January: Healthy & Delish Meal Round-up

Here’s a round-up of some delicious food i’ve cooked/prepared lately!

I’m a college student with a busy schedule. Sometimes I need to grab something and go, but I cook for myself and friends when I have the time!

As far as recipes go, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants most times. I like to improvise and make it up as a I go along, but some things (like the chana masala) are adapted from other recipes. If you’re interested in any of these meals, let me know in the comments and i’ll do a more lengthy post or add recipes to this post.

You’ll notice a lot of chickpeas and fresh veggies. Eating healthy should NOT sacrifice flavor, in my book. I’m all about the spices and those special touches that your grandma would never neglect.

Winter-y Wellness Soup

This was (you guessed it!) improvised. I was feeling under the weather and nothing sounded better than some homemade soup. I made an enormous pot and ended up sharing with friends and having this for several meals. Which I don’t mind at all!

It has a vegetable broth base, sweet potato, baby bella mushrooms, white onion, red pepper, broccoli, and kale. It’s also chock full of goodies that are immunity-boosting and beneficial from a wellness perspective, like fresh garlic, fresh ginger, and turmeric powder. I could never turn down fresh garlic.

VegSoup

Roasted Chickpeas & Veggies

My best friend and I make this meal quite often! It’s really easy to make. You pop it in the oven and then you have a great meal 40 minutes later.

I roast the chickpeas at 450 degrees for 30-35 minutes. The sweet potatoes can go along with the chickpeas, the broccoli needs about 15-20 minutes, and the kale needs 5-10 minutes depending on desired crispiness. I love to put garlic powder, black pepper, and sea salt on the chickpeas, thyme on the sweet potatoes, and lemon on the broccoli.

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Fresh Smoked Salmon Salad

I am OBSESSED with the taste of smoked salmon. It’s like lox on a bagel, but transferred to salad form. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I adore salads and could eat them every day. There are just so many possibilities when it comes to making a salad, and this is a delicious one. I typically use spring mix and kale, and I top mine with lemon juice, olive oil, and black pepper (Recipe for this salad can be found here.)

Smoked Salmon Salad

Chana Masala

This is my absolute FAVORITE Indian dish. It’s incredible. And of course mine can never compare to that from an Indian restaurant (my favorite is India Sizzling in Fishers, IN). I’ve practiced many times and this was my best yet. I could’ve increased the spice level, but I was trying to be cautious and not singe my tastebuds off. Continuous refinement!

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I served it with brown rice and garlic naan (this garlic naan) to a couple of my good friends: the ones who can handle spicy food.

Chana and naan

 

My next food post will probably be a round-up of great meals i’ve had lately from restaurants! Let me know if you’re interested in my recipes at all, and if I should write a post about it.

Thanks for stopping by, it means a lot to me!

VeggieFaith

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