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It’s the first Meatless Monday of 2014!

Going meatless one day a week is a great resolution to make, and it can lead to many other great changes such as losing weight, helping the environment and reducing your risk for diseases. But change can be tough, so we wanted to help by offering some of our favorite meatless winter meals — each of which we tied to a resolution.

1. Resolve to start off on the right foot: Pumpkin spice oatmeal

Pumpkin spice oatmeal

New beginnings call for good decisions. The easiest route? A healthy breakfast to start out your day.

2. Resolve to live brightly: Curried sweet potato soup with cilantro, lime and peanuts

I've been all about dishes that liven up cold-weather staples lately. Cilantro and lime add lots of brightness and color to a soup that has lots of warm flavors, a nice combination.

Don’t let the cold weather of the new year bring you down! Brightness, like the flavors and colors of this soup, can get you through the short daylight hours.

3. Resolve to reuse and recycle: Homemade vegetable stock

It totally bums me out that I can't easily compost at my apartment, so this was my little solution to that problem. On the day before our usual farmer's market trip, I went through the refrigerator and grabbed up all the vegetables that looked toward the end of their life. I also made sure to save some scraps from my prep during the week: corn cobs sans corn, broccoli stalks and onion stems.

Don’t throw away what can be made into something new (and delicious)! Just because it’s a little old doesn’t mean it can’t be brought back to life.

4. Resolve to respect the classics: Red beans and walnut-herb sauce over black rice

Do yourself a favor and take a big whiff in the bowl of the food processor after you've ground down the garlic and roasted walnuts.

You can’t argue with the tried and true, so embrace it! And maybe even give it your own, special twist.

5. Resolve to let go of perfection: Kale, sweet potato, farro and pomegranate salad

Kale, sweet potato, farro and pomegranate salad

Mix it up a bit! Life – like a good meal – does not always have to have a flawless presentation. Go ahead, throw it on the plate and enjoy.

6. Resolve to allow positive transformationsWilted spinach salad with sun-dried tomatoes and baby bella mushrooms

Disaster, in the form of a loose pepper shaker lid, struck while I was making this.

If you have to change something, then change it for the better! (Really — aren’t sun-dried tomatoes one of the greatest food transformations ever? Be your own tomato!)

7. Resolve to appreciate the little things: Mini quinoa and black bean patties

I served these patties over a simple tossed spinach salad and a dollop of plain yogurt. These mini patties would also make an appetizer or can be refrigerated after they're cooked for adding to salads later in the week.

It’s easy to skip over the smaller things in life, but try taking note of them. It nearly doubles your enjoyment!

8. Resolve to try the unusual: Warm broccoli, orange and olive salad

It may not be your idea of the perfect pairing, but why not allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised? Even if it doesn't become your favorite, you still tried something new.

It may not be your idea of the perfect pairing, but why not allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised? Even if it doesn’t become your favorite, you still tried something new.

9. Resolve to add a little spice to your life: Spicy black bean soup

For such a spicy, deep soup, it sure is a dull color. I whipped out one of my favorite Southwest-style platters and garnished the soups. Not all food looks gorgeous, but sometimes they just make great canvases.

It’s easy to get into a routine and get comfortable, so add a dash of excitement every once in a while!

10. Resolve not to feel guilty: Garlicky roasted chickpeas with feta and mint


At the end of the day, know what you love, don’t apologize (even if you have garlic breath) and let it flow easily.

Good luck on all your resolutions!

—Sarah & Caitlin

*For more Meatless Monday recipes for any time of year, click here.

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It’s been another beautiful, tasty and filling year for So Hungry I Could Blog!


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Here at So Hungry, we are gearing up for some serious cookie baking and fattening of friends, family and coworkers. We’re also putting together a great holiday cookie guide for you all to browse while putting together your own sugary menus! While your mouths water in anticipation, tell us…

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You might have noticed this fancy little badge in the right-side rail of the blog.

You might have noticed this fancy little badge in the right-side rail of the blog. Allow us to explain …

It should be fairly obvious by now that we’re pretty in to Meatless Monday around here. [Ahem.]

For the past three years’ worth of Mondays, we’ve taken turns posting a menu item that’s meat-free, and this week Meatless Monday recognized our efforts, adding So Hungry I Could Blog to its list of Bloggers on Board. We couldn’t be more thrilled!

Some facts about MM:

  • Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. — Wikipedia
  • Meatless Monday began in 2003, launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. — MeatlessMonday.com
  • Meatless Monday has a global presence and is now active in 29 countries. — MeatlessMonday.com

What it means to be a MM blog:

  • There are more than 130 blogs officially linked up to Meatless Monday at last count.
  • Affiliated Meatless Monday blogs provide a staggering number of meat-free recipes options. We make up a strong network of resources for people who choose to skip meat on Mondays and other days. Explore the other blogs here.

So! On this eve of Thanksgiving, we’re thankful to be MM official. Going forward, we’ll keep sharing our favorite meatless recipes on Mondays, and we hope you’ll keep trying them.

Thanks for sharing in our excitement, and Happy Thanksgiving!

— Caitlin and Sarah

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Who won our handy "What to Eat?" meal planner?

Who won our handy “What to Eat?” meal planner?


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by Sarah Steimer and Caitlin Saniga

You know what we haven't done in a while? Given away a great gift!

You know what we haven’t done in a while? Given away a great gift! This weekly meal planner has sections for each meal of the day (plus snacks) and for every day of the week.


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by Sarah Steimer

Austin, Texas

Don’t squint! Click to see a larger image of this collage.


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