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Hearty & (Mostly) Healthy Winter Recipes – Part I

December 20, 2016 16 Comments

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

On days when it gets dark at 4:30 and the wind chill is below zero, there are few things more comforting than a warm, hearty meal. At the same time, I need winter recipes that can counter the impact of the ever-growing stack of Christmas cookies on my desk throughout December.

Over the next 2 weeks, I’ll reveal my top 10 favorite, tried & true winter recipes. (Psst… Here’s next week’s post!) They range from healthy to heartwarming and feature several of my most-loved seasonal ingredients (think: beets, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, truffle oil & artichokes). You’ll recognize many from my dinner party menu. Enjoy the holidays & stay warm! 💘

Carrots with Green Tahini Sauce

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

Ingredients:
1 bunch of carrots
1/2 cup of cilantro
1/3 cup of tahini
2 1/2 tablespoons of lime juice
1 small clove of garlic
Pomegranate seeds
Honey
Chickpeas
Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Wash & peel the carrots. Arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil & sprinkle with salt. Bake for 25-35 minutes, checking with a fork periodically—don’t let them get too soft.

In a blender, combine the tahini, cilantro, lime, garlic & 1/3 cup of water until smooth. If the consistency is too watery or the taste is too spicy, add as many chickpeas as necessary. Add honey to taste.

Arrange the carrots on a plate. Drizzle with sauce & sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the top, then serve.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

Sweet Potatoes & Beets with Lemon & Truffle Oil

Ingredients:
4 large beets
3 sweet potatoes
Juice of 1-2 lemons (to taste)
2-3 green onion stalks
2 tablespoons of white truffle oil
Olive oil
Salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Cut the stalks & tails of the beets off. Scrub, dry & skin them with a vegetable peeler.

Tightly wrap the beets in aluminum foil & bake them for about an hour, or until you can easily stick a knife through the center.

Wash, dry & skin the sweet potatoes, then dice them into one-inch cubes.

Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil & sprinkle them with salt.

Bake the sweet potatoes for about half an hour, turning them once or twice. Check periodically with a fork & remove when they’re soft.

Thinly slice the green onions.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice & an equal amount of olive oil, plus the truffle oil.

Toss the dressing with the vegetables & serve hot or cold.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

Butternut Squash with Cranberry-Orange Wild Rice

Ingredients:
1/3 of a butternut squash, peeled & deseeded
1/3 cup wild rice
3/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 of a yellow onion
Juice of 1 orange
Dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds
Chopped pecans
Brown sugar
Cinnamon
Olive oil
Salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Cook the wild rice in the broth.

Dice the squash into one-inch cubes. Arrange them on a cookie sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle them with salt & toss.

Roast for 20-25 minutes until the squash begins to soften, but don’t let it brown.

Heat the onion in olive oil in a pan until they soften. Add the squash and cook on medium.

In a bowl, mix the brown sugar, spices & orange juice. Pour it into the pan with the squash.

Let the squash simmer until it’s completely soft, then add the cranberries & pecans.

Mix with rice & serve.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

Scallops with Blood Orange Reduction

Ingredients:
5 diver scallops (for 1 person)
Juice of 2 blood oranges
Cumin
Paprika
4 tablespoon of unsalted butter
Olive oil
Sea salt

In a saucepan, reduce the blood orange juice on low until it’s reduced by half (should take about half an hour). Put a top on it & stir every few minutes.

Put cumin & salt on a plate and dip the scallop in it to coat both sides. Set aside until the sauce is almost done.

In a separate small pan, melt the butter. When the juice is reduced, add the butter & mix thoroughly, stirring often so they don’t separate. Add a pinch of paprika.

Heat a small cast iron skillet on medium with olive oil coating the bottom. When it’s hot, add the scallops. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until golden-brown. (The inside should be hot, but still soft & translucent.)

Pour the sauce over the scallops & serve.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

 Spinach & Artichoke Pizza

Ingredients:
Whole wheat naan or pita bread
White truffle oil
3 cloves of garlic or 1/2 of a shallot
Baby spinach (6-8 leaves)
1/3 can of artichoke hearts
Shredded mozzarella
Shredded parmesan
Gruyere
Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Brush the naan with olive oil & toast in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until golden-brown.

Mince the garlic. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan & sauté the garlic.

Add the spinach to the pan & sauté it for a few minutes until it softens.

On the toasted naan, first, sprinkle on a layer of mozzarella; then add the spinach & garlic; then grate the gruyere; then add the artichokes; then lightly drizzle truffle oil over the top.

Let the pizza cook for about 10 minutes, until the cheese melts.

Last, sprinkle the parmesan over the top, let it melt, then serve.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

What are your go-to winter recipes? Let me know in the comments!

Next, if you’re craving desserts to bring to holiday gatherings or to reward yourself for making it through 2016, check out last week’s recipes. Liked this post? Check out 5 more hearty & (mostly) healthy winter recipes!

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16 Comments

  1. Reply

    Fabi

    December 21, 2016

    These all sound mouthwateringly lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 21, 2016

      Hi Fabi, I’m so glad you think so 🙂 Let me know if you give them a try, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  2. Reply

    Kristin

    December 21, 2016

    I appreciate recipes like this because I LOVE hearty foods and sometimes I feel like they can’t be healthy too (or at least I don’t know how).

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 21, 2016

      Awesome!! I know what you mean – I think the trick is protein & whole grains. I’m always adding chickpeas, farro, quinoa & wild rice to my dishes to make sure I stay full & the texture isn’t boring!

  3. Reply

    Samantha Lee

    December 21, 2016

    These all sound amazing. The spinach and artichoke pizza is my favorite. Yum!

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 21, 2016

      Thanks, Samantha! The best part is that it’s super easy! And it’s delicious. Maybe that’s the best part 😉

  4. Reply

    Ref J

    December 21, 2016

    Yum, yum and more yum. Love all of these recipes, can’t wait to make a few this weekend.

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 21, 2016

      Thank you so much!! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  5. Reply

    Adi

    December 21, 2016

    Making the spinach and artichoke pizza ASAP. Just suddenly became starving..

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 21, 2016

      Do it!! It’s seriously so good, just layer upon layer of melted cheese, with a few vegetables thrown in for good measure 😉

  6. Reply

    Lynda

    December 22, 2016

    These look excellent – can’t wait to try the recipes myself.

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 23, 2016

      Thank you, Lynda 🙂 Definitely try them & let me know how it goes!!

  7. Reply

    Amy Terry

    December 23, 2016

    I’m so excited to try these in the New Year! They look so fresh and healthy!

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 23, 2016

      Yesss, I hope you love them! Let me know which you try!

  8. Reply

    Amanda Macdonald

    December 23, 2016

    Absolutely love these hearty recipes look delicious . Just what you need this time of year

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 23, 2016

      Exactly!! So glad you like them, let me know if you try any! 🙂

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