Five real food recipes, all weeknight friendly + gluten- and dairy-free.
vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo | ff: freezer-friendly
Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Chops from The Kitchn (gf, df, ff)
- This is a beautiful make ahead, freezable meal. Assemble a few to freeze for a day you don't have time to cook, or for a friend in need of a healthy meal. And if you like the freezer meal idea check back next week when I'll be posting a line-up of healthy, make ahead, freezable meals.
- Feel free to substitute ghee or coconut oil for the butter to make this paleo or dairy-free.
- If you want a refined-sugar-free option swap honey, maple syrup, date-, or coconut-sugar for the brown sugar.
Roasted Chicken Sausage, Peppers, and Potatoes from The Comfort of Cooking (gf, df)
- Look for chicken sausage that is free of sugar and artificial nitrates/nitrites.
- Chop all the ingredients into small pieces for a shorter cooking time.
- This one-pan wonder is perfect for a weeknight. Cleanup is a breeze and it's kid friendly, too. If you have a picky eater, try serving all parts separately on his or her plate.
Sweet & Savory Black Bean Stir-Fry with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce from the Natural Nurturer (vg, v, gf, df)
- Pineapple is a tasty alternative to mango in this recipe.
- Consider swapping quinoa for the brown rice if you're pressed for time.
- Coconut aminos will work in place of soy sauce in the teriyaki sauce for a gluten- and soy-free option.
Spicy Fish Taco Bowls from Pinch of Yum (gf, df)
- These bowls work well with any type of firm white fish, such as cod or halibut
- This recipe shares many ingredients with the Sweet & Savory Black Bean Stir-Fry. Consider making both. That way you can shop once for both meals.
- Pico de gallo, salsa, guac or avocado make the perfect toppers for these bowls.
Ultimate Green Taco Wraps with Lentil-Walnut Taco Meat from Oh She Glows (vg, v, gf, df)
- Regular brown or green lentils work in this recipe if you can't find or don't have French lentils.
- There are several parts to this recipe, which makes it a bit involved for a weeknight. If you're not up for making all the parts, consider making just the lentil-walnut taco meat. Top with some salsa and avocado and you're good to go.
- This lentil-taco meat actually freezes well, so you might want to make a double batch for dinner another night.