Meatless Monday Recipes: Paneer Ka Paratha courtesy of inSHAPE

When there’s an active youngster in the house (or more than one), snacks are really important. Buying packed snacks underscore our modern struggle with weight and overall health, so we try to snack mostly on foods that grow or things that we can make at home.  Yes, this can take time and, for what it’s worth, a little muscle. Do yourself a favor and give this simple recipe a try for a yummy snack treat that you and your kids will love.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Cool and Creamy Summer Salad courtesy of inSHAPE

Editor’s Note: A hearty well done to Harper, daughter of Kim Watkins of inSHAPE Fitness on coming up with this recipe. Start ’em young! :)

When you walk in your door, and your five-year old daughter has an idea for a recipe, you may think that it’s for cookies or some other sweet treat. How exciting when she points to melon and cucumbers to start a dish!

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Asparagus Soup with Ricotta Dollop courtesy of inSHAPE

This spring vegetable is about to become a little more scarce in the market. It was late coming out because of the long winter but it really can’t take the intense heat so grab a bunch soon. Homemade soup is so easy, and given the poor nutritional content of pre-made soups, you really should take that extra 20 minutes to do it yourself.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Ricotta Oat Casserole courtesy of inSHAPE

Sometimes an ingredient gets in my head, and I can’t stop finding scrumptious ways to use it. My mission over the next week is to make homemade ricotta, and I’ll report in on that next week, but this week, we’ve prepared a savory casserole-like dish with oats, ricotta, and tomatoes. 

Sometimes an ingredient gets in my head, and I can’t stop finding scrumptious ways to use it. My mission over the next week is to make homemade ricotta, and I’ll report in on that next week, but this week, we’ve prepared a savory casserole-like dish with oats, ricotta, and tomatoes.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Swiss Chard and Ricotta Pasta courtesy of inSHAPE

Chard is a hearty stalk that makes its way onto our plates in early summer, and we dig its flavor and nutrient profile. Paired with whole wheat orecchiette pasta and creamy ricotta, the dish pleases everyone. Just make sure that you make a ton of it to save for leftovers!

Chard is a hearty stalk that makes its way onto our plates in early summer, and we dig its flavor and nutrient profile. Paired with whole wheat orecchiette pasta and creamy ricotta, the dish pleases everyone. Just make sure that you make a ton of it to save for leftovers!

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Farro Risotto courtesy of inSHAPE

Kids love rice, but plain rice, even brown rice is stripped of most of it’s nutritional value. White rice has zero nutritional value. Now we aren’t suggesting that you never serve it, but you can opt for quinoa, bulgur, spelt, farro and others that offer high levels of fiber, protein and other essential nutrients – AND they can taste great! This easy recipe cooks farro down then cooks it down more, and with a few other ingredients turns it into a yummy risotto. 

Kids love rice, but plain rice, even brown rice is stripped of most of it’s nutritional value. White rice has zero nutritional value. Now we aren’t suggesting that you never serve it, but you can opt for quinoa, bulgur, spelt, farro and others that offer high levels of fiber, protein and other essential nutrients – AND they can taste great! This easy recipe cooks farro down then cooks it down more, and with a few other ingredients turns it into a yummy risotto.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Portabello Pilaf courtesy of inSHAPE

When you go meatless, you really need flavorful ingredients that will please your palate and sate your tummy. Few options match the quality of portobello mushrooms, which is why they can shine as brightly as some of the more traditional stars of a cookout.

When you go meatless, you really need flavorful ingredients that will please your palate and sate your tummy. Few options match the quality of portobello mushrooms, which is why they can shine as brightly as some of the more traditional stars of a cookout.

Paired with one of the all-time favorite grains in our house, bulgur, we prepared a pilaf that can be enjoyed on its own or with the company of burgers, fish, or whatever else you might be cooking up this weekend.

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