, just spinach, Italian cheeses and a box of frozen pastry shells. The flaky, savory bites will make your guests feel like the night’s real winners, even if they’re not walking off with a shiny statuette.

Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastry Pockets

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Meatless Monday: Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

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?

Much like risotto, gnocchi often strikes fear into the hearts of home cooks. It’s complicated, we think, requiring too many time-consuming steps: Baking the potatoes, mashing them up and finally kneading the fluffy stuff into a dough that we hope — with crossed, flour-stained fingers — doesn’t become stiff and gummy. But as Extra Virgin hosts Debi and Gabriele prove again and again, Italian classics don’t always require a full day at the stove. In the time it would take to roast a few potatoes, you can have this alternative no-stress five-star gnocchi — loaded with spinach and Parmesan — ready for the dinner table. By swapping out spuds for ricotta cheese, their recipe saves on prep time, but still yields the same puffy, light texture that these dumplings are known for. Top the pillowy nuggets with sage-butter sauce for a deceptively luxurious meal that leaves you plenty of time to master the rest of Nonna’s recipes.

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

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Meatless Monday: Eggplant Parm Stacks

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?

With a winter that feels extra long and extra chilly — thank you, polar vortex — we’ve spent most of the season hunkered down with our coziest recipes, including this one for Eggplant Parm Stacks. Leave it to comfort-food queen Rachael Ray to transform the homey Italian casserole into crunchy, cheesy towers that you can attack with a knife and fork or pile into a delightfully messy sandwich. Layers of roasted tomatoes, gooey melted mozzarella and basil give the stacks their distinct parm flavors without overwhelming the meaty discs of panko-coated eggplant. Satisfying and nostalgic, this twist on a classic will warm you right up from the inside out.

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Meatless Monday: Sochi-Inspired Beet 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?

The Super Bowl may be over, but there’s only a quick break before action-packed sports resume with this week’s opening of the Winter Olympics. In honor of this year’s host city, Sochi on the Black Sea, we’re fueling up with a classic vegetarian zakuski, Russia’s version of tapas. This vibrant, crimson-hued salad is remarkably simple, calling for shredded roasted beets tossed with ample garlic and chopped walnuts. Lemon juice and sweet medjool dates mellow out the intense garlicky punch, while sour cream and mayonnaise give the dish its luxurious, creamy texture. Toss in other hearty vegetables like potatoes or carrots to make it a filling meatless main, or load the salad up on blinis for a gold medal-worthy appetizer. Let the games begin!

Garlicky Beet Salad with Walnuts and Dates

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Meatless Monday: Game-Day Food

The Super Bowl is just a few days away, and if you haven’t planned your game-day spread, get rolling with a DIY taco bar. The concept is quick and easy, and it lets guests pick their favorite flavors. Though meaty fillings are the go-to, you can keep it all-veg with grilled zucchini, sauteed mushrooms and roasted eggplant, or this recipe for cauliflower and lentil tacos. Jason Wrobel, the host of How to Live to 100, favors the two ingredients for their high nutrients and flavor-absorbing powers. Topped with a heaping spoonful of guacamole – Jason adds cumin and cayenne – these tacos are so hearty and fresh, they’ll even score with the meat-lovers.

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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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