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In addition to the holiday food bonanza, I spent more time than usual on the couch watching Home Alone, Love Actually, and Elf for the zillionth time.
I’m definitely feeling the need to lighten things up. Are you with me?
January is also a time when I pay more attention to how much I’m spending at the grocery store. We feed a lot of people in this house through November and December and the same balance that applies to our diet must also apply to our bank account.
Not to mention that the December credit card bill has arrived (ouch).
I’m not a resolution maker when it comes to what I eat because I just don’t think it works. However, I do always make some strategic adjustments in January to balance out all the holiday feasting.
Since I refuse to give up flavor or the comforting, stick-to-your-ribs foods we crave through the winter months, my go-to recipes for this time of year include many of those familiar comfort foods we all love, but with a few simple changes to make them leaner and more wholesome. They also happen to be quite budget-friendly.
Here are 10 of my favorites.
Lightly toast your tortillas in a dry skillet and top your tacos with lots of chopped fresh or sautéed veggies for added nutritional value. Fresh corn salsa, sautéed zucchini and mushrooms, and avocado are all fabulous choices.
If you want to make it super lean and mean, it would be delicious with lean ground turkey.
I can’t say enough about it. Try it. It is fabulous. My boys love this chili more than any beef chili they’ve tried.