November 1st is World Vegan Day! Wicked Kitchen is here to help you celebrate all the benefits of eating vegan — healthy benefits for you, the animals, and the planet.
The day was established in 1994 by the UK Vegan Society, partly because November 1st coincides with Halloween and the Day of the Dead. That’s right; World Vegan Day is the day to remember all the animal lives you’re saving by eating plant-based!
But it goes deeper than that. Did you know that classic plant-based Halloween foods like pumpkins and candy apples have roots in religious traditions of abstaining from meat? True story.
That’s why we’re focusing on pumpkin recipes today. Pumpkins are the perfect seasonal food to help celebrate both World Vegan Day and Halloween.
Pumpkins don’t get enough respect. We carve them into jack-o’ lanterns for Halloween and maybe turn them into pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, but there’s so much more that pumpkins have to offer.
For instance, they’re loaded with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that studies have shown to help prevent age-related diseases like heart disease, cancer, and macular degeneration. Secondly, sweet and smooth pumpkins taste great!
Here’s a quick way to get more pumpkin in your diet. It’s an easy dinner that starts with a jar of Wicked KitchenTM Orange Pumpkin Pesto Sauce.
This sauce is packed with pumpkin puree, sweet yellow bell peppers, cashews, and a touch of curry for incredible flavor.
Just saute some onions and cherry tomatoes, then toss with boiled pasta, a jar of pumpkin pesto, and a little arugula. Boom! A healthy, satisfying meal gets to your table in no time.
Here’s another simple way to get all the health and flavor benefits of pumpkins at this time of year. It’s a puree of pumpkin or other fall squash, apple cider, coconut milk, and Wicked KitchenTM Mazin’ Mango Sauce.
This jarred sauce adds a touch of tropical flavor with mango puree, citrus juices, ginger, and turmeric. It takes a humble squash puree to a whole ‘nother level of flavor!
A garnish of juicy red pomegranate seeds also makes the dish special enough to serve to guests.
WICKED KITCHEN MAKES IT EASY
Are you a longtime vegan? Just trying it out for World Vegan Day? Either way, Wicked Kitchen makes it so easy to eat plant-based.
Wicked Kitchen is a force for good, on a mission to inspire the way we cook and eat by unleashing the mighty flavor of plants. The company was founded by two vegan chefs and brothers, Chad and Derek Sarno.
These guys have a simple philosophy: Create exceptionally delicious plant-based foods for meat eaters and vegans alike. Take their Punchy Pumpkin Laksa Meal Kit, for example. That’s what’s pictured above!
It’s an easy, inexpensive way to get a plant-based dinner on the table. The kit is essentially a fragrant pumpkin broth thickened with rich coconut milk and flavored with lemongrass, galangal, coriander, and other spices.
Just heat it up and add cooked rice noodles, seared tofu, and your favorite vegetables for a complete, flavor-packed, belly-filling autumn meal. Wicked Easy!
The Sarnos and everyone else at Wicked KitchenTM believe that eating more veg isn’t just better for us: It’s better for our planet and the animals that live on it. Check out more Wicked KitchenTM products here and more Wicked KitchenTM recipes here for delicious ways to eat plant-based on World Vegan Day and every day.