Now that it’s finally comfort food weather, everyone’s thoughts are turning to indulgent favorites like pot pies and creamy soups. This is out of nostalgia, or just because it’s cold outside. But eating fewer lean meats and fruits could spell trouble just as we’re spending less time outside.
The compromise? Upgrading ingredients like the white flour in pie crusts to quinoa flour and making swaps like roasted eggplant or zucchini in place of bread to add fiber and vitamins to dishes. Vegetarian Comfort Foods is full of ideas like these so you can still feel the satisfaction of a hearty meal, while making sure your gut is getting some love, too.
These recipes will also help with the other side effect of all the rich foods that fill our plates this time of year: digestive issues. Author Jennifer Browne’s first book, Happy Healthy Gut, detailed her journey to heal her decade-long struggle with irritable bowel syndrome through changing her diet, specifically by cutting out meat.
The recipes in her new book are vegetarian, but there’s flexibility in either direction, whether you eat eggs or need ideas for making them vegan.
Recipes reprinted with permission from Vegetarian Comfort Foods: The Happy Healthy Gut Guide to Delicious Plant-Based Cooking by Jennifer Browne (Skyhorse Publishing, 2015.)