We all end up in a rut of making the same dishes over and over again, so here are fresh ideas to spruce up your recipe rotation this winter. We’ve included recipes that utilize in season ingredients that can boost your immune system for combating illness this winter.
Buying in-season foods helps save money on groceries, as well as gives diversity to your cooking throughout the year. Seasonal foods also have the best flavor and value for your money. Some recipes may be written for specific appliances or tools we offer, but feel free to adapt them to your appliances if needed, or find the product we suggest using linked at the bottom of the recipe.
Examples of seasonal winter foods:
- Root vegetables: beets, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, radishes
- Brussels Sprouts
- Winter Squash
- Citrus fruits: grapefruit, orange, lemons (good sources of Vitamin C!)
- Dark, leafy greens, such as kale
Hearty Breakfast Porridge
Here are two variations of a nutritious and filling breakfast porridge. Both of these recipes are gluten-free and are simple to prepare. Both the amaranth & steel-cut oats and soaked buckwheat & chia porridge recipes are packed with fiber, protein and vitamins.
Winter Carrot Salad with Cranberries
This sweet and beautiful side dish is full of winter ingredients. Serve this simple winter carrot salad with cranberries alongside a hearty stew, brisket, or pork loin.
Roasted Winter Squash with Maple-Soy Glaze
This roasted winter squash with maple-soy glaze is the perfect way to use seasonal produce for a nutritious and comforting side dish. The glaze recipe can be paired with any winter squash.
Quinoa & Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
One of our most popular recipes, this quinoa & maple roasted brussels sprouts couldn’t be easier! It’s tasty, simple, filling, and nutritious. Oh, and its gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly too! What more could we ask for in a wintry dish?
It wouldn’t be winter without a proper round-up of soups. This traditional Ukrainian Borscht recipe is full of nutritious root vegetables, and boasts a beautiful deep red color. The recipe is written as vegetarian, while some add sausage or other meat for an even heartier dish.
Buckwheat Soup with Cauliflower & Turmeric
This buckwheat soup with cauliflower and turmeric recipe is a truly comforting soup, perfect for winter sick days. It includes vegetables, whole grains, healing turmeric, and chicken. This soup is gluten free and with the omission of chicken, it’s also vegan-friendly!
Slow Cooking Wine Stew
Slow cooking wine stew is a tasty twist on the American classic, “meat and potatoes” dinner. This recipe is designed for the Zojirushi Gourmet d’Expert electric skillet, but may be easily adapted to cooking on a stove top or in a pressure cooker.
Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese Bake
This baked More Cheese Please Mac ‘n Cheese is the perfect comfort food this winter. This recipe is made simpler by using fully cooked, and excellent tasting, Keystone canned chicken. If you don’t have any on hand, use about one pound of cooked chicken breast or rotisserie chicken. You may also omit the chicken entirely for a vegetarian dish. Try mixing in your favorite veggies for added nutrients!
Healthful Orange-Chocolate Cake
This popular orange-chocolate cake recipe has so many hidden and healthful ingredients that you could eat it for breakfast! 😉 The cake is made with beets for color and for an interesting (and delicious!) flavor profile that pairs well with the chocolate.
As Nebraskans, we simply have to include cinnamon rolls as a staple recipe for the winter. Cinnamon rolls and chili are a classic Midwestern combo. Some eat a spoonful of chili and then a bite of roll, while others may go as far as smothering a cinnamon roll in chili! It might sound bizarre, but is delicious! Try the whole wheat variation for a more nutritious option.
There you have it! Ten delicious wintry recipes that are sure to keep your family full and cozy during the winter months. Peruse our Recipe Index for more ideas and even submit your own. We wish you a warm and healthy winter!