High blood pressure can be very dangerous. It can cause heart disease or stroke. The foods that we eat play a very important role in how high or healthy our blood pressure is. High blood pressure is often caused by a diet rich in processed meats like bacon, sausage, and lunch meat, salty foods, fatty meats, fried food, whole milk dairy products, and an excess of butter and margarine.

Plant-based foods are much healthier for maintaining your blood pressure, so we put together a list of eight recipes from our Food Monster App that will help you maintain healthy blood pressure during the holidays. Enjoy!

1. Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto and Baby Kale

Roasted beet noodles

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A creamy vegan pesto sauce over Roasted Beet Noodles with some baby kale for a bit of crunch and earthiness. This recipe by Alissandra Maffucci comes together so effortlessly and can be easily customized, depending on your appetite. The beet pairs well with the pesto here and the kale ties everything together for more texture and flavor. Plus, it’s elegant, whole, unprocessed, and fresh.

2. Power Bread with Sunflower Seeds, Flax, Sesame, and Pumpkin Seeds

Vegan Gluten-Free Power Bread With Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sesame Seeds, and Pumpkin Seeds

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You do not need to be an experienced baker for Selva Wohlgemuth‘s delicious nutrient-dense Power Bread, and you will not have a kitchen covered from head to toe in flour. All you need is a food processor, a bowl, your baking tins, and just 15 minutes of your time.

3. Roasted Veggie Moroccan Tagine

Delicious Roasted Veggie Moroccan Tagine

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What’s not to love about perfectly roasted veggies, delicious rich tomato, and harissa gravy in the theatre of the Tagine? Susie Garden‘s recipe was inspired by my travels in Morocco, and it’s super easy to make back home, with or without a tagine to cook it in.

Gratitude: Plant-Based Thanksgiving Cookbook

vegan thanksgiving cookbook

No other holiday captures the spirit of home cooking the way Thanksgiving does. This is why you need the ultimate Thanksgiving cookbook, One Green Planet’s Gratitude: Plant-Based Recipes to Create your own Thanksgiving Tradition! In the cookbook, you’ll find our 100 most popular plant-based thanksgiving recipes like Soft Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts, Spiced Apple Cake with Cashew Frosting, Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Nut Crumble Topping, Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies, and hearty entrees like Roast Root Vegetable Stack With Dukkah, Vegducken: Butternut Squash Stuffed With Eggplant, Zucchini, and a Mushroom Lentil Stuffing, and Seitan Roast With Sausage and Pear Stuffing and Apple Cider Gravy and so much more!

4. Nutritious Chili Salad

Vegan Nutritious Chili Salad

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Most vegetables can be eaten raw for maximum nutrition. But there are exceptions, like tomatoes. One key nutrient of tomatoes is lycopene, which is one of the rare antioxidants that happen to increase when heated. Therefore the tomatoes are heated with the beans in this Nutritious Chili Salad, but everything else is raw. Ida Hemmingsson-Holl‘s recipe has lots of greens (the healthiest one can eat), lots of heated lycopene (tomatoes), good fats from the avocado, inflammation-busting raw onion, garlic and ginger, and good proteins in the beans.

5. 4-Ingredient Pistachio Nice Cream

Pistachio nice cream

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In a world of chocolate and vanilla, Pistachio ice Cream can be tough to come across. Luckily, you can make your own at home using only four ingredients! This recipe by Aryane Héroux-Blais is made using vanilla non-dairy milk, frozen bananas, avocado, and raw pistachios, but you would never guess that because the texture is strikingly similar to gelato. Finally, for a cute soft-serve ice cream shape, use a pastry piping bag to make swirls!

6. Kale Salad With Chili Lime Roasted Squash and Garlic Sriracha Vinaigrette

Kale salad

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Plenty of veggies make the dish so much more interesting and fun. Linda Wagner‘s Kale Salad has a lot of components and will take a little prep time but it is so worth it. The flavors complement each other so nicely!

7. Veggie Quinoa Bowl

Veggie quinoa bowl

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Jesse Jane Lee‘s Veggie Quinoa Bowl is so yummy and filling it will leave meat lovers without room for seconds. It contains a mix of crunchy raw veggies, protein-packed nuts, seeds, tofu, and quinoa and is topped off with an addicting creamy vegan sauce. You can play around with the recipe by mixing up the veggies, grains, nuts, and seeds, with whatever you have on hand.

8. Mexican Black Bean Soup

Black bean soup

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Jesse Jane Lee‘s Mexican Black Bean Soup is packed with veggies and Mexican spices that warm you up on a chilly day. It is full of fiber from the black beans and is vegan and gluten-free.

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Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental well-being, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, and prostate cancer, and has many side effects

For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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