At this point in the winter, it’s easy to succumb to pasta-heavy “comfort food” that leaves you feeling worse off than you started out. The trick to avoiding the winter blues is to not give into these cravings all the time and enjoy some better-for-you food.
Lighter meals can help you avoid the winter blues, which makes this the perfect choice for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).
We put the Culinary Content Network to the test to come up with wonderful one-pot meals to eat all winter long, and here are some of the highlights:
Diane Williams of Homemade Food Junkie brings us a low-fat, low-carb mix between cabbage soup and chili that tastes even better the next day as leftovers.
The Full Belly Sisters substitute the standard cannoli pastries with healthy and delicious strawberries for this low carb dessert that hits the sweet spot.
This week’s winner comes from Becky Winkler of A Calculated Whisk who brings us zoodles, or zucchini noodles, which are a perfect alternative to pasta when you’re trying to cut down on carbs.
All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.
5 Bean Soup
Use canned beans to make this hearty, healthy and quick-cooking five-bean soup. Click here to see the recipe.
Top quickly marinated and grilled meat with kimchi, shredded vegetables, and sriracha-spiked sour cream. These tacos are even better for you in lettuce shells instead of tortillas. Click here to see the recipe.
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.