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Plant-forward eating isn’t going anywhere, in fact, we think it’s just getting started! Incorporating real, wholesome plant-based foods – like walnuts – into your meals and snacks is a great way to evolve your plant-forward eating this year and ensure you’re feeling your best. Plus, you’ll be getting more of the nutrients your body needs! Walnuts are an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid (2.5g) – the most ALA of any other tree nut. In addition, one ounce of walnuts contains 4g of protein, 2g of fiber and 45mg of magnesium.

What Is Plant-Forward Eating?

While most people think adopting a plant-forward way of eating means becoming vegetarian or vegan, that is not always the case. Plant-forward eating is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle. It’s not about excluding or limiting food groups, it’s about being more mindful of how to add and enjoy more plants on your plate. Think plant-forward eating is difficult? Check out these tips and tricks, and you’ll be enjoying more plant-forward meals in no time!

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite recipes to get you started on incorporating more plant-forward eating into your meal plans for 2023.

Plant-Forward Recipes to Try in 2023

This five-star recipe is one for the books! Your recipe book, that is! Our Classic Family Taco Night Walnut Tacos are an easy weeknight meal that use plant-based walnut taco “meat” as a wholesome meat alternative made with simple ingredients like walnuts, onions and spices. The entrée takes only 15 minutes to make, feeds four people and is a perfect option for your Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, or just about any weeknight dinner!

This recipe for Walnut and Mushroom Ragu is made with wholesome ingredients like walnuts and crimini mushrooms. This is the perfect option for cold, wintry nights when you want to be warmed from the inside out! Serve over pasta for a delicious, comforting meal your taste buds will love.

These air fryer Walnut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce are the perfect example of a simple, yet delicious, plant-forward meal that still includes meat. Upgrade your classic chicken fingers by combining walnuts, panko breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese for a flavorful, crunchy coating. Dip these in a sweet honey mustard dipping sauce, and you’ll have a dish the whole family will enjoy! You can also add a side salad to make this dish even more plant-forward. The best part? These come together in only 30 minutes!

Another five-star recipe, this California Walnut Firehouse Chili is a twist on a classic. It’s the perfect meatless option when you need a yummy comfort meal without a huge cleanup. You can make this meal with just one saucepan! This recipe serves up to six people, making it the perfect dish to serve to your family!

If your sweet tooth needs some attention, this Walnut, Chocolate and Avocado Mousse is a perfect feel-good dessert. It comes together by puréeing walnut butter with sweet cocoa, honey and avocado to create a rich, creamy dish. This is the perfect dessert for when you want to indulge without guilt.

Check out our plant-forward recipe collection for more ideas on how to focus on plant-forward eating in 2023! For more information and recipes, don’t forget to subscribe to our eNewsletter!

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