Whether or not you made New Years resolutions, winter is a great time of year to cozy up and try out new recipes to keep the body and soul nourished. When freezing temperatures (yes, even in Texas) and early nightfall bring us indoors, the warmest room in my house is the kitchen where, on any given evening, there will be a single pot of goodness on the stovetop or in the oven.

Eating clean, locally sourced produce and pastured meat provides us with the right kind of fuel to keep our bodies healthy and functioning well as weather these months of hibernation. Our round-up of favorite winter recipes spotlights fresh, seasonal ingredients and bright flavors with an emphasis on simplicity and satisfied bellies.

Hot soups and stews are an obvious go-to during the winter months. Many winter veggies are perfect for pureeing to create a rich, delicious soup when we need to get warm from the inside.

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Love & Lemons Soup

Add a bit of lemon juice says Love & Lemons in their recipe for Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup. The pop of zest coupled with its creamy richness may have you coming back for thirds.

Recipe: https://www.loveandlemons.com/creamy-roasted-cauliflower-soup/

 

Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup 

A Beautiful Plate’s Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup features all the warming flavors we associate with this season including garam masala, an Indian spice blend of peppers, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.

Recipe: http://www.abeautifulplate.com/roasted-acorn-squash-and-sweet-potato-soup/

 

Coconut Green Soup 

If you’re experiencing the winter blues or need to recharge post-holiday madness, The First Mess has created a gorgeous Coconut Green Soup with Celery, Kale, and Ginger that you can adapt based on what you have on-hand.

Recipe: http://thefirstmess.com/2016/05/11/vegan-coconut-green-soup-celery/

Soups are wonderful winter meals, but there are also a variety of soul-warming dishes that are truly satisfying. 

 

Sticky Braised Pork

This Sticky Braised Pork recipe from Not Without Salt, was perfectly adapted for the home cook who's looking for a rustic meal this winter. 

Recipe: http://notwithoutsalt.com/sticky-braised-pork/

 

Harissa Carrots and Fennel 

Stay warm with My New Roots recipe for Harissa Carrots and Fennel. She uses chili peppers to add a bit of heat from the inside out.

Recipe: https://www.mynewroots.org/site/2016/01/harissa-carrots-and-fennel-with-lentils/

 

Winter Spa Salad with Lemon Chicken

Comfort foods don't always have to be unhealthy. A Pinch of Yum offers a snacking alternative packed with delicious fresh ingredients. You may be thinking I'm not sure a salad should be compared to a spa, but we agree with Lindsey, this salad will take you to a summer day with it's citrus-y notes.

Recipe: http://pinchofyum.com/winter-spa-salad-with-lemon-chicken

 

Other Recipes You'll Love

Pomegranite Pot Roast:

https://www.kettleandbrine.com/blogs/journal/pomegranate-pot-roast

Roasted Carrots with Cumin Yogurt: 

https://www.kettleandbrine.com/blogs/journal/roasted-carrots-with-cumin-yogurt

Prosciutto Wrapped Herbed Pork Tenderloin:

https://www.kettleandbrine.com/blogs/journal/prosciutto-wrapped-herbed-pork-tenderloin 

Maple Dijon Glazed Pork:

https://www.kettleandbrine.com/blogs/journal/maple-dijon-glazed-pork-chops

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