Meatless Monday: Vegan Recipe Round-Up

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Did anyone do anything fun for the Superbowl? I had a fairly busy weekend so by the time Sunday night rolled around, I was ready to crash.  The husband and I went to grab some pho and beer with my parents and then called it an early night. We’re super exciting people, I know.

This week I thought I would do something new and institute a new fixture on the blog: “Meatless Mondays”. I’m not a vegan or vegetarian but I do prefer to limit my intake of animal products for various health and environmental reasons so I think this feature will be a good way to come up with some new exciting recipes. For this week, I’m going to do a quick recipe round-up of some of my favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes.

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Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate: The most decadent hot chocolate ever

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Vegan Chocolate Cranberry Date Bars: These are a great post-workout snack

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Vegan Cranberry Coconut Truffles: I like to keep a steady supply of these on hand for quick grab-and-go snacks

Vegan Split Pea Soup: A hearty vegan soup for cold winter nights

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Vegan Chai Banana Bread: My favorite banana bread!

Vegan Stuffed Shells: The husband ate a few servings of these before I told him they were vegan…and then he kept on eating!

Moroccan Inspired Vegan Pasta Salad: One of my favorite summertime pasta salads.

Feel free to link up to your own recipes or other great recipes/blogs/etc/ in the comments!

Gluten-free Super Bowl Eats

Happy Thursday! Friday is almost here which means the weekend isn’t far off. I’ll be honest – I completely forgot that the Superbowl was this weekend. We don’t really watch football (or even have cable for that matter) and really, the Superbowl has always been about the beer and the food for me. And the commercials.

Superbowl parties usually have a ton of gluten-filled food, here are some gluten-free snacks to consider making or bringing to your party:

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Munchies
– tortilla chips + salsa & guacamole
– veggies with hummus or green goddess dip
gluten-free crackers and dips
coconut energy truffles to keep your stamina up for all that cheering…and beer drinking

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Savory Sides
– a yummy brussel sprout salad
vegan baked beans
roasted brussel sprouts

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Main Dishes
vegan stuffed shells
vegan veggie lasagna
– vegetarian chili
lentil soup

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Sweet Stuff
– vegan mexican hot chocolate
apple cinnamon roll muffins
– s’mores with gluten-free graham crackers

What to Drink
peach basil margaritas
– gluten-free beers like Bards and Greens (my favorite)
– wine! always.

Here a few links to other gluten-free friendly and healthy Superbowl snacks:
– these dips & nachos from Ashley
– these healthy eats from Brittany
– Mama Pea’s nacho bites
– Some more healthy dips over at Fitsugar

Anyone have any big plans for the Superbowl? The husband will be working what is sure to be an insane shift and I will probably be deep in the black hole that is photo editing.