Last week we curated a menu filled with all the healthy things, and this time we’re aiming to (mostly) follow suit. The goal is to minimize your mental workload with an entirely done-for-you shopping list to cover four weeknight dinners, an easy peasy breakfast option, something fun to bake, and a cozy winter drink. Whether you’re super confident in the kitchen or relatively new to home cooking, we think you’re going to love these recipes that emphasize fresh, whole foods with lots of ingredient crossover.
Let’s face it—chicken can tend to get a little dull on the weekly dinner rotation. That’s why we turn to recipe experts like Quin of Butter Be Ready for fun new ways to mix it up. She always knows how to create an incredible pan sauce, and this creamy lemon garlic variation is one of her best to date. With zingy capers, fresh lemon and chopped herbs, this dish will brighten up even the gloomiest winter day.
Pizza gets a bad rap as a decidedly “unhealthy” dinner choice, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This version starts with a whole wheat crust (you can also buy whole wheat pizza dough from the store to save time) and gets topped with kale + kale pesto + fresh mozzarella. Your family will all agree that healthy eating has never looked so good.
Now that you’ve already got chicken thighs on your grocery list (see menu item #1) let’s try another recipe that takes this versatile protein in a new direction. You’ll slice and stuff your chicken with a blend of goat cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes, and pan sear to perfection. Serve it with brown rice, a side salad, roasted vegetables, or nearly anything you’ve got on hand!
We love a good squash dish in the winter, and Half Baked Harvest demonstrates how to take it to the next level. She came up with a spicy tomato sauce (hello, red pepper flakes!) topped with fresh mozzarella, crunchy panko crumbs, and generous shavings of parmesan cheese. Everyone will love this comforting vegetarian dinner—meat lovers included.
Oatmeal for breakfast isn’t anything new, but here’s the thing: it’s ALL about the toppings. When you layer almond butter, nuts, banana slices, chia seeds, and a little vanilla + cinnamon, you have a delicious breakfast to keep you fueled and focused no matter what the day holds.
Who else has a bunch of whole carrots sitting in the fridge with no idea what to make? Same. Let us introduce this savory carrot tart that can work as a snack, side dish, brunch, or anything in between. With some eggs, cheese, cream, roasted peppers and whole grain mustard, this dish will elevate your weekly menu, guaranteed.
After a holiday season filled with wine and cocktails, sometimes it’s nice to hit the reset button with a nice winter tea. This one brings tons of flavor, and believe us when we say that using fresh ginger is so worth the effort. If you could put “cozy” in a cup, this would be it.
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