Meal time ideas for winter

Meal time ideas for winter

Author -  Emma Baldwin

We have put together a few tips on creating warming meals to help keep you and your family going this winter:

Winter is here and we need meals that are going to help sustain us and keep us warm throughout those cold, and sometimes wet days. Winter comfort foods do not need to be highly unhealthy and here at Healtheries we have put together a few tips on creating warming meals to help keep you and your family going this winter:

  1. Soups, casseroles and stews; Come winter time the crockpot really is the ultimate tool of the kitchen, allowing you to prepare wholesome and warming winter meals with minimal effort required. Simply throw in your ingredients and simmer through the day, creating warm and hearty soups, casseroles and stews. Sprinkle with Healtheries Ground LSA before serving, for a boost of essential fats and fibre.
  2. Crockpot roast dinner; Let the tea cook while you work. Pop the roast in the pot in the morning on a low heat, and by tea time you will have a delicious, succulent roast meal ready to go. What could be easier?
  3. Frittata; Perhaps your family enjoys a classic Sunday roast on the weekends? Don’t let those leftovers go to waste! In fact, why not roast extra vegetables and turn these into a frittata for the following meal. A great meat- free option! Incorporate Healtheries Chia Seeds into the frittata mix for added omega 3 fatty acids, essential minerals, fibre and crunch!
  4. Pies and pudds; are popular winter comfort foods, instead of regular pastry, why not try a few layers of filo for a healthier option.
  5. Roast vegetable salad; Your choice of vegetables- potato, pumpkin, kumara, parsnips, beetroot etc, chopped into bite sized pieces and roasted in a little oil. Serve mixed with basil pesto, boiled eggs and a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin & sunflower seeds or whip up a batch of our Orange Vinaigrette Salad Dressing to drizzle over. Yum! Do the food prep on the weekend and store in the fridge, taking a portion to heat up for lunch each day. A great way to ensure you and your family get your 3+ serves of vegetables each day.
  6. Mince dishes; Loaded with ‘hidden’ vegetables and legumes so that even the fussiest of eaters will get their nutritious greens this winter.
  7. Seasonal produce; Make use of the vegetables that are in season and be sure to mix things up so you get a variety of colours and nutrients. Seasonal winter vegetables include: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kale, kumara, leek, swedes and turnips.
  8. Mashed spuds; Give the standard mashed potato a boost this winter and add a little parsnip and carrot to the mix. Use this as the topping for cottage pies.
  9. Make use of warming herbs & spices; Black pepper, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, garlic, ginger , horseradish, cloves and cumin can be added to dishes for extra flavour and warmth.
  10. Legumes are a great option for stews, adding bulk to make the meal go further, as well as protein, and fibre to help support healthy digestion.
  11. Baking on a cold wet weekend is a great way to stock up for a busy week ahead (and warm the house up while your at it!) Try our tasty LSA Super Grain Gluten Free Banana Bread, or our fibre - packed Power Bran Muffins recipe for a tasty and satisfying morning tea snack. 

Stay warm!