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Meatless Monday - Mezze Bowl with Cranberry Compote and Za’atar Chickpeas by Purple Carrot

I never thought I'd get into meatless and cheeseless dishes, yet here I am! Truth be told I crave them!! Now don't get me wrong, sometimes I want a good burger or steak (gasp), but I love the freshness and flavor combinations that are available for whole food, plant based foods(WFPB). We choose WFPB because of the health benefits and we see a secondary benefit to the environment. Mainly, we just like it.

You don't have to become Vegan or even Vegetarian to add more fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes into your diet. That's why we decided to try Purple Carrot, a Vegan meal delivery service. It was a way for us to add more whole food, plant based foods into our diet on a regular basis, but you don't have to join a meal delivery service to get ideas. Here are a few ways to get you going:


  • Minimalist Baker Simple, few ingredients and delicious. She is one of my favorites and a go-to when I'm out of ideas or short on time.

  • Pickles N Honey a fun site with a variety of ideas

  • Thug Kitchen - OK, be forewarned, major language and 'F' bombs, but D--- do they have good recipes!


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Time: 35 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Review: One of my favorite things about Purple Carrot is their flavor combinations and they don't disappoint with this dish! The cranberry compote is amazing, I was literally running my fingers and the fork over the bottom of the pan and licking it off!! Yeah, ok... classy no, yummy yes! This dish has a whopping 21 grams of protein and is very filling and satisfying and brought forth my favorite yummmy sounds from the hubs! Success!

I think it is important to be open minded and give the flavors and texture combinations a chance, you'll be happy you did.

This dish was easy to make, flavorful, and filling, plus my husband and I made it together, which makes it more fun. - Enjoy!

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