Well, it’s official: Winter is here! If warming up hearty, home-cooked meals sounds more enticing than venturing out in search of sustenance, then grab a blanket and curl up to read about the best picks of the season. From winter crock pot recipes to soups, salads, pastas, and desserts, we’ve rounded up our favorite winter recipes—and also put together a list of the best produce to enjoy until spring.
There’s no shortage of events and gatherings during the winter months so you’ll definitely want to have a few go-to recipes up your sleeve. Try these winter appetizer recipes for rave reviews.
We love sweet potatoes on their own, but stuff them with sautéed greens, top with sliced avocado, and drizzle with tahini-turmeric dressing, and we’re totally on board.
Oh kale yeah! These spicy-sweet kale chips are baked in sriracha and coconut flakes and only take seven minutes in the oven. Score!
Throwing a dinner party? Wet your guests’ appetites with this elevated take on mixed nuts. Consider this the perfect cocktail companion.
With so many heavy meals on the menu when the weather gets cold, it’s nice to lighten things up once in a while. These winter salad recipes capitalize on what’s in-season without leaving you uncomfortably full.
Looking for a low-carb, big-flavor salad? This updated Korean noodle dish uses kelp noodles for a tasty, low-calorie bite.
Who knew tofu could be cozy? Warm up with a steaming bowl of savory soba noodles topped with zesty orange-cayenne tofu.
We bet you never slaw this coming! This easy shaved fennel salad pairs well with just about any protein and is sure to become your new favorite side during the busy week.
If the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing like a delightfully colorful salad to brighten up your day. This one combines kale, sweet potato cubes, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and almonds for a dish that’s almost too pretty to eat.
Resolve to make lunch more interesting with these easy-but-satisfying recipes for the ultimate midday bite.
There’s no dairy required for this comforting vegan soup that swaps chickpeas for heavy cream. The best part? You probably already have most of the ingredients stashed in your pantry.
Take basic miso soup to new heights by infusing the broth with fresh ginger and topping your bowl with fish balls, a popular Asian street food.
What’s not to like about a big bowl of tagliatelle pasta with oven-roasted cauliflower and garlicky pine nut-parmesan sauce? We can’t help but warm up to this meatless fork twirler.
If comfort was a food, it would be polenta. There’s something soothing about the Italian corn porridge, especially when you stir in salty parmesan and top with stewed tomatoes and sautéed kale.
It’s tough to pick our favorite winter dinner recipes, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to our most crave-worthy dishes.
If you’ve already changed into your comfy clothes, the last thing you want to do is make an elaborate meal. Opt for a one-pot dish like this quick pasta with meaty shiitake mushrooms, baby kale, and parmesan over hearty rotini.
Upgrade eggplant to main dish status with a blend of warming spices, including smoky paprika, vibrant turmeric, cardamom, and coriander.
Want to heat things up? Add a Tunisian influence to your roast chicken with the garlicky, hot chili punch of a harissa sauce.
Chicken pot pie is a winter meal staple, but adding pesto to the filling is an unexpected and surprisingly delicious improvement.
Top brown rice with a colorful and rich curry using a variety of seasonal vegetables, like eggplant and haricot verts, mixed with coconut milk, green curry paste, and a blend of exotic spices.
Cold weather is slow-cooker weather, and this melt-in-your mouth pot roast, made with grass-fed bone broth, is just the thing to chase away those winter blues.
Give this traditional savory pie a vegan update by swapping in lentils for ground beef and mashed parsnips for mashed potatoes. The outcome is so good, we promise you won’t miss a thing.
There’s always room for dessert and these sweet, seasonal treats are the perfect finish to your next winter meal.
These donuts might sound indulgent, but don’t let the name deceive you. Not only is the batter gluten-free and vegan, but applesauce adds moist texture and a scoop of protein powder delivers healthy fuel.
We can’t help but fall to pieces when it comes to crumble, and this recipe is a real crowd pleaser. Apples sprinkled with coconut sugar and maple syrup are topped with gluten-free cranberry granola and baked in a cast-iron skillet. Pair with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and this dessert is downright dreamy.
An aromatic blend of ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and black pepper make this gluten-free cake truly delectable (not to mention memorable).
Looking for a gluten-free dessert that’s not too sweet and couples well with a cup of tea? This light and airy loaf combines delicate pear with savory tahini for a beautifully balanced treat.
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