Hearty, Affordable Recipes For Healthy Eating This Winter

Healthy And Hearty Dishes To Sustain You During The Long Winter
Winter is right around the corner, and as the cold weather digs in, our bodies cry out for richer foods. We’re totally satisfied by a tomato salad over the summer, but as the thermometer drops, we crave something a little more substantial. To add insult to injury, we tend not to be quite as physically active during the cold months as we’d like to be, despite our best efforts. So, we bring you some hearty but healthy staples to counter feed the soul but keep the waistline intact.

Create A New Traditional Dinner

We’ve got you covered with new takes on old favorites. Being healthy doesn’t mean depriving yourself: Just look for better alternatives. For example, instead of regular roasted chicken, try roasting it “naked” (adding nothing, not even salt and pepper) and serving it alongside roasted root vegetables. Or, exchange your traditional meatloaf for a turkey mushroom one, which not only saves on fat but gains some texture from swapping out traditional bread crumbs for fiber-filled oatmeal. If you pair it with creamy celery root puree, you might arrive at a meal even better than what your mom used to make. From comfort food like baked ziti (revamped with whole wheat pasta) to creamy mushroom and barley soup, we’ve got you covered. We even have sweet and spicy desserts—without the fat of apple pie—and a cure for chocolate cravings.

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Tell us in the comments: What's your favorite winter comfort food?

  • Lucy

    The recipes sound really delicious, but unfortunately I can’t prepare most of the main courses because I can’t afford a food processor. It would be nice if there were some really simple recipes for main courses that didn’t require any special equipment to prepare. Also, what is Bragg’s?

    • DG

      Lucy- thank you for the suggestions for main courses that don’t require any special equipment.rnrnWhile you won’t be able to make the meatloaf, the other dish that I use a food processor for is the celery root puree. You could mash that with a potato masher. rnrnBragg’s is what I use instead of Soy Sauce- it’s liquid aminos, is gluten free and gives that savory- umami flavor that soy sauce does without all of the sodium.

    • DG

      Lucy- thank you for the suggestions for main courses that don’t require any special equipment.rnrnWhile you won’t be able to make the meatloaf, the other dish that I use a food processor for is the celery root puree. You could mash that with a potato masher. rnrnBragg’s is what I use instead of Soy Sauce- it’s liquid aminos, is gluten free and gives that savory- umami flavor that soy sauce does without all of the sodium.

  • Jeancbrown

    Perfect timing, Deborah! I’m making my meal/grocery list now and was looking for some inspiration. The baked whole wheat ziti and the turkey meatloaf are definitely making the menu this week!

    • DG

      So glad you’re going to jump right in, Jean!

  • TheHealthyApple

    Delicious winter recipes, Deborah…I love them…perfect for a cold, winter night…there’s nothing like a hearty warm meal this time of year. Thank you for sharing!nI’m creating cozy and healthy spins on classic comfort foods at The Healthy Apple: http://thehealthyapple.com/nEnjoy!nHappy Holidays…