Cold weather is official upon us. Bring on the fuzzy socks, snowball fights, and hot chocolate! (Yep. Still a kid at heart!)
If you’re anything like me, I want my winter month dinners to be quick, easy, warm, and fulfilling — and most importantly, healthy! I’ve gathered eleven healthy winter recipes that will help you survive those cold, comfort food-wanting months.
11 Delicious and Healthy Winter Recipes
Alright, let’s be real for a second: you can’t go through winter without chili. Using a lean ground turkey is a healthy alternative to ground beef for this winter staple soup. And if you’ve got a busy afternoon, you can easily put this meal together in your crockpot in the morning!
This healthy black bean casserole is a combination of a salad and a casserole. Confused? Yeah I was too at first. This casserole has loads of veggies but with no lettuce like a salad or condensed soup like a casserole. But what’s the best part? It’s a one-pan dish. Who doesn’t love an easy clean up?!
And now that I’ve mentioned salad, let’s just take a second to look at how amazingly delicious this kale and quinoa salad is. It’s easy and light. Cook your quinoa, make your dressing, throw it in a bowl, and BAM! You’re done! Adding walnuts, cranberries, and more will not only make the dish more pretty but will add some new flavor as well!
I’ve mentioned it once, and I’ll mention it again. I love one-pan dinners. But you know what I love more? One-pan 15-minute dinners! Yep. Your eyes read that right—15 MINUTES! Simply chop the chicken and veggies of your choice, place ingredients on a baking sheet, season with olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and paprika, bake, and enjoy!
When cold weather arrives, I often want comfort food. These zucchini chips are healthy alternatives to diving into a bag of Lays. All you need is 1 large zucchini, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and kosher salt! These do take 2 hours to bake, so make sure you plan accordingly.
This easy and healthy teriyaki chicken bowl is better than take out! You more than likely have the sauce’s ingredients in your kitchen. Pair this sweet, teriyaki chicken with rice and steamed broccoli. Looks like I’ll be making a double serving of this meal. Leftovers? Seconds? I think yes!
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Pizza with quinoa crust? Um..YEAH! You had me at buffalo chicken but PIZZA?! That’s the way to my heart. This recipe is very helpful because it even goes into detail about how to make the quinoa pizza crust. Looks like I’m changing my dinner plans in 3…2…1….
This Philly cheesesteak recipe is a good alternative to grilled chicken. Simply buy lean, natural beef slices and bake it in the oven with onions, peppers, and some seasoning. If you really want to watch your carbs, you can remove the cheese. You could easily place this on top of a salad or pair it with your favorite sides.
Looking for a unique side to add to your menu? This is the recipe for you! Cut your acorn squash into cubes, add seasoning, and bake for 20 minutes! This recipe author says that acorn squash can take the place of sweet potatoes in many recipes. Challenge accepted.
Alright…I couldn’t resist sharing another soup recipe. Winter and soups go hand and hand, right? Nothing stops a winter cold like chicken noodle soup. This easy chicken noodle soup recipe allows you to make it with fresh ingredients. Don’t forget to buy low-sodium chicken broth. It will help you cut down your salt intake, and you often don’t realize or taste the difference!
Many salmon recipes recommend grilling this fish. But no one likes standing over a grill in the winter. This recipe calls for easy searing in a skillet. You more than likely have the lemon-rosemary sauce’s ingredients in your kitchen as well. This is the perfect dinner meal to keep you warm and full without feeling guilty!
What’s your favorite winter recipe? I’m always looking for healthy meals to keep me away from those comfort-meal cravings!