Our diets are an excellent place to start, and clever meal planning is our tour guide. We’ve decided to make things a little easier for you because we realize this is a lot to take in, and meal planning takes time.
We searched the entire food space for these recipes — one for each day of the month — that you can plan and prepare to help you through January’s cold. The focus for the upcoming month is healthy comfort food recipes because let’s face it, we need to ease into this. Although extra fat and calories aren’t required this month, it is still winter, which means comfort food reigns supreme.
One-Pot Baked Greek Chicken Orzo
Aside from the ease of being a one-pot dinner, it’s also fantastic since you can use any vegetables you have on hand to make it. You can also turn this veg by omitting the chicken. Replace the chicken broth/stock with veggie broth to make it totally vegetarian. Who has veggos in their lives? Raise your hand if you do.
Here’s a close-up for your pleasure. Look at all of those delectable flavors! The amount of vegetables in this dish is deceiving. 2 zucchinis, an onion, a bell pepper/capsicum, and cherry tomatoes. Only one cup of orzo/risoni was used. When you fill a cup with vegetables, you’ll be surprised how far it travels!
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Build your soup from the bottom up because it’s all about the foundation. In a large stockpot, combine your chicken, onion, garlic, two unpeeled and halved carrots, two halved celery ribs, and parsnip halves. Tie your parsley and thyme together with kitchen twine and add to the pot.
You’ll need around 14 cups of water to cover the chicken and vegetables by 1-2 inches. Three bouillon cubes of chicken, bay leaves, black peppercorns, and kosher salt
Bring the stock to a boil, then lower to a low, uncovered simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and the stock is thoroughly flavored. Taste it and, if necessary, add another chicken bouillon cube or additional salt.
Lighter Tuna Casserole
Of course, using a lot of fresh ingredients like fresh carrots, ginger, and garlic is essential.
Stir them in with a light cream sauce (made with an unsweetened almond milk base instead of cream), your favorite tuna (we prefer albacore tuna packed in water instead of oil), your favorite pasta (whole wheat pasta would also work), and a handful of part-skim sharp cheddar for that retro cheesy casserole goodness.
You can simply serve this as stovetop spaghetti right away if you wish!
Healthy Chicken Tikki Masala
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is a lightened-up comforting Indian dish made with tomato sauce, chicken breast, coconut milk, and a variety of fragrant, robust spices like garam masala, ginger, cayenne, curry powder, and more. For a complete dinner, serve with brown rice or naan.
Here are all the things that you can make at home which will serve as healthy comfort foods. Get started, and you can get rid of unhealthy cravings.