Vegetable Black Bean Soup
This is a good way to use up all of your vegetables and warm the cockles of your soul in the process during the dead of winter. Serve with a side of rustic French bread and you’ve got yourself a hearty and healthy meal.
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A twist on everybody’s favorite taco night, use ground turkey instead of beef for a leaner and healthier option! Use iceberg lettuce shells instead of tortillas for fewer calories and an added crunch. Add black beans, romaine lettuce, some cheese and your favorite hot sauce and have yourself a wintry fiesta!
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Quinoa is a superfood that is not only a great alternative to rice, but also really great for your health! This recipe is so simple and can easily be made with items that you already have in your pantry. Throw in whatever you like and create your very own homemade burrito bowl. Chipotle ain’t got nothin’ on you.
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Brown Rice Jambalaya
Buy your favorite vegetables, throw them all in a roasting pan with olive oil and voila! You’ve got a delicious and nutritious winter meal or side dish! Make enough for leftovers the next few days, too, so you’ll have some prepared vegetables and no excuse to not include them in your meals!
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Brown Sugar Honey Marinated Salmon
Salmon is one of the best foods for you, as it’s packed full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Since the body can’t make omega-3’s, the best way to obtain them is through food. This is why you must add a salmon dish to your repertoire, and we love this mouth-watering brown sugar honey salmon to do just that. Add a side of quinoa or brown rice and some steamed broccoli or asparagus, and you’ve got yourself a meal packed with all things delicious and nutritious!
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Sure you can buy a box from the grocery store, but granola is so easy to make at home, you’re going to wonder why you haven’t been doing this for years! When you make your own, it’s not only healthy but you know everything that’s in it, too! You can also play around with your recipe and customize it to your liking! It makes for a great snack that isn’t just for breakfast anymore.
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A healthier option than a quiche because it doesn’t have a pie crust, a frittata is sure to fill you up and satisfy you for hours. You can add as many vegetables as you like, and the eggs provide an excellent source of protein, so you stay fuller longer and are less prone to mindless snacking. Sounds good to me!
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Mediterranean Baked Chicken
One of our favorite cold weather meals is a nice hearty bowl of hot chili. A great alternative to your grandma’s chili is to substitute some lean ground turkey or white meat chicken. Be sure to add lots of beans and spices to really keep it interesting! Get creative, too and don’t be afraid to use what you have and substitute what sounds good to you. Sky’s the limit! Also be sure to make a big pot so you’ll have chili to last the week. With this in your refrigerator, you’ll be less likely to grab the bag of chips and instead heat up a bowl of tasty chili.
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