Mishri spent the last few weeks scouring Pinterest for the best quick and easy recipes for warm, hearty food this winter. Here are her top picks!
Finally, it’s cold weather season—even in Florida, where it was about 40 degrees this morning (I know that’s nothing for you North Easterners!). For me, cold weather means warm food, warm drinks and cozy pajamas for a few months. As a person who mainly defaults to salads, sandwiches and Indian food for meals, it’s been difficult to come up with meal ideas that are warm but not so labor-intensive. Pinterest has been a lifesaver, and here's a roundup of my favorite tries.
- Instant Pot Lentil Soup: I’ve become a big Instant Pot user over the past year, and one of my favorite recipes is this lentil vegetable soup. It’s hearty, and it takes less than 20 minutes to cook! To avoid extra sodium, I replace the vegetable broth with water, and the flavor is just as good. The recipe yields a pretty generous quantity, so I’ll often freeze half of it for a lazy day. It’s great for lunch or even a light dinner with a salad and some bread.
- Vegan Spicy Thai Peanut Ramen: Ever since I discovered vegan ramen a few years ago, I’ve been hooked. When I realized I could make it at home, I couldn’t wait to try it. I found this recipe a couple weeks ago and it was much easier than I expected! The coconut milk tastes great, and I eliminated the agave syrup for a healthier option and it was perfect. It’s also nice and spicy for those days when you have a tickle in your throat and need something to soothe the discomfort.
- Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry: I love sweet potatoes during the fall and winter, but I’m always looking for creative ways to cook it. This recipe is a great one that also adds protein from chickpeas for vegetarians who are looking for something a little heartier. I like to add kale to it to get some extra greens in my system. It also tastes great over quinoa.
- Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa: This is a quick and easy slow cooker recipe that doesn’t sacrifice on taste. I typically throw it together in the afternoon, wrap up work, go to yoga, and by the time I’m back, it’s ready to eat! This recipe has beans and chickpeas for protein and includes corn, peppers, tomatoes and fajita seasoning for a nice Mexican flavor. I always add some avocados and chopped cilantro. Added bonus: It’s a huge hit for larger groups of people.
- Cauliflower Tikka Masala: This recipe puts a delicious vegetarian spin on the traditional sweet and savory chicken tikka masala dish. The roasted cauliflower is a yummy replacement for chicken, and if you have dairy issues like me, no need to worry about cream! This recipe uses coconut milk to add a creamy texture to the gravy.
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