Stuck in a cooking rut? Enjoy these healthy and delicious winter recipes to mix things up a bit!
Winter is my favorite time of year for cooking! The infinite variety of warm, comforting soups and stews which are healthy, delicious, easy to make, and hard to mess up, makes preparing a great dinner a snap for me.
I thought it would be fun to share a quick list of some hearty and healthy winter recipes that you may want to try before the weather turns. From a hot bowl of chili, to a hearty warm breakfast, these winter comfort foods will hit the spot!
Black Bean Chili
Chili is usually a staple in most homes during the fall and winter months. It is quick, easy, and can even be made in the slow cooker if you are running low on time. One way you can change it up is by replacing the normal pinto or red kidney beans you use with black beans. Black beans are high in folate as well as protein. You can add more tomatoes to boost your vegetable intake as well as garlic to help with cardiac health.
Try This One from AllRecipes.com…
Overnight Superfood Oatmeal
Overnight oats have become increasingly popular with people who are rushed in the morning, but want to make sure they get a healthy breakfast in. You can build on the concept of steel cut or regular rolled oats overnight oatmeal by adding superfoods to the mix. For example, consider adding bananas, which contain high amounts of folate and potassium. You can also add nuts for protein and folate. A dash of fruit flavored superfood powder can add a nice touch as well.
Remember, overnight oats can be heated in the morning or left cold depending on what you like.
Try These from WholeFully.com…
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Pumpkin is a great ingredient to add to your fall and winter cooking. It is packed with nutrients like vitamin A, plus fiber, and it adds a lovely color to your dish. If you are looking for a fun way to change up your mac and cheese, consider adding some pureed pumpkin. It will give the dish a nutrient boost, while adding an earthy, comforting flavor.
Try This One From Rachael Ray…
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Bites
If you want an easy, warm, and filling winter dinner consider making slow cooker buffalo chicken bites. All you need is flour tortillas, cream cheese, buffalo wing sauce, and chicken.
- Put several chicken breasts into your slow cooker with a half cup of water. Cook on low for four to six hours.
- Drain any excess liquid and shred the chicken with a fork.
- Toss the shredded chicken in buffalo wing sauce.
- Spread room temperature cream cheese on the tortillas and spread buffalo chicken over that.
- Roll the tortilla and cut into round bites.
Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash
If you are on a vegan diet or if you are looking for a vegan or vegetarian meal for a once-a-day option, consider roasted cinnamon butternut squash.
- Cut your squash in half length-wise, scrape out the seeds, and drizzle cut sides with avocado oil and cinnamon.
- Bake for about half an hour on 425 degrees, or until tender.
- Remove from oven, let cool slightly, and cut squash into cubes.
- Sprinkle with more cinnamon and a dash of brown sugar if desired, and enjoy!
These are only a few of the many interesting, simple, and healthy winter recipes that you can enjoy creating this winter. You may find that some of these become new winter favorites for you and your family!
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