These light recipes will help you reset after the big feast.

Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
November 26, 2019

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I fully leaned into all that was Thanksgiving—second helpings of creamy green bean casserole and buttery mashed potatoes, pie for breakfast and more leftovers after that. I don't stress over the calories that were consumed—and neither should you—because, at the end of it all, it was just one day (or a few if you also love leftovers!).

This week, though, I'm craving some lighter meals that leave me feeling energized rather than sleepy. I'm not cutting out gluten, carbs, sugar or anything in particular to "cleanse my system"—our bodies do that naturally, regardless of what we eat—but I am bringing all the veggies to the table to help me get back to my regular routine.

Your Meal Plan

If you're like me, turkey soup is a must after the big feast. You can't go wrong with the Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup and big leafy green salad I have in the lineup for Sunday. The Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp on Tuesday is one of my favorite easy recipes to make when I'm needing more veggies but don't necessarily want a salad for dinner. In this recipe, zucchini noodles stand in for regular pasta to bump up your veggie count by a few servings.

To cut back on the prep work that comes with eating more veggies, I added in already-prepped shortcuts to the shopping list, like pre-zoodled zucchini noodles and frozen riced cauliflower.

Sunday: Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup with mixed greens dressed with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Monday: Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

Tuesday: Spanakopita Stuffed Peppers with whole-wheat baguette slices

Wednesday: Chicken & Cucumber Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Thursday: Easy Salmon Cakes with Creamy Dill Sauce on a bed of fresh baby spinach

Friday: Cuban Cauliflower Rice Bowl

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Meal-Prep Lunch

Meal-prepping my lunch in advance is a surefire way to ensure that I'll have a healthy midday meal, so this week I'm making these veggie-packed Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Taco Bowls.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Taco Bowls

Treat Yourself

I'm not about swearing off any food in my efforts to get back to my normal eating routine. In fact, letting myself enjoy the things I crave—like these unbelievably delicious Coconut Peanut-Butter Balls—means I'll be less likely to go overboard on treats down the road.

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