It’s three weeks into January, and we’re still very much in a healthy(ish) eating mindset. We’ve put together several fun plant-centric meal plans, but this time we went all-in with a meatless menu from start to finish. But before you write off this week’s menu as a bit TOO healthy for your liking, fear not. We’ve included a no-bake treat (read: cookie dough bites) and a zesty blood orange cocktail to brighten any winter day. Because let’s be real, better eating habits all comes down to balance.
Leah of Freutcake has been one of our longtime favorites in the food blogging space. She’s all about elevated takes on everyday foods with recipes that are as easy as they are delicious. In the spirit of meatless menus, we decided to give her Sesame Ginger Tofu Bowls a try, and WOW. The marinaded tofu makes this dish, but the very best part? It comes together super fast. Opt for microwave brown rice bags if you’re short on time and dinner is ready in minutes.
Once upon a time, coming up with new dinner ideas left us in a creative rut. We’d get stuck in the same old standbys for the sake of familiarity, but then we met Inspired with a Twist. She puts a totally fresh spin on many of our favorite foods, and this lasagna is no exception. It has layers of noodles (both pasta and ribboned zucchini) with tons of cheesy goodness and sun-dried tomatoes. Did we mention it also falls into the meatless category?
On chilly winter nights, a warm bowl of curry is like comfort in a bowl. Typically we’d add a little chicken or shrimp into the mix, but not this time. The ladies of The Modern Proper are showing up how to make our favorite curry bowls 100% vegan. We’re talking not a hint of meat or dairy in sight! Canned coconut milk is the star ingredient of this recipe, preferably the full-fat version for optimal creaminess. Just add your favorite veggies, and dinner is served.
Greek food is our jam, and this recipe takes things in a fun new direction. You’ll start with oven-baked sweet potatoes as your base, which you can also make ahead. From there, you’ll mix up a Mediterranean-inspired bell pepper salad tossed with roasted chickpea for a protein punch. Drizzle with a lemony dressing, and sprinkle a little sea salt and fresh black pepper as a final touch. PS: it’s worth nothing that this meal makes fantastic lunch leftovers.
When cooking up your main dish requires extra legwork, coming up with a great side can feel like a chore. But guess what? You can consider sheet pan roasted veggies your go-to secret weapon. The Love & Lemons team has created this fantastic guide to roasting veggies that ensures each one gets browned to perfection. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand, and serve along with any meal. For extra flavor, drizzle with a homemade vinaigrette and never eat bland veggies again.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean deprivation. In fact, we firmly believe a little chocolate should always be on the menu. Luckily, we came across these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bites from All the Healthy Things that instantly piqued our interest. They’re a healthier treat than your typical flour and sugar cookie but still feel like a pick-me-up for any time of day. Make these ahead, and you’ve got the ultimate desk snack to sneak in-between meetings.
Citrus fruits aren’t just for summer, and this cocktail proves the point. You’ll use a combo of whiskey, freshly squeezed blood orange juice, and a generous dose of ice. It’s a simple three ingredient cocktail that couldn’t be easier to make. Don’t forget to top with blood orange slices for an extra pretty effect.
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