Are you stuck for meal ideas this winter? Consider it the perfect opportunity to change up your recipes and take advantage of delicious in-season veggies.
Changing up your meals by eating seasonally as the chilly weather arrives lets you stretch your budget while getting all your essential nutrients. From warming breakfasts and soups to hearty veggie bowls and Vietnamese pho, these seven delicious winter recipes will keep you healthy and energised throughout the cooler months.
Use these delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal ideas to enjoy hearty, fulfilling mains that are easy to prepare.
1. Chai Oatmeal
This quick and flavoursome version of oat porridge comes from plant-based cooking blog Happy Herbivore. The key ingredient is oats, a whole grain superfood packed with dietary fibre and essential nutrients like manganese, selenium, and zinc.
Instead of milk or water, the oats are cooked in chai tea, which is rich in antioxidants and has many health-enhancing properties. Finish off with some pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, and top with berries, and you’ve got a warming breakfast to power you through until lunchtime.
2. Winter Salad
This hearty, cold-fighting salad was created by the passionate foodie who runs From The Kitchen. Featuring hearty veggies like beetroot, sweet potato, and pumpkin, this salad is substantial enough for a main meal or as a colourful side to your main course. The root vegetables deliver potassium, folate, and manganese, while the pumpkin enriches the salad with extra vitamin C to keep the winter colds away. Served with toasted pine nuts, greens of your choice, and a savoury pesto dressing, this feel-good salad is likely to be popular with both children and adults.
What better way to enjoy the health-promoting properties of veggies than by lightly steaming them and serving them with a zesty chili-orange vinaigrette? This veggie bowl recipe from award-winning blog Love and Lemons will keep your taste buds happy and your body energised.
Nutrient-dense vegetables like sweet potato, carrots, and broccoli help you get your antioxidants and minerals, while a side of seared tofu adds protein to your meal. Complete your bowl with some colourful pomegranate seeds and health-boosting microgreens, and you’ll have a winning recipe perfect for lunch or dinner.
If you love the fragrant Thai flavour combination of peanuts, coriander, and ginger, you’ll love this millet salad from Eats Well With Others. This easy recipe involves just three steps: cooking the millet, chopping the herbs and vegetables, and mixing the dressing. Millet is rich in essential minerals such as copper, phosphorus, and manganese, while red cabbage is a nutritional powerhouse. The tangy peanut butter based dressing is light on oil, so you can enjoy this for a lighter lunch or dinner.
Cauliflower has been declared the new kale, so there’s no excuse not to include more of this cruciferous vegetable in your diet. Cauliflower is rich in fibre and choline, a macronutrient vital for memory and learning. Low in fat but rich in vitamin B, and cancer-preventing antioxidants and phytonutrients, this humble vegetable lends itself well to hearty soups for the winter.
This cauliflower soup recipe by Naturally Ella brings out the subtle flavours of cauliflower by first roasting and then blending. Add heavy cream for a richer soup or leave it out if preferred. Serve with crusty bread or a salad for a light dinner or lunch.
Skip the heavy carbs with this Mexican-style chicken and zucchini recipe from the Skinnytaste blog. The zucchini boats provide a healthy dose of copper, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, while the shredded chicken adds protein and heartiness to your meal. Zucchini is low in calories so you can happily add more of this to your diet. The rich enchilada sauce brings a savoury tomato flavour to the dish, and the sautéed chicken and vegetable filling is rich with herbs for extra flavour. Serve with rice if preferred.
This healthful version of a popular Vietnamese street food is lower in salt and saturated fat. The author of the recipe Rhian from Healthy Mummy has added extra herbs for their antioxidant properties. Based on beef broth, pho contains vitamin A, B, C, and D, along with essential minerals like iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. In this recipe, healthful bean thread noodles are used instead of the usual rice noodles. Cook the leaf beef slices on a grill pan and top with healthful additions such as bean sprout, spring onion, basil, and chilli.
Winter warming foods
With the changing of the seasons, it’s a good idea to change your recipes and take advantage of fresh, seasonal ingredients. With these hearty, healthful recipes on hand, you can enjoy more home-cooked meals this winter.All information presented on the Herron website is meant for general knowledge and never meant as a diagnosis of prescription. Please always contact your doctor for health related matters.