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Healthy Winter Warmers

Healthy Winter Warmer Meal Recipes

Now that Christmas is rolling in fast, I know that my body is craving more warming foods to keep me going.  My summer eggs and spinach are now out and I want more warming and comforting meals.  You might say that sounds unhealthy.

We associate winter hearty foods, with meals like pies, hot chocolates and lots of warm mulled wine.  But here at CK Elite we are always looking for healthier options that will still give you the comfort you are looking for.

We don’t want you to wait until the New Year to say “right I am back on track with my healthy eating habits.”  We want you to enjoy your winter while still being focussed on being healthy.

Meal Times

Here are some healthy Winter Warmer recipes for you to follow for each meal time throughout the day.

Winter Warmer Toast

Breakfast

Light and Easy French Toast Bake

Ingredients;

  • Handful of slices of your favourite loaf (approximately 4 slices for this one)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 120 ml almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Method;

  1. Coat an 8″(20.32cm) X 8″(20.32cm) baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Slice bread into 1-inch pieces and layer in two layers in baking dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, egg whites, almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg until fully blended.
  4. Pour egg mixture over bread, covering it completely, cover dish, and refrigerator overnight.
  5. The next day, preheat the oven to 170C.
  6. Remove the baking dish from refrigerator, uncover.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes until bread is lightly browned.
  8. Serve with maple syrup, fresh berries, or your choice of favourite toppings.  Banana’s are one of my favourite to do.

Smoked Salmon & Vegetable Egg Casserole

This dish is so easy to make and once cooked can be left in the fridge to just reheat for the next couple of days.  Therefore making it a real fast, easy breakfast on those dark mornings when you’ve hit the snooze button several times.  It can be eaten cold once cooked too, so a great healthy Winter warmer for on the go.

(makes 4 to 6 servings)

Ingredients;

  • 6 eggs
  • 237 ml milk
  • 340 g zucchini, chopped
  • 340 g mushrooms, chopped
  • 340 g green pepper, chopped
  • 170 g spinach, chopped
  • 85 g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 85 g smoked salmon, chopped (optional but tasty – bacon would also work)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Dried basil to top casserole (optional)

Method;

Preheat oven to 180C.

Crack eggs into a large bowl, whisk, then toss in the rest of the ingredients (including some salt and pepper to taste). Mix and then pour into a baking pan. Top with a little dried basil, if desired. Bake 25 minutes or until cooked through with a golden brown crust. Enjoy!

Winter Warmer Potato Soup

Lunch

Rustic Vegetable Soup

This vegetarian soup is packed with vegetables and lentils – it’s healthy, low-fat and full of flavour. To bulk it up, why not add beans or chicken?

Ingredients;

  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 50 g dried red lentils
  • 1 1/2 L boiling Veg Stock
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree
  • tbsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • 175 g bite sized cauliflower florets
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 large savoy cabbage, chopped
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped

Method;

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan with a lid. Add the onion, carrots and celery and fry for 10 mins, stirring from time to time until they are starting to colour a little around the edges. Stir in the lentils and cook for 1 min more.
  2. Pour in the hot Veg stock, add the tomato purée and thyme and stir well. Add the leek, cauliflower, courgette, and garlic, bring to the boil, then cover and leave to simmer for 15 mins.
  3. Add the cabbage and basil and cook for 5 mins more until the veg is just tender. Season with pepper, ladle into bowls and serve.

Nutrition Per serving;

162Kcal, Fat 5g, Protein 7g.

Vegan’s Shepherd’s Pie

A Winter Warmer vegan supper.  Perfect for those dark nights when you’re wanting something warm without loading up on the calories.  This dish will serve up to 8 people.

Ingredients;

  • 1.2Kg potatoes
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 30 g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 15mins. (drain and reserve the liquid)
  • 2 large leeks, chopped
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into small cubes
  • 1 vegetable stock cube (vegan)
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 small pack oregano. or picked leafs roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small pack thyme, or leaves picked
  • 1/2 small pack sage, or leaves picked, roughly chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
  • 400 g can chickpeas
  • 300 g frozen peas
  • 300 g frozen spinach
  • 20 ml olive oil
  • small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped.

Method;

  1. Put the unpeeled potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 40 mins until the skins start to split. Drain and leave to cool a little.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-based saute pan, or casserole dish.  Add the mushrooms, leeks, onions, carrots, and the stock cube and cook gently for 5mins, stirring every so often.
  3. Add the garlic, tomato puree, paprika, squash and herbs.  Stir and turn the heat up a bit, cook for 3 mins, add the celery, then stir ad cook or a few more mins.
  4. Tip in the chickpeas along with the water in the can and reserved mushroom stock.  Add the peas and spinach and stir well.  Cook for 5mins, stirring along the way.
  5. Peel the potatoes and discard the skin.  Mash 200g with a fork and stir into the veg.  Break the rest of the potatoes into chunks, mix with the olive oil, parsley and season.
  6. Fill the pie dish up with the veg and top with the potatoes.  Heat in the oven at 190C and bake for 40-45 mins until the top is golden.

Nutrition Per serving;

348Kcal, 11g fat, 11g protein.

Winter Warmer Soup

Dinner

Creamy Smoked Salmon, Leek & Potato Soup

Low-fat and creamy aren’t words you often hear together, but with this cheeky meal you feel the love. (this serves 8 people)

Ingredients;

  • large knob of butter
  • 2 large leeks, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1kg of potatoes
  • 1L of chicken / vegetable stock
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 200 g of smoked salmon
  • small bunch of chives

Method;

  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan and add the leeks and bay leaf.  Cook over a low heat for 8-10mins or until the leeks are really soft.  Stir though the potatoes until coated in the butter.  Pour over the stock and cream whilst bringing it to a simmer.  Let it gently bubble for 10-15mins until the potatoes are really tender.
  2. Add two-thirds of the smoked salmon, stir through and season.  Serve the soup with the remaining smoked salmon and snipped chives on the top.

Nutrition per serving;

240Kcal, 11g fat, 14g protein.

Lamb with Christmas Spices

This is another great easy healthy Winter Warmer recipe that doesn’t take much skill, but will win over the family.  You can always keep this in the freezer ready for when you get back from work and don’t want to spend ages cooking.  Just serve it with rice, or crunchy potatoes and vegetables.

Ingredients;

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic clove, sliced
  • 5 cm fresh root ginger, creed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 kg lean lamb, cut into chunks
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • good pinch saffron
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tbsp ground almonds
  • 850 ml beef stock
  • 250 g pack ready to eat dried apricots

Method;

  1. Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in the oil for about 15mins. Add the lamb and stir-fry until browned.  Add the spices, cook over the heat to release their flavours, then add the almonds.  Pour in the stock and season to taste.
  2. cover the pan and simmer for 45mins, stirring occasionally.  Add the apricots, then simmer 15mins more until the lamb is tender.  Thin with a little water if the sauce starts to get too thick.

Do you have any great Healthy Winter Warmer recipes? Comment below with your favourite.

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