January is a very bittersweet month for me.
On one hand, I was born in January, which is a nice excuse for a little bit of festivity and celebration in an otherwise bleak calendar page.
On the other hand, the joy of the holiday season is long forgotten, the weather in the Midwest tests our will to live on a daily basis and everyone starts dieting.
I’m all for eating your greens, but January resolutions frequently make dinner parties and girls’ wine and cheese nights significantly less fun than they were in December where you could strap on the Christmas cookie feedbag and feel no regrets.
If you’re thinking about jumping on the post-Christmas cleanse bandwagon this year, these recipes are healthy, colorful and simple to throw together during the coldest, bleakest days in the middle of what, at times, may seem like a never-ending winter.
These recipes are all Whole30 approved — so your diet resolutions are safe with me.
Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash
Time consuming as it can be to make spaghetti squash, it would be really nice to come home and have this bacon garlic spaghetti squash casserole ready to go in your refrigerator.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
We order Chinese food enough that I really need to find some substitutions for our favorite dishes if we want to eat healthier this year.
I’m nearly certain that I would have to masterfully manipulate Brad in order to get him eating cauliflower rice and frankly, I don’t know that I’m ready to take our relationship to that level.
Healthy Chicken Taco Bowl
Hearty comfort served in a bowl is one of the best ways to warm up during the winter whether it’s at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
This healthy chicken taco bowl from Lakeshore Lady is one that Brad and I would both love.
He’s a big fan of any dish with chicken and rice and I’m a big fan of any dish with a whole heap of guacamole.
Jerk Chicken & Mango Avocado Salsa
There is a Jerk chicken restaurant in Chicago that Brad loves, but I’m not huge on. A good compromise in 2018 will be to make jerk chicken with mango avocado salsa at home.
Brad would love this chicken and I’ll love the fresh mango and avocado salsa that will brighten up winter bleakness. I’ve never tried scotch bonnet peppers and I’m a wimp when it comes to heat, but
Sloppy Joes with Zucchini Noodles
Sloppy Joes were a regular at my family dinner table growing up and this version of sloppy joes served over zucchini noodles is a walk down memory lane with a healthy twist.
Zucchini noodles can be a pain to make but luckily, you no longer need a spiralizer or any fancy ingredients. You can buy pre-made zoodles at Whole Foods and your life instantly becomes easier.
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
I love chili and this slow cooker white chicken chili has a nice kick, loads of nutrition and sounds like the ultimate crowd-pleaser, especially for the gluten-free, dairy-free folks.
Don’t forget! My favorite slow cooker is the KitchenAid 4-Quart Multi-Cooker. This slow cooker has settings to prepare yogurt, risotto, soup, and can sauté, boil, slow cook at two different heat settings. It does everything short of serving the meal for you and cleaning up afterward.
Thai Coconut Green Curry Salmon
I love Thai food but it’s one cuisine that I almost never make at home. We order Thai food in spurts but it isn’t Brad’s favorite.
Instead of turning to takeout this year, I’d like to explore Thai flavors at home so we can figure out what we like and what we don’t.
This recipe for coconut green curry salmon looks like a great way to enjoy some of those flavors in a lighter dish.
Product Tip: I love the KitchenAid 6-Quart Cast Iron Casserole. The lid is a grill pan so you get two pieces of cookware in one. It’s a good swap for a cast-iron pan if you don’t have one.
Totally Easy Kalua Pork
I love making dinner in the slow cooker — set it and forget it dishes are truly the best thing that could happen to working professionals who want to eat something besides Chinese food on occasion.
This totally easy kalua pork has only three ingredients and is definitely making its way into my dinner rotation, stat.
Product Tip: My favorite slow cooker is the KitchenAid 4-Quart Multi-Cooker. This slow cooker has settings to prepare yogurt, risotto, soup, and can sauté, boil, slow cook at two different heat settings. It does everything short of serving the meal for you and cleaning up afterward.
If inclement weather really prevents you from cooking up your favorite steaks, then you can bring it inside and enjoy your favorite recipes year-round.
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