4 Hearty Recipes to Warm You Up this Winter Season
For many people, the winter season bring along darkness and gloom with it. The sun bids its goodbye a lot earlier than usual, and chilly winds hit our cheeks as soon as we step outside; there is a lot to dread about the incoming winter season.
Getting out of bed each morning becomes more challenging day by day, and our feet always seem to be cold – no matter how much we layer up!
With seasonal depression ready to knock at our door any minute, it’s important to focus on things that make us happy during such times. And what better way to do it than with some food!
The winter season may be miserable and cold, but it also brings cozy sweaters, chunky boots, and some truly delectable meals that fill our hearts with warmth and joy. Root vegetables make a delicious come-back, with pumpkins, potatoes, and squash, offering us the perfect ingredients to make thick, creamy soups.
In the land of fruits, we see navel oranges, pomegranates, and kiwi fruits fresher than ever before, practically calling out to us to make a delicious juice or smoothie bowl.
So without any further ado, here are the best hearty dishes that will warm you right up during the colder months.
1. Roast Spice Carrots with Tahini
Winter is the perfect season to roast your veggies with some delicious seasonings to jazz them up. This recipe is a great way to add some nutritious carrots to your meal, paired with middle-eastern spices, to immensely enhance the flavor.
• 1 tsp each of chili flakes, fennel seeds, ground coriander, and ground cumin
• A handful of fresh thyme
• 2 tbsp maple syrup
• 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
• 1kg carrots, roughly chopped
• 1 tsp each of salt and pepper (adjust to taste)
• One heaping tbsp of tahini
• One garlic clove, minced or microplained
• ½ cup of greek yogurt
• 3 tsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
How to Make
Combine the spices, maple syrup, and olive oil in a large bowl and add chopped carrots. Toss them together until well-coated and bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes at 220*C. Turn the carrots around midway to avoid overcooking from one side.
While the carrots bake, prepare your tahini dressing. Mix in all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and use a whisk to eliminate any clumps. Add some salt to taste. Your tahini is ready to be sprinkled over the juicy carrots once they are baked!
2. Tomato Basil Pasta
Pasta is the ultimate comfort food, always by our side, within minutes to make us feel better. This recipe stays true to the essence of a good ol’ Italian pasta. It’s simple, quick, and unbelievable hearty.
• One can chickpeas, drained
• 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp each smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, onion powder
• 2 tsp salt and pepper (adjust according to taste)
• Two cans tomatoes
• 1/2 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought
• One packet penne
• 8 ounces burrata cheese, torn by hand
How to Make
Heat a large pot to medium-high and add the chickpeas along with olive oil and the spices. Mix them well to combine and cook while occasionally stirring until the chickpeas turn crispy and golden – almost 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the chickpeas from the pot and set them aside.
In the same pot, add the tomatoes, pesto, salt, and pepper (be generous with the last two). Use a potato masher to crush the tomatoes and blend them into the pesto. Reduce the heat to a medium-low, just enough to let your tomatoes simmer, and occasionally stir to form a thick sauce.
Meanwhile, in a large pan, boil water for pasta and cook the penne as per the packet instructions. Drain it off well and toss it into the tomato sauce.
You’re now ready to serve! Scoop out the saucy pasta into your favorite bowl and top it off with the seasoned, crispy chickpeas. Tear some burrata pieces to add to your pasta and garnish with basil leaves for that perfect Italiano look.
3. Creamy Cauliflower Soup (with a Surprise)
No winter season is complete without a few hearty soup dinners, sitting by the fireplace. The thick texture and feel-good veggies can warm us up from the inside out, and they aren’t too heavy on the tummy (or your pocket)! What more could one want?
This creamy, smooth, and delicious cauliflower will soon become your best friend during the cold weather. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• One white onion, chopped roughly
• Three garlic cloves, minced or microplained
• One medium head of cauliflower, chopped finely
• 4 cups chicken stock (Whole30 compliant, if needed)
• 1 tsp dried thyme, black pepper, and salt
• Special ingredient: 10 ounces bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
How to Make
Put your raw cashews in a jar and fill it up with hot tap water.
Next, cook the bacon pieces in a large pot on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain off all the grease except for 2 tbsp. In the leftover bacon grease, add your onions and sweat them out for 5 minutes. Then add the minced garlic and cook for another minute while mixing.
Add in your chopped cauliflower head, stock, and the spices to the pot and bring it to a boil. Lower the head and let it simmer until the cauliflower is soft. Drain the cashews and after your cauliflower is done, put the bacon, soup, and cashews through a high-power blender until completely smooth. Adjust the salt and serve with chopped chives and freshly ground black pepper.
4. Customized Ramen Bowls
Ramen is one of our favorite meals throughout the year. However, during the winter season, its warm broth and hearty add-ons make it even more special. What we love the most is how customizable ramen is; you can use any noodles, make your preferred broth, and top it with your favorite veggies for a healthy and hearty meal!
We love cracking an egg on top and adding some cheese for that extra pizazz. How do you like your ramen? Let us know below!
At the End
The colder months may be difficult, but the food is always around to make us feel better. No wonder preparing and enjoying some delicious meals is considered a universal love language. What recipes will you try this winter season? Please share them with us!