October 1st marks World Vegetarian Day as well as the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month, and we think (hint, hint) it's the perfect time to dedicate yourself to some meatless mondays (if not more). Plus, the blogoshpere was a flutter with delicious pumpkin recipes this last week as we transitioned right into fall. Eating a seasonal, local, plant-based diet is just about the best step you can take towards living lighter on this planet. Here are some recipes that'll make it easy and delicious, too.
Start your day with something... shall we say unique? This Jack-o-Pumpkin Breakfast Sandwich from Healthy Happy Life is stacked tall with a combination of savory and sweet flavors that delight the palate while providing a breakfast worth talking about.
Also from Healthy Happy Life, a Roasted Cauliflower Pumpkin Swirl Dip that appetizes wonderfully alongside a warm baquette. Maybe you have a few heirloom tomatoes leftover to slice and place atop, too... heaven.
The folks over at eCurry have given us a very simple recipe that pairs some warm spices to walk us through the upcoming chill of fall with... you guessed it, pumpkin. Balsamic Glazed Pumpkin with Walnuts makes an inspired side dish or even entree atop a bed of rice and/or beans, quinoa, couscous or your favorite grain.
For a light dessert, give this Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake from The Realistic Nutritionist a go. To quote the author and baker, "if it has pumpkin, how can it be bad?" We heartily agree.
image: Healthy Happy Life