6 Perfect Recipes for Winter Meals – Cleveland Clinic

6 Perfect Recipes for Winter Meals – Cleveland Clinic

Cool weather can give a change in appetite when you leave summer light summer salads and barbecues for more hearty, hearty meals that fill you up and keep you warm all winter.

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But the cold truth is that no weather guarantees unhealthy eating habits. Just as you should not overdo ice cream during the summer dog days, you should not live on a solid diet with hot chocolate and hot cookies in the winter.

Winterizing your diet can be healthy – and tasty – if you add a few favorite foods in cold weather. Start with these recipes for some hearty, delicious meals.

White bean stew with rosemary and spinach

White bean stewBy combining carrots with a mixture of greens (celery and spinach) and protein-rich white beans, this vegetarian stew is a perfect batch preparation and ready to eat in just 30 minutes. Besides getting a lot of vitamins A, C and K, it is also rich in iron, potassium and fiber. Just be sure to use low sodium beans to keep the salt content under control.

Delicious minestrone soup with Farro

Minestone soup with farroVegetables? Check. Protein from beans? Check. Healthy grains? Check.

While cabbage, carrots, onions, tomatoes and kidney beans make up a fantastic classic minestrone soup, it is the age-old cereal farro that picks things up and gives the soup a nutty flavor. Just be sure to choose kidney beans without salt to keep things as healthy as possible.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese with Butternut SquashMac and cheese is classic comfort food and a staple in the cold winter months, a warm and creamy dish that also satisfies. And while there are all sorts of recipes with different twists, this option includes butternut squash as a healthy alternative and also requires healthier ingredients – reduced sodium broth, fat-free Greek yogurt – that will leave you satisfied without the nagging guilt of consuming also many calories.

Spicy Beef Chili with Butternut Squash

Spicy beef and butternut chiliYes, butternut squash is a perfect winter vegetable and not just because of its flavor. The popular pumpkin is also quite versatile. Black beans, crushed tenderloin, onions and red peppers make this a tasty chili dish. To make sure you are not running this hearty meal too high on the calorie counter, be sure to use light sour cream, low-fat cheese and low-sodium beans.

Creamy turkey and vegetable stew

Turkey vegetable stewCasserole dishes are perfect for winter dining. Not only does it provide you with a variety of vegetables (and thus plenty of nutrients and vitamins), but it is perfect for freezing and storing. This particular recipe includes turkey, a delicious source of protein and a mix of vegetables including potatoes, zucchini, peppers and carrots. And while creamy soups can often be more unhealthy than broth-based soups, this particular recipe calls for a blend of low-fat dairy products and chicken broth that gives you that creaminess without the calories.

Soba noodle soup and mushroom soup

Soba Noodles Tofu Spinach Soup

Winter meals are more than just stews and chilies, and you can spice up your dinner with this heart-healthy soup. While the nut-flavored soba noodles and soil mushrooms make up a perfect flavor composition, the potassium-rich spinach and protein-rich tofu provide the nutrients and vitamins your body needs.

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