Soul-Warming Winter Meals
A collection of recipes chosen specifically for their combination of rich ingredients that are sure to warm you up on even the coldest of days!
You got that right – cookies for breakfast! There is no better way to brighten up a cold winter day! Make these ahead of time with quick oats, whole wheat flour, butter, egg white, nonfat milk, a diced apple along with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and maple syrup for taste and sweetness. There are around 71 calories in one cookie, so you could have 2 or 3 of these for breakfast. Our suggestion would be to make them ahead of time and warm up for 10-15 seconds in the microwave for a little extra YUM!
Cheesy and crunchy, these toasted ravioli make for an excellent appetizer or lunchtime treat. They’re easier than they look too! Just thaw out your favorite frozen ravioli, dredge in egg followed by a layer of bread crumb-parmesan-dried basil crumbs and pan fry in ½ inch of oil over medium-heat until golden brown. Let drain on a paper towel, sprinkle with fresh basil and some extra parm before serving with warm marinara sauce. “Buon Appetito” indeed!
Loaded with fresh and famous Italian ingredients, this soup is the definition of cold-day comfort food. Loaded with Italian sausage, leek, carrot, celery, zucchini, diced tomatoes, orzo pasta and fresh spinach, you can have it ready in under an hour. The only real cooking required is browning the sausage, deglazing the pan with a bit of red wine, then sautéing the garlic, onions and veggies before you add the broth and diced tomatoes to simmer as you prepare the orzo. Finally, drain and add in the cooked orzo with the spinach leaves and cream before serving with grated cheese and fresh parsley. 👌 👌 👌
Pork tenderloin can easily become one of your favorite meats of the season once you master how to cook it just right, which this recipe covers in perfect detail. For this herb-crusted tenderloin, you will sear for 4 minutes on each side before transferring to the oven for about 15 minutes to finish cooking. By creating the sear on the outside, the juices inside are locked in and the meat is partially cooked, with the heat of the oven finishing the job. While the pork is a delicious star of this recipe, the cherry tomatoes roasted in garlic, butter and balsamic vinegar are a huge plus, especially served over creamy, cheesy polenta.
Braises like this are an amazing way of letting a variety of flavors mix together and tenderize into hot and hearty dinner time deliciousness. Featuring lightly charred chorizo and chicken browned in chorizo-fat (️🔥), potatoes, bell pepper and tomatoes are all simmered in cumin and paprika-seasoned chicken broth until tender. After 20-30 minutes the stock will thicken into a creamy sauce and the potatoes will be fork tender, after which you are ready to serve. The recipe calls for crusty bread, but this braise would also be great with a side of rice, pasta or over polenta.
With a satisfying texture and earthy taste, wild rice is an excellent ingredient to toss into your cold-weather comfort food line up. This recipe combines this fibrous ingredient with sauteed onions, mushrooms and green peas cooked in vegetable stock with a handful of herbs and spices. This mixture makes up what will be the filling for a halved and roasted butternut squash. Roasted with thyme and olive oil for 45 minutes, the squash is cooled before being scooped out, leaving ½ inch around the shell to make your “boat”. Add the rice filling to the hulled out squash, top with cheese, broil until golden brown and voila! A different, yet delicious seasonal meal sure to satisfy within 1 hour.
Healthy but satisfying in all the right ways, you’ll be surprised what the right spices can do to some fresh salmon fillets, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts! Preparation is not too labor intensive which makes it great for a weeknight. Step 1: cut the sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts to similar size pieces then toss with olive oil, onions, garlic, and the Moroccan spice mix provided in the recipe. Step 2: roast at 375º F for 50 minutes, stirring halfway through. Step 3: Pan-sear your seasoned salmon until cooked to your preferred doneness and serve on top of the roasted vegetables. YUM!
Simple yet sophisticated, mushrooms and goat cheese is a combination of flavor and texture made in foodie heaven! The tanginess of the creamy goat cheese and the earthy umami of the mushrooms make for a power-play of “YUM”, whether you see them together in a frittata, on a flatbread or in this gorgeous gourmet pasta dish. Ready in under 20 minutes, all there is to it is preparing pasta, sautéing mushrooms, add in fixings for your sauce, stir in the pasta, add parmesan, spinach, goat cheese and dig in!
Butter, sugar, light brown sugar, eggs, flour, white chocolate chips and some caramel – it’s amazing how such a simple ingredient list can work out to be such an epic treat! Dense and moist, these “blondies” are actually made with a cookie dough that has white chocolate chips and strips of caramel swirled throughout. The trick to the caramel swirl is adding a few dollups on top, then using a chopstick or butter knife to swirl through the mixture before baking. Ready in about 30 minutes, don’t forget an extra drizzle of caramel before serving!
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