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12 Recipes to Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Mar 04, 2016

March is National Nutrition Month and to celebrate, we want to help you fit fruits and vegetables into your diet every day. Here are 12 guilt-free recipes to invigorate every meal from breakfast to dessert.

1. Chia Seed Waffles

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Book: Cut the Sugar, You're Sweet Enough
These waffles are not only gluten-free and vegan — they are also packed with protein. Thanks to chia seeds, a mix of gluten-free flours, and almond milk, these waffles are wholesome, nutritious, and filling. Top with fresh fruit and whipped coconut milk for a delicious morning treet.

2.  Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Pistachio Salad

Persimmon Pomegranate SaladBook: Choosing Sides
Slices of sweet persimmon are balanced perfectly by lightly dressed arugula, delicate slices of fennel, and crunchy roasted pistachios.

3. Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Banana Pops

Banana PopsBook: The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook
These frozen banana pops make the perfect healthy snack or dessert. Mix up the granola coating by adding your favorite dried fruit and nuts (or chocolate chips!).

4. Vegetable Paella

Vegetable PaellaBook: Vegan Without Borders
While classic Spanish paella is filled with all sorts of seafood and meats, this vegan version is filled with an equally wide variety of vegetables — eggplant, red pepper, tomatoes, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, peas, olives, and a boat load of herbs and spices, to boot. Add seitan, vegan sausage, or tempeh for a heartier meal.

5. Kale Chips

Kale ChipsBook: Real Food for Everyone
Potato chips are out — kale chips are in. These crispy and healthy treats are easy to make and are good for you, too.

6. Harvest Kale Salad with Sweet Mustard Tempeh

Harvest Kale SaladBook: Real Food for Everyone
Beets, sweet potatoes, and tempeh pair perfectly with earthy kale in this filling salad. Don’t skip the spicy-sweet roasted almonds on top — they add the perfect amount of crunch!

7. Pear, Stilton, and Bacon Salad with Honey-Glazed Pecans

Pear Pecan SaladBook: Taste of Honey
Stilton cheese and crumbled bacon lend a luscious mouthfeel to this salad, while the oil-free honey-based dressing adds sweetness.

8. Honey Glazed Beets

Honey Glazed BeetsBook: Taste of Honey
Sweet honey is the perfect accompaniment to earthy beets. Cinnamon adds even more depth of flavor to this dish. Need some serving ideas? Pair with roasted chicken or pork, or throw cooled beets on top of a salad.

9. White Bean Salad with Preserved Tuna and Parsley Vinaigrette

White Bean SaladBook: Seamus Mullen’s Hero Food
The parsley vinaigrette on this salad is the perfect way to make the white beans and tuna in this salad come alive with flavor. Add green olives for a pop of briny flavor.

10. Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted SproutsBook: Seamus Mullen’s Hero Food
When cooked incorrectly, brussels sprouts leave plenty to be desired. Roast them in a cast iron skillet with some chorizo and lemon juice, however, and you have something truly special on your hands.

11. Ambrosia Salad

AmbrosiaBook: My New Orleans
This vibrant take on classic ambrosia salad is the perfect refreshing addition to any brunch table, or even to enjoy as a super-healthy dessert.

12. Vin Santo Roasted Pears

Vin Santo Roasted PearsBook: Canal House Cooks Every Day
Simply roasting pears with a bit of sugar, lemon juice, vanilla bean, butter and dessert wine creates a rich and flavorful dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you in a sugar coma.

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