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SmartyPlants Weekly Meal Plan - Released on 10-1-21


By SmartyPlants | October 1, 2021

Hello, October!

Fall is officially here! And in Chicago, that means cool days, and even cooler nights. The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to turn, and this means we are starting to crave warm, comfort food. We love it! This week, we decided to do a little tribute to that big, beautiful, cruciferous, crunchy, white veggie that we call Cauliflower!

If you’ve fallen out of love with cauliflower, but want to rekindle that old flame, we can help! Cauliflower is often overlooked—it’s always that last-to-be-eaten, raw veggie, next to the Ranch dip on the party platter. Poor thing!

But, when you prepare it in all of the right ways, it turns out that it’s super delicious! When you roast it, it becomes caramelized, and has a mild, nutty taste. And, it’s very versatile, like a potato—you can roast it, mash it, bake it, bread it, fry it, make a pizza crust out of it, make a soup from it, rice it, and make steaks out of it.

Did you know that it’s actually a flower that is not yet fully developed? It’s one of the most nutritious vegetables around, and this means it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals—vitamin C, K, B9 and B6. Just 1 cup of this stuff contains about 75% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Wowza! It’s full of water, so that means it’s super low in calories. And, it comes in 4 colors: yellow, orange, green and purple! Perfect, for fall..

We're talking about Crispy Cauliflower with Sticky Ginger Maple Sauce, Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy, and Pasta Bake with Mushroom Cream Sauce, Cauliflower and Spinach!
And, as a bonus, our brand new Garlic Bread!


Crispy Cauliflower with Sticky Ginger Maple Sauce

First, we bread and roast bite-size florets, to give them a nice, crispy crust. Then, we coat them with our delicious Sticky Ginger Maple Glaze, which is fantastic! Fresh garlic and ginger give our Glaze amazing flavor—it’s sweet, spicy, sticky, and out of this world! Served with our chilled and tangy, Marinated Cucumbers on the side, we’ll have you swooning over this cruciferous, crunchy veggie in no time.

Plant Based Crispy Cauliflower with Sticky Ginger Maple Sauce
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy
For this dish, we are slicing the head of cauliflower from top to stem, into nice thick pieces, or “steaks”. We roast our steaks with toasty spices, and serve them on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. We then smother everything in the most delicious Mushroom Gravy you’ve ever tasted. You'll find yourself wondering how this can taste so rich and delicious, knowing it’s made with 100% plants!

Plant Based Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy

Pasta Bake with Mushroom Cream Sauce, Cauliflower and Spinach
This type of meal really brings me back to our childhood. Mom pulling a nice, big baking dish of deliciousness out of the oven. I can almost smell it now! Our Pasta Bake will give you the same warm, fuzzy feelings of comfort. We toss cauliflower, baby spinach, and pasta in a creamy mushroom sauce, which brings everything together, and then bake it. Once this pasta is in the oven, you’ll have time to make a quick side salad, and our delicious, crusty Garlic Bread!

Plant Based Pasta Bake with Mushroom Cream Sauce, Cauliflower and Spinach

Garlic Bread
Crispy, crunchy, garlic bread! Who doesn't love to have a nice piece of garlic bread, alongside a great pasta dish? Or with a big salad? Or even made into a meatball sub! We took everything we know and love about garlic bread, and made our version, without using butter or oil. Our secret ingredient? Tahini, which gives it a rich, savory flavor. Get ready for some crunch!

Plant Based Garlic Bread


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