While enjoying lunch in Denver with Kirk, I came up with a "crazy" idea. My meal had caper berries and I LOVE those, but I realized I haven’t ever cooked with them at home. Why not? Thinking about it, I realized I tend to cook with a lot of the same ingredients. It’s my own comfort zone.
I love challenges as a way to help motivate me to step out of my comfort zone, so what about a cooking challenge?! As I brainstormed ideas, I decided it would be fun to cook through the alphabet, building a recipe around an ingredient with the letter of the alphabet I was on. For example, starting with A – I could build a recipe around “artichokes”. Make sense?
As the idea evolved, I decided I might not be the only one who would enjoy the challenge, so the weekly link-up here on Better With Veggies was born! Since this blog is already built around a plant-based diet, I built on the concept of Meatless Monday to show how many AWESOME meals can be created without meat!
You can join the fun at any time – pick your favorite letter and jump in on that week. Even better, start next week and make it a weekly tradition! Or, just come by on Mondays to see what others have created around the ingredient of the week.
How Does It Work?
In round 1, you were challenged to create a new meatless recipe each week for the featured ingredient. It was a lot of fun for those of us who love the challenge of creating an original recipe, but I also heard from some of you who don’t feel ready to create recipes yet. This time EVERYONE can join!
In Round 2, we’ll choose 2 ingredients per month. You’ll have a chance to create an original recipe for each, then a chance to cook an existing recipe for one or both! Participate in one or both weeks – it’s up to you!
- Create a Recipe: the first week will be our usual link-up of original recipes created with the featured ingredient. It can be easy, complicated, or in between. Snacks, appetizers, salads, dinner – whatever inspires you that day! The goal is help you get creative and try something new, but you can also link up to a recipe you posted previously.
- Cook a Recipe: after cooking each of the month’s ingredients, the third week is a link-up of recipes you cooked with one (or both) of the featured ingredient. I encourage you to choose one of the recipes created for MMAZ that month, but you can use one you found somewhere else too.The only big rule is to never share the full recipe on your post, but we encourage you to link back to the recipe on the creator’s website.
Round 2 Ingredients
Ingredients are announced a month at a time – always at least 1 week before the recipes are posted. You can always find the latest list below if you miss the big announcement!
- April 1 – Create a Recipe with Avocado
- April 8 – Cook a Recipe with Avocado
- April 15 – Create a Recipe with Blueberries
- April 22 – Cook a Recipe with Blueberries
- April 29 – Create a Recipe with Cabbage
- May 6 – Cook a Recipe with Cabbage
- May 13 – Create a Recipe with Dark Chocolate
- May 20– Cook a Recipe with Dark Chocolate
- June 3 – Create a Recipe with Eggplant
- June 10 – Cook a Recipe with Eggplant
- June 24 – Create a Recipe with Flax
- July 1 – Cook a Recipe with Flax
- July 8 – Create a Recipe with Garlic
- July 15 – Cook a Recipe with Garlic
- July 22 – Create a Recipe with Heart of Palm
- July 29 – Cook a Recipe with Heart of Palm
- August 5 – Create a Recipe with Instant Coffee
- August 12 – Cook a Recipe with Instant Coffee
- August 19 – Create a Recipe with Jelly
- August 26 – Cook a Recipe with Jelly
- September 16 – Create a Recipe with Kabocha Squash
- September 23 – Cook a Recipe with Kabocha Squash
- September 30 – Create a Recipe with Lime
- October 7 – Cook a Recipe with Lime
- October 14 – Create a Recipe with Nuts
- October 21 – Cook a Recipe with Nuts
- January 13: Create a Recipe with Oats
- January 20: Cook a Recipe with Oats
- January 27: Create a Recipe with Potato
- February 3: Cook a Recipe with Potato
- February 10: Create a Recipe with Queso
- February 17: Create a Recipe with Raisins
- February 24: Cook a Recipe with Queso or Raisins
- March 10: Create a Recipe with Squash
- March 17: Create a Recipe with Tofu
- March 24: Cook a Recipe with Squash or Tofu
Interested in looking back? You can still find all the Round 1 #MMAZ posts here!
I’m Ready to Join!!
Just add the MMAZ button to your post and link up to your recipe including the ingredient of the week! (Grab the code for the logo below). On the MMAZ post each week, you’ll see a link to add your own recipe (including a photo!) at the bottom of the page. That’s it!
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Any questions? Please feel free to send me an email and I’ll help you out.