1. Coconut cream
When you are planning on making a basic vegetable soup, try adding a can or two of coconut milk/cream instead of the oil right at the beginning. This is the basis of making a coconut curry, but you do not need to use curry powder to make this dish awesome! You can keep the spices simple, use just water for the broth, and add a little sea salt. Or you can make it even more delectable by adding some garam masala spice mix.
2. Peanut sauce
Getting to pour peanut sauce over your stir-fry makes it seem like you are out at a restaurant! It goes with any combination of vegetables and protein, and if you are avoiding peanuts you can just substitute almond butter in the recipe. Here is my basic peanut sauce recipe:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup nut butter
1 teaspoon salt or soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
splash of rice vinegar (optional)
Combine all in a small sauce pan on low heat, stirring until creamy. Adjust anything to your taste preference. Add more water for thinner sauce, more nut butter for thicker sauce. Easy!
The idea of a frittata comes from Italy. It is basically a quiche without the crust, which makes it so much easier to make and healthier too! If you were thinking of making a basic saute or stir fry for dinner, try making it into a frittata instead. I have made them for breakfast parties and family dinners. They are also an "anything goes" type of dish that you can customize based on what's in your fridge that day. Just make sure you have plenty of eggs!
All you need to do is saute the veggies in a big pot until they are soft (zucchini, onions, broccoli, spinach, and Italian herbs are all good options). Transfer them to a baking dish and pour beaten eggs over until they are covered, but not drowning. Bake for around 30 minutes. There are countless recipes for frittatas on the internet. Remember that you can substitute just about anything it calls for, or omit it all together. It will still be yummy!
Dr. Melissa DeForest: I am a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in digestive disorders. My goal is to educate, inspire, and empower others to lead a life they love.
Disclaimer: All information presented here is for educational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise, supplement, or diet routine.