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Veggie Mess! 10 Must Try Recipes Shared By Popular Vegetarian Bloggers

Veggie Mess! 10 Must Try Recipes Shared By Popular Vegetarian Bloggers

Vegetarian eating is one of the healthiest ways to nourish yourself. All that fiber, all those vitamins and minerals… it does a body so much good!

Whether you’re a tried and true veggie, or just looking to lose a few pounds, give your digestive system a break, or do a little something to take the strain off the environment, there are lots of good reasons to try your hand at vegetarian cooking.

If you’re a veggie connoisseur, but just happen to be stuck in a recipe rut, or you’re new to exploring the vegetarian world and you’re stumped beyond baked potatoes for dish ideas, here are some great vegetarian recipes from a sampling of the best veggie (and a couple of vegan) food bloggers.

May they inspire you, entice you, and help you on your way to a healthier life with a lighter conscience.

1. Curry Garlic Sweet Potato Fries with Miso Gravy

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    If curried sweet potatoes wasn’t exciting enough for you, how about some tangy, miso gravy for dipping them in?

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    An ultimate in savory excellence, this recipe is full of umami and entirely meat product-free.

    2. Veggie Naan’wich with Feta and Chickpea Mash

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      Because naan is amazing and somehow gets even better when it’s enveloping soft feta and creamy chickpea mash.

      If you haven’t had naan before, it’s a delicious, fluffy, heavenly Indian bread traditionally served with curries. It’s great for dipping, spreading and rolling up other ingredients into. This recipe is an inventive take on the latter option.

      3. Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

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        Overnight french toast casserole involves “throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pan the night before, letting them sit in the fridge overnight, and then baking them off the next morning.

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        Not a lot of effort for a luscious, seasonal breakfast idea.

        4. Three Layer Upside Down Apple Pecan Breakfast Cake

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          Another great vegetarian breakfast option if you’re thinking something merging between breakfast and dessert, crisp apples and toasty pecans make for an unforgettable combination.

          Upside down or right side up, you’ll enjoy shovelling this one in.

          5. Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

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            Not quite so dessert-y, but, definitely a little sweet and more decadent than your average cereal bowl, this zucchini bread oatmeal will infuse a little extra spring in your step as you make your way to the kitchen in the morning.

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            6. Hearty Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Salad

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              If there’s one thing vegetarians are known for, it’s salads. But if there’s one other thing they’re known for, it’s coming up with the most imaginative, varied and, yes, even hearty salads you could ask for.

              Golden butternut squash and crisp apples make this salad just that.

              7. Baked Black Bean Taquitos

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                Mexican fare is a great playground for vegetarian dishes.

                The variety of options with protein-packed beans and lots of exciting spices make such playful and satisfying dishes that even a borderline carnivore won’t miss the meat.

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                8. Savory Oat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

                  This unique recipe for savory oat bars featuring earthy olives and robust sun-dried tomatoes will have you thinking outside the rectangle. Or at least thinking new within it.

                  9. Soup of Celeriac, Sweet Onion and Fresh Mint

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                    Alkalizing and soothing for the body, this creamy, filling soup boosts the immune system while surprising in flavor with its balance between mild roasted root and bright flavored mint.

                    10. Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Lentil Balls

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                      And to top it off, another great vegetarian recipe that boosts the immune system and provides necessary nutrients.

                      Lentil balls add easily digestible plant protein and fiber that will help you feel full and satisfied, but not like you just ate a cow. Because you didn’t.

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                      Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                      Review Your Past Flow

                      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                      Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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