Amazing Whole-Food Plant-Based Vegan Meals for Spring

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Hey there y'all!

It's "spring"-ish here in Houston ;)

For the uninitiated, that means us poor souls down here may or may not get the pleasurable Texas experience of having all four seasons of weather in one week. But what is also means is that-- for Southerners at least-- fresh produce from the "cold" months is starting to produce.

Buying food while it's in season is a particularly great way to eat vegan on a budget.

When you're trying to purchase citrus in the middle of August, this is one of the reasons that might explain why the pocket book cringes a bit. Apples are also pretty expensive when purchased outside the standard "fall" season. 

It took my husband and I a while to get used to the fact that we can't just expect to have any fruit or vegetable we want, regardless of the time of year. It isn't really just about price, either.

Fruits and vegetables taste better when they're eaten according to season. 

We never got the chance to learn about seasonal vegetables growing up, so this was a bit of learning curve for me. I consulted the internet in my early days, and have now gotten accustomed to the cycle of my region. 

For more information on the seasonal produce in your area, I recommend this Seasonal Food Guide. You simply enter your state/month of interest and the service populates a produce list!

January-March In-Season Produce Guide for Texas:

Beets
Turnips
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cabbage
Spinach
Baby Arugula
Greens
Lettuces
Strawberries

Asparagus
Napa Cabbage
Bok Choy
Sweet Potatoes
Radishes
Leeks
Fennel
Cilantro
Parsley
Tomatoes (Hot House)

Here are 4 Amazing Vegan Whole-Food Plant-Based Spring Meals we've tried at home so far! Click each link below the photo to get the corresponding cookbook!

Massaged Kale Salad

 Based on the "How to build a kale salad" reference tab in the Love and Lemons cookbook

Based on the "How to build a kale salad" reference tab in the Love and Lemons cookbook

 
 
 

Vegan Sweet Potato Nachos

 Vegan Sweet Potato Nachos from Love and Lemons

Vegan Sweet Potato Nachos from Love and Lemons

 
 
 

The Falafel Bowl

 The Falafel Bowl by the Quick and Easy China Study Cookbook

The Falafel Bowl by the Quick and Easy China Study Cookbook

 
 

Vegan Cobb Salad

 Minimalist Baker's Amazing book has tons of recipes that re-create old favorites in 10 ingredients or less, 30 minutes or less, and are mostly vegan and GF

Minimalist Baker's Amazing book has tons of recipes that re-create old favorites in 10 ingredients or less, 30 minutes or less, and are mostly vegan and GF

 
 

What spring veggies are you excited about?