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Pantone’s Color of the Year in Food

       photo by The Full Helping

The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is none other than: greenery. It’s a color that represents nature and the outdoors, a sense of revival and renewal, and, for those of us foodies, all things plant-based. What more appropriate color than greenery to symbolize the growing interest in eating more greens and making them taste bomb-dot-com. Therefore, I’ve dedicated this round-up to all the yummy, green-centric recipes out there, starting with these dairy-free roasted garlic pesto potatoes.

recipe photo from Brewing Happiness

When it comes to my meals, I try to find every way humanly possible to sneak in greens. Cabbage, celery, brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach, kale, avocado- you name it. I’ll be honest though, eating greens hasn’t always been easy for me. I used to only eat salad if it was loaded up heavily with dressing. At which point, let’s be real the dressing was the star and the lettuce took a back stage seat. But one look at this creamy avocado mint dressing and you’ll start to see how important and versatile dressings really are. A little goes a long way too, when you add them to something that already tastes good (aha!). That’s the key. photo from The First Mess

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that vegetables can be fun. When I say fun, I mean fun to cook with and fun to eat. I mean come on, last year alone we watched spiralizing become a craze, fermentation become the new normal, and avocado toast take over the world. Not to mention matcha-flavored everything, superfood cocktails, and air-fried french fries. Move over kale chips and green juice. There’s more to plant-based living than you ever imagined. And I can’t wait to watch it continue to flourish in 2017. Oh, hello vegan stuffed spaghetti squash with chickpeas & garlicky arugula cream.

photo from Well and Full

One health food trend I really do hope never goes out of style is avocado. My love for avocado is endless. I’m a firm believer that it can make any recipe better. It’s like the holy grail of plant-based food. I don’t think I’ve met a single person that doesn’t like avocado. I’m obsessed with this stunning green pesto avocado toast with tahini. Or really, any avocado toast for that matter.

  recipe-greenery-miso-soup I’ll leave you with this soul-healing super green miso by one of my favorite plant-based bloggers Renee from Will Frolic For Food. It just so happens to be vegan & gluten-free. Plus, it warms both my tummy and my heart. As we struggle and thrive through these formidable winter months, let’s get our thinking caps on and brainstorm how we can live out this “greenery” trend for real. It’s about time.

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