One of the best things about winter is undoubtedly the food – delicious seasonal produce like cauliflower for making comforting cauliflower cheese; stewed apples and pears, baked in pies and served with warmed custard; and hearty stews and casseroles that are best eaten by the fireplace. Here’s our round up of winter recipes and meal ideas that are simple, nutritious and warming.
Soups are a great family meal because they are so healthy and simple to make. There’s unlimited combinations to try, including old favourites: pea and ham soup, minestrone and vegetable soup. Older children may enjoy the leftovers sent in a thermos for a hot school lunch. Here’s some delicious soup recipes to add your meal rotation:
- Four ingredient pumpkin soup
- Chicken noodle soup
- Meatball and noodle soup
- Chicken and corn noodle soup
- Thai coconut milk soup with fish and turmeric
- Bread rolls
Stews and casseroles
Beef and chicken casserole are popular choices for kids, as well as a mildly spiced chilli con carne, or any stew served with dumplings. Such hearty and nourishing fare! The kids will probably be asking for seconds of these classic meals:
Crispy potatoes, green peas, honey carrots and your favourite meat with gravy. It’s often too hot in Australia around Christmastime to enjoy the classic roast, but in winter, it’s a perfect kind of meal for a Sunday lunch.
A pie is the ideal meal to make ahead and keep in the freezer for those evenings when you’re rushing in the door late after work or sport. Simply pop it in the oven and dinner is ready! Cottage pie and shepherd’s pie are gluten free pie options that you might remember fondly from your own childhood. You can even use the leftovers for toasted sandwiches the following day.
There’s not much you can’t do in a slow cooker, and we’ve got 8 delicious recipes to get you started. The beauty of the slow cooker is that you can prep and set it in the morning, go about your day, and then come home to the wonderful aroma of a ready to eat meal.
- Slow cooker chicken korma
- Slow cooker sweet pulled pork
- Slow cooker lentil soup
- Slow cooker chicken enchilada soup
- Slow cooker pumpkin soup
- Slow cooker porcupine meatballs
- Slow cooker honey mustard chicken
- Slow cooker corned beef
If you haven’t won your kids over to curry yet, try these mild and palatable curry recipes… we bet they’ll love them!
Most kids love pasta, and so these carbolicious recipes are bound to be a hit this season.
- Cheese and ham macaroni bake
- Easy spaghetti bolognese
- Chicken pasta bake
- Tuna pasta bake
- Tuna and fettuccine bake
Or for a carb free option, try:
Baked potatoes are so simple and a great way to use up leftovers. Or you can make your own fillings, including: chilli con carne, tuna Mornay, coleslaw and cheese.
If you have a thermomix, you’ll know how easy it is to whip up a healthy risotto with whatever you can throw together from your fridge and pantry.
Pies and puddings are at the top of the list for winter dessert indulgences. This winter, why not introduce your family to:
- Apple pie
- Sticky Date Pudding
- Rice pudding (creamed rice)
- Bread and butter pudding
- Berry and white chocolate bake
- Maple syrup dumplings