I went to a college friend's engagement party over the weekend, so there's a little extra dose of love coursing through my veins this week. I also have two weddings next month, which I guess means we're entering the fall wedding season? I love love, so this is a good thing in my book.
Food-wise, that feeling of love translates into recipes that are either good for your body or for your soul—and sometimes both. And though some people know me for my love of stick-to-your-ribs kinds of meals, I also like to balance it with dishes that are satisfying but don't leave me feeling like a sack of potatoes.
So this week I suggest a couple of vegetarian meals, grilled seafood, and some more nutritious carbs. Sound too "healthy" for you? Don't worry—there's one of my favorite comfort foods to provide some balance.
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Though pesto is traditionally made with basil, you can use just about any other leafy green to make a version of the sauce. Toss it with some whole wheat pasta for a quick and satisfying meal.
Cooking chicken in the oven is probably my favorite go-to, weeknight meal. It's so easy to assemble, and when you're using dark meat, incredibly forgiving. And while the oven is on, you can throw in some potatoes and/or vegetables to roast at the same time as the chicken.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
You've been good to your body all week, so now it's time to be good to your soul with a comforting bowl of chili mac and cheese. If you want some extra veggies, feel free to throw some sautéed bell peppers into the mix.