Healthy, protein-packed vegan mushroom stroganoff made with savory mushrooms, lentil pasta and a creamy coconut milk sauce. This post is sponsored by Barilla®.
Winter is the hardest season when it comes to sticking to your health goals. The cold weather and limited sunlight squashes motivation. There are constantly treats in the kitchen and parties with mulled wine, hot chocolate and boozy apple cider galore. We live off of heavy, hearty casseroles and soups. It’s easy to see why this season is tricky when it comes to our health!
When winter rolls around, I just try to be consistent. I allow room for treats and drinks in my diet throughout the year so I don’t feel the need to go overboard over the holidays, but I definitely treat myself occasionally. And when it comes to hearty casseroles, soups and cozy comfort food, I just make upgraded, healthier versions that I can feel good about eating!
There are so many childhood (or seasonal!) favorites that can be made lighter and healthier. It does take a little trial and error but I’ve found, the more comfortable you are in the kitchen, the easier it is to make these swaps to upgrade your favorite recipes. Some examples include my sweet potato casserole, this cauliflower baked ziti and my quinoa fried rice.
This week I’m tackling beef stroganoff. Traditionally this dish is made with beef, egg noodles (not a lot of nutrients in this pasta) and a cream sauce made with loads of butter. I thought it would be fun to make a healthy, plant-based mushroom stroganoff as an upgrade. I promise it tastes just as savory and delightful as the original.
Coconut Milk: Instead of a heavy cream sauce made from butter and flour, this sauce is primarily coconut milk. Coconut milk is uber creamy and a great source of healthy fats. If you’re keeping track, yes, we now have healthy fat, fiber and lean protein in this meal = my formula for building a balanced meal! I season the coconut milk with a lot of yummy seasonings like nutritional yeast and Worcestershire sauce that make the final product super similar to traditional beef stroganoff.
Mushrooms: Instead of beef, I swapped in mushrooms. I love the texture of mushrooms and the flavor profile works really well in this dish. I used a combination of baby bella mushrooms and a package of exotic mixed mushrooms.
Legume Pasta: Instead of egg noodles, I swapped in my new favorite pasta: Barilla legume pasta. I chose the Barilla Red Lentil Rotini which is made from one ingredient – red lentils! It has a great, al dente texture that works perfectly for this dish. To top things off, it’s a good source of plant-based protein and an excellent source of fiber. HUGE upgrade from the egg noodles, right?
Another perk of this recipe? It comes together in under 30 minutes and can be made all in one pot. Hooray for quick and easy dinners with minimal dishes!
This mushroom stroganoff pasta dish is hearty enough to be served as a meal on its own, but if you want additional protein I recommend pairing it with an easy option like chickpeas of tofu.