Start 2022 on a lighter note with these 3 healthy recipes – Here And Now

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The excesses of the holidays are behind us in the new year. Traditionally, January is “diet season” — a time to start anew and focus on healthy eating. But once again, in the midst of a pandemic and winter, dieting doesn’t seem too attractive an idea. Rather than try to follow a prescribed diet (that is almost always a challenge to stick to), I try to focus on eating more vegetables, less meat, and fresher, lighter fare.
These three new recipes are definitely not “diet” food, but instead focus on color (a true challenge in winter months), texture and big bold flavors. This is food that makes you feel good and satisfied.
All these dishes work well for virtually any meal and can easily be doubled depending on the size of your family. To a healthy new year!
When you want to reduce the amount of animal protein you’re eating, the meaty texture and rich umami flavor of mushrooms are a great alternative. Corn tortillas are heated with a touch of sharp cheddar until melted and bubbling, while mushrooms are sauteed over high heat with scallions. The sauteed mushrooms are piled on top of the cheesy tortilla and then topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream, chopped tomatoes or salsa and lime. The tacos can be made from start to finish in around 20 minutes. They are equally good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
Serves 2 to 4.
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All you need for this dish is some leftover rice, fresh ginger, a few fresh vegetables and an egg, and you have the makings of a satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner. Add any type of vegetables you have on hand — broccoli or cauliflower florets, cubes of winter squash, green beans, etc. Think of this as a master recipe of sorts, and adapt it according to what you have in your refrigerator.
Serves 2 to 4
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The eggs:
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This salad/main course offers great color, texture and enormous flavor. The whole dish can be made hours ahead of time and tossed with fresh lemon juice and olive oil right before serving. Warm pita bread, a crisp baguette or your favorite crusty bread would be a great addition. This is a vegan dish but can be made more substantial with the addition of crumbled feta or bite-sized pieces of leftover cooked salmon or chicken.
This dish can be served warm or at room temperature.
Serves 4.
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The chickpeas:
The cauliflower and couscous:
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This segment aired on January 13, 2022.
Kathy Gunst Twitter Here & Now Resident Chef
Kathy Gunst is a James Beard Award-winning journalist and the author of 15 cookbooks.
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