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Asparagus and Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

One of the unexpected side-effects of pregnancy has been a renewed focus on nutrient density and food quality. There are long lists of things expectant mothers should or should not have, and there is considerable debate over several popular items. That said, the benefit for us has been an intentional effort to double down on new and exciting ways to get more vegetables into our daily routine. We shared one such example last week, showcasing beets and avocados.

This week, we put together a light salad with Napa cabbage and blanched asparagus. If you’re feeling the need to bump up the protein, kick it up a notch with chicken, hardboiled egg, smoked salmon, or all three! If you give it a shot, let us know in the comments.

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Beet and Avocado Salad

As spring has approached and my pregnancy nears the end, I have found myself craving colorful foods and sugar. Fortunately, there are healthy vegetables that provide vibrant hues and sweetness. One of them is beets! This simple salad is savory and sweet, light but satiating. Plus, it’s beautiful. You can serve it with grilled chicken or steak, but it’s great on its own as well.

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Oven Roasted Carrots with Dill

This week’s recipe is an incredibly easy vegetable side-dish that we are excited to share. We purchased a large bag of carrots a few weeks back, and have since been trying to make good use of them (see this other recipe). The Easter Bunny has come and gone, and we still had carrots leftover!

This recipe of oven roasted carrots with dill is a prime example that you don’t need to do anything fancy or complicated to feed yourself and your family. In next to no time, you can get this vegetable side prepped and completed. Enjoy these roasted carrots with dried dill, or your favorite herbs and spices!

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Vegetable Florentine Soup

A few weeks ago, on a particularly cold and snowy day in Pennsylvania, I was on a work trip with a colleague visiting a college campus. We paused in the cafeteria for lunch and I came across vegetable Florentine soup. Normally, I would build a meal from the salad bar so I can control the ingredients. That said, I was chilled from walking around campus in the snow; so, even though I couldn’t verify the ingredients, I chose the soup. I ate around the noodles but otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the soup.

This variation is noodle-free, but I think it came out as hearty and delicious. Not only is it paleo; it’s also vegan! We hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.

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Pesto Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a French vegetable dish, and an incredibly popular Disney movie. This is not a traditional Ratatouille, and in that vein we took similar creativity in making a pesto. That said, it was delicious and I can’t wait to make it again.

We have had fun experimenting with pesto in the past (you may recall Tomato Pesto SaladChicken Pesto Pasta, and Easy Pesto Egg Bake) and last weekend I was craving vegetables at every turn. I have always wanted us to make a Ratatouille but we have had a lot of tomato-based meals lately; so when Brent suggested we use pesto instead of a tomato sauce, I agreed.

We hope you’ll find this variation on a provincial French classic as fun and tasty as we did!

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