5 healthy winter dinners to try this week
While we’re bedding in for winter in Australia and swimmers season is on the distant horizon, it can be hard to keep up the healthy food habits we’ve lived by over the summer. Everyone knows the feeling a little too well: coming home from the cold outside and battling the urge to head straight for quick and easy comfort food. Add into the equation a few solid workouts, and we’re ready to break the fat-and calorie-bank even more than usual – this is when we’re in most danger of opting for convenience foods and unbalanced meals. With lack of daylight hours also contributing to feelings of fatigue and laziness, it’s no wonder that by dinner time cooking a nutritionally balanced meal isn’t really top of the priority list. Yet as we descend into winter, with the colds and flu lingering around the corner, our bodies are in desperate need of nourishing energy & immune boosting ingredients. However, contrary to popular opinion, healthy winter cooking doesn’t have to involve hours of slaving away over a hot stove. There are plenty of nourishing bowls, protein packed salads or and hearty stews that will bolster your immune system & fill you with energy for the next day.
Here’s 5 of our homely favourites that will sooth your tired taste buds and recharge your energy levels so you can stay on top of your game, whatever the weather.
1. Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale
Packed with energy supporting protein, this low-carb winter recipe provides just the right amount of fish and vegetable proteins. Plus, with a low carb count, this dish definitely won’t ruin that hard earned six pack :P Get the recipe here.
2. Squash, Apple and Warm Lentil Salad
We hear you…it’s freezing outside and you’re not sure if a salad is really going to make you all warm and fuzzy inside. However, this warming concoction will move your salad game to the next level. Get the recipe.
Tip: Prep the ingredients that take longest (lentils, grains etc) the weekend before to make an incredibly easy weekday meal that can be thrown together in minutes.
3. The Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowl
Indulge in this hearty meat-free recipe and invigorate your senses with this exotic Middle-Eastern combination of falafel, roasted veggies, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and honey. Get the recipe here.
4. Moroccan Spiced Chickpea and Tomato Stew
It’s undeniable that soups can grow a little boring over winter, however, this flu-fighting winter stew packs some serious punch when it comes to giving your body a super immune boost. Thanks to chickpeas and whole tomatoes, this spicy Moroccan dish is high in protein and B vitamins without any meat. Plus, it’s easy to prepare, delicious and works absolute wonders in keeping sniffles and sore throats away. Get the recipe.
5. Chicken Shawarma and Sweet Potato Fry Bowls
When we hear chicken and sweet potato our hearts are already singing. But top it with garlic tahini yoghurt, couscous, avocado and goat cheese? Unbeatable dinner perfection. Recipe here.