Honey is more than just one of nature's best sweeteners. Aside from its widely touted health benefits, honey can add sweetness, complexity and flavor to a wide variety of dishes, both savory and sweet. Its unique flavor makes honey a fantastic ingredient in vegetarian recipes, so this Meatless Monday, consider including some honey recipes in your repertoire.
When choosing the honey you'd like to use in these recipes, the sky's the limit. Mild clover honey is a great all-purpose honey, but more full-flavored honeys like buckwheat honey or uniquely flavored honeys like lavender or rosemary honey can add great flavor to recipes. Vary the honey you use depending on your personal tastes as well as the individual recipe.
First up, the baked beans depicted above. This delicious recipe is completely vegetarian and gets a nice hit of flavor thanks to the addition of honey. Make a big pot of these slightly sweet and tangy baked beans, and serve them up however you like. They're fantastic served over scrambled eggs on toast, but you could also consider having a bowl of them accompanied by cornbread or even serving them with just a bit of grated cheese sprinkled over the top.
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Honey is, of course, a fantastic addition to sweet dishes. This delicious berry compote is sweetened with a touch of honey and served with pistachios and Greek yogurt for a flavorful, protein-rich breakfast or dessert. Clementines and strawberries make for a very intriguing pair in this easy-to-make compote.
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Buttermilk biscuits are a classic served with fresh butter and a drizzle of honey, but they're even more delicious with honey baked right into the dough! These honey buttermilk biscuits are perfectly tender. They're sweet enough for breakfast, but a kick from the rosemary makes them a delicious accompaniment to any savory dish as well.
The perfect guilt-free indulgence for a rich breakfast or a delightful dessert, this raw chocolate smoothie is actually quite good for you! Raw chocolate gets a kick of natural sweetness from honey and banana, which also adds a touch of creaminess. This factor is pumped up thanks to avocado and raw almond milk. The combination is something you can feel good about drinking!
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