By Mia Barnes
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Are you looking for new recipes to focus on your health during the winter months? These five meals are sure to keep you warm and well during the cold stretches ahead.
1. Quinoa and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash
This delicious recipe is high in protein and rich in fiber. It features mushrooms of your choice, acorn squash and the ancient grain quinoa. It only takes one hour to put together and makes six servings.
The main ingredients are three acorn squashes, butter, quinoa, shallot, shiitake or cremini mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese. You’ll also need kosher salt, maple syrup, fresh rosemary, fresh parsley and black pepper.
Halve your squash and put them on a baking sheet to get started. Rub the squash with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 F. Melt the butter in a saucepan with maple syrup and fresh rosemary and brush over the squash once it’s done roasting.
Next, cook your quinoa as the package directs. Cut and cook your shallot in butter until golden, and add mushrooms and salt. Remove everything from the heat after four to six minutes. Finally, combine the quinoa, shallot and mushrooms in a bowl. Serve it inside the acorn squash halves and top with Parmesan cheese.
2. Celery Root Soup
What better way to warm up this winter than with homemade soup? This delicious recipe features the flavors of green apple, fennel, celery and mirin. It takes 50 minutes to make.
The main ingredients are leeks, fennel bulbs, tart green apple, celery roots and mirin. The recipe also features apple cider vinegar, butter, chicken or vegetable stock, one bay leaf, salt and pepper.
First, you’ll soften the vegetables and deglaze with the apple cider vinegar. Next, you’ll add the stock and bay leaf and bring the ingredients to a boil. You can use chicken stock or vegetable stock. Turn the heat low, cover your soup and allow everything to simmer for 30 minutes. Once your celery root is tender, remove the bay leaf and pot from the stove.
To ensure your soup is a smooth consistency, use a high-powered blender and puree it in small batches. Transfer it to a clean pot, return to your stove, and then season with salt and pepper.
3. Curry Pomegranate Protein Bowl
At first glance, you might not think curry and pomegranate are natural flavor friends, but this protein bowl recipe packs an out-of-this-world savory sensation. It takes 50 minutes to make and serves six.
The main ingredients include butternut squash, red lentils, cranberries, soy nuts, green onions, pomegranate molasses, pomegranate seeds and feta cheese. You’ll also need olive oil, half an onion, salt and pepper, curry powder, ground cumin, one garlic clove, ground coriander, water and fresh cilantro.
To bake your butternut squash, set your oven to 375 F. Cube your squash and roast in oil, salt and pepper until tender for 30 minutes. Ensure you turn them once.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and roast your onion. Add curry powder, garlic, salt, cumin and coriander. Next, add water and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce your heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until the water is absorbed.
Stir in the soy nuts, green onions, cranberries and roasted squash. Top with feta cheese, cilantro, pomegranate seeds and molasses.
4. Homemade Spicy Ramen With Tofu
If you’re feeling chilled during the winter months, heat things up with this spicy ramen recipe that’s vegan-friendly. It takes 25 minutes to make and serves four.
This is a two-part recipe. To make the miso paste, you’ll need one yellow onion, red miso, white miso, sambal oelek, garlic, vegetable oil, ginger and mirin. You can easily make the miso by putting all the ingredients in a food processor and pulsing them together into a paste.
For the ramen portion of the recipe, you’ll need the main ingredients of tofu, eggs, shiitake mushrooms, ramen noodles, scallions and soy milk. You’ll also need oil, vegetable stock, roasted seaweed and sesame oil. First, cut the tofu into cubes. Heat oil in a pot and fry the tofu until brown. Add some miso paste and cook until golden brown. Next, throw in chopped shiitake mushrooms and more miso paste. Then add the vegetable stock and let it simmer.
Cook the ramen noodles according to package instructions and drain. Boil water in a small pot and add your four eggs. Reduce the heat to low, cook for seven minutes, remove the eggs and carefully peel the shelves. Next, divide the noodles into four bowls and pour the soup on top.
5. Vegan “Cheesy” Bread With Chickpea Curry Dip
Here’s another vegan-friendly recipe to keep you cozy during the wintertime. This cheesy flatbread with chickpea curry dip serves four.
To make the flatbread, you’ll need vegan mozzarella cheese, butter-flavored coconut oil, whole wheat pastry flour, oat flour and cashew yogurt. You’ll also need olive oil, baking powder, garlic powder, coriander and kosher salt.
First, mix the flours, powders, coriander, salt, oil and yogurt in a big bowl. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes. Next, divide into four portions and flatten with your hands. Add large pinches of cheese to the center of the dough and fold it over and around to become disc-shaped. Heat oil in a skillet and sear each side of the flatbread.
The main ingredients you’ll need to make the chickpea curry dip are coconut oil, shallot, garlic, chickpeas, curry powder, tomato paste and coconut milk. Additionally, you’ll need kosher salt, lime juice and zest.
First, heat the coconut oil in a skillet, add cut shallots and garlic, and saute until brown. Next, add tomato paste, curry powder, coconut milk and chickpeas. Let boil, and then simmer for five minutes. Season with lime, salt and pepper and serve with the vegan flatbread.
The Best Recipes for Winter
If you’re searching for plant-based recipes to keep you warm this winter, look no further. You can’t go wrong with any of these delicious options.
About the author:
Mia Barnes is an online journalist and Editor in Chief at Body + Mind.