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53 Recipes Using Thanksgiving Leftovers

The internet’s finest Recipes Using Thanksgiving Leftovers to get the most out of your holiday feast for days to come! These 53 ingenious tasty recipes will repurpose your leftovers in the most delicious way to keep your leftover game strong. Well hello there! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, full of tasty food …

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32 Healthy Freezer Meals

A couple of weeks ago, I had a reader request freezer meals. Happy to oblige! Nothing pleases me more to provide inspiration or resources for meals that are easy to prepare and save. After all, cooking shouldn’t be complicated (IMHO).

In this post, I am including my favorite recipes from my site that can be frozen, thawed, and re-heated easily, as well as mouth-watering recipes from around the web.

Paleo Panang Curry - a quick and easy recipe for Thai curry | TheRoastedRoot.netWhich Foods Freeze & Reheat Well?:

In general, plenty of liquid and/or fat and minimal vegetables makes a great freezeable meal. You’re pretty safe with anything that is smothered in tomato sauce, a cream-based sauce or coconut milk sauce.

Take lasagna for instance. It includes sauce, minimal fresh vegetables, and plenty of fat (from the cheese and/or meat). Casseroles, meat-centric soups (hello, chili!!!), curries, and recipes using pantry staples freeze and reheat well without tasting funky.  

Hearty vegetables, like root vegetables, winter squash, onion, and peppers freeze and reheat very well, but less hearty vegetables like cauliflower and zucchini do not.

As an exception to this, recipes that are fairly dry for the most part, such as veggie burgers, meatballs, breaded meats, and/or animal protein burgers are great candidates for freezing to reheat and consume later.

Chicken Massaman Curry - butternut squash and chicken stewed in aromatic coconut milk sauce for a satisfying meal that happens to be healthier than Thai takeout. Paleo, Whole30, and delicious

So let’s dive in! Here are my favorite healthy freezer meals from both The Roasted Root and from around the web.

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67 Low-Carb Dinner Recipes

67 Low-Carb Dinner Recipes that are easy to prepare, perfect for meal prep and are great for those looking to make changes to their diet or maintain a carb-conscious lifestyle.

For those of you who are looking to clean up your diet after the holidays, I’ve gotchu. Before we dive into this recipe roundup, it’s important to mention I don’t recommend any one style of eating as a blanketed template, as our body’s needs are constantly shifting.  

I do find eating a diet that is lower in carbohydrate tends to be how I personally function best. It is also sustainable for my body type, where eating low-carb for some people can be the kiss of death. 

Regardless of your diet protocol, be mindful of what you are changing and observe your body’s reaction. Avoid “sticking it out” or “suffering through it” when something feels drastically wrong.

Why Eat Low-Carb?:

Again, I will never tell you how to eat. I will, however, tell you why one would choose to eat a diet low in carbohydrate. 

Depending on your body chemistry, carbohydrate raises your blood sugar and can cause inflammation when eaten in excess. Higher blood sugar can result in insulin resistance or diabetes when left unchecked, leading to a slew of ancillary health issues. If you find you are constantly hungry, become angry or anxious if you go more than a few hours without eating, crave sugar or fatty processed foods, or if you experience mood and energy shifts, you could be insulin resistant. While this may not be life-threatening in the short term, it can lead to diabetes in the long-term. 

Chronic inflammation in your body can also lead to numerous health complications and diseases as well as hormonal imbalance, gut dysbiosis and more. Chronic inflammation reduces your body’s natural immune system, making it more difficult to clear toxins, fight and prevent disease. All disease is the result of inflammation, so monitoring your inflammation is the best insurance policy you could possibly buy into. 

When to Eat Low-Carb:

Uncovering how your body functions best is your journey. I shift my diet to low-carb when I notice something is off with my digestive system (i.e. I’m constipated, gassy, my poop is just weird, etc), when I’m noticing big shifts in energy or mood, wake up feeling puffy for no reason, and/or when I’ve put on some extra pounds that I’d rather not have. 

When I shift my diet to include less sugar or carbohydrate, I notice an immediate difference in my energy level and mood. Within a few days, I feel trimmer and my digestive system usually resets itself. That said, the process of feeling better can require more time for those whose bodies are not accustomed to eating low carb and need time to detoxify. Your starting point matters here.

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Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan 12.22.2019

A nutritious meal plan with winter-inspired dinner recipes that are plant-based and health-conscious. This meal plan features vegetarian recipes with options for vegan and gluten-free eaters.

Can you believe Christmas is only a few days away?! If you’re looking for some last-minute holiday recipes, be sure to check out my 50 Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies and my 50 Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes!

Just because we have a big holiday coming up doesn’t mean we need to throw ourselves completely out of whack when it comes to mealtime! For this reason, we still have a meal plan for you this week!

On this week’s meal plan: Butternut Squash Kale Lasagna, Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Buddha Bowl, Thai Lentil Vegan Meatloaf, Sweet Potato Lentil Tortilla Soup, and Teriyaki Stir Fry with Broccoli and Chickpeas.

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy!!

xo

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Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan 12.15.2019

A nutritious vegetarian meal plan with vegan and gluten-free options. This seasonally inspired meal plan is comprised of easy to prepare dinners and a grocery list to keep shopping efficient.

Happy weekend to ya! What’s cookin’? If you’re looking for the perfect meatless chili to warm your belly and soul amidst this cold weather, be sure you check out my Crock Pot Vegan Pumpkin Chili I just posted this week! …and finish of the experience with Paleo Cranberry Bliss Bars, because: YOLO!

On this week’s meal plan: Vegan Chickpea Pot Pie, Instant Pot Vegan Cream of Mushroom Wild Rice Soup, Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Soup, and Broccoli Cheese Casserole.

Enjoy!

xo

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