If you’ve ever tried to eat healthy during winter, you know it’s not easy. Salad’s the last thing I want after a freezing day out there. Give me the cookies, that creamy pasta, give me anything that will provide the calories and make me sleepy right now. Well, if you’re serious about living a healthy lifestyle and eating clean even during winter, try some of these easy healthy winter recipes that will ensure you stay on track with your diet.
You’ll find winter dinner ideas, warming healthy soups, breakfast ideas, some winter salads and so much more!
The Best Winter Vegetables
For these recipes, we’ll be relying mainly on produce that is available during winter. These include:
- Brussels sprouts
- sweet potatoes
- some lettuce
- spinach (grows slowly, but I had some luck with it last year!)
Healthy Winter Breakfast Ideas
Use some old bananas, yogurt and oats to make these delicious healthy pancakes for breakfast. They’re ready in about 10 minutes! Recipe here.
Try this delicious oatmeal recipe that tastes like apple pie! Recipe here.
This is such a tasty savory breakfast idea made with canned tuna, eggs, vegetables of choice and some cream cheese! You’ll love it! Recipe here.
Apples, oats and nuts come together in this recipe to make a satisfying breakfast that is healthy and not overly sweet, but sweet enough to have when you’re needing dessert too! Recipe here.
Banana oatmeal is great, but caramelized banana oatmeal is out of this world! You need to try this filling breakfast with oats and banana. Recipe here.
This is a kid-approved lightened up version of carrot cake that you can pack and eat on the go for breakfast. It’s made with oats, carrots, some butter or coconut oil, eggs and dark brown sugar. Recipe here.
easy Winter Dinner Recipes
Got some cabbage, some extra vegetables, tamari sauce and ground meat? Then you can easily make this tasty ground beef recipe for dinner. It takes around 20 minutes and is low carb, dairy- and gluten free. Recipe here.
Might not be a recipe you’ve considered, but you are going to love this comfort meal made with sauerkraut, bulgur and chicken! It’s super easy to make and a great meal prep recipe. You can find it here.
If you’ve ever found yourself buying a huge head of cauliflower and not knowing what to do with it, you can always come back to this incredible, can’t-stop-eating-it cauliflower fried rice recipe. It’s ready in about 20 minutes and you can leave it vegetarian or add some meat to it. Recipe here.
Nothing more comforting than this high-protein chicken recipe! You’ll need some skinless boneless chicken thighs, rice, vegetables and some salt to make this one. Recipe here.
These bowls are full of flavor and super satisfying! You’ll need some ground beef (but you can do any type of ground meat), some tamari sauce and lots of garlic to make it. Serve with some green vegetables you have available at home, avocado – you’ll love it. It’s ready in 15 minutes. Recipe here.
How about something vegan! This is absolutely delicious – it’s spicy, it’s sweet, it’s savory and it’s just the perfect meal to have on a cold day. Recipe here.
Got some cooked quinoa or another cooked grain you’ve got no plans for? Make this super tasty 20-minute dinner! Recipe here.
Have you ever had tofu before? Maybe this recipe will help you like it more! It’s an easy and addictive stir-fry that you can make in about 15 minutes! Recipe here.
Fried rice, but healthier. Still, super addictive. Recipe here.
Got a ton of cabbage and don’t trust it in salads? Make this – it’s quick, few ingredients and so good. Recipe here.
Another opportunity to use up that cauliflower head! Make it cheesy and spicy. Recipe here.
Load up on veg and use tofu or some lean protein to make this 15-minute noodle recipe with red curry and coconut milk. Recipe here.
Healthy Winter Soup Recipes
Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, vegetables and rice to make this simple, comforting 30-minute soup. Recipe here.
Use ground meat to make this tasty warming meatball soup! Recipe here.
Canned chickpeas will help you cook a batch of this soup faster than you can imagine. Recipe here.
Use up whatever vegetables you have to make this tasty lentil vegetable soup! Recipe here.
You can make this small-batch soup on a cold night using some mushrooms, whatever vegetables you have in your home, dried and fresh herbs and some ground turkey. Recipe here.
Make your homemade chicken soup more filling and high-protein by adding some chickpeas to it! Recipe here.
Cabbage soup never tasted this good! You can make this delicious ground beef and cabbage soup in 30 minutes. Recipe here.
Lentils are so good and easy to prepare. You will love this delightful meatless soup! Recipe here.
Healthy Winter Bowls
Cook up some salmon and make a tasty salad and hummus to go along! It’s so fresh, full of flavor and a nice change up from eating all-cooked meals. Recipe here.
Canned tuna, some leftover rice and winter vegetables will help fill you up at lunch! Recipe here.
You will love the combination of flavors here: spicy chicken, spicy roasted vegetables, a garlicky sauce and some fresh salad all go into the same bowl! Recipe here.
Beets, cabbage and chickpeas meet avocado and feta cheese to make this crunchy winter salad. Recipe here.
This is a delightful cold-season salad to make when you have some roasted pumpkin or sweet potato and leftover chicken. Recipe here.
Tuna, cabbage, chickpeas and hummus all make it into one and the same bowl and it’s surprising, yet super, super tasty! Good for meal prep too. Recipe here.
Winter Side Dishes
Now, yes, you will need to wait for a few weeks for these to ferment, but once they’re ready, these fermented vegetables are a great vegetable side dish that can help out your good gut bacteria. Recipe here.
The prep for these vegetables will take no longer than 5-10 minutes. Then it’s off to the oven. You’ll need some sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Recipe here.
Chop up the brussels sprouts and you can have your side dish ready in about 10 minutes. Recipe here.
More Healthy Recipes:
- 8oz / 220g ground beef
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups cabbage
- 1 red pepper, grated
- 1 carrot, grated
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
- 1 tsp mint, dry
- 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
- 1 tsp turmeric (optional)
- 2 scallions, thinly chopped
- 2 mushrooms,chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped herbs of choice
- 4 cups water
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Cook the ground beef with olive oil, dry mint, crushed red pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric (optional) and some salt. Stir for 2-3 minutes, add in the onions and garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
- During that time, grate the red pepper, carrot, ginger and chop the mushrooms, scallions, herbs (I used basil, mint and parsley) and cabbage.
- Add the cabbage to the meat and cook for 3 minutes until the cabbage has softened and reduced its volume.
- Stir in the shredded carrot, pepper and ginger, add in salt and water to cover then cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let the soup cook for 8-10 minutes.
- In the last minutes, add the chopped mushrooms, scallions and herbs, add salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 2-3 more minutes.
- Serve immediately and garnish with some thinly sliced red pepper or jalapeno for some heat and some thinly chopped parsley.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Original recipe from Beuty Bites.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 252Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 49mgSodium 230mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 5gSugar 7gProtein 18g