January can feel like a long, dreary month after the indulgence of the festive season, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you're tightening your purse strings, quitting booze, embracing Veganuary or simply trying to eat more nutritious, seasonal veg this month, here are 10 recipes that will help you inject flavour and a bit of fun into your everyday routine.
On a healthy kick? Start your day off on the right foot with nutritious overnight oats packed with grated apple, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Simply combine all the ingredients and leave to soak overnight (you can also divide the mixture into portions and soak in clean jars), ready to grab and go in the morning.
Save cash and prep your packed lunches with this vegan salad that combines in-season pomegranate with chickpeas, pine nuts, spring onions and an Indian-style mint and yoghurt dressing.
Craving nutritious, delicious midweek dinners? Jamie's quick and easy Indian-inspired mushroom curry is a healthy, vegetarian family favourite, served with red lentils, brown rice and poppadoms.
Superfood Granola Balls from Energy Bites: High-protein recipes for increased vitality and wellness from DK Publishing
For a healthy alternative to shop-bought snacks, these healthy energy balls will keep you full throughout the day.
If pay-day couldn't feel further away, don't despair – this budget-friendly family stew will perk you up. This recipe will show you how to make the most of cheaper cuts (in this case, beef brisket), slow-cooking it until meltingly tender. Serve with carrot, parsnip and swede mash for true winter comfort.
Sweet Potato Dhal with Cauliflower & Spinach Pakora from Green by Elly Pear
Trying Veganuary? Looking for something inspiring, delicious and crowd-pleasing for the weekend? Look no further. This spinach, squash and sweet potato dhal with deep-fried pakoras is a real weekend feast.
Bored of root veg at this time of year? Ruby Tandoh gives carrots a face-lift with spring onion, spice and plenty of tasty feta in these delicious veggie bites. Perfect for lunchboxes or a light supper and easy on the wallet too.
Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Sumac-Roasted Cauliflower from The Quick Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer
Eat the seasons this month with this Middle-Eastern-inspired traybake, combining spiced lamb, pomegranate and lemony cauliflower – ready and on the table in about 30 minutes.
A crunchy and sweet crumble with tender apples and juicy berries, this warming winter pud is a real crowd-pleaser whether you're catering for vegans or not. Perfect Sunday food.
Sherbet Fizz Mocktail from Fizz: 80 Joyful Cocktails And Mocktails For Every Occasion by Olly Smith
For the tee-totallers among you, this refreshing, aromatic citrus celebration will brighten up your Dry January.