Last Updated on January 19, 2022
Plants and meats are often treated differently, cooked separately, and served side by side in different dishes. Not only do both meat and plants hold a variety of essential nutrients, but they can also be easily combined into the same dish to create incredible meals loaded with rich, complex flavors.
If you want to lean into your inner omnivore start with these plant-and-meat blended recipes.
Veggie and Chorizo Fiesta Skillet
This Mexican-inspired one-pan meal has the feel of tacos without any of the fuss. With chorizo sausage, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, all topped with cheese, it’s an excellent choice for a quick, easy dinner.
Replace the chorizo with breakfast sausage, and crack an egg over the top and you have a protein-packed skillet breakfast bound to spice up your morning.
Bison Stuffed Squash
This delicacy is the perfect comfort dinner for sweater weather or even a cool spring night.
Featuring the rich, naturally sweet flavor of acorn squash with lean, grass-fed bison, this dish is also packed with an assortment of veggies, fruits, rice, herbs, and seeds that provide as much nutrition as they do robust flavor. The ingredients are plentiful and forgiving and easily subbed out for other autumnal flavors.
Homemade Chinese Noodle Soup
Nothing is better for chilly nights than a hearty noodle soup. This Chinese soup blends baby bok choy, shitake mushrooms with your protein of choice, and a homemade bone broth that will boost your immune system and delight your taste buds.
Nearly all of the ingredients can be substituted, depending on what you have on hand, resulting in boundless flavor combinations that will make any reimaginations of this recipe feel brand new, time and again.
Herbed Turkey Zucchini Meatballs
Ground turkey is one of the more versatile ground meats. One of the best uses of ground turkey is herbed meatballs. The shredded zucchini helps keep the turkey moist, and the meatballs are loaded with spices like dill, mint, and cilantro for a flavorful punch. With a quick prep and quick cook time, these meatballs are perfect at lunchtime or served front and center at dinner.
Cranberry Turkey Slider
Sliders have never felt so fancy, easy, or healthy.
These tart, protein-packed finger-foods are a crowd-favorite appetizer. It’s also equally easy to make this into an entre by shaping them into full-sized burgers. Serve them simply as they are for rich, homey Thanksgiving flavors, or spice them up a ginger mayo for an added kick.