Healthy, protein-packed vegan mushroom stroganoff made with savory mushrooms, lentil pasta and a creamy coconut milk sauce. This post is sponsored by Barilla®.
Winter is the hardest season when it comes to sticking to your health goals. The cold weather and limited sunlight squashes motivation. There are constantly treats in the kitchen and parties with mulled wine, hot chocolate and boozy apple cider galore. We live off of heavy, hearty casseroles and soups. It’s easy to see why this season is tricky when it comes to our health!
When winter rolls around, I just try to be consistent. I started a 10K step challenge in the fall and knew I wanted to carry that over into winter. I allow room for treats and drinks in my diet throughout the year so I don’t feel the need to go overboard over the holidays, but I definitely treat myself occasionally. And when it comes to hearty casseroles, soups and cozy comfort food, I just make upgraded, healthier versions that I can feel good about eating!
There are so many childhood (or seasonal!) favorites that can be made lighter and healthier. It does take a little trial and error but I’ve found, the more comfortable you are in the kitchen, the easier it is to make these swaps to upgrade your favorite recipes. Some examples include my sweet potato casserole, this cauliflower baked ziti and my quinoa fried rice.
This week I’m tackling beef stroganoff. Traditionally this dish is made with beef, egg noodles (not a lot of nutrients in this pasta) and a cream sauce made with loads of butter. I thought it would be fun to…