Winter is nearly upon us, and with an understandable refusal to head outside into arctic temperatures, it provides us all with an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. The cold period provides many an opportunity for a hearty meal; ones which will warm you up and provide you with that much-needed comfort. From a plant-based perspective, there are many a meal that will keep you toasty as the winter months hit. Not only that, but they will provide an abundance of nutrients to keep the immune system strong. Nothing worse than a pesky winter cold! These three meals fit the bill and can get you excited about stepping into the kitchen again — whether you are plant-based or not. What’s more, I can personally vouch for all of them!
Lentil bolognese is a perfect plant-based alternative to your typical bolognese. Lentils are a great substitute for mince, and this meal is one that is simple, functional, and guaranteed to warm you up in the colder months. Packed with protein and fibre, lentils are an integral part of a plant-based diet. Incredibly easy to make, lentil bolognese is a great option for anyone looking to experiment and look into alternatives to the more well-known bolognese dishes. Plus, if the meal tastes great, then what is there to lose!
3 Bean Mexican Chilli
A great alternative to a typical chilli con carne is that which incorporates three different types beans, instead of a beef and bean combo. This particular recipe incorporates beans of the kidney, aduki and black-eyed variety – however if you wish to replace any of them with pinto or black beans, no-one will tell you off for it. Beans are a complete source of plant-based protein, and contain several nutrients that the body will welcome. They are also rich in antioxidants, which fight the effects of free radicals, which cause damage within the body. Not to mention, this recipe will warm you right up!
Now I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way a lasagne that differs from the norm can be tasty, nutritious and heartwarming. But this aubergine lasagne will knock your socks off, I can guarantee that. Although known as a vegetable, aubergine is classed as a fruit. Strange I know, but incorporating it into a lasagne will give you a hearty plant-based meal. Nutritionally, aubergines are naturally high in fibre, which is essential for digestive health and will contribute to you feeling fuller, for longer. You won’t know the difference between this and your typical lasagne, I promise.
These are just three of the many plant-based meals that you can experiment with during the Christmas period. These three are ones that I would always recommend, and with good reason. Tasty, nutritious and full of flavour, get involved with these throughout the winter months, and enjoy the experience of experimenting with different foods.