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January’s Culinary Theme: Revamp Your Routine

Each month the Plated Culinary team gathers to brainstorm a fun, relevant food theme—for the start of 2016, it’s Revamp Your Routine.

Lighten up fettuccine Alfredo in January by substituting spaghetti squash for pasta.

On any given day, the Plated Culinary team members can be found happily obsessing over kitchen tips, genius tools, seasonal ingredients, and all varieties of food inspo to inform the weekly menu dishes you see. Chocolate and laughter in our kitchen are tell-tale signs that a team “meeting” is taking place. The members recently convened to choose a theme to kick off 2016. Here, recipe editor Jennifer En reveals why you should be smitten with January’s focus on a slew of recipes to help you Revamp Your Routine.

After eating mostly roasted meats and pies for two months, we’re ready to emerge from the food-induced coma of the holiday season to start the new year on a lighter foot. As luck would have it, eating more healthfully in 2016 doesn’t have to mean sacrificing what you love most about your favorite dishes. On the coldest days of January, all we want to do is soothe ourselves from the inside out with cozy, hearty meals—so naturally, we want to help you effortlessly incorporate healthy comfort food recipes into your dinner routine this winter.

Irresistible vegetable-forward dishes make the most of the seasonal produce we love this time of year. Think Lasagna Rolls with Butternut Squash and Whole Wheat Mushroom Pizza with Gruyère. On nights when you’re hankering for your go-to takeout dishes, you can simply whip up de-greasified versions in your own kitchen: think Chicken Pad Thai with Bok Choy and Steak Gyros. And what is winter comfort without melted cheese? Lighten up some beloved gooey classics by reinventing them! Baked ziti grows up to become Baked Spaccatelli Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella and Collard Greens. Rich fettuccine Alfredo is turned on its head in a dish of Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Creamy Parmesan Garlic Sauce. Of course, dessert is non-negotiable, especially when you can have guilt-free Almond Butter Cookies and Greek Yogurt Cheesecakes.


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