Sign In / Sign Up

How to Shift New Year's Resolutions Toward Fun and Flavor

Trending Feature
#0876
By: Elizabeth Winslow
How to Shift New Year's Resolutions Toward Fun and Flavor

With the first sunrise following the revelry of New Year's Eve, most people switch gears from party overdrive and head straight for deprivation station. No carbs, no wine, no fun. But what if we had a paradigm shift? Instead of thinking about everything we can't have, we could think about we can. We can have healthy, homemade dinners. We can gather together around the table more often with friends and family. We can remember why we love to cook. And with a Spice Islands® spices-stocked pantry, we can bring more flavor and enjoyment into our lives. With a few tips and a little inspiration, you'll be turning over a new culinary leaf before the last strains of "Auld Lang Syne" fade away.

Make It Healthy

Forgo the meat for a lightened-up dinner plate that's still flavorful and satisfying. With the depth of recipes like these, you'll never even notice its absence: grilled curried cauliflower steaks with spiced lentils and spinach; pasta with figs, olives and pine nuts; and Indian cauliflower and garbanzo bean tacos.

Make It Fresh

Some of the healthiest meals don't require cooking at all. Put away the frying pan and keep it fresh and crunchy with a citrus and fennel coleslaw, garlic marinated vegetables, or assorted greens with feta, cinnamon-dusted pecans and raspberry vinaigrette. Add grilled chicken to any of the above for a heartier dinner.

Make It Fast

When you want to get dinner on the table in a flash, look for simple recipes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Flank steak with chimichurri seasoning is hearty and quick, zesty shrimp tacos are speedy crowd-pleasers, and a creamy tarragon chicken comes together in a flash. All of these can be put together in the time it takes to toss a salad.

Make It Ahead

When it comes to getting a meal on the table with a minimum of effort, the slow cooker is your BFF. Put ingredients for spaghetti sauce or pulled chicken tacos in in the morning, and by the time you get home, dinner awaits!

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, culinary instructor and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

Additional Content


Recent
Cook Once, Feast All Season Long
Cook Once, Feast All Season Long
A smart cook knows holiday leftovers are lifesavers on the day after the feast, but a true kitchen genius has an eye on new and exciting dinners through the new year.
Trending
A Friendsgiving Menu Made for Sharing
A Friendsgiving Menu Made for Sharing
Everyone is eager to see the family for Thanksgiving, but a lot of us like to extend the festivities to our close friends—thus, Friendsgiving was born.
Trending
8 Southern-Inspired Meal-Time Solutions
8 Southern-Inspired Meal-Time Solutions
Whether it's breaded pork chops, hot chicken sandwiches, blackened catfish or slow cooker barbecue, these Southern selections will be on your summer rotation for years to come.