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Tips for making flavorful veggie-based meals

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Pure Flavor, Darn Good Veggies & Le Petit Chef

These tips will help you make vegan recipes your whole family will love!

Meatless Mondays are a great way for people to make sure the first meals of the week are full of fresh veggies. Whether you choose to go completely meatless on any day of the week or are simply looking to incorporate more healthy vegetables into your diet, there’s no question that recipes rich in fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers can make mealtime healthier and more flavorful.

As a leader in the greenhouse industry, Pure Flavor® knows a thing or two about the impact veggies can have on your diet. Here are a few of their tips for making healthy veggie-based meals.

Plan ahead & make a list

Keep a list of your favorite veggie-based recipes on your fridge or phone. Include a wide variety of recipes with different flavors – like this Summer Roll in a Bowl from Darn Good Veggies and Creamy Pepper Pasta from Le Petit Chef. If a recipe really hits the spot with your family, mark it with a star. With your list at the ready, you can shop for the fresh ingredients you need and avoid making multiple trips to the grocery store. A few simple ingredients like Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers and Mini Cucumbers can pack in a lot of flavor and complement the other ingredients in dishes you cook throughout the week.

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Try different cuisines

There are vegan options to enjoy in all your favorite cuisines and styles. Exploring the wide world of vegan cuisines keeps everyone in the family excited for dinner. Darn Good Veggie’s Summer Roll in a Bowl is a fresh Thai dish with vermicelli noodles, ginger dressing and peanut sauce. On the other hand, you can try an Italian-style dish like Le Petit Chef’s Creamy Pepper Pasta that has warmer, creamy flavors. Both recipes get all their flavor from delicious, greenhouse grown vegetables, are vegan and dairy-free, and are sure to become family favorites.

 

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Think about the flavors you want & make substitutions

If you love the flavor of cheesy pasta but want to make your dish truly vegan, add cashews and nutritional yeast to the sauce. It’s this perfect combination that gives this vegan pasta recipe a creamy texture and cheesy flavor. To make the most delicious Creamy Pepper Pasta, roast Aurora Bites in the oven with onion and garlic for twenty minutes. Boil some water and soak one cup of raw cashews. Then, fry fresh broccoli with more Aurora Bites for five minutes. Take your roasted sweet peppers out of the oven, peel and blend them with the roasted onion, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, olive oil, and strained cashews. Mix the sauce with pasta, fried broccoli and Aurora Bites. Enjoy your vegan Creamy Pepper Pasta!

Find the right balance

When incorporating vegan or meatless meals into your meal plan, don’t get stuck worrying about the amount of protein or other nutrients your menu contains. As long as you incorporate a variety of fresh veggies you will enjoy all the health benefits of a balanced diet. Mini Cucumbers lend a great freshness to this Summer Roll in a Bowl recipe, but they also promote hydration because they are composed over 95% water. This makes Summer Roll in a Bowl the perfect post-workout meal. The Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers in Creamy Pepper Pasta are full of Vitamin C and other important nutrients that can help support your immune system.

 

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Experiment!

Cooking should be fun and engaging, get creative and try new ingredients. For example, to make Le Petit Chef’s Summer Roll in a Bowl, you start by mixing together garlic, rice vinegar, avocado oil, maple syrup, soy sauce and fresh ginger. This tasty mix of Asian flavors complements the crisp Mini Cucumbers and fresh herbs. You can try experimenting with some of these ingredients by swapping maple syrup with honey. You could also spice it up by mincing Stingrays™ Hot Peppers in the ginger dressing, too! Maybe the next time you prepare this delicious Summer Roll in a Bowl recipe you can fry up some tofu or tempeh for a bit meatier texture.

This article is brought to you by Pure Flavor, Darn Good Veggies & Le Petit Chef

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