Winter is definitely one of the hardest seasons to be more mindful about what you’re eating. With the cozy, creamy soups, hot chocolates, and cookies at every turn, temptation is everywhere. So when the weather gets colder, with what seems like no sign of spring in sight, I’ve got a few healthy winter recipes that I keep tucked away… somewhere in the junk drawer in my kitchen.
Creamy Vegan Broccoli Cauliflower Soup
When I think of winter, I think soup because it’s hearty, filling, and most importantly, warm! Cauliflower has slowly incorporated itself into some of my other dishes - as pizza crust or in my stir fry, and now I’m getting my veggies through this creamy vegan broccoli cauliflower soup. The soup also has potatoes for potassium and vitamin C, and the broccoli gives me more folate and fiber, making it yummy and healthy! The best part is that this soup is vegan, so even my roommate will eat it!
Greek Spaghetti Squash
Want to escape to the Mediterranean while it’s snowing outside? Me, too. So I’ll whip up a greek spaghetti squash bowl with some ground turkey, spinach, artichokes, peppers, and Greek spices and bam! A healthy meal for me. The best part about this recipe is that if I have leftover Greek stuffing, I can put it on salads, in a wrap, or dip pita bread into it.
Spinach-Stuffed Grilled Cheese
Nothing says cozy wintertime quite like grilled cheese. Step up your sandwich game with this spinach-stuffed grilled cheese. With the addition of spinach, tomatoes, vegan cheese, and mushrooms, this can now be a well-rounded meal instead of just carbs and cheese. Pair it with some tomato soup and goldfish crackers, and your lunchtime just got a little better.
30-Minute Beef Bourguignon
I channel my inner Julia Child when I make beef bourguignon because I’m incapable of saying BEOUF without doing a terrible impression of her. #SorryNotSorry. While Julia might not be too happy that I’ve found a way to cook this so quickly, I like to think she would still approve of the taste. And while you’re cracking open a bottle of wine to make this, I won’t judge if you pour a little into your wine glass. I’ll make this with wheat pasta, or low-carb pasta so I can still indulge in carbs without feeling guilty.
Crockpot Oatmeal with Apples and Cranberries
A girl’s gotta eat breakfast, too. And this crockpot oatmeal with apples and cranberries is one of my go-to’s in the winter. There’s just something about the sweet tartness of cranberries that I love - add in the fact that I can make this before I go to bed so I’m not dealing with having to make breakfast while I’m trying to drag my butt out of bed, or worse, stopping and getting donuts on the way to work, and I’m sold.
Healthy Hot Chocolate
While I love a good cup of coffee, the caffeine will keep me up at night. Enter: hot chocolate. It’s the perfect thing when it’s late and I want something sweet, but don’t want to eat a handful of cookies while standing over my kitchen sink like a raccoon. However, when I’ve been eating healthy all day and even jogged around my neighborhood to get my steps in, the last thing I want to do is waste all that effort on full-fat hot chocolate. Healthy hot chocolate can be made in a couple of minutes and satisfies your sweet tooth.