You have to eat your fruits and veggies, but they don’t always feel that appealing during the colder months when you want to indulge in satisfying and hot meals. That doesn’t mean you should skip your five a day, though. Here are some winter recipes to sneak them into foods and make them more comforting.
Bring on the Bakes!
Hot, creamy veggies – what could be more delicious and nourishing in winter? Place some of your favourite veggies in the oven after lathering them in spices and cream. If you want to try a baked potato recipe, here’s an easy one: cut slices about halfway through a potato, then drizzle on some olive oil, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Bake it in the oven. The result is a delicious potato treat that’s filling but healthier than fries.
Makeover Boring Veggies
You can easily add veggies to a warm meal, like a cheesy lasagne. This fattens up your pasta dish with something to keep the biting cold away while being perfect for meatless meals that save the environment. Here is a vegetarian lasagne that makes use of veggies which often get tagged with a boring reputation, such as spinach, mushrooms and onions. Great way to make kids love them, too.
Breakfast Just Got Better
You love your hearty eggs for breakfast but you don’t have to keep eating them in the same way. With the use of veggies, you can enjoy eggs with some extra sustenance. Here’s a Brussels sprouts hash recipe to try. If you’re really anti Brussels sprouts, you can substitute them for any other shredded veggies. Make use of last night’s leftovers so nothing goes to waste.
Sweet ‘n Fruity!
There are many great dessert ideas that you can enjoy in winter. An easy and creative one is to make grapefruit brûlée that uses broiled slices of grapefruit. You can get the recipe on the Eating Well website. Chocolate is always a must for comforting dessert, and there are many ways in which you can add this treat to your fruit. The simplest thing is to dip fruits, such as strawberries or cherries, in melted chocolate. Here is a recipe to help you get it done perfectly. Poached fruit is an elegant idea that can be served with custard, cream or honey as an after-dinner treat. Here is a simple Poached Pear recipe that will give you a fruitier alternative to raiding the biscuit tin.