Call it the placebo effect, but there’s something about eating green foods that makes us feel like wellness incarnate. The color naturally suggests health—which may be why, as we’re in the midst of a holiday season jam-packed with slow-cooker comfort foods and a truly dazzling array of sweet treats, we find ourselves drawn to meals in the hue this time of year. And while you might read green and think we’re about to hand you a bunch of sad kale salads, the good news is that these recipes run the gamut from cheesy pizzas to warm soups. Keep these in your back pocket for when you’re craving a light, healthy-ish bite.
Easy to whip up and ideal for those chilly nights where you just want to curl up with a big bowl of soup, this dish from The Delicious Life really hits the spot. Make a batch of soft-boiled eggs ahead of time and keep them in the fridge to cut down on the prep even more.
Ya know those mornings where you just can’t bear the idea of a smoothie and need something more filling? That’s where Half Baked Harvest comes in. This savory grain bowl is loaded with protein and packed with flavor thanks to the spicy sesame sauce.
When you want a light dessert, Molly Yeh’s matcha Popsicles are here for you. They’ll also keep in the freezer for a couple of weeks, so you can ration them out.
We know we said no sad salads—and this recipe from Half Baked Harvest is anything but. It’s incredibly colorful in addition to being nutritious, making it a real visual treat. How often can you say that about a salad?
All right, this one may not be healthy per se…but if you’re looking to switch up your usual bevvie of choice, consider this vodka (or gin works, too) tipple from Feasting at Home. It’s guaranteed to impress your guests, even if you don’t have edible violets on hand for garnish.
File this one under “movie night essentials.” Half Baked Harvest has the right idea with a vegetarian pizza piled high with two kinds of cheese, basil pesto, and a healthy (pun intended) serving of leafy greens.
Similar to creamy tomato soup (if not a bit more tart), this concoction by With Food and Love is best served with a gooey grilled cheese. We recommend making a big batch on a Sunday so you can take leftovers to work for lunch throughout the week.
The next time it’s your turn to host brunch, resist the temptation to serve up avocado toast and go for this Israeli dish instead. Pinch of Yum’s take also includes rice to make it a heartier meal.
Between the whipped Greek yogurt topping and emerald crepe color, Half Baked Harvest’s recipe is definitely eye-catching. It’s a great substitute for pancakes, and, dare we say, it’s way more photogenic.
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