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Hearty & (Mostly) Healthy Winter Recipes – Part II

December 23, 2016 50 Comments

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

Happy holidays! My gift to you is… 15 tried & true recipes, just in time for all of your holiday gatherings! Here are 5 of my favorite heartwarming & healthy winter recipes, featuring my most-loved seasonal ingredients. Check out the previous post for 5 more healthy winter recipes, and the post before that for my 5 top dessert recipes. Enjoy the holidays & stay warm! 💘

Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Chickpeas & Cilantro

Ingredients:
5 sweet potatoes
2 cans of chickpeas
1-2 lemons
Goat cheese
Cilantro
Cumin
Paprika
Olive oil
Pomegranate seeds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Wash & dry the sweet potatoes, then wrap them in aluminum foil & put on a baking sheet. Bake them until you can easily insert a knife, but don’t let them get too soft.

Drain & rinse the chickpeas. In a medium-sized bowl, toss them with olive oil, cumin & paprika.

Arrange the chickpeas on a baking sheet & roast them for 20-30 minutes. (Don’t let them burn.)

Mince the cilantro (with or without the stems).

When the sweet potatoes are done, halve them & top with chickpeas, goat cheese, cilantro & pomegranate seeds.

Combine the lemon & olive oil, pour it over the sweet potatoes & serve hot or cold.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

Mushroom & Truffle Pizza

Ingredients:
Whole wheat naan or pita bread
White truffle oil
4 cloves of garlic
Assorted mushrooms
Gruyere
Shredded parmesan
Chives (optional)
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.

Wash, dry & slice the mushrooms.

Mince the garlic. Heat it in olive oil in a pan.

Add the mushrooms to the pan & cook them until they soften.

Arrange the mushrooms on the naan & drizzle a little bit of truffle oil over them.

Grate the gruyere over the top of the pizza (more than you think—it thins out once it melts).

Drizzle a little more truffle oil over the top & bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the gruyere melts. (Don’t let the crust get too dark.)

Add the parmesan & chives and bake for 2 more minutes, until the parmesan melts; then serve.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:
1 box of shell pasta
1 large block of white cheddar
2 cups of heavy cream
1 broccoli crown
1 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup of unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground mustard

Cook the pasta in a large pot. When it’s done, drain it & put it back in the pot.

Chop the broccoli into small pieces & steam until tender (but not too soft).

Shred the cheese.

In a large pan, melt the butter on medium-high. Whisk in the flour & let it cook for 1 minute, until it’s light golden-brown.

Reduce the heat to medium & add the milk, cream, mustard & salt. Whisk until it starts to bubble.

Add the cheese bit by bit, stirring until it melts, however long it takes.

Add the broccoli & cheese to the pasta and let it thicken for 5 minutes, then serve.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

(inspired by this recipe)

Salmon with Leeks & Lemon Cream Sauce

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds of wild salmon (sockeye or coho) – serves 3-4 people
1-2 leeks
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 lemons
Sea salt
Olive oil
Optional: 1/2 can of artichoke hearts, fresh dill

Using just the white & light green portion of the leeks, slice them diagonally into one-inch segments. Cut each in half & separate the layers so you can wash them (dirt gets trapped inside).

In a large frying pan, heat a swirl of olive oil. When it’s hot, add the leeks & sauté them until they’re somewhat soft.

Add the cream & let the leeks soften completely, stirring fairly often so the cream doesn’t burn. Turn the heat to low & add the lemon, stirring occasionally so the sauce doesn’t separate. Keep warm until the salmon is ready.

Cut the salmon into 3-4 portions & salt it. In a second saucepan, heat enough olive oil on medium to coat the bottom of the pan & add the salmon, skin side down. Flip every few minutes until it’s cooked all the way through. (The salmon should be flaky & light pink, with fat bubbling out.)

Pour the sauce over the salmon & serve.

Hearty Healthy Winter Recipes

Spinach-Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:
5 large white mushrooms
20-30 baby spinach leaves
1/3 can of artichoke hearts
1/3 of a shallot
Shredded white cheddar
Shredded parmesan
1 tablespoon of white truffle oil
Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Wash & dry the mushrooms, break off the stems & scrape out the gills with a spoon.

Chop the artichoke hearts, spinach & shallot.

Heat the shallot in olive oil in a pan. Add the artichoke & spinach, then a dash of truffle oil.

In a small bowl, mix the cooked artichoke & spinach with the cheese. Spoon the mixture into the mushrooms.

Bake the mushrooms for 20-25 minutes. If the cheese gets too burned before the time is up, cover it with aluminum foil.

(inspired by this recipe)

If you liked this post, check out last week’s post for 5 more hearty & healthy winter recipes! Next, if you’re craving desserts to bring to holiday gatherings or to reward yourself for making it through 2016, check out my 5 favorite dessert recipes.

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50 Comments

  1. Reply

    Becky

    December 23, 2016

    These all sound amazing! And white cheddar mac & cheese? Heck yes!

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 24, 2016

      Thanks, Becky!! Inspired by Panera 😉

  2. Reply

    Julia

    December 24, 2016

    I love winter recipes! I can’t wait to try these! 🙂

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 24, 2016

      Thanks, Julia 🙂 Give them a try & let me know what you think!!

  3. Reply

    Marcie

    December 24, 2016

    Your photos are so beautiful and the food looks simply delicious! I love the idea of using pita bread for pizza crust. I think my toddler would definitely eat that!

    • Reply

      Robin

      December 24, 2016

      Thanks so much, Marcie!! It’s the easiest way I’ve found to make individual pizzas, and it’s seriously so good! My favorite is the whole wheat naan at Whole Foods – it doesn’t get floppy when you cook it & ends up tasting a lot like real pizza crust!

  4. Reply

    Rebecca

    December 25, 2016

    These all look so great! Which is your fave? Or your most tried?

    Rebecca

    http://Www.londontoeverywhere.com

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Thank you, Rebecca! The salmon with leeks is definitely my go-to, but the sweet potatoes & chickpeas are a close second–always a hit!

  5. Reply

    Ashley B.

    December 25, 2016

    These all look/sound amazing! Especially the mac and cheese!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Thank you!! Let me know if you give it a try!

  6. Reply

    Rose

    December 26, 2016

    I love the range of recipes you share! Another great roundup, thank you!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Yay, thank you so much, Rose! So glad you like them!

  7. Reply

    Sarah Jean althouse

    December 26, 2016

    I love hearty meals ! Especially ones that are sort of healthy haha

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Me too!! Good meals have to be healthy, filling, comforting… and sometimes pretty, too!

  8. Reply

    Bianca

    December 26, 2016

    The white cheddar mac has my name written all over it!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Right?! I was so happy to figure out this recipe, it’s SO good!

  9. Reply

    Gillian Kent

    December 26, 2016

    These look awesome. I am a big fan of sweet potato and chickpeas together. Adding to shopping list.

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Yes!! Let me know how it goes!

  10. Reply

    Mackenzie

    December 26, 2016

    I will be making that spinach-artichoke stuffed mushroom recipe this week. Everything sounds yummy, but that’s the one I have to try.

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Yay!! So glad to hear you’re trying them, they’re seriously so good 🙂

  11. Reply

    Anonymous

    December 26, 2016

    These are all so yummy! I wish someone could cook for me!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Give it a go, it’s easier than you think! 🙂

  12. Reply

    Laura @ Our Next Adventure

    December 26, 2016

    Mushroom and truffle pizza? Heck yes! I am definitely trying this.

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Do it!! SO good, so perfect for winter 🙂

  13. Reply

    Anonymous

    December 26, 2016

    Lovely! I’m a huge fan of recipes with mushrooms and the truffle and mushroom pizza sounds amazing!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Yesss! The truffle oil really takes it up a notch, and the mix of cheeses – you’ll love it!

  14. Reply

    Ali

    December 26, 2016

    These all sound amazing! I especially like the idea of mushrooms and truffle oil on a pizza – I think I might need to make this sooner rather than later!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Woohoo, do it!! You’ll be in love at first bite!

  15. Reply

    Zahra

    December 27, 2016

    Mushroom and truffle pizza sounds amazing. thanks for sharing

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      You’re so welcome! Thanks, Zahra! Btw, you have a beautiful name!

  16. Reply

    Gina

    December 27, 2016

    Love your photography. The salmon with leeks and lemon cream sauce is calling me. Thanks!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Thank you so much, Gina, that means a lot! Enjoy 🙂

  17. Reply

    Gillian

    December 27, 2016

    I love sweet potatoes and chickpeas. Definitely giving that a try.

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Thank you, Gillian! It’s such a great combo!

  18. Reply

    Tess Chupinsky

    December 27, 2016

    Chickpeas and sweet potatoes? Count me in!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Yesss I want to come up with more recipes that combine those 2 ingredients, they go so well together!

  19. Reply

    Marie Green

    December 28, 2016

    Loving all of these healthy ingredients, can’t wait to taste the flavors together. I’ve never had sweet potatoes and chickpeas together but it makes sense that they would pair well. Saving these to try later. Thanks for the healthy meal ideas!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      You’re so welcome, Marie! They really are so good together, I was shocked!

  20. Reply

    Callie K

    December 29, 2016

    What a great collection of hearty winter recipes. Thank you so much for sharing these, definitely pinned for coming back to later! 🙂

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      I’m so glad you like them, Callie! Thanks so much–enjoy 🙂

  21. Reply

    Rebekah

    December 29, 2016

    I think the one that I would like best is the chicken with chickpeas and cilantro, it sounds so easy and would be great weeknight meal.

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      I’m always looking for great weeknight recipes too! Happy cooking!

  22. Reply

    Clarissa

    December 29, 2016

    Love all of these! Definitely want to try all of these to help me stay on track!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      They are all pretty awesome for sticking to New Year’s resolutions… except maybe the mac & cheese 😉 Enjoy!!

  23. Reply

    Brittany Ferrell

    December 29, 2016

    All of these recipes look amazing! I love that you incorporated so many vegetables. I like to include as many as possible in my weekly recipes and these look delicious!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Thank you, Brittany! I’m always looking for that too, it can be hard to be creative during the week but these are some awesome recipes to try!

  24. Reply

    Amanda Macdonald

    December 29, 2016

    Love the mixture of herbs and spices you have used in the recipe look amazing

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Thanks so much, Amanda! Glad you noticed that, I’m always trying to combine new flavors 🙂

  25. Reply

    Megan

    December 30, 2016

    So many good ideas! I think the mac n cheese is my favorite, yours looks great ( and healthier)!

    • Reply

      Robin

      January 2, 2017

      Thanks, Megan! The best part about it is that you can have as much as you want when you cook it yourself 😉 Mac & cheese for daaaays!

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