When people think of “detoxing,” the foods that come to mind are probably green juices, smoothies, and lots of raw vegetables. But when it’s cold outside, those are probably the last foods you feel like eating.
Luckily, you can still eat warm foods while supporting your body’s natural detoxification system. In fact, what we eat should change with the seasons, so today I’m sharing some of my favorite warm and comforting whole food meal ideas. They are the perfect way to warm-up while working towards your healthy eating goals!
As you may recall, I only plan on cooking at home six nights a week to accommodate dining out once a week. (If we don’t dine out, we’ll have leftovers or one of my usual freezer meals.) For breakfast and lunch, I still aim to enjoy plenty of smoothies and salads in the winter, but I’ll also go for some warmer options, such as eggs, toast, or oatmeal, too– it just depends on how cold I’m feeling that day!
Here’s what I’m planning for the week:
- Monday: Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- Tuesday: Easy Salmon Curry
- Wednesday: Italian “Meatloaf” Muffins (from my cookbook) over spaghetti squash noodles
- Thursday: Pizza Stir-Fry
- Friday: Quinoa & Vegetable Teriyaki Bowls
- Saturday: Dine out
- Sunday: Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza
Here are the snacks I’m preparing ahead for the week:
To help make meal planning even easier, below is a shopping list to help you prepare all of the meals above. (Snacks not included.) Be sure to double-check the portion size of each recipe to make sure it will feed the number of people in your family!
2 pounds cauliflower florets (frozen works, too)
5 red bell peppers
4 yellow onions
7 Garlic cloves
1 1/4 pounds mushrooms
1 large leek, thinly sliced
1 bunch kale
1 1/2 pounds shredded cabbage
1 (5 oz.) bag Trader Joe’s Power Greens (or an assortment of baby kale, spinach, and chard)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion
1/2 pound broccoli florets
Fresh thyme or rosemary
3 celery stalks
1 spaghetti squash
1 pound wild Alaskan salmon
Soft goat cheese (chèvre)
Grated sheep’s milk pecorino
1 can full-fat coconut milk (this brand is BPA-free)
7 ounce jar tomato paste, no salt added
Tamari, soy sauce, or coconut aminos
Pure maple syrup
1 (15-ounce) can white cannellini beans
I hope you find these meal plans helpful. For more, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter to get a complete 21-Day Detox Meal Plan, along with my future recipes sent to your inbox. (I’ll also be putting out a call for recipe testers soon, too, so you’ll definitely want to be on my email list for that!)
Hope you all have a very happy and healthy week ahead!
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