At Vitacost, we have one word for how we want you to feel about your autumn 2013: Awesome! And that means celebrating the essence of the season in the healthiest fall foods, from pumpkin to apples.
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The next time you’re in the mood for a veggie burger, think outside the box (the kind you pick up in the frozen food aisle at the supermarket, that is). These fresh, homemade patties feature some of the best flavors of the fall season—yellow squash, pumpkin seeds and almonds—and can be made in minutes by simply blending ingredients, shaping into patties and pan-frying in flavorful coconut oil until golden brown. Company coming for dinner? Try baking the mixture in mini-loaf pans for an elegant main dish!
Hollow out a pepper and you’ve got the perfect package to plump with tasty fillings. Rather than the traditional rice-and-meat combo, scoop in a vegetarian medley of diced zucchini, black beans, pumpkin seeds and spicy dairy-free cheese. Top with cool, creamy avocado slices and fresh pico de gallo to give these stuffed sensations a Mexican twist.
Why throw together another ordinary lettuce-and-tomato side salad when you can make a meal-worthy, mixed-greens masterpiece? Fresh baby spinach leaves, kale, avocado and artichoke hearts are just a few of the plant powerhouses tucked into this bowl. Sprinkle on some crunchy, protein-packed pumpkin seeds and top with a drizzle of zesty, homemade balsamic dressing—lunch is served!
Satisfy crunch cravings with this colorful coleslaw, speckled with caraway seeds and tossed with healthy Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. Red cabbage is rich in fiber, potassium and vitamins A, C, K and B-6—plus, it’s naturally sweet (not to mention eye catching!), making this salad the perfect side to serve with a savory springtime dish.
This Valentine’s Day, prepare a meal for your man that not only tantalizes the taste buds but entices the mind and body. Whip up a dish featuring a few of these top aphrodisiac foods to ignite a fire that will burn all night long.
Spice up ordinary taco nights with a twist on everyone’s favorite Mexican dish. This enchilada casserole is meat free but full of authentic flavor—with corn tortillas, sautéed veggies, black beans and vegan cheese, layered and baked to bubbly perfection. Sprinkle with pepitas and hemp seeds for a protein boost!
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