Winter is officially here. The season of getting cozy, comfy, and bundled up is upon us. As we adjust to our hibernative states, our preferences for certain types of foods change as well. You may find yourselves craving more hearty, warming and comforting foods these days. We’ve created six new recipes to help you satisfy those winter cravings and have a delicious holiday season. Here’s why you need to try them this winter.
Apple-Walnut Bircher: Before overnight oats were cool, there was the Bircher – the first, and original overnight oats. Like overnight oats, Birchers are a breakfast food that is made by mixing together ingredients and letting them sit in the fridge overnight. Unlike overnight oats, however, Birchers are a lot heartier, making them a great fall/winter choice. Another reason we love this recipe is that it is super fast and easy to make – making it a great choice for those rise-and-go folks. No more excuses to skip breakfast! Click here to download the Apple-Walnut Bircher recipe.
Squash & Sage Soup: Soups are my absolute favourite food in the winter. They’re warming, comforting, and an easy way to pack a bunch of easy to digest nutrients in. Butternut squash – the main ingredient in this soup – is loaded with Vitamin C and folate (2 key nutrients if you are trying to conceive). It’s also a good source of iron and magnesium. Its sweet flavour is balanced out by the sage which gives this soup a nice subtle complexity. Click here to download the Squash & Sage Soup recipe.
Kale & Prosciutto Caesar Salad: I’ve always considered ceasar salad to be the comfort food of salads and it’s a popular choice with most people – even those who don’t like salad! The substitutions in this version make it a lot healthier than its traditional counterpart. The dressing is lower in saturated fat, the kale is more nutrient dense than romaine, and the prosciutto is not only lower in calories and fat, but also provides a nice kick of flavour. Click here to download the Kale & Prosciutto Caesar Salad recipe.
Farro, Squash & Pomegranate Bowl: I’m a fan of this recipe for a few reasons. One, I’m obsessed with Farro. It’s my absolute favourite ancient grain with a unique slightly nutty flavour. Second, the combination of ingredients in this dish makes for a very nutrient-dense meal and a great lunch option. Finally, the combination of cinnamon-seasoned squash, pomegranate, and goat cheese creates a robust and satisfying combination of flavours. Click here to download the Farro, Squash & Pomegranate Bowl recipe.
Veggie-Packed Fried Rice: A twist on a classic – the veggie stir fry. We love this recipe for its versatility. It’s loaded with veggies and the addition of the edamame with the rice makes it a complete and balanced meal – making it a great option for vegetarians and vegans. For omnivores and pescatarians, simply replace the edamame with your favourite meat or fish on top. Click here to download the Veggie-Packed Fried Rice recipe.
Pumpkin Baked Donuts: First off, who doesn’t love donuts! They are delicious, and fun to make and eat. Second, this recipe is entirely gluten and dairy-free (although not nut-free). The absolute best part of this recipe is the pumpkin dip. If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this winter, try this recipe! Click here to download the Pumpkin Baked Donuts recipe.