Like everyone, I am weary of all the meal planning and home cooking that is now our norm.
So when my sister told me about a healthy soup that’s easy to make and has a really nice kick, I had to try it. Even though I do not—usually—find soup satisfying enough for a meal.
This soup, though, is different. This recipe for Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup is from the interesting website Healthy Meal Plans. They offer free “Dietician-Prepared Meal Plans” and interesting recipes. In fact, I found this heart-healthy soup so good and so satisfying (and so easy to make) that I’ve whipped up a potful three times this fall.
I’m always on the lookout for heart-healthy recipes that are easy to make and yield leftovers…and nutritionist Dana White’s Sweet and Spicy Pork Carnitas recipe, from her Healthy Instant Pot cookbook, really delivers.
It may not be the most appealing photo (because of course I forgot to take a shot of the finished meal) but here’s an off-center pic I took in the early stages of cooking, showing 1 tenderloin cut into 3 pieces, topped with sliced red onion.
This recipe produces a full flavor, meaty, satisfying dinner with only 1 gram of saturated fat per serving.
There, I said it. And I feel sure you feel the same way. It has been a very long March and April for all of us. At this point, I do not have my usual zest for trying new recipes. At all.
That said, I am very grateful for Alison Roman’s One-Pot Chicken recipe and Melissa Clark’s myriad of pantry recipes, and have had some success testing out several. So I thought, as we continue to quarantine, now might be a good time to highlight some meals I’ve tried that are heart-healthy,
I roast Arctic Char (a great substitute for salmon) and Brussels Sprouts often, and always use two separate sheet pans. But it can be a hassle to trim and then halve fresh Brussels Sprouts and sometimes there’s not enough room in the oven. So a New York Times recipe for Roasted Salmon and Brussels Sprouts with Citrus-Soy Sauce caught my attention because the thinly sliced Brussels Sprouts roast along with (and under) the fish, all in one pan.
As I am not familiar with the recipe author, Ali Slagle, I was a little leery. Especially because I (daringly…brazenly…stupidly?) decided to try it for the first time when friends were coming for dinner.
No? I hadn’t either. So here’s a definition, from the Collins Dictionary: “Veganuary. (Noun) An annual event that encourages non-vegans to adopt a vegan diet during the month of January.”
Since its inception in 2014, more than half a million people in 178 countries have signed up for Veganuary, pledging to eat vegan in January. Why? In their post, Why Veganuary Is the Perfect New Year’s Resolution for Reducing Your Impact in 2020, Greenmatters explains that, “Eating plant-based has a significantly lower environmental impact than any other diet, including a vegetarian,