People often times don’t think of eating raw vegetables in the Winter, but it is still good to eat them once and a while because they are packed with nutrients that our bodies need. I like to still try to use vegetables that are in season, so heartier greens like brussels sprouts and bok choy are perfect! And those are what I have used in the salad I am sharing with you today. I combine them with an Asian citrus vinaigrette, orange slices and sesame seeds, and it is healthy, refreshing and delicious! This is perfect to make ahead of time for including in lunches too, because it is even better the next day when the flavors have combined.
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!
Warming soups are essential this time of the year when it is so chilly outside. One of the keys to making a really flavorful soup is good vegetable stock to start out with. It is really simple to make at home, and you can use veggie scraps so that you waste less. I should note though that the amounts listed below are for if you don’t have scraps, but otherwise use about the same amounts of the ingredients. I like to save my veggie trimmings though in a bag in the freezer, and use them later to make stock when I have enough. Vegetable stock made this way is a light and healthy way to add flavor to your soup without any extra fat, and it has much less sodium than most store bought brands.
If you are looking for a quick way to get vitamins in, fresh veggie juice is a great way to do so. It may sound like something that would taste not so good, but it is actually quite delicious when you use the right combination of ingredients! The recipe I am sharing with you today contains broccoli which is rich in vitamins K and C, potassium and folic acid, as well as celery which reduces bloating and improves digestion, and apples for sweetness, plus lemon which has a detoxifying affect. Lastly a bit of kale, because this is a green juice after all, and greens are nutrient power houses. This juice is not only delicious but It will help you feel energized and refreshed too!
If you are looking for a festive, easy and delicious vegan appetizer for the Holidays, these pepper rolls are an awesome option! They comes together in about 15 minutes, look impressive and you would never even guess that they are vegan because the cheese I use, Miyoko’s kitchen mozzarella tastes like dairy cheese! These also happen to be gluten free as an added bonus!
I like to serve lots of snacks on New Years Eve, and one of my favorites is spiced nuts. They are not only easy to make, but everyone seems to love them and they taste so good! The recipe I am sharing with you today features nuts with fragrant curry powder, they are a little salty, a little sweet, and the curry makes them a lovely golden color. These are gluten free, dairy free and vegan too! If you would like something similar that was nut free, you could swap the nuts for a mixture of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds, and that would be delicious as well!
The holidays are busy, and making a big meal can be a lot of work. So I like to keep my side dishes simple. Like this maple roasted squash! It takes little hands on time, is inexpensive to make and it is delicious! Not only that, it is healthy, gluten free and vegan as well, so you and your family can feel good about enjoying it! This would be the perfect thing to serve with a protein, or in addition to other side dishes if you are going for variety. I top it off with cranberries, hazelnuts and parsley to make it festive for the holidays, but this is something that can be made all season long!
During the holidays, it is nice to have a festive drink in hand. But not everyone drinks alcohol, so I like to make mocktails to serve as well. Usually ones with bright festive natural color, like the pomegranate lemon raspberry one I am sharing with you today! This drink is really delicious and is actually pretty healthy, full of antioxidants. I top it off with sparkling water to make it even more fancy. If you wanted to serve this though as a cocktail, you could use champagne instead of the sparkling water.
When you have guests during the Holidays it is always nice to have snacks out, even if you will be serving dinner later. You could just put out a bowl of nuts, but I like to make gourmet style popcorn instead! The one I am sharing with you today is sweet and salty, with festive cranberries pistachios, and candied ginger plus dark chocolate! It is gluten free, vegan and packed with fiber but nobody will notice because it is so delicious! Not only that it is easy to make and you can make it ahead of time!
If you are looking for a healthy, light and easy salad to serve with your Holiday meal, look no further than this festive kale and brussels sprout salad! It only takes about 15 minutes or less to make and it is so tasty! It combines fiber and nutrient rich rich kale, brussels sprouts and spinach with a creamy lemon dressing, sweet pomegranate seeds and crunchy almonds. I know most people don’t think about serving brussels sprouts or kale raw, but they are both really delicious in salads and retain all of their vitamins when not cooked. This makes a great side dish alongside any protein, on a buffet, or as a starter for your dinner!