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.
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.
Low-fat and low-carb, this mix between cabbage soup and chili tastes even better the next day as leftovers. Click here to see the recipe.
Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are a perfect alternative to pasta when you’re trying to cut down on carbs. If you don’t have a spiral vegetable slicer, use a vegetable peeler or thinly slice zucchini to create the vegetable noodles. Click here to see the recipe.
A slight twist on the classic tomato soup, add charred red peppers for a sweet, smoky flavor. Add a grilled cheese sandwiches on the side for a full meal. Click here to see the recipe.
Tart cranberries, bright citrus, and earthy kale play well together in this kitchen-sink salad that hits all of the flavor notes you crave this time of year. Click here to see the recipe.
Spaghetti squash is another vegetable substitute for heavy carbs. Roast the squash, scoop out the spaghetti-like inside and top with your favorite pasta sauce. Click here to see the recipe.
Substitute the standard cannoli pastries with healthy and delicious strawberries for this low carb dessert that hits the sweet spot. Click here to see the recipe.
Eggplant soaks up lots of flavor from garlic, oyster sauce, sweet chile sauce, and lemon basil in this vegetarian stir-fry that makes for a tasty appetizer or entrée. Click here to see the recipe.
Not your mamma’s Brussels sprouts, this egg bake is a hearty meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Click here to see the recipe.