Winter Warmer Recipes
Warm up with these cosy, healthier recipes
When it comes time to rug up for cooler weather, there’s nothing more comforting than a hot meal and a cosy spot on the couch. The foods we crave may be on the less healthy side, so we asked ourselves: how do we turn our favourite comfort foods into healthier versions?
Discover the best comfort food recipes made healthier. These recipes are nutritionally approved and boast all the winter warming features we’ve come to know and crave. Think steaming, fragrant soups; rich, hearty stews and pastas; and cheesy bakes. Not to mention a couple of tasty, healthier dessert options, too.
With ricotta cheese and zucchini, this lasagne recipe is the perfect vegetarian alternative. Zesty lemon packs a punch and the light, creamy ricotta adds a touch of indulgence to this hearty weeknight meal.
Ramen is a winter essential. Slurping up noodles and sipping on steamy, rich broth is one of the best ways to warm up instantly. This version is made with reduced-salt stock and soy sauce, but still plenty of flavour.
Is there anything more warming than a rich, meaty slow-cooked stew with creamy mash? This lamb shank stew is melt-in-your-mouth good, with a cheesy mash made from parmesan and skim milk.
Gnocchi is a wonderfully filling, hearty option, and this sweet potato sauce makes this recipe rich and flavourful while sneaking in some extra serves of vegetables.
The best kind of finger food, this healthier version of nachos doesn’t skimp on cheese or bold Mexican flavours. The adobo roasted cauliflower adds an extra delicious flavour hit.
You can’t go through winter without whipping up a soup. This nutritious minestrone soup recipe is packed with vegetables, and the prep time is made easy with a pre-cut, ready-to-cook veggie mix.
Creamy, cheesy mash paired with rich, hearty beef and lentils. Need we say more about this healthier version of shepherd’s pie?
When it comes to our favourite comfort foods, we couldn’t go past a decadent, cheesy risotto. Pumpkin mashed through the mix gives this meal a sweet and creamy taste, while grated zucchini stirred in adds an extra helping of veggies. You can also try making this healthier baked risotto with mushroom.
Two cheeses, milk, flavourful mustard and nutmeg go into this epic cauliflower cheese bake. The perfect accompaniment to a hearty roast that tastes a lot more indulgent than it really is.
Next time you’re curled up on the couch with a good book or TV show and craving something sweet, try this healthier chocolate mug cake. It’s ready in no time — by using the microwave, no less — and features pureed apple and pumpkin, resulting in a surprisingly sweet wintry dessert.
With mashed sweet potato hidden inside, you’d never guess this apple crumble features vegetables. Warm, toasty spices and a hint of maple syrup really hit the spot in this decadent dessert. And if sweet potato isn’t your thing, you can also try this healthier apple crumble with berries.