Happy New Year! Hope your year is off to a good start now that it’s Monday (which is really the first day of the new year for moms). I took the last few weeks to step back, soak in my family, and try new, delicious foods at the various parties and celebrations, and to savor them all. I feel refreshed and ready to start the year out with healthy, delicious food that makes me feel good and that my family loves, and I hope to share those recipes with you.
My go-to for eating healthy without feeling deprived are soups and salads you can made ahead. Crusty bread usually lets me sell a healthy soup for my kids, if that tip helps you at all! So this post is going to focus on ones that I love and are easy on the waist. As I write this, I’ve got a pot of chicken broth simmering away with the dregs of my veggie drawer and the bones from a rotisserie chicken that I used to make chicken curry salad to last me all week (I make it close to this version but this is a healthy one from Skinnytaste via her friend’s blog.).
I have a ton of motivation for a healthy 2019 but it’s not without some roadblocks. We lost our au pair when she broke her wrist at Christmas and my knee probably has a tear that requires surgery and I can’t run (cue mom tears here). I started to just give up and eat all the leftover chocolate over the weekend, but today I took the babies to the Y with a day care and worked out in the gym doing stuff I can still do and it was amazing. Just trying to bloom where I’m planted over here. Hope these recipes do the same for you!
With the chicken broth that is simmering I’m going to make Giada’s Creamy Artichoke Soup – I sub light sour cream for the marscapone and I use canned artichokes instead of frozen. The leeks in it are such a superfood and I feel amazing after I eat this and I like that the potato in it satisfies a carb craving without white flour. I also make this Cauliflower Soup a lot too.
Turkey Meatball Soup – my kids love this soup and so do I. You can substitute ground chicken if you want and use any veggies you like.
This is technically not a soup but this Chicken Chili Verde is so comforting on cold nights, which we are going to have her in New England this week!
I think my kids are going to love this Ramen Noodle Chicken Salad, especially my daughter who is obsessed with Ramen.
My husband and I love any kind of Ahi Tuna salad, and this one from Tyler Florence is similar to one I make from his cookbook. My older kids are starting to love it too – my daughter ordered an ahi tuna salad over fried chicken and french fries at the pool this summer. Going to make this Tomato and Eggplant soup for the kids who don’t like Ahi Tuna.
Brats and Beer Cheddar Chowder – ok, this might not be healthy but it’s the weekend and I am pretty sure everyone will love this chowder!
Chicken Noodle Soup – Everyone loves this soup, and it is so comforting. I love making something like this on Sundays while the babies nap. I also can’t wait to make this Portugese Chorizo and Kale Soup too, so I might make both! Soup makes the best lunches during the winter.