Favorite Winter Recipes Made Healthy

Favorite Winter Recipes Made Healthy

Winter is the perfect time to get cozy and satisfy your comfort food cravings. As the temperature drops, we crave cozy dishes that can keep us warm inside and out. To satisfy your cravings this winter, try these favorite healthy winter recipes that will help you get through this cold season.

Creamy Vegan Soup Recipe

Creamy Vegan Soup Recipe - image from Pixabay

This healthy and luxuriously thick creamy vegan soup is packed with healthy ingredients - best for chilly days!

Total prep time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Here's what you need:

  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 1 medium head broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, finely chopped
  • 1 small-medium diced potato
  • ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. In a soup pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, ½ tsp salt, and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Add broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and potato. Sauté for another 3-5 minutes. Add flour and stir.
  3. Add broth, milk, yeast, and ½ tsp salt. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low, cover and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and add lemon juice, and stir.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend half of the soup, and leave some veggies chunky for texture.

Cauli-Chicken Fried Rice

Cauli-Chicken Fried Rice - CTTO

This healthy chicken fried rice is packed with iced cauliflower to cut off some carbs, which is perfect for a keto diet!

Total prep time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1

Here's what you need:

  • 1 tsp. and 2 tbsp. peanut oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 thinly sliced scallions, greens, and whites separated
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs, deboned, skinless, trimmed, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • ½ c. diced red bell pepper
  • 1 c. snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 4 c. cauliflower rice (blended or diced)
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. In a large heavy skillet over high heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add eggs and cook without stirring for 30 seconds. Flip and cook the other side for about 15 seconds, or until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into pieces.
  2. In a pan, add 1 tablespoon oil, add scallion whites, garlic, and ginger. Let it simmer for 30 seconds, stirring occasionally until the scallions have softened. Add chicken and simmer for 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and snow peas, simmer for 2-4 minutes, or until just tender. Transfer the chicken mixture to a large plate.
  3. In the same pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; add cauliflower rice and stir for 2 minutes until beginning to soften.
  4. In the fried rice pan, add the chicken mixture and eggs; add soy sauce and sesame oil and stir until well combined.
  5. Garnish with green scallions.

Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

Sweet Potato Chilli soup by Makinze Gore

This healthy Sweet Potato Chili soup by Makinze Gore is a paleo-friendly definitely warms you up on the winter days.

Total prep time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6

Here's what you need:

  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1" pieces
  • 3 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for serving

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add bell pepper and onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant, then add tomato paste and stir until well combined. Add sausage and cook for 7 minutes until cooked through or until no longer pink. Add cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add broth, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer, covered for 15 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  3. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Forest Animal Winter Wine Charms

These Forest Animal Winter Wine Charms will be great additions to your wine glasses when the weather turns chilly and all winter long! These adorable forest animals magnetic wine charms dressed in scarves and hats will charm your glasses and are great holiday gifts too.

Shake up your dinner table this season with these healthy recipes for winter. These healthy winter dishes will surely satisfy your cravings and keep your entire family warm and cozy.  What are you waiting for? Enjoy the colder nights by indulging in some of these delicious and healthy winter warmers at home and sip on some wine or winter cocktail by the fire.

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