Are your jeans feeling a little tighter after all the holiday indulgence? We know the feeling! That’s why we’ve put together a few easy and healthy family dinners to help you feel great and keep your New Years resolutions (for a few weeks, anyways). Follow these meal ideas and you’ll be feeling like your usual svelte self in no time.
For folks looking for something hearty, but still healthy, try Re-Fashioned Turkey Meatloaf. It satisfies your cravings for something rich and decadent but keeps it on the healthy side with turkey and oats.
Instead of the usual side of mashed potatoes try Paula’s Mashed Cauliflower. Using cauliflower cuts down your carbohydrate intake and takes just minutes to prepare. This recipe is made with chicken broth instead of cream to cut down on fat and calories.
Still have some leftover holiday ham? Put it to good use in the Senate Bean Soup. This fuss free dish is perfect for post holiday cooking (inexpensive, easy, and only 5 ingredients!) Plus it makes a big batch so you’ll have a comforting light lunch made for the rest of the week.
Pair the soup with Fresh Green Bean and Tomato Salad for the perfect light supper. Be like Bobby and replace the mayonnaise with some reduced fat Greek yogurt for a change of pace (it’s a great way to reduce some calories and fat).
If you’re looking to go even lighter, try the nutrient dense and low cal Very Green Soup. We break this soup out every January for our post holiday diets. We love the bright green color that reminds us that we’re eating something good for us.
Serve along side with Paula’s Roasted Beet Salad with a Cocoa Viniagrette for some extra greens and veggies to make it a complete and satisfying meal. Make the goat cheese your splurge!
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