A Mindful Spring Palate: Seasonal Twists

If you caught my most recent post, then you got the whole rundown of mindful eating and how you can indulge in a way that's nourishing yet still very delicious. Breakfast style was the focus of that one (think cinnamon rolls, pancakes, decadent chia puddings, avocado bagel toast and of course the donuts). Continuing on with this mindset, this diddy features savory recipes that have a seasonal twist on traditional fare. So while pizza, tacos, burgers, pasta and sliders may sound pretty indulgent, especially this time of year, there's certainly a way to do them well by incorporating the proper ingredients that give them that wholesome and healthy aspect -- without sacrificing flavor.

So save the salads and the smoothies for days where you're in a slight hurry and need to fall back on a safe grab and go, otherwise throw yourself into the kitchen, crack open the windows, get the music blasting and experiment with some vibrant new meals this season. You'll thank yourself plenty of times after you tackle the very first bite. 

Photo courtesy of Gringalicious

Photo courtesy of Gringalicious

So many times I avoid pizza simply because of the cheese (dairy is not a friend of mine). But in fact, I do enjoy pizza and it's this Rainbow Veggie Hummus Pizza with an Everything Bagel Crust that makes my heart beat right out of my chest. Not only is there a gorgeous display and variety of colorful seasonal vegetables, but delicious hummus takes the place of cheese, which I'll personally take any day over the dairy stuff. And then with that everything bagel crust which essentially satisfies two carb-like cravings into one: pizza and bagels. Delivery who? Time to be makin' a pizza, my friends. 

Photo courtesy of My New Roots

Photo courtesy of My New Roots

Speaking of hummus, chickpeas are good for so much more than that silky smooth deliciousness. Sarah Britton of My New Roots proves it with this genius recipe for Chickpea Tortilla Nachos where the tortilla chips are made with a chickpea flour base. That's one way to get your protein and fiber, simply by eating these chips. From there, it becomes layer upon layer of black beans, lime, avocado, onion, toasted pumpkin seeds, chili...and then, drizzled with a cilantro avocado crema. Heaven does exist in the form of plant-based nachos. 

Photo courtesy of Radiant Rachels

Photo courtesy of Radiant Rachels

Tacos are definitely a year-round kinda thing, but I feel like consumption of them goes up quite significantly this time of year. Especially when guacamole and margaritas are involved. The maker of these Crispy Tofu Tacos explains the crispy aspect as follows: the tofu is crunchy af without using a whack load of oil or a fryer, all thanks to cornflakes. Crunchy AF Tacos it is. 

Photo courtesy of Erin Ireland

Photo courtesy of Erin Ireland

I saw these Psychedelic Salad Rolls as I was ravenously scrolling through my Instagram feed and had to track them down immediately. They're beautiful, fun to make and so so good for you, proving that food is indeed edible art. 

Burgers & Bahn Mi! However you prefer your buns, both of these recipes are sure to satisfy your needs. On the left: Beetroot, Basil & Black Bean Burgers, giving that summer "BBQ" a run for its money. And on the right: Bahn Mi Sliders with marinated tempeh. There's no mayo here, but a clever blend of olive, soy milk and a few other ingredients that bind these delicious gems together. Rounded out with a little crunch from fresh cucumber and a little heat from the jalapeƱos, plus the sweet tang of the fermented pickles and cilantro for added freshness. 

Photo courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Photo courtesy of Minimalist Baker

And finally, for the pasta. Pasta is something that I personally only crave every now and then, but when I do crave it, I am a complete fiend for it and won't stop thinking about it until I have my fix. I'm really a fan of this beautiful Pea Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes & ArugulaI like my pasta with extra pesto, and how clever to do so with spring peas. Protein-rich, quick, healthy, filling and insanely flavorful, this dish is one to rotate in to your weeknight wind down.  

What new kinds of recipes are you looking to incorporate into your routine this spring? If you find some gems, or have any feedback to share, please do post them in the comments below. I'd love to hear what you all are into and how I may feature more of it in upcoming posts.

To everything bagel crusted pizzas & bahn mi buns. Gimme some.

Be well,

xx Allison