Two of my goals for the New Year are to get more creative with my meal planning and to cook as low-carb as possible in a Whole30-ish way. I’ve done Whole30s in years past, and one of the biggest benefits I’ve felt was a clearer mind and calmer sense — huge perks in my chaotic world! Here are a few family-favorite recipes we’ll rotate throughout this winter and beyond!

Sausage egg roll in a bowl from Buns in My Oven

This recipe, which I’ve modified a bit, comes together so quickly and easily, and the flavors are beyond delicious! This definitely makes up for any Chinese or Thai food I’m taking a break from at the moment. I’ve made this with both pork sausage and chicken sausage and like it both ways. Also, I’ve found broccoli slaw works great for the coleslaw mix, and coconut aminos is a perfect sub for the soy sauce. This dish is also yummy served over cauliflower rice.

Easy creamy crock-pot chicken tikka aasala from The Iron You 

I wrote about how much we love this recipe two years ago, and this is a winter staple in my house because it’s easy, healthy, and packed with flavor. I like to double this recipe so we can eat it for several days!

Cilantro lime chicken bowl from Real Simple Good

I know cilantro is a love/hate food; I happen to love it, so I was excited when I came across this recipe! I marinated the chicken overnight so the flavors would seep in a bit longer.

No-bake keto chocolate peanut butter balls from The Big Man’s World

For something sweet that is lower in sugar, I made a batch of these four-ingredient bites and kept them in the freezer for a week so we could grab a sweet treat on the go. I chose crunchy peanut butter, because that’s my fave, but whatever is your personal preference will work! We used a bar of 100% cacao chocolate, but other varieties of chocolate will work as well.

Kate Cotter
Kate came to New England for college a decade and a half ago, and fell in love with all things Boston. She is the mom of two beautiful baby boys, ages 2.5 & 10 months, and loves watching them explore this lovely area of the country, experiencing Boston through their eyes. Heart-filling: spending time with my family, spontaneous hugs, kisses and “I love you Mommy” from my boys, reading great books, fall in New England, the Adirondacks, golden retriever puppies (don’t have any yet!), coffee, champagne, and serendipity. Can do without: Boston traffic, inconsiderateness, never-ending winters and stir-craziness.