The cold and damp weather of January can seep deeply into your bones. The best way to warm and nourish the body’s core is through eating soups, stews and other hearty well-cooked dishes of root vegetables and light grains such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, and amaranth. We’ve collected eight terrific vegetarian recipes that are best suited for adopting yogic principles in your diet for January’s cold winter days. These tasty and healthy yogic recipes incorporate seasonal veggies like dried beans, carrots, kale, potato, and cauliflower.
Carrot Amaranth Polenta With Parsley Oil–This hearty winter meal uses amaranth, instead of traditional polenta. when cracked using a blender or food processor the amaranth can have “a wonderful polenta or porridge-like consistency.” You can skip the fancy herb oil and instead just use chopped parsley to top.
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5-Ingredient Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Casserole–This quick and easy casserole uses just five ingredients! The recipe is vegan and gluten-free, and there is a list of substitution ideas to swap out all of the ingredients to fine-tune to your liking.
Crispy Sesame Garlic Tofu–If you are clueless on how to prep and cook tofu then definitely check out this recipe for tips on pressing and prepping for maximum flavor and texture. This crispy tofu can easily be paired with seasonal stir-fried veggies and cooked rice or noodles.
Vegan Tuscan White Bean Soup–This is a very bean-heavy recipe that is sure to easily warm and to fill you up. The recipe calls for Farro, an ancient grain that is a type of wheat, so it is not gluten-free but there are GF substitutions listed. There are also stovetop instructions given if you don’t have an Instant Pot.
Pasta e Fagioli–This Italian dish translates to “pasta and beans,” and this hearty vegan stew is full of delightful flavor. Crushed tomatoes, fresh parsley, and Tuscan kale combine to create a simple, nourishing and interesting meal-in-a-bowl.
Hearty Mung Bean and Lentil Stew–This fiber and protein-packed recipe is very simple and easy to make. Vegan and gluten-free, this stew has an interesting combination of frozen spinach and coconut milk.
Loaded Vegan Baked Potato Soup–You can make this yummy potato soup with just a handful of common ingredients. The “loaded” part is all of the options given in the recipe to top the creamy soup: coconut bacon, vegan cream cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh chives.
Easy Veggie Chili–You can easily customize and whip up a pot of this vegan chili in about a half-hour. The recipe contains beans, celery, garlic, tomato, green bell pepper, and onion as well as the classic warming chili spices.