We’re enjoying a gloriously sunny Sunday here in Kansas City today. I got waylaid by a brutal cold this week, but I can finally breathe again, so Cookie and I are going to celebrate with a long walk this afternoon. Today, I wanted to pop in and share some veggie-packed comfort food recipes to get us through the coldest month of the year.
I find that the most enjoyable way to eat well during short winter days is to focus on loading up on vegetables, rather than denying myself the cheesy, carb-heavy meals that I’m craving. Here are 15 delicious dinners that are lightened up with fresh and nutritious ingredients. Sneaky!
“This was phenomenal. My kids loved it, and my six year old asked if we could have it every night! Bravo!” – Nicole
“I made this once before- it’s super easy to make and tastes delicious. I just tossed in some store bought spiralized zucchini and let the sauce heat up the noodles. This is great for a quick mid-week meal. I’m going to make it again tomorrow night and the best part is I already have almost all of the ingredients on hand!” – Allison
“This dish was delicious!!! I have been craving Thai food, and after making this dish, my craving was satisfied. The kids loved it too!! I always enjoy making your dishes. Can’t wait till 2017 for the cookbook!!” – Reese
“This was delicious! I had a bunch of baby Tuscan Kale from my CSA to use up. I love that the pesto didn’t have a bunch of added Parmesan. Can’t wait to tell my friends about it and make it again! Thank you.” – Angela
“I’ve made this three times now and I think I love it more each time I make it! Thank you for such an awesome recipe – this delicious casserole has become a regular dinner at my house. And I love the picture of Cookie eating the broccoli stem – my dog loves it too! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.” – Sara
“This is quite possibly the best recipe I’ve made this year! I’d eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. I left out the white wine (I drank it instead ;) ) and added about 2 generous handfuls of spinach with the butternut squash at the end. The wilted greens, creamy rice, and nutty squash made the absolute perfect meal. Usually, I’m not satisfied with a one-bowl dinner, but this required no sides. Perfect on its own. Thanks!” – Alyssa
This Thai-style sweet and spicy pineapple fried rice includes red bell pepper, cashews and cilantro.
“This was simple but absolutely outstanding! THANK YOU!” – Patricia
“Fantastic flavor and lovely in the sandwich grill press. I subbed veggie broth for the oil and vegan cheese in keeping with my choice of a vegan lowfat diet (I have done this with many recipes here and they always turn out better than good). Tasted sublime and roasted tomato soup would be a great accompaniment.” – Christy
“I absolutely LOVE this chile recipe! I have made it several times and I still can’t get enough of it. Especially now since it is so cold where I live! I even got a bunch of meat eaters to love it! Thanks for the great recipe :)” – Stephanie
“The Roasted vegetable enchiladas were delicious! Even family members who claim to not be fans of veggies ate this and had seconds. Score one for plant based goodness!!” – Erin
“This soup is amazing! It will definitely be put in our weekly rotation this winter. This was quick to put together, healthy, and there are so many ways to add on ingredients like the avocado, radishes, cheese, Greek yogurt, etc for extra tastiness. Thank you…your recipes are quickly becoming favorites in this house!” – Martha
“My family is trying out vegetarian cooking this month and this is the first recipe we tried. It was a delicious hit! Husband direct quote: “These are the best quesadillas we’ve ever made.” Thanks for great recipes as we start our vegetarian journey!” – Alexis
“Great recipe; thank you for sharing with Scott and all the rest of us! My husband and I are just starting to explore a diet with fewer animal products, and this was a great way to kick off a week of meatless meals!… I’m sold on the flavor and the friendlier nutrient profile! I’m so glad we landed on your site, and can’t wait to try some of your other recipes! Thanks, again!” – Melissa
“Kate, I have to admit that when I first saw this I was bit scared to make it. Of course, based on how delicious your other recipes are, I should have known better. Well, no need to fear….this is soooo delicious!!!! Another winner for sure, even my nonvegan family loved this.” – Tanya
If you like these recipes, please pin them for reference! If you make any of these soups at home, please post a picture on Instagram and tag it #cookieandkate so I can go check it out! I love it when that happens. ♥
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