Hearty, healthy soups are the best kind of comfort food for the Winter months! They leave you feeling full, but energized instead of heavy. One of my favorite kinds is the bean or pea based soups. The recipe I am sharing today is made with mung beans, and the texture is almost like a lentil or split pea soup. It is delicious, because it is packed with flavor thanks to the curry spices, and the coconut milk I add gives it richness without adding any dairy. I stir in greens at the last minute to boost the nutritional value as well. This soup has plenty of fiber and protein and is an awesome comfort food dinner to enjoy on a chilly night, not to mention it is quick and easy to make!
Sometimes it can be nice to have an easy to make comfort food main dish for your holiday meal. In that case, a delicious pasta is always a good option. The recipe I am sharing with you today tastes rich and delicious, but it actually happens to be vegan and gluten free! I combine sauteed broccoli, mushrooms and leeks with a creamy “alfredo” sauce that is actually made from cashew butter and coconut milk and it is not only easy to make, but your guests and family will love it! It tastes as good as traditional alfredo, only it is better for you!
If you are looking for a vegan main dish to serve for Thanksgiving, a stuffed squash is always a good option! Not only does it look impressive, it is healthy and delicious as well! You could stuff it with apples, or grains, but the recipe I am sharing with you today has a super simple mushroom walnut stuffing that is substantial as well as really good. The mushrooms and walnuts provide a bit of protein, so this is a full meal if you want it to be, or you could cut the squash in half after making them if you wanted a smaller main dish to serve with other sides.
The season for warming soups and comfort food is now here, and one of my favorite things to make is a creamy potato soup! The recipe I am sharing with you today is really simple to make, no slaving over a stove for a long time needed! It gets its creamy consistency from partially blending the potatoes at the end, so you feel like you are getting a more rich soup than it actually is. This is actually very low fat, vegan and gluten free but you would never guess by tasting it! It is the perfect thing to enjoy on a chilly night. It keeps well too, and the flavor gets even better the next day, so if you have some left over it will be a good easy lunch or dinner.
One of the most important foods to make sure you buy buy organic is tofu, and soy. Since soy tends to be a GMO and heavily sprayed crop. But as long as you buy organic, soy is really good for you and a good source of protein as long as you don’t have an allergy. I like to include it in my meals almost every day, because it is so versatile and satisfying. The salad I am sharing with you today is filling and hearty, but also light enough that you won’t feel weighed down. It has a BBQ tofu that is really easy to make, along with vitamin rich greens, veggies and avocado in a lime vinaigrette! This is the perfect thing to make on a weeknight because it only takes about an hour to make, most of which is cooking time so you really only have to spend about 15 minutes on it.
Now is the time of year to make hearty warming soups, and what better ingredient to use than squash! Not only is it good for you because of its high vitamin and fiber content, it is delicious as well in just about anything savory! The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with black beans and corn for the perfect balanced meal! It is fast and easy to make coming together in under an hour, and you will feel good after eating it not weighed down. Also, it happens to be gluten free and vegan as an added bonus! I like to make this and enjoy the leftovers for a few days, as the flavors get even better as they sit.
Wild rice is a Minnesota staple! But it isn’t just for soup and pilaf, I like it in hearty grain salads too! It is high in protein and fiber and something that I recommend eating often. The salad I am sharing with you today is perfect for Fall because it contains apples, roasted brussels sprouts and cranberries which are all coming into season now! This salad is not only delicious, but good for you too! It would make the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving in a few months, but for now, I like to make a batch and enjoy it for a few days.
Fall is fast approaching, and that means chili season is almost here! I love chili as a quick weeknight meal as well, because it doesn’t take long to prepare which is perfect for after work. Also, it is good made ahead of time, so I make a batch and then enjoy it for a few days. It is classic to add beans and meat to chili, but I like mine with beans and quinoa for a a healthy vegan fiber and protein packed chili! It is so good you won’t even miss the meat, and it is good for you, so you will feel satisfied but still have energy after enjoying it. Give this a try the next time you are in need of a hearty quick meal!
If you are looking for a healthy, quick and delicious dinner, noodles are a great option! The salad I am sharing with you today uses soba noodles which are made from buckwheat and happen to be naturally gluten free! They are a great alternative to spaghetti if you like a more whole grain tasting pasta. I combine them with veggies and an almond butter sauce, and it comes together in under 30 minutes! Give this a try the next time you need something healthy fast!
Zucchini is very versatile, and it can be used in everything from soups, to grilled dishes, to desserts and even served raw! Like the dish I am sharing with you today. When I want a healthy option for pasta, I like to spiralize zucchini or shave it into noodles. It has a mild flavor, so you can flavor it with whatever you want to! I like to toss it with just some lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt. If I want it more flavorful, like in this dish, some garlic and shallots do the trick. I combined it with sweet cherry tomatoes for color in this, and Miyoko’s vegan mozzarella which is amazing if you haven’t tried it. It tastes just like dairy mozzarella. This salad is light, healthy delicious and the perfect thing to enjoy on a hot Summer day! You can find all of the ingredients at our stores!