A meal is a chance to check in with your body – what do you need? What are you in the mood for? Based on what you assess your needs to be, you can use the basics of a balanced meal: protein, grain, and vegetables with some fat (preferably from a heart healthy source like avocado, olive oil, canola oil, nuts, or seeds), to choose a meal that will satisfy your needs. In the summer this can be so simple – grilled fish, a big salad, and farm fresh corn on the cob…
However, this time of year, with the in-between-seasons-weather, lots of grey skies, and a dearth of anything to be excited about that’s being grown locally, I find my meal inspiration can be pretty skimpy. I thought to compile a list of meals for you that are practically one-pot meals, many of which can be thrown together with ingredients you may have on hand. They are quick to prepare and even better, leave you with a substantial, satisfying, and nourishing meal to share or enjoy on your own.
4. Vegetarian Chilaquiles Casserole (substitute fresh spinach for the corn to increase the veggies!)
6. Pasta e Fagioli (bacon optional, can use canned beans too)